April - November
According to the Houston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Houston does not have a peak season as far as hotel rates go, but we recommend April through November as the best time to visit Houston. During spring through fall you will find far more seasonal attractions, such as the Miller Outdoor Theater performances and the Kemah Rock the Dock concerts. Hotel rates tend to spike during the week and drop on weekends due to the nature of Houston—it’s a town doing business. That also means business conventions are common and sometimes hotels throughout the city will book up. The two largest conventions are the Offshore Technology Conference in May, and the Houston International Quilt Festival at the end of October/beginning of November when some 50,000 people come from around the world to discuss the trials and tribulations of quilting. So unless you participate in quilting bees, this might not be the best time to visit Houston.
December - February
Houston weather in the winter is typically mild though the city has seen the occasional snowfall and brief hard freezes during the last couple of years. In wintertime there are fewer outdoor events, but you will have the bonus of holiday attractions such as driving through the mansions in River Oaks to look at Christmas lights and displays—everyone goes all out—or ice skating at the Galleria around the 52-foot-tall Christmas tree. Post Oak Boulevard in Uptown kicks off the holiday season on Thanksgiving with an electric light parade with a half-million twinkling lights, a stage show, and fireworks. During the holiday season, international travelers fill shopping centers and the Westin Galleria and Westin Oaks hotels, but you should still be able to find plenty of room elsewhere.
August - September
Summer can get very hot and humid, especially if you’re not used to triple digit Houston weather. If you live in the region, and are looking for a place to go on a long weekend, the shoulder season can be one of the best times to visit Houston. You can come for a quick weekend getaway and nab great rates at some hotels in town, plus prime performances at the theaters and other weekend-only attractions like the Orange Show. Spring and Fall can have absolutely divine weather, though Fall is Hurricane Season—be prepared for the unexpected.