Three annual Houston events

If you have recently moved into one of the homes for sale in Houston, you might be wondering what you can do to fit in with the locals and become a true city slicker. The first thing you should probably do is brush up on some of the traditions Houstonians look forward to all year long. Mark them on your calendar and be prepared to attend some of the annual favorites this city has to offer.

1. Tour de Houston - Taking place every year in March, this cycling event consists of 20-, 40- and 70-mile races throughout the city. People come from near and far to watch and take part in all the festivities and amateurs can sign up to participate.

2. Houston International Film Festival - Whether you are a fan of independent films, or just love an opportunity to mingle with the locals, this event is for you. Approximately 55 to 60 feature films will be screened from filmmakers around the world.

3. Houston's Official July 4th Festival - If you think you've had amazing Fourth of July somewhere else, wait until you experience it Lone Star-style. This celebration features countless live performances, vendors and one of the largest firework shows in the country.