About Houston

Downtown Houston

Alive with energy and rich in diversity, Houston is a dynamic mix of imagination, talent and first-class attractions that makes it a world-class city. Home to a vibrant economy, beautiful surroundings and a population full of optimism and spirit, it's no wonder that Houston is a popular international destination. In this section we provide you with options that will give you a good idea of what Houston is all about. You can also view our Calendar of Events to see more than 400 events in the Houston area throughout the next 12 months.




City Government


City HallHouston has a strong Mayor-Council form of government. The City's elected officials, serving concurrent two year terms, are: the Mayor, the City Controller and the 16 members of City Council.


The City Charter provides the constitutional framework within which city government operates.


The City's Code of Ordinances contains the laws of the City. Learn more about the History of City Hall and our City Seal ...



Exploring Houston


Exploring HoustonBe sure to visit the Exploring Houston page for quick links to many more featured places to go and things to do which celebrate the uniqueness of our City.


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Don't know where to begin? Start at the City of Houston Visitors Center at City Hall for hundreds of ideas on enjoying your time in Houston. The staff can help you plan your visit, suggest new things to do with your evenings and weekends (even to City residents) or help you bring your convention or meeting to this exciting city.