- Community: We need to support each other. We need to welcome out of town bands to H-Town. We should go occupy our local venues. Be sure to stay for the first and last bands. Support our scene while supporting the other music scenes in Houston. It’s our hope that events like Houston Punkfest bring bands and people together to create a sense of community where we all support each other.
- Passion: We believe in the music we play and the messages we convey in our songs. We have a spirit inside that is screaming to be let out, to be expressed through our art and craft. We all have that drive to express ourselves in a positive way and to be open to the lessons and messages of others. This attitude fuels us and makes us strong.
“All punk is attitude. That's what makes it. The attitude.” –Joey Ramone
- Charity: We believe that when you take care of others, you are investing in your community. Its our goal to support a local or national charity with each festival and direct as many proceeds as possible to the charity selected. Giving back is an important aspect of Houston Punkfest and is one of our core values.
- Music: This is a music festival after all, so the music is a central figure in all of this. From skate punk to Ska to Emo to 90’s So Cal inspired punk, Houston Punkfest is an opportunity to find a new band or genre of punk you may have not known about. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of punk music in its many forms and nuances.
- HUPF #1 was on April 5th 2014. It was held at Walter’s Downtown. Six bands played: Action Frank, G.F.Y., The Swamps, The Bloody Von Erich’s, Poor Dumb Bastards, and Punk Rock Project. It was a good start.
- HUPF #2 was held on November 15th 2014 at Last Concert Café. 14 bands rocked through the rain and cold to bring their punk to the crowds that braved the elements that afternoon and evening.
- HUPF #3 was held on August 1st 2015 at Acadia Bar and Grill. 18 bands played inside (and outside in the heat). HUPFs #1-3 were created by the collaborative efforts of Jo Ellen and Robert Gilstrap, Jay Mynar and Greg Dodson.
- HUPF #4 was held on April 23rd, 2016 at Fitzgerald's. There were 29 bands across two stages, along with local vendors. Boom Box Tacos saved the day with their kick ass tacos! HUPF #4 came together through the efforts of Jay Mynar, Greg Dodson and especially Jeremy Estes.
- HUPF #5 brought Adriane Estes and Dutch Ross on board. The festival was held on April 22nd, 2017 at Fitzgerald's. The festival had 29 bands in attendance and the proceeds were donated to Child Advocates, a nonprofit that provides legal training and assigns an adult to advocate for a foster child.
- H.P.F. #6 comes to the game as an official 501c3 non-profit (Houston Punkfest). We dropped the "Underground" part of our name because we are no longer an underground event, and to distinguish us from the venue The Houston Underground.
The festival will be held on April 28, 2018 at The Continental Club. In the aftermath of Harvey, our proceeds will be donated to Houston Food Bank.