an artsy weekend

Shop, sip, and stroll at this massive annual downtown art festival

Shop, sip, and stroll at this massive annual downtown art festival

Bayou City Arts Festival
Thousands will pack downtown for this beloved art fest.  Photo courtesy of Bayou City Arts Festival

The annual and popular Bayou City Art Festival Downtown returns to give spectators all the colorful, eclectic, visually impressive art you can handle.

Just how much art will be on display? This two-day fest will showcase work from 300 artists from around the world, representing 19 different art disciplines. The festival will have a featured artist, Iowa-based, mixed-media artist Chris Vance, who’ll show off the personal pieces he has done on wood and paper, using acrylic charcoal, spray paint, or graffiti markers.

This outdoor festival, produced by the Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA), has been known to bring out 20,000 people, offering visitors a chance to mingle with artists, take in live entertainment, and nosh on food and beverages.

Kids are welcome to join in on the fun over at the Children’s Creative Zone, where there will be also be a Halloween costume contest for adults and youngsters on Sunday afternoon.

A portion of the proceeds will go this year’s lineup of festival nonprofit partners: A Cause to Give Us Paws, Fresh Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Recipe for Success Foundation, The Arc of Greater Houston and The University of Houston - Clear Lake Art Gallery. "We are so grateful to partner with local nonprofits that not only support our festival, but also support the community," said Sara Eakens, Program and Volunteer Director of ACA, in a release. "With the help and support from our sponsors, patrons and volunteers, we are able to raise funds for worthy local charities."

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The Bayou City Art Festival Downtown runs Saturday, October 13 through Sunday, October 14, at 901 Bagby St. Tickets are $12 for adults ($15 at the gate) and $5 for children 6 through 12 (children 5 and under get in free). 10 am-6 pm. For more information, visit the official site