born on the bayou
Beloved Houston outdoor art festival celebrates 50 years downtown with shopping, music, kids' fun, and more
One of Houston’s most beloved — and longtime — art events is back for its 50th year in a downtown celebration that promises good weather and plenty of shopping and strolling.
The Bayou City Art Festival Downtown returns this weekend to toast half a century on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9. Art fans can enjoy the offerings from 10 am–6 pm in Sam Houston Park and along Allen Parkway.
As fans know, the event is an outdoor gallery for artists from around the world, many who never miss a chance to share their wares in Houston. Some 19 disciplines are represented with art, prints, jewelry, sculptures, and more ranging from budget-friendly to high-priced.
Also new for this year, several well-known chefs will host a Chef’s Table presentation, where they’ll demonstrate a signature recipe and pass out tasty samples after each demonstration.
Here’s a rundown of who to expect:
Saturday, October 8
12 pm – Bludorn’s chef Aaron Bludorn
1:30 pm – Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen’s chef David Buckley
3 pm – Brio Tuscan Grille’s chef William Aguiar
Sunday, October 9
12 pm – Georgia James Tavern’s chef Tim Reading
1:30 pm – Houston Grazing Tables’ chef Chelsea Sargent Lira
3 pm – George’s Bistro & Bar chef David Hernandez
Aside from literally thousands of art pieces, visitors can expect live entertainment on multiple stages, a food truck park (check out the offerings here), a craft beer garden, a wine garden, a Karbach beer tasting, and more.
Kiddos can also have fun at the Active Imagination Zone, which features art and craft activities.
Choosy visitors can chill at the limited-availability VIP Hospitality Lounge, which offers free light bites, beer, wine, and other refreshments under a canopy of trees. More lounge perks include roaming musicians, a phone charging station, and more. VIPs receive access from 11 am to 5 pm to the VIP area, plus VIP parking.
Online tickets are available online and are $18 for adults, $5 for children 6-12; children under five are free. VIP tickets are $70. Online, pre-purchased tickets are required to enter the festival. Tickets will not be sold at the gate.Some of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit nonprofit partners including ArtReach, Fresh Arts, Orange Show For Visionary Art, Second Servings, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency.