Bayou City Art Festival
New York's Washington Square; London's Portobello Road; Buenos Aires' Mercado de San Telmo; Paris' Tuileries. Every world cultural capital has its great outdoor art venue.
For Houston, there is the Bayou City Art Festival.
The festival's first day is winding down, but the weekend has plenty in store. Even for a weekday, today was well-attended, attracting casual strollers, hand-in-hand lovers and arts enthusiasts.
Daniel Murphy, a visiting artist from Santa Fe commented, "I come from one of the most artistically saturated cities in the country, but I haven't felt this inspired in a long time."
After a week of fairly humdrum weather, this spring's festival happens to coincide with one of the few glorious weekends of Houston weather — birds chirp among budding azaleas, a light breeze whisks down Picnic Lane and warm light filters through Memorial Park's pines, making the art on hand all the more stunning.
For those who also like their share of post-dusk art festivities, there is the highly anticipated "A Walk in the Art: Where Cocktails Meet Creativity" event Saturday evening in the VIP tent.
The selection of pieces ranges from cutting-edge contemporary to charmingly kitsch artisanal goods. Check out CultureMap's pick of the best exhibitors to sort through the mesmerizing maze of art.
Otherwise, we recommend dropping by the jubilee for the experience that it is — a cornucopia of compelling canvases, delicious sips and bites, and the outdoor art market necessity — frolicking mimes, courtesy of CORE Performance Group.