Capital One Bank Bayou City Art Festival Celebrates
40th Anniversary with Art & Entertainment This Weekend
The 40th Anniversary Capital One Bank Bayou City Art Festival Downtown takes place this weekend – Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Celebrating 40 years in Houston, the Festival showcases diverse artwork from artists across the country, a variety of entertainment and culinary favorites.
The nationally recognized Capital One Bank Bayou City Art Festival will transform Downtown Houston into a one-of-a-kind outdoor art gallery featuring over 300 juried artists from 19 artistic media. This year’s featured artist is Kreg Yingst, a painter and self-taught printmaker.
In addition to the artwork, the Festival includes a range of multicultural entertainment with music and dance performances throughout the weekend on the Houston Art Alliance Performance Stage. And, String Theory, a collaborative ensemble of musicians and dancers, will transform the Downtown Festival environment and architecture into a larger-than-life musical instrument.
“We could not be more excited to celebrate our 40th anniversary with the City of Houston this weekend,” said Michael Piana, Board President, Bayou City Art Festival. “The team of staff, sponsors and volunteers has planned an amazing weekend filled with returning favorites as well new features for every artistic taste.”
The always popular, Gexa Energy Creative Zone will inspire kids of all ages with a variety of art activities. And, to satisfy every taste bud, the Capital One Bank Bayou City Art Festival presents the Art of Food, offering a broad menu ranging from sweet treats to home-style favorites.
The Bayou City Art Festivals have raised over $2.6 million for Houston area nonprofits and parks over its 40 year history. And, the Festivals strive to encourage up and coming artists.
This weekend aspiring artists will transform the Reflection Pond in front of City Hall with the returning favorite, Art on Water. New to this Festival, the Portable On Demand Art Project presents unique works of art using PODS® containers illustrating the vibrant and diverse Houston culture. Showcasing young Houston artists, SPARK Park will conduct an auction of “Play in the Park” themed collages created by Houston area students with recycled jewelry donated by Charming Charlie. Additionally, 20 students from The Masquerade Tribble School will take to the stage at The Masquerade Theatre on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to supporting these public arts initiatives, Festival proceeds will benefit 18 local nonprofit partners.
Advance tickets are available online at www.bayoucityartfestival.comor tickets are available at the gate on Saturday and Sunday. (Cash only is accepted at the gate.) Ticket prices are $12 for adults and children 12 and under are free. For more information, please visit www.bayoucityartfestival.com.
Parking is available on city streets and for the usual event fee in the City Hall Annex, Hobby Center or Theater District Parking under Tranquility Park. Click here for more detailed information about parking locations and their proximity to the festival.
Festival sponsors include Capital One Bank, Houston Area Cadillac Dealerships, CultureMap.com, Gexa Energy, Houston Chronicle, KTRK-TV ABC 13, New York Times and Budweiser Select 55.
Established in 1972, the Art Colony Association (ACA) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to producing high quality art festivals and events to provide financial support to local non-profit organizations. Over the past 40 years, the Art Colony Association, producer of Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall and Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring, has raised more than $2.6 million for local nonprofit organizations. The Festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Visit www.bayoucityartfestival.com for more information.