At Bayou City Art Festival Downtown on Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14, 2018, guests will have the opportunity to browse the artwork from 300 artists representing 19 different disciplines. Children of all ages can make art with our nonprofit partners in the Children’s Creative Zone. And, new this year – guests are encouraged to get creative and don their Halloween costumes. A contest for adults and children will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Children’s Creative Zone, where prizes for best and most creative costumes will be awarded.

In the heart of the festival, at the Children’s Creative Zone, our nonprofit partners will be offering a variety of activities for the entire family!

Give Us Paws Rocks – A Cause to Give Us Paws

Come rock out with Give Us Paws Service Dogs and paint your favorite paws with the nonprofit that provides free, in-home service dog training for Veterans and subsidized training for civilians suffering from PTSD and other disabilities.

Circles, Lines, Patterns, Colors – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Inspired by the exhibition Contesting Modernity: Informalism in Venezuela, 1955–1975 and the art of Carlos Cruz-Diez, everyone is invited to create their own kinetic work of art bringing together circles, lines, colors and patterns.

Healthy Food Adventures and Games – Recipe For Success Foundation

Spin the veggie wheel game:  Guests are encouraged to take a spin at the veggie wheel, and learn a fun fact about different vegetables.

Carrot Peeling Race: Guests are encouraged to participate in a carrot-peeling race. The winner receives a prize of a guest pass to the Health Museum.

Children’s Garden Pot Making: Guests will make biodegradable garden pots out of recycled newspaper.

Haiku Poetry Writing: Guests are encouraged to visit the station to write their own Haiku to keep or share with us.

Mixed Media Collage – The Arc of Greater Houston

Visitors of all ages are invited to let their creativity run free and choose from a variety of materials to create an art piece reflecting their individuality and interests.

Scratchboard Relief Printmaking – The University of Houston – Clear Lake Art Gallery

In the University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery printmaking activity, children and adults alike will scratch designs onto foam board and then transfer their designs onto paper with printing ink. This technique is similar to the process of creating a woodcut, the oldest form of printmaking.

During the past 47 years, sponsors, patrons and volunteers have helped Bayou City Art Festivals raise more than $3.6 million in support for local nonprofit charities. Please help us give back to our Downtown 2018 nonprofits partners:

A Cause to Give us Paws

Fresh Arts 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Recipe For Success Foundation

The Arc of Greater Houston

The University of Houston – Clear Lake Art Gallery

The unique fine art event will be taking over Downtown and everyone is welcome to join!

The outdoor festival will provide guests with the opportunity to see and purchase unique, custom art under the iconic Houston skyline. Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will feature live music in front of City Hall and throughout the festival along with entertainment, beverage stations, food trucks and much more for patrons to enjoy.

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