The favored Houston arts competition leads downtown for a private fall celebration

After turning into a virtual affair (like so many events last year), one of Houston’s most popular arts events is returning for an in-person celebration this fall.

That Bayou City Arts Festival will take place at Allen Parkway and Sam Houston Park from October 9-10, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., announced producer and promoter The Art Colony Association, Inc.

The event went virtual last year due to the global pandemic. As CultureMap reported, it received a financial boost last April from an anonymous donor who donated $ 450,000 to the festival in memory of its artist mother.

This year’s artist is McKenzie Fisk, a prolific Los Angeles painter whose work focuses on fascinating animal images. The popular weekend event gives attendees a chance to meet artists, see original works, and purchase artwork from around 19 art disciplines – including paintings, prints, jewelry, sculptures, and more.

Like any good festival, the event also features live music, food trucks and drink stations, as well as two entertainment stages and art installations. Adults can enjoy libations in the festival’s vineyard, craft beer garden, and art bar. Children can enjoy hands-on art activities for all ages in the Active Imagination Zone.

Oh, and don’t forget the breathtaking views of the downtown skyline.

Frost Bank and the Fest are offering a limited availability VIP ticket experience that includes a tented area with light snacks, free beer, wine, and other beverages, according to a press release. Nestled under a canopy of trees, the VIP zone offers wandering musicians, artistic decor, a telephone charging station and much more. VIPs get all day access to the area as well as special parking spaces.

Early bird tickets will soon be available online for $ 15 for adults; $ 5 for children 6-12. (Children under five are free.) Adult tickets purchased after September 24, 2021 are priced at $ 18. Tickets purchased online in advance are required to enter the festival.

It is important that tickets are not sold at the gate and can only be bought online, the organizers note.

A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the festival’s charitable partners, including Artists For Artists, Fresh Arts, Houston SPCA, Warriors In Art, Orange Show For Visionary Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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