The city of Georgetown is celebrating National Arts & Humanities Month with several upcoming events for residents and visiting art lovers to enjoy.

Lunch with special guest

The city will host the quarterly Arts and Culture Brown Bag Luncheon on Oct. 13 with special host Ann Graham, executive director of Texans for the Arts.

Graham will present on the Hotel Occupancy Tax Toolkit and discuss ways to utilize 15% of the tax revenues for community arts and culture initiatives.

Her presentation will begin at noon in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St, Georgetown.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Those interested are encouraged to RSVP at [email protected].

Art Stroll and ribbon-cutting

Patrons are invited to engage in arts experiences at various locations across the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District on Oct. 20.

Experiences include kids activities, artist demonstrations, art exhibits, live music and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new South Main Arts District. The ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. between Founder’s Park and Grace Heritage Center, 817 S. Main St.

Additionally, the 2022 Georgetown Sculpture Tour award winners will be announced at the Shotgun House, 801 West St.

South Main Arts Festival

The city will have its inaugural South Main Arts Festival dedicated to the fine arts and located in the new South Main Arts District—a project that received Cultural District grant funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts on Oct. 22.

Attendees are invited to shop the juried artist booths for a variety of artistic media while viewing the yarn bomb installation that was designed and created by Preservation Georgetown, the Knitting Cup, and passionate fiber artists and volunteers from the community. There will also be food trucks, live music and ribbon dancers throughout the day as well as kids art activities, pottery by Cordovan Art School and more. The evening’s live music headliner is Sue Foley, the Texas Commission on the Arts touring roster artist. Foley’s performance will start at 5 p.m.

Water conservation events

The city of Georgetown’s water conservation team is looking to bring awareness to the importance of water and sustainable watering through two opportunities, planned in conjunction with the arts events.

There are 10 painted rain barrels that will be on display at local businesses and city facilities in downtown area Oct. 17-21 as part of the inaugural Painted Rain Barrel Project.

The painted rain barrels will be up for auction during that week, and people can place bids via a QR code. Proceeds from the auction will go toward water conservation education and outreach efforts in Georgetown ISD.

Additionally, in efforts to spread more awareness and promote community engagement about water conservation, the water conservation team will also be hosting its first Imagine a Day Without Water event Oct. 20.

According to a release from the city, water plays a vital role in our daily lives, and this event is designed to bring awareness to what life would be like without water.

Downtown businesses will have free swag available, and people can enter a raffle to win a chance for themed giveaways.

More details will be provided closer to the event.