7 things to know about the 2019 Katy Rice Festival, Oct. 11-13

The Katy Rice Festival is this weekend, Oct. 11-13.

The Katy Rice Festival is this weekend, Oct. 11-13.

This year’s Katy Rice Festival is a three-day event with food, drinks, carnival rides, music and crafts. Located in downtown historic Katy, the event is co-hosted by the city of Katy and the Rotary Club of Katy, and all proceeds benefit the local community. Here are 7 things to know about the festival:





Dates and times


Friday, Oct. 11: 6-11 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12: 9 a.m. parade, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. festival
Sunday, Oct. 13: noon-6 p.m.





Admission


Friday: free
Saturday parade: free
Saturday and Sunday festival: free (children age 12 and under),
$5 (over age 12). Cash and debit and credit cards will be accepted.





Getting around


On Saturday and Sunday, there are free shuttles to and from the Merrell Center. But on Friday, attendees will have to find parking or find a ride to be dropped off. There are five gates to enter the festival:

  • Gate 1: Intersection of Avenue D and Third Street

  • Gate 2: Intersection of Avenue C and Fourth Street

  • Gate 3: Intersection of Avenue A and Fourth Street

  • Gate 4: Intersection of Avenue A and Second Street

  • Gate 5: Intersection of Avenue B and First Street







Parade


The Katy Rice Festival parade runs from 9-10 a.m. The starting point is at the intersection of Avenue C and 10th Street. The parade proceeds and turns on Dexel Drive, then Fifth Street and again on Avenue C before returning to the starting point.





Food and drink


To purchase beer, soda and water, attendees must purchase tickets inside the festival. Wine will be poured at the Wine Grotto separately. Additionally, there will be food trucks to purchase snacks and meals.





Children's activities


In addition to carnival rides—which will require separately purchased tickets—there will be a free Kids Zone with a trackless train, arts and crafts, and inflatables.





Live music schedule
The Katy Rice Festival will have seven bands play live music over the three days. Here is the lineup:

Friday, Oct. 11
Bidi Bidi Tribute Band, 6-8 p.m.
KAOS, 8:45-10:45 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12
Zydeco Dots, 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Horizon, 1:15-4:15 p.m.
Nathan Quick Band, 5-7 p.m.
Hayden Baker, 7:45-9:45 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 13
The Powell Brothers, 12:30-2:45 p.m.
Curtis Grimes, 3:45-5:45 p.m.


By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


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