Bayou City Art Festival scheduled for in-person return in October

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is scheduled to return in person in October. (Courtesy Katya Horner/Bayou City Art Festival)
Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is scheduled to return in person in October. (Courtesy Katya Horner/Bayou City Art Festival)

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is scheduled to return in person in October. (Courtesy Katya Horner/Bayou City Art Festival)

The Bayou City Art Festival will be making its in-person return to Houston in October, provided that health and safety protocols at that time allow large gatherings.

The signature art event, hosted twice per year by the Art Colony Association in the spring and fall, will be coming to downtown Houston, the association announced Jan. 18.

“We look forward to welcoming our artists, sponsors, guests and nonprofit partners back to an in-person festival in the fall when we anticipate the City of Houston will allow large in-person gatherings,” ACA Executive Director Kelly Batterson said in a news release. “For now, we remain committed to our mission of supporting artists, celebrating performing arts, giving back to local nonprofits and inspiring young artists who rely on art organizations for inspiration and support in this unprecedented time.”

Due to the pandemic, the Memorial Park version of the festival held normally in the spring will instead be celebrated through alternative virtual and smaller in-person events for the Houston community.

This comes after the festival was postponed March 2020 on the same day Houston Rodeo officials decided to cut short their event. The art festival was then held virtually in October 2020.


Funding for the festivals comes from the city’s Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support and volunteer assistance.

Founded as the Westheimer Art Festival, the event will celebrate its 50th birthday this year.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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