Sugar Land to host its inaugural International Arts Festival on April 27

Sugar Land will host its inaugural International Arts Festival on April 27 from noon to 6 p.m. at The Crown Festival Park at Sugar Land, 18355 Southwest Freeway. The event will combine two popular events—iFest and Kite Fest—according to a release from the city.

The festival will mark the conclusion of a monthlong celebration of arts and cultures within Sugar Land, highlighting dance, heritage and music throughout the day as well as the area’s first daytime fireworks display, the release said. Multiple stages will feature cultural and musical performances from local groups. Activities will include demonstration areas; an artisans area; kite-flying zones; and an activity zone with a rock wall, inflatables, storytelling, face painting, henna tattoos and craft booths. Stilt walkers will also roam the site during the event.

Throughout the event, attendees will be able to enjoy kite-flying lessons and participate in several on-site competitions. Competition categories include most unique kite, best on-site food vendor, poster art and chalk art. First-, second- and third-place trophies will be awarded for each category. There is no cost to enter the competition. Beat the lines by registering at www.sugarlandtx.gov/internationalartsfestival.

Public parking will be available on-site at the Brazos River Park and The Crown Festival Park at Sugar Land. Participants are encouraged to use free shuttles that will run continuously from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd., and the University of Houston at Sugar Land, 14000 University Blvd.

The Brazos River turnaround under Hwy. 59 is closed and will be unavailable during festival operations, according to the release.

For more information about the event, contact Sugar Land’s Parks and Recreation Department at 281-275-2900 or visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/specialevents for a complete listing of events. Follow @SugarLandParks on social media for additional updates.
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By Beth Marshall

Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.


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