The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival announced for the 15th anniversary of the festival, this year's event will be held for free online from Oct. 17-18.

According to a press release from The Woodlands Arts Council, visitors will have the opportunity to engage for free with artists in their online booths from the comfort of their homes. The online venue will bring musical performances, hands-on children’s activities, and informative artists panels and video interviews up close and personal.

“In this challenging time, we made the decision to keep people safe by bringing the festival home to them,” TWAC Executive Director Jenny Carattini-Wright said in the press release. “We have spent many hours researching how to best create an interactive format that will connect our community with our artists and sponsors and make it an experience that will be easy to navigate and fun for all. ”

Prior to the festival beginning, a virtual "happy hour" Oct. 16 will livestream tutorials to teach visitors how to engage with the artists, how to decorate a home and more.

The festival will also feature a silent auction beginning Oct. 14 with work donated by 200 juried artists, which will continue through the festival's conclusion on Oct. 18.

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival was originally scheduled to be held in early April but was delayed to October over coronavirus concerns.