Get ready to shop, nosh and stroll the verdant Memorial Park because the 42nd annual Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park kicks off March 22. For three days, festival goers can browse and buy fine art from more than 300 talented artists from around the country while enjoying one of the city's favorite parks.
"This is one of the premier fine art festivals in the country," says executive director Kelly Kindred. "The festival has been ranked in AmericanStyle Magazine's Top 10 Festivals for the past several years, and is a favorite of local art lovers."
Kindred adds that there are two new programs this year, Rising Talent and Fresh Perspective, both of which help foster new talent. And this year's featured artist — or artists, really — are the South Carolina "art couple" Signe and Genna Grushovenko.
"I can't say how excited Genna and I are to be chosen as the featured artists," Signe says. "In our experience, Houstonians are an informed and hospitable audience and we take every chance we get to have our work in front of them."
The Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park is one of two fabulous outdoor fine art festivals produced by the nonprofit Arts Colony Association. The popular fall festival is held downtown in October.
The biannual festivals have raised more than $2.7 million for arts and service organizations in Houston, and this year all proceeds from the Memorial Park festival will go to 16 local charities including Bering Omega Community Services, SNAP and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Those groups provide the volunteers that are instrumental in putting on the festival.
So what kind of art can you see and buy? Just about everything from drawings to fiber art to paintings and sculptures. Also digital and traditional photography, wood and mixed media pieces like the Grushovenkos are known for.
"This is a juried festival," says Kindred. "So what you see are some of the best works by renowned artists from around the country, as well as some of the top Houston artists."
You will want to bring the little ones because there are plenty of interactive activities for them — and for the older ones, too. You can make your own hand wax art, mini art cars and skull masks. You'll also see real artists at work, browse their wares, enjoy food and beverage booths and be entertained by multicultural dance and music groups.
Do bring cash, as that's all the ticket booths take, and do take advantage of the free Park & Ride shuttles that will be running from Northwest Mall and the Downtown Theater District, because you won't find parking at the park site.
Bayou City Art Festival will take place from March 22 to 24 at Memorial Park. Tickets cost $15 at the gate or $13 if you buy now online; members get two free tickets (membership is just $150) and kids get in for $3 (admission is free for children two and under).
The Italian Marketplace at Granduca, an upscale market boasting delectable Italian fare and wine, wood fired pizzas and a carefully edited collection of Italian vendors, will be held at Hotel Granduca (1080 Uptown Park Blvd.) amid the gardens and veranda on Saturday, October 27 from 2 to 6 p.m.
Showcasing the best of Italian culture and cuisine, the market highlights renowned chefs, leading floral designers, exotic automobiles and timeless fashions. Explore and discover the sights, sounds and aroma of Italy while browsing goods and enjoying fine Italian wines. A portion of ticket sales benefit Texas Children’s Hospital.
The Italian Marketplace at Granduca includes:
Hotel Granduca / Ristorante Cavour, Chef Renato DePirro
Four Seasons Hotel / Quattro, Chef Maurizio Ferrarese
Le Mistral / Chef David Denis
Moet & Hennessey
Republic National Distributing Company -
William Grant & Sons
Tea & Coffee America
Salvatore Albelice Coffee and Gelato
Nundini’s Chef’s Table Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar
Ferrari of Houston
Maserati of Houston
Vespa of Texas
David Brown Flowers
Lenny e Cia
Saks 5th Avenue
Italian Cultural and Community Center
Roberto Agostini, CTC, CLIA and Maria - Top Travel Consultant, Luxury Travel & Cruises
Over the last decade, the Bayou Music Center has hosted numerous musical talents such as Coldplay, Etta James, James Brown, Velvet Revolver and Steely Dan. This venue is known for incredible sight lines and a superior soundsystem.
The Bayou Music Center provides nearby entertainment for all of the Friendswood Development communities. Coming very soon, the world famous children's music group The Wiggles will have two shows on July 29. The first performance will be at 11 AM and the second will be at 3 PM. Your young kids are sure to have a terrific time dancing and singing along to the fun songs of The Wiggles!
For adults, two comedy legends will make appearances that will have audiences howling with laughter. First up is the Mexican-American comedian George Lopez on August 10 and 11. Both shows begin promptly at 8 PM. The following weekend, Cornell graduate, political commentator, and highly provacative comedian Bill Maher will perform his stand up comedy act on August 19 at 8 PM.
For a full list of all shows playing at the Bayou Music Center, please visit its website!
Dinosaurs roamed the earth millions of years ago. Rediscover them this summer at the Houston Zoo! Come face to face with these massive, fearsome creatures this summer.
This year the Houston Zoo is featuring almost twice as many dinosaurs in its exhibit and will highlight species whose remains were found in Texas. From the towering brachiosaurus and mighty T-rex to the new additions like the protohadros and edmontonia, these animatronic dinosaurs move, roar, and even spit water! The Dinosaurs will be at the Zoo through September 3 and cost $3 per person plus the price of admission.
Can’t get enough of these fearsome creatures? Pack up your sleeping bag and join the Houston Zoo for an opportunity to experience the new Dinosaurs exhibit at night! You will also have a flashlight tour of the zoo, participate in interactive activities, meet one of our animal ambassadors, enjoy a pizza dinner, continental breakfast, and more! Visit the Wild Winks homepage for details!
Mayor Annise Parker states, “It is our civic duty to celebrate the birth of our nation and reflect upon those brave men and women who have made great sacrifices for the freedoms we enjoy.”
On Wednesday, July 4 from 4 to 10 PM at Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou will host a Freedom Over Texas Independence Day celebration. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online. Headline entertainers are country superstars Billy Currington and Sara Evans.
Billy Currington will delight Houstonians with songs from his newest album including “Enjoy Yourself”, and favorites like “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “People Are Crazy,” “Don’t,” “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” and “Good Directions.”
Over 30,000 square feet of the park will be set aside for children with a section featuring Radio Disney’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates. To learn more about this event or to purchase tickets, please visit Freedom Over Texas online.
On Saturday, June 30 at 8 PM Discovery Green will present “Art Car: The Movie”. Join film creators Carlton Ahren and Ford Gunter as they present their film (which has been eighteen years in the making) at Discovery Green!
The film follows Rebecca Bass and her high school class as they prepare an entry for the annual event and exposes the audience to this unique art form, the camaraderie within the art community, and offers a glimpse of life “outside the box.” In creating this film, the co-directors traveled across the country and the world to speak with artists and discover what drives their visionary creations. The film also explores how this art form challenges social norms through self-expression on the ultimate public canvas.
For more information about this event, please visit Discovery Green’s homepage or "Art Car: The Movie" online!
According to the press release, Chipotle Kid Power Festival- a first time event- is all about kids! it will be held Saturday May 26, 2012 from 11 AM until 7 PM.
Australian interactive theater troupe, Polyglot Theater, presents the Texas premiere of "We Built This City". Children will have the opportunity to use cardboard boxes to build a "city" and then knock it down. Kids will also have the opportunity to participate in a youth oriented yard sale, the Discovery Kids Swap Meet, on the White Promenade. Kids can learn about the marketplace firsthand, and earn money from the sale of their old toys, books, CDs, DVDs and computer games. They can also learn about philanthropy, since a portion of their rental fee is donated to a charitable cause chosen by the DG Kids Committee.
Do you ever wonder where Houston's most acclaimed chefs prefer to dine? Take the Houston Culinary Tour! Houston's top chefs will showcase some of the city's many delicious eateries.
The chefs will continue their mission to display Houston's vast culinary diversity by showing tour members where chefs like to eat on their days off. This chef-driven program gives participants intimate knowledge about the city and its chefs- unexplored neighborhoods, undiscovered restaurants; and markets that contribute to the locally-driven menus of many restaurants.
Tickets are $180 per person, which includes tastings at each stop, complimentary Saint Arnold's beverages, limo-bus transportation and a gift bag. All tours begin at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer and take place from 11 AM to 4 PM. Ticket proceeds benefit Foodways Texas.
For more information, please visit the Houston Culinary Tour homepage.