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30,000 Expected Downtown For Art Festival

More than 300 artists from across the country will be on hand downtown this weekend for the Bayou City Art Festival. The festival is now into its fifth decade.


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The festival started more than 40 years ago as the Westheimer Street Festival and grew into a fine art festival that is now split into two events, this weekend’s a festival downtown and another one in March in Memorial Park.

Kelly Kindred is the executive director of the festival. 

“Artists love to come to Houston. They consistently say how educated and amazing our art buyers are. It’s super fun. I like to call it an artist petting zoo because we require the artists to be in their booths, so you get to play with artists in their natural habitat and talk to them about their inspiration for their work.”
More than 30,000 people are expected to visit the festival that’s set up in the streets around City Hall. 

“It’s a signature cultural event for the city of Houston. Susan Christian, who is the deputy director of the Mayor’s office of special events has said that it is the most unique event that happens in Houston.”
The festival runs from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. 

“There’s Theater District and there’s garages all across downtown. All that information is available on our website at As far as the tickets are concerned, it’s $15 dollars for adults per day and that money goes to our non-profit organizations.”

Those organizations include the Houston Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Houston Center of Photography.