Arts & Culture

Bayou City Art Festival set for this weekend in Houston

General admission tickets for the Saturday-Sunday festival start at $20 apiece. Kids under 12 get in for free.

Michelle McDowell Smith is the festival's 2023 Featured Artist.
Michelle McDowell Smith
Michelle McDowell Smith is the festival’s 2023 featured artist.

Preparations for the Bayou City Art Festival are underway in downtown Houston.

The festival that is held twice a year will feature artwork of 300 artists from across the country, a food truck park with 18 vendors and musical performances in downtown Houston on Saturday and Sunday. Artists will display and sell a variety of artistic pieces like jewelry, glasswork, sculptures, acrylic and oil paintings, photography and sculptures.

The festival this weekend will feature “The Barbie Dream House,” a vibrant seating area surrounded with white picket fences.

The attraction offers a range of selfie stations, include a giant pink high-heeled shoe, an oversized purse and a Barbie convertible cut-out, according to the festival events webpage. The Dream House will be located in Sam Houston Park between the mainstage “Active Imagination Zone.”

The Imagination Zone features hands-on art activities like a watercolor art project, and a beading station.

A craft beer garden will be near the main stage in upper Sam Houston Park, according to the webpage. A wine garden will be centrally located near the KPRC 2 Hitch Stage.

The music lineup throughout the weekend will include performances from Houston Ensemble, Luba Dvorak, dem roots and Felipe Galvan’s Pachuco Boogie Sound System.

An event guide with a full list of musical performances and food vendors can be downloaded on the art festival’s website. Tickets for the festival, at $20 apiece, can be found on the festival’s website. The festival is free to kids 12 and under. VIP tickets are starting at $75 apiece.