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Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park kicks off this weekend

300 artists featured, 19 disciplines presented

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HOUSTON – The Bayou City Art Festival kicks-off in Memorial Park this weekend with 300 artists and 19 disciplines, according to the Art Colony Association. The festival will also feature interactive entertainment, children’s activities and food trucks, organizers said.

The event will run on the following dates and hours:

  • Friday: 11 a.m. – 6p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

This year’s featured artist is April Murphy, who specializes in capturing nature, pets and whimsical fantasies using vivid colors and animated characters, organizers said. According to ACA, children’s activities include interactive fun with the "Bubble Lady," Hillary Scullane, who specializes in creating over-sized, captivating bubbles for all to enjoy.

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, UH Clear Lake and Print Matters, who will be on-site providing arts and crafts activities in the Children’s Creative Zone, are this year’s nonprofit sponsors.

“This festival has been around for 45 years, and it’s an honor to share this three-day weekend with such a diverse group of artists, community leaders and of course, Houstonians,” executive director Bridget Anderson said.

Tickets are available online at www.ArtColonyAssociation.org for $15 in-advance. Tickets increase to $17 at the gate. Admission for children ages 6–12 is $5 and children younger than 5 get in free, organizers said.

Attendees can also purchase shuttle tickets for $3 online or $4 at the gate. According to ACA, Uber is offering a free ride for first time users, by using the promo code BCAF16.

Give Us Paws, an organization that provides free, in-home training and certification of service animals for disabled veterans, will also be present, organizers said.

“In addition to celebrating the unique, variety of hundreds of artists, we’re committed to being a vehicle for arts education among students as well as promoting cause-driven art that helps raise awareness about the environment, animal cruelty, the elderly and more,” Anderson said.