What is the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown?

The Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is a fun and interactive outdoor art festival for people of all ages and is one of the largest juried fine art festivals in the U.S. The two-day festival features the works of more than 220 national and international artists, a food truck park, two entertainment stages, a craft beer garden, the Haak Vineyards wine garden, an Art Bar, an Active Imagination Zone for kids of all ages, A VIP Hospitality Lounge, a Culinary Arts Stage, and more! The outdoor event offers visitors the opportunity to meet with exhibiting artists, view original works from 19 art disciplines, and purchase world-class art, prints, jewelry, sculptures, and more at prices for everyone. 

When is the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown happening?

Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9, 2022. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. daily. Bayou City Art Festival is a rain or shine event.

What is the price for admission?

Online pre-purchased tickets are required to enter the festival. Tickets will not be sold at the gate. Purchased General Admission tickets can be used for entry to one day of the festival, either Saturday or Sunday.

Adult General Admission tickets are available at an “Early Bird” discounted rate of $15 until September 23, 2022, after which the cost of admission will be $18 for adults. For children, 6-12 tickets are $5 and children five and under are free. You can purchase your online tickets here.

Where is the festival and where can I park?

Bayou City Art Festival will take place in Downtown Houston at Sam Houston Park and along Allen Parkway at 1000 Bagby St.


There are 3 entrance gates for the festival, and they have been color-coded to provide easier distinction for patrons.

The Blue Gate – Located near the intersection of Bagby Street and McKinney Street

The Green Gate – Located near the intersection of Bagby Street and Dallas Street

The Orange Gate – Located on Allen Parkway just west of Sabine Street.

On-site parking for the festival is not available. On-street meter parking, surface parking lots, and convenient garage parking are available for a fee in Downtown Houston. .

VIP parking is located at 900 Bagby St. at the City Hall Annex. 


Consider ridesharing! The designated ride-sharing drop-off/pick-up point is located at the corner of Bagby Street and Dallas Street.

Go for a ride with Houston BCycle! Download the app, so you can bike to and from the festival.

Also, METRO is available for your transportation needs. For information on routes and schedules, please contact METRO at 713-635-5000 or click here

Does the festival benefit local nonprofit organizations?

Yes! A portion of the proceeds from Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will benefit six local charities. Each nonprofit provides volunteers and has the option to host a crafting station in the Active Imagination Zone. The six nonprofit partners benefiting from the 2022 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown include ArtReach, Fresh Arts, Orange Show for Visionary Art, Second Servings, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency.

Who is the featured artist?

Cindy Olmes, a mixed media artist from Cincinnati, Ohio is the featured artist for the 2022 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown. You can learn more about Olmes here.

Who is performing at the Festival?

You will find a list of the scheduled performers on the entertainment page of our website. 

Do you have VIP tickets?

Bayou City Art Festival and Frost Bank are offering a limited availability VIP Hospitality Lounge, which will include a tented oasis with complimentary light bites, beer, wine, and other refreshments. The relaxing setting under a canopy of trees will feature roaming musicians, artistic décor, a phone charging station, upgraded restroom facilities, and more. VIPs will receive access from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the VIP area, along with VIP parking. VIP tickets are available online for $70. To purchase a VIP ticket click here.

Is there food and beverages available at the festival? 

Yes, there is a large food truck park located at the west end of the festival, near the Orange Gate Entrance, and a variety of other food and beverage vendors throughout the site.


Will there be security?


Yes. 24-hour security for the festival is provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office, as well as private security officers.


What is Bayou City Art Festival doing about COVID-19?

Bayou City Art Festival is an outdoor event and encourages all patrons to practice social distancing, and wash their hands often. Hand sanitizing stations will be available in all areas of the festival. Producers of the festival will follow the suggestions and safety guidelines set forth by the Mayor’s Office of the City of Houston, and the CDC. If ticket holders have been exposed to COVID-19 or its variants, or if they are feeling sick or ill, we ask that they stay home.


What can I bring to the festival?

You can bring picnic blankets, sunscreen, mosquito spray, hats, sunglasses, and umbrellas. You are also allowed to bring strollers, wagons, and wheelchairs, but keep in mind there will be large crowds.

What can I not bring?

For everyone to have a fun and worry-free day, please refrain from bringing the following prohibited items into the festival: Pets (service animals only), outside food or beverages, skateboards, hoverboards, scooters, rollerblades, laser pointers, fireworks, weapons, guns, pocket knives, drones or any flying toys.

Are there restrooms available? 

Yes, portable facilities are located throughout the festival grounds.

Do you have ATMs at the festival?

No. Bayou City Art Festival is a cashless event. 

Where is EMS located at the festival? 

EMS is centrally located at the site or you may ask a festival staff representative with a radio for assistance with an emergency.

Things to Remember:

Our goal: Zero impact. Please recycle.

-Event programs will be distributed at the gate.

-Smoking is prohibited on festival grounds.

-Pets are not allowed, with the exception of official service animals. Documentation may be required.

-Please be respectful. Do not film or photograph any artist, or their work, without their consent and permission.

Everyone is subject to a security search upon entry. All purses/bags/backpacks will be subject to search before entry, for the safety of all patrons.

Uniformed Police Officers and Private Security will be onsite at all times.

Ticket Holders are asked to drink responsibly. Bayou City Art Festival reserves the right to deny entry/remove patrons, without compensation or refund, who are displaying offensive, disorderly, or dangerous behavior.

Whom do I contact if I have a question that has not been answered?

For questions and general inquiries, please contact