Bayou City Art Festival March 22, 2013 - March 24, 2013 Location: Memorial Park Address: 6501 1/2 Memorial Drive
Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is a much-anticipated Houston tradition that celebrates a wide variety of art forms by more than 300 nationally and locally celebrated artists from across the country. The festival offers an array of exhibitswhere patrons can admire and purchase art pieces. The festival also features activities for children in the Green Mountain Energy Creativity Zone, dozens of food and beverage vendors, and live entertainment on the Houston Arts Alliance Local Roots/ Global Culture stage including performances from Umbrella Man, Hustler’s Brass Band and other gospel, Carnatic and honky-tonk groups performing historically local songs.
Each festival features a unique artist and this year, native Houstonian Charlie Hardwick has been selected. Hardwick converted his hobby of creating rock posters into a career in 2008 and has since added painting and print making into his art portfolio. His brightly colored, captivating posters are admired by many and over the years have featured rock legends including The Who, Bob Dylan and U2. Hardwick was diagnosed as legally blind in 2007, but continues to work in the digital non-photography genre through Mac handicap provisions.
The Bayou City Art Festival is a non-profit organization that provides financial support to non-profit partners. This year Bayou City Art Festival Downtown has partnered with 15 local non-profit organizations, including the Art League Houston, CityArt Works, Several Dancers Core, the Heritage Society and the YMCA.
”The festival attracts at least 30,000 art patrons each year and has raised more than $2.7 million since it began 40 years ago. This year the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will be held at Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston.
Tickets are free for members and children under 12, and non-members may purchase tickets online or at festival doors. Adults - $15 Children 13 + $3 . Worldfest: Houston International Film Festival April 12 - 21, 2013 Location:The AMC Studio 30 at Dunvale Address: 2949 Dunvale
A Major New WorldFest Master Festival Program: All Remi Winners in TV Production Categories, Shorts, Features, Documentary, Experimental & Student Films & Videos will now be officially submitted for consideration in either the 13th Annual Seoul Drama Awards-Korea, the Concorto Short Film Festival in Piacenza, Italy and the 43rd Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas - at no additional entry fees or charges! Winners selected for either the SDA in Seoul or the USA Film Festival Dallas will receive VIP invitations to participate and attend these exceptional festivals.
This new “Sister-Festival” Program of WorldFest will add some additional participating events in the future. This is the 1st time in festival history that a program of this sort has ever been offered! WorldFest is a founding member of the UFFO!.
Houston International Festival April 20 - 28, 2013 (Every Sunday, Saturday) Location: Tranquility Park Address: 400 Rusk St., Houston
The high quality Houston International Festival Markets are unsurpassed in selection, quality and authenticity. Each market area is designed around a geographical theme to offer the vendor a rich and beautiful market venue from which to sell products and to attract a large crowd.
Visit the Local Market to find the latest “green” and up-cycled items and tour all parts of the globe with our Latin Market, European Market, Asian and Middle Eastern Market, and the African-Caribbean Market.
The Fine Art and Fine Craft Market is a city-block gallery exclusively reserved for the display and sale of the works of artists from across the globe. It is a show-within-a-show located at the heart of the festival, providing maximum exposure to the city’s art buying crowd.
Houston Children’s Festival April 06 - April 07, 2013 (Recurring daily) Location: Tranquility Park Address: 400 Rusk St., Houston
The Houston Children’s Festival was recently selected as “one of the world’s 300 unmissable events” by Frommer’s Travel Guides. It is one of Houston’s signature events and has developed into one of the primary fundraisers for Child Advocates. With a projected annual attendance of over 50,000 people, the festival celebrates over two decades of proven success.
The Festival fun includes the Sunday only appearance of James Maslow, who stars as James Diamond in Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush and popular boy band by the same name.
Son Vallenato April 13, 2013 Location: MECA Address: 1900 Kane Street
IThe Stylistics of the Colombian Accordion, founder and bandleader Victor Velasquez was an active Vallenato musician in Colombia for 30 years. When he moved to Houston in 1986, he inevitably met other musicians hailing from various parts of Colombia.
Together they formed an ensemble in 2002 called Orgullo Vallenato. A version of the group has since been renamed Son Vallenato and consists of eight members. Victor started out playing the guacharaca (a percussion instrument typical to Vallenato), but taught himself to play accordion by ear. At this count, Victor owns no less than eight accordions, which were all made in his homeland.
Son Vallenato as part of ¡Uno, Dos, Tres!: is Free and open to the public. 6:30 p.m.