This October, Houstonians and visitors are encouraged to explore the city in new, safe and socially distanced ways for Arts District Month. The Arts District Houston invites the public to experience local art, reconnect with nature and support small businesses. Houstonians can explore the intersection of art and ecology with self-guided bike tours that feature four local muralists, shop al-fresco from small businesses in the area and view public art that captures Houston’s rich history.
Organizers have created a variety of experiences so that every Houstonian can find something they enjoy while supporting local businesses.
Here’s an overview of what’s in store in October:
- Weekend One, Art in Action: Celebrate and explore Houston’s creative heart by visiting the 2020 Sawyer Yards Art Walk. Meet artists in their studios, view the latest gallery exhibitions, and enjoy an immersive art experience on October 3 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
After you work up your appetite from the art walk head over to LOFT18 for bold & classic 'American' style shareables, burgers, sandwiches & more! Note that seating is limited to prioritize safety of guests.
- Weekend Two, Art on Wheels: Spend the day supporting local artists and sustainable transportation. Guests are encouraged to bike over to Sawyer Yards and view 10 hand-painted Houston BCycles juxtaposed with large-scale photography inspired by their designs. The Unicorn Bike Show will take place on Saturday, October 10th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm and coincides with The Market at Sawyer Yards and Second Saturday at Sawyer Yards. Cool off from your bike ride and art adventures with a mint julep or cherry bounce frozen pop at Julep, where you can also grab light bites to go.
- Weekend Three, A Virtual Experience: Have your dinner delivered from area favorites like Local Pho, Sticky’s Chicken or Dumpling Haus, and settle in for a unique virtual performance. In celebration of the 5th anniversary of the completion of Buffalo Bayou Park, Buffalo Bayou Partnership is hosting Artful Anniversary, a series of 5 unique virtual performances and experiences through the month of October.
Urban Souls Dance Company, a creative social arts organization will make use of the vast, cavernous space of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern for a subterranean performance like the 94-year old Cistern has never seen. This virtual experience is streaming at BuffaloBayou.org on October 17.
- Weekend Four, Eco-Art: Grab two wheels for a day at a B-cycle station and ride mural to mural on a self-guided bike tour that explores the intersection of art and ecology, from former farms to the District’s natural boundaries at the White Oak and Buffalo Bayous.
A map and audio guide is available for download featuring the four muralists, Janavi Folmsbee, Patty Barrera, Jessica Guerra, and Jessica Rice, who explain how they generated vibrant painted imagery from their environmental research. Don’t forget to step back in history through the doors of Henderson and Kane, where you can enjoy “smoked Texana” barbecue while admiring the historic wood clapboard structure that originally housed Garcia’s Meat Market in the 1930s.
- Weekend Five, The Great Outdoors: Get outdoors and stay outdoors, taking in the sights on a sculpture walk and quenching your thirst in a garden. Start by downloading our public art guide then walk among the larger-than-life shapes of Estructuras Monumentales, an exhibition of outdoor sculptures by the 105-year-old, New York-based artist Carmen Herrera (b. 1915, Havana, Cuba). It’s on view just south of the bayou in Fondren Foundation Meadow in Buffalo Bayou Park (Allen Parkway at Gillette Street) during park hours (6am-11pm).
Take a break at Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden, and enjoy a fresh beverage on their spacious patio.
Arts District Month also falls within Hispanic Heritage Month and National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM). Follow the Arts District Houston on social media (@ArtsDistrictHOU) as they highlight Latinx organizations making waves in the community, and local Latino owned and operated businesses within the Arts District. MantecaHTX hosts a carefully curated directory of Latinx creatives practicing in Houston on their website and NAHM will host virtual activities throughout the month in recognition of the importance of culture in this country.
Location: Arts District Houston
Time and Date: All month long, suggested events each weekend
Hosted by: Arts District Houston
Photo by Felix Sanchez