Arts District Month

Arts District Month





Explore Local Businesses, Events and Restaurants During Arts District Month



For the first time, Houstonians can celebrate the rich, thriving arts and culture community with an entire month dedicated to delivering the perfect staycation matched with artistic expression. October is officially Arts District Month in Houston and Arts District Houston is partnering with Houston First, Visit Houston, and Le Meridian Houston Downtown to increase awareness and promote tourism opportunities in the area. 

This state-appointed Arts and Cultural District has a rich history as it encompasses portions of both the First and Sixth Wards, two of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. The Arts District is home to 300+ studio spaces for local artists, designers, and makers demonstrating firsthand how art gets made. There are dozens of locally-owned bars, restaurants and creative businesses. Visitors can encounter flourishing creative expression, entrepreneurial spirit and joyful exploration of personal passions amidst the iconic repurposed rice silos and old Union Pacific rail line running through the region. 

“As one of Houston’s five state-recognized cultural districts, we have a unique opportunity to showcase the artists and creative entrepreneurs participating in the city’s thriving arts ecosystem” said Marci Dallas, Executive Director of Fresh Arts. “Arts District Month is a chance get to know the history of our neighborhood, meet local artists, deepen our knowledge of this diverse city, have an amazing time- all while supporting Houston’s arts community.”

Throughout the month, experience art and architecture in the context of the preserved rice silos at Site Gallery or the former underground drinking water facility at the Cistern at Buffalo Bayou Park. Visit Houston’s beautiful historic Glenwood Cemetery where many of our city’s founder are laid to rest, or grab a coffee or a beer at one of the neighborhood haunts. Take in the expansive murals at Art Alley or check out the exhibits at Sawyer Yards, FotoFest, and MECA.






Weekend Guide


Weekend One (Oct. 5-7)

Sip, Shop, See 

Depending on the mood, remedy a sweet tooth with a classic milkshake at Southwell’s Hamburger Grill or seek debauchery in the traditional Irish cocktail style at Poitín, then browse the latest in hip clothing items at Reserve Supply Co.  Experience a rare opportunity to view and shop thousands of pieces of art from more than 350 Houston artists at the Fall Biannual @ Sawyer Yards.  Along with the art, there will be live music, light bites and drinks at each of the six studio buildings.  Don’t forget to head to Holler Brewing Co FIRST Fridays Art Market where you can grab a cold one and shop this new local artist and makers market. Along the way, check out the Art Alley Mural Project at the heart of Sawyer Yards, the iconic President’s heads by sculptor David Adickes at American Statesmanship Park and the colorful ‘Rail to the Sea’ mural by local artist Janavi M Folmsbee for perfect Instagram pictures. 


Weekend Two (Oct. 12-14)

Sip, Shop, See 

Refresh in the a.m. with seasonal loose leaf tea and fresh roasted coffee at Catalina Coffee Shop. Once you’re energized for the day, check out the studio buildings at Sawyer Yards. The buildings have rotating exhibitions open to the public, but the Second Saturday of each month is special because you can interact personally with local artists and creative makers.  First head to The Market at Sawyer Yards, a curated outdoor market that puts special attention on Houston folk art, but also offers artisan crafts and specialty foods. Then meet local artists at Second Saturday @ Sawyer Yards where you will find an array of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography, ceramics, mixed media, and jewelry. Once you’re done shopping, laugh it up at Station Theater, an independent comedy performance space featuring long-form improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy shows Thursday through Saturday.  After the fun, grab a craft beer in a converted gas station at Liberty Station


Weekend Three (Oct. 19-21)

Sip, Snack, See

Head to Sawyer Flea in the morning for a curated outdoor market, then delight your taste buds with Belgian dishes at Cafe Brussels or a perfect burger at Stanton City Bites. It’s Sculpture Month Houston, so set your sights on the unique art installations at the main SITE gallery exhibit where you can expect a thought-provoking glimpse into the Peak Shift psychological phenomenon - multiplied renderings of an original object. Next, continue viewing a cross section of international sculpture at more than 40 participating venues including Art Inside Out at Meek Studio and TANK Space at Spring Street Studios. Still not done with your Arts District Houston foodie experience? Enjoy Australian-inspired fare and handcrafted brews at Platypus Brewing. Since you’re out and about, catch a live musical performance at Cafeza while snacking on Spanish tapas, La Tribu Cubana will perform on Saturday, October 20, and check out the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern exhibit. End the night by winding down with a ‘honey badger’ bourbon-based cocktail at Spring Street Beer & Wine Garden


Weekend Four (Oct. 26-28)

Sip, Snack, See 

It wouldn’t be a true Día de los Muertos fiesta in Houston without honoring the lives of family and friends who have gone before us at MECA Houston. Start your day off right with fresh baked pastries and espresso from Henderson and Kane general store. You’ll get your first dose of local art there before attending the festival celebrating ancestors and Latin American traditions at MECA’s colorful, art-filled campus located at the nationally recognized historic Dow School. While you’re at MECA, soak in more local art at the Ofrenda Altars and Retablos31 exhibition celebrating the tradition of devotional painting along with the Virgen de Guadalupe can statue created by Paul Kittelson. Later on, settle in for cozy 1920s bar vibes at Darkhorse Tavern or sip southern cocktail specialties at Julep. Dining options include irresistible fried chicken at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken or a steak in the luxurious environment at B&B Butchers & Restaurant.




About Arts District Houston

Arts District Houston is a colorful, urban community situated in the Houston city center along the Washington Avenue Corridor and touts the highest concentration of working artists in the state. Visit this lively area bound by two of the city’s bayous and feel the creativity flow throughout the creative businesses, restaurants, artists studios and reimagined industrial spaces.




For more information, visit the Artist District Houston website







During October Art Month, enjoy a 25% discount on hotel stays at Le Meridien Houston Downtown!

Booking code: LCPKG 1




Fresh Arts X Arts District Houston

Fresh Arts is headquartered in and is the managing partner of Arts District Houston, an area that embodies Houston’s up and coming creative economy. Fresh Arts and its stakeholders amplify the district’s ability to serve artists and the greater community through artist-centered initiatives that help build capacity, audiences, and shared resources for the artists and creative businesses that compose the district. Fresh Arts and the Arts District are focused on shaping and growing Houston’s creative economy in a responsible way that ensures the district retains top artistic talent and energy while continually enhancing the livability of the surrounding neighborhood.






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