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 the Washington Avenue Arts District 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

Sip, shop and see: 

  • October 6: Holler Brewing Co FIRST Fridays Art Market - Kick off the  weekend with both a locally crafted beer from brewery and tap room, Holler Brewing Co, and vintage or handmade finds from a market featuring artists and makers. Fall Biannual @ Sawyer Yards- Nearly 350 of Houston’s top local artists will showcase thousands of original paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography, ceramics, mixed media and jewelry during the Sawyer Yards Fall Biannual Art Stroll. Hosted by one of the nation’s largest working creative communities, visitors are invited to explore the campus’ six studio buildings.

  • October 13: Second Saturday @ Sawyer Yards- Spend an afternoon wandering through Sawyer Yards' six studio buildings. Guests can meet 300+ artists, learn about local art and add a new piece to their collection. The Market at Sawyer Yards- This free, curated market hosts a mix of artistic mediums with a focus on creative ‘makers’ as sellers of their own work, folk art, and artisan crafts including packaged specialty foods. 

  • October (Various Dates):  Sculpture Month Houston is a three-dimensional art festival consisting of more than 40 participating venues including commercial galleries, nonprofit spaces, educational facilities and museums. This year's festival and main show at SITE Gallery Houston is titled, "Peak Shift.” In addition, Buffalo Bayou Partnership commissioned famed Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez to create a site-specific work for the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. This dazzling projection of continuously moving chromatic modules on the Cistern columns, walls and cubes floating in the shallow pool of water on the reservoir’s floor invites visitors to become an essential component of the artwork.

  • October 27 & 28: MECA's Dia de los Muertos Celebration - MECA will present the 18th edition of its Día de los Muertos Celebration, a series of cultural events recognizing the Mexican cultural holiday. The celebration includes a 2-day festival offered free to the public. It supports and showcases Houston area visual and performing artists while attracting thousands of visitors from the Houston area, Texas and Mexico. MECA will also host Retablos31 - an annual silent auction fundraiser and exhibition of retablos celebrating the tradition of devotional painting, presented in collaboration with Lawndale Art Center. 

  • Exhibits on View at Sawyer Yards - Each of the studio buildings at Sawyer Yards will host exhibitions throughout the month, such as a tenant exhibition on view at Winter Street Studios, three exhibitions on view at Sabine Street Studios, and a new installation by Joseph Echevarria at The Guard Tower at Sawyer Yards.

The Arts District 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.

Fresh Arts X Arts District

Fresh Arts is headquartered in and is the managing partner of the Washington Avenue Arts District, 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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