40th annual Capital One B...

40th annual Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, Houston Texas

October 8 & 9, 2011

How to Apply

Applications are currently being accepted via ZAPP: http://www.zapplication.org

April 29, 2011

Entry Fee:

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Contact Info:
Kelly Kindred

Festival Description

Fall in Houston, the weather cools and Houstonians celebrate at the Capital One Bank Bayou City Art Festival Downtown. Our urban festival is set against the dramatic skyline of the nation's fourth largest city and was awarded the #10 spot in the Sunshine Artist 200 Best list in September 2010. The festival has also been named “Best Gallery in Houston” in March of 2009 by readers of Click2Houston.com and “Best Festival in Houston” in the 2008 Houston Press “Best of Houston” magazine. Festival attendance over the two days totals over 30,000 patrons.

Held each year the second weekend of October, the Capital One Bank Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is a permanent entry on the calendars of serious collectors, interior designers and pre-holiday shoppers. Streets surrounding City Hall, Hermann Square and Sam Houston Park become an outdoor gallery featuring over 300 fine artists against the dramatic backdrop of Houston's skyscrapers.


Capital One Bank Bayou City Art Festival Downtown showcases works representing 19 media format and is juried at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston by an invited panel of artists, collectors and industry professionals.


Artist Praise


"This was my first year attending & it was exciting to be a part of your festival... I was really impressed with the quality of the show... Kudos to [Bayou City Art Festival Staff] for putting on a great festival & getting the wonderful people of Houston to come out and support the arts. I received great response to my work & had an awesome show!... We need more shows out there like yours. Keep it up!" -Pyper Hugos, Artist, Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2010, Bozeman, MT


“Had a great show... sold a lot! had some fun! Perfect weather... how did you do it?" -Michael McKee, Artist, Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2010, Wheaton, IL


Why Houston?


Winners Receive



Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2010 Winners



Past Jurors Have Included