Annual Events for the Whole Fam!
Sheree Cardwell - Baytown Tourism Marketing Specialist
Arts & Eats Fest
March 23rd 4pm-9pm
Town Square, 213 W. Texas Avenue, Baytown
The Arts & Eats Fest is the perfect marriage of food trucks, art, and music! Food Trucks will line the Baytown Town Square while the Mambo Jazz Kings take the stage for a day of dancing and singing familiar pop/rock tunes. In the middle of the Town Square, chalk artists take their places around the large fountain to create art pieces that will win the hearts of spectators and hopefully the contest’s first prize award. Finally, new for 2019, there will be a fire truck pull hosted by Baytown’s Special Olympics group. The festival is free to attend and proceeds from the chalk art contest and fire truck pull will benefit the Art Gallery of Baytown’s Rising Stars—a special needs art program.
Nurture Nature Fest
April 13, 10am-4pm
Baytown Nature Center
6213 Bayway Dr., Baytown, TX
Baytown’s annual Nurture Nature Festival is full of nature fun for the whole family. The Festival will include kayaking, fishing, inflatables, food trucks and more. Visitors can see large birds of prey, a variety of snakes and even baby gators at the hourly live animal shows and touch tanks. Visit booths hosted by Texas Parks & Wildlife or learn to kayak in the bay shared by the San Jacinto Monument. The best part is that this festival is FREE! Parking inside the BNC is $10, but free parking and shuttles will be available in designated areas outside the BNC.
NHRA Spring Nationals
Houston Raceway Park,
2525 FM 565, Baytown
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series powers to Houston Raceway Park for the 32nd annual NHRA Spring Nationals on April 12-14, giving the huge Texas fan base an early-season glimpse of high-powered 10,000-horsepower, 330-mph action. With outstanding atmospheric conditions thanks to the track’s proximity to Trinity Bay, Houston Raceway Park has provided the backdrop for some of the quickest and most thrilling runs in NHRA history. To purchase tickets for this high octane event, visit www.HoustonRaceway.com.
2-Day Independence Celebration
July 3 & 4
1001 Market St., Baytown
Say “Happy Birthday America” at Baytown’s FREE, 2-day Independence Celebration! On July 3rd, popular classic rock bands will take the stage and on July 4th, country superstars will perform, followed by a 20 minute fireworks extravaganza! Throughout the 2-day event, browse row after row of vendor booths, eat everything from BBQ to Tex-Mex from a variety of food trucks lining the streets, and take a stroll through the kid’s carnival. This event is free to the public. For more information, visit www.VisitBaytown.com.
October 5, 4pm-10pm
1001 Market Street, Baytown
The music is always HOT HOT HOT at Grito Fest and this year is no different. The festival kicks off at 4:30pm and the music doesn’t stop until 10pm. Bring a blanket or folding chairs, pick your perfect spot on the large park grounds, and get ready to enjoy a music-filled fall evening. YOU can also take the main stage by storm with your accordion playing skills or show off your need for heat in the jalapeno eating contest. Bragging rights are the ultimate goal in these challenges that take place in between musical acts during the festival. Finally, make sure you can call out the traditional Mexican celebration of “waaaaaaaii-ai-yai-yai-ahay-hay-hay” in grandiose fashion during the Grito competition. More info about this fun event can be found at www.VisitBaytown.com.