How to Prepare for Grito Fest in 4 Easy Steps
Sheree Cardwell-Tourism Marketing Specialist
The 13th Annual Grito Fest, one of the area’s most popular festivals celebrating Hispanic heritage, will be held Saturday, October 6th, at Baytown’s Bicentennial Park (1001 Market Street). This FREE and family friendly outdoor festival will feature musical entertainment, mariachis, kid’s activities, contests, food and craft vendors, and more. We want to help you get ready for this year’s bash with these 4 easy steps.
Step 1: Put your dancing shoes on!
The music is always HOT HOT HOT at Grito Fest and this year is no different. The festival kicks off at 4:30pm with Mariachi Los Gallitos, H.O.L.A. Ballet Folklorico at 5:30pm, and Plan Sonidero at 6:15pm. Headliner, La Mafia takes the stage at 8:15pm hits such as "Vida," "Me Estoy Enamorando," and "Me Duele Estar Solo." 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.
Step 2: Pick your contest!
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.
Step 3: Come hungry!
It wouldn’t be a Baytown festival without food vendors lining the street! Along with traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex flavors, there will be carnival treats, BBQ favorites, and even Greek Gyros on sale for festival attendees to sample. Also, before the festival ends, find out what local Baytown eateries will go home with top honors in the red and green salsa contests and make sure to visit those establishments to try the award winning flavors for yourself.
Step 4: Shop Shop Shop!
Home goods, art, jewelry, toys, and clothing are just some of the items that festival goers can browse during this incredible celebration. Tents full of goodies for all ages line the perimeter of Bicentennial Park and give attendees the perfect view of the stage while enjoying the shopping opportunities.
For more information about this fun, free event CLICK HERE.
Barb Wooster, Baytonian
Anna Yowell, Tourism Coordinator
Sheree Cardwell, Tourism Marketing Specialist
Grey Scott, City of Baytown Human Resources Manager
John Britt, Historian & College Professor