Bayou City Art Festival

Houston's homegrown celebration of all things creative, the Bayou City Arts Festival, returns this year with more than 300 local and national artists exhibiting in what's part gallery, part shopping mall, part party plaza. It also celebrates the work of Houston's Syd Moen, whose ''little planet'' series of photographs features Houston and Galveston landmarks, with the images altered into a round shape.

Artwork in every medium will be on sale, most often with the artist on hand. And in an effort to make this year's festival even more of a party, a full slate of bands includes genre-spanning performers Craig Kinsey, 10 YR, the Suffers, the Mighty Orq, Nick Gaitan and Umbrella Man, the Kashmere Stage Band, Thunderado and others. There's also a children's area, a wine garden and an Adult Creative Zone where attendees can find their own inner Picasso or Rockwell or just play with finger paints.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Hermann Square, 1001 Bagby. For information, call 713-521-0133 or visit bayoucityartfestival.com. $15.
Sat., Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2013

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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