The Texas Arts and Music Festival is set to bring beautiful art displays and lively entertainment to downtown Brenham.

Tara Johnston's "Keep Growing" mural on the back of the old Today and Yesterday building near Toubin Park, painted during the 2020 Texas Arts and Music Festival.
(courtesy Texas Arts and Music Festival)

The sixth annual installment of the festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 16th and 17th.  The free, family-friendly festival will have live murals, an art village, a nationally acclaimed band Saturday night, and even an Art Dual with some of Texas’ top street artists.

Levi Ponce of Los Angeles will be this year’s featured mural artist and will paint a mural highlighting a Washington County native at the corner of Commerce and South Park Street.  A second mural will be added at the corner of Commerce and Douglas Street by Brenham artist and high school art teacher, Brooke Trahan, along with the help of her students.  The artists will begin installation on Friday, October 15th and will complete their works by Sunday, October 17th.

Jordan Matthew Young and his award-winning rock and soul band from Austin will take the main stage at Commerce and Park Street at 7 p.m. Saturday.  Young was recently named a finalist on NBC’s season 20 of The Voice.  The Brenham Children’s Chorus will kick off the free concert on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Levi Ponce
(courtesy Texas Arts and Music Festival)

Vendors and food trucks will set up on Park and Commerce Street selling a variety of items from paintings and pottery to crafts.  The Art Village will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New this year, the festival will host an Art Dual where 12 street artists from across the state will compete against one another to win cash prizes.  Artists will be voted on by festival attendees in a round robin style tournament.  Each artist will paint a 4-foot by 8-foot size canvas, and the collection on display will be updated by the hour.  The Art Dual is being held in partnership with Something Cool Studios founded by Luis Angulo, who was a featured artist in last year’s festival.

Jordan Matthew Young
(courtesy Texas Arts and Music Festival)

The Texas Arts and Music Festival was created in 2016 to provide an event for art and music lovers while also paving the way for students interested in pursuing an arts education.  The festival has provided support for area school programs in Brenham, Burton and Sealy.

To learn more, to donate or to participate as a vendor, visit www.texasartsandmusicfestival.com.

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