Join East End Foundation in partnership with the Houston Arts Alliance (Folklife + Civic Engagement Program) and the City of Houston for Piñatafest, a community event in the East End Cultural District coinciding with Cinco de Mayo.
Piñatafest celebrates the ancient cultural tradition of piñata-making and the long-lived presence throughout the 2nd Ward.
The event will showcase traditional and contemporary piñatas in a public setting, host live music performances and offer many free family-friendly activities.
FRIDAY, MAY 5 6-9PM
WAREHOUSE POP-UP PARTY | Free to the public
3118 Harrisburg Blvd (Ste. 101)
Historic R.B. Everett Building
Walking distance from METRORail
Green Line (Coffee Plant/2nd Ward EB)
Ballet Folklorico Azteca
Boricua Soul Entertainment
Eats provided by El Burro and the Bull:
Cucumber Lime Water
Beverages provided by:
Kickin’ Kombucha, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Sigma Brewing Company
SUNDAY, MAY 7 | 10 AM – 2 PM
Navigation Esplanade | 2600 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77003 | Street Parking Available
FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES
◆ Piñatas on the Esplanade
Large-scale sculpture competition inspired by traditional Piñatas. $1,000 PIÑATA PRIZE: (awards at 1 pm)
◆ Mariachi Rebelde Performance (10am-1pm)
◆ Community Piñata Making
Garcia’s Party Store invites participants to create mini piñatas to hang in designated trees on the Esplanade. This community art installation will be shown in conjunction with the larger sculpture projects.
◆ Contemporary Piñata Crafts
TXRX LABS invites participants to create contemporary crafts inspired by piñatas.
YES Prep Art students offer their skills and talent to paint fun and fabulous designs on participants faces.
◆ Kickin Kombucha will be providing their tasty energizing tea that is proudly produced and bottled in East End Houston.
◆ East End Art Ride (10:00 AM – 12:30 PM): Bike Houston invites participants to tour the East End Cultural District (meets at Moon Tower Inn).
◆ Rockin’ Caricatures (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM): Folk artist, Bonnie Blue has painted over 8,000 real faces on rocks. She has been asked to paint such celebrities as Bill Murray and Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Participants will be offered their own Rockin’ Caricature to take home!
◆ Piñata-Pop: Garcia’s Party Store invites children 5 and under to break piñatas with candy inside
◆ $1,000 PIÑATA PRIZE(1 PM): Piñatas on the Esplanade sculpture competition Awards Ceremony
◆ EAST END STREET MARKET: Wide array of street vendors lining the Esplanade offering food, crafts and drinks. Market items will be for sale.
The East End Foundation has made it a priority to focus its efforts on developing programs sensitive to the long-standing cultural traditions present in the East End community while simultaneously connecting them directly to the contemporary creative practice.