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Piñatafest 2018

Saturday, May 05
12:00PM - 4:00PM

2800 Navigation Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77003

Join East End Foundation in partnership Greater East End Management District, Houston First Corporation, Houston Arts Alliance, and the City of Houston – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, for the 2nd Annual Piñatafest, a community event in the East End Cultural District coinciding with Cinco de Mayo.  Saturday, May 5, 12pm – 4pm along the Navigation Esplanade.

Piñatafest celebrates the ancient cultural tradition of piñata-making and its long-lived presence throughout Houston’s 2nd Ward.

This year’s festival graphic was lovingly inspired by one of last year’s amazing piñata sculptures, titled Piñatabstract, created by the talented Rio Grande Valley-based artist, Josué Ramírez.

We look forward to the festivities, including live music, an outdoor juried sculpture exhibition, lots of free family-friendly activities, and a wide array of local street vendors offering food, drinks, and crafts.


◆ Piñatas on the Esplanade — Large-scale sculpture Exhibition inspired by traditional Piñatas (awards at 3pm)

◆ Mariachi Rebelde performance

◆ Community Piñata Making — Garcia’s Party Store invites participants to create mini piñatas.

◆ Contemporary Piñata Crafts — TXRX LABS invites participants to create contemporary piñatas utilizing Pepakura, a new form of papercrafting used to create 3D models.

Artist Falon Mihalic (recipient of the Kaboom Play Everywhere Grant) presents Playshapes — a pop-up art installation that includes a set of modular, colorful building block shapes that kids use to create their own spaces. Tunnels, arches, forts, paths, and more are possible with the easily stacked and combined high-density foam forms.

◆ Face-Painting — YES Prep East End Campus 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.

Games with Repurpose Depot  — Two or three toy homes with elements (doors, windows, appliances) that can be disassembled and reassembled with simple tools.

◆ East End Art Ride — Bike Houston invites participants to tour the East End Cultural District (meets at Moon Tower Inn).

◆ Piñata-Pop — children 5 and under to break piñatas with candy inside

Sculpture Awards Ceremony (3pm) —  Piñatas on the Esplanade sculpture awards announcement

◆ EAST END STREET MARKET — Wide array of street vendors lining the Esplanade offering food, crafts and drinks. Market items will be for sale.

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