Downtown district kicks off spring and summer festivities in Market Square

ByShannon J. Cortes

Apr 13, 2022

Downtown Saint Arnold pub crawl at Market Square Park in downtown Houston.

Photo: Jamaal Ellis j.vince photography / For the Chronicle

The Houston Downtown Management District has announced its Spring/Summer 2022 programming schedule at Market Square Park. Seasonal highlights include the Road to River Revival Music Fest, Puppies for Breakfast, Blanket Bingo, Movies Under the Stars and a Cinco de Mayo celebration with the world’s largest piñata at Market Square Park.

Road to River Revival returns April 16 with multi-instrumentalist and funk guitarist Aaron Stephens and soul artist Latasha Lee.

May 21 welcomes the New Orleans-style sounds of the Honey Island Swamp Band and the soulful guitar playing of Colin Lake.

The Texas Gentlemen will headline June 18 with Hector Ward.

Concert Series Ends July 9 With Splice Records’ Birthday Party, featuring one of Austin’s finest blues and soul bands, Tomar and the FCs with electric cumbia sounds from Gio Chamba. The “doors” open at 6:30 p.m. and the shows start at 7:30 p.m.

dog party

Houston-area dog lovers should mark their calendars for April 30 when the one-of-a-kind canine festival, Puppies for Breakfast, takes over Market Square Park with more than 40 vendors, dog-centric brands, boutiques creative pop-ups and local food trucks. In addition to adorable dogs, attendees can expect to see the “world’s largest dog piñata” and can participate in other dog-friendly activities, including a dog costume and the world’s largest dog contest. and the smallest. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

film series

Downtown District will host outdoor movie screenings as part of Market Square Park’s monthly Movies Under the Stars series. The lineup of free screenings includes Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on April 8 at 8 p.m., A Raisin in the Sun on June 10 at 8:30 p.m., There’s Something About Mary on July 15 at 8:30 p.m., and Breakfast Club on August 5. at 20 hours

Cinco de Mayo

Start your Cinco de Mayo festivities at Market Square Park from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 5. Swing in the world’s largest “Chiquito” pinata and enjoy live mariachi music and a Cinco de Mayo mini-market.

art market

Make your Saturday a day of art at the Heartmade Art Market, May 14
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the organized event presents more than 60 regional artists, creators and creators. Enjoy mimosas, live DJ and interactive lawn crafts for kids.

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Other park favorites include Blanket Bingo, bring your blanket or lawn chair on May 19, June 16 and August 18 for an evening of fun and prizes. The $10 admission includes a Bingo Pack (nine games, cash only) with additional games and stamps available for purchase at $1 each. Packages go on sale at 6 p.m.; bingo starts at 7:00 p.m.; proceeds benefit Market Square Park and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

The Saint Arnold Brewing Company will host its popular Saint Arnold Pub Crawl in downtown Houston on July 16. The party starts at 2 p.m. at participating Historic District bars. Spectators have until 6 p.m. to visit all of the stops on the route before heading to Market Square Park for their official Saint Arnold pint and celebrating a job well done with live music and Greek fare from Niko Niko’s.

Market Square Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Blankets, garden chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase at Niko Niko’s. For more information on all events, visit