Public Art is Coming to Baytown!
The Baytown Tourism division is very excited to announce we will be shepherding a Baytown Public Art Program for 2018! Library staff and the Friends of the Library hit the ground running and produced the first mural at the Sterling Municipal Library! This program is intended to build emotional connections between residents of Baytown with their community, and build on the mantra “love where you live”!
We hope this love will be contagious to everyone who visits Baytown!
Art League of Baytown Mural
The Art League of Baytown building has received a fresh coat of paint in preparation for a trompe l'oeil style mural. Trompe l'oeil is an artistic technique used to trick the eye into thinking it's looking at a 3-dimensional object. Stay tuned for updates!
Better Block on Texas Avenue
We are working to create a Better Block within an empty alley on Texas Avenue. To create a Better Block, you take an unappealing area and transform it into a fun and interactive art space. This alley has been painted in preparation for several mini-murals and will house an umbrella canopy for super cool photo ops. Keep an eye on the Baytown Tourism Facebook page for this amazing transformation!
FotoFest Biennial is here!
FotoFest is an international non-profit photographic arts and education organization based in Houston, Texas. It's first international biennial of photography and photo-related art in the United states was created in 1986. Their programs work locally and globally to promote the cross-cultural exchange of arts and ideas.

The 2018 exhibition dates are March 10 - April 22 and include 4 participating spaces in Baytown: Art League of Baytown , Sterling Municipal Library , Lee College Library , and the Lee College Performing Arts Center . The Art League of Baytown will also be hosting various workshops for a variety of artistic skill levels. You can learn more about registering for workshops here.

A FotoFest Opening Reception and Art Walk will be held at all three locations on March 24th from 4 pm - 6 pm. Everyone is welcome!
We are celebrating the one year birthday of Baytown Tourism's own Family, History, & Nature Together GeoTour this month! To commemorate this milestone, the Tourism team is hosting three days of space themed birthday events around Baytown. You don't have to be a Geocacher to attend these events!

For those of you who are Geocachers, these events will qualify you for extra points in the Planetary Pursuit! Each event is worth 15 points. Plus we'll have a trackable banner, trackable cake, and more at these events that will help you to earn extra points!

Thursday, March 29, Yepez Vineyard
12739 FM 2453, Baytown, Texas

Join us from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM for a night under the stars! Story Bar Live presented by Sterling Municipal Library will kick off the night, then a spaced-themed presentation will be given by a guest speaker. To top the night off, you will be able to check out the moon and stars up close with our telescopes!
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Friday, March 30, El Toro Mexican Restaurant
5810 Garth Rd., Baytown, Texas

Ever wanted to meet the Baytown Tourism team? Come to this dutch meet and greet event to have great food while learning about who we are and what we do. After dinner, you can space walk with us over to Painting with a Twist and help us paint the galaxy! Register for that here. For some late night action, hang out with us at Max Bowl for Cosmic Bowling! Details can be found here.
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Saturday, March 31, Town Square Baytown
213 W Texas Avenue, Baytown, Texas

Come dressed in your SPACE best for a fun costume contest, munch on an out of this world birthday cake with us, swap trackables and more at our official SPACE-tacular Birthday Bash. There will be face painting, games for all ages, free raffle prizes, and more!
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The Baytown Nature Center is full of events!
The Baytown Nature Center is jam packed this March and April with family friendly events for all ages! The Nature Center is a great place to see some natural wildlife, take a gorgeous walk, geocache, go fishing, and more. This 500-acre peninsula is surrounded by three bays and home to more than 300 species of birds who depend on this area for migration, feeding or nesting. This former residential subdivision now features picnic shelters, three fishing piers, two pavilions and two overlooks. It opens 30 min. before sunrise, and closes 30 min. after. Entrance fee is $4 for adults 13 and older. Children 5-12 and Seniors are $1. Yearly passes are also available!
Houston Audubon Bird Survey
Join the Houston Audubon on the third Thursday of every month as they partner with the Baytown Nature Center in a monthly count of the birds at the Nature Center. With over 300 species using this area for feeding, nesting, and migrating, you are sure to see a large variety of birds! Entry fee is waived for counting participants.

Photo: Grey Scott, HR Manager
River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash
On March 24, the Baytown Nature Center is a clean-up site for this state wide environmental event. Thousands of volunteers gather along Texas coast lines and do their part in cleaning up the waterways every year.

Nurture Nature Festival 2018
The Nurture Nature Festival is a free event hosted out at the Baytown Nature Center from 10 AM - 4 PM on April 14th. They will have reptiles, butterflies, inflatables, and many more hands-on wildlife experiences for you and your family to enjoy! Admission to this event is free, however to park on site at the Nature Center is $10. But there is free parking at multiple off site locations, in which a shuttle is provided to transport you from the parking lot to the event.
Royal Purple Raceway NHRA Spring Nationals!
NHRA Spring Nationals are back! This adrenaline filled event is coming to Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown on April 20-22! From dawn to dusk, these racers will be flying down the track working to qualify for finals on Sunday!

Looking for accommodations? SpringHill Suites Baytown , Candlewood Suites Baytown , Hilton Garden Inn Baytown , and Hampton Inn Houston Baytown are all hosts hotels for this exciting event!
Attend the lecture series at Republic of Texas Plaza on Saturday!
Join the Baytown Historical Preservation Association on March 17 at 10 am for a presentation from Jeff Lindeman on the Shamrock hotel, built by Texas wildcatter Glenn McCarthy exactly 69 years ago!

Carson & Barnes Circus:
CircusSaurus is coming to Baytown!
Since 1937, the Carson & Barnes Circus has traveled over a million miles to bring their one-of-a-kind show to families across the world! And this March 19-21 they will be at the Baytown Youth Fairgrounds!

Sneak Peak! Town Square Sidewalk Art Contest!
A special sneak peak for our Tourism Newsletter Subscribers! The Baytown Tourism and Baytown Parks and Recreation are partnering together to bring you the first ever Town Square Sidewalk Art Contest on April 28th!

Watch the Baytown Tourism Facebook page for details and registration info!
Baytown's March & April Events
March 15-18: TX2K18 Roll & Drag Race Nationals @ Royal Purple Raceway

March 16: Brown Bag Lunch @ Town Square

March 17: Baytown Farmers Market @ Town Square

March 19-21: CircusSaurus @ Baytown Youth Fairgrounds

March 23: Brown Bag Lunch @ Town Square

March 23-25: NHRA Texas Sportsman Challenge @ Royal Purple Raceway

March 24: Easter Egg Hunt & Food Truck Fest Preview @ Town Square

March 24: River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash @ Baytown Nature Center


March 30: Brown Bag Lunch @ Town Square

March 31: Full Moon Hike @ Baytown Nature Center

April 10: Evening with the Author @ Sterling Municipal Library

April 14: Nurture Nature Festival @ Baytown Nature Center

April 14: Bayshore Fine Rides Car Show @ Town Square

April 14: Lights Lantern Festival @ Royal Purple Raceway

April 19: Audubon Bird Survey @ Baytown Nature Center

April 20-11: NHRA Spring Nationals @ Royal Purple Raceway

April 20-22, 27-29, May 4-6: Forever Plaid @ Baytown Little Theater

April 21: Farmer's Market @ Town Square

April 28: Baytown Trade Days Market @ Baytown Community Center

April 28: Top 10 After Dark @ Royal Purple Raceway


April 28: Food Truck Festival @ Town Square

April 29: Cajun Fest @ Yepez Vineyard

April 30 - May 5: Youth Fair & Rodeo @ Baytown Youth Fairgrounds

Ongoing Events

March 10-April 22: FotoFest at the following participating locations: Art League of Baytown, Lee College, and Sterling Municipal Library

Community Toast at Yepez Vineyard every Sunday 4-6 pm
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