Back for the sixth year, now with a much shorter name (formerly called the Menil Community Arts Festival and Houston Indie Book Fest), MenilFest takes over the Menil Campus for an extraordinary day of FREE art and entertainment on Saturday, May 3, from 11AM to 6PM (rain or shine). Highlighting the diversity of the Menil neighborhood arts community, the festival will include musical performances, spoken word, Chakra tuning, literature, and visual art, all taking place on the Menil Collection lawn and the Menil Bookstore deck, as well as the Rothko Chapel and Houston Center for Photography.
11AM – 6PM Collaborations XI Print Sale presented by Houston Center for Photography
11AM – 6PM Houston Indie Book Fest presented by Gulf Coast Journal
11AM – 4:30PM Various readings and panels presented by Gulf Coast Journal
12PM – 1PM Young Writers Reading presented by Writers in the Schools
1PM & 3PM Lisa Harris Seven Doors Chakra tuning at the Rothko Chapel
5:00PM – 6PM Performance by Blues singer Annika Chambers presented by The Menil Collection
6PM — 8PM MenilFest after-party at Lowbrow (1601 W. Main St.) featuring SWAMP movie screenings and artist meet & greet
In addition to these performances and sales, attendees are invited to see the current exhibitions from The Menil Collection and Houston Center for Photography, readings hosted by Inprint and Gulf Coast Journal, poetry buskers, and kids art activities on the Menil Bookstore deck hosted by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for sale from food trucks parked around the campus, and picnics are also welcomed and encouraged. The main parking lot at 1515 West Alabama is closed for renovation and landscaping. Expanded street parking is located alongside the museum, on Sul Ross, Mulberry, and Branard streets, as well as the Richmond Hall parking lot at 1500 Richmond Ave.
Participating organizations include Da Camera of Houston, Inprint, Houston Center for Photography, Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), the Rothko Chapel, Writers in the Schools, The Menil Collection, Gulf Coast Journal, and Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.
Support for MenilFest comes from Texas Commission on the Arts.
For a full schedule, map, parking and picnic information visit www.menilfest.com