The event-packed EnergyFest 2013 – The Energy Corridor’s first-ever, family street festival – is Saturday, April 6, featuring hours of entertainment, live performances, kid’s activities, impromptu art creations, bicycle fun, great food and good times along Eldridge Parkway. Admission is free.
Excitement is building for West Houston’s newest festival. Even the Mayor of Houston will be on hand to launch this giant 10th anniversary party for The Energy Corridor District. The District is hosting EnergyFest as a celebration of the people and businesses that are propelling The Energy Corridor’s popularity.
The fun starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, when Houston Mayor Annise Parker gives opening remarks to kick off the festival’s Bike-Off and Bike Rodeo at the Holiday Inn Houston West – Energy Corridor, at Eldridge and Enclave Parkways.
A Kid’s Klub Bicycle Rodeo, hosted by Bicycle World of Houston, will check children’s bikes and helmets to make sure they are working properly – then run kids through an agility course where they can learn to safely control their bikes. It’s a great way to start the EnergyFest Bike-Off, when families can explore some of The Energy Corridor’s amazing 50-mile trail network that begins right across the street.
At noon, EnergyFest 2013 kicks into high gear along Eldridge Parkway, between Forkland and Briar Forest, with a bevy of events.
There’s the Entertainment Expo stage, presented by Advancial Federal Credit Union, with music and performing arts groups, a slider-eating contest and more – all emceed by KHOU 11 Morning News Anchor Lily Jang and KHOU 11 Meteorologist Chita Johnson.
There’s something for everyone at the Entertainment Expo. Kalila is a local band that puts an authentic jazz, rock and soul twist on popular music. The energetic and exciting Obsolete August is considered Houston’s #1 acoustic group. Courtney Locke will showcase her pop album debut, Monster In Me; the Houston model-singer has performed for the international gala, Give Kids the World. When All Else Fails will rock the stage. And an eating contest with prizes, presented by Sporting News Grill and Sharky’s, will test the hungriest festival goers with stacks of sliders.
Creative Corner, presented by SM Energy, will offer a slate of children’s activities hosted by IdeaLabs, face painting, balloon artists, meet-and-greets with the Houston Rockets Power Dancers, and the chance to take home a friendly, new dog from BARC Adopt-a-Pet.
At the epicenter of EnergyFest lies Merchant Street, presented by Sam’s Club and Blue Atlas Marketing, showcasing food booths and businesses from The Energy Corridor and West Houston, along with acclaimed food trucks. Beverage Bayou, presented by Sporting News Grill, brings adult and family refreshments to festival-goers.
Sustainable Synergy Zone, presented by Commute Solutions, will feature the District’s innovative, new Car Share program, along with demonstrations on sustainable living through alternative energy, recycling and urban gardening. Fest partner METRO will be there to talk about the future of public transportation, showcasing new hybrid buses.
Throughout EnergyFest, local artists from Landauer Art and Houston street artist Wiley Robertson will create impromptu live paintings and sketches, capturing their interpretation of the festival and attendees.
Other highlights include the Rummel Creek Elementary ‘Rockin' Roadrunners – 5th grade students who dance and play instruments on tables – and the Pride Dance Team from Westside High School. And KHOU 11’s Johnson will lead a crowd-sourced version of line dance classic “the Electric Slide.”
EnergyFest proceeds will benefit neighborhood schools in The Energy Corridor.
EnergyFest 2013 takes place 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. April 6, along Eldridge Parkway between Enclave Parkway and Briar Forest Drive.
Take your family, ride or bring your bikes, and spend the day exploring some of what makes The Energy Corridor a fun, special place to work and live.
Visit houstonenergyfest.com for schedules, maps and more. Don’t miss EnergyFest 2013!