Bike to EnergyFest without a lock; your ride will be kept safe so you can “Park & Party” whether pedaling or driving
“Park & Party” gets literal for EnergyFest 2015 on Saturday, April 4, with the addition of a Kidical Mass family bicycle ride and a bike valet to safely park your two-wheeler while you dance to the Mockingbirds, one of Houston’s premier party bands and the latest addition to an eclectic music lineup.
The fun can be had with free admission.
From noon to 5 p.m. April 4, the Addicks Park and Ride will become the site of West Houston’s 3rd annual EnergyFest. Hosted by The Energy Corridor District with title sponsor Audi West Houston, EnergyFest 2015 will be the biggest one yet, adding more kids’ activities, a truly diverse mix of live bands and local food trucks.
Joining returning EnergyFest emcee Lily Jang, KHOU-11 Morning News anchor, will be emcee Courtney Perna, KHOU-11 feature reporter and a reporter/producer for "Great Day Houston."
Rounding out the festival will be Merchants’ Row, presented by The Heights at Park Row; Energy Pavilion presented by CenterPoint Energy; and Concession Park, where festivalgoers can refuel with a meal, snacks or beverages from a variety of restaurants and food trucks.
Making it fun and easy to bike to EnergyFest
Kicking off EnergyFest at 11:30 is Kidical Mass, a family bicycle ride starting at the Terry Hershey Park Gazebo and ending at the festival grounds. The scenic 2.1-mile ride along the mostly flat Terry Hershey North Trail is perfect for children as it winds beside Langham Creek, then along Addicks Reservoir. Explore the fun route here.
A free Bike Valet by Bike Houston will provide festivalgoers with a convenient, secure way to park bicycles at EnergyFest. With the Bike Valet, there's no need to bring a bicycle lock or look for a bike rack. Just stop, check in and enjoy the festival.
“With recreational trails leading right up to the festival, we’ve added the Bike Valet to make it easy to bicycle to EnergyFest, while Kidical Mass will give families the opportunity to enjoy a fun group ride,” explains Kelly Rector, transportation coordinator for The Energy Corridor District. “This is just one of the ways we're working to encourage alternate transportation in The District and to help us have a more sustainable event.”
On stage: Dance music, Austin country, alt-rock/pop and classical
A diverse lineup of bands will take the EnergyFest 2015 stage, starting with popular, invigorating classical, ending with dance party music and filling it in between with Austin country and soul-tinged pop/rock.
Starting the festival in grand fashion at noon, ECHO (Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra) will inspire festivalgoers with a stirring mix of popular and classical music resonating from cellos and violins. ECHO is dedicated to enhancing appreciation of orchestral music in The Energy Corridor.
Songstress, vocalist and bandleader Kalila follows, with a set filled with rock, pop, alternative and more. Kalila takes soul and rock influences to a unique place, with one foot planted in catchy pop. This is an encore from past EnergyFests, where Kalila won over new fans.
Then it’s boot-scootin’ time, Austin-style, with acclaimed artist Weldon Henson, a honky-tonk ace with rock and roll roots.
The Mockingbirds close out EnergyFest playing the dance and cover songs with an energetic force that has made them one of Houston’s most sought-after party bands. The Mockingbirds bring a DJ sensibility to live music, keeping the party going by playing a non-stop mix of songs.
Merchants’ Row, Concession Park, Energy Pavilion, Kid’s Arena
On Merchants’ Row you can “shop local” with Energy Corridor-area retailers, service providers and businesses, maybe taking home one of the many freebies offered by booth participants in the process.
For refueling and refreshment, food trucks and Energy Corridor restaurants will line Concession Park.
Kid’s Arena will give families plenty to enjoy, with a video gaming truck, carnival games, a towering rock climbing wall, a moonwalk obstacle course, face painting, balloon animals and a gravity-defying cable jump.
At Energy Pavilion, discover alternative commuting and learn how The Energy Corridor District is working to improve transportation mobility. The Addicks Park and Ride will make an appropriate setting to explore the benefits of taking alternative transportation to work. And METRO will be on hand to share public transit options through The Energy Corridor and Houston.
Interspersed through it all will be the latest automobiles from EnergyFest title sponsor Audi West Houston.
Your company, service or organization can become part of EnergyFest 2015 with a booth or sponsorship. Contact Rachael Weaver, firstname.lastname@example.org, or download a sponsor application online by visiting houstonenergyfest.com.