All-Day MenilFest Events:

*The Following Events scheduled are subject to change. Please bookmark this page to be kept in the loop, just in case!*

The Menil Collection

Dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the art collection of Houston Philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil. Renowned for its diversity of eclecticism, this collection, whose holdings represent thousands of years of human creativity from a vast array of geographic origins, has accumulated over several decades.

Currently on view at the Menil Collection:

  • ReCollecting Dogon, February 3-July 9
  • The Beginning of Everything: Drawings from the Janie C. Lee, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and David Whitney Collections, February 24-June 18
  • Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip, April 14-August 27
  • Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, May 21, 2016-October 2018


Menil Collection
Engage in conversation with local and independent artists, authors, musicians, and more through out the Menil neighborhood.


Collaborations Print Sale

Houston Center for Photography will be hosting a Print Sale benefitting HCP's Collaborations program, supporting the high school students and their exhibition at HCP. All prints under $100!

Collaborations is a part of Houston Center for Photography's Access and Community Education programs. It is an after school program that brings together Houston area high school students to produce an exhibition of their own work in HCP's East Gallery.

Hourly Menilfest Events

11:00am-12:15pm – Writers in the Schools Young Writers Reading

Menil Front Lawn
Support young writers from grades K - 12 as they read their original poems, stories, and essays.


Menil Collection sidewalk
Seasoned local authors craft poems on-demand for the entire family at no charge.

12:00pm-1:00pm  Gulf Coast and Glass Mountain Present: Getting Underway

Menil East Lawn
A conversation with the Editors at Glass Mountain Literary Journal, about coming to writing and publishing as a beginner (or returner!).

1:00pm – Da Camera presents Family Drum Circle with Sam Dinkins III

Menil Front Lawn
Join Da Camera under the Menil awning for an exciting, interactive drum circle! The Dinky Drum Company's mission is to provide knowledge and experiences which promote the enjoyment of music for a life-time - so grab a drum and join along, kick off your shoes and dance in the grass, or just enjoy, take it all in, and enjoy the beats.

2:00pm-3:00pm – Meta-Four Poetry Slam

Menil Front Lawn
Meta-Four, the Writers in the Schools performance poetry team, is the face of the youth poetry slam scene in Houston. Meta-Four encourages self-expression and literacy among our city’s youth through creative writing and performance. Come hear what makes these poets the #1 youth slam team in Texas.

3:00pm-4:30pm – Anecdote for the Spirit

Rothko Chapel
Misha Penton, soprano and experimental vocal composer, and Thomas Helton, composer and double bassist, will create music through spontaneous and improvised compositional techniques, yielding quiet, spacious, beautiful and intense sounds, in keeping with the sacred environment of the chapel. Audience members are invited to wander in and out of the Chapel during the performance.

3:30pm-4:30pm – Gulf Coast presents On the Clock: Fiction at Work

Menil East Lawn
Join fiction writers Brenden Oliva, Charlotte Wyatt, Corey Campbell, Jon Meyer, and Josh Foster to hear short readings of work-oriented fiction, followed by a panel discussion on techniques and strategies.

4:30PM – Gulf Coast presents Working Women Work It, a Reading & Panel

Menil East Lawn
Analicia Sotelo, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Elizabeth Lyons, and Adrienne Perry - Women writers who rock the job, the page, and the stage will share their work and talk about the writing process, submitting, and how to manage work/life balance with grace.

5:00pm-6:00pm – Sharing Space. Walking in Relation

Outside on Rothko Chapel Plaza

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.  --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In conjunction with World Labyrinth Day, the artists of Core Performance Company under the artistic direction of Sue Schroeder create a performance work, in tandem with the community, in and around the Labyrinth. Walk contemplates the changing nature of the individual within our briskly changing world with the Labyrinth offering the sacred space for this community experience.