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 Gulf Coast Indie Book Fair

Menil Collection Lawn
Engage in conversation with local and independent artists, authors, musicians, and more all over the Menil Lawn. Click here for the full schedule.

Collaborations Print Sale

Houston Center for Photography

Prints by local photographers, emerging and established, will be on sale and on exhibition throughout the day. HCP is also, once again, hosting a scavenger hunt and food trucks.

hourly Menilfest Events

11:00am – Writers in the Schools Blooms Reading

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

12:00pm  Bea Ying Projects Presents Art in the Park

Menil Grounds, until 3pm
Watch as artists produce artworks on plastic wrap  stretched between trees in Menil Park.

12:30pm  INPRINT POETRY BUSKERS (until 3:00pm)

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

1:00pm – Da Camera presents Snapshots: Time and Place (Family Concert)

Menil Collection Main Building
Embark on a journey exploring a wide variety of music from different times and places.  Come see and hear how these musical snapshots represent and reflect the cultures and eras that they represent. Although everyone will enjoy the wide variety of chamber music presented on this voyage, this concert targets students ages 7-12.

1:00pm   Failure to Identify Reading

Menil Lawn
Join us for a reading featuring Larry Levis Prize Finalist Addie Tsai, Kundiman Fellow Muriel Leung and Watering Hole Fellow Grace Shuyi Liew.

2:00pm   Gulf Coast Presents: Speaking Our Truths Poetry Workshop

Twombly Gallery Lawn
Somewhere in this world there's an individual who NEEDS to hear your story. Lucie Smoker, a Kindle Top 10 poet and freelance artist,  will help participants explore the impact words can make in the "post-truth age."  Using short poems, couplets or lines of prose written in the the workshop,  the workshop will demonstrate how truth stands out.

2:30pm  Julith Garrett Mime Performance

Menil Lawn, until 3:30pm
Enjoy this talented street mime on the lawn, then in the Menil Collection foyer afterwards.

3:00pm  Inuksuit

Rothko Chapel
Hear the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, performed in an outdoor setting, and wander throughout the performance space to create your own personal experience of this powerful work.

3:00PM – Gulf Coast Presents a First Book Reading & Panel

Menil Lawn
Hear poet Erika Jo Brown (I'm Your Huckleberry) and novelist Benjamin Rybeck (The Sadness) discuss their first press publication experience, from manuscript creation and development, to promotion and marketing.

4:00PM – Meta-Four Poetry Slam

Menil Lawn
Experience Houston's premiere, State Champion youth slam poets as they showcase their best work. Hear these poets perform the work that got them all the way to Washington DC for national slam championships.