Spotlight on Mexico

Spotlight on Mexico Added to April Lineup at 14th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival - Festival Map
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The Woodlands Arts Council is pleased to announce the addition of a new cultural exhibit that will enrich the experience of the 14th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival to be held on April 13 and 14.

The annual festival will again bring approximately 220 fine artists from around the country to Town Green Park along The Woodlands Waterway as well as live music and performing arts on four stages, culinary arts, an Artopoly area for young art enthusiasts plus the newest engagement, Spotlight on Mexico.

Located just inside the main gate of Town Green Park, festival attendees will find this interactive living museum that will showcase Mexico’s rich culture and traditions. Festival patrons will step inside a town center that will feature art, music and dance to highlight Mexico’s history and heritage.

The village will highlight the art and culture of four Mexican states. Surrounded by the vibrant sounds of strolling performers, visitors can visit La Costeña Market to sample some this sponsor’s most popular products as well as Jumex juices and chef demonstrations celebrating the tastes of Mexico, then relax at the Don Julio Bar, for a cool, refreshing drink.

There will be a Dìa de los Muertos exhibit, the popular holiday in Mexico that honors those who have passed away with hands-on activities to decorate the ofrendas, or beautiful altars. A photo gallery, cultural exhibit and display will incorporate artifacts and art to capture the rich history and beauty of Mexico.

Caffé di Fiore will offer authentic Mexican cuisine made with the freshest ingredients made from recipes passed down through the generations, to take a break from the attractions and activities intended for all ages.

This new addition to the Festival is made possible by sponsors and organizations Asociación Amiga, La Costeña Foods, Don Julio Tequila, Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston and the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

“We are pleased to partner with so many who also believe in the importance of highlighting cultures from around the world,” said Festival Director Kelly Batterson. “Each year we will focus on a country or region to celebrate art in all forms.”

Asociación Amiga is a non-profit organization led by Latin women in The Woodlands. “With this event, we work together with The Woodlands Arts Council with the shared conviction that art promotes harmony between cultures,” said Diana Ontañon, President of the organization. “Asociación Amiga is a proud ambassador of our Latin countries and is honored to collaborate with this event, putting Mexico in the spotlight on this occasion.”

Tequila Reserva de Don Julio
Institute of Hispanic Culture in Houston
La Costena Foods
United States - Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Amiga asociación
Viva The Woodlands Magazine
Caffe Di Fiore
Luxury Palapas


All performers will be available for interacting during the Spotlight on Mexico Exhibit.

  • Ballet Folklorico Herencia Mexicana de Houston
    performing in front of the main stage on Sunday, April 14th, 2019
  • Chikawa Aztec Dance Group
    performing in front of the main stage on Sunday, April 14th, 2019
  • Fernando Moguel
    performing on Watercolor Terrace and Art and Culture on Sunday, April 14th
  • Refugio ISD High School Mexican Marimba Ensemble
    performing on Art and Culture on Saturday, April 13th

Exhibits & Activities

  • Photo Gallery presented by La Costeña - Will feature beautiful landscapes, art and food from Mexico City, Puebla, Yucatan and Guanajuato
  • Institute of Hispanic Culture - Will showcase a chef’s demonstration and well known artist Betirri Bengston and perfomer Fernando Moguel
  • La Costeña Market - Will be under a palapa hut and feature product sampling and chef’s demonstrations
  • Asociación Amiga Exhibit – Original Mexican art and craft display with live painting demonstrations
  • Caffé di Fiore – Authentic Mexican food vendor serving chicken sopas, cactus tostadas, beef fajita tacos and Acapulco shrimp and fish cocktail and Tres leches cake
  • Don Julio Exhibit – Don Julio décor and historical showcase next to the Don Julio truck on display for Saturday
  • Don Julio Bar – Don Julio sampling and bar seating area that will feature Don Julio Palomas and margaritas as well as Mexican beer and wine.
  • Dia de los Muertos - 6’x 8’ structure and alter showcasing eight famous Mexican artists
  • State of Puebla – providing an artisan doing a loom demonstration as well as other handmade crafts on display
  • Mexican Crafts – Paper flower making and Dia de los Muertos face painting

Texas Commission on the Arts
National Endowement for the Arts

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau
Stella Artois
The Woodlands Development Company
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