Tickets are now on sale for the 36th annual Texian Market Days festival, set for Saturday, Oct. 26, at the George Ranch Historical Park.
Texian Market Days celebrates more than 150 years of Texas history through battle re-enactments, pioneer folk life demonstrations, cowboys, vintage games, food and craft vendors, historic house tours and so much more!
“Texian Market Days has always been an amazing way to get an immersive perspective of this area’s history in a memorable, multi-sensory way,” said Steve Nelson, 2019 festival co-chair and vice president of the Fort Bend History Association’s Board of Trustees.
“This year, we’re putting the ‘market’ back in Market Days with more vendors, more food choices, a beer garden and live music — all grouped together as a hub where people can congregate, re-charge and then head back into the Park for more history!”
Founded in 1984, the full-day festival celebrates more than 150 years of Texas history — ranging from the early pioneer days of the 1820s through World War II and beyond.
More than 5,000 students, chaperones and visitors attend the festival annually; guest favorites include live period music and entertainment, cavalry demonstrations, cannonfire, Victorian games and dancing, antique vehicles and children’s activities such as making cornhusk dolls, a petting zoo and face painting.
Community organizations, both locally in Fort Bend County and from the Greater Houston area, also attend the festival and provide hands-on activities as part of the experience.
A few of this year’s participating organizations include the Houston Maritime Museum, Fort Bend Master Naturalists, Texas Prison Museum, T.W. Davis YMCA, Fort Bend Master Gardeners and Sam Houston Memorial Museum.
Held annually on the fourth weekend in October, the Texian Market Days festival is a community event that benefits the Fort Bend History Association, a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing Fort Bend County and Texas history. All proceeds from Texian Market Days benefit the educational and preservation efforts of the Association, which includes the George Ranch Historical Park, Fort Bend Museum, DeWalt Heritage Center and other affiliates.
For the second year in a row, Houston-area H-E-B Business Centers are selling discounted Texian Market Days tickets; advance pricing at H-E-B Business Centers is $18 for adults and $13 for seniors and children ages 4-12. At-the-gate or online pricing is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under and members of the Fort Bend History Association are free.
Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The George Ranch Historical Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.
For more information about Texian Market Days, visit www.texianmarketdays.com or call 281-343-0218.