Sawyer Yards' Fall Biannual Art Opening

Saturday, October 1st from 5–10 p.m.

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Houstonia headquarters, painted by local artist Michael Rodriguez, is sitting pretty on Sawyer Yards' art mural that spans 800 feet.

The Washington Avenue Arts District comes alive as more than 300 artists open their studio doors around the campus's four buildings—Silo at Sawyer Yards, Winter Street, Silver Street and Spring Street studios. The public is welcomed to view and shop for new works including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and mixed media, all while mingling with craftspeople and fellow art lovers. Don't forget to stroll along the newly finished 800-foot art mural by local artists (including a cameo appearance by Houstonia's headquarters!) 

Free with complimentary valet. 1502 Sawyer St. sawyeryards.com

The Orange Show's Grand Opening of Smither Park

September 30 from 7–11 p.m.

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Nearly six years in the making, Smither Park—a sparkling new gem in the East End—will open this Friday. Designed by Dan Phillips and constructed in honor of Houston folk art philanthropists Stephanie and John Smither, the park is filled with the handiwork of hundreds of artists—over 300 of them, who helped create the park alongside the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art—who have meticulously crafted the mosaics throughout the breathtaking park. 

From $25. Ticket sales go toward the ongoing maintenance of Smither Park. 2441 Munger St. 713-926-6368. orangeshow.org

Houston Art Fair

September 29–October 2

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World-renowned exhibitors flock to the Bayou City for a weekend's worth of fine art exhibits, lectures, presentations and more. More than 15,000 collectors and art appreciations are expected to attend this annual fair favorite, with highlights including New Mexico-based gallery Peters Projects that will display paintings from critically acclaimed artist Kenton Nelson and works from Navajo ceramic artist Christine Nofchissey McHorse. Local talents will also be represented, as Houstonian artist collective Alabama Song's art installation greets fair attendees at the entrance, as well as local galleries, like Deborah Colton Gallery and Redbud Gallery, setting-up shop at this must-see exposition.

From $20. Silver Street Event Space, 2000 Edwards St. houstonartfair.com

Texas Contemporary 

Sept 29–Oct 2

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Expect over 15,000 visitors to attend Houston’s premiere modern art fair at the George R. Brown Convention Center this weekend, where guests can expect compelling and evocative works from more than 65 local, national and international galleries. Don't miss The Other Mexico, a curated selection of works that highlight the Bayou City’s ties to the galleries, artists and influencers of Mexico and Central America, as well as panels with artists, including local contemporary painter David McGee's talk about literature’s influence on his creative process.

From $25. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas. 212-518-6912. txcontemporary.com