DICKINSON — This year’s Red White and Bayou Crawfish and Texas Music Festival will be bigger and better.
The city of Dickinson took a chance five years ago, and Saturday’s festival has evolved into a big community event, City Administrator Julie Robinson said.
The Children’s Zone has expanded and will stay open until 10 p.m. to allow everyone a chance to play well into the evening.
New additions include hamster balls and a mechanical bull. There will be a zip line, which will be fun for bigger kids, too, Robinson said.
There also will be more vendors at this year’s event.
“We’ve been adding arts and crafts vendors every day,” Robinson said.
Ticket sales have increased since the announcement of the five musical acts that will be performing. Curtis Poullard and the Creole Zydeco Band, Grupo Vida/The Electric Cowboys, Charla Corn, Bleu Edmonson and headliners the Randy Rogers Band will be playing throughout the day and night.
Between sets, festival goers also can check out the crawfish races from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The 2013 festival had an economic impact of more than $256,000 for the Dickinson community, and organizers are expecting more this year, Robinson said.
The city was able to give $20,000 away as grants, which helped benefit the area.
“Not only are we building community pride, but we’re also supporting local nonprofits,” she said.
She said she expects to see more people come out to the festival this year, and invites the public to attend.
“We’ll be here with more than 5,000 of your closest friends,” she said.
At a glance
WHAT: Fifth annual Red White and Bayou Crawfish and Texas Music Festival
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: State Highway 3 and FM 517 in Dickinson
COST: Adult tickets are $5 until 7 p.m. and $10 afterward; children 12 and younger are free; wristbands for children’s activities are $15
DETAILS: Tickets and wristbands can be purchased online using PayPal and will be mailed. If bought online Friday, tickets and wristbands will be at the will-call window at the main ticket booth for pickup Saturday. Tickets and wristbands also can be purchased at Dickinson City Hall, 4403 state Highway 3; or the Historic Railroad Center, 218 FM 517 West.
- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: DJ Music
- 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Curtis Poullard and the Creole Zydeco Band
- 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Crawfish races
- 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Grupo Vida/The Electric Cowboys
- 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Charla Corn
- 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Bleu Edmonson
- 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Randy Rogers Band
FM 517 will be closed from state Highway 3 to Hill Street beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and will remain closed until the early Sunday. Traffic will be rerouted north along state Highway 3 and Nichols Street to Deats Road and south along state Highway 3 and Nichols Street to 46th Street.