Annual Creekfest in Spring, Texas ~ So Much Free Fun!
My husband and I attended the annual Creekfest in Spring, Texas. The date of this free fun event in 2016 was October 1st. It was the sixth time that they have produced this festival and it was simply superb!
The grounds are beautifully landscaped and contain many buildings that service the northwest part of the Houston metro area in Spring, Texas.
All of these buildings serve multiple functions. According to their website over 160 non-profit entities use the various spaces throughout the year.
The Cypress Creek Christian Church and Community Center is located there.
Also on the grounds is a state of the art performance facility and concert hall called The Centrum. Since 1997 they have been filling the 881 seats of the Centrum with people listening to all types of performances including those of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Reportedly the acoustics are stellar! Attendees can view performances from the ground level and also the balcony. Reasonably priced tickets enable people to see everything from acrobatics to folk music and more.
The Forum is also an acoustically wonderful space used for church services as well as lectures and other activities. It seats a total of 378 people on two levels. Prearranged weddings can take place in the Centrum, the Forum, the small chapel on the grounds or on the beautifully landscaped outdoor areas if desired.
Other meeting spaces such as the 13,000 square foot building housing the Youth and Children’s Education Center have all kinds of non-profit groups including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc. meeting there.
The Annex is where my husband and I recently attended a model train show. It is a large gymnasium that has a kitchen, classrooms and meeting rooms.
For Creekfest this Annex room was filled with items for sale as well as interactive exhibits.
Cypress Creek Christian Preschool is located on site and a fenced in outdoor playground is provided for the little tykes.
An Interface – Samaritan Counseling Center is located on site and people are served with professional counseling services irrespective of ability to pay.
Across a side street from this multi-structure campus is the Barbara Bush Library. It had special Creekfest activities going on inside this lovely building.
Adjacent to the Barbara Bush Library is the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts. They also had activities inside of the museum as well as around the back of this long building containing the library on one end and the museum on the other end.
It is very interesting to know that spiritual as well as cultural, educational and social needs of people can all be serviced in this one location. I really like the idea of using buildings for multiple purposes such as the ones utilized here.
Creekfest is only a one day event but it undoubtedly takes much planning in advance to bring to fruition.
An outdoor 5K and 1K Creekfest Color the Creek family walk/run began at 8 and 8:30am with registration for those races taking place at 7am. The festival grounds opened to the public at 9am and continued until 4pm.
Chalk art onsite began at 9am with different areas set aside for competitors. Several school groups took part in this as well as individuals.
It was fun to see children trying their hand at creating some chalk art.
We arrived after the opening and flag ceremonies at 10am.
It was at that same time of day when the Blessing of the Animals took place as well as a Library Art Hunt. The little “Choo Choo Train” started operating and people could try their luck with the Climbing Wall on site.
Different things were being portrayed on a tented stage and we watched some of the Houston Aztec Dance and Drum performance.
We saw some Spring Klein Jazzercise following the Houston Aztec Dancing & Drum performance. What my husband and I were most interested in viewing was the Dog Costume Contest among the many other performances that day.
There were adult as well as a kid entries and we so enjoyed seeing how the contestants dressed themselves as well as their canine companions.
This little mermaid outfit was the grand prize winner. It was cute from all angles.
Local artists had displays of their work in booths hoping to make some sales that day.
No one had to depart this festival scene hungry because there were a number of food trucks on site. One even offered doggie treats! Many people in addition to those taking part in the dog costume contest had their pets with them that day. This was a true family friendly event. Even the furry friends seemed to be enjoying it.
Tables and chairs were set up in indoor as well as outdoor locations making it easy for people to enjoy any food purchases or to simply rest.
Offsite in the adjacent Collins Park were Boy Scouts teaching people about safety factors in canoeing. Then for those interested, canoe trips were being offered on Cypress Creek.
An area near the back parking lot of these many campus buildings was an outdoor gymnastic area set up for kids. Nearby was the petting zoo.
We really got a kick out of watching the kids and their families enjoying the petting zoo. Watching the animals was also fun. Note the photo that I captured of a little pig giving a kiss to a nearby sheep!
As you can probably tell this annual festival offers many different activities and the best part of it is that it is free. Some of it is noted here.
Attendees have to pick and choose among the various offerings in this one day event because it is impossible to do it all. It gives a person a reason to return in following years.
If you have not yet attended Creekfest, put it on your calendar for next year. It is well worth the effort to attend and enjoy.
Location of this multi-structure campus and the site of Creekfest: