Creekfest in Spring, Texas: So Much Fun!
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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.
Cypress Creek Christian Church and Community Center
The Cypress Creek Christian Church and Community Center are 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.
Other Buildings On-Site
The Forum is also an acoustically excellent 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 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 had items for sale as well as interactive exhibits.
Filling The Needs of The Community
Cypress Creek Christian Preschool is on-site, and a fenced-in outdoor playground is there for the little tykes.
An Interface-Samaritan Counseling Center is there, 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 good to know that spiritual, as well as cultural, educational, and social needs of people, can all be serviced in this one location. I like the idea of using buildings for multiple purposes, such as the ones utilized here.
Annual One-Day Event
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 8:30 am with registration for those races taking place at 7 am. The festival grounds opened to the public at 9 am and continued until 4 pm.
Chalk art onsite began at 9 am 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.
Many Different Activities
We arrived after the opening, and flag ceremonies at 10 am.
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 happening 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 entry, and we so enjoyed seeing how the contestants dressed themselves as well as their canine companions. The little mermaid outfit was the grand prize winner. It was cute from all angles.
Art, Food, and More
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 several 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. Creekfest was a real 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 rest.
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 got a kick out of watching the kids and their families enjoying the petting zoo. Watching animals was also fun. Note the photo that I captured of a little pig giving a kiss to a nearby sheep!
Annual Free Event!
As you can probably tell, this annual festival offers many different activities, and the best part of it is that it is free. 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 participate in and enjoy. Location of this multi-structure campus and the site of Creekfest is 6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, Texas 77379.