5 Must Do Things Around Arts District Houston

Art Alley at Sawyer Yards | Courtesy of Fresh Arts

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Enriching the culture of Houston via arts and creative studios and galleries, dining and shops, public art installations and more, Arts District Houston is one of the city’s most invaluable treasures.

At its heart is Sawyer Yards, a creative campus spanning over 55 acres of industrial warehouses housing artists, makers, and local businesses. 

Visit to support local art, get a taste of local food and drink, and see what kind of fun this walkable area brings with our five ways to explore.

5 Must Do Things Around Arts District Houston

  1. Map out a game plan at the ADHou Welcome CenterIn 2021, Arts District Houston opened a Welcome Center at Winter Street Studios, where visitors can discover fun recommendations by local artists as well as area maps and a walking guide. Snap a selfie in front of the massive exterior mural by Houston artist David Maldonado. The Welcome Center is open to the public on Saturdays from noon to 5pm and by appointment Wednesday through Friday.
  2. Support local art, check out the Artist Studios and more The Silos at Sawyer Yards is an iconic building housing workspaces for over 100 artists, as well as retail, gallery, and office space for creative entrepreneurs and SITE Gallery, an alternative art space that sits inside its 34 rice silos. The Art Alley at Sawyer Yards is your one-stop-shop for awesome mural art, with 14 artists collaborating to create an 800-foot-long mural wall. And those who want some further entertainment can head over to the nearby Station Theater, an independent local theater focusing on live improv and sketch comedy.
  3. Shop the Second Saturday Art Market, and stop by for a lineup of local eventsEvery second Saturday, the Market at Sawyer Yards features an eclectic mix of vendors, artists, makers, and creatives, located in the Art Alley from 11am to 5pm. The event goes on in tandem with Sawyer Yards’ Second Saturday, when the artists of Sawyer Yards open their studios to the public from noon to 5pm. Look out for even more upcoming events, from live music and art preview parties to auctions and pop-up shops.
  4. Unwind with local food and drink – The area around Arts District Houston is ripe with fantastic restaurant options, including classic steakhouse and butchery B&B Butchers & Restaurant, modern Vietnamese kitchen and patio Xin Chao, fried chicken favorite Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, taco titan Tacodeli, and delicious dumpling spot, Dumpling Haus. Thirsty? Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, Holler Brewing Company, Urban South HTX, and Platypus Brewing are all onsite or nearby the district, as are charming Southern cocktail bar Julep; neighborhood hangouts Liberty Station, Henderson Heights, and Darkhorse Tavern; and caffeine slingers Catalina Coffee Shop and mobile coffee shop Jackson’s Brew Coffee Co.
  5. Take a stroll through the beautiful Glenwood CemeteryBelieve it or not, some of Houston’s most spectacular gardens sit in a cemetery, the 1871 Glenwood Cemetery to be exact. Sitting just across the way from Sawyer Yards on the south side of Washington Ave, its pristine grounds twist and wind, filled with towering ancient oaks, gorgeous sculptures and architecture, and historic gravesites. Cemetery grounds are open Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm (closed on holidays). 
Glenwood Cemetary sits just outside Arts District and offers stunning Downtown views | Courtesy of Glenwood Cemetary

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .