The City of Katy Parks & Recreation Department is committed to offering unique and quality community events that engage all age groups and abilities to get out, get active and have fun within our City. Below are a few of the annual events in the City. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 281-391-4840.
March 19, 2016
Bring the kids out to celebrate Easter during Baskets and Bunnies at Harvest Plaza from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. The City of Katy Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Katy Market Days for three events this year, and Baskets and Bunnies is the first. Kids can enjoy games, activities, and crafts while they wait to visit and have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Food and craft vendors will be available at the Katy Market Days event from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
April 1-2, 2016
The Community Campout is geared toward families with young children. There are two campouts each year with the first held at VFW Park from 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1 until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 2. Participants will be responsible for bringing their own tents, sleeping bags, etc. Fixin’s for hot dogs and s’mores will be provided for Saturday evening and the VFW Post 9182 and Boy Scout Pack 494 will cook up a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning. On Friday evening there will be activities and attractions including an outdoor movie and campfires. There is no fee to participate, but please register in advance to ensure enough supplies on hand.
June 10, 2016
The City of Katy hosts Katy Summer Nights on the evening of the second Friday of June and July. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. and usually runs till 11:00 p.m., depending on the movie selection. This year the first movie will be Little Giants. The program will be part of the Bayou Bowl festivities which will culminate with the annual Bayou Bowl high school all-star game which will be played at Rhodes Stadium on Saturday, June 11. We are encouraging everyone to dress up in their favorite football gear and be prepared to meet the Bayou Bowl players, participate in some football themed activities, and enjoy some light snacks and refreshments.
July 4, 2016
The Katy Freedom Celebration begins at 9:00 a.m. at the City facilities on George Bush Drive and ends at 1:00 p.m. There will be an Opening Ceremony by VFW Post 9182, an Open House at the City of Katy Fire Station, the Katy Heritage Museum and VFW museum will be open to visitors, attractions and events will be available for kids and families at VFW Park, and VFW Post 9182 will host a luncheon and auction at the VFW Hall.
Later that evening, the annual fireworks display will be held near Katy Mills Mall and Typhoon Texas. The fireworks, by PyroTex, are launched from the east side of the mall near Katy Fort Bend Road. This display begins at 9:00 p.m. and can be viewed from several miles around the area. For more information about the VIP event at Typhoon Texas please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 281-391-4840.
July 8, 2016
The City of Katy hosts Katy Summer Nights on the evening of the second Friday of June and July. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. and usually runs till 11:00 p.m., depending on the movie selection. This second movie of the summer will be Back to the Future. Everyone is encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from the movie. Activities, light snacks and props for photo opportunities will be provided.
July 25-29, 2016
Katy Keepers Academy is a ecology centered camp for elementary students. We will demonstrate and discuss topics such as the importance of water, the impacts of litter, the benefits of recycling and other issues that we deal with on a regular basis. The camp is led by volunteers and staff from Keep Katy Beautiful and the Parks and Recreation Department. Katy Keepers Academy will take place at the VFW Hall and VFW Park from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The fee is $75 per participant and parents can register their students at www.katyparksandrec.com.
August 13, 2016
The City of Katy Parks and Recreation Department is partnering again with Matt Schomburg Agency and No Label Brewery to host the Katy Summer Tailgate from 2:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. in and around Harvest Plaza. This is an end of summer bash with an old school street dance and pep rally flair. All Katy residents are invited to join us for an evening filled with a street dance (with tunes provided by the Texas Twisters), performances by KISD cheer squads, a beer garden with some of your favorite refreshments from No Label Brewery, the Taste of Katy local restaurant festival, shopping at vendor and merchant booths, a cool fun zone with activities for the younger attendees, and a family picnic area to sit back and enjoy the festivities. Entry fees are school supplies or a back pack. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s Operation Backpack.
October 29, 2016
The annual Howl-A-Ween event is the Saturday before Halloween from 9:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. You and your four-legged friend can come dressed to scare to the City of Katy Dog Park for a morning of frightful fun. The highlight of the event is the costume contest, but other fun and games will be plentiful. The cost of admission is one bag or can of dog food per dog which will be donated to a local shelter.
November 4-5, 2016
The Community Campout is geared toward families with young children. We have two each year with the second held at VFW Park from 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4 until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5. Participants will be responsible for bringing their own tents, sleeping bags, etc. Fixin’s for hot dogs and s’mores will be provided for Saturday evening and the VFW Post 9182 and Boy Scout Pack 494 will cook up a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning. On Friday evening there will be activities and attractions including an outdoor movie and campfires. There is no fee to participate, but please register in advance to ensure enough supplies on hand.
December 3, 2016
In its 44th year, the Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas is a family classic. This is the third and final event of 2016 in which we are partnering with Katy Market Days to combine Holiday on the Plaza with A Katy Old Fashioned Christmas. The events will start at 10:00 a.m. and the tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. The official lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree and photos with Santa Claus are sure to create treasured memories. The Parks and Recreation Department will have booths with holiday activities for children including letters to Santa, making your own Christmas Ornaments and Reindeer food! Photos with Santa are available for $5. The event includes entertainment from local church and school choirs and groups of carolers throughout the day.