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Rice Harvest Festival

Held on the second weekend in October in historic downtown Katy, the fun-filled event features over 300 food and craft booths, a carnival and family entertainment for young and old on two stages. The festival which began in 1980 celebrates our rich farming and harvest traditions and area heritage.

A must attend event for the entire family, with excellent local and area participation. 


Katy Freedom Celebration – July 4, 2019
The Katy Freedom Celebration begins at 9 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, and the Katy Heritage Museum, attractions and events will be available for kids and families at the VFW Park.  Later in the evening, the annual fireworks display will be held near Katy Mills Mall, the fireworks 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 please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 281-391-4840.

Folk Life Festival

Held in April at the Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center, the festival takes place on a wooded 34.5 acre site with a caretaker’s cottage, large barn and barnyard, a duck pond, creek, nature trails and history and science classrooms/museums. See, Hear & Smell… black powder rifles & cannons booming, campfires burning, pottery wheels turning, soft twang of the dulcimers, aroma of corn cakes to sample, open fire cooking. Come and experience life on the prairie from 100 years ago.  

Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Rodeo
One of the largest school rodeos in the state, the three-day event attracts some of the best rodeo professionals in the country, who head for Katy after the Houston rodeo. Although the rodeo draws most of the crowd, the local excitement revolves around the parade and livestock show where agriculture students from all six Katy high schools have the opportunity to exhibit, and in some cases, sell their animals. Details are at
Christmas Tree Lighting

In its 46th year, the Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas is a family classic.    The official lighting of the Mayor’s  Christmas Tree begins at 6:00 p.m. on December 5.  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 also includes  entertainment from local church and school choirs and groups of carolers.

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