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Katy Folk Life Festival April 6: Takes Families Back in Time


March 26, 2019

By Jennifer Miko

Katy families are invited to journey back to pioneer days at the 34th Annual Folk Life Festival. On Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm, the Outdoor Learning Center will recreate scenes from life in the late 1800's.

"Pioneer" musicians entertain at the Folk Life Festival

Step back in time at Katy's most historic festival and get a first-hand look at what life was like in its early days. Guests will connect with nature while watching festival presenters show how our Texan ancestors survived before electronics and the internet.


Live demonstrations on soap-making, hand-spinning, pioneer woodworking, and much more. Musicians will perform folk music using the dulcimer, a stringed instrument, and other presenters will explain honey bee keeping and offer blacksmith demonstrations.

WHEN: Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

ADMISSION: $1 per person.

LOCATION: Katy Outdoor Learning Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, Texas 77494.

DIRECTIONS: Drive west on Interstate 10, take exit 740, turn North on FM 1463 and follow the signs to the Outdoor Learning Center.

Throughout the day, children and adults can participate in many hands-on activities like calligraphy, gourd painting and rag doll making. Guests can also test their pioneer skills at archery, roping and other pioneer games.

What is the Outdoor Learning Center?

The Outdoor Learning Center consists of more than 30 wooded acres with nature trails and a 1.3 acre duck pond. Visitors to the festival are welcome to explore the grounds, including the barnyard that houses small farm animals. They can also view the nature displays and historical exhibits in the science and history classrooms/museums. The museum is usually only open for special events and school field trips so now is your chance to have a look.

The OLC was established in 1981 and was named after Kenneth Welch who believed strongly in outdoor learning. Welch played a key role in the planning stages of the center and making the outdoor learning center idea a reality. The OLC is owned by Katy ISD.

For more information, click here.


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