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City Events

September – October 2014

4th Edition Houston Fine Art Fair @ Reliant Center
Sep 18 – Sep 21 all-day

The globally driven 4th annual Houston Fine Art Fair will expand in 2014 to the largest entertainment center in Texas, the spectacular Reliant Center, which served as the popular site of the 2012 edition. This 350 acre entertainment complex, consisting of Reliant Center, Reliant Area, Reliant Stadium and Reliant Astrodome, hosts an amazing 750 events annually, including many of the most popular sports, concert, consumer/family/trade shows in the state of Texas. Among these are the Houston Livestock Show + Rodeo, Grand Prix of Houston, Offshore Technology Conference and the Nutcracker Market. It is home to the hugely popular NFL’s Houston Texans and the University of Houston football program.

Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival
Sep 20 – Sep 21 all-day

Award Dinner

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Houston Nassau Bay Hilton
3000 Nasa Road One
Houston, TX 77058

Time: 6:30PM until 11:00PM


VIP Sponsorship 
Table for 8
8 Dinners and 8 Screening Passes

Individual Dinner/Screening Pass

Individual Dinner Only

Tickets must be purchased in advance for Dinner. No Dinner Tickets will be sold at the door.

Film Screenings

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Courtyard Houston NASA/Clear Lake
18100 Saturn Lane
Nassau Bay, TX 77058

Time: 10:00AM until 8:00PM


All Day Screening Pass: $20

Single Screening Pass: $5

The Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival
Oct 3 – Oct 5 all-day

The Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival (BCIFF) will take place October 3-5, 2014 in Houston, TX. The festival is presented by the PROGRESS Arts Group Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable arts and education organization whose mission is to educate and create opportunities through the arts ~ worldwide.The Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival(BCIFF) was founded by its executive director, Shanda Davis, to showcase diverse film and video projects that:

* Educate and enlighten us on political, social, psychological, economic, health, religious, and a variety of other issues,
* Offer hope and encouragement as well as inspire us to contribute towards the betterment of society, and
* Display positive relationships, morals, individual, and family values. 

First Saturday Arts Market 2014
Oct 4 @ 6:00 am – 1:00 pm

The First Saturday Arts Market is a monthly outdoor fine arts event that features the works of dozens of visual artists. Located in the historic Houston Heights between Gen’s Antiques and YogaOne Studios, the market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items. Patrons enjoy live music and delicious fare from some of the area’s gourmet food trucks. Open year-round on the first Saturday of each month, the market is open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. September through May and from 6-10 p.m. from June through August.

Saturday, Feb. 1st, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 5th, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 2nd, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6th, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4th, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1st, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6th, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Houston Italian Festival @ University of St. Thomas
Oct 9 – Oct 13 all-day

With about 15 booths made with colorful roofs covering folding tables filled with an array of Italian pastries, foods homemade by Italian club members, and Italian wines, Festa Italiana launched its humble beginning. It was 1978. The wine flowed, Italian music played and the aroma of Italian food filled the air. Today, Festa Italiana is one of the largest ethnic festivals in the city – an event that attracts thousands of Houstonians! Growth has been a 32-year dedication to the commitment Houston Italians made to themselves to maintain their cultural heritage, and to their hometown to be active participants in Houston’s development as a major city.

6th Annual Indian Film Festival of Houston
Oct 10 – Oct 12 all-day
Energy Day Festival @ Sam Houston Park - Downtown Houston
Oct 18 @ 6:00 am – 12:00 pm

An official City of Houston event, Energy Day is a free, family-friendly, annual festival celebrating and highlighting the importance of energy in our daily lives. The festival hosts nearly 70 interactive demonstrations and exhibits teaching students and their families about the various forms of energy, science, technology, efficiency, conservation, and careers in the energy industry. The exciting exhibits and interactions with energy experts help spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Attendees include students, educators, families and business leaders who see a range of exhibits highlighting energy sources and opportunities in the industry. Additionally, more than 75 students are awarded each year for their achievements in STEM-related competitions. Guests are also treated to music and numerous interactive games and displays.

Energy Day and its partners and sponsors are leading the way in reinforcing the importance of STEM education and the development of new energy technology. The stimulating exhibits and generous academic award opportunities help motivate thousands of future energy experts each year.

Big Brew Houston Craft Beer Event @ George R. Brown Convention Center
Oct 20 – Oct 26 all-day

Food & Vine Time Productions and Houston First Corporation host a craft beer event at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Crafted for beer lovers in Houston and across the nation, the event will spotlight Houston’s role as a leader in the craft beer industry. Big Brew is sponsored by Spec’s Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods.

The National Black Book Festival @ Fallbrook Church
Oct 23 – Oct 25 all-day

The National Black Book Festival (NBBF) is an annual event, sponsored by, the world’s largest African-American retailer online.  The event attracts a wide array of authors, publishers, book clubs, libraries and individual readers from the Southwest U.S. and nationwide. 

The 7th annual National Black Book Festival is scheduled for Oct. 23-25, 2014 at Fallbrook Church, 12512 Walters Rd., in Northwest Houston and is sponsored by, one of the leading Web sites promoting African-American literature. 

Huffington Award Luncheon @ TBA
Oct 23 @ 5:30 am – 8:30 am

The Huffington Award Luncheon recognizes an individual who has been a major force on the international stage. Named for the Houston oilman and former ambassador who played a leading role in creating Asia Society Texas Center, the Roy M. Huffington Award for Contributions to International Understanding is the highest honor bestowed by the Texas Center.

Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil Corporation, has been selected for 2014.

Former recipients include President George Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush; Jon Huntsman, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. George Strake; Robert Mosbacher, Sr.; Mayor Bill White; Washington SyCip; Gordon M. Bethune; and The Honorable Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore.



VIP Reception: 10:30
Registration: 11:30 am
Luncheon: 12:00 pm


Sponsorships, Tables, and Tickets

Click here for more information on sponsorship options, tables, and tickets. Online ticketing will be available in 2014.


About the Honoree

A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Rex Tillerson earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin before joining Exxon Company, U.S.A. in 1975 as a production engineer.

In 1989, he became general manager of Exxon Company USA’s central production division, responsible for oil and gas production operations throughout a large portion of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas.

In 1992, Mr. Tillerson was named production advisor to Exxon Corporation. Three years later he was named president of Exxon Yemen Inc. and Esso Exploration and Production Khorat Inc., and in January 1998 became vice president of Exxon Ventures (CIS) Inc. and president of Exxon Neftegas Limited. In those roles, he was responsible for Exxon’s holdings in Russia and the Caspian Sea as well as the Sakhalin I consortium operations offshore Sakhalin Island, Russia.

In December 1999, he became executive vice president of ExxonMobil Development Company. Mr. Tillerson was named senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in August 2001, and was elected president of the corporation and member of the board of directors on March 1, 2004. He assumed his current position on January 1, 2006.

Mr. Tillerson is a member of the executive committee and a former chairman of the American Petroleum Institute. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a member of the Business Roundtable, a member of the Business Council, an honorary trustee of the Business Council for International Understanding, and a member of the Emergency Committee for American Trade. In 2013, Mr. Tillerson was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Mr. Tillerson is the vice-chairman of the Ford’s Theatre Society, immediate past national president of the Boy Scouts of America, and a former director of the United Negro College Fund. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Council, Development Board, and the Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin, where he was named a distinguished alumnus in 2007. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate engineering degree from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.