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Head to the Plaza in downtown Katy for three days of fun, as the Katy Rice Festival returns Friday through Sunday, Oct. 8 to 10, 2021. After being held virtually in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s festival returns to its traditional venue and format and promises to be better than ever.

What’s It All About?

Launched in 1980, the Katy Rice Festival was conceived as a celebration of the town’s history as the “Rice Capital of the World.” Presented by the City of Katy and the Rotary Club of Katy, proceeds from the event benefit the Rotary Club’s fund for scholarships and donations to the local community.

Friday Fun

The party starts on Friday with an Octoberfest celebration on the Plaza from 6 to 10 PM. Admission is free and there will be live music, food trucks, and of course, plenty of craft beer. (Psssst – beer lovers mark your calendar for the Rotary Club’s Wild West Brew Fest scheduled for Nov. 11 to 13 in Katy.)

The Main Event on Saturday & Sunday

From 10 AM to 10 PM Saturday and noon to 6 PM Sunday, festival-goers can enjoy live music, craft vendors, food trucks, a kids/teen zone, craft beer, and an expanded food area, with admission for adults costing $10 each day. Children aged 12 and under are admitted free. Since downtown parking will be extremely limited, a free shuttle service will run to and from the Merrell Center throughout the event on Saturday and Sunday.

Enjoy the festival, and don’t forget to check back at the Olympus Grand Crossing blog for more updates on events and activities you can enjoy in and around Katy.