In the spirit of community and collaboration, join the fun at this spring festival! Celebrate colors and the birthday of Vincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853) with music, art activities, games, and more for all ages.

Check out the list below, and drop by at any time.


  • Celebrate Vincent van Gogh’s birthday with cake from the MFA Café
  • Enjoy bites from the day’s food carts: Popston, Coffee Q, and Big Boss Dogs
  • Stop by the Art of the Spirits Bar (opens at 5 p.m.)


  • Art-making activity: Shibori tie dye with indigo
  • Art-making activity with Asia Society Texas Center
  • Button-making activity with the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
  • Design activity with Houston Community College department of fashion design
  • Play Garden Quest III: The Legend of Stella


  • GONZO247, Houston street artist
  • Emily Fens, Houston artist
  • Claudia Zopoaragon, MFAH teaching artist
  • Inprint Poetry Buskers


  • Enjoy music by Da Camera
  • See a performance by the Heights Funk Collective
  • Watch short films: The Red BalloonIsh; and The Dot
  • Solve an art mystery with UH ASL student interpreters

Drop in! This event is free. Admission to the Museum and the exhibition “Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art” is available separately, until 7 p.m. For ages 12 & younger, Museum admission is always free.
“Spring Festival: Celebrating Colors” takes place rain or shine.

GONZO247: Celebrating Community, Color & Vincent van Gogh

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.

MFAH Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Sharon G. Dies; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; the Kress Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Susan Vaughan Foundation; the CFP Foundation; the Cockrell Family Fund; the Joe Barnhart Foundation; the Carruth Foundation, Inc.; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust; Texas Commission on the Arts; the Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation; Dr. Angela Apollo; the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design; Mr. and Mrs. Dan English III; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell; Marilyn G. Lummis; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks; the Summerlee Foundation; the Swergold Family Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler; Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation; the Junior League of Houston, Inc.; Polly and Murry Bowden; Nancy and Jim Gordon; and the Lubrizol Foundation.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.