Programs & Events at Bayou Bend

Bayou Bend is open year-round with programs and events for adults, children, and families. In addition to the highlights below, Bayou Bend offers a wide variety of special activities. For more information, contact Joey Milillo, programs manager, at or 713.639.7759.

Are you interested in the docent program? Bayou Bend docents are nationally recognized volunteers who provide outstanding tours and education to visitors.

Jazz & Juleps

Tuesday, April 17
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sip mint julep cocktails under an elegant Southern garden tent, listen to the Paul Chester Quartet, stroll the grounds, and explore the first floor of the house.

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Family Day at Bayou Bend “The Sounds of Nature”

Sunday, April 21
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit Bayou Bend for an afternoon of family-friendly fun and explore the connection between music and nature.

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Global Objects and the Need for Material Literacy

Saturday, April 27
1:30 p.m.

In this lecture, Edward Cooke presents a new approach to examining historical objects. 

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Mother’s Day Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & 12
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Bayou Bend surrounded by the beauty of nature, art, and music.

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Summer History Camp

June 24—28 | July 15—19 | July 22—26
Summer History Camp, open to 5th and 6th graders, challenges students to form opinions based on asking questions and making discoveries through active participation.

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Questions? Contact Joey Milillo at or 713.639.7759. 

Detective Days

There’s mystery afoot at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens for sleuths ages 6 and older. Detective Days feature self-guided activity sheets that challenge children’s observational skills and critical thinking.

Detective Days are available during self-guided tour hours for both the house and the gardens.

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History Book Club

Bayou Bend and Rienzi host a book club inspired by life in America and Europe in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Presented alternately by each house museum, the History Book Club offers free discussions on a regular basis.

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Speakers Bureau

Bayou Bend’s Speakers Bureau offers informative talks and lectures—illustrated with colorful slides—for groups and organizations interested in learning about antiques, history, holiday decorating, or the lifestyles of Americans in the past.

Staffed by Bayou Bend docents, Speakers Bureau presentations to educational institutions (teacher groups, colleges, etc.) are free of charge. Other groups pay an honorarium of $75 that is used to support the educational activities of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Contact for more information.

Education programs at Bayou Bend receive generous funding from Houston Junior Woman's Club; Sharon G. Dies; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks; Susan Vaughan Foundation; Ralph H. and Ruth J. McCullough Foundation; Ms. Bobbie Nau; and additional generous donors.

The education programs also receive endowment income from funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; and the James William Glanville and Nancy Hart Glanville Endowment.