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 jmilillo@mfah.org 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.

Celebrate the Season with Bayou Bend

December 4–January 2
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens shines with holiday spirit as it celebrates the season both on-site and online. Scroll down for details, and let the festivities begin!

• On-Site: Visit the Historic Property
Explore American art and antiques in the house and discover spectacular holiday decorations throughout the first floor—including beautiful Christmas trees decorated to complement the theme and colors of each room. Have fun with self-guided Holiday Discovery Days activities, and join in a holiday-themed Family Day.

• Online: Enjoy Virtual Programs
Bayou Bend shares the holiday spirit online with two free, festive programs. Adults can travel virtually to other museums, and children are invited to register for a fun winter camp workshop.

Holiday Decorations at the House

December 4–January 2
Outside, Bayou Bend is festively decorated with holiday wreaths and garlands. Inside, extravagant trimmings and five (!) ornament-filled Christmas trees await throughout the first floor. Much of the holiday decor is inspired by the room designs of Bayou Bend’s founder, Ima Hogg.

Holiday Discovery Days

December 4–January 2
Self-guided holiday fun for families awaits! Find Santa’s reindeer in the gardens, try the festive photo challenge, search for butterfly ornaments in the house, and make other discoveries. Learn More

Family Day “Celebrate the Season”

Sunday, December 19, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Free festivities delve into the diversity of winter holidays celebrated in America. Learn More

Virtual Winter Camp “Learn, Play, Celebrate”

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 28 & 29, 4 p.m.
Free via Zoom! Designed for ages 6 to 10

This two-day online workshop explores the ways families in early American children and families injected brightness and joy into the midwinter holidays. The program includes art-making, music, and other activitiesLearn More & Register

History Book Club

Wednesday, January 12, 1:30 p.m.
Join a free discussion, virtually or in person, about Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America. Learn More

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 bbdospeakersbureau@gmail.com for more information.

Azalea Trail

2022 Schedule
Friday, Saturday & Sunday | March 4, 5 & 6

Bayou Bend is a featured stop on the Azalea Trail. Proceeds support local organizations, including Bayou Bend and Rienzi.
► For information, contact the River Oaks Garden Club.

Education programs at Bayou Bend receive generous funding from Sharon G. Dies; Susan Vaughan Foundation; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks; Bobbie Nau; William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust; 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.