2015 San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment
Update from the museum president, noon, April 17: The San Jacinto Day Festival and the reenactor's camps will be in full swing on Saturday, April 18, rain or shine. The full battle reenactment will not occur this year, due to the wet ground, as we keep the safety of the horses in mind. But come for the food, music, native Texas animals, archery classes, make-and-take crafts, dancing, and more; talk to reenactors representing both sides of the battle. A safe and educational family event, free of charge, awaits you.
The 2015 San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit the Annual Reenactment page for pictures from prior years, and then plan to come to this full-day, exciting event.
- Dan Barth will use his Medicine Show Wagon to tell the tales of special 19th century cure-all elixirs, and entertain with a little magic.
- Nonstop entertainment on the main stage and the Children's Stage, including Last Chance Forever, The Birds of Prey Conservancy, and K. R. Wood.
- See non-venomous indigenous snakes of Texas, and learn how they provide balance in nature.
- Watch blacksmiths, weavers, spinners, and other demonstrators show their craft.
- Visit the Mexican and Texian camps and learn from reenactors about the lives of soldiers in 1836.
- Texas Parks & Wildlife staff will offer archery classes for young people.
- Vendors will be on hand with festival food, hand-crafted wares, and history-related items.
- Watch Texas Independence Square Dancers, and learn how to participate in this traditional folk art.
- Children's crafts will be led by teachers from Deer Park ISD and student volunteers from San Jacinto College; a Sandbox Dig will be created by San Jacinto College.
- Marsha's Petting Zoo will bring sheep, goats, and other friendly small animals.
- Learn about Texas history from the San Jacinto Descendants, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Sons of the Republic of Texas, the Texas General Land Office, and the Texas Independence Trail Region.
Tips to enjoy the 2015 festival:
- Avoid the ferry from I-10, as only one boat is working and the wait is long.
- Bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable viewing of the reenactment.
- Plan to arrive no later than 2 p.m. for the reenactment to allow time to park in one of the designated lots, take the shuttle to the festival grounds, and then walk to the reenactment viewing area.
- Discounted lodging is available on April 17 and 18 at Hampton Inn Deer Park, 281.930-9091.
- Parking for vehicles with disabled tags or plates will be in the Battleship Texas parking lot, serviced by a special accessable shuttle. Only vehicles with disabled tags or plates may park by the Battleship.
Download a printable parking map.
|10:00 - 11:00||"All Star" Youth Banjo Band|
|11:00 - 12:00||Last Chance Forever - Birds of Prey|
|12:00 - 12:30||Buffalo Soldiers National Museum|
|12:30 - 1:30||Solero Flamenco|
|1:30 - 3:00||Amber and the Rascals|
|3:00 - 4:30||(Battle Reenactment)|
|4:30 - 6:00||Amber and the Rascals|
|10:00 - 11:00||K.R. Wood|
|11:00 - 12:00||Solero Flamenco|
|12:00 - 1:00||All Star Youth Banjo Band|
|1:00 - 2:00||Last Chance Forever - Birds of Prey|
|2:00 - 3:00||Mixteco Ballet Folklorico|
|4:30 - 6:00||K.R. Wood|
Entertaniment on the Grounds - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
|Ongoing||Dan Barth and his Medicine Show Wagon|
|Ongoing||Phydeaux's Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show|
|Ongoing||Craig Livingston Fife and Drum|
|11:00 - 4:30||K.R. Wood's Chuck Wagon|
|Ongoing||Black Beaver - Texas Delaware Blanket Trader|
|11:00 - 2:00||Camel Rides|
|Ongoing||Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center and Baytown Nature Center|
|10:00 - 3:00||Pony Rides|
|Ongoing||Bronco Billy's Mechanical Bull|
|Ongoing||Children's Train Rides|
Thank you to festival sponsors
Spirit of Texas Bank
San Jacinto Volunteers
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
San Jacinto Museum of History Association
San Jacinto College
La Porte EMS
Deer Park ISD
Hampton Inn & Suites Deer Park
Office Systems of Texas
Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union
Kirby Inland Marine
The Albert & Ethel Herzstein Foundation
Taste of Texas
Katy Steel Co., Inc.
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