San Jancinto Museum of History


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.

Parking Map:

Download a printable parking map.

Entertainment Schedule

Main Stage

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

Children's Stage

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 Texas Snakes
Ongoing Phydeaux's Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show
Ontoing Petting Zoo
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

Clean Harbors

La Porte EMS


CenterPoint Energy

Deer Park ISD

Hampton Inn & Suites Deer Park


Office Systems of Texas

Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union

Kirby Inland Marine


Apache Coprporation

The Albert & Ethel Herzstein Foundation

Taste of Texas

John Meridith

Katy Steel Co., Inc.

Stiver Engineering

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