San Jancinto Museum of History

2016 San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment

The 2016 San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The reenactment of the Battle of San Jacinto, complete with cannons, horses, and pyrotechnics, takes place at 3 p.m.  Volunteers and vendors are welcome to apply to participate - we can't do it without you!  Visit the Annual Reenactment page for pictures from prior years, and then plan to come to this full-day, exciting event. Find out about Parking, or view the Entertainment Schedule.

Entertainers and educators include:

  • "All Stars" Youth Banjo Band is made up of boys and girls playing plectrum and 5-string banjos, ukuleles, mandolins, bass guitars, fiddles, keyboard and drums, as well as singers and dancers, in a program that is fun, heart-warming and inspirational.
  • Baytown Nature Center and Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center are dedicated to increasing awareness, understanding and appreciation of wetlands, the environment, and cultural history through environmental education recreation.
  • Charles Lara aka Black Beaver will reenact a Delaware Blanket Trader to teach festival goers about the Texas of the 1800s.
  • Representatives from the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) will provide presentations dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier.
  • Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl will perform a version of a Danza Azteca ceremony with a dozen dancers dressed in colorful regalia, utilizing natural instruments to compose traditional rhythms for ceremonial dancing.  
  • K.R. Wood (Camp Cookie) will bring history to life through songs and tales with the Chuck Wagon of Texas History.  
  • Last Chance Forever, The Birds of Prey Conservancy will present interactive demonstrations of magnificent birds including hawks, owls, eagles, falcons and vultures.
  • North Harris County Dulcimer Society will provide musical entertainment throughout the day.
  • Exhibit of TPWD's popular Operation Game Thief, its wildlife crime-stoppers program offering rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction for a wildlife crime. 
  • Phydeaux's Flying Flea Circus and Wahoo Medicine Show will offer cures for all maladies at his Wahoo Medicine Show, and as Flea Meister for Phydeaux's Flying Flea Circus, put his (invisible) fleas through their paces.
  • Texas Snakes is a fun and hands-on educational show of many different species of non-venomous indigenous snakes of Texas for the children to view and touch. 
  • Amusements that will operate throughout the day includ camel rides and mechanical bull rides from Bronco Billy's Bucking Bulls.
  • Blacksmiths, weavers, spinners, and other demonstrators - including the popular Baytown Area Quilt Guild - will give visitors a full sense of how life was in the early 1800s. 
  • Sutlers (civilians who sold provisions to military posts) will be on hand to sell or show their wares.
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department will offer archery classes for young people.
  • Visitors can also view the restored marshlands and look for otters, great blue herons, osprey, mottled ducks and American avocets. 
  • Representatives of the San Jacinto Descentants, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Sons of the Republic of Texas, the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Independence Trail Region will be on hand to share their history.
  • Texas Independence Square Dancers will demonstrate square dancing and give lessons.
  • Visitors can browse through the vendor area to admire unique hand-crafted items, Texas products and history-related items.
  • Visit the Texian and Mexican camps throughout the day to find out about life in the army in 1836.
  • A variety of festival favorites from over 15 food vendors will be available.

The Children's Area - sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company and Deer Park ISD - includes:

  • Make-and-take history activities and crafts created and overseen by Gifted/Talented specialists from Deer Park ISD.
  • Marsha's Petting Zoo with sheep, goats and other friendly small animals.
  • A 55' train complete with train whistle and Texan and American flags.

Entertainment Schedule

Main Stage

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Mariachi Mensajeros de mi Tierra
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. All Star Youth Banjo Band
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 Last Chance Forever - Birds of Prey
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. All Star Youth Banjo Band
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Hill Country Jane
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.  - Break for Battle Reenactment - 
4:15 - 6:00 p.m. Hill Country Jane


Children's Stage

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. KR Wood
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Mariachi Mensajeros de mi Tierra
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 North Harris County Dulcimer Society
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Last Chance Forever - Birds of Prey
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Tew Academy of Irish Dancers
1:45 - 2:00 p.m. General Sam Houston as portrayed by living historian Jack Edmondson
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Jeff Chambers and Jeff Duncan - Fiddle & Guitar
3:00 - 4:15 p.m. - Break for Battle Reenactment - 
4:15 - 4:30 p.m. General Sam Houston as portrayed by living historian Jack Edmondson
4L45 - 6:00 p.m. KR Wood


Festival Grounds

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Texian and Mexican Camps near Battlefield
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Camel rides
11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl
2:00 & 4:15 p.m. Red Chanuska singers and dancers
3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Battle Reenactment - San Jacinto Volunteers
All Day Texas Snakes
All Day Petting Zoo
All Day Black Beaver
All Day Phydeaux's Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show
All Day Authentic Chuck Wagon
All Day Square Dancers of Houston
All Day Buffalo Soldiers from Buffalo Soldier National Museum, Houston
All Day Bronco Billy's Bucking Bull
All Day North Harris County Dulcimer Society
All Day Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center


Monument Theatre

11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. General Sam Houston as portrayed by living historian Jack Edmondson


Map showing location of parking for the 2016 San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment

The free parking for the San Jacinto Festival is new and improved this year!  Event parking will be in the Shell Contractor parking lot at 4400 Block Hwy 225, Deer Park, Texas, located on the north side of the feeder road of Pasadena Freeway (HWY 225), between Tidal Road and Sam Houston Parkway (Beltway 8).  Free shuttles between the festival and this lot run from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Disabled parking is available at the Battleship Texas parking lot (disabled placard or license plate required) at 3523 Independence Pkwy, La Porte, Texas 77571.

Note: parking will not be allowed for visitors near the San Jacinto Monument, as in past years.

Download a printable pdf version of the parking map.

This festival remains admission-free thanks to its sponsors.


Spirit Bank of Texas

Houston First

Texas Parks & Wildlife

San Jacinto Museum of History Association

San Jacinto Volunteers

San Jacinto College


Deer Park ISD

CenterPoint Energy


ExxonMobil - Baytown

Hampton Inn & Suites Deer Park


Office Systems of Texas

Kirby Inland Marine


The Albert & Ethel Herztein Charitable Foundation

Community Toyota

Thank you to volunteers from:

  • San Jacinto Volunteers
  • Pasadena Strawberry Festival
  • San Jacinto College
  • Clean Harbors
  • La Porte EMS team
  • Clear Horizons Early College High School
  • Walter Prescott Webb Society
  • Boy Scouts of America
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