Fifth Ward Nonprofit Cancels Annual Festival 7th Annual Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival featuring the City’s Only Helicopter Egg Drop, has been CANCELED (HOUSTON) – The Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation (FWCRC) has CANCELLED the 7 th Annual Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival (LARF), originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020. The annual event, which features the only urban helicopter egg drop, is hosted in conjunction with the City of Houston, through the Houston Arts Alliance, will not be held considering recent developments concerning the COVID-19 virus. 

As Fifth Ward CRC swiftly moves into the new decade and a renewed commitment to the Historic 5th Ward, we are excited about all that the  future holds  - another year of celebrations including the April 4th Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival


We recently unveiled the Cultural Arts District Plan and we are super excited about the 2020 Festival which marks the 7th annual event and yet again, will be even bigger and better if you can imagine that.  As we work diligently to promote the Lyons Avenue corridor as Houston’s FIRST African American Cultural District,  the festival is themed:  “May the 5th Be With You,  A futuristic look at all our community has to offer”.  In case you missed the unveiling,  the plan my be found at here: 5thWard_CAD Master Plan 2020.

We hope that you will continue this journey with us and consider sponsorship again this year.  Last year we entertained over 5000  Fifth Ward residents and visitors, dropped 50,000 eggs and featured great local artists and vendors.   The 2020 Festival  will offer all this and much more,  including strategic partners and artist engaged in the implementation of the cultural arts district led by the renown Mel Chin, a 5th Ward Native,  a phenomenal local artist advisory council, and our newest addition - Harrison Guy, Director of Arts and Culture. Your proceeds will support implementation of The 5th Ward Cultural Arts District and Programming at the Historic DeLUXE Theater.


Together “We Are the 5th"  We look forward to receiving your commitment. Sponsorship form can be found here: 2020 Sponsorship Form.  Please return the commitment form at your earliest convenience.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.


Thanks in advance for your consideration!


Because of the festival, the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation is able to provide the following annual services and programs:

•Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival

•New home & commercial construction

•Home purchase & foreclosure prevention counseling and education

•Business Workshops

•Art & cultural events

•And more



Kathy Payton, KPayton@fifthwardcrc.org

Deshara Goss, DGoss@fifthwardcrc.org

Harrison Guy, HGuy@fifthwardcrc.org