McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival
March 30 - March 31
The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival is the largest children’s festival in the United States! Two days of games, circus acts, rides, food, beverages, and entertainment for all ages centered in downtown Houston. The Festival excitement includes Fourteen Big Family Adventure Zones, five stages of music and entertainment, over three hundred fun activities, as well as featured celebrities. Created 31 years ago by Child Advocates as an avenue to create awareness and funding to help the abused and neglected children of Houston. Come celebrate, enjoy, laugh, and play at the 31st Annual McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival and create a lifetime of memories!
Anthony Gonzalez, actor who voices the animated character Miguel in the Oscar winning Disney film COCO, will headline the celebrity entertainment at the 31st Annual McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival in downtown Houston, March 30th and 31st.
Anthony will be performing on stage and signing autographs both days of the festival. The family film — which is set in Mexico during Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead — tells the story of a boy named Miguel (voiced by Gonzalez) and his music-filled journey to the “Land of the Dead” where he meets his ancestors. The colorful film features dancing skeletons and heartwarming songs.
Anthony will lead a parade of celebrity characters for the 2019 festival including; Ronald McDonald and friends, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, PBS TV stars Daniel Tiger and Princess Presto plus more to be announced. Anthony Gonzalez will be featured on the McDonald’s “Dream Discovery Stage” during scheduled times with the opportunity for free photos.
Tickets are available for purchase both online and at the gate. Online tickets are $12, at the gate tickets will be $14. Purchase your tickets here and save! Print your paper ticket and bring it to the gate or your mobile ticket can be scanned at the gate.
The MCDONALD’S HOUSTON CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL, benefiting Child Advocates, Inc., is located in the heart of downtown Houston in the area surrounding City Hall, Hermann Square, Houston Public Library Plaza, Sam Houston Park, and Tranquility Park.
For GPS – Destination address: 901 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002
There is plenty of parking near the Festival with the choice of street level, surface lots, parking garages or underground parking. Below are several of the parking options near the Festival. Please note that the Festival has no control over parking fees in either public or private parking lots.
Theatre District Parking Garages
Garage #2 – 511 Rusk St, Houston, TX 77002 (located between Bagby and Smith Street)
Two Shell Plaza Garage
777 Walker (Walker @ Louisiana; entrance on Louisiana)
1100 Smith Garage
Corner of Smith & Lamar
Heritage Clay Parking Garage
1200 Bagby @ Clay
FAQ’s about the Largest Children’s Festival in the United States!
What time is the event?
10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes. We accept credit cards, debit cards, and cash at the Admission Booths and Coupon Booths.
Do you have ATMs on-site?
Yes. There is an ATM located next to each Coupon Booth & each Admission Booth.
Are there any additional costs other than the admission fee?
All stage performances and the majority of entertainment are included with admission. There is a small fee for some games and rides, ranging in price from 1 – 6 coupons.
Can I leave The Festival and re-enter without paying?
There is no re-entry into The Festival.
Can we bring in food & drinks? How about for our infant child?
As this event is a fund-raiser for Child Advocates, outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the Festival gates. However, special food for infants and toddlers is allowed.
Can we bring strollers, wagons and/or wheelchairs?
Yes! All areas of the Festival are accessible for strollers, wagons and wheelchairs.
Can we bring pets?
Sorry, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events regulations prohibit pets (including dogs, amphibians, reptiles and snakes) from attending. Assistance dogs are allowed.
Any rules we should know about?
To ensure a safe, enjoyable event, the following items should be left at home: beverages, food, alcoholic beverages, ice chests/coolers, bikes, in-line skates, skate boards, grills, weapons, fireworks, umbrellas and laser pointers. Food for infants and special dietary concerns are excluded.
Do you issue rain checks?
No rain checks or refunds are given. We are open rain or shine, and all acts will be performed as scheduled unless conditions threaten the safety of the participants and festival guests.
Is there public transportation to the festival?
Take the bus and leave the driving to METRO. For information on routes and schedules, please contact METRO at 713.635.5000 or click here for info.
How do I pay for Market Vendor purchases?
There are a number of Market Vendors throughout the festival selling fun, quality merchandise. Festival coupons are NOT accepted for market purchases. Each market vendor determines what form of payment they will accept.