Arts and Recreation
The Katy Cultural and Arts Alliance works hard to bring a multitude of arts and culture events and venues to the Katy area. The Alliance collaborates to help establish arts awareness, arts support, arts education, arts viability, and arts availability to all residents of the area. The Advisory Board of the Alliance includes Artreach, KVPAC, Katy ISD, Multiplicity, City of Katy, Houston Community College, Katy Heritage Society, Traders, Roman Legal, and the Cinco Ranch Conservatory of Music. Projects and programs fueled by the Alliance include: All Aboard Katy, Katy Art Mixer, Fotofest, and the Katy West Houston Jazz Festival.
The Katy Contemporary Art Museum is located in the City of Katy. The museum provides an interchange for visual arts of the present and recent past, presents new directions in art, strives to engage the public and encourages a greater understanding of contemporary art through education programs.
Katy ISD also offers a variety of Fine Arts programs ranging from orchestra to drama production. Fine arts programs from numerous Katy ISD schools are frequently honored with awards as top performers in the state. A complete list of Katy ISD fine arts programs can be found here.
Youth sports and high school sports are a huge part of life in the Katy area. Opportunities for youth sports in the area include baseball, basketball, football, fencing, three lacrosse clubs, nine soccer leagues, four girls softball leagues, 28 swim clubs, five tennis clubs, two track & field clubs and three volleyball clubs. Shooting, biking, equestrian, skating, gymnastics, dance, running, martial arts, laser tag and more are celebrated in Katy.
The Katy area has multiple fitness center options for vigorous, active residents. The YMCA provides an excellent fitness facility and venue for community for Katy Residents. The current YMCA is located in the Cinco Ranch and a second Katy area YMCA recently opened within City of Katy limits on the west side of the Katy area. With a 150,000 SF. multi-sport facility, Lifetime Fitness is another fitness facility option. The area is also home to other health facilities including, LA Fitness and other 24-Hour Fitness.
Ready to relax and enjoy a day on the golf course? The Katy area offers over 126 championship golf courses, such as Falcon Point, Weston Lakes Country Club, Pine Forest Country Club,Meadowbrook Farms, and more courses in close proximity. Top Golf is also located in Katy.
Professional sports venues are great with Katy being located within 35 miles of the Houston Texans Football, Houston Astros Baseball, Houston Rockets Basketball, Houston Dynamo Soccer and numerous other sports venues.
Katy is located only 90 miles from the beautiful sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and to some of the finest inshore and offshore salt-water fishing on the entire Texas Gulf Coast. Fresh water fishing is available in Katy at some of the public lakes in the master planned communities. Additionally, the nearby larger lake systems of Lake Houston, Summerville, Conroe and Huntsville offer fresh water fishing.
Katy’s personality demonstrates its pride and competitive spirit best with its strong support of high school football. While this is a Texas characteristic, Katy has taken it to new heights, thanks to the Katy Tigers, who have won eight, 6A state football championships. Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium is a 9,768-seat multipurpose stadium owned by the Katy Independent School District and is the home field for Katy ISD high school football including Katy, Taylor, Cinco Ranch, Mayde Creek, Morton Ranch and Seven Lakes High School. Construction is currently underway for a second Katy ISD stadium.
Parks, Facilities and Festivals
With the convergence of Harris, Waller and Fort Bend Counties within the Katy ISD footprint, residents of Katy have access to nearly 30 parks in the Katy area including the expansive George Bush Park. George Bush Park features an equestrian area, hiking and biking trails on 21,000 acres with shooting ranges, model airplane parks, dog parks, trails and soccer and baseball fields.
The Great Southwest Equestrian Center is home to local and regional competitive equestrian events. The Willow Fork Drainage Park Plan is constructing a $30 million drainage and parks improvement project to build and link new hike and bike paths, the LaCenterra Amphitheatre called Central-Green, and Rick Rice Park featuring a frisbee golf course near Cinco Ranch High School.
Within the city limits of Katy, there are several park and family gathering places. Katy City Park offers two tournament sized baseball fields, two tournament sized softball fields, state of the art sports lighting system, soccer field/flag football field, covered tri court basketball pavilion and European hand ball courts. Katy’s Play Station was designed for multiply-impaired and profoundly deaf children and is located within Katy City Park. The Katy Play Station was recently featured in Today’s Playground Magazine.
The Leonard E. Merrell Center is a 7,200-seat multi-purpose arena built adjacent to the Katy ISD Administration Building in 2005. Since 2008 the Merrell Center has hosted the Southland Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments. The Center hosts concerts, shows, banquets, high school basketball and graduation ceremonies.
Alkek Velodrome is one of 20 plus velodromes in the United States and the site of Olympic biking events and Texas State championships. Katy is also the starting place of the BPMS 150, a bike ride from Houston to Austin usually held in the spring of each year. Over 12,000 riders participate and raise millions of dollars of multiple sclerosis in the race to find a cure for the disease. The Katy Rotary Club hosts the Katy Triathlon at Firethorne in the city of Katy. The event attracts over 900 people tri-athletes from across the United States.
The VFW Park and Community Center is centrally located within the city of Katy, and features a children’s playground, two picnic pavilions, a jogging trail, a community building and Katy Heritage Museum which chronicles the development of Katy and features farm equipment and historical artifacts. The VFW Hall is home to the city’s recreation programs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 Museum and many city events. Woodland Park is an eight-acre wooded park with large barbecue pit, covered basketball pavilion, picnic tables, playground, and community buildings and home to the city’s summer camps and social services day activities.
Katy Heritage Park was established in 2003 as a joint project with the City of Katy and the Katy Heritage Society and is known for its restored historic buildings and the Railroad Park serves as the visitor information center. Housed in the restored Missouri-Kansas-Texas Depot, the Information Center features an authentic red caboose.
The Katy Rice Harvest Festival held in old town Katy in October, draws over 50,000 visitors to the area each year. The festival celebrates and highlights the history and heritage of the area’s great “cash crop” and its influence on building a robust agricultural economy and the development of the Katy area. The family-oriented festival features two live entertainment stages, a parade, a carnival, arts, crafts, product, services and food booths, demonstrations and competitions for rice cooking, photography and parade entries. Founded in 1978 by the Tri-County Optimists, the Katy Chamber of Commerce and other community leadership assumed production of this signature Katy event in 1980.
The Folk Life Festival is held each year in April at the Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center, 34.5 acres of rural experience including a barn, ponds, nature trails, classrooms and a festival/performance area. The Katy ISD Open Pro Rodeo is a three day, night event held in February each year. Sanctioned by the CPRA and produced under the auspices of the Katy ISD and the FFA, this rodeo is conducted at the L.D. Robinson Pavilion across the street from the Merrell Center. The rodeo celebrates and highlights the value of agriculture. The range of events and activities include a parade, a carnival, animal and education exhibits, professional and junior rodeo events – steer wrestling, bronc riding, calf roping and bull riding barrel racing, bareback riding and even a stick-horse race. The event draws largely from the three county areas and the greater Houston region.
Katy also has its own micro-brewery which is located in Katy’s iconic symbol: the Katy Rice Dryers. No Label Brewery produces several primary beers, and seasonal beers like the Jalapeno Ale and Mint IPA. No Label beers cans be found on the shelves of stores throughout the Houston area.