East End Houston Cultural District

The Texas Commission on the Arts describes cultural districts as “special zones that harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community revitalization. These districts can become focal points for generating businesses, attracting tourists, stimulating cultural development and fostering civic pride.” In 2014, TCA officially designated Houston's East End as a Texas cultural district.  This designation means more opportunities for tourists and local residents to know the artistic value present in the East End community. 

The East End Houston Cultural District boasts one of the largest collections of outdoor murals in the city but encompasses more than just our beautiful murals. The district is home to more than 30 arts and culture institutions presenting work in every medium as well as artist studios, showrooms, and design and fabrication shops where great work is made on a daily basis. The East End Houston Cultural District is rich in history with a wealth of historic sites and structures that connect this urban community to its rich heritage. Culinary traditions are also strong here and offer visitors a taste of some of the best food Houston has to offer. Your senses are stimulated when you’re in the East End – what you eat, hear, and see – it all represents the cultural richness of our remarkable community.

Use the maps below to explore the impressive list of cultural venues and public art located in Houston's historic East End.

Tour the East End Cultural District

Explore The East End Murals