Sylvan Beach Festival

What is the Sylvan Beach Festival?

The Sylvan Beach Festival is one of the longest running family traditions along the Texas Gulf Coast, which is currently in its 68th year! A full day of family-friendly entertainment will take place along the shores of Sylvan Beach Park in La Porte, Texas, beginning with the annual Sylvan Beach Day Parade – a favorite among the locals! After the parade, make your way to the park for carnival rides, food vendors, live music, inflatables, arts and crafts vendor market, and so much more! As the sun goes down, get ready to enjoy various featured music artists well into the night!

Grab your family and friends, and make Sylvan Beach Festival one of your annual traditions too!

with live music performances by


Casey Donahew

William Clark Green

William Beckmann

and Big Jordan Band



Sylvan Beach Day Parade
sponsored by TBD

Approximate Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Parade Route: TBA

The Sylvan Beach Festival Parade is a family favorite and long-standing family tradition for many! This year’s parade will take place on April 27th, beginning at 10:00am. Make sure to line up early & get a good sideline seat!

Once the parade has ended, we encourage you to stroll on over to Sylvan Beach as the festival kicks off!

Want to participate in the parade? Applications will be available soon. To get on the waitlist, contact

Mason Peres, Chairman
Amanda DeAlejandro, Co-Chairman


Approximate Schedule
Friday, April 26, 2024: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, April 27, 2024: 10:00am – 9:00pm

schedule is subject to change

Come for the carnival, and stay for the music! The carnival is one of the highlights of the Sylvan Beach Festival, offering fun for kids of all ages. 

Carnival rides and midway games can be enjoyed by purchasing tickets at the carnival ticket booths. For maximum value, wristbands can also be purchased for non-stop fun all day!

Family Fun Zone
sponsored by Air Products

The Family Fun Zone is exactly what it sounds like – an entire zone filled with fun for the whole family! Enjoy a wide assortment of inflatable attractions, such as bounce houses, obstacle courses, and games. If the inflatables don’t wear the children out, see who can set the best record on the mechanical bull or rock climbing wall!

When it’s time to take a break, check out the Gator Country trailer who will be on site for animal encounters with live alligators (additional fee may apply), as well as educate the audience on crocodiles, snakes, and other reptiles such as turtles, tortoises, and lizards.

A popular additon to the Family Fun Zone has been the Gaming Trailer! Take your turn playing an assortment of video games right along the beach!

For more information, contact

Thank you to our Sponsor

Air Products

Water, Wings & Wheels
sponsored by TBA

Display: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Fire Boat Shows: 12:30pm and 3:30 pm

The Water, Wings & Wheels Vehicle Display is a fun, hands-on activity giving children (and adults, too!) the opportunity to explore and discover various vehicles like a police cruiser, fire truck, heavy machinery, airplanes, and more. Plus, you won’t want to miss the water shows by the Port of Houston Fire Boat!

Do you have a neat vehicle you want to display? For more information, contact

Beth Brady, Chairman
Aubry Sartori, Co-Chairman

Miss Sylvan Beach Pageant
sponsored by TBD

Friday, April 26, 2024
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Sonya Angelo Theater at La Porte HS


Application Deadline: February 2, 2024

The Miss & Jr. Miss Sylvan Beach Pageant is one of the cornerstones of the Sylvan Beach Festival. The pageant, originally titled The Sylvan Beach Bathing Beauty Contest, has come a long way since its inception in 1924!

The Miss & Jr. Miss Sylvan Beach Pageant is open to La Porte High School students only!

Want to participate? Applications are available at the La Porte High School front office. The deadline to turn in your application to the La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce is February 2, 2024. For questions or concerns, contact

Ali Hager, Chairman
Melissa Crutcher, Co-Chairman

Children’s Pageant
sponsored by Mitsubishi Chemical

Saturday, April 27, 2024
Starts at 1:00pm
Sylvan Beach Pavilion

The Children’s Pageant is by far the most adorable part of Sylvan Beach Festival! Girls and boys from Birth to 10 years of age are invited to participate in this fun event.

Children’s Pageant is limited to 80 contestants.

Want to participate? Contact

Cindy Bremer, Chairman
Michelle Thomas, Co-Chairman


Thank you to our Sponsor

Mitsubishi Chemical

Vendor Market

We strive to bring our festival-goers the best festival food and fare around! Each of over a dozen food vendors will offer different food options to satisfy any palate.

If you prefer to peruse arts and crafts vendors, we can accommodate 65 booths in our vendor market! From tumblers and candles to face painters and cigar rollers, you can find something neat from sunup to sundown.

Want to participate as a vendor? Fill out the Artisan Vendor application and return it to

sponsored by TBD

Approximate Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

The community Cook-Off is a way for our businesses and industries in the area, as well as local cook teams, to get involved in the Sylvan Beach Festival. Judges will rate teams on their Beans, Chicken, Ribs, and Brisket.

Want to participate? Applications will be available soon. To get on the waitlist, contact

Austin Lloyd, Chairman
Kasey Bryant, Co-Chairman


Admission Cost

General Admission:
$10 – At the Gate (before 5:00 p.m.)
$20 – At the Gate (after 5:00 p.m.)

Children 12 & Under:
FREE with adult admission

Senior Citizens:
$5 – At the Gate

Event Parking

Free parking will be available in the La Porte High School parking lot located adjacent to Sylvan Beach Park. The high school address is 301 E Fairmont Pkwy, La Porte, TX 77571. Signs and directional markers will be placed. For your convenience, Harris County Precinct 2 shuttles will run from the high school parking lot to the festival grounds for the duration of the festival, or you may choose to walk. 

General Information

We reserve the right to scheduling changes. 


Can I bring chairs or wagons?

Yes, chairs and wagons are permitted. The music stage will be set up in front of an elevated lawn area, so bring your chairs or blankets and set your spot up.

Can I bring a cooler?

No coolers are allowed through the festival gates. Exceptions are made only for medical purposes or infant needs.

Are pets allowed on festival grounds?

No, pets are not allowed into the festival. We all love our furry friends, but due to the large number of attendees and live gator shows we do not allow animals. Exceptions will only be made for service animals.

Will ATMs be available?

Yes, ATM machines will be available next to the Info Booth close to the festival entrance.

For additional questions or concerns contact