Buda welcomes five days of outdoor art and music 

By Sahar Chmais
As the summer sun begins to wind down and Texans’ anticipation for autumn bustles, Buda’s Plein Air Festival will give residents the opportunity to revel in the new season as a community, centered around art.
From Sept. 15 through Sept. 19, Buda will have artists scattered across the downtown area along Main Street, including Stagecoach House, Buda City Hall lawn, the Buda Greenbelt and Gazebo, Inspired Minds and more locations, for spectators to watch and partake in. For three days, visual artists will set up their workspaces to paint, draw or sculpt in plein air.
The main festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. Pedestrians can watch artists create artwork, listen to live music outdoors, engage in arts and crafts and shop at the markets.
Colombian Beto Cartagena y Su Conjunto will be performing a night of Colombian Roots music, featuring Damián Bossio and Edwin Hernandez “El Indio,” in the Chambers Theatre at Inspired Minds Art Center, on Friday night, Sept. 17.
While the festival events are free for anyone to attend, residents will need tickets to attend the Colombian Roots music night.
The festivities will end on Sunday. Sept. 19, after judges pick the top three artists, who will receive a cash prize.
The artwork will be on public display from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and again during the Buda Plein Air Festival exhibit in October.
Last year, Inspired Minds hosted its first Plein Air Festival for one day, due to the COVID pandemic. This year’s festivities are expanded and will bring artists from across Texas and neighboring states.

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Sahar Chmais holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been covering cities in Hays County for one year, touching on residents' struggles and successes, city issues, COVID-19 and more. Prior to reporting on the local spectrum, Sahar reported for a national news organization, covering gun violence. Sahar enjoys working as a local reporter because she gets to work with real people and their stories.

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