Pasadena offers a lifestyle that is difficult to duplicate elsewhere, a city for those who want to raise their family in a true "hometown". In Pasadena you can enjoy the Strawberry Festival, Pasadena Rodeo, a fascinating tour of the San Jacinto Monument, and the beauty of Armand Bayou Nature Center. Today Pasadena is recognized as a thriving and growing city with a strong industrial base anchored by the oil and petrochemical industries along the Houston Ship Channel. It is a good place to settle, raise a family and enjoy a rich quality of life.
7603 Red Bluff Road, Pasadena, TX 77507/(281) 991-9500 Fax: (281) 991-8880
General Info About the Strawberry Festival
Mission StatementIt is the mission of the San Jacinto Day Foundation to encourage and promote the observance of San Jacinto Day and produce one of the largest fund raising events in the state of Texas, the Pasadena Strawberry Festival.
The San Jacinto Day Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Proceeds from the Pasadena Strawberry Festival benefit San Jacinto Day Foundation projects including:
Scholarships for area high school and college students
- Books for college libraries
- Preservation and promotion of Texas History and Pasadena
- Fundraising efforts for local civic, youth and non-profit group
In 1974 a small group of enthusiastic Pasadena citizens gathered in a tent on a football practice field for the opening of the Pasadena Historical Museum and celebrated San Jacinto Day with the very first Strawberry Festival. Strawberries, famous for their size and sweetness, were the first big business in Pasadena, Texas. As many as twenty-eight train carloads of strawberries a day left Pasadena loading sheds going as far north as Chicago and Kansas City. These strawberries not only brought premium prices, but also earned Pasadena the coveted title "Strawberry Capitol of the South."
Today, with over five hundred volunteers, the Pasadena Strawberry Festival continues to celebrate Pasadena's heritage on the 106-acre Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal Fairgrounds complex and attracts over 45,000 visitors.
You, too, are invited to come enjoy three fun-filled days of activities, attractions and entertainment the whole family will enjoy.
Dates and Times:
Friday May 16th 3 pm – midnight
Saturday May 17th 10 am – midnight
Sunday May 18th 10 am – 6 pm
Items Not Allowed:
Bicycles/glass bottles/beverages, coolers/Scooters/Skateboards/ Food, Frisbees/Rollerblades/Flyers/Signs/Weapons/Pets and Radios
What Happens if it RAINS?:
Strawberry Festival goes on rain or shine. If weather forecast calls for rain, please bring rain gear, umbrellas mud boots. The Festival will not refund or exchange tickets due to inclement weather. Some performances might be delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather.
Advance tickets are available in the Festival office for $ 12 until Thursday May 16th at 5 pm. Tickets available online here & at the gate $15 General Admission / Children 0-4 Free & 5-12 $5 Senior Citizens (55 & older) $5
Parking & Shuttles:
Parking On site and off site is FREE. Shuttle is available at offsite parking.
Lost & Found:
Lost & Found is located at the Festival office. Not in the Convention Center. All items will be brought to the festival office and must be claimed there also. All items not claimed after 30 days from the closing of festival will be destroyed. We will make every effort to find the owner.
Directions to the Festival:
From Downtown Houston: take 45 South to Beltway 8 east, exit Genoa Red Bluff (last free exit) turn right on Genoa Red Bluff
Can I Pick Strawberries:
No, we do not have anywhere to pick strawberries. All of the berries sold here at the festival come from a produce company. We sell the big Driscoll's $20 flat, can be bought by the flat, ½ flat, pint, Chocolate dipped. All Strawberries are sold inside the gates.
Who Runs the Strawberry Festival:
Strawberry Festival is sponsored by the San Jacinto Day Foundation, a 501 C 3 non- profit organization. A board of 33 directors, 3 paid staff organize it and with help from 1500 volunteers, 80 sponsors as well as in kind donations.
In August 2004, members of the Pasadena Strawberry Festival decided it was time for a new addition to their family. They went into family planning mode and budgeted for that addition. With the help of Dixie Flag Manufacturing, their dream of having a sweet little Buzz Berry Was Finally going to come true. We knew all the children who would come to see him would love him. He would be a great help with promoting the annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival at the various functions throughout the year as well as at specified Strawberry Festival functions such as the annual kickoff parade, the Opening Ceremonies and off course, the festival itself. On March 16th, after much anticipation, the beautiful, sweet addition to the family finally arrived. We could tell at first glance he was going to be a very happy and very active little character. Our speculations were absolutely correct. He proved to be a very successful and most popular member of our festival family and just loves promoting the festival. At each appearance, he drew a lot of attention, allowing the other family members in attendance to speak to the many potential festival visitors about the variety of entertainment, attractions and participant events planned for the upcoming festival. The Strawberry Festival received local newspaper coverage several times thanks to the attention drawn by Buzz Berry at public venues. He also appeared on our local Fox26 News on opening day of the festival in conjunction with the live coverage of the building of the World's largest Strawberry Shortcake. We look forward to watching him grow up and hope to see a Mrs Berry and maybe even a couple of baby Berry's in his future.
Strawberry Festival has accessible restrooms for our handicap, wheelchair guest, at each indoor facility & at each set of port a lets. Handicap Parking is available at the Orange Gate Red Bluff lot, Yellow Gate at Convention Center. Also available Special Shuttle to help our older guest & handicap move around the festival grounds. Power wheelchairs and 3 or 4 wheeled scooters are allowed for use by person with mobility disabilities.
Pasadena Historical Museum
Our city has a fascinating story to tell. Pasadena has come a long way from our roots as a small agricultural outpost just over a century ago.
Today, visitors and Pasadenans can get a glimpse of the city's rich history by visiting Heritage Park and Museum. Guests can tour the historic 1908 Pomeroy House and the 1905 Strawberry House, and view distinctive antiques and memorabilia from the area's first settlers. Download a PDF file featuring the Museum's official information brochure here . Besides more Pasadena history, it contains helpful information about area highlights and attractions.
Heritage Park and Museum is open for free tours Tuesday-Friday (9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.), and Saturday (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.), or by reservation for your special event, group meeting, or very large tour group. We have handicap access.
Heritage Park and Museum
7601 Red Bluff Rd, Pasadena, TX 77507
The lineage of the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo begins during the late 1940's when several Pasadena businessmen conceived an idea that meant the City of Pasadena would become home to a new community organization. The founders created the rodeo in an effort to bring the citizens of Pasadena together, offer opportunities for the community youth, and to preserve the lifestyle and moral convictions of an agricultural era that was quickly passing.
In 1949, the Unites States was in a post-war status. The City of Pasadena was a small town with approximately 10,000 people. Horses and plenty of farmland were in abundance. Pasadena High School was the only High School. And Pasadena itself was beginning to boom as an industrial community demanding a change in lifestyle. Because this economic change was, in essence, a total reconstruction of the traditional community, the founders realized that the affect on the community could be traumatic.
Because the City of Pasadena's foundation stems from a ranching and an agricultural lifestyle, these goal-oriented businessmen felt that need to hold on to the city's roots. The founders wanted to illustrate how the business community, the cowboy, and a rural lifestyle could work together successfully. They wanted the community to understand that being a "cowboy" is not merely being a "bow-legged bronco-riding dim-wit," looking for a "rooting-tooting good time." Instead, they demonstrated how being a cowboy requires maintaining good business ethics, setting goals, and making decisions. Being a cowboy means being a man who possesses qualities such as masculinity, independence, compassion, and integrity. They saw a cowboy as a person who would strive to preserve his honor and his self-respect while offering the same to others.
Just as the founders wanted the community to understand the role of the cowboy, they wanted to illustrate that being a "cowgirl" was more than a "pretty face with big hair." Although the inclusion of women was on a limited basis during the early years, they did embrace the idea of what it meant to be a "cowgirl." The founders demonstrated the value of women by including them in the activities. They provided a means by which the young ladies could illustrate that a "cowgirl" can maintain her femininity while she demonstrated independence, sincerity, compassion and self-respect. They also wanted the community to understand that women are capable of competing in the sport of rodeo.
The founders knew that being cowgirl or cowboy means "following through on one's commitments, setting goals, and achieving those goals both personally and professionally". They wanted to pass this knowledge on to the area youth. The goal was to insure that the community would continue to remain united and continue to be part of a growing economy.
They did this by following the vision statement that is in the original charter. "The purpose for which this corporation is formed is to promote, encourage and assign in the scientific education of the agricultural and livestock activates and generally promote the welfare to those interested and engaged in the agricultural and livestock industry." Since then, the mission statement has been rewritten to read: "The purpose of the organization shall be charitable, educational and scientific. The organization shall encourage improvement of the breeding and raising of better cattle, swine, sheep, goats, horses, mules, poultry and other livestock and farm products for the benefit of the public by the exhibition of said stock and farm products at public fairs and may promote and maintain agricultural research and educational functions."
PLS&R seeks to exclude no one. All citizens are welcome to become part of the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo family by becoming a volunteer or being a contestant or a visitor. We look forward to sharing our success with you. It is because of people such as yourself and business such as yours that we are successful in providing educational opportunities for area students.
3523 Independence Pkwy
The 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, which is also a national Historic Landmark, consists of the Battleground, Monument and Battleship Texas. It is located within minutes of downtown Houston and a short distance to the beaches of Galveston Island. Millions of visitors come to this area each year to enjoy the mild coastal climate and cultural and sports activities. Visitors can experience history first-hand through living history at the San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship Texas State Historic Sites.
The famous Battle of San Jacinto that brought Texas its independence was fought on this site. Texian troops under General Sam Houston achieved the independence of Texas by defeating a Mexican Army led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on April 21, 1836.
Things to Do
San Jacinto Battleground
Walk the Battleground and relive the famous battle for Texas Independence. Granite markers throughout the site designate locations of the Texian camps, the Mexican camps, the site of the advance by Texian forces and other strategic parts of the battle. Most markers can also be viewed from your vehicle. Free admission.
Monument Observation Floor
Take the elevator up to the Monument's Observation floor, 489 feet above the Battleground, with outstanding views of the city and the busy Houston Ship Channel and harbor. Regular admission.
San Jacinto Museum of History
The San Jacinto Museum of History, operated by the nonprofit San Jacinto Museum of History Association, is housed in the base of the San Jacinto Monument. The museum contains priceless artifacts and dioramas, as well as a rare collection of 250,000 documents and 40,000 books chronicling more than 400 years of early Texas history. Free admission.
There are many recreational and educational experiences for visitors and organized youth groups, as well as numerous programs for students of all ages, self-guided tours of the Battleship and Battleground, confined space rescue training, and internships.
Marsh Restoration and Boardwalk
From the 1,210-foot long marsh trail and boardwalk you can view the native prairie, tidal marsh and bottomland forest as it appeared at the time of the historic 1836 Battle of San Jacinto.
Picnic tables, grills and water faucets are available throughout the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. An enclosed picnic pavilion overlooking Buffalo Bayou is available by advance reservation.
The site is a short drive from downtown Houston where you can enjoy the many historical and cultural museums; professional sports teams; and NASA's Johnson Space Center. Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico are less than an hour drive south of the site. Nearby Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sites include Brazos Bend State Park , Galveston Island State Park , Village Creek State Park ; and Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center .
1 Monument Cir
The San Jacinto Monument is dedicated to the "Heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and all others who contributed to the independence of Texas." The monument is a 570-foot shaft topped by a 34-foot star symbolizing the Lone Star Republic. The building incorporates a number of innovative engineering features not common during the period of its construction. The American Society of Civil Engineers recognized this technology with the prestigious designation of State and National Historic Structure. The monument is listed as the tallest stone column memorial structure in the world, 15 feet taller than the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.
Construction of the Monument
The monument weighs 70,300,000 pounds. It is 125 feet square at the base, tapering to 30 feet square at the top. It is faced with blocks of cordova shell stone weighing 500 pounds apiece. This shell stone is over 100 million years old and was quarried from Burnet County north of Austin. The shaft walls are 4 feet thick at the base of the monument and 2 feet thick at the top.
The monument was a Public Works Administration project started on April 21, 1936 and dedicated on April 21, 1939. The project was completed on time, three years to the day after it was started. Of the 165 permanent job-site workers, only 35 had previous construction experience. The work crew completed 6 feet of wall, set 3 tons of steel, used 1 train carload of stone, poured 75 yards of concrete, shaped 1,200 square feet of forms, and raised a 65-ton working scaffold 6 feet every day. The sculpture stone used for each frieze around the monument weighs 4 tons each. The 9-pointed star is 35 feet tall, weighs 220 tons, and can be seen as a star from any direction in the site because of its unique configuration. The star took 20 working days to build, and each stone used in the star was 12x12 inches in size, 3 inches thick, and had to be cut to fit. Not a single piece of the star was level and plumb.
The foundation all this rests on is a solid 15 feet of concrete at the center, tapering to a 5-foot thickness at its edges. By architect specifications, the foundation had to be a continuous pour lasting 57 hours, amounting to 100 cubic yards of concrete per hour. As you approach the San Jacinto Monument, you will no doubt notice the 15.5 foot tall bronze doors weighing 3,000 pounds apiece. These doors carry reliefs of the six flags that have flown over Texas.
The total cost of the monument was $1,500,000. This was provided by federal, state and local funds.
San Jacinto Museum of History
The Museum of History's collections spans more than 400 years of early Texas history, from the Spanish conquest through Texas in the 19th century. The collection contains more than 100,000 objects, 250,000 documents, 10,000 visual images, and a 35,000-volume rare book library.
The Museum of History is operated in a public-private partnership: the site is administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; and the San Jacinto Museum of History Association , a private, nonprofit organization, operates the museum.
Visitors can ride up the elevator of the massive concrete and limestone tower to the observation floor at 489 feet above the battleground. On a clear day, the view encompasses the historic battleground, the marsh restoration and boardwalk, the Buffalo Bayou, the busy Houston Ship Channel, the Battleship Texas, and many square miles of surrounding area. The elevator is also operated by the Museum of History.
"Texas Forever!! The Battle of San Jacinto"
"Texas Forever!! The Battle of San Jacinto" is an award-winning, 35-minute multimedia production vividly depicting the events of the Texas Revolution and Battle of San Jacinto. The presentation is shown in the 160-seat Jesse H. Jones Theater for Texas Studies. This presentation is also operated by the Museum of History.
The exact date of the reflection pool's construction is uncertain, but is probably about 1937-1938. The pool is 1,800 feet long by 200 feet wide, covering about 8.4 acres, and ranges from 4 feet to 6 feet in depth.
The Phase 1 restoration of the exterior of the monument's column and star was completed in 2001. Phase 2 exterior renovations were completed in 2002, and Phase 3 interior renovations were completed in fall 2006.Information:
The Monument and Museum elevator to the newly renovated Observation Floor is now open.
Improvements to the interior of the San Jacinto Monument, including the installation of a sprinkler system, elevator upgrades, and work on the Observation Deck, began September 6, 2005. For more information, check the San Jacinto Museum of History web page or call (281) 479-2421
8500 Bay Area Blvd.
Pasadena, Texas 77507
Welcome to the
Armand Bayou Nature Center
Visit this astonishingly beautiful part of the Texas Gulf Coast and "reconnect with nature". Become aware of how Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC), nestled in the Clear Lake Area, is working to preserve the wetlands prairie, forest and marsh habitats surrounding Armand Bayou. Visitors can learn about our plant and animal inhabitants, bird-watch, hike on the Nature Center's trails or view our live animal displays of snakes, alligators, turtles, hawks and bison. A visit to the Center's Martyn Farm will take you back in time to late 1800's farm life in Texas. Before you leave, make reservations to see the beauty of Armand Bayou on the "Bayou Ranger", an electric pontoon boat, or on a guided canoe tour. In order for ABNC to continue to preserve this "Natural Place", please consider becoming a member.
Winter EcoCamp Registration has begun!
Hey Kids ages 4-13, Nature is really cool at ABNC! Come and enjoy your winter break at EcoCamp. We will be offering 2 two day EcoCamps. EcoCamp 1: Dec. 30 & 31, 2013 and EcoCamp 2: Jan. 2 & 3, 2014. Camps are either half or full day for all ages. Each camp is a different theme - so sign up for both for double the fun. Registration for Winter EcoCamp has begun!! Go to the Winter EcoCamp page for more information.
Call the Education Department at 281-474-2551 x13 or x14 for details.
New in September EcoKids Classes for preschool aged children
"EcoKids" Classes are educational and fun for young learners. Each scheduled class will explore a different topic related to species native to Armand Bayou Nature Center. Classes are for children only and will include a natural history lesson, music, story, craft, demonstrations and an outdoor activity. All children 3 to 6 years old and fully potty trained are welcome. Classes are held twice a month from 9:30-11:30 on Fridays at the Nature Center beginning September 27, 2013. Fee per child: $8 non members; $6 members. Reservations are required.
Visit the EcoKids information page for class schedule.
27th Annual ABNC Christmas Bird Count December 21 st
Calling all bird lovers, watchers and feeders of all ages! Armand Bayou's Christmas Bird Count is December 21st and we need your help! We need bird watchers of all skill levels (excellent opportunity for learning). We have breakfasty goodies and meet at 5:30 pm for Tally Rally at a local restaurant for species total, dutch dinner! Come one, come all, just come!
- When: Saturday, December 21st at 6:30 am
- Where: Armand Bayou auditorium for check-in and team gathering
- Cost: It's free this year!
- What to bring: binoculars, weather appropriate clothing, bottled water, sack lunch, field guides if you have one.
- RSVP to Martha Hood firstname.lastname@example.org
Guided Canoe Trip
Want to see the bayou from a whole new perspective? Come on a guided canoe trip the second Saturday of each month. Ages 12 and up. The trips begin at 8am and go until 11am. Reservations are required. Please call 281-474-2551 x10.
Guided Photo Hikes
Want to take nature photographs early, before the first guests arrive or late, after the gates close? Guided photo hikes are offered the second Saturday of each month for ages 12 and up. These alternate between early morning and late afternoon. Reservations are required. Please call 281-474-2551 x10.
Pontoon Boat Adventures
Start your weekend by enjoying a leisurely Saturday morning breakfast drifting down the bayou on our pontoon boat, the "Bayou Ranger". Observe wildlife searching for their breakfast on the bayou. This trip through the heart of the Nature Center presents an uncommon opportunity to watch and learn about bayou life. Enjoy pastries, juice and coffee while underway.