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Join Us for a Celebration of the Northside Community!


By Hayden Bergman

“The creation of the district is necessary to promote, develop, encourage, and maintain employment, commerce, transportation, housing, tourism, recreation, the arts, entertainment, economic development, safety, and the public welfare in the north side of the city of Houston.” With those words (codified in Chapter 3812 Texas Special Districts Local Laws Code), the Greater Northside Management District (GNMD) was created during the 77th Texas Legislative session.  Northside Festival poster

At 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, GNMD will celebrate the decades that have passed since that important legislation, as well as the many good deeds done in the interim, with the 10th Annual Tour de Northside Bike Ride and the Second Annual Northside Festival. These events are a great opportunity to celebrate the Northside community and its many diverse businesses, organizations, and residents.

The Tour de Northside Bike Ride is a 10-mile ride through the streets of the Northside. The ride begins at Saint Arnold Brewing Company (2000 Lyons Street) and ends at the College of Sciences and Technology Building (315 N. Main St). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 9 a.m. Participants can register in advance or on the day of the event, and the cost is $15 and includes a commemorative shirt. Oh, and don't forget your helmets and closed-toe shoes—they're required!

At the Tour de Northside finish line is the The Northside Festival, a free event from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  featuring performances from the Texas Salsa Congress, food trucks and tastings, and activities for all ages. During the event, a bicycle sculpture designed by Art Uniti and funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance will be unveiled. In addition, a dance troupe will perform “Migration Thru Northside,” a creation by choreographer Adam Castanada. Blues musician Jonn Del Toro Richardson and the Zentono Spirit band also will perform.

We hope to see you at the Northside Festival on Oct. 7, 2023! 

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.