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Bigger and Better: Bayou Bash 2024

By Marie Jacinto

Temperatures are rising; spring is in the air; and the May 2024 Commencement Ceremony will be here before you know it. Must be that time of year when Gators take a break from studying and head for the bayou (well, this year: the Naylor Lot!) for UHD’s annual Bayou Bash, a Cajun-inspired night of music, food, and fun. On Thursday, May 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Naylor Lot will prove to be the perfect spot for hosting this event with the multitude of activities, food trucks, and beverages planned.

The 2024 edition of Bayou Bash will be ticketed and well worth it, so be sure to get your tix in advance. The entrance fee provides food and beverage tickets plus access to all activities. Children 12 and younger are free.

There’s something for everyone—from inflatables for the kiddos to adult beverages for, uh, the adults (21+). Can’t get enough Rodeo? There’s a mechanical bull. Looking for some body art? Henna artists will be on hand. Putting on your dancing shoes? There’s a DJ playing a mix of tunes. Plus seafood, food trucks, custom street signs, and a street market with fun things to buy from a variety of vendors. Get ready to party Cajun-style!

Bayou Bash 2024 is sponsored by Saint Arnold Brewing Company, UHD Student Government Association, the Campus Activities Board, and UHD Council of Organizations.

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