HOUSTON – The first annual Houston Egyptian Festival arrives in the Bayou City on Saturday, October 29, at Discovery Green, located at 1500 McKinney in Downtown Houston, and will benefit four local non-profit organizations, including Crime Stoppers of Houston.

The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 8 pm. Five exotic camels will be present for rides and pictures. There will be a show that portrays the art of belly dancing, as well as musicians and other entertainers offering exciting performances. Guests will also enjoy imported Egyptian papyrus, art and merchandise on display with some items available for purchase.

Phoenicia Specialty Foods will create a custom menu, which will include a variety of specialty dishes and desserts. For those who love an ice cold beer we will also serve a custom Egyptian craft beer created by 8th Wonder Brewery made specifically for this event. A presentation will also be available to educate the public about ancient Egypt, and its rich history, art, and language.

The Houston Egyptian Festival was founded by Mark Rafail, who is president of Rafail Insurance Group. Mark wanted to unify local businesses and residents while sharing his Egyptian culture with the Houston Community.

“The reason we decided to start the 1st Houston Egyptian Festival is because there is nothing out there that showcases Ancient Egypt and its culture, history, food and dancing. The vision of the Houston Egyptian Festival is to provide a continuous avenue for learning and celebrating the culture while supporting various non-profits for many years to come.” says Mark Rafail “We are thrilled about this opportunity and hope many of you will join us for a great time all while supporting our four beneficiary charities – Crime Stoppers of Houston, Houston PetSet, Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer and Soaring Kidz.”

The staff behind the Houston Egyptian festival have made it simple and easy to purchase tickets online at They have also partnered up with Groupon to get the best deals on tickets for families of all sizes.

“We are so honored to be one of the beneficiary charities of this wonderful event that will bring the intriguing culture of Egypt here to Houston. Crime Stoppers of Houston has been serving this community for over 35 years and many people still don’t know that we are a non-profit organization that relies on donations from the community to keep our programs in motion.” says Crime Stoppers Executive DirectorRania Mankarious “I would like to personally thank Mark Rafail and the entire team behind the Houston Egyptian Festival for their support which will enable us to further advance our mission to solve and prevent crime in Houston. We hope everyone can attend and support crime prevention all at the same time.”

The festival will be fun for the entire family and provide memories for many years to come. Stay up to date on festival news through Facebook at


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