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GOOD OIL DAYS

The Good Oil Days Festival was created to celebrate Humble’s rich history in the oil industry, as well as to bring business into the ‘hub’ of the city. It’s one of the biggest events of the Northeast area of Houston where family and small businesses are joined together.

Whether this is your first time or you’re returning for another year, the Good Oil Days Festival has something for everyone. From food trucks and live entertainment to an exciting area just for kids, we promise you’ll get to experience a full day of fun!

The history of Humble goes back as far as 1824 when David Harris, a member of Stephen F. Austin’s colony received the first land grant in this part of Harris County.  By 1869, a Civil War veteran named Pleasant (Plez) Smith Humble migrated to the area and purchased land along the south side of the San Jacinto River, taking over the operation of a ferry and opening a grocery store.

In February 1886, Pleasant Humble took over responsibility for the local mail, most likely out of his store or home.  Local legends tell the story that mail carriers from other towns were instructed to “deliver to Humble,” which at that time, referred to Mr. Pleasant Humble.  Through the continued use of this phrase, “Humble” eventually became the name of this ever-growing town.

Regardless of whether the story is true or not, Pleasant Humble sent the application for an U.S. Post Office to be established in the town in August of 1886, and the official name was listed as “Humble, Texas.”  Pleasant Humble became the town’s first postmaster in 1886, and went on to be the local Harris County Justice of the Peace in May 1887.  We got the pronunciation of our town name originated with Pleasant.  He said his last name with a silent “H”, and ever since, the now-City of Humble has been recognized as “Umble.”

On November 7, 1904, the Moonshine Company struck oil in Humble and made the small post office town an oil boomtown overnight.  With the newfound fortune, Humble’s population increased from a few hundred residents to several thousand as Texans migrated to work in the oilfield.  At that time, the Humble oil field was the largest producing oil field in Texas.  Today, the City of Humble has continued to be a center for the oil industry as well as small retail businesses throughout the areas of Lake Houston.

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The Good Oil Days festival has been celebrated for over 40 years.  Take a look at past festivals to get a preview of this year’s big event!

FAQ’S

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Where does the festival take place?

Main Street, Humble, TX

What are festival hours?

10am-5pm

Is there an admission?

There is no admission to the festival.

Where do I park?

Festival parking is along the side streets near the festival.

Where can I purchase raffle tickets for the Oil Boom?

Tickets can be purchased at the Humble Civic Center prior to the festival at the Oil Boom tent during the festival.

Are there free Kids Activities?

Yes, the entire Kids Zone is free of charge.

Can I bring my pet?

Pets are welcome as long as they are leashed.

Can I bring outside food and drinks?

Outside food and drinks are prohibited.  We have an abundance of food and drinks for sale.

Can I bring chairs to the Festival?

There is seating near the main entertainment stage and eating areas.

Is there Handicap Parking?

Yes, Handicap Parking is located behind Uptown Park at 307 Granberry Street.