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Fall Festivals and Events

| October 1, 2017

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By Melanie Saxton

Come out and celebrate the fall season with fun-filled excursions and diversions! Despite the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, many organizations are sponsoring events for charity, cultural exchanges, shopping, and Halloween celebrations. Whether you love a holiday shopping market, a foodie fest, a good fright or a gala, we’ve put together a directory of festive gatherings that may be a hop, skip or jump away from your home — but definitely worth the trek for the fare and wares! Some events are free; others require the purchase of tickets. Each event listing includes a website, so be sure to check for possible cancellations or any last-minute schedule changes before you hop in your car.

 

Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo

Wear your jeans and boots! The rodeo, attractions and entertainment will keep the

whole family busy Sept. 29-Oct. 8 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds located at 4310 TX-36, Rosenberg. fortbendcountyfair.com

 

Red Potato Market

Shop for vintage furniture, decor and clothing from more than 90 vendors from Oct. 19-22. This twice-a-year event is located at 9114 FM 1489 in Simonton. redpotatomarket.com

 

Sugar Plum Market

It’s a shopping extravaganza hosted by the Fort Bend Junior Service League! Find unique gift items on Nov. 3-4 at the Stafford Performing Arts Theatre & Convention Center located at 10505 Cash Rd. sugarplummarket.com

 

Fulshear Scarecrow Festival

Experience West Houston’s biggest collection of scarecrows at the Annual Scarecrow Contest and Fall Celebration from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Cross Creek Ranch Welcome Center in Fulshear. Admission is free.

crosscreektexas.com/scarecrowfest

 

Northwoods Community Craft Fair

You’ll enjoy shopping the hand-crafted goods and your kids will enjoy a bounce house and other activities at Northwoods Presbyterian Church Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. located at 3320 Cypress Creek Parkway
(FM 1960 Rd W.) northwoods.org

 

Judy Dierker Holiday Market

Mark your calendar and shop an astounding 120 awesome holiday vendors on Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Foundry Church located at 8350 Jones Road. Proceeds benefit Cy-Hope.

cy-hope.org

 

Bridgeland Howl-O-Ween Fest

At the 9th annual event, experience the Super Collies as seen on America’s Got Talent, the Dynamo Dogs, Houston Disc Dogs and The Amazing Blake on Oct. 21 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Oak Meadow Park, House and Hahl Road in Cypress. bridgeland.com

 

Freight Train Food Truck Festival

Head to the Tomball Train Depot, 201 South Elm Street, on Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for culinary treats on the streets! Thirty gourmet food trucks offer soul food, Asian fusion, burgers and plenty of other options! There will be a kids zone and vendors too. ci.tomball.tx.us

 

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church Holiday Market Start Your Holiday Shopping With Vendors Galore On Sunday, Oct. 29 From10 A.M.-5 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church located at 13131 Fry Road, Cypress. aidanschurch.org

 

Woodlands Bbq Festival

Feast on barbecue from the most talented BBQ pitmasters in the Houston area! The event benefits the Pulmonary Hypertension Association on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 1-5 p.m. at Town Green Park located at 2099 Lake Robbins Dr.

thewoodlandsbbq.com

 

Spooktacular

This is the original, ultimate Halloween celebration, to be held Tuesday, Oct 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at The Woodlands Children’s Museum located at 4775 W Panther Creek Dr.

woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

 

22nd Annual Children’s Festival

It’s a wild safari from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12 from 12-5 p.m. at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. On Saturday only meet
animal expert Jack Hanna. Visitors can
enjoy Rumble in the Jungle and Touch-a-
Truck at the Festival among other activities. woodlandscenter.org

 

Junior League Holiday Market

This shopping extravaganza event takes place Friday-Saturday, Nov. 17-18 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel. Don’t miss Photos with Santa Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 19 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. jlthewoodlands.org

 

Halloween Monster Mayhem

Spine-tingling pandemonium is unleashed for three weeks at the Houston Children’s Museum from Oct. 10-31 at 1500 Binz Street! Indoor Trick-or-Treating every day through Halloween and slime and Goo recipes for scary creations. cmhouston.org/halloween

 

39th Houston Italian Festival

Enjoy this colorful and traditional festival on the grounds of the University of St. Thomas at 3800 Montrose Blvd. on Oct 12-15. Chalk art, music, wine tasting and cultural foods abound!

houstonitalianfestival.com

 

Zoo Boo

Celebrate Halloween at the Houston Zoo! Kids can come dressed in their spookiest or prettiest Halloween costume, and don’t forget the trick-or-treat bags! Fridays, Oct. 13, 20 & 27 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

houstonzoo.org

 

Bayou City Art Festival

Do you love arts, eats and entertainment? Then join the community Oct. 14-15 in downtown Houston at 901 Bagby St. and the surrounding areas of City Hall, Hermann Square, Houston Public Library, and Sam Houston Park.

artcolonyassociation.org

 

Quilt Festival Houston

See quilting at its best with amazing works of textile art and classes Nov. 2-5 at the George R. Brown Convention Center located at 1001 Avenida de las Americas. quilts.com

 

Buy Local First Holiday Market

Shop local! The Greater Heights Chamber and the Buy Local First Committee present the Buy Local First indoor/outdoor holiday market on Nov. 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Hampton Inn, at 5820 Katy Freeway. heightschamber.com

 

Celebrity Paws Gala

Join CAP on Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. for the 31st Annual Celebrity Paws Gala celebrating Honorees and benefiting Houston’s homeless pets at the Royal Sonesta Hotel located at 2222 West Loop South. cap4pets.org

 

H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

View the holiday parade on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23 starting at 9 a.m. in downtown Houston. Produced by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, the celebration is free for all.

houstonthanksgiving parade.org

 

Texas Renaissance Festival

Journey back in time and enjoy old-world themed weekends for this 43rd annual event, Sept. 30-Nov. 26 including a special Oktoberfest celebration to kick off the festivities at 21778 Farm to Market 1774, Todd Mission. texrenfest.com


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