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Fall Festivals and Events

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.

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.

34th Annual Texian Market Days

Experience 150 years of Texas history, battle re-enactments, live entertainment, food and crafts on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the George Ranch Historical Park located at 10215 FM 762 Rd., Richmond.

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

Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk For CAP

Join in a one-mile dog walk, a canine costume contest with big prizes, a pet expo, and pet adoptions on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8-11 a.m. at Central Green Park in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. The event benefits Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP.) willowforkdrainagedistrict.com

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.

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!

Houston Filipino Street Festival  

Cultural food, drinks, entertainment, vendors, activities for the entire family, and much more is being hosted by the Filipino Young Professionals of Houston on Saturday, Oct. 14 from noon – 6 p.m. at Levy Park in Houston.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Galveston Island Oktoberfest

This 36th annual fun family weekend will feature continuous live entertainment on two big stages and authentic German food and libations in historic downtown Galveston on Oct. 27 from 5-11 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 28 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2415 Ave G, and adjacent streets.

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