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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.


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


Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival

Savor the flavors of a variety of wineries and shop for handmade jewelry, clothing, paintings, crafts, gourmet foods and sauces Oct. 7-8 at 427 Gentry Street, Old Town Spring.



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.




Concert In The Park

Enjoy free Velvet Punch variety music and a Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin carving contest on Oct. 15 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 2505 Lake Woodlands Dr., Northshore Park at The Woodlands Township Recreation Center. woodlandsonline.com


Trick Or Treat Trail

Welcome pirates, princesses and ghosts! This free annual community favorite will be held Oct. 29 from 3-6 p.m. at The Woodlands Township Recreation Center located at 2099 Lake Robbins Dr. woodlandsonline.com



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.



The Woodlands Wildflower Festival

Collect free wildflower seed packets and enjoy inflatables, face painters, balloon artists and music on Nov. 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd. woodlandsonline.com


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.



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


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.



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.



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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