It’s my annual Fall Events Guide to Houston! If you have missed my fall guide to Houston in the past, I compile together a list of activities, events, markets, and more to fill your weekends. Carrying from the start of September up to Thanksgiving this event guide has everything from Fall Festivals, Oktoberfest, Haunted Houses, and Turkey Trots. So whether you need Houston date night ideas or looking for a family outing for during the day, there is always an event for everyone in the greater Houston area.
With 46 events in 11 weeks, this is my biggest event guide yet! With the aftermath of Harvey, Houstonians are finding more and more reasons to host events to bring people together. Whether it’s to collection donations, donate money from ticket sales, or to simply provide a break away from the aftermath. I implore you to take some time for yourself, for your family, and for others this fall.
I will be updating this post as the season goes on and events change. Some of our favorites have been cancelled already, others are slowly shifting to become charity event, and others are still working on the details of their events so their event is not yet placed on this list. Add this to your bookmark bar to catch up on the latest events added.
THINGS TO DO IN HOUSTON IN THE FALL
ALL THROUGH FALL (SEPT – NOV)
- Pumpkin Patch/Fall Festival – Blessington Farms is one of my favorite places to pick pumpkins, and it’s family friendly if you want to take younger ones. Starting Sept 23 you can head out to Simonton for hay rides, hay mazes, and backdrops for fall pictures galore.
- Texas Renaissance Festival – Starting SEPT 30th and going until NOV 26th, the Texas Renaissance Festival is an annual fall tradition for Houstonians. Giant turkey legs, flute & harp players, jousting and more, the Texas Renaissance Festival is a ye’ ole fall classic. They have a multitude of different events, and themed weekends, so check the calendar before you go.
- Miller Outdoor Theater – Located in Hermann Park, Miller is offering up a variety of shows this fall season such as The Beat of a Different Drum, Sing the Movie, Hansel and Gretel, and Halloween the Movie. The great thing about Miller is as the nights start to cool off, it’s the perfect evening out for a date, or gathering with friends. Bring blankets to sit on the lawn for free, and also bring yourself some wine & dessert. Booze is allowed at Miller!
- Screen on the Green – Discovery Green hosts a movie in front of the Houston skyline in their park to all crowds. Grab blankets but no booze, to enjoy a movie every Saturday night for free. Movies this fall include Hidden Figures, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2., & Hotel Transylvania 2. Plus check out the instagram worthy, Arcade by Color Conditions exhibit running now till Nov 15, 2017!
- Plays, Concerts, & Musicals – There are vast amounts of fall performing arts being held this
season. With the numerous stages and concert venues, Houston has to offer, there is always something for everyone. Find plays and musicals here.
- First Saturday Arts Market – As the name states, it’s an art market on the first Saturday of every month. With it getting back into the fall season you can now find this art market in The Heights open from 11am-6pm. With vendors selling paintings, jewelry, food, and other bits & bobbles it’s a fantastic way to spend part of your Saturday.
- Charity Races & Fun Runs – When things start cooling down in the fall, a number of charity races are held. From Susan G. Komen to Color Runs to Beer Miles. This is a list of races from 5Ks – Marathons in Houston, click here. Maybe I’ll see you out there!
- Houston Texans Game – If you looked up the definition of FALL you would see a giant football under it. Grab some friends, and head out to cheer on your city’s NFL team the Houston Texans! Don’t want to splurge on Texans tickets? Houston is home to some amazing college football teams. Head out to a Rice, University of Houston, Texas Southern University, or a Houston Baptist University game to tailgate and get your football fill!
- Ghost Tours – These Ghost Tours are held all year round, but why not go during the most spooky time of year. With Tours in Downtown, Old Town Spring, R-Rated, Midnight, and Child-Friendly themed tours you are sure to meet a ghost or two.
- Brewery Tours/Tastings – Most brewery tours have at least one or two parts of the tour that are steaming hot. Which only gets worse in the heat of summer. That’s why I love waiting for those cooler temperatures to come in to enjoy a few brews are one of the many locations in Houston. Come fall a lot of new events pick up at places like Saint Arnold’s and Karbach as well. I recently made a master list of all the breweries in the Houston and surrounding area that I keep updated, check it out here!
SEPTEMBER EVENTS IN HOUSTON
- Astros Baseball – Through Sept, Catch one of the last baseball games with the Astros and their incredible season! Grab your best baseball cap and enjoy a hotdog at the ole’ ball game!
- Karbachtoberfest – WEEKENDS OF SEPT 15 – OCT 7, The local Houston brewery, Karbach, is hosting their own German party in their Biergarten. With live music, beer, souvenir steins, and merriment, it’s a great way to hop into fall. Admission is free so head to the brewery this weekend!
- Texas Taco Music Festival – SEPT 16 – Located on Discovery Green, “This all day event will HOST a Taco throwdown, live bands & KARAOke Stage, Danzantes de veracruz Mexico, Ms. texas taco contest, Crafts & Art Booths, wandering mariachis, pinata breaking & a Kid’s Block.”
- BCO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride – SEPT 16, Grab your bike and join Bayou City Outdoors for their 10-15 mile bike ride for any level biker. Start with coffee, at Onion Creek and then head out as a group to your local Farmer’s Markets for some delicious goodies!
- BIKES, BATS, & BREWS – SEPT 16, This second BCO event for the day involves biking the bayou and catching the glimpse of the bats coming out from under the bridges at night. Due to Hurricane Harvey we lost part of our bat community even with extreme efforts given to save them. Thanks to volunteers we are working to rebuild these bat’s home. For this bike ride, we encourage you to donate to TWRC Wildlife Center to help relocate displaced wildlife from the storm. There is also a Wish List of supplies you can bring to donate as well.
- Scream World – SEPT 22 – NOV 4, Since this doesn’t run through November I’m throwing it at its start date. If Haunted Houses are your thing then Scream World will be the one you want to go to. It’s apparently the scariest Haunted House in Houston. I say apparently because Haunted Houses aren’t my jam, so send me the Instagram Stories when you go!
- Kemah Craft Beer Fest – SEPT 23 – Head out to the Kemah Boardwalk and sample the craft beers of fall. With reps from Ballast Point, Karbach, Oskar Blues, and more. Sample over 72 different beers from 24 different breweries with live music and giveaways.
- Rocky Horror Picture Show – SEPT 23, OCT 27 – 28, NOV 11, If you didn’t know, now you know, I’m a huge Rocky fan. River Oaks Theater plays Rocky once a month, but the closer we get to Halloween the more Rocky comes alive. With a live shadow cast of Rocky Horror Pros playing along with the movie, you’ll be in good company if you’re a fan of Rocky Horror.
- Texas Hot Sauce Festival – SEPT 23 & 24, Do you like things hot? Head out to the Bayou City Event Center to try some of the hottest sauces, rubs, marinades, salsas, wing sauces, and more. With vendors coming from all over the US and further to get your fill all of your XXX hot needs!
- Galveston Island Shrimp Festival – SEPT 29 – SEPT 30 – This shrimp-tastic weekend will be filled with a 5k, Cookoff, Gumbo Stroll, Lil’ Shrimp Parade, Live Music, and more. Tickets on sale now!
- Oktoberfest – SEPT 30, You can’t have Fall without an Oktoberfest! In an ode to the German’s oldest Volksfest, Houston is once again hosting it’s very own Oktoberfest. German beer soaked in Bavarian culture is a fall tradition for my German ancestry family so you’ll know where to find us! Noch ein Bier, bitte!
- Houston Black Heritage Music & Art Festival – SEPT 30 – Head out to Discovery Green for this 3rd annual celebration of African and African American cultures in this community wide event expressed through art, food, music, and poetry. Tickets on sale now!
- Whiskies of The World – SEPT 30, Spend your evening learning how to pair cigars to whiskies, masterclasses, mixology, and being surrounded by 200+ different types of whiskey. Ticket price includes 12 whiskey samplings and 50% of ticket sales go back to Houston’s Flood Relief.
OCTOBER EVENTS IN HOUSTON
- Houston Greek Festival – OCT 5-8, Houston is hosting their 51st Original Greek Festival and it will be full of delicious food, music, drinks, and a kids area! Head down to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral to enjoy this event!
- Pearland Arts & Crafts On The Pavillon – OCT 7-8, Head out to Pearland Town Center for a day of jewelry, pottery, and more from local artist. With a Pop Up Paint Studio, Kid’s Studio, and food trucks for chowing, it’s an event you can bring the family to! Admission is FREE.
- Frightening Forest at Aunique Ranch – FRI & SATS IN OCT, Ride off on one of two dusk rides at the Aunique Ranch Gypsy Horses into the Frightening Forest. With other attractions like a Tent of Terror, Pumpkin Putt Putt, and a Monstrous Maze, this family fun event is the perfect way to spook your Halloween fun.
- Hocus Pocus Pops – OCT 13, Is there a better way to start the Halloween season than listening to the Houston Symphony play the classics from the best Halloween movie of all time! Negative. Head up to The Woodlands, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion to have a spell put on you! The lawn is FREE and for seats it’s $20.
- Taste of Houston Festival – OCT 14-15, Head up to The Woodlands to get all the tastes and sites of Houston, Texas. All ticket proceeds go to the JJ Watt for Harvey Relief. With food trucks, restaurants, artist, crafters, boutiques, craft beers, and more you can eat and shop your way through Houston in one spot. Family friendly with fun zones, rides, and petting zoos..you have have fun while doing good!
- Zoo Boo – WEEKENDS OF OCT 14 – OCT 30th, Various Dates in Oct Starting on the 16th, Fun for the entire family, come out and celebrate Halloween with your favorite animals. The Houston Zoo encourages costumes and wants you to bring your best trick or treat bag. With activities, candy stops, temporary tattoos, and a maze! Your little ghoul or goblin is bound to enjoy themselves!
- Bayou City Art Festival – OCT 14- 15, I adored this event last year. The Bayou City Art Festival sets up in Downtown Houston and is marked as one of the top 10 outdoor fine arts festivals in the US. Bayou City Arts Festival features 350+ vendors of the fine arts & craftsmanship. Bringing in large crowds of people, it is one of the festivals in fall to not miss!
- Italian Festival – OCT 12 – OCT 15, This 39th Annual Italian Festival is a four day event celebrating the culture and history of Houston Italians. The days are filled with dance groups, sidewalk art, language classes, grape stomping, pasta eating contest, puppet shows, and more. With ticket upgrades to wine tastings, beer tastings, and poker events. You could easily do something new and different each one of the days. Grab your tickets now!
- ArBOOretum – OCT 21, Bring the family out for some trick or treating in the Houston Arboretum. With treats, train rides, live owls & reptiles, petting zoo, and pumpkin decorations, it will be one fun day for the whole family. Tickets on sale now, online pre-order is $2 OFF. Members are FREE.
- Ghostbusters (2016) Flicks on the Lawn – OCT 20, Green Street is firing up Electronic Proton Pack and getting ready to call the Ghostbusters. Bring your picnic blankets and cozy up for an enjoyable evening on the lawn for this fun movie!
- Houston Korean Cultural Festival – OCT 21, Korean Festival Houston is getting together at Discovery Green for an open to the public taste, sounds, and sight into historical Korean culture.
- Wings Over Houston – OCT 21 – 22, Come down to Ellington Airport, and let’s watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds put on their annual air show. With a slew of aircraft displays, a carnival for kids, and of course a jaw-dropping air show. This is actually one of our fall traditions.
- Scream on the Green – OCT 27 – Head out the 10th citywide costume contest with family and friends for a scary good time. Plus don’t miss out on scary-oke with 90.1!
- BeerFeast – OCT 28, Join The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium out in Sugarland Town Center for a day of sampling craft beer. With over 100 craft beer, food vendors, and music, you’ll be debating the fine details of craft beers with beer lovers from all over Houston. Presale tickets are cheaper with various ticket options.
- Montrose Crawl – OCT 28, Suite up in your Halloween best for this 11th Annual Montrose Crawl. You’ll hit up 11 bars & resturants between Dunlavy and Montrose. Places include Brasil, Poison Girl, Pistoleros, Free Press Graveyard, Boondocks, Stone’s Throw, Etro, Catbirds, Doc’s Motorworks, Slick Willies and El Real. A portion of drink sales goes to Houston Area Women’s Center, so drink (responsibly) & do good!
- Spirits & Skeletons – OCT 28, The Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting their annual Spirits and Skeletons party. With dancing, drinks, and Houston’s favorite food trucks! Is anyone getting Hocus Pocus vibes where the adults go to the town party? Dress up and come dance with your favorite skeletons!
- Boo, Brew & Bridges – OCT 31, Bayou City Outdoors is gathering up their friends for a haunted walk through the haunted bridges of Houston. This costume friendly walk starts at Under the Radar Brewery and your pup is welcome to join this 2 mile trek.
NOVEMBER EVENTS IN HOUSTON
- Holiday Booze Craft Class – NOV 3, Pop Shop America is hosting a a class on infusing spirits and making bitters, for the holiday season! Can you say DIY Christmas gifts? Which, hello, that would be a holiday gift I would totally love. So crafters come on out for a fun evening out to craft up some boozy fun! Tickets on sale!
- 44th British Festival – NOV 4, This holiday themed event celebrates the British culture and lifestyle. With handmade good, tradition tea room, bagpipers, pub food, dancers, face painting and more. Bring the family out to Sugar Land for an afternoon tea at this event!
- Nutcracker Market – NOV 9-12, The Houston Ballet hosts it’s annual fundraiser/shopping extravaganza at NRG Stadium in downtown Houston. Over 300 merchants open up shop at the Nutcracker Market and it’s one of Houston’s Top Holiday traditions. While you shop for unique gifts for the Christmas season 100% of your admission & event tickets, along with 10% of all merchandise purchased goes back the Houston Ballet Foundation, it’s Academy & Scholarship Programs. Let’s buy all the things!! Tickets go on sale now!
- Winter Holiday Market – NOV 17 – NOV 19, Come shop the local artist at this 12th annual holiday market at Winter Street Studios. With the Holidays close by pick up unique gifts for those on your holiday gift list. Online tickets are on sale now!
- TXU Turkey Trot – NOV 23, Put on those running shoes and get your tail feather a moving. The Houston Turkey Trot is a family friendly event hosted by TXU Energy. This race helps support BakerRipley that helps connect hard working families with opportunities to grow. Name sound familiar? BakerRipley helped open up the addition shelter at NRG during Hurricane Harvey! So lace up your shoes and hit the road for a Thanksgiving Day morning about giving back to our communities.
- Thanksgiving Day Parade – NOV 23, To kick start the Holiday season, join your fellow Houstonians in celebrating the 68th Annual Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade. You’ll find all of your favorites like flying balloons, floats, & live performances. It’s a great way to say goodbye to fall & hello to the Holiday season ahead of you. Free admission!
Updated Last On: Sept 12, 2017