I’m no sure if anyone loves fall as much as I love fall! There is just an abundance of things to do in Houston during this time of year. Pumpkins, outdoor movies, craft shows, beer festivals, Houston concerts & races to be run. Fall is the time of year where my calendar becomes packed before it even begins. Since it’s about that time of year, I thought I would share a guide to my favorite events in Houston during the fall time. Let’s get the fall rolling!
FUN EVENTS IN HOUSTON DURING 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 26 you can head out to Simonton for hay rides, hay mazes, and backdrops for fall pictures galore.
Miller Outdoor Theater – Located in Hermann Park, Miller is offering up a variety of shows this fall season such as Fantasia, Night of the Living Dead, and Pops. 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 Star Wars Force Awakens, Little Shop of Horrors, & The Good Dinosaur .
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 – 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.
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 Arnolds 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! Grab your best baseball cap and enjoy a hotdog at the ole’ ball game!
Scream World – Sept 16 – Oct 3, 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!
BCO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride – Sept 17, 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!
Oktoberfest – Sept 24, 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 ancestral family so you’ll know where to find us! Noch ein Bier, bitte!
Family Fun Expo – Sept 25, The Real Craftwives of Katy are hosting their family friendly Craft Market at No Label Brewing Company. Come out and shop the local trends made from some of Houston’s finest creatives. I’m also totally telling you to stop by my girls booth, A.Tak Crafts, she’s got gorgeous necklaces. I promise you’ve seen them on my Instagram!
Rocky Horror Picture Show – Sept 26, 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.
Karbachtoberfest – Sept 29 – Oct 2, 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. Additional dates available through October.
OCTOBER EVENTS IN HOUSTON
Hocus Pocus Pops – Oct 7, 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!
Bayou City Art Festival – Oct 8 -9, 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!
Houston Greek Festival – Oct 6-9, Houston is hosting their 50th 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!
Texas Renaissance Festival – Oct 8 – Nov 27, 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.
Houston Korean Cultural Festival – October 16, Korean Festival Houston is getting together at Discovery Green for an open to the public taste, sounds, and sight into historical Korean culture.
Zoo Boo – 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!
Hocus Pocus Flicks on The Lawn – Oct 21, Green Street is firing up a classic for Halloween, Hocus Pocus! Come down for a free date night movie and let the witching hour begin!
Holiday Sip ‘n Stroll – Oct 22, Another Craft Market put on by The Real Craftwives of Katy. This market is at the gorgeous Agave Rio. Get an early jump on the Christmas shopping by shopping some of your local favorites!
Boats, Bats, and Brews – Oct 22, Bayou City Outdoors is gathering up those with kayaks and canoes for a spooky paddle. A sunset paddle to see The Waugh Bridge Bat Colony emerge for the night in an awing experience. The brews? Bring some to share and then meet up for a few after the paddle.
Untapped Festival – October 22, The people behind our favorite app, Untapped are hosting a beer festival here in Houston with 250+ beers from 60+brewieres and concerts. The lineup in the past have been awesome bands, and I’ll update it as soon as this year’s lineup is released!.
Wings Over Houston – October 22 – 23, Come down to Ellington Airport, and let’s watch Breitling Jet Team & 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.
Spirits & Skeletons – Oct 29, 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!
Wicked Woods Party – Oct 29, Houston Arboretum hosts is famous Wicked Woods Halloween Party. As you walk from food station to food station and try brews from Town City brewery, you’ll head off from an enchanted walk through the woods with games and live music!
NOVEMBER EVENTS IN HOUSTON
HITS American Girl Fashion Show – Nov 5, A perfect afternoon to take your daughter and her American Doll out to see a fashion show. Enjoy refreshment, door prizes, and a lesson in how fashion has changed over the years!
Nutcracker Market – Nov 10 -13, 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!!
TXU Turkey Trot – Nov 24, 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 Neighborhood Centers that helps connect hard working families with opportunities to grow. What better way to give back on Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Day Parade – Nov 24, To kick start the Holiday season, join your fellow Houstonians in celebrating the 66th 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.
Pop Shop American Holiday Fest – Nov 25 – 26, This art market is full of beautifully curated handmade and vintage goodies. Not to mention gorgeous art exhibits and craft workshops. Come shop this fun and vibrant holiday fest to help support your favorite artist and find those uniquely beautiful Christmas gifts. Grab your ticket today because it comes with a tasting from local eateries hosted by Kickin’ Kombucha, free DIYS, free beauty bar demo, live musical, visual arts, and all the handmade shopping your heart could desire. Tickets sold here.
That’s all the events I have posted for now! Save this post and come back as I will be updating it as more fun events are announced for the fall season. Until then, let me know down below what fall events you are looking most forward to!