The temperature in Houston is in the low 90’s, so that must mean it’s officially fall! In order to celebrate the more temperate weather, why not get out and enjoy some local festivals?
1. Renaissance Festival – www.texrenfest.com
When: 10/9 through 11/28, Saturdays, Sundays and Thanksgiving Friday, Gates open at 9:00 AM and close at dusk
Where: On FM 1774, between Magnolia and Plantersville, Texas
50 miles Northwest of Houston.
Tickets: Gate prices: Adult – $23.00 Child – $12.00, Discount prices: Adult – $19.00 Child – $9.00, Discount tickets are available at select HEB, Market Basket, Randall’s, Woodforest National Bank, Click-n-Print Tickets, on-line at www.texrenfest.com or by calling 800-458-3435.
Nothing says fall like a turkey leg and jousting! A tradition since 1974, The Texas Renaissance Festival is a celebration of 16th England, complete with costumes, music, food, competitions, Kings and Queens. Featuring 340 shops, over 200 performers, 25 acts and eight themed weekends (with various contests), RenFest has something for everyone.
Get there early to get the best parking and take in all of the sights and sounds RenFest has to offer. Before you know it, the sun will be setting and it will be time to head home.
2. Kemah Jazz Festival – www.kemahboardwalk.com
When: Friday 9/17 (7:00 PM-11:30 PM), Saturday 9/18 (1:00 PM-9:30 PM) and Sunday 9/19 (1:00 PM-7:35 PM)
Where: 215 Kipp Ave. Kemah, TX 77565 281-334-9880 or 877-AT-KEMAH
This three day event draws many of the country’s best jazz artists. Eighteen different acts will be performing this year over three days. The Kemah Boardwalk on any sunny day is fun in and of itself, featuring an amusement park, ten different restaurants, shops and even a hotel on site.
3. The Original Greek Festival – Houston – www.greekfestival.org.
When: Thursday 10/7 (5:00 PM-10:00 PM), Friday 10/8 (11:00 AM-3:00 PM), Saturday 10/9 (11:00 AM-10:00 PM)and Sunday 10/10 (Noon-7:00 PM)
Where: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral complex near downtown and the Museum District ; 3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006
Tickets: Admission at gate: $5.00 (adults); Friday FREE before 5:00 PM. Children 12 and under FREE.
Pre-sale Tickets: $18.00 – Includes admission and dinner plate with your choice of Souvlaki or Pastry Box (note: Does not include Gyros).
Even if you’ve never seen Zorba the Greek or had a gyro, the Original Greek Festival has plenty to offer everyone.
The Original Greek Festival is celebrating its 44th anniversary this year. Increased interest and attendance has led to expanded facilities and events to accommodate everyone. The festival features amazing and authentic Greek food. You can purchase a dinner plate with a variety of generous samples for only $10 as well as a la carte fare.
Entertainment includes adult and children’s dancing, musicians, Cathedral tours, shops and a chlidren’s area.
4. Bayou City Art Festival – www.bayoucityartfestival.com.
When: Saturday 10/9 (10:00 AM-6:00 PM) and Sunday 10/10 (10:00 AM-6:00 PM)
Where: Downtown Houston, in front of City Hall, around Hermann Square and in Sam Houston Park, along Bagby, Walker and McKinney. See the website for detailed parking instructions beyond street parking.
Tickets: Admission is $10 for adults, Children 12 and under FREE
The Bayou City Art Festival is an open air show featuring fine juried art created by more than 300 artists (featuring Jeannie Maddox) in a varity of meduims. Other activities include: wine cafes, performing artists, interactive children’s activities area, and restaurants.
Daily, the nationally touring performance group Wise Fool New Mexico will be performing an ariel theatre performance of “Flexicon”.
5. Houston Italian Festival – www.HoustonItalianFestival.com.
When: Friday 10/15 (11:00 AM-10:00 PM), Saturday 10/16 (11:00 AM-10:00 PM) and Sunday 10/17 (11:00 AM-6:00 PM)
Where: University of St Thomas on the Campus Life Mall / Parking – Moran Center Parking Garage for $2 per day (cash only)
Tickets: $6 for adults children are FREE
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s…the Houston Italian Festival. I don’t think you’ll get hit with food, unless you want to, so the Italian Festival is bound to be a great time.
That the food will be incredible and plentiful is a given. They also have several contests you could enter such as, a sidewalk art contest, Italian American Idol, Bocce Ball tournament, adult and children grape stomp contest, and pasta eating contest.
Entertainment is provided by DJ Italia and Aaron Caruso. the Taste of Italy Pavilion is holding wine and cheese tastings as well as cooking classes.
Now that’s amore!
6. Ballunar Liftoff Festival – www.ballunarfestival.com
When: Friday 10/29 (6:00 PM-10:00 PM), Saturday 10/30 (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) and Sunday 10/31 (7:00 AM-Noon)
Where: NASA 1201 NASA Rd 1, Houston, TX 77058 281-488-7676
Tickets: $10 per car – Load up the family!
Head to NASA in Clear Lake for the Ballunar Liftoff festival. Nothing is more beautiful than the sight of the sky filled with a myriad of floating colors. Not only will they have the daytime hot air balloon competition, but also an evening balloon glow.
Of course, no festival would be complete without live entertainment (with the Astronaut Band) and several food concessions. Saturday and Sunday will feature an exhibition skydiving team.
So friends and neighbors, take advantage of the better weather and get out of the house for some fun and adventure at some of Houston’s best festivals!