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Benjamin Cohen
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ARBOORETUM Come in your costume for a back-to-nature, trick-or-treat trail at the Houston Arboretum's fall festival Oct. 22. According to her bag, this little festival-goer on the left also must have found her way to another local October favorite, the Houston Zoo Boo. (Photo: Houston Arboretum)

We survived Houston’s worst season and have started its best. Ready to venture out of air conditioning into the great outdoors? Here are some ideas.

5th Annual Halloween Haunted House

Oct. 1-Nov. 2, times vary

National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Dr.

Get a fright from this haunted house all month long. The house is rated PG-13 and is recommended for 12-plus (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult).

Admission: $4 for adults; $3 for kids 11 and under. Half price when purchased with museum admission. 

Festival Chicano

Oct. 6-8, 7 p.m. each night

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive

In its 37th year, this annual festival is celebration of Chicano music. On Thursday: Elida Reyna y Avante, David Marez and Los Monarcas; on Friday: Little Joe y La Familia, Latin Breed and Adalberto Gallegos and Isabel Marie; on Saturday: Ram Herrera, David Lee Garza y los Musicales and Shelly Lares.

Admission: Free, but tickets (max 4) available for covered seating area 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. the day of each performance. 

Original Greek Festival

Oct. 6-9, hours vary

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Blvd.

Hear live Greek music, see children and adult dance programs, sample authentic Greek food and more at this popular annual festival.

Admission: Free 12 and under, $5 for adults 

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown

Oct. 8-9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St.

Join the 20,000 people who head downtown Houston to enjoy food and entertainment and meet more than 300 artists and craftspeople who have their art on display.

Admission: Free under 5, $5 for children ages 6-12, $17 for 13 and up  

Festa Italiana

Oct. 13-16, hours vary

University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd.

In its 38th year, this festival is one for the family, with highlights including a classic-car show, pasta-eating contest and live entertainment.

Admission: Free under 12, $6 for adults 

Korean Festival

Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St.

Learn about Korean culture and enjoy food and performances such as traditional Korean dancers, folk musicians, TaeKwonDo masters and musicians.

Admission: Free 

14th Annual ZiegenBock Music Festival

Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m.

Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy S.

Race over to Sam Houston Race Park for the annual ZiegenBock Music Festival. This year’s lineup includes the Josh Abbott Band, Cody Johnson, Aaron Lewis, Casey Donahew Band and more.

Admission: $35, or $29.50 in advance; VIP $95. 

Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival

Oct. 15-16, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle Drive, Bellaire

Bring the kids out to this annual fall festival, where they can pick the perfect pumpkin to take home, take a wagon ride around the block, play games, and have their face painted.

Admission: Free, prices vary for food and some games  

26th Annual Joy of Giving Market

Oct. 18, 4-8:30 p.m. (Early Bird Shopping Night); Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Rd.

Find the perfect gift for the holidays at this annual market presented by The Episcopal Church Women of St. Martin’s.

Admission: Early bird: $15, includes hors d’oeuvres. Free Wednesday and Thursday.

Full Moon Fest in West U

Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m.

Colonial Park Pavilion, 4130 Byron St.

The West University Place Parks & Recreation Department will host its fourth annual Full Moon Fest. Dress in your best costume and join the City of West U for a festive evening of pumpkin decorating, costume contests, face painting and more. After the event, enjoy Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG) as part of the Movies in the Park series, starting at 7 p.m.

Admission: Free 

Asia Society’s Night Market

Oct 21, 6-9 p.m.

Asia Society of Texas, 1370 Southmore Blvd.

This family-friendly Night Market will include activities, exhibitions, food trucks, local vendors and more.

Admission: Free 


Oct. 21-23, times vary

NRG Center, N. Stadium Dr.

All kids who love Legos – and the young at heart – should make their way to NRG Center for LEGO Kids Fest. Bring your creative minds.

Admission: $19-22; kids 2 and under are free 


Oct. 22, 12-4 p.m.

Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway Dr.

All “ghouls and goblins” are invited to the annual ArBOOretum fall festival, which features a Trick-or-Treat Trail where kids learn about different creatures and collect candy along a nature trail, plus hay rides, live owls and reptiles, a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, food trucks and more.

Admission: $13 online pre-order; $15 at the door

Untapped Festival Houston

Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m.

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St.

Untapped Festival will feature more than 60 breweries with more than 250 beers to choose from and a lineup of live music including Dr. Dog, Neon Indian, Still Corners, Catch Fever, The Waxaholics and more.

Admission: $29; beer package: $42 

Wings Over Houston Airshow

Oct. 22-23; gates open at 8 a.m., show starts at 10 a.m., gates close at 6 p.m.

Ellington Airport, 510 Ellington Field

Take in the sights and sounds of military aircraft flying high, while stunt planes put on a show over Houston.

Admission: Free 5 and under, $5 for children ages 6-11, $30 for 12 and older 

Houston Zoo Boo

Oct. 14-16, 21-23, 28-31; Fri. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive

Put your costume on, grab your trick-or-treat bag and head to the zoo for the candy corners, monster mural, tatzoo parlor and not-so-creepy creature maze.

Admission: Free for members, free 1 and under, $13 for children ages 2-11, $17 ages 12-64, $10.50 for seniors 65+ 

Fire Truck Pull and Car Show

Oct. 22, 7 a.m.

Bellaire City Hall, 7008 S. Rice Ave

Head to Bellaire City Hall for a fun day in support of Special Olympics Texas athletes. Fire Truck Pull: Play “tug of war” with a fire truck and compete for prizes. Car Show: Bring your favorite ride.

Admission: Free; Registration for Fire Truck Pull: $300 for team of 12 or $25 per person; Registration for Car Show: $25 in advance or $30 day of

Scream on the Green

Oct. 28, 6-10 p.m.

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St.

Dress in your most creative costume for the ninth annual citywide costume contest and family-friendly Halloween celebration at Discovery Green. There’ll be prizes, music and more.

Admission: Free

Houston Egyptian Festival

Oct. 29; 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St.

Take a trip to downtown Houston to learn about Egypt, try some belly-dancing lessons and see shows, get henna paintings and take pictures with, feed, and pet a camel.

Admission: Free 12 and under, $10 for adults 

Fall Carnival at Westbury Baptist Church

Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

Westbury Baptist Church, 10425 Hillcroft St.

Celebrate fall with activity booths such as bounce houses, a basketball hoop shoot, a cake walk, face painting, plus a food court.

Admission: Free 

International Quilt Festival

Nov. 3-6; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thurs-Sat.; 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sun.

George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas

View impressive quilts, bid in the mini-quilt auction, and enter into the raffle to win a Fiesta Stars quilt.

Admission: Free 10 and under, $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students   

Annual Turkish Festival

Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Jones Plaza, 601 Louisiana St.

For the 25th time, everyone is invited out for a weekend of Turkish culture, entertainment, games and traditional food.

Admission: Free 12 and under, $6 for adults 


Take a short drive

Dewberry Farm

Sept. 24-Nov. 13.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-sundown, Sundays noon-sundown

FM 362 & Morrison Rd., Brookshire

Highlights include an 8-acre corn maze, cow-train ride and an 8-acre pumpkin patch.

Admission: Free 2 and under, $12 ages 3-54, $9 seniors 55+, $10 military and family with ID 

Austin City Limits

Sept. 30-Oct. 2; Oct. 7-9, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., Austin

Take in the sights, sounds, and food that Austin has to offer at ACL, with over 130 bands, including Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, and Kendrick Lamar.

Admission: $100 per day, some days already sold out 

Texas Renaissance Festival

Oct. 8-Nov. 26, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Thanksgiving Friday

21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission

Step back in time at this massive, permanently constructed renaissance fair, with shopping, strolling actors, comedy acts, falcon shows, singers, jugglers and more. Enjoy themed weekends ranging from Pirate Adventures to Barbarian Invasion.

Admission: $15 for children, $30 for adults 

Wicked Wonderland Family Carnival

Oct. 16, 4-8 p.m.

Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands

Come dressed in your costume for a spooky night featuring games, treats, live entertainment, and a viewing of the Halloween movie Hotel Transylvania.

Admission: Free 

Texian Market Days

Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m

George Ranch Historical Park, 10105-10441 Farm-To-Market 2759, Richmond

Celebrating its 33rd year, this annual festival allows visitors to experience over 150 years of Texas history with music, entertainment, artisan vendors and battle re-enactments.

Admission: Free 4 and under, $10 for children 5-15, $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 62 and up 

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