fall festivals 2014October and November are busy months in Houston with lots of options for Fall festivals and fun family events. Get these dates on your calendar now —  organized by free and cheap.

Free

Houston Fire Fest at Val Jahnke Training Facility
postponed until October 2016

See live fire demonstrations, Safety Skills Zone, Kids’ Zone, antique fire trucks, food and fun.

Boo on the Boardwalk in Kemah
October 9 – 31

Enjoy trick or treating at retail stores, outdoor movie each Friday night, Spooky Saturdays, Scary Sundays and more.

Cy Fair Fire Fest 2015 at CFVFD Station 11
October 10, 10 am – 2 pm
18134 West Road near Lone Star College Cy Fair

The free event features vehicle rescues, fire and ladder trucks, interactive Smoke house, Hermann Hospital’s Lifeflight helicopter, interactive activities for kids, photo with a firefighter and more.

Howl-O-Ween at LaCenterra
October 17, 8 am – 11 am
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, Katy

Enjoy a dog walk, costume contest, Pet Expo and more. Dog walk/costume contest fee is $25 pre-registration or $35 the day of the event. This event benefits Citizens for Animal Protection.

KBR Kid’s Day at Buffalo Bayou
October 17, 11 am – 3 pm
The Water Works, 105 Sabine Street

It’s free family fun with kayak demonstrations, hands-on activities with 15 nonprofits, live music, food and more. Don’t miss pontoon boat tours and the chance to explore the new Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area.

Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival at Nature Discovery Center
October 17-18, 11 am – 4 pm
7112 Newcastle

Enjoy family fun, food, kids’ games, wagon rides, and photo opps with the pumpkin patch. Admission is free with crafts and games an additional fee (18 festival games are  just 50¢ each). Pumpkins prices range from $3-$8. Parking is free this year at Bellaire United Methodist Church (Bellaire and Newcastle) with a free shuttle to the event.

Dragon Boat Regatta in Sugar Land
October 24-25, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
1 Fluor Daniel Drive, Sugar Land

Cheer on the dragon boat teams at this 12th annual event. Free admission, live music, cultural performances and more.

Hocus Pocus Pops Concert with Houston Symphony
October 24, 7:30 pm
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands

Free lawn and mezzanine seats for this annual concert. Kids and their folks are invited to dress in costume for a chance to walk on stage during the concert. Gates open at 6 pm.

Fall Festival at Houston Humane Society
October 24, 11 am – 2 pm
14700 Almeda

Free adoptions on select pets, blessing of the animals, face painting, bounce house, kids’ and pet photos, trick or treat stations, pumpkin painting and more!

Howl-O-Ween Fest at Bridgeland
October 24, 10 am – 4 pm
Oak Meadow Park (House and Hahl Road)

Enjoy stage performances, pumpkin decorating, Doggie Fashion Show emceed by ABC13’s Casey Curry, competition jumps from Splash Dogs, dog rescue groups, fall craft making, trick or treating, pumpkin patch, food trucks, farmers market, face painting, and more.

Ghostly Gardens at Moody Gardens
October 25
Galveston

Free trick or treating, crafts, costume contest with prizes, and face painting. $5 admission to each attraction for families with a member in a Halloween costume.

Trick or Treat Trail in The Woodlands
October 25, 3 pm – 6 pm
Town Green Park at Woodlands Waterway

Enjoy trick or treating, costume contests, children’s activities, games and vendor booths.

Scream on the Green at Discovery Green
October 30, 6 pm – 10 pm
1500 McKinney

It’s the city’s official Halloween party with a citywide costume contest and Halloween celebration. The costume contest runs 7 pm – 9 pm. There will be three prizes in seven different categories.

Thrill at the Mill Fall Festival at 7 Acre Wood
October 31, 10 am – 3 pm
4401 N. Frazier, Conroe

Enjoy the petting zoo, new playground, rope slide and mini golf. Some additional activities require a fee.

CyFest at Lone Star College Cy Fair
November 7, 10 am – 2 pm
9191 Barker Cypress

Celebrate the 11th anniversary of CyFest with fall festivities and family fun.

Art in the Park Outdoor Art & Music Festival in Friendswood
November 14, 10 am – 6 pm + Date Night 6 pm – 8 pm and November 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood

Enjoy art zone for kids, music, live demonstrations and more.

Via Colori in downtown
November 21-22, 10 am – 6 pm and 10 am – 5 pm
Downtown Houston at Hermann Square at City Hall

Enjoy Houston’s largest outdoor chalk festival benefiting the Center for Hearing and Speech. Browse the fabulous chalk art, play in the Family zone, do a scavenger hunt and play chalk games. *Houston on the Cheap* is a sponsor this year with a chalk square!

Not Free

Original Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
October 1-4, 5 pm – 10 pm Thursday; 11 am – 3 pm (free admission) and 5 pm – 10 pm Friday; 11 am – 10 pm Saturday; and noon to 6 pm Sunday
3511 Yoakum
Price: $5 adults, kids free 12 and under

Enjoy cathedral tours, Greek folk dancing, live music, an Athenian playground featuring children’s activities, and lots of amazing Greek food!

Houston Italian Festival at University of St. Thomas
October 8-11 (Free 5 pm – 10 pm Thursday and 11 am – 4 pm Friday)
3800 Montrose
Price: $6 adults in advance online ($8 at the gate), kids free 12 and under

Enjoy cultural performances, live music, children’s activities, Classic Car Show, sidewalk art contest, Cultural Movie Theater, Grape Stomp Contest, Pasta Eating Contest, and lots of amazing food!

Monster’s Museum of Houston at Children’s Museum of Houston
October 10 – October 31
1500 Binz
Price: $10 admission

Enjoy daily trick-or-treating 4 pm – 6 pm weekdays, 4 pm – 8 pm Thursdays and all day weekends. Paint pumpkins, do science experiments and more. Moe’s Monster Mash Bash is the October 31 Halloween party till 8 pm!

Spooktacular at The Woodlands Children’s Museum
October 31, 4 pm – 8 pm
4775 W. Panther Creek Drive

Bring the younger kids (7 and under) to this Spooktacular event on Halloween! Nothing will be scary — it’s all about fun! Enjoy art projects, games, and activities. Costumes are encouraged. Members: $7, nonmembers: $9, adults: $1.

Zoo Boo at Houston Zoo
October 16 – November 1 — Fridays (9 am – 1 pm) and weekends (9 am – 4 pm)
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Price: $16 adults, $12 kids 2-11. {Area college students free (Rice, Texas Southern and U of H). HBU and HCC students save $2 off tickets. Buy tickets in advance at Fiesta and save $2 off adult admission and $1 off child admission.}

Enjoy the pumpkin patch, Monster Mural, paint your pumpkin, costume parade and costume contest. Don’t miss the candy stations, carnival games and bounce house.

Katy’s Rice Harvest Festival in Katy
October 10-11, 10 am – midnight and noon-6pm
Price: $8 adults, kids 10 and under free

Kids’ entertainment zone, 300 craft booths, food and parade (October 3).

Bayou City Arts Festival in downtown
October 10-11, 10 am – 6 pm
Price: $17 adults, $5 kids 5-12, free 5 and under

Explore 300 artists, enjoy creative zones for kids, food and music.

ArBOOretum at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
October 24, noon – 4 pm (Members can arrive early from 10 am – noon)
4501 Woodway
Price: $15 for age 3 and up

Enjoy hay rides, Trick of Treat Trails, baby animal petting zoo, train rides, pumpkin decorating, and live owls.

Museum of Unnatural Science Haunted House at HMNS Sugar Land
October 30, 7 pm – 9 pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land
Price: $10, $5 members

Enjoy the haunted house at the museum plus games and treats. Geared to kids age 7 and up.

Magical Pumpkin Maze at HMNS Sugar Land
October 31, 10 am
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land
Price: $15 adults, $12 kids

Enjoy costume fun, science experiments, games, treats, and a Butterfly Garden maze.

Children’s Festival in The Woodlands
November 14, 10 am – 5 pm and November 15, noon – 5 pm
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Price: $8 in advance or $10 at the door for ages 2 and up

Enjoy arts and crafts, science experiments, live community performances, petting zoo, kite making, train ride, hands-on activities, and more!