Best Fall Festivals in Houston

It’s almost festival season! Fall in Houston means amazing weather that will make you want to get out of the house and get social! Celebrate the harvest, take a hayride, go dipping for apples, and get your selfies in the pumpkin patch- the Greater Houston area has plenty of ways to take part.

Here is our guide to The Best Fall Festivals in Houston:

 

OCTOBER

Boo On The Boardwalk {Weekends in October}
The Kemah Boardwalk is hosting a two-day event for Halloween, their annual Boo On The Boardwalk! Admission to the Boardwalk is always free, just purchase tickets for rides. Every weekend in October, you can wear a costume and go trick-or-treating, catch live shows, watch movies, enjoy live DJs and balloon formers, and much more. Each night has a different theme and celebrations.

The Original Greek Festival {October 3 – 6}
This year’s festival will again be held at the Annunciation Green Orthodox Cathedral, running from Thursday to Sunday. Admission is just $5 for everyone over the age of 12. Children 12 and younger are free! Enjoy four full days of live entertainment, the Athenian Playground, Agora, and authentic cuisine from local Greek restaurants. Keep up to date here.

Korean Festival Houston {October 5}
Held at Discovery Green downtown, this cultural festival includes tastings, live performances, a Folk Village, and food and product vendors. The festival lasts all day- 10 am to 10 pm. The festival is totally free to attend but you’ll need to purchase tickets for food and drinks. Find more information here.

Houston Margarita Festival {October 5}
The perfect way to celebrate the coming of Fall is the end of summer! Sip ritas while you Salsa, listen to live music, and enjoy themed cuisine. This event is adults only with general admission beginning at $8. Check the other details here.

45th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival {October 5 – December 1st}
One of the biggest and longest-running festivals in Texas is all about ye olden times! The world famous festival, party, and camp out has dozens of games, plays, live performances, craft vendors, costumes, and more. Not to mention, all the turkey legs you can stomach! Admission is $11.95 for kids aged 5-12 and $23.95 for kids and adults over age 12. Find out how to get discount Ren Fest tickets in our guide. Purchase tickets here.

41st Annual Houston Italian Festival {October 10 – 13}
Hosted on the beautiful St. Thomas University campus, this festival will have Italian Bingo, wine tastings and tours, Italian Beer Tastings, bocce tournaments, an adult grape stomp contest, a pasta eating contest, live music and performances, plenty of food vendors, and much more. Admission is $8 at the gate, $6 when you purchase online in advance. There are also group rates, food packages, and more here.

Katy Rice Festival {October 11 – 13}
This annual rice harvest celebration in Katy includes live music, carnival rides and games, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. Tickets are $5 for adults and children over 12. Children 12 and under are free.

Bayou City Arts Festival {October 12 – 13}
For two days, the biggest art festival in Texas will descend on Downtown Houston. The festival surrounds City Hall, Hermann Square, the Houston Public Library, Sam Houston Park, and side streets. You will shop a huge variety of local, national, and international artists including works by local high school students! There will also be live music, vendors, and more. Admission is $5 for kids aged 6 – 12, $12 online, $15 cash at the gate, or $16 by card at the gate. They will also offer two-day and family passes. Find out more information here.

International Gem & Jewelry Show {October 18 – 20}
NRG Park is once again hosting the most beautiful festival of the year! Gems, minerals, and jewelry from around the world with one-of-a-kind and exotic specialties. Admission is $6 when you purchase online and $8 at the door. No children younger than 8, including infants, will be allowed.

5th Ward Fall Fest {October 19}
From 11 am to 5 pm at Lyons Unity Mission Baptist Church, enjoy a motorcycle show, car show, live music, a moonwalk, and even more family fun. Admission is free, just bring cash for your food and fun!

Water Lantern Festival Houston {October 19}
Enjoy food trucks, live music, lantern designing, and a mass lantern launch! This family friendly event is also a great date night! Watch your water lanterns floating as they light up the night. Admission is $25 for early birds and goes up by $5 each week so get tickets now! Find more information here.

Energy Day Houston {October 19}
This free annual festival is one of the largest events held at Sam Houston Park. The family-friendly event showcases hands-on, interactive STEM demonstrations and booths. Find out about more activities here.

Freight Train Food Truck Festival {October 19}
At the Tomball Railroad Depot, Houston’s best rolling kitchens will be serving up their best bites. Admission and parking are totally free! There will also be  shopping, a kid’s zone, and more.

Wings Over Houston {October 19 – 20}
Held annually at Ellington Field, this is the most soaring festival around! Watch the battle reenactments, tour a variety of aircraft, and chow down on delicious eats. There will also be attractions like a kids carnival, merchandise booths, and more. General admission starts at $32.50 with Prime Viewing and other packages available. Find out more here.

22nd Annual Galveston ARToberFEST {October 19 – 20}
Live entertainment, a kids creative zone, food and fun, and plenty of art! Head to beautiful, historic downtown Galveston for their annaul ARToberFEST. Admission is just $5. Purchase tickets online.

Clamato Michelada Festival {October 20}
This tomato-ey drink is perfect for all seasons. The festival is held at the Pasadena Municipal Fairgrounds from 11 am to 8 pm. Kids 6 and under are free, everyone else is $15 pre-sale. Find out more here.

Tomball Bluegrass Festival {October 26}
Admission and parking to this music festival in Tomball are totally free! Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs so you can get comfy! There will be food trucks and other vendors on site so no need for a picnic basket! Kids will enjoy the kidz zone, adults will love the bluegrass!

Texian Market Days {October 26}
Join the staff at George Ranch Historical Park for Cowboys, Cannons, and Fun! You will enjoy a vintage car show, historical game, food vendors, craft vendors, and much more. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for kids aged 4 – 12, and free for kids under 4. Find out more here.

International Quilt Festival {October 31 – November 3}
The show is going on again this year at the George R. Brown Convention Center with booths open and quilts on display! There will be classes, open studios, shopping, movies, lectures, and more. Admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 10 and under.  See more information here.

 

NOVEMBER

International Quilt Festival {October 31 – November 3}
The show is going on again this year at the George R. Brown Convention Center with booths open and quilts on display! There will be classes, open studios, shopping, movies, lectures, and more. Admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 10 and under.  See more information here.

1st Annual Galveston County Fall Fest & BBQ Cook Off {November 2}
General admission to this festival is totally free, admission to the cook off is just $10! The event is going down at Walter Hall Park with vendors, food trucks, and family-friendly activities.

46th Annual Houston British Festival {November 2}
Hosted by the Daughters of the British Empire, this fayre in Sugar Land is held in a beautiful courtyard setting. Enjoy a puppet show, live entertainment, themed crafts, a scavenger hunt, caricatures, Afternoon tea, photo ops, and more. Children under age 12 are free, everyone else is just $5. Find more here.

Sugar Plum Market {November 7 – 9}
This annual shopping extravaganza is held in Fort Bend County at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts & Convention Center. There will be more than 100 fabulous vendors ready to fill all of your gifting needs! Admission is discounted when you purchase online before October 31st, just $12 per person. Purchase tickets at the door for $15.

Houston Grilled Cheese Festival {November 9}
No better way to celebrate the start of winter than with a warm and cheesey Grilled Cheese sandwich. Enjoy all sorts of cheese-based concoctions at Midtown Park. Admission begins at $49 and includes unlimited samplings, an open bar, and more. Find out more information here.

6th Annual Islamic Arts Festival {November 9 & 10}
This year’s festival includes “Refugee Art” from overseas and locally, henna, Ebru, pattern coloring, children’s activities, food trucks, and more. Admission is free for everyone, kids and families are invited! Find out more here.

24th Annual Children’s Festival {November 10 & 11}
At the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, enjoy this totally kid-themed event with a variety of events. There will be live concerts, a PJ Masks Meet & Greet, the Gold Lot, the STREAM Street, and much more. Admission is $10 per person and adults need tickets, too!

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market {November 14 – 17}
The countdown is on for Houston’s favorite winter-themed market! There will be a fashion show, preview party, hundreds of vendors, and more. Admission is $20 cash at the door or you can purchase online. Find out more here.

Houston Cinema Arts Festival {November 14 – 19}
Celebrating the 5th anniversary of Cinespace and the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing, this year’s theme is NASA! This festival is dedicated to presenting innovative films, media installations, and live performances celebrating Houston’s culture and urban vitality. Passes and tickets are available for purchase online starting October 14th. Find more information here.

Via Colori Street Festival {November 23 & 24}
Celebrate what you’re thankful for with a street festival of art and color! Admission is $7 when you purchase tickets in advance.The event is going down at Houston City Hall. Find out more here.

HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade {November 28}
Starting at 9 am in Downtown Houston, this free parade has great viewing spots all over the route. There is general seating available for purchase online. Red more here.

32nd Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting {November 28}
Head to the Galleria area/ Uptown to officially ring in the the most sparkly season. Admission is free and open to the public from 4 – 7 pm. See more here.

100th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration  {November 30}
Houston’s biggest holiday party and tree lighting ceremony lights up the night from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is free. Just bring a new, unwrapped gift for donation and get a light-up Santa Hat!

 

DECEMBER

Holly Jolly Jingle {December 5}
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion hosts this annual free event highlighting the best and brightest orchestras and musicians from across Conroe ISD. Leave the lawn chairs at home- there are ticketed seats and park chairs available for rent. Read more here.

Dickens on the Strand {December 6 – 8}
For 46 years in a row, Galveston’s Strand has hosted the most Dickensian event in the world! Continue the tradition with a parade, live entertainment, carolers, rolling vendors, jugglers, and old school traditions. Dress up in your best Dickens-area cosplay and bring the kids! Admission is $7 for kids aged 7 – 12, and $13 for everyone else. Keep up to date here.

Tamale Festival Houston {December 7}
Tamales are a Christmas tradition for many families, what better way to celebrate the season? Keep up to date with them here for more information.

Christmas on Commerce {December 7}
Commerce Street in Downtown Tomball opens up once a year for their holiday celebration for kids! Meet Santa, ride the train, and go shopping for gifts and treats. There will also be school choirs and other festival fun. Admission and parking are free! The party runs from 11 am to 4 pm.

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend {December 12 – 30}
Weekends through the end of December, Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens bring to you an immersive exhibit of Christmas lights and displays. Admission is free for kids under 5, $10 for kids 5 – 12, and $15 for everyone else. There will also be dinner, light bites, drink options and more. Find out details here.

Tomball German Christmas Market {December 13 -1 5}
Free admission, parking, and shuttle to guarantee you’ll make it out! This event features a petting zoo, live music, arts and crafts, antiques, live performances, a heritage center, and much more. Bring cash or card for your food, shopping, and fun! Keep up to date here.

Lights in the Heights {December 14}
The Woodland Heights in the historic Heights area hosts an awesome Christmas lights party. The neighborhood will be decked out in custom displays with interactive activities! Bring a cooler and stroll throughout the open streets, jazz bands, carolers, and more. Find more information here.

 

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