The Fall Festivals Guide is brought to you by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Don’t miss their Day of the Dead festival Saturday, November 3 from 3-8 pm where there will be live music, games, and other fun activities at the brand new Glassell School of Art and The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza on MFAH campus.
It’s officially Festival Season in Houston! With the cooler weather on its way, now is one of the best times for Houstonians to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re looking for medieval fun or all things Pumpkins, you can find that and everything in between.
Check out our rundown of the best Fall Festivals in Houston this year:
Celebrate Day of the Dead Saturday, November 3, from 3-8 pm. with great music, games, and a host of fun activities at the Museum’s beautiful new Glassell School of Art and The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza. There will be food and drinks on hand, and a full schedule of things to do, including a screening of Pixar’s Coco in Spanish, performance by Mariachi Luna Llena, lawn games, art-making activities, a storybook picnic with the Houston Public Library, and more.
The event is totally free to attend!
5101 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
Going on now through November 25, you can expect Renaissance- era fun including shops, live performances, games, food, and more. Each weekend has it’s own theme and pricing. Gates open each weekend from 12 noon Thursdays until 12 noon Monday. Don’t miss TRF after dark- camping and lodging nearby is available! Tickets range from $17- $32 per person and kids aged 4 and younger are free every day! Get the cheapest tickets through Groupon by clicking here!
11282 County Road 302
Todd Mission, TX 77363
Original Greek Festival
Houstonians love Greece! Running October 4- 7, you can find authentic Greek food, shopping, children’s activities, live music, and live performances! Admission is just $5 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free! Admission is also free on Friday from 11 am- 3 pm but you’ll have to re-enter and pay admission for the evening entertainment. You can also purchase pre-sale tickets for $25 which include admission, a dinner plate, and choice of dessert. Wine and beer are available for purchase. For presale tickets, call the Parish at (713) 526- 5377. Parking is available nearby. Cash only.
Anunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
3511 Yoakum Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
5th Ward Fall Fest
Celebrate 152 years since the 5th Ward Community was established. October 6th from 12 noon to 6 pm, enjoy games, face painting, mood walks, food trucks, raffles, live music, and more. The family-friendly event asks that you leave the pets at home. Admission is totally free, just register here!
3215 Lyons Ave.
Houston, TX 77020
Saturday, October 6th from 12 noon to 6 p.m., catch the Houston Margarita Festival! They have all kinds of margaritas available, including original and strawberries as well as Pumpkin Spice, Chocolate, and Jalapeno. General admission includes 1 complimentary margarita, an HMF commemorative cup, and a festival map. There are also value passes and VIP tickets available as well to this Houston fall festival. Enjoy live music, salsa dancing, competitions, food vendors, and more. Check out our half-off ticket deals here!
Water Works Park
105 Sabine St.
Houston, TX 77007
Clamato Michelada Festival
Sunday, October 7th from 12 noon to 8 pm, head to Guadalupe Plaza Park in Houston’s East End. There will be live music, contests, food vendors, and more at this fall festival in Houston. Don’t miss the free samples and vote in the Best Michelada competition! Admission is free, just bring cash for your drinks and other purchases.
2311 Runnels St.
Houston, TX 77003
The Houston Italian Festival features some awesome activities, authentic Italian food, wine, live music, and more. Get a wine tasting for just $15 plus taxes and fees. There’s also Italian Poker, a pasta eating contest, and a kid’s cooking class! Check out our run down of ticket prices and fees here. Parking is available nearby. The event runs October 11- 14 with free admission on select days and times.
University of Saint Thomas Campus
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
There are plenty of Oktoberfest celebrations in and around the Houston area, but this is one you don’t want to miss. Running for two weekends, October 5- 7 (in Pearland) and October 19-21 (in the Heights), it’s bigger and better than ever. Live music, exclusive German Beers, authentic food, competitions, and much more await. Tickets run $12- $30, depending on how many days you’d like to attend. There are also VIP packages available.
King’s Biergarten & Restaurant
1329 E. Broadway
Pearland, Texas 77581
2044 E. TC Jester Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77008
South Avenue Fall Fair
For a day of fun-filled family activities, head to the South Avenue Baptist Church. October 12th from 9 am to 4 pm, you’ll find face painting, puppet shows, a Ferris Wheel, a petting zoo, and more. There will also be food samples, a car show, motorcycle rally, and more. Admission is free for adults and kids of all ages!
South Avenue Baptist Church
605 Preston, Pasadena, TX 77503
Entry to the Zoo Boo is included in your regular Zoo admission. It’s also free for Zoo members! You’ll find the Whataburger Pumpkin Patch, contribute to the Monster Mural, Spooky Stamps, Creature Maze, games, mystery boxes, and more.
October 12, 19 & 26
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays
October 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
6200 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston TX 77030
Bayou City Art Festival
This fine arts festival runs October 13- 14 from 10 am to 6 pm. There will be festival eats, school art competitions, live entertainment, and more. Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the gate. You can also find them for $10 at Randall’s. Each ticket is good for one- day only but two- day passes are also available. Parking is available nearby and the outdoor festival surrounds City Hall, Hermann Square, the Houston Public Library, and Sam Houston Park.
901 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta
Hosted October 13- 14, 7 am- 4 pm at Brooks Lake in Sugar Land, this free event features food vendors, live music, cultural performances, and new races every 15- 20 minutes.
1 Fluor Daniel Dr.
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Dia De Los Muertos at Traders Village
Telemundo presents the 4th annual “Day of the Dead” celebration, honoring the dearly departed. Dress up the whole familia and join the parade. Build your best Dia de los Muertos altar- be sure to bring pictures! You’ll also find your favorite foods, mariachi, and fire dancers. There will also be a Zona de los Ninos with fun activities and face painting. The event is free, you just pay $4 for parking! The event is Sunday, October 14th from 10 am- 5 pm.
7979 N. Eldridge Rd.
Houston, TX 77041
October 17, from 6- 8 pm, celebrate friendship! Admission is totally free, with 90s inspired rad activities and vendors! Don’t miss the Friends Trivia at Levure Bakery, starting at 7 pm. The Friends- inspired workout at Lululemon has two sessions- one at 6, and another at 7!
9595 Six Pines Dr., #6390
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Texian Market Fest
Held at the George Ranch Historical Park, you’ll get your fill of cowboys, cannons, history, and fun! The event is held Saturday, October 20th from 9 am to 5 pm. There will be hands- on activities, battle re-enactments, food trucks, vendors, Pioneer Folk Life exhibitions, live music and entertainment, and much more. Tickets are available at HEB for a discount. You can buy them online or at the gate! Adults are $20, Seniors are $15, and kids are $10. Come dressed in full historical costume and get half- off at the gate!
10215 FM 762 Rd
Richmond, TX 77469
7th Annual Diwali Dussehra Festival
Hosted at Skeeter’s Stadium in Sugar Land, this festival takes place Saturday, October 20th from 4- 10 pm. There will be food booths, local vendors, a costume competition, moon walks, a petting zoo, and more. Tickets are just $6!
1 Stadium Dr.
Sugar Land, TX 77498
Annual Energy Day Festival
This STEM-inspired festival on October 20th lasts from 11 am to 4 pm. Bring the whole family for over 70 hands-on activities and demonstrations where students and families can learn about the energy process. Located downtown at Sam Houston Park, this festival is totally free to attend!
1000 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
East End Street Fest
October 20th from 12 noon- 10 pm, enjoy this totally free street festival in Houston’s Historic East End! There will be local artisans, street performers, live DJs, live entertainment, food, and more. Admission is free but you’re encouraged to register here.
2800 Navigation Blvd.
Houston, TX 77003
Saturday, October 20th from 1- 6 pm, you get free admission to the 10th annual Scarecrow Fest at Cross Creek Ranch. There will be live music, food trucks, a pumpkin patch, dock dogs, sky king falconry, carnival rides, games, and more. Admission is free but carnival rides are $10 on pre-sale and $15 at the door! This year’s event is superhero-themed and the best superhero scarecrow will win a cash prize! Register for the competition here.
6450 Cross Creek Bend Ln.
Fulshear, TX 77441
Good Shephard Episcopal Church presents Harvest Fest. October 20th from 11 am to 4 pm, you can get free admission to local vendors, food trucks, family fun, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, and much more! Live entertainment will be provided by School of Rock, Bushi Ban, and PopStar Performers. There will also be a craft beer and wine depot for the grown-ups!
1207 Winding Way
Friendswood, TX 77546
Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican Fest
October 27th, head down to Midtown Park for food, music, dancing, live entertainment, and more. The event is family- friendly. General admission starts at $20 but there are also VIP Packages, Family Packages, and more. Find out more information and ticket pricing here.
2811 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77006
October 27th, Houston Baptist University is hosting the 6th Annual AfriFEST, uniting the cultures of Nigeria and the U.S.A. Events and activities will include music, art, food, and more. There will be local vendors as well as live entertainment and a kid’s zone! Admission is free for kids, students, and seniors. For everyone else, it’s just $5 until October 20th, and $10 on or after October 21st! The event is cheap- but register for your tickets here!
7502 Fondren Rd.
Houston, TX 77074
Zombie Charge 5K Race & Festival
Love Zombies? Love running? Whether you do, or don’t, there is something here for everyone. Take part in the Zombie Charge 5K race and run through obstacles and hordes of zombies without getting your flags snagged! If you’re just there for the party, there are zombie viewing areas as well as games, food trucks, live bands, contests, and more. Parking is $10, non- racers get in free! Sign up to be a zombie for $30, runners are $60, and spectators get in free! The run goes down Saturday, November 3rd.
Rio Bravo MX
11610 N Lake Houston Pkwy
Houston, TX 77044
Islamic Art Festival
The two day Islamic Arts Festival is the largest and oldest festival of its kind in North America and attracts over 5000 people each year. The art show will feature the art of over 40 artists. In addition there will be live interactive sessions on calligraphy, henna tattoo, Ebru, painting, Arabesque pattern coloring and lots of children’s activities. Have a fun day with the family with kids activities, halal food trucks and great art. The event is totally free and family- friendly! Festival dates are November 10- 11, 10 am- 5 pm.
16700 Old Louetta Rd.
Spring, TX 77379
19th Annual Children’s Festival
Two days of fun and adventure are brought to you by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. There will be a “Fun Zone” where kids can fly kites, pan for gold, build sandcastles, and more. Tickets are just $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Parking near the pavilion is $5. Event dates and times are Saturday, November 9, 10 am- 5 pm. Sunday, November 10th lasts from noon to 5 pm.
2005 Lake Robbins Dr.
Houston, TX 77380
Via Colori Street Festival
Save the date for the 13th annual sidewalk chart art festival November 17th & 18th. There will be live entertainment and music, food and beverages, and activities for kids of all ages! Event times are Saturday from 10 am- 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am- 5 pm. All proceeds go to support the Center for Hearing & Speech. Admission is just $7 pre-sale or $10 at the gate! Please, no pets, coolers, or outside food and beverages. Parking is available nearby but you’ll want to head to Downtown, near Hermann Square, City Hall, and the streets surrounding Bagby, McKinney, and Walker.
901 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
Any of your favorite annual Houston Fall Festivals we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments: