Top 15 Things to Do This Week in Houston: October 8 to 14, 2018

1,000 Lights for Peace | Photo courtesy of Mahatma Gandhi Library

Make the most of your week with our top 15 event picks happening in Houston from Monday, October 8 to Sunday, October 14, 2018.

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Jam out to a live show by heavy metal icon Alice Cooper, root for the Texans when they go up against the Buffalo Bills, catch a free concert from Houston son and acclaimed jazz pianist Jason Moran, spectate an all-local culinary competition, show off your golfing skills in an afternoon tournament, and more.

Top 15 Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • The Epicurean Project at The Revaire | Monday, October 8 – Watch Houston-based chefs compete in an innovative cooking competition while using all-local ingredients in The Epicurean Project at The Revaire. Following the showcase, industry experts will share ideas, insights, and techniques with guests and tastemakers in attendance. You must register for this event. 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • Southwest Chemical Association’s Fall Golf Outing at Kingwood Country Club | Tuesday, October 9 – Hit a hole in one at the Southwest Chemical Association’s Fall Golf Outing at Kingwood Country Club. The day will begin with a buffet lunch, followed by a round of golf, and cap off with a social hour of drinks, appetizers, and an awards presentation. $175. 11:30am to 7pm.
  • Thursday Night Take Over at Fluff Bake Bar | Thursday, October 11 Join Fluff Bake Bar owner Rebecca Masson as she welcomes Boston-based chef Tim Maslow for this week’s Thursday Night Take Over. Each chef will prepare a menu of three to four items available a la carte, along with optional wine pairings and beer from Saint Arnold. 6pm to 9pm.
  • 40th Annual Houston Italian Festival | Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 14 Spend all weekend long stuffing your face with lasagne, spaghetti, and pizza at the fortieth annual Houston Italian Festival. Let your food settle while enjoying film screenings, kids’ cooking classes, Italian language classes, Carranza puppet shows, interactive sidewalk art, pasta-eating contests, grape stomps, and a bocce ball tournament. Admission ranges from free to $8. Times vary.
  • Garbage in Concert at House of Blues | Friday, October 12  Head to House of Blues as the Shirley Manson-fronted band, Garbage, celebrates the 20th anniversary of their second studio album, Version 2.0. The group will play the album in its entirety, including B-sides. Tickets start at $35, but you may find better or cheaper tickets using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • Stop, Drop & Roll Guinness World Record Attempt in League City | Friday, October 12 | FREE Watch history in the making as League City attempts to overtake the Guinness World Records title for the largest Stop, Drop, and Roll event, held on the field of the Clear Creek ISD Challenger Columbia Stadium. 8:45pm to 10pm.
  • Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival in Downtown Conroe | Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14 – Roll up your sleeves and chow down on loads of Cajun-flavored crawfish and other eats at this annual, family-friendly festival in Conroe. You can also expect live music, arts and crafts, a carnival, KidZone area, and a catfish pageant. Tickets start at $10. Times vary.
  • KBR Kids Day at Guadalupe Plaza Park | Saturday, October 13 | FREE – Treat the kids to a fun-filled day of hands-on activities during the twelfth annual KBR Kids Day at Guadalupe Plaza Park. In partnership with 20 non-profit organizations, the event will offer pontoon boat tours, local entertainment and performers, Dia de los Muertos face painters, balloon artists, a rock-climbing wall, and a Halloween parade. 11am to 3pm.
  • Candy Crawl Model Home Tour at Harmony in Spring Saturday, October 13 | FREE – Make your way through 21 beautiful, candy-filled homes during the family-friendly Candy Crawl Model Home Tour at Harmony in Spring. Hosted by Johnson Development, the Halloween-themed tour also offers kettle corn, an inflatable maze, rock wall, a toddler train station, pumpkin decorating, and face painting. 11am to 2pm.
  • Art of Wining and Dining at Sugar Land Town Square | Saturday, October 13 – Stroll through Sugar Land Town Square while sampling a variety of wines and dishes from participating restaurants at the Art of Wining and Dining event. Attendees can participate in an interactive performance by dueling pianists and shop a selection of vendors on site. Tickets start at $10. 4pm to 7pm.
  • Bayou City Music Series presents Jazz in the Tre with Jason Moran in Concert at Emancipation Park Saturday, October 13 | FREE Acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, and Houston native, Jason Moran, headlines an all-ages, evening jazz concert in the Third Ward. Students from the HSPVA jazz program and Houston’s own Horace Grigsby open. 7pm to 9:30pm.
  • 1,000 Lights for Peace at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Sunday, October 14 | FREE Promote peace at this celebratory event during Mahatma Gandhi Week, which teaches children the importance of the iconic peacemaker through essay, speech, poster, and debate contests, as well as field trips and storytelling. The evening will begin with a 5K walk for peace, followed by a cultural program and candle-lighting ceremony. 6pm.
  • Kinetic Ensemble presents Ocean’s Call at MATCH | Sunday, October 14 Take a seat for Ocean’s Call, Kinetic Ensemble’s opening performance of the season, featuring orchestral music inspired by the interaction between water and physical space. $25. 6pm.
  • Alice Cooper in Concert at White Oak Music Hall | Sunday, October 14Rock out at White Oak Music Hall when heavy metal icon Alice Cooper performs in support of his 2017 release, Paranormal. Tickets start at $45, but you may find better or cheaper tickets using the TicketNetwork resale market. 6:30pm.
  • Houston Texans vs Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium | Sunday, October 14 – Watch the Houston Texans play the Buffalo Bills on their home turf at NRG. Tickets start at $38, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 7pm.

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