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Autumn has arrived. Coffee shops have made it official with the return of the pumpkin spiced latte.

It may not feel like it yet, but the cooler weather is right around the corner and with it comes the fun and fervor of the Fall festivals.

Houston Fall Festivals in September 2019

  • Polish Harvest Festival at Our Lady of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church | Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22 – Celebrate Polish culture at the family-friendly 3-day Polish Harvest Festival at the Polish Roman Catholic Church Our Lady of Czestochowa. In celebration of the end of harvest season, the annual Polish Harvest Festival offers a memorable weekend steeped in Poland’s rich culture with delicious delicacies, gleeful folk music and dance, unique market finds, and more. Tickets are $5 for adults; free for kids under 12 and free for senior citizens above 65. Times vary.
  • Oktoberfest! at Last Concert Cafe | Saturday, September 21 – Celebrate Oktoberfest at Last Concert Cafe with games, German foods, and live music from Manic Focus, Heart Byrne, and more. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. 4pm to 11:30pm.
  • Texas Hot Sauce Festival at Bayou City Event Center | Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 – Spice up your weekend at the Texas Hot Sauce Festival in the Bayou City Event Center. If you can handle the heat, sample hundreds of hot sauces, salsas, dips, spices, marinades, wing sauces, and jams while shopping festival merchandise and enjoying live music throughout the two-day fest. Tickets are $12; kids 12 and under get in for free. 11am both days.
  • Oktoberfest Houston 2019 at The Water Works | Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28 – Put on your Lederhosen and Dirndls and head over to the annual Oktoberfest Houston at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park. This craft beer festival brings a German twist, with polka music, German beers and brats, and the annual Oktoberfest Olympiad, featuring games like stein hoisting, brat tossing, and barrel rolling. Tickets start at $25 for general admission in advance; $100 for VIP. Times vary.
  • Galveston Island Shrimp Festival at Saengerfest Park | Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28 – Highlights of the 10th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival include the Gumbo Stroll and cook-off and Merchant Walkabout on Saturday, plus the VIP Sponsor Party ($50) at Saengerfest Park on Friday. Tickets for shrimp without the gumbo stroll (shrimp and beer dinner combo) are $20. Times vary.
  • Viet Cultural Festival 2019 at NRG Center | Saturday, September 28 – Immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture and enjoy traditional games, cultural activities, live performances, Vietnamese food, a pho eating contest and more at the family-friendly Viet Cultural Festival at NRG Center. Tickets for general admission start at $7 per person. Ages 3 and under get in free. 9:30am to 6:30pm.
  • Nigeria Cultural Parade & Festival in Downtown | Saturday, September 28 | FREE – Experience Nigerian culture at the 3rd Annual Nigeria Cultural Parade & Festival is at Root Memorial Square in Downtown. 10am to 9pm.
  • ¡Música! Festival & Mercado at Houston Public Library | Saturday, September 28 | FREE – Bring out the whole family for a day-long fest featuring exhibit tours and discussions, live entertainment, an outdoor market of books, food, crafts, and more on the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza. Special guests include Houston poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz, a musical puppet show with Author Raquel M. Ortiz, music performances from Los Skarnales, and a movie screening of La Bamba. 2pm to 10pm.
  • Starry Nite Festival at Southwestern National Bank Plaza | Saturday, September 28 | FREE – Experience the free family-friendly Starry Nite Festival, a traditional Asian night market at Southwestern National Bank Plaza in Houston’s Asiatown. Celebrate diversity with authentic street food, bingo, art, and international live entertainment from Boricua Soul Entertainment and the jazz act, The Rodney Glover Quartet. 6pm to 10pm.

Houston Fall Festivals in October 2019

  • Original Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Thursday, October 3 to Sunday, October 6 – Get yourself to Houston’s longest-running Greek fest, situated in Montrose and near the Museum District. The grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral loaded with tents selling authentic Greek foods and pastries, Greek coffee, wine, and beer. Live Greek music and Greek folk dancing keep the four-day party going. Tickets are $5 at the gate; kids 12 and under are admitted free. Everyone is admitted free on Friday from 11am to 3pm. Times vary.
  • 40th Annual Festival Chicano at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday, October 3 to Saturday, October 5 | FREE – Immerse yourself in a cultural celebration of all things Chicano music, featuring sub-genres ranging from Tejano and Conjunto to Mariachi and Orchestra, when Miller Outdoor Theatre hosts the 40th Annual Festival Chicano. 7pm each day.
  • King’s Oktoberfest 2019 at King’s Biergarten & Restaurant in Pearland | Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6 – King’s annual Oktoberfest celebration returns to The Heights with more live German music, more biers, more brats, and more fun. Festivities include adult carnival games, food, arm wrestling and strongman competitions, and plenty of German biers. Tickets range from $12 to $30. Noon to 2am daily.
  • 11th Annual Korean Festival Houston at Discovery Green | Saturday, October 5 | FREE – Celebrate Korean culture as the Korean-American Society of Houston hosts the 11th Annual 2019 Korean Festival Houston at Discovery Green in Downtown. Drawing tens of thousands of visitors in the past, this outdoor festival will feature cultural presentations and live performances, traditional cuisine from Korean food vendors, interactive games, art and more. 10am to 10pm.
  • Pearland Art & Crafts on the Pavilion at Pearland Town Center | Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 | FREE – Shop for original art, artisan wares, and custom-made goods at the 6th annual Pearland Art and Crafts on the Pavilion this fall. The free two-day event, produced by the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau, provides visitors and residents with great shopping opportunities, live music, and a variety of activities centered on art. 10am to 5pm both days.
  • Oktoberfest 2019 at Saint Arnold Brewing Company | Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 | No Cover – Saint Arnold’s Brewery invites you to enjoy food, beer, music, games and contests, local artists and makers, special glassware available, and everything else you need to get in the Oktoberfest spirit. Times vary.
  • The Bonfire Texas Music Festival at Stevens and Pruett Ranch | Saturday, October 5 – Returning for a third year, The Bonfire Texas Music Festival takes over Stevens and Pruett Ranch for a full day of award-winning live music, BBQ, games, a vendor market, and animal rescues under the expansive sky, about thirty minutes south of Downtown Houston. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children 10 and under, with additional Early Bird and VIP packages available. 1pm to 9:30pm.
  • Houston Afro Creole Music Festival 2019 at India House | Sunday, October 6 – Experience Creole, Caribbean, and African culture with live music, dance performances, food, fashion and more at the family-friendly Houston Afro Creole Music Festival India House. Tickets in advance are $20. Noon to 10pm.
  • 41st Annual Houston Italian Festival at University of St. Thomas in Montrose | Some Days FREE | Thursday, October 10 to Sunday, October 13 – The Italian Cultural and Community Center of Houston presents Festa Italia, a.k.a. the Houston Italian Festival, a four-day weekend celebration of Italian of food, culture, music, and dancing. The 2019 event’s theme will be “Experience Italy in the Heart of Houston.” Admission is free Thursday all day and Friday until 4pm. After 4pm on Friday admission is $8 for adults and free for children 12 and under for the rest of the weekend. Times vary.
  • Conroe Catfish Festival in Downtown Conroe | Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13 – Held in the historic Downtown Conroe, this family-friendly event features catfish and Cajun eats alongside nonstop live music with local, regional, and national performers, food and drink vendors, arts and crafts, a carnival, a kids zone, and the annual Catfish Pageant. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the gate; $20 for a three-day pass, with VIP passes available. Times vary.
  • Bayou City Art Festival in Downtown | Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 – Appreciate the work of more than 300 artists spanning 19 disciplines during the three-day Bayou City Art Festival in Downtown. The annual event also features music, local food vendors, beverages, entertainment, and a creative zone for kids. $12 online; $15 at the door. 10am to 6pm both days.
  • King’s Oktoberfest 2019 at King’s BierHaus in The Heights | Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20 – King’s annual Oktoberfest celebration returns to The Heights with more live German music, more biers, more brats, and more fun. Festivities include adult carnival games, food, arm wrestling and strongman competitions, and plenty of German biers. Tickets range from $12 to $30. 11am each day.
  • YOUniverSOUL Fest 2019 at Midtown Park | Saturday, October 19 – Get in touch with yourself at the YOUniverSOUL Fest, a one-day consciousness festival with a unique blend of yoga, art, music, and community at Midtown Park. Tickets start at $55. 10am to 8pm.
  • Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch at Silver Sycamore | Saturday, October 19 – Pasadena’s charming “old west” western town event venue, Silver Sycamore, opens up its doors for a big Fall Festival featuring games, activities, a pumpkin patch, food trucks, live music, and more. Tickets are available at the gate and are $13; $9 for ages 11 and under. 11am to 4pm.
  • Houston Press: Tacolandia at The Water Works | Saturday, October 19 – Houston Press celebrates its 5th annual Tacolandia, an outdoor taco-sampling event and festival that features some of Houston’s best tacos, ranging from urban contemporary to authentic street style. You’ll also find music, cash bars with beer and cocktails, and the chance to vote for your favorite tacos. $25; $35 with unlimited taco samples; $75 VIP with early access and drink tickets; but a limited number of $35 advanced tickets are discounted to $25. 4pm to 7pm.
  • Houston Water Lantern Festival at Magnolia Garden Park in Northeast Houston | Saturday, October 19 – Witness the beauty of lanterns as they light up the water at the magical Water Lantern Festival at Magnolia Garden Park. Other activities include live music and food trucks. Tickets range from $30 to $40. 4pm to 7pm.
  • Ghost Tours at the 1859 Ashton Villa | Saturday, October 19 through Thursday, October 31 – Get chills and join a guide for a Ghost Tour at the 1859 Ashton Villa just in time for Halloween in Galveston. Take part in a rare and unprecedented tour of the home as you hear about the early days of Galveston’s formation and exceptional life, and possible after-life, of the home’s Miss Bettie Brown. Tickets are $30. 7pm and 8:15pm each day.
  • Wings Over Houston Airshow at Ellington Airport | Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 – Look up to the sky in awe and see the 35th annual Wings Over Houston Airshow showcase vintage aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation at Ellington Airport. This year, the 2-day airshow spectacular will feature the elite U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, demos, reenactments, a kids area, food and beverage tents, and plenty of other flying aircraft. General admission is $45; discounted online price is $35. Become an Airshow Insider and receive 27% off tickets. 8am to 6pm both days.
  • Halloween Classic Car Show at National Museum of Funeral History | Saturday, October 26 – Get into the Halloween spirit while checking out more than 150 cars at the 12th Annual Halloween Car Show at the National Museum of Funeral History. Now in its twelth year, the Halloween Car Show gathers more than 150 cars, ranging from classic to contemporary, many decked out in spooky décor for a day of Halloween fun. 10am to 3pm.
  • Halloween in the Hangar at Lone Star Flight Museum | Saturday, October 26 – Bring the kiddos out to celebrate the spookiest holiday at Lone Star Flight Museum’s Halloween in the Hangar event. Activities will include making an airplane out of candy, trick or treating in the hangar, and complimentary popcorn. Kids under 12 in costume get in free all day. This event is included with general admission to the museum. 10am.
  • BooFest at Town Center Park in Kingwood | Saturday, October 26 | FREE – Put on your Halloween costume for Kingwood’s 2nd Annual BooFest and enjoy a pumpkin patch, candy, pumpkin carving, music and more. This year’s theme is Disney. 4pm to 9pm.
  • International Quilt Festival Houston at George R. Brown Convention Center | Thursday, October 31 to Sunday, November 3 – Join more than 55,000 quilting enthusiasts for a full week of classes, exhibits, networking, shopping, guest speakers and more at the International Quilt Festival in George R. Brown Convention Center. Tickets start at $12. Times vary.

Houston Fall Festivals in November 2019

  • Hand-On Houston Family Festival: Celebrating the Craft Garden at HCCC | Saturday, November 2 | FREE – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft hosts the ninth annual Hands-On Houston Family Festival, a free community event. Families and visitors of all ages are invited to this fun day of indoor/outdoor activities. This year, HCCC celebrates the Craft Garden with hands-on activities, demonstrations by local artists and more. 11am to 3pm.
  • Dia de los Muertos Celebration at National Museum of Funeral History | Saturday, November 2 – Celebrate Latin American customs that surround the Day of the Dead with fun, interactive, and commemorative activities at the National Museum of Funeral History. This event is free and does not include general admission to the museum. 11am to 2pm.
  • Dia de los Muertos Festival at MECA Houston | Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 | FREE – MECA Houston hosts their annual Día De Los Muertos Festival: Honoring our Past, Celebrating Our Future. Recognizing the differences in Latin celebrations of Dia de Los Muertos, this event focuses on the common theme of honoring family and friends. Expect music, dance, theater, food, and visual arts from different Latin American countries at MECA’s nationally recognized historic Dow School in the Sixth Ward. 11am to 7pm both days.
  • 2019 Indonesian Festival at Sugar Land Town Square | Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 | FREE – Immerse yourself in Indonesian culture at a two-day festival filled with live entertainment, tasty dishes, a market, interactive expert showcase, and more family fun and celebration. $8 for one day; $10 for both days. 11am to 9pm both days.
  • Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival at NRG Park | Saturday, November 9 – For the second year in a row, the Houston native rapper Travis Scott brings Astroworld Festival to his hometown at NRG Park. While the full music lineup is yet to be revealed, Travis is confirmed as the festival’s headlining performers. Tickets start at $149. All day.
  • Bellaire Arts & Crafts Festival at Evelyn’s Park | Saturday, November 9 | FREE — Shop for unique items with your friends and family at the City of Bellaire’s Arts & Craft Festival at Evelyn’s Park. Just in time for the holidays, the festival will feature vendors and exhibitors showcasing and selling original art, artisan wares, and custom-made goods. 11am to 5pm.
  • Blackwood Harvest Hoedown at Blackwood Educational Land Institute | Saturday, November 9 – Celebrate the land and food of Gulf Coast communities at the 2nd annual Blackwood Harvest Hoedown, an immersive farm experience, at Blackwood Educational Land Institute. Featuring a curated variety of local farmers, artisans, and vendors this festival will have something for people of all ages. Expect arts and crafts activities, live music, a line-up of speakers, a bier garten, a kids zone, and plenty of delicious local food. Tickets are $15; $5 for ages 5 to 15; free for ages 5 and under. 11am to 6pm.
  • Houston Filipino Street Festival 2019 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land | Saturday, November 9 – Embrace The Philippines when the Filipino Young Professionals of Houston throw a street party filled with vendors, live entertainment, food, family activity, music, and Filipino culture. $15. Noon to 7pm.
  • Houston Grilled Cheese Festival at Midtown Park | Saturday, November 9 – Nosh on gourmet grilled cheese bites made by local chefs and participating restaurants at the Houston Grilled Cheese Festival at Midtown Park. Tickets start at $49. 12:30pm to 7:30pm.
  • 30th Annual Native American Championship Pow Wow at Traders Village | Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10 – Traders Village hosts their two-day Native American Pow Wow festival with colorful tribal dance contests, an arts & crafts show, teepees, honoring ceremonies, live music and more. There is no cover to attend the event, but parking is $4. 9am to 6pm both days.
  • 6th Annual Islamic Arts Festival at Masjid Al Salam | Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10 | FREE – Bring the whole family to experience Islamic calligraphy, woodwork, ceramic tiles and paintings from local artists at Masjid Al Salam in Spring. This year the festival will also feature “Refugee Art” from overseas. 10:30am to 5:30pm both days.
  • Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival at Midtown Park | Saturday, November 16 | FREE – Celebrate African American culture and promote diversity with music, food, fashion, art, and guest speakers during the Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival at Midtown Park. Live music begins at 4pm. Noon to 9pm.
  • Houston Via Colori in Downtown | Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 – Enjoy a colorful weekend at the 2019 Houston Via Colori, a festival benefitting The Center for Hearing and Speech in Downtown. Watch over 200 national and international artists make impressive chalk art and murals on the streets of Downtown. Aside from the diverse art, the 2-day event will feature live music, activities, a family zone, food, and drinks. Tickets are $7 in advance; $10 at the door. 10am to 6pm each day.
  • 70th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Downtown | Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 | FREE – Get into the holiday spirit at the 70th Annual H-E-B Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade, a stunning showcase of sensational floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands, artistic entries, and live entertainment in the streets of Downtown. 9am.

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Zahira Gutierrez is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston fascinated by fashion. When she isn't recording or touring the country with her band, Wild Moccasins, she can be found sewing her own costumes and covering lifestyle events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.