Make the most of your week with our top 15 event picks happening in Houston from Monday, September 30 to October 6, 2019.
Happening This Week
Also in October 2019
Stuff your face with gyros galore at Houston’s Original Greek Festival, boogie down to Lizzo’s infectious hits when she performs a live show, watch two Texan football teams go head-to-head in a decades-old college rivalry, tap into your artsy side at an annual festival in Pearland, bust out the lederhosen for a variety of Oktoberfest celebrations around town and more.
Top 15 Things to Do This Week in Houston
- Fall Festivals Happening Around Houston – With Autumn in full swing comes a lengthy list of seasonal festivals, including everything from Oktoberfests and culinary events to Halloween festivities and cultural celebrations. Times, prices, and locations vary.
- Original Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Thursday, October 3 to Sunday, October 6 – Shout “Opa!” while chowing down on authentic Greek cuisine, watching traditional music and dance performances, and shopping from a variety of vendors at The Original Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. 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 39th Annual Festival Chicano. 7pm daily.
- Houston Corks & Forks at The Ballroom at Bayou Place | Thursday, October 3 – Taste elegant dishes prepared by top local chefs and paired with fine wines at the American Cancer Society’s annual gala and culinary competition. Benefitting the organization’s fight against cancer, the event includes live music, both live and silent auctions, and of course, plenty of food, and vino. Tickets start at $150 for individuals. 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Cocktail attire is required.
- Chris Shepherd’s Houstonian Hoot’Nanny: A Southern Smoke Benefit Dinner | Friday, October 4 – Dine on delicious food prepared by Chris Shepherd and his culinary companions at a welcome dinner that kicks off the weekend’s 5th annual Southern Smoke Festival. Tickets are $500 per person; $5,000 for a table of 10. This dinner is limited to 100 people. 6:30pm.
- Lizzo in Concert at Revention Music Center | Friday, October 4 – Belt out the lyrics to “Truth Hurts,” “Good as Hell,” and “Tempo” when the Houston-based, multi-talented breakout star, Lizzo, takes the stage at Revention Music Center. Tickets start at $208, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 8pm.
- 16th Annual Run in the Park at Molly Ann Smith Plaza| Saturday, October 5 – Race through the scenic Hermann Park during their annual in Molly Ann Smith Plaza. Participants can join a 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, or 1K kids run, which will all conclude with a post-race party featuring food, drinks, music and more. Registration costs $30 for the 10K and 5K, and $15 for the 1K Kids’ Fun Run. 8am.
- Battle of the Piney Woods at NRG Stadium| Saturday, October 5 – Root for your pick to win one of the oldest college rivalries in the country, the Battle of Piney Woods, at NRG Stadium. As usual, Sam Houston State University will take on Stephen F. Austin State University in its 94th year. Tickets start at $15, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 3pm.
- The Raconteurs in Concert at Revention Music Center | Saturday, October 5 – Catch a live show by the Jack White-fronted blues-rock band, The Raconteurs, as they take the stage of Revention Music Center in support of their latest release, Help Us Stranger. Tickets start at $52, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 8pm.
- Opera in the Heights presents Tosca at Lambert Hall | Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 – Take a seat for Opera in the Heights’ production of Puccini’s legendary tragedy, Tosca, at Lambert Hall on Heights Boulevard. They’ll perform the opera in Italian, supplemented with English subtitles. Tickets start at $39. Discounts are available for full-time students, ages 16 and under, and ages 65 and up. Showtimes vary.
- Pearland Art & Crafts on the Pavilion at Pearland Town Center | Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 | FREE – Admire the works of regional artists during the annual Pearland Arts & Crafts festival at Pearland Town Center. Presented by the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau, the craft fair offers plenty of shopping, live music, and art-centric activities. 10am to 5pm both days.
- Houston Texans vs Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium | Sunday, October 6 – Watch the Houston Texans play Atlanta on their home turf at NRG. Tickets start at $59, but you might find cheaper, better, hard-to-find tickets available on TicketNetwork’s online marketplace. Noon.
- Southern Smoke at Georgia James | Sunday, October 6 – Feast on heaps of finger-licking barbecue at Chris Shepherd’s annual Southern Smoke festival, held this year in the parking lot of Blacksmith coffee shop and Georgia James. Participating pitmasters include Aaron Franklin of Franklin’s Barbecue, TV chef Matty Matheson, and Sarah Grueneberg of Chicago’s Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio, plus local names like Justin Yu of Theodore Rex and Better Luck Tomorrow. Tickets start at $200. 4pm to 8pm.
- Wu Tang Clan in Concert at Smart Financial Centre | Sunday, October 6 – Jam out to a concert by hip-hop icons Wu-Tang Clan when they perform live at Smart Financial Centre to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Tickets start at $59.50, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 7:30pm.
- Every Brilliant Thing at Main Street Theater | Through Sunday, October 6 – Discover the effects that a single event can have on a person’s life in this one-woman show, starring Shannon Emerick and directed by Rebecca Udden. Tickets start at $15. Showtimes vary.
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