The 12 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: October 1 to 3, 2021

The Polish Harvest Festival returns this weekend | Courtesy of Dance Group Wawel

Take a tour of H-Town’s weekend highlights with the 365 Houston guide to the best things to do in Houston this weekend, from Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 3, 2021.

Every weekend, Houston has plenty of happenings to be found around town—but which ones are the highlights that can help you plan an enjoyable weekend of outings?

We’ve whittled down our extensive Weekend Guide to offer you some of our favorite things to look forward to from Friday to Sunday.

Looking for more things to do? Dig deeper for all of our weekend picks with the 365 Houston Weekend Guide, or comb through our Calendar for even more events, activities, and things to do this weekend.

The 12 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: October 1 to 3, 2021

  • Houston Polish Harvest Festival at Polish Roman Catholic Church Our Lady of Czestochowa | Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 3 | No Cover – Take in Polish culture at the annual 3-day Houston Polish Harvest Festival, featuring plenty of delicious Polish food and drinks, as well as dance performances and live folk music. Times vary.
  • 85th Annual Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo at Fort Bend County Fairgrounds | Daily through Sunday, October 3 – Close out the final week of fair and rodeo fun at this annual event featuring carnival rides, BBQ competitions, concerts, a farmer’s market, a crawfish boil, a fishing tournament and more. Season passes are available for $40; single day admission is $15 at the gate; $5 for ages 6 to 11; free for ages 5 and under. Times vary.
  • Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park | Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 3 – The Astros close out their regular season at home against a division rival from Oakland. Now, they’ll turn their attention to the ALDS and the Chicago White Sox, slated to begin Thursday, October 7. Tickets range from around $15 to more than $175, but you may find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. Times vary.
  • Nella in Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, October 1 | FREE | Virtual Option – Witness traditional Venezuelan songs like as “La Negra Atilia” and “Tonada de Luna Llena,” as well as contemporary hits, when 2019 Latin Grammy winner Nella brings her country’s folklore roots center stage for her first North American tour. This performance will also be livestreamed. 7:30pm.
  • 49th Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta on Buffalo Bayou | Saturday, October 2 – One of the five largest races in the country, the 15-mile Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta travels from West Houston to Allen’s Landing in Downtown Houston ending with a free celebration at Allen’s Landing in Downtown starting at 11:30am. $55 per person from Saturday, September 18 through Friday, October 1, 2021; $60 for on-site registration on Saturday, October 2, 2021; $30 for military and students with valid ID. Entry fee does not include a canoe or kayak. 7:30am to 2:30pm.
  • Nigeria Cultural Parade and Festival near Toyota Center | Saturday, October 2 | FREE – As home to the largest population of Nigerians out of the country, Houston’s community celebrates the cultural traditions of the West African country with a parade and festival. Join the fun, watch traditional dance performances and enjoy the Nigerian cuisine at the festival market. 10am to 4pm.
  • Houston Creole Heritage Festival at Midtown Park | Saturday, October 2 – Hit up Midtown Park to enjoy a full day of celebrating the city’s Creole heritage, with live music performers Ruben Moreno & the Zydeco Re-evolution, EJ Mathews, R.E.V. Rob, and more, plus food trucks, special Mardi Gras punch, a Creole bar, a kids zone and more. Tickets are $10; $5 for ages 12 to 17; free for ages under 12. 11am to 10pm.
  • Montrose Block Party at Buddy’s | Saturday, October 2 – Kicking off the beginning of LGBTQ+ History month, Buddy’s and Pride Houston team up for the Montrose Block Party. Hosted in the heart of Montrose, you’ll enjoy drag performers and live music, including a performance from R&B sensation Deborah Cox. General admission tickets are $35; VIP admission is $65. Noon to 10pm.
  • Music to My Beers: Oktoberfest Edition at Pearland Town Center | Saturday, October 2 | No Cover – Bring your friends, your appetite and your Lederhosen to this year’s Oktoberfest-themed Music to My Beers extravaganza. This celebration will showcase local craft breweries, food trucks and Houston-area performers for live music and entertainment. 2pm to 9pm.
  • Brian Regan at Bayou Music Center | Saturday, October 2 – Known for his observation, sarcastic delivery, and self-deprecating humor without using profanity, if you’re looking for a clean comedy show on a Friday night, comedian Brian Regan has you covered during a funny-as-heck set at Bayou Music Center in Downtown. $39.50 to $69.50. 7pm.
  • TLC with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at Smart Financial Centre | Saturday, October 2 – Celebrate the landmark 1994 R&B album, CrazySexyCool, from this classic ’90s trio when T-Boz and Chilli arrive to perform the hits and other fan faves. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony opens the show. Tickets start at $39, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • Metalachi in Concert at Main Street Crossing | Sunday, October 3 – Experience Metalachi, the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band, in Tomball. Tickets range from $37 to $45. 7pm.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.