Top 15 Festivals & Events in Houston This Month: October 2022

The annual Día de Muertos celebration returns to MECA at the end of October | Courtesy of MECA

Make the most of your month with our list of the 15 biggest and most notable festivals and events in Houston in October 2022.

This month brings a bounty of fall festival fun, with the return of the Greek Festival, cultural celebrations, Ren Fest, Halloween, Día de Muertos, and much more.

Events are listed chronologically by week, and are not in a ranked order. Events that span multiple weeks are carried over into the following week where appropriate.

Find more happening in our guide to 2022 Fall Festival season.

Top 15 Festivals & Events in Houston This Month: October 2022

  • The Original Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Thursday, October 6 to Saturday, October 8 – The annual Greek festival returns to the heart of Montrose, where you can expect bountiful Greek food, wine tastings, dancing, games and other family-friendly fun. $5; free for ages 12 and under. Friday 5pm to 10pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am to 10pm.
  • 43rd Annual Festival Chicano at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday, October 6 to Saturday, October 8 | FREE – The Hermann Park stage again hosts this annual festival celebration of Chicano culture with performances across three nights, featuring Jay Perez and David Farias Band on Thursday; Elida Reyna y Avante with La Fiebre on Friday; and a Saturday night performance from Ram Herrera and Little Joe y La Familia. 7pm nightly.
  • Bayou City Art Festival in Downtown | Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9 – Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Bayou City Art Festival returns to Sam Houston Park in Downtown for two days of art shopping and showcases by more than 220 national and international artists. Plus, you can stroll the craft beer and boutique wine gardens, participate in a community art project and take in live performances. $15; $5 for ages 6 to 12. 10am to 6pm.
  • Black Heritage Fest at Emancipation Park | Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9 – Celebrate Houston’s vibrant African American community with a weekend gathering of artists, guest speakers, poets and crafts people, featuring performances by DJ Elevated, Elle Varner, Eric Benét, and Ruben Moreno & Zydeco Re-Evolution. $15; $5 for ages 9 to 12. 4pm to 10pm.
  • Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission | Opens Saturday, October 8 – Back for its 48th year, the annual renaissance faire offers a whole fall of reveling in the enchanted worlds of kings and queens, knights, fairies and elves, with unique themes, crowd-pleasing performances, and delicious eats. Costumes are encouraged and you can shop unique crafts, leather goods, clothing and more. 9am to 8pm.
King’s BierHaus returns with another year of Oktoberfest fun | Courtesy of King’s BierHaus
  • Oktoberfest 2022 at King’s Bierhaus | Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16 – The Bavarian BierHaus in the Heights hosts a weekend of Oktoberfest fun with a wide selection of German beer and authentic German plates, costume contests, mug lifting competitions, live music and carnival games. $18 and up. Friday and Saturday 11am to midnight; Sunday 11am to 9pm.
  • Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival at Crown Festival Park in Sugar Land | Saturday, October 15 – This annual festival returns to Sugar Land, celebrating Puerto Rican and Cuban culture, with a live performance from El Chacal and a full day of concerts and dancing, food vendors, a car show, vendors and more. $15 in advance. Noon to 10pm.
  • Southern Smoke Festival at Multiple Locations | Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23 – Chef Chris Shepherd’s foundation that supports food and beverage workers across the nation hosts a three day festival showcasing dozens of top chefs from Houston and around the country. The festival features a Hermann Park night of bites hosted by Austin pitmaster Aaron Franklin; a limited raw bar dining experience at the Houstonian Hotel; and an 8th Wonder Brewery throwdown to cap it off, with trailer and pit cooking, and live music from Shakey Graves. $150 and up. Times vary.
  • 2022 KBR Kids Day at Tony Marron Park in Second Ward | Saturday, October 22 | FREE – Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s annual family festival returns to the Second Ward park, filled with local entertainment, hands-on activities, live performers, face painters and much more. Costumes are encouraged. 11am to 3pm.
  • Houston Filipino Street Festival at Constellation Field | Saturday, October 22 – Celebrate the Philippines and local Filipino culture at this family-friendly festival in Sugar Land that presents traditions, live performances and street food in an embrace of cultural diversity. $17 and up. Noon to 7pm.
The annual Kids Day festival returns to Second Ward in October | Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership
  • Lizzo in Concert at Toyota Center | Wednesday, October 26 – Houston’s very own Lizzo returns for a hometown show in Downtown, celebrating the release of her recent album, Special. Tickets are $39.50 and up. 8pm.
  • Halloween Pub Crawl on White Oak Drive | Saturday, October 29 | No Cover – Get ready for a fun-filled afternoon in the Heights when a slate of 8 bars and restaurants on White Oak host a pub crawl complete with prizes, giveaways and swag along the way. Stick around at Bobcat Teddy’s after the crawl and aim for the crown in the annual costume contest. 2pm to 6pm.
  • CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow 2022 at Ellington Field | Saturday, October 29 & Sunday, October 30 – One of the top airshows in the nation, Wings Over Houston showcases vintage World War II aircraft and modern aviation with soaring spectacles, reenactments, and high-flying aerobatics. $32.50 and up; free for ages 14 and under. 8am to 4pm.
  • Día de Muertos Festival at MECA Houston | Saturday, October 29 & Sunday, October 30 | FREE – MECA’s annual two-day Día de los Muertos community festival in Sixth Ward returns, packed with delicious foods, live music and dance performances, arts and crafts activities, a local vendor market, artists, ofrendas and more. 11am to 7pm both days.
  • Freaky Deaky 2022 at Houston Raceway Park | Saturday, October 29 & Sunday, October 30 – Get ready for two nights of costumed EDM fun at this festival taking place in Baytown, featuring producers like Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Illenium, and Chris Lake, plus dozens more DJs and pulse-pounding spooky fun. Single day tickets are $95 and up; 2-day passes are $170 and up. 2pm to 11pm.

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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.