September 30, 2023
- Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes at The Water Works | FREE – Walk, jog or run through Buffalo Bayou Park to help raise funds for the American Diabetes Association. The casual 5K and 1K event will also include music, games and food, as well as health and wellness resources and educational opportunities. Free to register, though participants are encouraged to raise $100 or more. 8am.
- Chopd & Stewed Festival at Post Houston – ChòpnBlọk is putting on this inaugural fest to showcase West African food and culture. The exciting new event will feature appearances by top culinary talent, including Dawn Burrell and Eric Adjepong of Top Chef fame, local stars Ope Amosu and Greg Gatlin, and a whole lot more. Plus, get access to the Culinary Village on the Skylawn, Òrékê Artisan Market, and an evening Sounds of the Motherland Independence Celebration on the eve of Nigerian Independence Day. $45 and up. 9am to midnight.
- Mid-Autumn Festival at Asia Society Texas Center | FREE – Welcome the autumn harvest and full moon at Asia Society’s all-ages fall festival that will spotlight Taiwan this year with Taiwanese artists, storytelling, parades, and art activities like lantern making, paper cutting and faux mooncakes. Registration is required for one of two festival time slots. 10am to noon, and noon to 2pm.
- Bye Bye Summer Art Tour in Downtown Bastrop | FREE – The Central Texas town holds a mostly indoor walking art tour through historic downtown. Across multiple art hubs just a short walk from one another, you’ll find hundreds of artworks available for viewing and purchase, urban sketching sessions, glassblowing demonstrations, live music and a chance to meet and talk with many of the artists eager to share their creations. Free with registration. 10am to 7pm.
- Houston Country, Folk & Blues Festival at Heritage Place | FREE – The Downtown Conroe park hosts a full day of live music from Grammy-winning gospel group Endurance, country artist Bri Bagwell, blues from Mike Zito and Boogie Long, and a headlining set from Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights. You can also browse a local vendor market, shop fresh-from-farm goods, enjoy delicious food and craft beer and wine, and compete in dozens of contests and attractions. 10am to 9pm.
- Culinary Immersive Experience in Galveston – This all-day culinary experience sends participants through a deep dive of Galveston’s food scene, culture and history at multiple stops. You’ll visit the Strand, take in a jazz performance at Tremont House, go behind-the-scenes at Riondo’s with their renowned chef, enjoy a cocktail reception with live entertainment, and more. $350. 11am to 10pm.
Chopd & Stewed Festival
Saturday, September 30
ChòpnBlọk is putting on this inaugural fest to showcase West African food and culture. The exciting new event will feature appearances by top culinary talent, including Dawn Burrell and Eric Adjepong of Top Chef fame, local stars Ope Amosu and Greg Gatlin, and a whole lot more. Plus, get access to the Culinary Village on the Skylawn, Òrékê Artisan Market, and an evening Sounds of the Motherland Independence Celebration on the eve of Nigerian Independence Day.
$45 and up | 9am to midnight
- Nigerian Belle Full Brunch at Axelrad – On the eve of Nigerian Independence Day, Kavachi Ukegbu curates a three-course meal that blends Nigerian staples with American favorites, complemented by a selection of Nigerian drinks at the vibrant beer garden of Axelrad. $50. Noon.
- Oktoberfest at Urban South HTX Brewery | FREE – Strap on your Lederhosen and enjoy a day of Oktoberfest fun near Sawyer Yards with games like keg rolling, a mustard-eating contest and stein-holding competition, alongside dozens of flowing taps and German foods. 1pm to midnight.
- Oktoberfest 5K Pub Run/Walk at The Phoenix on Westheimer – Soak in the (hopefully) great weather and join a Montrose pub crawl starting at the Phoenix on Westheimer and proceeding around West Alabama Ice House, Poison Girl, and beyond—followed by a stein hoisting competition—at a fundraiser to support Friends of the Phoenix’s Education Fund. $10. 2pm to 6pm.
- The Wild Things Crafting Party at the Orange Show | FREE – Ahead of the Orange Show’s 42nd Gala in November, the broader Houston community is invited to join artists and explore their creativity by creating hand-made decorations at this crafting party. For this year, the public is invited to bring old trophies, ribbons and yarn, pliable wire, stuffed animals, and animal horns or antlers for the crafting. El Patio will supply eats for purchase in the afternoon, and Saint Arnold provides free beverages. 2pm to 7pm.
- Art Ramble at Sawyer Yards | FREE – This first-ever event in Sawyer Yards invites everyone to walk through the open studios of more than 100 artists across five buildings, meeting with the creators and discovering unique works at a variety of price points. Expect local drink vendors, food, and music while you explore. 2pm to 7pm.
- Oktoberfest at Eureka Heights Brewing Co. | FREE – Get down for the popular drinking holiday and enjoy eats like sauerkraut, pretzels and brats and well as live music, photo ops and games at the Heights brewery. 2pm to 7pm.
Asia Society Texas
Saturday, September 30
Welcome the autumn harvest and full moon at Asia Society’s all-ages fall festival that will spotlight Taiwan this year with Taiwanese artists, storytelling, parades, and art activities like lantern making, paper cutting and faux mooncakes.
FREE | 10am to noon; Noon to 2pm
- The Manhattan Dolls in Concert at the 1940s Air Terminal Museum – Relive the music of the 1930s and ‘40s, and how songs of the era captured both the imagination of the country and lifted spirits during World War II. The show benefits programming and operating costs for the museum. $35 and up. 2:30pm and 7pm.
- ROCO presents Seismic at Church of St. John the Divine – Opening the orchestra’s 19th season, this show features the full orchestra and showcases two ROCO-commissioned world premieres. “Tectonal” features AI text-informed animation and “The Nightingale” gets a new scoring for the full orchestra. Pay-what-you-wish, suggested price of $35. 5pm.
- Bellaire Foodie Festival at Bellaire Civic Center – Dandelion Cafe, The Toasted Yolk, Lankford’s and Mandito’s are just a few of more than a dozen food vendors, joined by several breweries and wineries, that are slated to appear at this all-ages food festival highlighting Bellaire offerings. $20 and up. 5pm to 8pm.
- KTX Oktoberfest at Typhoon Texas Waterpark | FREE – The Katy waterpark hosts a full night celebration with German-themed food and drink, live music and entertainment, contests, and traditional Bavarian brews. Free to attend; drink passes start at $15. 5pm to 10pm.
- Katelyn Tarver in Concert at House of Blues – The actress and pop singer brings songs from her 2021 release, Subject to Change, and other singles to the Downtown stage. $15. 7pm.
- Houston Dynamo FC vs. FC Dallas at Shell Energy Stadium – Just three days after facing Lionel Messi in the US Open Cup Final (alas, held in Florida), the Dynamo will seek to secure a coveted playoff spot over their rivals from Dallas in the second-to-last home game of the season. $20 and up. 7:30pm.
Dynamo vs. FC Dallas
Shell Energy Stadium
Saturday, September 30
Just three days after facing Lionel Messi in the US Open Cup Final (alas, held in Florida), the Dynamo will seek to secure a coveted playoff spot over their rivals from Dallas in the second-to-last home game of the season.
$20 and up | 7:30pm
- Salsa y Salud at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Take in a high-energy night of salsa performances, dance theater, visual arts and more at the annual event that will commemorate Miller’s 100th anniversary. 7:30pm.
- DaCamera presents Awakenings at Wortham Center – This opening night concert includes works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Nicky Sohn. The Isadore Quartet, which the Chicago Classical Review praised for their “exquisite poise” and DaCamera artistic director and pianist Sarah Rothenberg perform. $37.50 and up. 8pm.
- Ingrid Contreras in Concert at Arena Theatre – Blending the rhythms of her Caribbean heritage with American soul and funk, the Latin Grammy–winning singer-songwriter steps through Southwest Houston with songs from Sus Besos Son Mi Aire. $36.23 and up. 8pm.
- Houston Pride Band: Ignite! at MATCH – Kicking off their new season, Houston Pride Band channels the energy and passion of fire and light for an electrifying evening that features a guest performance by drag king Hugh Stone. $15. 8pm.
- Comedian Russell Peters at Smart Financial Centre – Seen in his Netflix specials, Notorious and Almost Famous, Russell Peters brings his Act Your Age World Tour to Sugar Land for a signature set. $44 and up. 8pm.
- Brody x Devin DJ set at Noto Houston | FREE with RSVP – Reality TV star Brody Jenner and Devin Lecian join for a DJ set at East End’s Noto. 10pm to 2am.
October 1, 2023
- Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers at NRG Stadium – J.J. Watt will be in attendance for his induction into the Texans Ring of Honor when the Steelers come to town for a Week 4 matchup. $175 and up. Noon.
- Biergarten: Oktoberfest at CityCentre | FREE – Every Sunday afternoon, the Memorial-area shopping and dining destination hosts a biergarten tent with curated selections of beer and wine, where you can also catch screenings of the day’s football games for an American twist on the German holiday. Noon to 7pm.
- Nigerian Food Festival at Royal Palace Event Center | FREE – This Alief food festival on Nigerian Independence Day is packed with traditional Nigerian dishes, desserts and drinks along with live music, dancing, art, performances and a vendor market. Limited free tickets; free for ages 14 and under. Noon to 7pm.
- Oktoberfest at Ingenious Brewing Company | FREE – The Humble brewery welcomes the month of October with a celebration of fun games, a costume contest, German grub from GastroCraft, competitions, trivia and more. Noon to 9pm.
USPA Keleen & Carlton Beal Cup
Houston Polo Club
Sunday, October 1
Catch a polo match on the pitch when world class teams face one another for a special trophy. Enjoy expert announcing, live music, a Champagne divot stomp at halftime and on-site concessions form David Cordúa’s the Lymbar.
$18 and up | 4pm
- Sofi Tukker DJ Set at Clé Day & Night – The Midtown club hosts a day party with House duo, Sofi Tukker, spinning through the afternoon and into the evening. $60 and up. 2pm to 8pm.
- USPA Keleen & Carlton Beal Cup at Houston Polo Club – Catch a polo match on the pitch when world class teams face one another for a special trophy. Enjoy expert announcing, live music, a Champagne divot stomp at halftime and on-site concessions form David Cordúa’s the Lymbar. $18 and up. 4pm.
- Maluma in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – The Colombian rapper, who’s also known for lending his voice to Mariano Guzmán in Disney’s Encanto, comes to Sugar Land for a live show. $82 and up. 7pm.
- Table to Stage with Chris Shepherd at Stages – The second installment of renowned Houston chef Chris Shepherd’s intimate talk series welcomes the mind behind Lucille’s and the renovated Eldorado Ballroom, Chris Williams. The one-on-one conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A. $150 and up. 7:30pm.
- Comedian Joe Wong at the Secret Group – The deadpan comic, who also holds a biochemistry PhD from Rice, headlines a night at the EaDo comedy club, bringing his observations on pop culture, life and stereotypes as a Chinese American. $40 and up. 8pm.
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