Get a Nightlife This Week: October 2 to 8, 2023

A nightclub with a busy dance floor and beams of light shining on the crowd
Vicetone performs a DJ set at Noto in East End | Courtesy of Noto

Updated Monday, October 2, 2023 at 5:32pm

Find the can’t-miss events in Houston with our Day + Nightlife Guide from Monday, October 2 to Sunday, October 8, 2023.

Your favorite nightlife guide is back to cure your weekly FOMO. We’ve got you covered with our in-the-know list of art, music, and nightlife events happening all week long around Houston, from Monday through Sunday.

Day + Nightlife Guide in Houston This Week: October 2 to 8, 2023

Ongoing

  • The Original Greek Festival at Annunciation Orthodox Cathedral | Thursday to Saturday – The beloved festival returns to Montrose, bringing with it three days of family fun. Expect Greek dancing demonstrations, an agora where you can shop for unique Greek and Greek-made items, music, tours of the cathedral and, of course, loads of Greek food. $5. Times vary.
  • Grito Fest 2023 in Baytown | Friday & Saturday | FREE – The two-day Grito Fest celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in Baytown, getting the ball rolling with a pre-party at Baytown Town Square, featuring mariachi, ballet folklórico and Tejano artist Gary Hobbs. The festival moves to Bicentennial Park on Saturday, with a full day of festival fun like a grito competition, jalapeño eating contest, dance performances and music from Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and headliner La Leyenda. Times vary.
  • Karbachtoberfest Week 3 at Karbach Brewing Company | Friday to Sunday | FREE – The Spring Branch brewery caps their three-week Oktoberfest celebration with Friday night music from Diamante Perez; a Saturday of stein hoisting, chicken dances and keg races, with polka music, live DJ and The Slags; and Sunday wraps up with wiener dog races, a wiener dog costume contest and pet vendors. Times vary.
  • RocktoberFest Weekend at Kemah Boardwalk | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Rock out as Kemah Boardwalk presents the 3-day Rocktoberfest featuring plenty of live music, kids’ activities, a live DJ, and a beer fest on Saturday. Times vary.
  • Terror Fest 2 at Southern Star Brewing Co. | Saturday & Sunday – The Conroe brewery’s two-day spooky fest has a UFO and supernatural theme this year. Expect immersive experiences, horror film celebrities, a costume contest, escape rooms, a haunted house, artists and vendors, and more. $20. Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm.
  • Fort Bend County Fair at Fort Bend County Fairgrounds | Daily – Be part of the 87-year tradition when the county fair rolls back into Fort Bend through Sunday, October 8. Have a blast on carnival rides, chow down at BBQ cook-offs, hear live music, check out a week of rodeo events, and more. $15 for ages 12 and up; $5 for ages 6 to 11; free for ages 5 and under. Season passes start at $50. Times vary.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

  • Comedian Eric Neumann at Houston Improv – Since his late night debut on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, the Manhattan-based comedian is hitting the road, stopping through the Spring Branch comedy club for a night of laughs. $40 for 2, and up. 7:30pm.
  • Latinx Poetry Open Mic Night at AvantGarden – Zachary Caballero hosts this night of open mic poetry from Write About Now that celebrates the voices of Latinx poets. $10. 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

  • 19th Annual Wine Walk at Market Street – This sip-and-stroll-style event in the Woodlands lets you chat up wine vendors and craft beer producers while sampling incredible beer and wine. Sponsored by H-E-B, the walk is among the most popular events on the calendar for foodies. $75. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Tequila Tasting Dinner: Komos Edition at Musaafer – The opulent Galleria destination restaurant, known for its authentic, elevated Indian fare presents a 5-course dinner featuring pairings with luxurious Komos Tequila, which Tasting Panel Magazine awarded a perfect 100-point score—its first ever. $200. 7pm.
  • Fright Night Movie Screening at Daiquiri Time Out | No Cover – The Galveston hotspot for frozens opens their Halloween-themed movie series with a screening of the 1985 classic, Fright Night. Come for the screening, stay for trivia, prizes, cocktails and more. 21+. 7:30pm.
  • Comedian Andrea Jin at Houston Improv – The stand-up comedian and writer, who gained recognition in the comedy scene after winning Comedy Album of the Year in 2021 at the Juno Awards, Andrea Jin takes the stage at the Spring Branch laugh house. $40 for 2, and up. 7:30pm.
  • Serve! at Numbers Nightclub – Jessica Wild, Lala Ri, Jorgeous, Jan and Denali team up for a night of spectacular drag at the iconic Montrose nightclub. $40. 8pm.
  • The Mustn’ts, with Nathan Ray in Concert at Continental Club – Making their Continental Club debut, The Mustn’ts bring their folk harmonies to Houston. They’ll share the stage with California singer-songwriter Nathan Ray. $10. 9pm.

Friday, October 6, 2023 

  • Benji Stiles: A Human Day Opening Reception at Reeves Art & Design | FREE – The Montrose gallery hosts an opening of this multidisciplinary exhibition packed with objects, paintings, videos and installations form the past five years. Benji Stiles will be in attendance, and guests can check out artwork from Houston-based group Bigbond, as well. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Comedian Hunter Hill at the Secret Group – The comedian known from Netflix’s Good on Paper comes to Houston. Check out his laid-back comedy, blending heart and humor and an evening of relatable observations. $20. 8pm.
  • Zhu in Concert at Bayou Music Center – The Grammy-nominated electronic producer comes to Downtown, touting a night of dancing and synthy grooves that have caught the attention of collaborators like Tame Impala, Tokimonsta, and Tinashe. $43.25 and up. 8pm.
  • Chromeo in Concert at Warehouse Live – The Canadian electro-funk duo swing through EaDo while on their Funk Yourself tour through North America. $35 and up. 8pm.
  • Alejandro Fernandez in Concert at Toyota Center – The multiple Grammy-winning Mexican mariachi singer returns to Houston, joined by his son Alex, for a night that celebrates Latino culture through music. $49 and up. 9pm.
  • The Soul Rebels in Concert at Last Concert Cafe – The eight-member brass sensation caught the music world by storm in 2021 with their Poetry in Motion album. The group known for their blend of pop music with New Orleans–infused rhythms have made appearances on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. $30. 9pm.
  • Vicetone DJ Set at Noto – The Dutch DJ and producer duo bring their addictive melodies and creative style to Houston so you can dance the night away. Expect energetic grooves and infectious pop. $20. 9pm to 1am. 
  • Haliene in Concert at Rise Rooftop – The electropop artist, who notched an Artist of the Year award at this year’s Electronic Dance Music Awards, hits the Midtown rooftop for a night of songs from her recent album, Heavenly. $15 and up. 10pm.
  • Bijou DJ Set at Bauhaus – The Downtown nightclub hosts Bijou for a late night of his signature sound that blends hip-hop and classic house. $10 and up. 10pm.

Saturday, October 7, 2023 

  • 5K Beer Run at Galveston Island Brewing – Benefiting Galveston Island Humane Society, the race starts and ends at Galveston Island Brewing Co., and goes along a fast and flat course along the Seawall. There will be a post race party with food trucks and 16-oz beers in an included finisher glass. $55 and up. 8am.
  • 4th Annual Läktoberfest at Lake Houston Brewery | No Cover – The lakeside brewery offers stunning views to pair with its day-long Oktoberfest celebration, featuring German brews and delicious foods, contests, special edition merch, live music, games and more. 11am to 10pm.
  • Late to the Party Oktoberfest at Bad Astronaut Brewing | No Cover – There’s still time to celebrate Oktoberfest! Head to the Northside brewery for an afternoon of live music, a special festival menu from Ghosthand, and plenty of beer. Noon.
  • Utopia Fall Reggae Fest at SoHo Festival Grounds – Houston’s reggae fest heads to South Houston for another round of good vibes, drinks and vendors, a Houston flower garden, and a lineup of musical talent providing grooves. $35 and up. 2pm to 11pm.
  • 2023 Beaumont Oktoberfest at Rogers Park | FREE – This 8th annual family-friendly fest hosts a full evening of live music and DJ tunes, plus a wide selection of German Oktoberfest-style beer and local craft favs. Make sure to come hungry as over a dozen food vendors will be doling out delicious grub. 3pm to 8pm.
  • Oktoberfest at Sugar Land Town Square – Expect an afternoon and evening of Bavarian music and dancing, beer, authentic German food, games and prizes, and more. Traditional German fare, along with Oktoberfest-inspired dishes, will be served by Town Square restaurants. $5 and up. 4pm to 9pm.
  • Thorn & Moon: Haunted Hallows Market at Raven Tower | FREE – The magickal market for oddities and curiosities returns to Raven Tower with dozens of artisan vendors, tarot readers, curated music and food trucks, plus a Hogwarts burlesque revue. 21+ after 9:30pm. 6pm to 11pm.
  • Casino Royale Gala at Evelyn’s Park – Enjoy dinner, dancing, drinks, an auction, and casino games at this evening benefiting programming at the Bellaire park. It’s an opportunity to party for a good cause. $250. 6:30pm.
  • Jazz Picnic in the Park with Raquel Cepeda – Jazz vocalist Raquel Cepeda performs at this jazz picnic held at an undisclosed park location revealed after purchase. You’ll receive a curated picnic basket of local bits that include charcuterie or sandwiches, along with optional add-ons like wine, flowers and sparkling water. $90 for 2. 8:30pm.
  • Klub Nocturno presents Rockero Night at White Oak Music Hall – This night of rock en Español takes over the floor at White Oak for a dance party. Groove out all night long to your favorite Spanish and Latin jams. $15. 9:30pm.

Sunday, October 8, 2023 

  • 281 Day Party at Social Beer Garden | No Cover – Celebrate the 281st day of the year with this H-Town bash featuring live DJs, local food, purple drank, and more. Noon to 7pm.
  • Ingenious Fall Market at Ingenious Brewing Company | No Cover – This dog and family-friendly market at the inventive Humble brewery gathers local artisan vendors and food trucks for their annual fall market with raffle drawings up for grabs. 1pm to 6pm.
  • Annual Oyster Shucking Contest at Julep Bar – Some of Houston’s hottest chefs compete for bragging rights and the grand prize in this annual event that celebrates Gulf Coast oysters. Proceeds are donated to a charity of the winning chef’s choice. $5. 3pm to 6pm.
  • Alejandro Sanz in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – The Spanish pop artist and decorated Grammy-winning musician heads to Sugar Land, performing songs from his 2021 self-titled album and other fan faves. $75 and up. 8pm.

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Justin Jerkins
A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins always keeps an eye out for what's ahead on Houston's horizon while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston. When he's not passing along the latest events, destinations and hidden treasures in H-Town, he loves diving into the city's food scene, shopping local and learning about Houston's rich history.