Top 20 Festivals & Events This Week in Houston: October 16 to 22, 2023

A 12-foot puppet named Amal walks among a crowded street
Amal, a 12-foot puppet, comes to Houston with three stops on Thursday | Courtesy of Walk with Amal

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, October 16 to Sunday, October 22, 2023.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Scroll below to find great things happening in Houston from Monday, October 16 to Sunday, October 22, 2023.

Top 20 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • 2023 ALCS: Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park | Monday, October 16 & Sunday, October 22 – The Astros host Game 2 of the ALCS on Monday night, then—if necessary—will return home on Sunday for a massive Game 6 against heated Lone Star rivals. First-run tickets are sold out, but you may find hard-to-get tickets on the TicketNetwork resale marketplace. Monday 3:30pm; Sunday 7pm.
  • An Evening to Empower with Tim Tebow at Wortham Center | Tuesday, October 17 – Former athlete Tim Tebow headlines a night in Downtown, where he’ll share his lessons of leadership, sacrifice and serving others. Artist Jamie Wells and musical guests Cliffs & Caves will also appear, alongside live auctions and raffles. $40 and up. 7pm.
  • 7th Annual Hess Houston Corporate 5K at Memorial Park | Tuesday, October 17 to Thursday, October 19 – Houston’s largest office party returns what will be its biggest year yet, bringing offices and coworkers together for a 5K fun run/walk and after work outdoor happy hour event with refreshments, live entertainment, and more. Corporations are invited to bulk-register teams of 10, 20, or 50 entries; individual entries are $50. Daily 4pm to 6:30pm.
  • 2023 ALCS: Official Houston Astros Watch Party at Minute Maid Park | Wednesday, October 18 to Friday, October 20 – Throughout the road games of the ALCS, taking place in Arlington, fans can come to Minute Maid Park and watch the game on the big screen in center field, El Grande, as well as enjoy festivities around the park. You must claim a voucher to attend, available for $2. Times vary.
  • Walk with Amal at Multiple Locations | Thursday, October 19 | FREE – Join others as you walk through three areas of Houston with Amal, a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee. Part of an 11,000-mile journey across the United States and Mexico, Walk with Amal raises awareness about the Syrian refugee crisis and the struggles of a broader population of global refugees. Locations include Downtown Houston at 1pm; Burnett Bayland Park in Gulfton at 3:30pm; and Project Row Houses in Third Ward at 6:30pm.
  • 2nd Annual Skyfarm Harvest Feast Gala at Post Houston | Thursday, October 19 – This farm-to-table dining experience features a five-course meal showcasing Re-Up Juice and food from four remarkable female chefs including Evelyn Garcia, Sasha Grumman, Suu Khin, and Michelle Wallace. $325 and up. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Fotofest: 20 Days in Mariupol Movie Screening & Panel at Holocaust Museum Houston | Thursday, October 19 | FREE – The Texas premiere of this documentary follows an Associated Press team of Ukrainian journalists trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol as they struggle to document atrocities during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The film is held in conjuction with FotoFest’s Fighting: Ukrainian War Photographers exhibition on display at Silver Street Studios. 6:30pm.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Lila Downs: Dia de los Muertos at Jones Hall | Thursday, October 19 – The Grammy and Latin Grammy–winning singer brings an immersive evening of music to Jones Hall, celebrating Día de los Muertos, featuring Folklorico dancing, a mariachi band, visual projections and more. $29 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Jalen Ngonda in Concert at Axelrad | Friday, October 20 | FREE – One of the most captivating performers on today’s soul scene, Jalen Ngonda headlines a night at the neon garden in Midtown. The acclaimed artist has performed at New York City’s Summer Stage Festival, Picktathon, Newport Folk Festival, opened for Laura Mvula and Lauryn Hill at the Montreal Jazz Festival and sold-out houses on his own in Germany, the UK and Switzerland. 8pm.
  • American Mariachi at Alley Theatre | Friday, October 20 to Sunday, October 22 | Final Weekend – In this play about dreaming big, it’s the 1970s, and Lucha wants to form a mariachi band. But girls don’t do that. Or can they? This heartwarming clash of cultures showcases what it means to embrace all of your heritage. $35 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • 2023 KBR Kids Day at Tony Marron Park in Second Ward | Saturday, October 21 | FREE – This family-friendly day along the bayou features hands-on nature activities, a rock-climbing wall, birds of prey exhibits, balloon artists, a Halloween costume parade and much more. Costumes are encouraged. 11am to 3pm.
  • Houston Filipino Street Festival at Constellation Field | Saturday, October 21 – 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; free for ages 7 and under. Noon to 7pm.
  • Football: UH Cougars vs. Texas Longhorns at TDECU Stadium | Saturday, October 21 – It’s a battle for the Lone Star State as the Longhorns come down to TDECU and take on the Coogs at home on Heroes Night, which honors military and first responders. $125 and up. 3pm.
  • Asia to the World at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, October 21 | FREE – This journey of cross-cultural dance transports you to Asia, capturing the continent’s diverse cultures and styles. Expect to see traditional and contemporary performances, colorful costumes and myriad music styles. 7:30pm.
  • Sorry Papi Halloween Tour: The All Girl Party at Bayou Music Center | Saturday, October 21 – The Sorry Papi tour brings Halloween to Downtown for an all-women reggaeton bash with photo ops, cocktails, female DJs, and more. $35. 10pm.
  • Petco Love Mega-Adoption Event at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, October 22 – More than 1,000 furry friends are waiting for you to take them to their new forever home. Come out and meet these wonderful big dogs, small dogs, senior animals, puppies and kittens. All are spayed, neutered, microchipped and up to date on their vaccinations. The event is free to attend, but adoptions are $35. A fast pass for early entry is available for $75. 10am to 5pm.
  • ArtoberFest in Downtown Galveston | Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, October 22 – Stroll the streets of Galveston’s historic downtown cultural arts district, exploring works by more than 120 artists whom you can meet with, plus catch live music, art demonstrations, food and more. $5; free for ages 11 and under. Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm.
  • A Bayou City Picnic presents Fall Picnic at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Sunday, October 22 – Experience the wonder of nature and the serenity of your surroundings with a picnic experience that includes all the essentials. Choose two or more sandwiches or a charcuterie selection and enjoy a six-pack of Saint Arnold beer. When you’re finished, place everything back in the basket and drop it off at the pickup location in the park. $75 and up. 11:30am to 1pm.
  • Three Graces One Pot Cook Off at Post Oak Ice House | Sunday, October 22 – Part chili cookoff, part stew stampede, part gumbo gauntlet and part dessert delight, the all-delicious one pot showdown at Post Oak Ice House offers everyone a chance to grab a sampling cup and judge their favorite tastes. $20 and up. 1pm to 5pm.
  • The Macallan Classic at Houston Polo Club | Sunday, October 22 – Experience a world class polo match, player parade, live music, expert announcing, Champagne divot stomp at halftime and special trophy presentation. The Lymbar is the onsite concession serving delicious Argentine- and Brazilian-inspired menu choices and a premium bar menu. $18 and up. 4pm.

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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.