Did you know that Houston, Texas is the  most ethnically and racially diverse city in the country, surpassing NYC? More than one-fifth of its residents hail from other countries, and more than 80 languages are spoken within city limits! A diverse city means a broad variety of cuisines, customs and cultural festivals. Here's a list of the 8 cultural festivals your readers MUST attend in Houston this fall, including nods to Italian, Turkish and Mexican heritage, as well as the world's largest "Ren Fest:"

 
Sept 26
Oktoberfest Houston

Grab your Lederhosen and cowboy boots. It's a Texas beer festival with a German twist.

 

 

Oct 1-4
Original Greek Festival

Celebrate the 45th Annual Houston Greek Festival with authentic Greek food, wine, dancing and artifacts.

 

 

 

 

Oct 10 - Nov 29
Texas Renaissance Festival (WORLD'S LARGEST) 

The Texas Renaissance Festival recreates an English village of the 16th century with magicians, jugglers, minstrels, troubadours and comedians performing on six stages.

 

 

 

 

Oct 8 - 11
Festa Italiana

Houston's Annual Italian Festival features authentic Italian food, wine, music, dancing, arts, crafts and entertainment for all ages.

 

 

 

 

Oct 19 - Nov 7
Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos is a traditional holiday honoring the lives of family and friends who have died, and includes traditional celebrations, arts and crafts.

 

 

 

 

Oct 24
Texian Market Days

At the George Ranch Historical Park, more than 200 costumed interpreters bring to life all that is Texas, complete with children's activities, an antique tractor show and a parade. Guests can indulge in a one-of-a-kind celebration of our great state's history.

 

 

 

 

Nov 14-15
Texas Championship Native American Pow Wow

Native Americans from across the U.S. compete in traditional singing and dancing, and enjoy traditional food, a teepee village, storytelling, arts, crafts and education exhibits.

 

 

 

 

Nov 14-15
TurkishFest

Celebrate the Annual Turkish Festival at Jones Plaza downtown with authentic Turkish food, wine, coffee, dancing and fun for the entire family.