With the end of summer comes the beginning of something awesome: fall festivals! We know, it’s not quite autumn yet (September 23rd is the official start of fall), but with the kiddos back in school and cooler weather on the way, we can all look forward to a steady stream of fun weekend events in the form of festivals. Here are a few festivals to get you out of the house and into some fun in Houston!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Taste of the Caribbean Festival 2019

Yeah mon! You don’t have to hop on a plane to get the flavor of the islands. Just grab a ticket to the Taste of Caribbean Festival 2019 to experience some of the exciting culture of several vibrant destinations. You’ll enjoy authentic cuisine, live music, art, and dance performances.

Details: Sept. 1, 2-10 p.m. at Crown Festival Park. Tickets start at $20.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2019 Afrifest

The entire family can explore the continent of African at the annual Houston Afrifest. Thousands of people from all over Houston gather to enjoy a showcase of various African cultures through food, performance art, drums, crafts, fashion a safari and more. A kids zone with activities for children will allow them to explore areas such as Ethiopia, Egypt and South Africa.

Details: Sept. 14, 12 – 8 p.m. at Houston Baptist University. Tickets start at $5. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Houston Jerk Fest

Here’s a festival where you could actually walk away $1,000 richer. The Houston Jerk Fest is centered around the popular jerk seasoning cook-off competition, where competitors use the spice to flavor various dishes. Live musical acts include reggae artists Spragga Benz, Jahmiel, Soca and others. Arts and crafts, food trucks, vendors, games and more await the whole family. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for an outdoor picnic in the park.

Details: Sept. 14, 2-10 p.m. at Midtown Park. Tickets start at $20.

 2019 Trap Wine Fest HTX

The trap genre of Hip Hop music serves as the backdrop for the 2019 Trap Wine Festival. Some of Houston’s most popular DJs mix songs from the likes of Travis Scott and Cardi B while you choose from a selection of 20 wines to sip and eat dishes from local chefs. Games and activities are also part of the fun.

Details: Sept. 21, 3-10 p.m. at Jones Plaza. Tickets start at $15.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

The Galveston Island Shrimp Festival offers so much more than just eating shrimp. The weekend of events includes a 5k fun rum, a gumbo stroll, a rum punch contest, live music, a parade and an awards ceremony.

Details: Sept. 27 – 28, Saengerfest Park. Tickets start at $12

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Viet Cultural Fest

Vietnamese culture will be on full display at the Viet Culture Fest. The event will feature cultures from north, central and south Vietnam through a traditional lantern contest, a children’s costume competition, a teen pageant, a Pho eating contest, games, tournaments and so much more. Organizers expect the Viet Culture Fest is to draw approximately 7,000 people, so get there early!

Details: Sept. 28, NRG Park, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm. Tickets start at $5.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Morning After

The Houston Press is known for throwing a good party, so their annual The Morning After event is one you won’t want to miss. While it’s not a festival, per say, it is a cool event that will allow you to nibble on bottomless brunch selections from popular local eateries such as Frenchy’s, Max’s Wine Dive, Duck Donuts and more.

Details: Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Silver Street Studios. Tickets start at $40.