Fall is inching closer with the arrival of September and Houston has a packed schedule of attractions, festivals, and events that you don’t want to miss. Whether you’re local or traveling to Houston in September, this guide takes you through the month’s most exciting happenings.

Celebrate Labor Day

Houston’s calendar is jam-packed with activities this Labor Day. From a brewmasters festival to a taco throwdown to some football, there is plenty to do over the long weekend. See our list of top Labor Day activities.

Arts and Culture

If you haven’t checked out Mike and Doug Starn’s Big Bambú at the Museum of Fine Arts, hurry up and go. The monumental installation made up of more than 3,000 bamboo poles ends on Labor Day. 

Later in the month, don’t miss the 2018 Houston Fringe Festival at MATCH Theater, a two-week event featuring performing artists from Houston and beyond. The roster includes the Pilot Dance Project, Invisible Dance, Suchu Dance and more. 

Dine and Do Good

Houston Restaurant Weeks, the five-week event where Houston’s hottest restaurants create prix fixe lunch and dinner menus and donate part of the proceeds to the Houston Food Bank, is also about to wrap up. Your last chance to enjoy one of these meals is Sep. 3. 

During the rest of the month, try some of Houston’s most talked about openings. Chef Nikki Tran, who you may have seen on Netflix’s Ugly Delicious, is serving fresh Saigon and Viet-Cajun cuisine at her first stateside restaurant, Kau Ba Saigon Kitchen. For light and crisp Roman-style pizza, head to the recently opened Pizza Motus in West U. Or try The Classic All Day, an American bistro where you’ll find comfort classics like burgers, rotisserie chicken and matzo ball soup in a retro setting.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month has kicked off and H-Town offers many activities to celebrate. On Sep. 13, Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisibles and Grupo Fantasma are livening up the Party on the Plaza at Avenida Houston. On Sep. 16, Telemundo puts on a party at Traders Village to celebrate Las Fiestas Patrias. Festivities include music, dancing and lots of fun.

Broadway On Stage

Don’t miss the incredible productions scheduled for this month in Houston’s theater district. From Sep. 25 to Sep. 30, enjoy the new Tony Award-winning production of Les Miserables by Alain Boubill and Claude-Michel Schönberg at Hobby Center. On Sep. 11, Theater Under The Stars kicks off its 50th season with Rodger and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma.

Dance The Night Away To Your Favorite Artist

September brings a lot of big acts to Houston. No matter what musical genre you prefer, you’re sure to find a concert you’ll enjoy. Childish Gambino, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Drake, Lauryn Hill, Taylor Swift, and local sensation The Suffers are all performing in September.

See Discovery Green’s moonGarden

You’ll have to wait until the end of the month to see the 22 illuminated spheres that will transform Discovery Green into a magical moonscape. Created by Lucion Traveling LIght of Montreal, moonGarden features 11 shadow theaters that tell the story of Houston and Discovery Green. The installation opens on Sep. 29 with performances throughout the park.