The month of October could quite possibly be the best time of year in Houston. The weather has cooled off and outdoor activities abound. Check out our list of great things to do in October in Houston, and get started making memories with your loved ones.

Halloween

Jack O' Lanterns

The Houston community is getting creative this Halloween season, from spooky livestreams of the Houston Symphony to drive-in horror classics, and outdoor activities. Check out this roundup of options for a less-than-typical, but still spook-tacular holiday!

General Events

People watching a movie outside in the evening in Houston

Bayou City Arts Festival: Virtual Experience
October 5-11
Virtual

Houston’s signature art event – Bayou City Art Festival is being reinvented into an exciting Virtual Experience. While the festival may look a little different this fall, you can still support local artists, and enjoy unique art experiences from the comfort and safety of your own home.

The Market At Sawyer Yards At Night
October 17 from 7-9 p.m.
In-person w/ safety measures


This curated market hosts a mix of artist mediums with a focus on folk art, the maker is the seller & artisan crafts including packaged specialty foods. Surrounded by the highest concentration of working artists in all of Texas, the market coincides with 2nd Saturday Open Studios, when artists from The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Silver Street Studios, open their studios to the public.

Artful Anniversary: Buffalo Bayou’s Month-long Celebration
Throughout October
Virtual and in-person

In celebration of the 5th anniversary of the completion of Buffalo Bayou Park, Buffalo Bayou Partnership is hosting Artful Anniversary, a series of 5 unique virtual performances and experiences through the month of October. 

Rooftop Cinema at Sawyer Yards
Throughout October

Now presenting The Drive-In at Sawyer Yards – the new contact-free cinema experience under the Houston sky! The ultimate open-air experience.

Stages Repertory Theatre presents Honky Tonk Laundry
Throughout October


The creator of The Marvelous Wonderettes presents a brand new boot-scootin’ musical, Honky Tonk Laundry. After inheriting the Wishy Washy Washeteria from her grandmother, Lana Mae hires Katie to help run the business, but the two soon join forces to convert their good ol’ laundromat into the town’s hottest honky-tonk.