Pull on your flannel shirt, grab your pumpkin spice latte and head outdoors! Fall is the perfect time to explore the Houston region with a trip on the river to treasure hunt, an overnight camp-out like a real life space explorer, or a jalapeno eating contest sure to have you reaching for the nearest glass of water.
Where: Walker County Fairgrounds in Huntsville
When: September 15th & 16th
Admission: $7 for adults, kids free
It’s a real life treasure hunt the whole family is sure to love! The 14th Antique Show in Huntsville features 65 quality antique dealers from across the United States. There is truly something for everyone including furniture, estate and costume jewelry and cool clothing, records and other unique finds. The wide array of antiques will suit every budget and taste.
Where: Kemah Boardwalk
When: October 5 - October 31
Check out special spooky movies, themed bands, costume contests and more every weekend in October at the Kemah Boardwalk. The special event ends on Halloween with trick or treating, haunted house fun and a live band!
Launch your family camping trip into orbit with the all-new Family Camp-out Program at Space Center Houston! You and your family will navigate your own space exploration journey while engaging in science, technology and engineering related activities. Build model rockets, explore robotics and train for spaceflight. The Camp will include: buffet dinner, welcome activities in the Mission Briefing Center, hands-on STEM activities, overnight campsite among historic flown space artifacts and national treasures, breakfast buffet and a second day visit to Space Center Houston.
Where: Bicentennial Park in Baytown
When: October 6th
The 13th Annual Grito Fest is a free family friendly outdoor festival that celebrates Hispanic heritage. Bring a blanket or chairs to Baytown’s Bicentennial Park and pick your favorite spot on the large park grounds and get ready to enjoy a music filled fall evening. Festival musicians include Mariachi Los Gallitos, HOLA, Ballet Folklorico, Plan Sonidero and Headliner, La Mafia. You can also take the main stage by storm with your accordion playing skills or show off your need for heat in the jalapeño eating contest.
Where: Meador Park
When: October 6th
This year's celebration will be bigger and better than ever. Come dance along to headliner Cory Morrow with additional performances by Brandon Rhyder, Bri Bagwell, Grant Gilbert and Jamie Wyatt. Bring your entire family along with you for the kids activities, food trucks, artists and more. Kids 10 and under get in free!
Where: The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Galveston
When: October 13th & October 14th
Two full days of OPA! The 35th Annual Greek Festival is full of food, wine, pastries and dancing. What more could you want? The event features authentic food prepared on site, Greek wines, live dancing and entertainment and tours of the Greek Orthodox Church. Traditional pastries like baklava, melomacarona, kourambiedes and paximadia are baked by the ladies of the community. Don’t miss the handmade Greek Christmas ornaments, jewelry, paintings, dolls and other grocery items. Live dancers will perform throughout the day.
Where: John Jay French Museum in Beaumont
When: October 20th
Get ready for the annual Beaumont Heritage Society Pumpkin Walk and Haunted Halloween Tour at the John Jay French Museum! Decorate a pumpkin for the contest, tour the 1845 French home with costumed actors portraying departed French family members, cruise along a haunted hay ride and gather friends and family to enjoy fall’s charm.
Where: Ellington Field
When: October 20 - 21, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Admission: $27-$40 each
This is the 34th year for The Wings Over Houston Airshow featuring the US Navy’s Blue Angels. This community event is one of the top air shows in the United states showcasing vintage World War II Aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation. Hundreds of volunteers from the community help make this event one of the best in the world and the money raised helps support local and national charities. Food and drinks will be set up throughout the grounds. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and ear plugs for small children.
Where: Pleasure Island in Port Arthur
When: October 27th
Admission: Race fees vary
Get extra use out of that Halloween costume at the Pleasure Island Bridge Half Marathon. The 7th annual half marathon, 10K and two miler goes over the Martin Luther King Jr Bridge to Pleasure Island. The island offers views of Sabine Lake sailing and some of Port Arthur’s best birding. Costumes are encouraged which makes for great people watching during the race!
Where: Center for the Arts & Sciences in Brazosport
When: November 23-25; November 30-December 2; December 6-9
Admission: Ticket prices vary
With costumed actors serving a three-course meal and a Shakespeare comedy playing out in front of you, you’ll feel like a true guest of Queen Elizabeth I. Enjoy this celebration of old when the Center for Arts and Sciences is transformed into the main hall of a castle with a European flair befitting the Christmas season.