Looking for something to do in Houston in October? These events and activities are local favorites each and every fall.
Dubbed the "official catfish festival of the state of Texas," the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival is a personal favorite of many locals. The three-day-long party less than an hour's drive outside of Houston is held the second weekend in October every year, and features tons of live music and loads of fried food.
It can get a little wild, including unsubstantiated rumors of alligator wrestling. Overall, however, the festival is very family-friendly with kids activities, a carnival, and educational exhibits. Food vendors set up to sell Gulf Coast favorites like jambalaya, etouffee, boudain and — of course — plenty of catfish.
The main entrance to the festival is located at the corner of Simonton and San Jacinto in historic downtown Conroe.
Typically held the first weekend in October, Houstonians gather together to celebrate all things Greek. The festival takes place at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and for a few days, you can sample authentic, homemade Greek food like spanakopita, baklava, and gyros. Locals in the community also put on live music and dance performances, and visitors can take a tour of the cathedral to learn more about its rich history and symbolism.
General admission is free for kids 12 and under and $5 for those 12 and up.
3511 Yoakum Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77006
As the largest event of its kind in the United States, the Texas Renaissance Festival is highly acclaimed, both in Texas and across the country. The giant park where the festival is held throughout October and November each fall is located a little over an hour outside of Houston and offers a truly Texas-sized "Ren Fest" experience to justify the drive.
Medieval- and fantasy-themed rides, shopping, food, and entertainers are in plentiful supply. Each weekend has a special theme, but you can always eat turkey legs!
It's best to arrive on the early side to avoid a long trek from the parking lot. Parents are advised to bring strollers or wagons for young children, and visitors of all ages should wear comfortable shoes just like any other large theme park. For the full experience, visitors are encouraged (though not required) to bring a costume or rent one at the main entrance.
21778 Farm to Market 1774
Todd Mission, Texas 77363
Billed as "one of the top air shows in the United States," the Wings Over Houston Air Show is a big crowd pleaser, especially with the kids. The event features the US Navy’s Blue Angels, a skilled team of flyboys, as well as aviation displays, exhibits, and rides. The show typically takes place the third weekend in October, with activities going on from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission prices start at around $5 for children ages 6 to 11 and around $30 for those age 12 and up, though family pack and VIP tickets are available. Kids 5 and under are free.
510 Ellington Field
Houston, TX 77034
Put on by the Fort Bend County Museum Association and held every year on the grounds of the George Ranch Historical Park, Texian Market Days is a celebration of Texas' rich history through live depictions of how residents lived at different points in the past two centuries. Visitors are fully immersed in the sights and smells of the state's history, including introductions to chuckwagon and Dutch-oven cooking ("with samples"!), battle reenactments and candle-making. The one-day event is a great stop for history buffs or those looking to escape the hassles of the modern world, if only for a little while. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and closes after the last event at 4 p.m. Children ages 4 and under are free, general admission for children 5 to 15 is $10, and adult tickets are $15 with a small discount for seniors.
George Ranch Historical Park
10215 FM 762 Road
Richmond, Texas 77469