HOUSTON – It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend to enjoy outdoor activities and there are plenty of options, including three of Houston’s favorite festivals.
Bayou City Art Festival
The 39th annual Bayou City Art Festival takes place downtown on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The juried art event boasts a unique outdoor gallery experience featuring 300 top artists.
The festive art walk also includes wine cafés, restaurants, an interactive creative zone for children and a performing arts stage with multicultural music and dance entertainment.
New features this fall include daily outdoor performances of "Flexion," featuring stunning aerial theatre by nationally touring performance group Wise Fool New Mexico. There will also be a special disability hour on Sunday, which will allow patrons with special needs to enter the festival an hour before it opens to the general public.
Parking is available on city streets and for the usual event fee in the City Hall Annex, Hobby Center or Theater District Parking under Tranquility Park.
Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
Over the past 39 years, the Bayou City Art Festivals have raised more than $2.6 million for local nonprofit organizations.
Opa! It’s time to get your Greek on at the 44th annual Greek Festival. The party got under way Thursday and will run through Sunday.
Come hungry because there will be plenty of yummy Greek food—from gyros to grape leaves to scrumptious baklava.
The crowds will be entertained by Greek musicians and folk dancers.
The festival is held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Complex on Yoakum near Montrose.
Parking is available on side streets but watch out for the "no parking" signs.
You can catch a free shuttle at Lamar High School in the 3300 block of Westheimer.
Tickets are $5 for adults and kids 12 and under get in free.
Hear ye, hear ye, lords and ladies! Take a trip back in time at the nation’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance Festival.
The annual festival near Plantersville is open every weekend from Saturday, October 9 through November 28.
The 15-acre theme park is set in a 16th Century village complete with princes, paupers and wily wenches.
Patrons encounter jugglers, minstrels, and fortunetellers as they stroll down shaded cobblestone pathways en route to over 350 shoppes.
53-acres of grassy meadows (wear comfy shoes) and meticulously maintained gardens dot the landscape providing the perfect backdrop for more than 200 daily performances at 16 stages.
Patrons can feast (come hungry!) on a variety of authentic international cuisine including Polish, Greek, Spanish,Scottish and English dishes.
Tickets for opening weekend are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Discount tickets for other weekends are available online for $19 for adults and $9 for children.
Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
If Cajun grub is more your cup of tea, head north to the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival.
The festival takes place at the downtown Square in Conroe on Friday from 6 p.m. till midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. till midnight and Sunday from noon till 6 p.m.
Activities include live music, arts and crafts exhibitors, amusement rides and a petting zoo.
Along with catfish, you can fill up on shrimp, gumbo, frog legs, alligator, red beans & rice and much more!
Tickets are $10. It’s free for children 12 and under.