15 events to attend in the Houston area this weekend, October 7-9 | Whuff News

Looking for something to do in the Houston area this weekend? Check out this week’s guide!

October 7-9: Katy Rice Festival

The Katy Rice Festival is hosted by the city of Katy and the Rotary Club of Katy. At the event, attendees can enjoy live music, a rice cooker contest, a game, food trucks, a Katy ISD art contest and beer. handle Proceeds will benefit the rotary’s scholarship fund and endowment in the Katy community. 6-10 pm (Fri.), 10 am-10 pm (Sat.), noon-6 pm (Sun.). Free (children 12 and under), $5 (seniors, military), $10 (seniors). Historic Downtown Katy, 5718 Second St., Katy. 281-391-4800. www.katyricefestival.com

October 7: Nerds Night

The Night of the Nerds features lightsaber fights, games, games and a costume contest with a $50 Amazon gift card. The Houston Astronomical Society will also have a high-powered watch. The night ends with a Jedi lightsaber battle demonstration and a screening of “Star Wars: A New Hope.” 5-9:30 pm Free. Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. 832-265-0506. www.centralgreenpark.com

October 7: Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter Tea Party

Kids can join the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter for a kid-friendly tea party, cookie decorating and photo opportunities. 10 a.m. $12. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Forest. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

October 7-29: The Invasion of Bear Branch Park

The Haunting of Bear Branch Park returns on Fridays and Saturdays through October for family fun. This year’s event features mazes, twists and tunnels as well as an adventure room. Early bird tickets available September 12. 8pm $9-$20. Bear Branch Park, 5200 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

October 7: 17th Katy Wine Fest

Taste wines from around the world at the Cinco Ranch Rotary’s 17th annual Katy Wine Fest. The event will feature local restaurants serving light refreshments, live music, wine pulls and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Brookwood Community’s outreach program and other Katy-area charities. 7-10 pm $30+. Palacio Maria Banquet Hall, 21728 Highland Knolls, Katy. 713-344-3451. www.katywinefest.com

October 7: Texas TreeVentures event

Participants can participate in a two-hour hiking tour that ends with a campfire, making s’mores and watching the sunset. Children ages 6-12 need an adult to climb with them. 6 pm $50. Texas TreeVentures, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-2048. www.texastreeventures.com

Oct. 8-Nov. 27: Texas Renaissance Festival

The Texas Renaissance Festival is back for its 48th season with a weekend of entertainment, more than 400 stalls and entertainment. 9am-4pm ticket prices start at $18; free (ages 5 and under). Children 12 and under get free admission on Sundays. 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission. 800-458-3435. www.texrenfest.com

October 8: Sip and Buy Market

Grand Central Park hosts the Sip and Shop market. The event will feature more than 100 vendors offering items such as fashion, food and furniture. Food trucks will be available. 11am-4pm Free (admission). 1039 Lake House Drive, Conroe. https://bigtop.show/conroegrandcentral

October 8: The Children’s Jubilee of the Living Forest

Bring the family to Livable Forest’s Kid’s Jubilee event featuring seasonal sales from local vendors, a trackless train, food trucks and a booth. Noon-5 pm Free. Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood. 214-734-1917. www.thelivableforest.com

October 8-9: Bayou City Art Festival

More than 220 local and international artists will gather in downtown Houston for two days of art, live music, food and entertainment at the Bayou City Art Festival. 10am-6pm $5-$18. Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St., Houston. 713-521-0133. www.artcolonyassociation.org

October 8: 10 For Texas race

The Hermann Memorial 10 for Texas is a US Track and Field-sanctioned event with a 10-mile course. Race day will feature the 3.1 Armadillo Run and the One 4 Texas Fun Run. The race concludes with a postrace party featuring live music, food, drinks and activities. 7 a.m. $35-$70. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

October 8: Montgomery Fall Festival

The city of Montgomery will host its fall festival with live performances by the Josh Abbott Band, Andy Griggs and other musicians. Attendees can also check out vendors, food trucks and a kids’ zone with a petting zoo. 1 pm $10 (ages 4-12), $25 (advance general admission). FM 149 to College Street, Montgomery. www.outhousetickets.com

October 8: Margaritaville Marketplace Event

Margaritaville Marketplace at the Margaritaville Lake Resort will host a sale with artisans and vendors. Wine will be available for tasting and purchase. 2-6 pm Free (admission). 600 Margaritaville Parkway, Montgomery. www.margaritavilleresorts.com

October 9: Kingwood Fall Car Show

Browse cars, listen to live music and shop from a variety of vendors at the Kingwood Fall Auto Show. The organizers noted that the streets around the incident will be closed, giving people a safe place to walk among the shops and customers. Noon-5 pm Free. Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood. 346-600-2366. www.towncenterevents.com

October 9: 8th Oak Ridge North Fall Festival

The city of Oak Ridge North will host its eighth annual fall family friendly event at Marilyn Edgar Park. The event will feature vendors and food, and activities will include face painting, balloons, a photo booth, vintage arcade games and four brand name. 10am-3pm Free. Marilyn Edgar Park, 26531 S. Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North. 281-292-4648. www.oakridgenorth.com

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