Celebrate Oktoberfest, attend a country music festival: 6 things to do in the Greater Houston area this weekend, Sept. 28-30

Oktoberfest Houston returns to the Buffalo Bayou on Sept. 29.

Oktoberfest Houston returns to the Buffalo Bayou on Sept. 29.

There's plenty to do in the Greater Houston area this weekend, from Oktoberfest celebrations to art and history exhibits. Here are six things to do in the Houston area this weekend, Sept. 28-30.


1. Explore the Sherlock Holmes exhibit
Sept. 28-30
This is the last weekend to catch The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The exhibit features original manuscripts from author Arthur Conan Doyle and investigative tools influenced by Holmes. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $30 (adult non-member adult), $20 (non-member children); $12 (member, adult and children). Houston Museum of Natural Science, 555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-639-4629. www.hmns.org





2. Travel back in time at the Texas Renaissance Festival
Sept. 29-30

The Texas Renaissance Festival launches its 44th season with an Oktoberfest weekend featuring themed activities, including live shows, food vendors, shopping and games. Times vary. $12.95-$32. Texas Renaissance Festival, 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission. 800-458-3435. www.texrenfest.com





3. Celebrate Oktoberfest on Buffalo Bayou
Sept. 29
Oktoberfest Houston returns for its 7th annual event on Saturday, featuring a broad selection of German and craft beer, German-inspired cuisine, live polka music and German-style Olympiad games. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $25-$100. Water Works at Buffalo Bayou, 105 Sabine St., Houston. www.oktoberfesthouston.com





4. All-day concert at Sam Houston Race Park
Sept. 29
The 16th annual Ziegenbock Music Festival takes place at the Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday. The all-day event features live music on three separate stages, including performances by Randy Rogers Band, Pat Green, Casey Donahew, Reckless Kelly, Roger Creager and Kevin Fowler, to name a few. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $29.95 (general admission). Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston. 281-807-8700. www.shrp.com





5. Visit an interactive art exhibit
Sept. 29-30
The moonGARDEN light exhibit debuts at Discovery Green Park on Saturday with 22 illuminated spheres featuring the story of Houston. Saturday’s opening night activities include Cirque La Vie—a Houston-based contemporary circus troupe—as well as other performances. The exhibit, created by Lucion Traveling Light of Montreal, will be showcased at Discovery Green until Oct. 7. The exhibit is visible during all park hours, but the spheres are illuminated 6 p.m.-midnight. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston. www.discoverygreen.com





6. Attend a concert at NRG Stadium
Sept. 29
Taylor Swift, along with Camila Cabello and Charli XCX is coming to NRG Stadium on Saturday as part of her “Reputation” album tour, and tickets are still available for the show. 7 p.m. Prices vary. NRG Stadium, NRG Parkway, Houston. 832-667-1400. www.nrgpark.com/events/taylorswiftreputationtour


By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.