Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival, Katy Rice Festival: 10 things to do in the Greater Houston area this weekend, Oct. 12-14


Here are a few ways to spend time in the Greater Houston area this weekend, Oct. 12-14.

1. Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
Oct. 12-14

Nonprofit organization Friends of Conroe hosts this annual three-day event featuring live music, a carnival, a children’s zone, the Catfish Pageant and Cajun food vendors. $10 (entry), $20 (three-day pass). Downtown Conroe. 936-539-6009.

2. Katy Rice Festival
Oct. 12-14

This event features an Octoberfest-style celebration Friday night and a parade Saturday morning. 6-11 p.m. (Oct. 12), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Oct. 13), noon-6 p.m. (Oct. 14). $5 per person. 901 Avenue C, Katy. 281-391-4800.

3. Houston Symphony: Hocus Pocus Pops
Oct. 12

The Houston Symphony will perform “Hocus Pocus Pops,” which features a variety of Halloween tunes, on the pavilion stage. Gates open at 6 p.m. Lawn and mezzanine seating is free, while orchestra seating is $20 per ticket. 7 p.m. Free-$20. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-364-3010.

4. Bay Area Houston Women’s Conference
Oct. 12

This one-day event features a variety of presenters covering topics from leadership and finances to healthcare and work-life balance. This year’s keynote speaker is Connie Watt, vice president of the Justin J. Watt Foundation. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $59-$109. Hope Village, 15403 Hope Village Road, Friendswood. 281-935-0656.

5. Korean Festival Houston 2018
Oct. 13

The Korean-American Society of Houston hosts its 10th annual festival celebrating Korean culture through live music, food and activities. While entrance to the festival’s shows and interactive areas is free, food and drinks must be purchased using vouchers. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $10 for 10 vouchers. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston.

6. KBR Kids Day 2018
Oct. 13

At this 12th annual event, hosted by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, families can enjoy a variety of hands-on activities, live entertainment and performers, Dia de los Muertos face painters, balloon artists, a rock climbing wall, a sports zone, a birds of prey show and a Halloween costume parade. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Guadalupe Plaza Park, 2311 Runnels Street, Houston. 713-752-0314.

7. Cy-Fair ISD Health Expo
Oct. 13

CFISD and the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce host this annual expo featuring health screenings, flu shots, vendor booths and live performances. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress.

8. Lake Houston 10K/5K
Oct. 13

The Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce hosts its ninth annual 10K and 5K race, which begins at Kings Harbor. There will also be a 1K for children 12 years old and younger. 7:30 a.m. (10K), 7:45 a.m. (5K), 9 a.m. (1K). $25-$40. 1660 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood. 281-446-2128.

9. Old West Murder Mystery Show
Oct. 13-14

Old West Melodrama presents the murder mystery “Trouble at the Tropicabana” at Puffabelly’s Depot Restaurant. Attendees order dinner and watch a family-friendly performance with audience participation. 7 p.m. (dinner and preshow), 8 p.m. (performance). $13-$19 (price does not include dinner). Puffabelly’s Depot Restaurant, 100 Main Street, Spring. 713-364-9190.

10. 1000 Lights for Peace
Oct. 14

In celebration of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, participants can enjoy a multi-cultural stage show, a 5K walk for peace through Hermann Park and a historic photo exhibit of Mahatma Gandhi’s life at this event, hosted by the Mahatma Gandhi Library. 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 281-273-3386.

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Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.
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