Throughout the Greater Houston area, there are several festivals and events scheduled for the first weekend of October. Here are a few to consider attending this weekend.


Friday-Sunday
Support local charities at Willowbrook pop-up shop
The Cypress Creek chapter of the National Charity League hosts a pop-up shop next to JC Penney at the Willowbrook Mall where customers can buy formal dresses for $50 or less as well as shoes and accessories. Proceeds go to local charities. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Costs vary. Willowbrook Mall, 2000 Willowbrook Mall Drive, Houston. http://cypresscreek.nationalcharityleague.org





Friday-Sunday
Attend a greek festival
The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral presents the 53rd year of The Original Greek Festival, a multiday event featuring shops, children's activities, live Greek music in the evenings, performances, and a variety of Greek foods and beverages. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Fri., Sat.), noon-6 p.m. (Sun.). Free (children ages 12 and younger), $5 (adults). 3511 Yoakum Blvd., Houston. www.greekfestival.org






Saturday
Support Cy-Hope at a Taste of Cy-Fair
The third annual fundraising event offers food, wine and beer samples, live music, children's activities and a silent auction. VIP guests can enter the event an hour early and have access to special perks. 4-8 p.m. $20 (children younger than 12), $40 (adults), $80 (VIP early admission). Lakeland Village Center, 10519 Fry Road, Cypress. www.atasteofcyfair.com






Saturday-Sunday
Kick off the 45th annual Texas Renaissance Festival
The Texas Renaissance Festival begins its 45th year Oct. 5, running nine consecutive weekends until Dec. 1. The kickoff weekend features an Oktoberfest theme. See what is new at the festival this year. 9 a.m. (gates open), readmission until 6 p.m. Free (ages 4 and younger), free admission for children ages 12 and younger every Sunday, $17 (ages 5-12), $34 (adult). TRF Grounds, 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission. www.texrenfest.com





Saturday-Sunday
Sip wine, view art outdoors
Old Town Spring hosts the Fall Texas Wine and Art Festival, during which attendees can taste wines from around the state, view art by Texas artists and shop at more than 150 stores. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). $25-$35. Old Town Spring, 403 Main St., Spring. 281-682-1403. www.txwineandart.com






Sunday
Walk a 5K for peace
The Miller Outdoor Theatre hosts a 5K walk in honor of the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Participants hold candles as a symbol of a pledge for peace. 6 p.m. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 832-487-7102. www.milleroutdoortheatre.com