Attend a Greek festival, sip wine: 6 events to attend in the Greater Houston area this weekend, Oct. 4-6

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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

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Anna Lotz
Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.
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