Oktoberfest Houston and a Grand Masquerade Ball: Here are 5 things to do in the Houston area this weekend, Sept. 29-Oct.1

Residents in and around Houston have multiple options for fun outings as the week closes out. Here are some ideas for things to do this weekend:

Oktoberfest Houston 2017
Sept. 30
Oktoberfest Houston showcases German and Texas culture and features a variety of German and craft beer, along with polka music. Local food trucks will also be available at the event. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $25 (general admission), $100 (VIP admission). The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine Street, Houston. www.oktoberfesthouston.com 

Houston Black Heritage Festival
Sept. 30
This festival is a celebration of art, music and culture, with special guests including Eric Benet and Elle Varner. 2 p.m.-10 p.m. $25 (general admission), $125 (VIP admission). Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston. www.houstonblackheritagefest.com/home.html

Grand Masquerade Ball
Texas Renaissance Festival kicks off its After Dark event series with the Grand Masquerade Ball, which includes live shows, dancing with a DJ, food and bar, a karaoke room and a hookah lounge. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $25 (general admission), $45 (general admission with food). Texas Renaissance Festival, 11282 Country Road 302, Todd Mission. www.afterdarktf.com 

Urban Fest Harvest Farmers Market
The Urban Fest Harvest Farmers Market features prepared food and drinks, local vendors such as Wild South Tea and Sinfull Bakery and farms such as Tejas Heritage Farm, Three Sisters Farm and All We Need Farms. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave., Houston. 713-880-5540. www.urbanharvest.com

Chimney Rock Market
This market features vendors with food and artisan gifts. Dogs are also welcome to attend the market. 12-4 p.m. Free. Chimney Rock Market, 3300 Chimney Rock Road, Ste. 100, Houston.


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