10 festivals, fundraisers to attend in the Greater Houston area this weekend, Oct. 13-15


Between the Bayou City Arts Festival, the Conroe Catfish Festival and the ZiegenBock Music Festival, there are plenty of things to do this weekend, Oct. 13-15.

1. Houston Italian Festival
Oct. 12-15

This 39th annual festival celebrates Italian culture with live music, food, a photography contest, sidewalk art contest, classic car show, bocce tournament, grape stomping contest, pasta eating contest and marionette puppet shows. Friday will also be Spaghetti Western Night, during which guests who wear a cowboy hat can receive $2 off gate admission. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Houston Food Bank and Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

5-10 p.m. (Oct. 12), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Oct. 13-14), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Oct. 15). $6-$25. University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston. 713-524-6121. www.houstonitalianfestival.com

2. Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
Oct. 13-15

This 28th annual festival combines Texas Country music and Cajun cuisine and features music from Stoney Larue, Aaron Watson, Tracy Byrd and Jamie Bergeron & Kickin Cajuns. The festival will also include arts and crafts vendors, a carnival, community and educational exhibits, the annual catfish pageant and a kid zone. Cajun delicacies such as boudain, gator, etouffe, jambalaya, crawfish pie and catfish will be available for purchase. Children ages 12 and younger receive free admission to the festival.

6 p.m.-midnight (Oct. 13), 11 a.m.-midnight (Oct. 14), Noon-6 p.m. (Oct. 15). $12-$20. Downtown Conroe, 101 S. Main Street, Conroe. www.conroecajuncatfishfestival.com

3. Turkish Film Festival
Oct. 13-15

This 5th annual event will showcase several Turkish films with English subtitles, including “61 Days,” “My Father’s Wings,” “Blue Bicycle,” “The Turkish Way” and “My Mother’s Wound.” A Centerpiece Reception will be held Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. featuring special festival guests and attendees who are students or seniors receive a $2 discount on admission.

7 p.m. (Oct. 13), 4-7:30 p.m. (Oct. 14), 5-7 p.m. (Oct. 15). $10. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston. 713-639-7300. www.mfah.org

4. Houston Strong Fundraiser Event
Oct. 13

This hurricane relief effort will honor Mayor Sylvester Turner, The Cajun Navy and local heroes, while raising funds for the Greater Houston Community Foundation, 1Embrace, Inc., Lil Audrey’s Safe Place Foundation and United Way of Greater Houston. The event will feature a fashion show, silent auction, award ceremony, art and music.

7-10 p.m. $15-$30. Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall Street, Houston. 713-223-3700. www.houstonfoodbank.org

5. Halloween Zoovie Night
Oct. 13

The Houston Zoo encourages patrons to dress up in costume for this screening of “Hocus Pocus.” The event will also include a DJ, fall festival games, and animal mask crafts. The movie is included with admission and participants can vote during the event for a film to screen on Oct. 21.

5-9 p.m. $11.50-$18. The Houston Zoo Masihara Pavilion, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org

6. ZiegenBock Music Festival
Oct. 14

This 15th annual Texas Country music festival features more than 20 musicians including Uncle Lucius, Kimberley Dunn, Shooter Jennings, Whiskey Myers and Josh Abbott. Guests are allowed to bring chairs, blankets, tarps, strollers and personal cameras, while umbrellas, coolers and outside food and beverages are prohibited.

11 a.m. (gates open)-10 p.m. $29.50-$99. Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. W., Houston. 281-807-8700. www.shrp.com

7. Houston Filipino Street Festival
Oct. 14

Hosted by The Filipino Young Professionals of Houston, this second annual event will showcase Filipino culture through food, drinks, entertainment, vendors and family-friendly activities. Half of the festival proceeds will benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Noon-6 p.m. Free. Levy Park Houston, 3801 Eastside Street, Houston. www.fyphouston.com

9. Taste of Houston Festival
Oct. 14-15

This two-day festival will highlight the culture of Houston through food, art, crafts, boutiques and music. The event will showcase more than 200 local vendors, feature performances by 20 musicians and include a kids zone with rides, activities, a petting zoo and inflatables. Craft beer and wine tastings will also be available. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the JJ Watt Hurricane Harvey relief effort. Children ages 12 and younger receive free admission to the festival.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. $3-5. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. www.tasteofhoustonfest.com

10. Bayou City Art Festival
Oct. 14-15

This 46th annual event, which attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year, will showcase more than 300 artists practicing 19 different mediums of art. Hosted by Art Colony Association, Inc., the event will also include food trucks, live music and a children’s creative zone. This year’s featured artist is Tony Parana, a local mixed media artist originally from Brazil.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. $12-15. Downtown Houston, 901 Bagby Street, Houston. 713-521-0133. www.artcolonyassociation.org

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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 full-time reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. She covers business, transportation, health care and other local news, specializing in Shenandoah City Council and Montgomery County nonprofit organizations.
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