Here's what's happening this fall in Tomball and Magnolia

A number of festivals and events are scheduled throughout the fall and into the holiday season in the Tomball and Magnolia areas. Events range from fall celebrations to holiday festivals.


Through Nov. 26
Texas Renaissance Festival
For nine consecutive weekends beginning Sept. 30, more than 500,000 guests travel to Todd Mission for the annual event. The festival grounds offers Renaissance-themed live entertainment across more than 20 stages as well as more than 400 shops offering medieval goods. Each weekend features a different theme for guests to participate in. $30 (adult admission at the gate), $15 (child admission at the gate). Texas Renaissance Festival grounds, 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission. 800-458-3435.

Through Nov. 4
Corn maze
Salem Lutheran Church hosts a 5-acre corn maze with a Texas-themed design. The maze features games and a labyrinth section. The event also features a pumpkin patch, hayrides and yard games. Additional events at the corn maze vary throughout the month. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Saturdays), noon-7 p.m. (Sundays). The corn maze stays open late for special events like Fright Nights (Oct. 29-31). Free admission (children age 2 and younger), $5 (children ages 3-6), $10 (older than 6 years). Salem Lutheran Church, 22601 Lutheran Church Road, Tomball. 281-351-8223.

Oct. 1-31
Pumpkin Patch and Scarecrow Festival
More than 85 scarecrows and piles of pumpkins cover the Oil Ranch in Hockley during the month of October for its fall festival. The ranch offers hay rides, scarecrow scenes and thousands of pumpkins as well as the regular ranch activities available. Every child gets a free pumpkin with paid admission. Noon-5 p.m. (Sundays), 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturdays). $15.95 (weekday admission), $19.95 (weekend admission), free (children age 2 and younger). The Oil Ranch, 23501 Macedonia Road, Hockley. 281-859-1616.

Oct. 7
Texas Wine Festival
The fourth annual event features on-site Texas wineries and local breweries, live music, food and vendors. 1-7 p.m. $35-$85. The Empty Glass, 104 Market St., Tomball. 832-698-4722.

Oct. 14
Zomball in Tomball
The city of Tomball presents Zomball in Tomball. The Halloween event features a community-sized trunk-or-treat, an outdoor movie screening of “Paranorman” and other activities. 6-8 p.m. Free. Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484.

Oct. 21
Freight train food truck festival
More than two dozen food trucks gather for the city of Tomball's festival. Food trucks include: The Waffle Bus, Mingo's Latin Kitchen, Casian King and Pocket to Me. The event also features live music, vendors and a kids zone. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (admission and parking). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484.

Oct. 27
Fall festival
The Rosehill Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization hosts its fall fundraiser featuring live and silent auctions, games, inflatables and food trucks. 5-9 p.m. Free (admission and parking), $15 (games and inflatables). Rosehill Elementary School, 17950 FM 2920, Tomball. 281-357-3075.

Oct. 28
Tomball Bluegrass Festival
The city of Tomball hosts its sixth annual live music festival featuring the Border Town Ramblers, Pine Island Station and The Lone Mountain Band. Guests are invited to bring their own instruments and play along at a jam. The event also includes food, vendors and a kids zone. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free (admission and parking). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484.


Nov. 9-11
Cooking4Courage BBQ Cook-off
Texans United for Freedom hosts a fundraiser honoring veterans, active military and first responders. The event includes a flag retirement ceremony, dinner for military veterans, guest speakers, vendors, a kids zone, auctions and live music. $5 (donation), $20 (per cookoff entry), $250 (cooking space fee). 6:30 p.m. (Thu.), 3 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m. (Sat.). Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 9333 Airport Road, Conroe.

Nov. 17-Dec. 31
Downtown Holiday Lamp Post Stroll
The city of Tomball invites guests to stroll through downtown to see the lampposts and shop at local businesses. Small businesses and organizations decorate more than 50 lampposts for the holidays. Free. Downtown Tomball, Main Street. 281-351-5484.

Nov. 18
Tomball Holiday Parade
The Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce presents its 52nd annual holiday parade with the theme “Texas Strong: Honoring Harvey’s Heroes.” The parade stretches along Main Street from Buvinghausen Street to the railroad tracks. 10 a.m. Free. Downtown Tomball, Main Street. 281-351-7222.


Dec. 2
Magnolia Christmas Parade

The Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce and the city of Magnolia partner to present the annual holiday parade and tree-lighting ceremony in Unity Park. Following the parade through the city, the Magnolia ISD elementary school children’s choirs will perform. 6 p.m. Free (admission, parking and shuttle). Unity Park, 19459 Unity Park Drive, Magnolia. 281-356-1488.

Dec. 8-10
Tomball German Christmas Market
The street festival celebrates Tomball’s German heritage with vendors selling traditional German food and drinks. The event also features four stages of live music, ethnic foods, a carnival, petting zoo, street performers and German merchandise. 6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.). Free (admission, parking and shuttle). Downtown Tomball, Main Street. 281-379-6844.

Dec. 9
Christmas on Commerce
The city of Tomball hosts its annual event for children and families featuring a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event also features live entertainment, games, Santa’s workshop, a kids zone, vendors and food. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission and parking). Commerce Street, Tomball. 281-351-5484.