GUIDE: 15 festivals to attend this fall in Tomball, Magnolia

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Correction: The Texas Wine Festival is on Oct. 6.

There are scores of festivals and events in the Tomball and Magnolia areas throughout the fall months and into the holiday season, ranging from the Texas Renaissance Festival to citywide holiday celebrations.

October 1 through Nov. 3
Tomball Corn Maze

The annual Tomball Corn Maze returns with the theme “Shipwrecked.” The 5-acre maze, hosted by Salem Lutheran Church, features themed weekends, games, concessions and activities—including bubble soccer, a giant slingshot, a hamster wheel and Frisbee toss. Activities vary throughout the month. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Saturdays), noon-6 p.m. (Sundays). The corn maze will be open late for Fright Night on Oct. 27. Free admission (children younger than 2 years old), $10 (ages 2-5), $15 (age 6 and older). 22601 Lutheran Church Road, Tomball. 346-800-2676. www.tomballcornmaze.com

Sept. 29 through Nov. 25
Texas Renaissance Festival

More than 600,000 guests travel from afar to Todd Mission for the popular nine-weekend season, which began Sept. 29. The festival offers different themed weekends, including All Hallows Eve, Pirate Adventure and Celtic Christmas. The festival also includes Renaissance-themed live entertainment, shops, vendors and other performances. Camping packages are also available. Times vary. $32 (adult admission at the gate), $15 (ages 5-12 admission at the gate). Texas Renaissance Festival grounds, 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission. 800-458-3435. www.texrenfest.com

October 2-31
Pumpkin Patch and Scarecrow Festival

More than 85 decorated scarecrows and thousands of pumpkins fill the Oil Ranch in Hockley throughout the month of October. The ranch offers hay rides, scarecrow scenes and pumpkins as well as regular ranch activities. 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. www.oilranch.com

October 6
Texas Wine Festival

The fifth annual Texas Wine Fest, hosted by The Empty Glass, features hand-selected area Texas wineries and local breweries, live music and food vendors. 1-7 p.m. $35-$85. The Empty Glass, 104 Market St., Tomball. 832-698-4722. www.theemptyglass.com

October 13
Zomball in Tomball

The city of Tomball’s annual Halloween event features two dozen decorated trunk-or-treat stations, an outdoor movie screening of “Coco” and other children’s activities. Family-friendly costumes are encouraged. 5-9 p.m. Free (admission and parking). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov

October 20
Freight Train Food Truck Festival

More than 20 food trucks are anticipated for the city of Tomball’s third annual festival, featuring cuisine ranging from German and Asian-fusion to soul food and Cajun dishes. The festival also features live music, a beer and wine garden, artisan 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. www.tomballtx.gov

October 21
St. Anne’s Catholic Community Fall Bazaar

The fall bazaar is an annual family-friendly fundraiser for St. Anne’s Catholic School. The event includes food, bingo, crafts, games, live and silent auctions, a raffle, inflatables and barbecue dishes. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free (admission). St. Anne Catholic Community, 1111 S. Cherry St., Tomball. 281-351-8106. www.stanne-tomball.org

October 27
Tomball Bluegrass Festival

The city of Tomball hosts its eighth annual bluegrass music festival, featuring David Davis and the Warrior River Boys, along with local and regional acts. Festival food, vendors and a kids zone are also scheduled to be on hand. Attendees are encouraged to bring their musical instruments and play along in the Shade Tree Jam. 11:30 a.m. Free (admission and parking). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov

November 9-10
Cooking4Courage BBQ Cook-off

Texans United for Freedom hosts the second-largest sanctioned BBQ cookoff in Montgomery County, doubling as a fundraiser and celebration for veterans, active military and first responders. The two-day event includes live music from Cody Canada and the Departed, carnival games and a midway area, a kids zone, vendors, fireworks, and live and silent auctions. All proceeds go to the Lone Survivor Foundation and TUFF Foundation. 5 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m. (Sat.). $5 (entry), $20 (per cookoff entry), $25 (kids cookoff entry), $250 (cooking space fee). Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 9333 Airport Road, Conroe. 469-626-8833. www.tufffoundation.org

November 9
Rosehill fall fundraiser

The Rosehill Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization invites the community to its fall fundraiser, which includes food, bounce houses, face painting, games, and live and silent auctions. 5:30-9 p.m. Free (admission and parking), $15 (games and inflatables). Rosehill Elementary School, 17950 FM 2920, Tomball. 281-357-3075. www.respto.org

November 16
Christmas tree lighting

The city of Tomball hosts a tree lighting ceremony of its 24-foot-tall downtown Christmas tree. Cool Freddie and the Crew will perform sing-a-long holiday songs. The event also includes a guest appearance from Santa Claus, snacks and other treats. 7 p.m. Free (admission and parking). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov

November 17
Tomball Holiday Parade

The Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its 53rd annual holiday parade with the theme “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” The parade starts at Main and Elm streets, moving west on Main Street past Buvinghausen Road. Public parking can be found on the north and south sides of Main Street. 10 a.m. Free. Downtown Tomball. 281-351-7222. www.tomballchamber.org

December 1
Magnolia Christmas Parade

The Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce partners with the city of Magnolia for “The Magic of Christmas” Parade of Lights and tree lighting ceremony in Unity Park. Those interested in participating in the parade must register online before Nov. 14. 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Unity Park, 19459 Unity Park Drive, Magnolia. 281-356-1488.
www.greatermagnoliaparkwaycc.org

December 1
Christmas on Commerce

The city of Tomball presents its annual family-friendly event featuring a visit from Santa Claus, Santa’s workshop, holiday-themed entertainment, food and vendors. The event also includes live entertainment, games and a kids zone. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (admission and parking). Commerce Street, Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov

December 7-9
Tomball German Christmas Market

This celebration of Tomball’s German heritage includes more than 200 street vendors selling German food and drinks, clothes and souvenirs. Musicians, such as The Chardon Polka Band, Chris Rybak, Yodel Blitz, Das Ist Lustig, Tubameisters and Valina, will perform on four music stages. The event also includes a petting zoo, street performers, antiques and a heritage center. 6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.). Free (admission, parking and shuttle). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. www.tomballgermanfest.org

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Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.
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