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

Texans United for Freedom hosts the second-largest sanctioned BBQ cookoff in Montgomery County on Nov. 9-10, doubling as a fundraiser and celebration for veterans, active military and first responders.

Texans United for Freedom hosts the second-largest sanctioned BBQ cookoff in Montgomery County on Nov. 9-10, doubling as a fundraiser and celebration for veterans, active military and first responders.

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


By 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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