A food truck festival, chili cook-offs and more: 5 things to do in Tomball, Magnolia this weekend, Oct. 19-20

Harris County Precinct 4's annual Sunday Afternoon in the Park event includes carnival games, hayrides, a petting zoo and other activities at Burroughs Park in Tomball.

Harris County Precinct 4's annual Sunday Afternoon in the Park event includes carnival games, hayrides, a petting zoo and other activities at Burroughs Park in Tomball.

Check out the city of Tomball's Freight Train Food Truck Festival, the St. Anne fall bazaar and other activities in the Tomball and Magnolia area this weekend, Oct. 18-20.



Oct. 19

Eat chili, compete in a cook-off
Make a chili recipe and compete—or just try some chili—in the first Tomball Area Church Chili Cookoff, benefiting Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries. Four-person chili cook-off teams are welcome. Noon-3 p.m. Free (children age 6 and under), $10 (attendee), $120 (four-person cook-off entry). Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 801 E. Main St., Tomball. 281-351-1609. www.goodshepherdtomball.org/chili






Oct. 19

Check out food trucks at the Freight Train Food Truck Festival
Visit 20 different food trucks at the city of Tomball’s fourth annual food truck festival, including Cafe Dala, Iced Cupcakery, Cousins Maine Lobster, The Waffle Bus and others. The festival also features live music from Folk Family Revival and other Houston-area musicians. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (admission, parking). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov





Oct. 19

Help raise money for Inspiring Hands
Local nonprofit Inspiring Hands hosts an event featuring a chili cook-off, a raffle, silent and live auctions, prizes and live music. Halloween costumes are encouraged, and children’s activities will be offered. 4-8 p.m. $40 (one entry), $50 (two entries). Molly’s Pub, 28107 Hwy. 249, Tomball. 832-953-5356. www.inspiringhands.org





Oct. 20

Enjoy a fall bazaar at St. Anne Catholic Church
This annual, family-friendly fundraiser benefits the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and other church programs. The indoor and outdoor event features barbecue from the Knights of Columbus, desserts, bingo, inflatables, crafts, live music, live and silent auctions, and games. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Free. St. Anne Catholic Church, 1111 S. Cherry St., Tomball. 281-351-8106. www.stanne-tomball.org






Oct. 20

Spend an afternoon in Burroughs Park
Harris County Precinct 4 is hosting Sunday Afternoon in the Park, featuring balloon artists, carnival games, clowns, fishing, hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch and children's crafts. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. www.hcp4.net


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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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