Run for Hope, Taste of the Village: 11 things to do in The Woodlands this weekend, Oct. 20-22

Love Fosters Hope hosts its 7th annual Run for Hope fundraising event Oct. 21.

Love Fosters Hope hosts its 7th annual Run for Hope fundraising event Oct. 21.

Between charity fundraisers, fall festivals and village events, there are plenty of ways to spend the weekend in The Woodlands, Oct. 20-22.

1. The Haunted Trail at Bear Branch: Sinister Circus
Oct. 20-21
The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department builds and creates themed scenes each year to create a haunted house in the woods. This year’s The Haunting at Bear Branch, themed Sinister Circus, is an approximate 10-minute guided haunted trail walk through the woods at Bear Branch Park and runs throughout the month of October. The Haunted Trail is recommended for ages 9 and features strobe lights, fog machines, pop out actors, loud music, props and theatrical scary scenes. Ticket sales stop at 9:30 p.m. 8-10 p.m. $8 per person. Bear Branch Park, 5200 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950.

2. Majic 102.1 Under the Stars
Oct. 21
Majic 102.1 hosts this annual event featuring performances by the O’Jays, Gladys Knight, the Isley Brothers and the SOS Band. Now lawn seating is available for this event and preferred parking is available at Ticketmaster locations for $20. 5 p.m. (gates open), 6 p.m. (concert begins). $55-$125. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-364-3010.

3. Village of Indian Springs: Taste of the Village
Oct. 21
This annual event hosted by the Indian Springs Village Association draws nearly 4,000 people each year and supports the ISVA Community Service Scholarship fund. The event includes samples from more than 40 local vendors, live music, inflatables, face painting, balloon artists and strolling entertainment. A raffle will also be held for an Amazon Echo, two $250 HEB gift cards and other prizes. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Indian Springs Village Shopping Center, 10665 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800.

4. Run for Hope
Oct. 21
Love Fosters Hope hosts this 7th annual fundraiser featuring a 1-mile fun run, a 5K race and a 10K race to. The Woodlands-based nonprofit works with children in foster care who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Participants receive a t-shirt and breakfast and proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofits programs. $30 (1-mile fun run), $35 (5K race), $40 (10K race). Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands.

5. Halloween at the Y
Oct. 21
The Woodlands Family YMCA hosts its annual Halloween event featuring trick-or-treat stops, carnival games, a sweet tooth walk, a photo booth and mascots. Costumes are encouraged and participants are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the local food pantry in lieu of admission. 3-5 p.m. Free. The Woodlands Family YMCA, 6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands. 281-367-9622.

6. Howloween at GenuWine Tasting Room
Oct. 21
GenuWine Tasting Room hosts a “Howloween” event where pets are allowed on the patio in costumes, while proceeds will benefit the Lone Star Animal League. 3-5 p.m. Free. GenuWine Tasting Room, 6503 FM 1488, Magnolia. 832-934-2675.

7. Fall Trash Bash
Oct. 21
The City of Shenandoah provides disposal of large household items, disposal of household hazardous waste, green waste recycling, electronic and metal scrap recycling and other standard recycling services, at no additional cost to residents. A shredding company will also be onsite to provide service to residents. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Shenandoah Public Works Facility, 29955 I-45 S., Shenandoah. 281-298-5522.

8. Cochran’s Crossing Village Association: Fall Festival
Oct. 22
This free annual event will include pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, games food and drinks. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Montgomery County Food Bank. 1-4 p.m. Free. Shadowbend Park, 4995 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3887.

9. Light the Night Walk
Oct. 22
This event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and features an opening ceremony, a survivor circle, a one-mile walk, a cookie cake cutting and a fireworks celebration. Olive Garden will also be providing food for Champions for a Cure, however participants can also bring their own food. Parking is available for free at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and pets are not allowed. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Price varies. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 877-586-9255.

10. Woodlands Winery and Brewery Tour
Oct. 22
This Texas Beer Bus tour meets at Market Street and takes tourists to three local breweries, among which include Copperhead Brewery, B-52 Brewery, Lone Pint Brewery, Southern Star Brewery and Cyclers Brewing. Transportation and snacks are provided and participants must be at least 21 years old. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $125 per guest. Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands.

11. Spain Fest
Oct. 22
The Woodlands Equestrian Club hosts its inaugural Spain Fest, which will showcase the history and culture of Spain through Spanish horse exhibitions, Quadrille, Horse demos, Spanish food vendors, carriage and pony rides, a bazaar and kids' corner. The event is free for children age 7 and younger. Noon-5 p.m.  $10 per person. The Woodlands Equestrian Club, 10422 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. 832-764-1848.

By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.


The Woodlands board members seated the podium
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