Tomball Bluegrass Festival, fundraisers, fall activities and more: 12 things to do in Tomball, Magnolia this weekend, Oct. 24-27

Several fall festivals and other activities are going on in the Tomball and Magnolia areas, including the Tomball Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 26.

Several fall festivals and other activities are going on in the Tomball and Magnolia areas, including the Tomball Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 26.

Tomball and Magnolia area residents can check out several fall festivals and other activities this weekend, including the Tomball Bluegrass Festival and the Magnolia Fall Festival on The Stroll.


Oct. 24

Learn about FM 1488
The Texas Department of Transportation holds a public open house to inform residents about proposed improvements to FM 1488 between I-45 and FM 149 in Magnolia. Attendees can come and go. Staff will be available to answer questions. 6-8 p.m. Free. Mitchell Intermediate School Cafeteria, 6800 Alden Bridge Drive, The Woodlands. www.txdot.gov






Oct. 24

Hear a legislative update from state Sen. Brandon Creighton
State Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, will speak at the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce's luncheon to give an update on the 86th Legislative session and what it means for the future of Texas. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $25-$30. Magnolia Event Center, 11659 FM 1488, Magnolia. 281-356-1488. www.greatermagnoliaparkwaycc.org






Oct. 25-26

Sip and shop at Burlap Ranch Mercantile
Come dressed in a Halloween costume and receive a discount at Burlap Ranch Mercantile. Drinks will be provided for sipping while guests peruse Burlap Ranch's fall items. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). Free (entry). 106 N. Elm St., Tomball. 832-409-9645. www.burlapranch.com






Oct. 26

Listen to bluegrass music in downtown Tomball
The eighth annual bluegrass music festival, hosted by the city of Tomball, features a day of old-style roots music from Lone Star Bluegrass Band, Travers Chandler & Avery County, and The Coleman Brothers. Guests are encouraged to bring their own instruments and play at the Shade Tree Jam. The festival also includes vendors and a children’s zone. Noon-6 p.m. Free (admission, parking). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov





Oct. 26

Celebrate reading, "Star Wars" in Tomball
All ages are welcome to attend “Star Wars” Reads, a “Star Wars”-themed event at the LSC-Tomball Community Library, featuring activities and games. Prizes and photo opportunities will be available. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars characters. Noon-3 p.m. Free. LSC-Tomball Community Library, 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball. www.lonestar.edu





Oct. 26

Enjoy a gala, support local charities
The Parkway Chevrolet Two-Step Gala features a silent auction, food, wine, music and other activities. All proceeds will benefit Abandoned Animal Rescue and Arrow Child and Family Ministries. 6:30 p.m. $50 (individual), $750 (table of eight). Parkway Chevrolet, 25500 Hwy. 249, Tomball. 281-789-4142. www.aartexas.org





Oct. 26

Raise money for Abandoned Animal Rescue
Listen to DJ Greg, meet a furry friend, eat hot dogs and compete for a prize at the Smooches for Pooches fundraiser for Abandoned Animal Rescue, a nonprofit animal shelter in Magnolia. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (entry), $5 (hot dog plate). Mattress Firm, 28531 Hwy. 249, Tomball. 281-789-4142. www.aartexas.org






Oct. 26

Meet local authors
Authors Jessica Pitcaithly of “The Real Meaning of a Cactus Flower,” Judith McCarver of “Parenting with Gumption and Grit,” Tammy Walker of “Small Waiting Objects” and Melody Stroud Boyd of “The Greed Seed” will be at the book-signing event. Other authors may also be in attendance. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. The Book Attic, 310 E. Main St., Tomball. 281-255-6050. www.thebookattic.info





Oct. 26

Enjoy an artisan market, fall festival in Magnolia
Wildwood United Methodist Church hosts a local artisan market and fall festival open to the community. The indoor market features 49 vendors from local artisans and small businesses. Festival activities include food trucks, crafts, face painting, pumpkin bowling, inflatables, live music and other family activities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (market), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (festival). Free (admission). Wildwood UMC, 8911 FM 1488, Magnolia www.wildwoodmethodist.com






Oct. 26

Attend First Baptist Church of Magnolia's fall festival
First Baptist Church of Magnolia invites the community to its fall festival, featuring games, candy giveaways, food, inflatables and other activities. The event is outdoors but will be moved inside if there is inclement weather. 2-5 p.m. Free. First Baptist Church of Magnolia, 18525 FM 1488, Magnolia. 281-356-8543. www.magnoliasfirst.org





Oct. 26

Get free comic books at Comix Cafe
Receive free comic books, dress up in a Halloween costume, play board games and go trick-or-treating at Comix Cafe's ComicFest. Coffee and baked goods will also be available. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Comix Cafe, 27620 Business 249, Ste. A6, Tomball. 832-698-1850. www.comix.cafe





Oct. 26

Support local businesses, celebrate the Magnolia Fall Festival
Live music by the KG Williams Band, trunk-or-treat, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest for children ages 10 and under, vendors, games and inflatables are featured at the Magnolia Fall Festival. Food and drinks will also be available. 1-6 p.m. Free. The Stroll, between Commerce Street and FM 1774, Magnolia. www.facebook.com


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