Creole festival, fun run among events in the Heights-River Oaks-Montrose area this month

The Houston Creole Heritage Festival comes to Midtown Park on Oct. 2. (Courtesy Houston Creole Festival)
The Houston Creole Heritage Festival comes to Midtown Park on Oct. 2. (Courtesy Houston Creole Festival)

The Houston Creole Heritage Festival comes to Midtown Park on Oct. 2. (Courtesy Houston Creole Festival)

A number of events are set for September and early October in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose area, including outdoor and virtual options. Movie screenings, a Memorial Park fundraiser and festivals to celebrate Caribbean and Creole culture and among the offerings.

Sept. 10-12: Catch an outdoor movie at The Gordy

The OMG Fest—which stands for Outdoor Movies at the Gordy—brings three films to audiences over the course of three nights hosted by the theatre group Stages. The event kicks off Sept. 10 with "10 Things I Hate about You," followed by "Deliver Us From Eva" on Sept. 11 and "The Lion King" to close out the weekend. Guests can also play an array of lawn games, and visit food trucks and local vendors on site. Activities begin at 6 p.m. and the films starts at 8 p.m. on Sept. 10-11. On Sept. 12, activities begin at 5 p.m. and the the film starts at 7 p.m. $10. The Brown Foundation Lawn at The Gordy, 800 Rosine St., Houston. 713-527-0123. www.stageshouston.com

Sept. 17: Dance the night away with the Heights Chamber

Guests are invited to join the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce for its Magical Evening Gala. The event will feature a Las Vegas-style casino, music, and live and silent auctions. A ticket includes $500 in casino chips. All proceeds benefit the chamber. 7 p.m. $99 (sponsorships available). Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel, 3000 North Loop W., Houston. 713-861-6735. www.heightschamber.org


Sept. 18: Go for a run down Heights Boulevard

The Houston Heights Association’s fun run will be both virtual and in person this year as runners are invited to either take a jog down Heights Boulevard or tune in from home. The event will include options for a 10K run, a 5K run or walk, or a children’s 1K. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each category. 7 a.m. (prerace stretching), 7:30 a.m. (first event begins). $20-$40. Marmion Park, 1802 Heights Blvd., Houston. 713-861-4002. www.houstonheights.org

Sept. 18: Savor the flavor at the Caribbean Jerk Festival

The Caribbean Jerk Festival and cooking competition returns to Houston with live music from soul and reggae singers, including Ky-Mani Marley. The event will also include a variety of food and art vendors as well as family-friendly activities. 2-10 p.m. $31.30. The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine St., Houston. www.houstonjerkfestinc.com

Sept. 30: Get the latest on Memorial Park

The Memorial Park Conservancy will host its third annual State of the Park event to provide attendees with updates on the work the group is doing to restore and improve the 1,500-acre park. This year’s theme is “Return to our Roots: Planting the Prairie for Future Generations.” The event will be hosted virtually. Noon-1 p.m. $25 (sponsorships available). 713-863-8403. www.memorialparkconservancy.org

Oct. 2: Celebrate Creole heritage and culture

The contributions of Creole culture to the Houston area will be celebrated with a festival featuring local vendors, Cajun food, children’s activities and live music, including performances by Christina Wells, Ruben Moreno and Dikki Du. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $10 (adults), free (age 11 and under). Midtown Park, 2811 Travis St., Houston. 281-888-4153. www.houstoncreolefest.com


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