4 things to do this weekend for Lake Houston area residents

6th annual Purple Ribbon Luncheon The sixth annual Purple Ribbon Luncheon will be held at the Kingwood Country Club.[/caption]

Friday Oct. 14: 6th annual Purple Ribbon Luncheon

Hosted by FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center, this annual event is held in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and in honor of FamilyTime’s Women of Achievement 1990-2015. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $65 (individual tickets). Kingwood Country Club, 1700 Lake Kingwood Trail, Kingwood. 281-446-2615. www.familytimeccc.org


Saturday Oct. 15: This is Kingwood festival

The third annual festival has live music, dance as well as martial arts performances, carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides, arts and crafts market and food trucks. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. Kingwood Town Center, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood. 832-708-9478. www.thisiskingwoodfestival.com


Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16: Texas Renaissance Festival

This weekend’s theme is 1001 Dreams, featuring wizards, elves and faeries. Take part in the fantasy costume contest or the dragon wing-eating contest. Thousands of people visit the festival each year. Each weekend in October and November, festival attendees dress up and explore the Renaissance-themed park. The festival features food and drink vendors, live entertainment and more than 400 shops. Entertainment options include parades, jousting and theatrical performances. Shops sell a variety of medieval goods, including glasswork, leatherwork, potions and musical instruments. Each Saturday night, the festival hosts the adults-only TRF After Dark, a costume gala with dancing and food. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. $26 (adult), $14 (child). Texas Renaissance Festival, 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission. 800-458-3435. www.texrenfest.com


Sunday Oct. 16: Fall Car Show

The annual car show features over 100 cars from classics to muscle trucks. This is a judged event, and has food vendors and jumping castles for children. Personal ice chests are allowed. Noon-5 p.m. (full event), 4 p.m. (awards). Free (for public), $25 (to register a vehicle). Kingwood Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood. 713-419-4574. www.towncenterevents.com/fallcarshow.html


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