Cheese, wine and fish: 7 things to do this weekend in the Houston area, Nov. 4-6


From Pearland to Cypress, there is a ton going on in the Houston area this weekend. Here are seven things to consider adding to your calendar:

Friday, Nov. 4

Katy Wine Fest

The 11th annual event hosted by the Cinco Ranch Rotary benefits The Brookwood Community. Activities include a beer garden, wine and appetizer tastings, live music, a silent auction and big board, a raffle, and complimentary valet parking. 7-11 p.m. $25 (designated driver admission), $60 (general admission), $75 (day-of general admission), VIP tickets available. The Cafe at Brookwood, 1502 FM 1489, Brookshire.

Friday, Nov. 4

Houston Cheese Festival 

The second stop in a three-city event, The Cheese Fest makes its way to Houston, offering an array of artisanal cheeses and foods from around the world. The event features a grilled cheese competition, in which patrons vote on imaginative recipes to determine the top grilled cheese sandwich. Live music will feature Golden, Colo., bluegrass band Thunder & Rain. 5-10 p.m. $35 (general admission), $75 (VIP admission). Hermann Square, 513 Walker Street, Houston.

Saturday, Nov. 5

11th annual iFest Live 2016

The international event celebrates diversity within the community with local organizations, performances, art, food and activities. Attendees can have their iFest Live passport stamped by visiting different represented countries. Area restaurants provide international cuisine for sale. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (admission). Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land. 281-275-2700.

Saturday, Nov. 5

Dia de los Muertos

Explore the traditions of the Day of the Dead, with full-scale models of a traditional Mexican home and graveyard, a customary ofrenda (memorial altar), storytelling, costumes, ceramic skull painting and sweet treats. Visitors are encouraged to bring and leave mementos of their loved ones on the community altar. Free with museum admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 (museum admission, adult), $7 (museum admission, child age 6-11), Free (child under age 5). National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston. 281-876-3063.

Saturday, Nov. 5

Kids Fish Fest

Through a partnership with Bass Pro Shops, the city of Pearland hosts the outreach program for ages 3 to 16. Participants learn about fishing, conservation and respect for the environment. Poles are provided while supplies last or attendees can bring their own. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (admission). Bass Pro Shops – Pearland, 1000 Bass Pro Drive, Pearland. 281-412-8900.

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6

Houston Turkish Festival

The American Turkish Association of Houston hosts the 25th annual event featuring authentic Turkish food, folklore and live music. Activities include a Turkish opera under the stars and folk dance performances. A bazaar will also feature arts and crafts for sale. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Saturday), 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sunday). $6 (general admission), Free (children under age 12). Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana Street, Houston. 713-309-6824.

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6

Jersey Village FFA Craft Fair

More than 200 booths feature jewelry, artists, indoor and outdoor decor, clothing, baby items, handmade items and gifts. The event supports the Jersey Village FFA. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sunday). Free. Cy-Fair ISD Exhibit Center, 11206 Telge Road, Cypress. 832-567-5891.

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