The Woodlands and surrounding areas will play host to a number of festivals throughout the fall and into the holiday season.


17. Montgomery Wine and Music Fest
Attendees sample wine from
16 Texas wineries and a craft beer wall, and they can also order by the glass or bottle. The festival features a children’s area and continuous live music. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $5 (children’s area), $25 (wine tasting package purchased online), $30 (at gate). $5 (fee for alcohol), $1 (single tickets).

14420 Liberty St., Montgomery


01. Flying Saucer BeerFeast
Sugar Land’s Flying Saucer hosts its fifth annual event, featuring more than 50 breweries and 80 craft beers. Restaurants have food available for attendees. Ticket purchase includes admission to the event, a tasting card that includes 12 beer samples and a tasting glass. Additional tasting cards are available for purchase. 2-6:30 p.m. $35-$68.
Flying Saucer, 15929 City Walk, Sugar Land

06-09.  The Original Greek Festival
This festival highlights Greek culture through traditional food, crafts, art and gifts. Each night features traditional Greek dancing reflecting the customs and culture of the country. Cathedral tours are also offered throughout the festival.     5-10 p.m. (Oct. 6), 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m. (Oct. 7), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Oct. 8), noon-6 p.m. (Oct. 9). $5 (admission at the gate), free admission (11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 7 and every day for children age 12 and younger), $22 (presale ticket includes one-day admission and a dinner plate).
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Blvd., Houston

08. Oak Ridge North Fall Festival
The third annual festival features vendors, games and prizes, music, face painting and a pumpkin patch. The event also includes several food and drink vendors. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.
Marilyn Edgar Park, 2653 Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North

08. Texian Heritage Festival
Attendees experience Texas culture while learning about the state’s extensive history. Activities include dramatic Texas Independence battle re-enactments, Native American dancers and tug of war and roping lessons for children. Entertainment performances are provided by the Chikawa Dancers. Proceeds benefit a local charity in Montgomery County. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 (visitors age 13 and older), free (12 and younger).
Fernland Historical Park, 780 Clepper Drive

08-November 27. Texas Renaissance Festival
For eight weekends in October and November, thousands of festival attendees dress up and explore the Renaissance-themed park. Each weekend features food and drink vendors, live entertainment and more than 400 shops. Shuttles are available for guests staying at Executive Inn and Suites and Magnolia Inn and Suites. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. $25.95 (online regular adult), $13.95 (online regular child).
21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission

13-16. Festa Italiana
Festivalgoers celebrate Italian culture through traditional food, music and art. The event also features a car show, grape stomp and pasta-eating contest highlighting Italian customs. 5-10 p.m. (Oct.13), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Oct. 14, 15), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Oct. 16). $6 (online), $8 (at gate), free (children age 12 and younger).
University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston

14. Wicked Wonderland Family Carnival
Families are invited to enjoy an evening filled with live performances, photo zones, games and inflatables. A movie in the park begins at 8 p.m. 4-8 p.m. Free.
Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands

14-16. Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
The 27th annual event spans a three-day weekend in downtown Conroe. Food vendors offer traditional Cajun options and festival favorites, and live entertainment is featured on three different stages. Throughout the weekend there is a professional carnival, catfish pageant, kids zone and other family-friendly attractions. 6 p.m.-midnight (Oct. 14), 11 a.m.-midnight (Oct. 15), noon-6 p.m. (Oct. 16). $20 (three-day pass), $12 (one-day pass), free admission (visitors age 12 and younger).
Downtown Conroe, 101 S. Main St., Conroe

15. Fall Craft Show
The Ladies Involved Giving His Touch ministry presents its 14th annual event. More than 50 vendors offer fall-themed crafts and gifts, and proceeds go to various outreach efforts, such as Christmas baskets, sponsoring children for summer camps and the state and national women’s auxiliary projects. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.
Timber Lakes Baptist Church,
1540 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands

15. Taste of the Village
The Indian Springs Village Association hosts the 12th annual event, which supports the ISVA Community Service Scholarship Fund. The community event features more than
40 booths exhibiting local businesses and organizations, food samples, a raffle, live music and several child-friendly activities, including face painting, inflatables, balloon artistry and walking entertainers. Noon-3 p.m. Free.
Indian Springs Shopping Center, Kuykendahl Road and Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands

15-November 16. Petfest
Old Town Spring’s annual pet-friendly weekend is packed with events, such as Texas wiener races, costume contests, cake walks, animal blessings, a fur parade, a fur fun run and a fun-loving dog show. Veterinarians and rescue groups are present to answer questions, and pet food donations for animals in need are collected during the event. Pets that attend must be on a leash and at least 4 months old. 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m (Oct. 15), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Oct. 16). Free.
Preservation Park, 130 Spring School Road, Spring

22. Pumpkin Fest
Faith United Methodist Church hosts the 22nd annual event featuring a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase, a bake sale, child-friendly games and prizes, a petting zoo, and arts and crafts. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
Faith United Methodist Church, 2403 Rayford Road, Spring

22. The Woodlands Fall Market and Fair
The annual market and fair offers a variety of activities, including a barbecue lunch, bake sale, silent auction and shopping. Children’s activities include a rock wall, bounce house, face painting and a pumpkin patch. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
Christ Church United Methodist, 6363 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands

31. Halloween Safe Streets
This Shenandoah tradition encourages trick-or-treaters to gather in a designated residential neighborhood as a way of safely collecting candy provided by the Shenandoah Police Department from participating houses. 6-8 p.m. Free.
Tuscany Woods subdivision, Shenandoah


12-13. Children’s Festival
The 21st annual family-friendly weekend includes live music, strolling entertainers, face painting, balloon artists, inflatables, games, and arts and crafts. The two-day event is presented by ExxonMobil and Huntsman International in The Woodlands and is open to all ages. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 (per person in advance), $10 (per person at the door).
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands

12-Dec. 24 Home for the Holidays
Old Town Spring welcomes residents home for the holidays with the 35th annual six-week event, which includes strolling performers, a hot chocolate booth and holiday shopping. Children also have the opportunity to write letters to Santa Claus who will also make a special appearance. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.), noon-6 pm. (Sun.). Free.
Old Town Spring, 403 Main St., Spring

18-20. Junior League Holiday Market
The Junior League of The Woodlands hosts its 14th annual shopping extravaganza at which shoppers can find unique, personalized gifts to complete their holiday shopping. Proceeds benefit the JLTW organization. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Nov. 18, 19), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov. 20). Free.
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands

19. Lighting of the Doves/iWow
This long-standing tradition of illuminating The Woodlands Town Center with doves, as a symbol of hope and peace, signals the beginning of the holiday season in The Woodlands. Festivities include international food, snow play areas, strolling entertainment, a fireworks display and a special appearance by Santa Claus. 3-9 p.m. Free.
Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands

29. Lighting of the Angels
Shenandoah citizens and city officials get into the holiday spirit by participating in this annual event centered around lighting the angels that are placed throughout the city. Entertainment and refreshments take place in the city’s municipal complex. 6-8 p.m. Free.
Shenandoah Mun
icipal Complex, 29955 I-45 S., Shenandoah


09-11. Tomball German Christmas Market
The 17th annual celebration of German culture brings a taste of traditional German Christmas to Tomball. The event takes over Old Town Tomball with four stages of live German and Czech music, and over 200 vendors selling German Christmas items. The family-friendly weekend also boasts a full carnival, strolling entertainers, a visit from St. Nicholas. A free shuttle bus is available to transport attendees from the Tomball Regional Hospital parking lot to the festivities. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 9), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Dec. 10), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Dec. 11). Free.
Old Town Tomball, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball