Seasonal events in The Woodlands area: Your 2021 fall festival guide

Fall festivals have returned to The Woodlands area this year with a variety of events scheduled in September, October and November. Attendees should check with each venue regarding safety policies and cancellations throughout the year.

SEPTEMBER

25 Visit Magnolia’s Fall Fest Market


The Magnolia Fall Fest Market is hosted by the Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce and presented by Planet Ford. The event includes a pumpkin patch, crafts, face painting and more than 50 vendors. Noon-4 p.m. Free (with canned goods donation), $1 (per ticket). Magnolia Event Center, 11659 FM 1488, Magnolia. 281-356-1488. www.greatermagnoliaparkwaycc.org

25 Take in art demonstrations


Market Street’s Fall Fine Arts Show includes live music; artist demonstrations; and an art show demonstrating paintings, photography, metal works, sculptures and pottery. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Central Park at Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. 281-419-4774. www.shopatmarketstreet.com

OCTOBER

02 Sample a barbecue cook-off


The 14th annual Sterling Ridge Village Association barbecue challenge and children’s festival returns to Cranebrook Park this year. The event includes free barbecue food prepared by neighborhood teams as well as games for kids, bounce houses, face painting, pony rides, and meet and greets with local public safety officers. The Sterling Ridge Village Association solicits sponsors to raise money to fund annual grants to the three elementary schools that serve Sterling Ridge: Deretchin, Smith and Tough elementary schools. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Cranebrook Park, 11800 Cranebrook Drive, The Woodlands. www.sterling-ridge.org

09 Celebrate fall in Oak Ridge North

The city of Oak Ridge North will host its eighth annual Fall Festival including games, prizes, train rides and pumpkin decorating. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Marilyn Edgar Park, 26531 Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North. 281-292-4648. www.oakridgenorth.com

23 Enjoy outdoor activities

The Shadowbend YMCA location will host an outdoor family night for all ages. Children can dress up for trick-or-treat stations, carnival games and concessions. 3-5 p.m. Free (with a nonperishable food donation). Shadowbend YMCA, 6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands. 281-367-9622. www.ymcahouston.org

23 Travel the Trick or Treat Trail at Northshore Park

Children have the opportunity to trick-or-treat from booth to booth and fill their bags with goodies from local vendors. The event also includes strolling entertainment, carnival games, costume contests, photo areas, food trucks, a pumpkin patch and crafts. 2-6 p.m. Free. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

23 Help pets for Howl-O-Weeek

The Howl-O-Ween Festival, hosted in the East Shore Community, will benefit homeless pets. Funds raised during the event will be shared between Operation Pets Alive! and Friends of Faye. Adoptable homeless pets of Operation Pets Alive! and Friends of Faye will be in attendance. The festival will include live music, vendors, food trucks, a bake sale, face painting, a pumpkin maze, photo opportunities, games and a silent auction. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Ellipse Park, 2662 N. Bay Place, The Woodlands. www.operationpetsalive.org

23 Visit Creekside Park for a festival

The village festival for Creekside Park is set for Oct. 23. 3-5 p.m. Free. Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

24 Stop by the Cochran's Crossing festival

Cochran’s Crossing holds its fall village festival Oct. 24. 1-4 p.m. Free. Shadowbend Park, 4995 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3887. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

30 Visit College Park's annual event

The village of College Park holds a fall festival Oct. 30. 1-4 p.m. Free. Harper’s Landing Park, 2 North Blair Bridge Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3889. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

30 Attend the SpookTacular Halloween party

The Woodlands Children’s Museum is hosting a SpookTacular Halloween Monster Mash Party the Saturday before Halloween. The event will have games and activities, live music, art projects, science slime and face painting. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

30 Celebrate with The Woodlands Pride Festival

The Woodlands Pride Festival will return Oct. 30 at Town Green Park. The festival will have vendors and exhibits. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. Noon. Free. www.thewoodlandstxpride.org

30 Dress up for a themed costume party

The Woodlands Charities is hosting Into the Woods, its fourth annual Halloween costume party. The party will have a costume contest, food and drinks, a live band, fortune tellers, a photo booth and games. 6 p.m.-midnight. $100-$150. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 713-303-5105. www.thewoodlandscharities.org

30 Trick or treat on a tandem kayak

Riva Row Boat House is hosting a trick-or-treat event where attendees in costume can travel on two-person tandem kayaks around the Waterway and Lake Woodlands to visit stops and collect Halloween treats from boathouse staff. Children under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration is required. 9-10 a.m. $40 per kayak. Riva Row Boat House, 2101 Riva Row, The Woodlands. 281-2190-3965. www.rivarowboathouse.com

31 Visit with the community at Halloween Safe Streets

The Shenandoah Police Department hosts this annual Halloween night event, providing a safe, fun environment for young trick-or-treaters. 6-8 p.m. Free. Locations throughout Shenandoah. 281-298-5522. www.shenandoahtx.us

31 Stop by the Monster Mash Trick or Treat Stop

The Monster Mash Trick or Treat Stop event includes trick-or-treating with dressed-up recreation staff, inflatables, games, crafts and costume contests. 5-8 p.m. Free. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

NOVEMBER

06 Plant bluebonnets at the Wildflower Festival


The 33rd annual Wildflower Festival will feature a bluebonnet planting ceremony, wildflower crafts, bounce houses, face painting, a DJ, food trucks, and a plant and craft sale from The Woodlands Garden Club. The Woodlands mascot Puffy Pine Cone is also expected to make a special appearance. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

19 THROUGH 21

Get ready for the holidays


The Junior League of The Woodlands is holding its 17th annual Holiday Market. The shopping event features a variety of items and vendors from flower arrangements to personalized gifts to holiday ornaments. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Nov. 19-20), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov. 21). Ticket pricing TBA. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. www.jlthewoodlands.org

20 View the annual Lighting of the Doves

The Lighting of the Doves Festival is the ceremonial illumination of the giant doves throughout The Woodlands. The festival is held at Town Green Park and will include live music, snow play areas, vendor booths, children’s activities, strolling entertainment and a special appearance by Santa Claus. The festival includes a fireworks display. 3-9 p.m. Free. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov
By Ally Bolender

Reporter, The Woodlands

Ally joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Texas State University. Ally covers education, local government, transportation, business, and real estate development in The Woodlands. Prior to CI, Ally served as news content manager of KTSW FM-89.9 in San Marcos, Texas.



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