7 things to do in Tomball, Magnolia this weekend, Oct. 14-16

This weekend's Texas Renaissance Festival is fairy-themed.

This weekend's Texas Renaissance Festival is fairy-themed.

Friday, Oct. 14: Magnolia Bowl
The Rotary Club of Magnolia hosts a tailgate open to the public before the Magnolia West and Magnolia high school football teams face off at Mustang Stadium at Magnolia West High School. Food is provided by Chick-fil-A. Meant to build community, the slogan is, “We’re one town, two teams.” Look for the big tent provided by Bull Promotions and enjoy live music and DJ sets, as well as a chicken nugget-eating contest and dunking booth before the game. 4-6:30 p.m. (tailgate event), 7:30 p.m. (kickoff). Free (tailgate event), $8 (Chick-fil-A meal), $8 (Magnolia Bowl general admission). Magnolia West High School soccer fields and Mustang Stadium, 42202 FM 1774, Magnolia. www.magnoliaisd.org

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16: Haras Cup 2016
The Premier Working Equitation Championship in the U.S. is celebrating its third year drawing horsemen and women. Derby attire is suggested. The three-day event includes competitions, exhibitions, cocktail parties, a children’s entertainment and educational area and vendor booths. A concert on Sunday features Curtis Braly. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Friday), 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Saturday), 5 p.m.-midnight (Saturday gala), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sunday), 5-6 p.m. (Sunday concert). Free (tickets available for gala). Haras Hacienda, 26427 Peden Road, Magnolia. 281-305-1471. http://harascup.com

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16: Corn maze and pumpkin patch
Salem Lutheran Church hosts a 5-acre corn maze in the shape of an old steam locomotive to honor the early days of Tomball as a railroad hub and center of commerce in north Harris County. Other activities include hayrides, a pumpkin patch and yard games. The corn maze will be open through Nov. 13. 9 a.m.-noon (Tues.), 3-7 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), 1-7 p.m. (Sun.) $10 (ages 6 and older), $5 (ages 2-5), free (under 2). Salem Lutheran Church, 22601 Lutheran Church Road, Tomball. 281-351-8223. www.tomballcornmaze.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

Saturday, Oct. 15: Freight Train Food Truck Festival
The city of Tomball hosts a festival with more than 30 food trucks, live music, merchandise vendors and a kids zone. Artists include Picture Book and the Led Zeppelin cover band Von Hindenburg. Food trucks on-site include Luv Me Tenders, Soul Cat Cuisine, The Hungry Lumberjack, Whatchacravin and Katmania Crepes. Noon-6 p.m. Free (admission and parking). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 & 15: Breast Cancer and Veteran Fundraiser
The Tomball VFW Post 2427 hosts the annual Boo-B-Q Bingo Night and BBQ Cook-off. Friday night will feature a bingo tournament and Saturday’s events will include a barbecue cook-off, food trucks, a craft fair, bake sale and silent auction. Proceeds will go to benefit breast cancer and veteran nonprofits. For information on how to enter the cook-off, contact Candi Baines at candibaines@gmail.com. 7 p.m. (Friday), 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tomball VFW Post, 14408 Alice Road, Tomball.

Sunday, Oct. 16: Fall Paper Clover Bake Sale
The West Montgomery County 4H Shooting Sports Club hosts a fundraising event at the Magnolia location of Tractor Supply Co. Proceeds will go the send club members to 4H camp. $1 donations will also be accepted. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tractor Supply Co., 18567 Buddy Riley Blvd., Magnolia. www.facebook.com/WMCO4HSS
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By Wendy Sturges

A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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