6 things to do this weekend in Tomball and Magnolia, Nov. 11-13

Texans United for Freedom hosts its annual Veterans Day cook-off Nov. 11-12 in Magnolia.

Texans United for Freedom hosts its annual Veterans Day cook-off Nov. 11-12 in Magnolia.

Here are six things to do this weekend to honor veterans, give back to the community or celebrate fall.

Veterans Day Celebration
Fri., Nov. 11

The Tomball VFW Post 2427 hosts a Veterans Day celebration, "Salute to our Hometown Heroes," until 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11. The event honors veterans in the Tomball and Magnolia area with barbecue, music, games and activites. Free (admission). Tomball VFW, 14408 Alice Road, Tomball. 281-351-2427. www.vfwpost2427.org

BBQ Cook-Off
Fri.-Sat., Nov. 11-12

Benefiting the Lone Survivor Foundation, the Texans United for Freedom Cooking 4 Courage BBQ Cook-Off  raises funds for therapeutic outdoor opportunities for American wounded service members and their families to optimize recovery. Sanctioned by the Lone Star BBQ Society, the event includes a silent and live auction, fireworks at sundown on Friday, as well as cooking competitions both days. Live music both Friday and Saturday. 4:30-midnight (Fri.), noon-midnight (Sat.). Free (public). Unity Park, 19450 Unity Park Drive, Magnolia. 832-712-1760. www.tufffoundation.org

Corn maze
Fri.-Sun., Nov. 11-13

This is the last weekend for the corn maze, hosted by Salem Lutheran Church. The 5-acre corn maze was created 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. 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

Veterans Day Breakfast
Sat., Nov. 12

Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands will host veterans, active and retired military personnel and their families and friends for breakfast in the car dealership’s showroom. Co-owner and general manager Bob Milner will begin the program, and state Rep. Mark Keough, R-The Woodlands, will be the guest speaker. The Conroe High School Army JROTC Color Guard will present a flag ceremony, and American Legion Post 305 Commander Victoria Glover will conduct the prayer and invocation. 9 a.m. Free. Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands, 16917 I-45 S., The Woodlands. 936-206-7500. www.mbotw.com

Tomball Dash
Sat., Nov. 12

The family-friendly event includes a 5K and Barkley Shoe Dash for children, as well as games, food, a mascot dance off, bounce houses and awards ceremony following the runs. All net proceeds benefit the Woodforest Charitable Foundation. 8-11 a.m. $10 (Barkley Shoe Dash), $30 (5K). Tomball Historic Depot, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-0464. www.runsignup.com/Race/TX/Tomball/TomballDash

Texas Renaissance Festival
Sat.-Sun., Nov. 12-13

This weekend’s theme is Barbarian Invasion, featuring a costume contest for the worst dressed barbarian and a turkey leg-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. The gala features a heroes and villians theme this weekend. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. $26 (adult), $14 (child). Texas Renaissance Festival, 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission. 800-458-3435. www.texrenfest.com
By Anna Lotz

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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