Main Event is being built in Tomball; the Texas Renaissance Festival returns Oct. 9, plus more top stories from the Greater Houston area

The Texas Renaissance Festival returns for its 47th year beginning Oct. 9-10 with an Oktoberfest-themed weekend. (Courtesy Steven David Photography)
The Texas Renaissance Festival returns for its 47th year beginning Oct. 9-10 with an Oktoberfest-themed weekend. (Courtesy Steven David Photography)

The Texas Renaissance Festival returns for its 47th year beginning Oct. 9-10 with an Oktoberfest-themed weekend. (Courtesy Steven David Photography)

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Greater Houston area.

Main Event under construction near Regal Lone Star, Texas Roadhouse in Tomball

Main Event, an entertainment center featuring bowling, arcade games, food and a bar, is under construction in Tomball.

10 new restaurants now open or coming soon in Katy

Looking for a new place to eat or drink in Katy? Check out this list of restaurants that have recently opened or are coming soon.


Here's what to know before the Texas Renaissance Festival returns Oct. 9

The 47th annual Texas Renaissance Festival returns for eight weekends this fall with health and safety measures in place, themed weekends and new entertainment.

Aloha Poke Co. now open in Cypress

This is the first of 11 planned Houston-area franchise locations, officials said in a news release.

Statewide November ballot propositions explained; East Montgomery County sees explosive growth and more top Houston-area news

Read the most popular Houston-area news from the last week. These stories were published between Sept. 24-28.

Chandler France, Anna Lotz, Danica Lloyd, Jishnu Nair, Emily Lincke, Laura Aebi and Ally Bolender contributed to this report.


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Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures, located at 23101 Hwy. 242, New Caney, is launching a series of new rides throughout the rest of this year, with most of the new attractions opening to the public by Nov. 26. (Courtesy Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures)
Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures in New Caney set to add 11 new attractions

The new portion of the theme park dubbed Big Rivers Fairgrounds will feature 11 amusement park rides, including a spinning rollercoaster, a rocking pirate ship, a 360-degree spinning pendulum and several attractions for children.

The county’s team would aid adult victims of sexual assault and streamline response operations, the DA’s office said. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office presents plan for sexual assault response team

The county’s team would aid adult victims of sexual assault and streamline response operations, the DA’s office said.

A conceptual rendering shows what a high-speed rail station in Dallas could look like. A final design on the station has not yet been released. (Courtesy Texas Central)
Reversing course, Texas Supreme Court grants rehearing for high-speed rail eminent domain case

In the Oct. 15 order granting a rehearing, the Supreme Court set a date of Jan. 11 to hear oral arguments.

The amended version of the planned development unit will now go to the Austin Planning Commission for review. (Rendering courtesy Austin Environmental Commission)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Austin commission OKs development plan near Lady Bird Lake; shopping center coming to Porter and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 15.

Through most of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of apartments were offering some kind of concession as a way to entice renters. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Rising apartment rent continues to be trend in Houston region

​​​​​​​According to data from ApartmentData.com, Houston has seen an average 12.8% rental rate growth in the past year.

The Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program has helped local families avoid eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Harris County evictions trending up as federal moratorium ends

More than 1,200 eviction cases were filed in Harris County the week of Sept. 20—the highest weekly number since before the pandemic.

The Smoking Joint is now open under the umbrella of Click Click Chew virtual food hall in Cypress. (Courtesy Kirsten Gilliam)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: More restaurant, retail space could be coming to north Frisco development; Locatelli’s owners launch virtual food hall in Cypress, and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 14.

Montgomery County Emergency Services District No. 10 will host its first of three community meetings Oct. 16. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Tomball Bluegrass Festival, Cactus Jack's Campfire: 7 events in Tomball and Magnolia Oct. 15-16

Other events this weekend include local high school football games, a fall frenzy and the seventh annual Cactus Jack's Campfire.

Todd Stephens has been superintendent of Magnolia ISD since July 2009. (Photo courtesy Magnolia ISD)
Q&A: Magnolia ISD Superintendent Todd Stephens provides update on academic year 2021-22

With additional staff and more than 500 new students in Magnolia ISD, Superintendent Todd Stephens said he feels optimistic about the academic year.

Jimmy Rogers co-founded Boots for Troops, a Magnolia-based nonprofit, in 2015 with his wife, Lindsey, following Jimmy’s deployment with the U.S. Navy. (Courtesy Jimmy Rogers)
Get to know Jimmy Rogers, co-founder of Boots for Troops, as annual Concert in the Country fundraiser approaches

Concert in the Country is the main fundraiser for Boots for Troops, a Magnolia-based nonprofit organization, and is scheduled to return Oct. 16. The event garnered about 3,200 attendees last year.

Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services officials announced a new collaboration with medical technology company Siemens Healthineers to offer lab-quality, point-of-care blood analysis testing in the field. (Courtesy of Cypress Creek EMS)
Cypress Creek EMS, Siemens Healthineers partnership brings prehospital blood analysis to patients

Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services officials announced a new collaboration with medical technology company Siemens Healthineers to offer lab-quality, point-of-care blood analysis testing in the field, according to an Oct. 12 news release.

State law now requires each county to establish an adult sexual assault response team. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County to establish state-mandated sexual abuse response team

State law now requires each county to establish an adult sexual assault response team.