Fall Festivals, Farms & Pumpkin Patches – Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, during Fall 2016!
Update: For 2018 Events, go HERE!
The kids are back to school, the weather is cooling down and it’s time for Fall Festivals, Farms & Pumpkin Patches. Find the fall events below and get to celebrating!
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Update: For 2018 Events, go HERE!
Fall Festivals & Events:
Texas Renaissance Festival – Weekends, October 8-November 22, 2016 – Todd Mission, Texas
$26 Tickets (and deals can usually be found on coupon websites). Kids are free on Sundays.
The world’s largest Renaissance Festival has weekend themes of Oktoberfest, 1001 Dreams, Pirate Adventure, All Hallows Eve, Roman Bacchanal, Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling and Celtic Christmas.
Zoo Boo – October 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2016 – Houston Zoo – 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
Free with zoo admission. Wear your costumes and stop by the stations throughout the zoo. Pumpkins, candy, mazes and more. If possible, go on Friday mornings and beat the crowds!
Howl-o-ween Fest – October 29, 2016 – Bridgeland Oak Meadow Park
With performances from “America’s Got Talent” finalists, Christian Stoinev and his dog Scooby, Panfilov’s Performing Pets, visits from Dr. Aubrey Ross and Dr. Diarra Blue of Animal Planet’s “The Vet Life,” a pooch fashion show/costume contest and more, Bridgeland’s 8th Annual Howl-O-Ween Fest promises to be the best pet-friendly party of the season.
Houston Egytpian Festival – October 29, 2016 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Egyptian dishes, desserts, beers and wine served by Phoenicia Specialty Foods. Ride/pet exotic camels, learn Egyptian history and pick up your own Papyrus art with Hieroglyphics.
Ghostly Gardens – October 30, 2016 – Moody Gardens – One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554
Free trick-or-treating at various locations throughout the complex, Creepy Crafts, face-painting and a costume contest for guests in the Garden Lobby with prizes for the best costume. Families with at a member in a Halloween costume will receive a special discount and pay just $5 per attraction per person to Moody Gardens attractions.
Halloween Monster Mash Bash – October 31, 2016 – Children’s Museum – 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
Let the ghoul times roll as you boogie to the hauntingly hip tunes of a wicked DJ along with monstrous characters during the Monster Mashup at 4:30 p.m. Move your bones in the Thriller Dance Party at 5 p.m. Encapsulate Glow in The Dark Monster Slime. Then, trick-or-treat the night away. Be sure to come dressed in your most boo-tiful or frightfully freaky costume!
Pumpkin Carving Workshop – October 31, 2016 – Orange Show – 2401 Munger St, Houston, TX 77023
An annual event for the whole family! It will be under the Vinson Elkins Pavilion in Smither Park and expert pumpkin carvers will be on hand to teach you the tricks and treats of creating a masterpiece. At dusk, trick or treating will start and take place throughout The Orange Show and Smither Park, with volunteer stationed throughout giving out candy to the kids. Come costumed and enjoy a fun, free Halloween evening! BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin).
Via Color Street Painting Festival – November 19, 20, 2016 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
200 artists paint the streets surrounding City Hall! Watch the artists work, enjoy music, activities and food! Via Colori is a fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech.
Greek Festival – October 6,7, 8, 9, 2016 – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral – 3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006
$5.00 (adults), Children 12 and under admitted free, Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm Free Admission
Enjoy performances, food, shopping and a kid zone. If possible, go Friday mid-day for free admission.
Fiddle Festival – October 7 & 8 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Daniel Bernard Roumain and the Villalobos Brothers headline concerts also featuring Two Star Symphony, Lost and Nameless Orchestra, and Fiddle Witch.
Oktoberfest – October 8 – First Evangelical Lutheran Church – 1311 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004
$5 wristband gets you everything… a plate of food, craft beer, (rootbeer for kids & minors), unlimited bouncy house/obstacle course play, carnival games and prizes, live entertainment.
Bayou City Art Festival – October 8 & 9 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
Over 300 Artists working in 19 different media, Non-Profits, Music, Food, Beverages, Children’s Creative Zone. Purchase discounted tickets online.
Pumpkin Patch – October 15 & 16, 2016 – Nature Discovery Center – 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401
Free Admission, Games & Food Tickets for Purchase. Pumpkins, Kids Games, Bounce Houses, Wagon Ride. There is free street parking.
Energy Day 2016 – October 15, 2016 – Sam Houston Park – 1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Energy Day is a free, family-friendly festival that celebrates and highlights the importance of energy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our daily lives. There will be a variety of interactive energy exhibits and booths, live music, food, contests and fun for all ages. Geared toward K-12 students.
KBR Kids Day on Buffalo Bayou – October 15, 2016 – The Water Works – 105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007
Free. Live music, entertainment, hands on activities! You can also explore the new Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area, ride in BBP’s pontoon boat Spirit of the Bayou, and rent bikes or paddle crafts.
FireFest – October 15, 2016 – Val Jahnke Training Facility – 8030 Braniff Street, Houston, TX 77061
Our favorite! There are a lot of kid friendly activities, a lot of live fire demontrations, a parade and more!
Lego KidsFest – October 21, 22, 23 – NRG Center – NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054
LEGO KidsFest is a giant LEGO event held over three days and filled with fun interactive, creative and educational activities for the whole family.
Wings Over Houston – October 22, 23, 2016 – Ellington Airport – 510 Ellington Field, Houston, TX 77034
$30 at gate, but family packs available. Open admission good for Saturday or Sunday. Bring your own chair and ear protection!
ArBOOretum! – October 22, 2016 – Houston Arboretum and Nature Center – 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024
$15 for ages 3 and up. All activities free once inside. Members Only (Free) Early Entry from 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m.
Trick or Treat Trails, Hay rides through the forest, Train rides, Live owls, Petting zoo and pony rides, Pumpkin decorating.
Tricks & Treats Among the Trees – October 22, 2016 – Jesse H. Jones Park – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
Free. Items for purchase. Trick-or-treat nature trail and Halloween fun with crafts, live creepy critters, games, hayrides, a critter storybook trail, and more. Wear your costumes.
Toddler Tuesday: Mickey’s Halloween – October 25, 2016 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Be sure to come in costume! On-site contest registration, prizes and treats will be awarded to each child who enters the contest.
Farms & Pumpkin Patches:
Check websites for prices, hours and opening days.
Blessington Farm – 510 Chisolm Trail, Simonton, Texas 77476
Come enjoy the Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festivities at Blessington Farms. A great outing for the entire family with many Fall activities that include hay rides, giant slides, barrel train rides, pedal cars and animal encounters with camels, Baby Doll sheep, goats and MANY more. Many NEW activities debuting this Fall including a new walk-thru aviary where you can feed our new Quaker Parrots, Rope Maze and Fossil Dig to name a few. All activities are included in the price of admission with the exception of fishing. Admission is $15/person (children 18 mos. and under are free) and fishing is $5/per pole. Happening every Saturday AND Sunday, September 24-October 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Good Shepherd Pumpkin Patch – 2929 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
Opens October 10, 2016, Admission is Free. Children can enjoy lots of fun activities while parents check out the large selection of pumpkins.
Memorial Drive United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch – 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079
Opens October 3, 2016. Pumpkin Patch is good for photos.
Oil Ranch – 23501 Macedonia Road : Hockley, TX 77447
All activities are included with admission price… milk a cow, ride a horse, climb the hay bales and so much more. Free pumpkins for kids. See last year’s post HERE.
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