This weekend offers many outdoor activities that can be combined with the potentially wonderful weather. Be on the lookout for fun cultural festivals, Oktoberfest at RenFest, outdoor films, and more.
Speaking of nature: Sunday is World Mental Health Day. Dr. Cory Walker, Chief Medical Officer of the Menninger Clinic, tells us that many scientific studies show that spending time in nature is good for mental health.
“There are many beautiful public parks and green spaces in the Houston area. So plan a fun outing in the great outdoors with family or friends and know that it’s good for everyone’s mental health too, ”she advises.
Have fun and get out there. Here are your best bets for the weekend.
Thursday October 7th
The original Greek festival
Starting today, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation is hosting the Original Greek Festival, an annual festival that has been attracting visitors since 1966. On Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. you can join the celebrations and enjoy homemade dishes such as souvlaki, pastitsio, spanakopita and baklava. The event also features a program of live dancing, music and tours of the cathedral.
42nd annual Chicano Festival
The 42nd annual Chicano Festival reflects the artistic creativity that has evolved into the Chicano cultural experience after centuries of influence from Native Americans, Mexico, Europeans, and the United States. Attend the first night of the three day event and enjoy performances by artists Little Joe and La Familia and Los Texmaniacs. The event starts at 7 pm.
Friday October 8th
Humble Mouse with Future Islands at the White Oak Music Hall
Head to the White Oak Music Hall to see indie rock legends Modest Mouse on their tour with their latest album, The Golden Casket. Baltimore-based synth-pop band Future Islands will open the show on the eve of their album As Long As You Are, due out on Saturday. The show starts at 6 p.m. on the meadow. Tickets start at $ 45.
Kemah Boardwalk presents Boo on the boardwalk
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Halloween night, Kemah Boardwalk invites guests to celebrate the spooky season with horrors for the whole family. With child-friendly haunted houses, balloon artists, live music and much more, there is enough entertainment for everyone. On the weekends, kids can also do trick or treating and take part in handicraft activities like mini pumpkin decorations and mask art. Opens on Friday at 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Saturday October 9th
Bayou City Art Festival
This weekend, the Bayou City Art Festival returns to welcome artists, patrons and supporters to Houston’s popular two-day art event. The festival gives patrons a chance to meet artists and explore original works from more than a dozen art disciplines, from painting and jewelry to sculpture and more. With live music, food trucks and craft beer and vineyards, the event takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Oktoberfest at the Texas Renaissance Festival
The 47th annual Texas Renaissance Festival opens its doors this Saturday and welcomes its guests with an Oktoberfest celebration. Each weekend of the festival – which runs until November 28th – has its own theme, but it’s hard to miss an Oktoberfest-themed costume contest and sausage eating contest. The festival also features performances throughout the day, tons of vendors, and a range of festive foods, including the turkey legs baked in honey. Adult tickets start at $ 25.
Second Saturday at Sawyer Yards
Once a month, Sawyer Yards opens the doors to its six studio building complex for visitors to discover an incredible array of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, clothing, mixed media, and more. Meet the artists, learn about their work and process, and maybe even pick up a new piece for your own collection. Noon to 5 p.m.
Mixed news at POST
Head downtown at POST on Saturday to celebrate the performing arts. The event features performances by the Houston Contemporary Dance Company, the Houston Poet Laureate Outspoken Bean, and the ROCO String Quartet. Enjoy the performances and catch a glimpse of the brand new, strikingly designed facility. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the performances start at 8 p.m.
Dealer market day at Lone Pint Brewery
Stop at the Lone Pint Brewery for an afternoon of great food and tasty beers. From 3:00 p.m., the brewery has live music as well as multiple vendors and food trucks, including Reville Barbecue and Poundtown Pizza. To top it off, Lone Pint will be offering a special barrel version of their Bourbon Barrel Aged Gentleman’s Relish with cocoa nibs.
Sunday October 10th
Sweet like Pan Dulce Pop-Up
Head to Tenfold Coffee Company for a one-of-a-kind pop-up experience created by Miradela, a Houston-based design brand operated by Gabriella Campos, the co-founder of HTX Boss Babes, a local organization that hosts events for women’s businesses . The event features plenty of pan dulce and an interactive photo installation, plus dozens of vendors selling delicious snacks and drinks, unique accessories, and more. The pop-up runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Schnapps can Sunday at Riel
The Montrose restaurant’s monthly pop-up features guest chef Lyle Bento (Southern Goods, Trash Panda Drinking Club), who serves dishes like poutine cheese sticks, a po ‘boy with fried oysters, clams in menudo broth, and a Korean army soup bun that Comes complete with hot dog, spam, kim chi, and American cheese. The Riel Kitchen also serves a Nashville hot shrimp roll, fried chicken wings, and clam chowder fries. As always, DJ Seek will keep the party going – as will the drink specials – while local artists showcase their work. 3 p.m. – closed.
The Annie Café & Bar presents Supper Club at The Annie: Motown Review
Head to Annie Café & Bar for their Supper Club, which reinterprets the “dinner and a show” concept with a performance of Motown songs by the Richard Brown Orchestra with Kelley Peters & Bob Luna and special guests Shawn Sounds & Christina Wells. Deborah Duncan will serve as the special guest and emcee. Hear big band and swing classics as you enjoy a 3-course Prix Fix menu of dishes like braised beef ribs and duck confit. Tickets are $ 195 with seating at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown
End your Sunday with a movie night at the Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown. Take a trip to Wakanda at 5:30 PM with Black Panther or visit the Golden Age at 8:45 PM with Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood. Guests can choose their seating and grab popcorn to share. Tickets start at $ 17.50.