September 29 - November 25
The largest Renaissance Festival in the nation is back for nine straight weekends, running Saturdays, Sundays, and Thanksgiving Friday. This year’s Texas RenFest will host themed weekends from Barbarian Invasion (October 13) to Celtic Christmas (November 23), with every weekend rocking live music and shows, shoppes and costumes, mead and ale, after-dark parties, and feasts fit for a king.
Cost: Daily passes are $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids up to 12, with camping and weekend packages available
Formed in 2015, the annual Southern Smoke is easily one of the most anticipated food events of the year, and this year, the charitable organization is once again raising funds for the MS Society (along with featuring a year-round Emergency Relief Fund for people in the food and beverage industry, inspired by the success of last year’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts). Chef Chris Shepherd and the Houston BBQ Collective will be joined by chefs Aaron Franklin, Daniela Soto-Innes, Vivian Howard, Ryan Prewitt, Edouardo Jordan, Chris Bianco, Pat Martin, Billy Durney, Jason Vincent, Matthew Rudofker, Tae Strain, and Sam Jones. The outdoor block party runs from 4 to 8pm behind the The Hay Merchant.
Cost: Tickets are $200 for general admission and $350 for VIP
Gyros, souvlaki, baklava, and spanakopita will all be up for grabs at the 52nd annual Original Greek Festival, which takes place at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Yoakum. Besides the traditional Greek eats, you can also expect authentic music and dance, a market, Greek wines, and plenty of good times. Thurs 5-10pm; Fri 11am-3pm and 5-10pm; Sat 11am-6pm; Sun noon-6pm.
Cost: Tickets are $5 for adults (free on Friday before 3pm) and free for children 12 and under
October 5-7, 19-21
Pearland & Shady Acres
Father-son duo Hans and Philipp Sitter are lacing up their lederhosen for King’s Oktoberfest, kicking off at King’s Biergarten (Pearland) on October 5-7, and followed by the festivities at King’s BierHaus (Shady Acres) on October 19-21. Both celebrations will feature a massive three-day extravaganza, complete with German food and drink (think German biers, wursts, and eight-hour roasted turkey legs), plus live music and special events including a Bavarian Strongman Competition, arm wrestling, beer pong competition, and adult carnival games.
Cost: General admission tickets are $12 for single day pass, $20 for a weekend pass, and $30 for the extreme “Oktoberfester” double weekend pass
8th Wonder Brewery hosts its third annual Achtoberfest, featuring a lineup of live music, Achtoberfest bier, limited-edition steins, and German-inspired grub from Eatsie Boys. Doors open at 11am.
Cost: Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 day of
Saint Arnold’s annual Oktoberfest gives props to Bavarian culture with a special German dinner, live music, King and Queen of Oktoberfest costume contest, and a full lineup of Saint A beers that you’ll be able to enjoy from a commemorative Oktoberfest glass boot. Saturday 6 to 9pm; Sunday 1 to 4pm.
Cost: Tickets for each day are $50 each and include admission, beer, dinner, and a commemorative Oktoberfest glass boot; space is limited
Eight Row Flint is hosting its second annual Whiskey+ Beer+Taco event, combining WhistlePig booze, Saint Arnold Brewing Co. brews, and Eight Row Flint eats. Doug Ward of WhistlePig will walk the crowd through the whiskey selections, Aaron Inkrott of Saint Arnold Brewing Co. will pair the whiskey with his brews, and Eight Row’s Christina Ramey and Marcelo Garcia will bring the fuel in the form of corned beef breakfast tacos, Jalisco-style seafood tostadas, and chocolate babka with a Mexican vanilla ice cream.
Cost: $100 per person (tax and gratuity is included) for three courses with pairings