Houston’s Weekend Happenings December 6th, 7th, 8th

  December 6TH, 7TH, 8TH       Russian Cultural Center presents Russian Winter Bazaar WHEN:  Friday 9:00am, Saturday 9:00am, Sunday 9:00am WHERE:  Russian Cultural Center, 2337 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS:  Exchanging gifts has been an essential part of this wonderful time of the year, and the Russian Cultural Center once again is offering unique ethnic souvenirs and gifts that are hard to find anywhere else. Each and every one of them is hand-made in accordance with centuries-old Russian traditions. They have wooden figures of Father Frost and beautiful icons. Their collection of traditional blue-and-white porcelain – Gzhel – has been expanded recently, and includes many vintage items. They offer colorful handmade and hand painted wooden tableware called “Khokhloma.” They also have several beautiful Russian tea sets by the famous porcelain factories, such as Lomonosov (Imperial) Porcelain Factory, Dulevo porcelain factory, and others. There are famous Tula samovars on display. And of course, guests will find the famous Russian nesting dolls, or matryoshkas. INFO:  713-395-3301, https://www.facebook.com/events/1228712563980142/   December 6th, 8th         Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston presents Handcrafted Holiday Market WHEN:  Friday 10:00am, Sunday 10:00am WHERE:  Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS:  At Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston’s Handcrafted Holiday Market, over 20 vendors will offer unique handcrafted wares including fine art, mixed media, afghans, baby blankets, jewelry, Judaic art, wood workshop,

Houston’s Weekend Happenings November 28th, 29th, 30th, December 1st

  November 28th         BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot WHEN:  Thursday 7:30am WHERE:  The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056, Get Directions > COST:  $20-$40 DETAILS: The BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot is now offering registration for its annual Philips 66 5K & 10K races, as well as the Angels Medical Kids Run. The BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving Day favorite for hundreds of families and individuals across the Greater Houston region who have made it a part of their Thanksgiving Day traditions. Proceeds raised by the race benefit the over 112-year-old nonprofit’s continued work in the local region – across more than 60 locations. The BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot will include three separate races in the Uptown Galleria area designed to appeal to runners of all ages and experience levels. Winners of the certified timed events will be given awards based on event and age category. By running in any of the race events you are supporting nearly 600,000 men, women, children and seniors earn, learn, and belong. Participants in the Houston Turkey Trot are encouraged, but not required, to wear their best Thanksgiving Day outfits or costumes. INFO:  713-667-9400, https://houstonturkeytrot.org/   November 28th         Woodforest Turkey Trot WHEN:  Thursday 8:30am WHERE:  Woodforest Forest Island Recreation Complex, 4665 Woodforest Pkwy. N, Montgomery, TX 77316, Get Directions > COST:  $30 DETAILS:  The public can start Thanksgiving Day the healthy way with the annual Woodforest Turkey Trot. Events in the race include the Mashed Potato

Houston’s Weekend Happenings November 22nd, 23rd, 24th

          Help support the Coldwell Banker Candlelighters toy drive. Pass the love along this holiday season. November 12-December 10 You are invited to stop by your local Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® office to donate a new, unwrapped toy and help make a child’s holiday a little brighter. Click for Donation Details       November 22nd       Discovery Green presents “Paloma” opening day WHEN:  Friday 9:00am WHERE:  Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS:  Discovery Green presents “Paloma,” sponsored by PNC Bank, a temporary, site-specific public art exhibition, featuring Paloma by Pitaya and Here and Now by Lina Dib. Commissioned by the Discovery Green Conservancy’s Public Art Committee, the two-part exhibit brings an immersive light and sound experience to the park’s Brown Promenade. “Paloma” consists of a playful flock of 200 “origami” birds made from powder-coated aluminum, which will be suspended from the canopy of century-old live oaks that line Discovery Green’s Brown Promenade. The colorful sculptures will be illuminated by dynamic LED lights after dusk, creating the illusion of flight. The exhibit will remain on display through February 24, 2020. INFO:  713-400-7336, http://www.discoverygreen.com/   November 22nd, 23rd, 24th         Kappa Alpha Theta Houston Alumane Chapter presents Theta Charity Antiques Show WHEN:  Friday 10:00am, Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 12:00pm WHERE: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las America, Houston, TX 77010, Get Directions > COST:  $25 DETAILS: The Houston Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta will

Houston’s Weekend Happenings November 15th, 16th, 17th

November 15th, 16th       The French Farm presents Winter Open Warehouse Sale WHEN:  Friday 10:00am, Saturday 10:00am WHERE:  The French Farm, 916 W. 23rd St, Houston, TX 77008, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS:  The French Farm will open their doors to the public this holiday season. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine and cheese while they shop for imported gourmet food and housewares from Europe. The French Farm offers a wide selection of shelf-stable food products, including olive oil, honey, jam, sweets, spreads, and more, all imported from France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. All products are sale-priced at 15 percent off regular retail. INFO: https://thefrenchfarm.com/events-1/   November 15th, 16th, 17th        Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market WHEN:  Friday 10:00am, Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 10:00am WHERE:  NRG Center, 1 NRG Par, Houston, TX 77054, Get Directions > COST:  $18-$20; free for children 5 and under DETAILS:  The 39th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is returning to usher in Houston’s holiday season with its shopping extravaganza. Shoppers will find the classic line-up of fan favorites, alongside more than 20 new, hand-selected merchants. The four-day event will host more than 260 merchants from across the country, showcasing unique holiday items, gourmet food, apparel, jewelry, accessories, home décor and more. This year’s theme, “Clara’s Dream,” pays homage to the Market’s namesake – creating a scene reminiscent of the beautiful Nutcracker Ballet – and plenty of shopping. INFO:  713-535-3231, http://www.nutcrackermarket.com/   November 15th, 16th         Community Artists’ Collective presents

Houston’s Weekend Happenings November 8th, 9th, 10th

  November 8th, 9th, 10th         Houston Gem & Mineral Society presents 67th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show WHEN:  Friday 9:00am, Saturday 9:00am, Sunday 10:00am WHERE:  Humble Civic Center & Arena Complex, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, TX 77338, Get Directions > COST:  $8; free for children 10 and under DETAILS:  The 67th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show will feature unique jewelry and other earthly treasures, minerals, and fossils for the collector or home decor, jewelry making, beading, and lapidary demonstrations, and expert ID of gemstones, minerals, and fossils. INFO:  281-446-4140, http://www.hgms.org/   November 8th, 9th, 10th       The Big Bounce America WHEN:  Friday 1:00pm, Saturday 9:00am, Sunday 9:00am WHERE:  Aveva Stadium, 2055 Mowery Rd, Houston, TX 77045, Get Directions > COST:  $16-$30 DETAILS:  Featuring the world’s largest bounce house, The Big Bounce America tour is the largest touring inflatable event in the entire world. The Big Bounce America introduces two brand new attractions: a 900+ foot long obstacle course and a unique, space-themed wonderland. The world’s largest bounce house, the featured attraction on the tour, is the planet’s preeminent bounce castle. It includes a basketball court, giant slide, and a massive ball pit. At the center of the fun is a world-class DJ playing a carefully selected soundtrack with nightclub quality sound and lights. Making its 2019 tour debut, The Giant is a 900+ foot long inflatable obstacle course that is ready for aspiring ninja warriors. Designed with all ages in mind,

Houston’s Weekend Happenings November 1st, 2nd, 3rd

November 1st         Discovery Green presents Día de los Muertos WHEN:  Friday 6:00pm WHERE:  Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS:  Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday where families and friends gather to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who are no longer living. Discovery Green’s second annual festival will feature live performances and music, an altar where visitors are invited to place images of their departed loved ones, hands-on art activities, artist demos, and local artist and retail booths throughout the evening. INFO:  713-400-7336, https://www.discoverygreen.com/diadelosmuertos   November 1st         Australian American Chamber of Commerce presents Texas Tapas and Aussie Wine Night WHEN:  Friday 6:30pm WHERE:  Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall St, Houston, TX 77007, Get Directions > COST:  $50-$75 DETAILS:  Brenner’s on the Bayou provides a gorgeous backdrop for celebrating the tastes of Texas and Australia. Southern-inspired food will be paired with hand-selected wines from across a variety of Australian wine regions. This is a night to mix, mingle, and network as guests enjoy Texas Tapas and Aussie Vino in these tranquil bayou surroundings. INFO:  713-868-4444, https://www.aacc-texas.org/event-list.html#!event/2019/11/1/texas-tapas-vino   November 1st         Levy Park presents Family Movie Night WHEN:  Friday 7:00pm WHERE:  Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS: Levy Park will present its annual series of family-friendly movies. Guests can enjoy food

Houston’s Weekend Happenings October 25th, 26th, 27th

    October 25th, 26th, 27th       National Museum of Funeral History presents Haunted House WHEN:  Friday 10:00am, Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 12:00pm WHERE:  National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Dr, Houston, TX 77090-5918Get Directions > COST:  $3-$5 DETAILS:  The National Museum of Funeral History is celebrating everyone’s favorite spooky holiday during the full month of October (and into the beginning of November). Get in to the Halloween spirit all month long and be “scared to death” at this family-friendly haunted house. The Haunted House is rated PG-13 and is recommended for children ages 12 and up. Children under 12 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. INFO:  http://www.nmfh.org/   October 25th, 26th 27th         DASH Market WHEN:  Friday 10:00am, Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 10:00am WHERE:  Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007, Get Directions > COST:  $10-$35 DETAILS:  Curated by the four fabulous DASH founders, over 80 vendors from across the country will showcase the latest and greatest in décor, gifts, fashion, and more. Chloe Dileo of My Drink Bombs joins DASH to kick off the fall show at the First DASH Preview Party. Shoppers will get a “first look” at the newest gifts and design trends as well as enjoy live music, cocktails, wine, and light bites from local neighborhood favorites. DASH Market is partnering with Camo Animal Rescue, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to saving dogs from euthanasia in Texas and surrounding areas. On-site adoptions will be available to

Houston’s Weekend Happenings October 18th, 19th, 20th

      October 18th         River Oaks Garden Club presents 68th Annual Pink Elephant Sale WHEN:  Friday 9:00am WHERE: Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Rd, Houston, TX 77045, Get Directions > DETAILS:  Attendees of The Pink Elephant Sale of River Oaks Garden Club will have the opportunity to browse through designer fashions, antiques and collectibles, home décor and linens, furniture, shoes, accessories and new and gently used women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing. INFO:  713-523-2483, http://www.riveroaksgc.org/   October 18th, 19th, 20th         National Museum of Funeral History presents Haunted House WHEN:  Friday 10:00am, Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 12:00pm WHERE:  National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Dr, Houston, TX 77090-5918, Get Directions > COST:  $3-$5 DETAILS:  The National Museum of Funeral History is celebrating everyone’s favorite spooky holiday during the full month of October (and into the beginning of November). Get in to the Halloween spirit all month long and be “scared to death” at this family-friendly haunted house. The Haunted House is rated PG-13 and is recommended for children ages 12 and up. Children under 12 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. INFO:  http://www.nmfh.org/   October 18th, 19th, 20th           Blessington Farms Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival WHEN:  Friday 10:00am, Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 10:00am WHERE:  Blessington Farms, 510 Chisholm Rd, Simonton, TX 77476, Get Directions > COST:  $15-$20; free for children 24 months and under DETAILS:  The Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festivities at Blessington Farms will

Houston’s Weekend Happenings October 11th, 12th, 13th

  October 11th     Second Annual oktoBrew Festival WHEN:  Friday 9:00am WHERE: Fifth Ward Jam, 3705 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS:  Council Member Jerry Davis hosts the second annual oktoBrew festival in the historic Fifth Ward. With 100 percent of the event proceeds benefitting after-school programming in northeast Houston, this festival features live music performances from local acts Joe Carmouche, Adrenaline, DJ Monstaa, and Emcee Chicken Mike. Guests can enter a raffle for the chance to win travel packages from United Airlines, Houston sports memorabilia and restaurant gift cards. Turkey legs, kabobs and locally brewed beer from Anheuser-Busch, Saint Arnold and Spindletap breweries will be available for purchase. Guests can screen-print their own tote or t-shirt at TXRX’s vendor booth and experience some of the same hands-on activities that will be offered to local students in after-school programs. RSVP is not required to attend this event. INFO:  https://best.aliexpress.com/?lan=en&dp=c8f99bc85ad767679da8de0cdc02bb87&af=630324&cv=47843&afref=&mall_affr=pr3&dp=c8f99bc85ad767679da8de0cdc02bb87&af=630324&cv=47843&afref=&mall_affr=pr3&aff_platform   October 11th, 12th, 13th         41st Houston Italian Festival WHEN:  Friday 11:00am, Saturday 11:00am, Sunday 11:00am, WHERE:  The Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford St, Houston, TX 77006, Get Directions > COST:  $5 – $25 DETAILS:  The Italian Cultural & Community Center will host the 41st Houston Italian Festival, which was founded with the mission of celebrating Italian culture and heritage in the city of Houston. The festival welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life to join together for a weekend connected by a love for Italian culture,

Houston’s Weekend Happenings October 4th, 5th, 6th

October 4th, 5th, 6th       National Museum of Funeral History presents Haunted House WHEN:  Friday 10:00am, Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 12:00pm WHERE:  National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Dr, Houston, TX 77090-5918, Get Directions > COST:  $3-$5 DETAILS:  The National Museum of Funeral History is celebrating everyone’s favorite spooky holiday during the full month of October (and into the beginning of November). Get in to the Halloween spirit all month long and be “scared to death” at this family-friendly haunted house. The Haunted House is rated PG-13 and is recommended for children ages 12 and up. Children under 12 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. INFO:  http://www.nmfh.org/   October 4th, 5th     14th Annual Houston Heights Bicycle Rally and Scavenger Hunt WHEN:  Friday 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am WHERE:  Eureka Heights Brew Co., 941 W. 18th St, Houston, TX 77008, Get Directions > Marmion Park, 1802 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008, Get Directions > COST:  $10-$50 DETAILS: At the 14th annual Houston Heights Association Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt on October 5, starting and finishing in Marmion Park, riders of all ages can select from a three-mile or 15-mile ride. Participants will ride through the Heights looking for and solving clues along the way as well as making stops and collecting rally stamps from local merchants who are part of the Houston Heights Association. Various prizes will be awarded to the most successful riders. The new Bikes, Bites and Beer Kick-Off party on October 4 at Eureka Heights