Houston’s Weekend Happenings – October 7th – 9th

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Houston Events this Weekend

It’s festival season! Come out this weekend and check out the awesome festivals happening all around town, whether you’re looking for something more local (Greek Fest – Downtown Houston) or something a little more adventurous (Renaissance Festival –  Todd Mission, TX) there’s something for every audience to enjoy! Take a peak!

DATEEVENT DETAILS
Oct. 7th -– 9thNational Museum of Funeral History presents 5th Annual Haunted House
WHEN:            Everyday, various times
WHERE:            415 Barren Springs Dr. Houston, TX 77090-5918
ADMISSION:    $3-$5
DETAILS:          All October long people can get into the Halloween spirit and be “scared to death” at this family-friendly haunted house. Explore different scenes designed to give goose bumps to young and old alike while taking a light-hearted view of a usually very serious subject.
The 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. Parents are encouraged to go through the haunted house in advance of the rest of the family to make sure it is suitable for their youngsters.
INFO:  http://nmfh.org/
Oct. 6th -– Oct. 9thAnnunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral presents The 50th Annual Original Greek Festival
WHEN:             Thursday 5:00pm, Friday – Sunday 11:00am   
WHERE:             3511 Yoakum Blvd. Houston, TX 77006
ADMISSION:     Free-$5
DETAILS:          The 50th Annual Original Greek Festival will feature the following: live Greek music and folk dancing, authentic, handmade Greek foods & pastries, gift & imports shop with Greek jewelry, art, iconography, gifts, imported foods and more. Great selection of Greek wines, including wines made by Greek Orthodox monks from the Holy Archangels Monastery & Winery in Kendalia, Texas, will be on offer, including Greek coffees and craft beer. Cathedral tours, an Athenian playground with children’s activities and the event's mascot, Mr. OPA, will also be featured.
INFO:  http://greekfestival.org/ - 713-526-5377
Oct. 7thRiver Oaks: Texas Children's Cancer Center presents Celebration of Champions
WHEN:             Friday 11:30am
WHERE:           1600 River Oaks Blvd. Houston, TX 77019
ADMISSION:    $150-$300
DETAILS:          A distinguished group of Community Champions will walk the runway with pediatric cancer survivors in a tribute benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center. The ninth annual luncheon and fashion show, chaired by Sidney Faust, Judi McGee, Elsie Eckert and Scott Basinger, features a group of Houstonians known for their commitment to the local community and support of charitable causes.
This year’s honorees include: Cathy and Joe Cleary, Jo and Jim Furr, Diane and Henry Gendel, Susan and Dick Hansen, Betty and John Hrncir, Mady and Ken Kades, Carmen and Butch Mach, Joanna and Brad Marks, Trini Mendenhall, Macy and Mayes Middleton, Sharon Michael Owens, Nathalie and Charles Roff, Lindy and John Rydman, Sharleen and Ron Walkoviak,  Dancie and Jim Ware, and Jane and Jim Wise.
INFO: http://waystogive.texaschildrens.org/events/celebration-of-champions/ - 832-824-6917
Oct. 7thYMCA International Services presents: Triumph of the Human Spirit: Works from Houston’s Refugee and Immigrant Artists
WHEN:            Friday 6:00pm
WHERE:           2401 Claremont Ln. Houston, TX 77019
ADMISSION:   $20
DETAILS:         YMCA International Services will present Triumph of the Human Spirit Art Show and Auction. The event will feature original artwork from local refugee and immigrant artists. This event is designed to share with the community the unique talents refugees and immigrants bring to the Houston art scene while providing them with a platform to showcase their work.
INFO:  https://www.ymcahouston.org/triumph-human-spirit/ - 713-758-9261
Oct. 6th –- Oct. 8th 37th Annual Festival Chicano
WHEN:             Thursday – Saturday 7:00pm 
WHERE:            Miller Outdoor Theatre 
ADMISSION:    Free
DETAILS:          Miller Outdoor Theatre becomes the world’s center for Chicano music at the 37th Annual Festival Chicano, a reflection of the artistic creativity that has developed in the Chicano cultural experience after centuries of influence from Native Peoples, Mexico, Europe, and the United States.
Chicano music has been historically shaped by many diverse styles such as Tejano, Conjunto, Rancheras, Corridos, Mariachi, Big Band, Rhythm and Blues, Country, Rock and Roll, and many others. Because of its historical roots, Chicano music has vigorously survived industry neglect and economic limitations to become an original, authentic, American cultural expression.
INFO:  http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/ - 281-373-3386
Oct. 7th & 8thDiscovery Green presents Fiddle Festival
WHEN:             Friday & Saturday 7:00pm
WHERE:            Discover Green - 1500 McKinney St. Houston, TX 77010
ADMISSION:    FREE
DETAILS:           The Fiddle Festival will bring artists from near and far including headliners Daniel Bernard Roumain, an Emmy award nominee known for his signature violin sounds infused with electronic and urban music influences, and the Villalobos Brothers, Julliard-trained, leading contemporary Mexican ensembles, playing violin, guitar, drums and bass.
Other performers include Two Star Symphony, Fiddle Witch, Divisi Strings and the Lost and Nameless Orchestra.
INFO:                http://www.discoverygreen.com/fiddlefest - 713-400-7336
Oct. 6th -– Oct 9thScreamWorld
WHEN:            Thurs, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8:00pm
WHERE:           2225 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. W. Houston, TX 77038
ADMISSION:   $16-$42
DETAILS:         With more than 120 professional haunt actors, the scares are at an all time high with attention paid to every devious detail. ScreamWorld’s five haunted attractions are designed with a seamless, yet obvious transition point from one scene to the next.
INFO:               http://screamworld.com/
Oct. 7th & 8thOld West Melodrama presents Murder on the Oriental Rug
WHEN:            Friday & Saturday 8:00pm
WHERE:   Puffabellys Restaurant - 100 Main St. Spring, TX 77373
ADMISSION:   $13-$18
DETAILS:         Dr. Charles Ovary, a renowned hot flash specialist, is secretly treating a famous actress, trying to regain her youth. The doctor’s wife also makes an appearance, as well as his female protégé, the actress’ hunky husband, a flighty French maid, a shift handyman, and an inspector.
Included in the cast of characters of the Murder on the Oriental Rug are a Shakespearean actor with a drinking problem, a washed-up former child star, a bimbo with a short memory and a hapless costumer who finds herself onstage playing a man.
INFO: http://www.oldwestmelodrama.com/ - 713-364-9190
Sept. 7thDa Camera presents Jason Moran
WHEN:             Friday 8:00pm
WHERE:            Wortham Theater Center -501 Texas Ave. Houston, TX 77002
ADMISSION:    $42.50-$72.50
DETAILS:          Da Camera’s jazz series kicks off with Jason Moran Presents In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959. As a child in Houston studying classical piano, Moran heard a recording of legendary pianist Thelonious Monk in his parent’s living room. The experience changed his life. In this critically acclaimed multimedia tribute to Monk, Moran focuses on the iconoclastic jazz pianist’s 1959 performance at The Town Hall in New York City. Rather than “replay” the event, Moran delves into Monk’s life and work for a highly personal and innovative tribute.
INFO: https://www.dacamera.com/?event=jason-moran&event_date=2016-10-07 - 713-524-5050
Oct. 7thSmokey Robinson in concert
WHEN:            Friday 8:00pm
WHERE:          Jones Hall - 615 Louisiana St. Houston, TX 77002
ADMISSION:   N/A
DETAILS:         During the course of his 50-year career in music, Smokey Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric. Never resting on his laurels, Robinson remains a beloved icon in our musical heritage.
INFO: http://spahouston.org/show?ShowId=181 - 713-227-3974
Oct. 8th & 9th2016 Texas Renaissance Festival
WHEN:            Saturday & Sunday 9:00am
WHERE:           21778 FM 1774 Todd Mission, TX 77363
ADMISSION:   Free-$79.95 (SAMS CLUB – Two tickets for $36)
DETAILS:         Established in 1974, the Texas Renaissance Festival attracts over half a million visitors each year to its nearly 60-acre New Market Village and 200-acre Fields of New Market Campground in Todd Mission, Texas, just one hour north of Houston. The Festival’s immersive experience features world-renowned live entertainment, works by master artisans and craftspeople, award-winning food and drink, hand-powered rides and games, and over 100 interactive characters throughout the season.
Texas Renaissance Festival's 42nd Season will feature the following themed weekends:
October 8-9: Oktoberfest sponsored by Bud Light
INFO: https://www.texrenfest.com/ - 800-458-3435
Oct. 8th & 9thArt Colony Association presents Bayou City Art Festival Downtown
WHEN:             Saturday & Sunday 10:00am
WHERE:            901 Bagby St. Houston, TX 77002)
ADMISSION:    Free-$17
DETAILS:         The Art Colony Association, Inc. presents the Downtown festival, an event that will host 300 artists in 19 different mediums. The festival is a sophisticated outdoor gallery under the iconic Houston skyline, transforming the streets into artistic avenues bursting with color. Patrons can also enjoy music, entertainment, food trucks and the Children’s Creative Zone.
INFO: http://www.artcolonyassociation.org/ -- 713-521-0133
Oct. 8thThe Nigerian-American Multicultural Council presents The 2016 Houston AfriFest
WHEN:             Saturday 11:00am
WHERE:           7502 Fondren Rd. Houston, TX 77074
ADMISSION:    Free-$5
DETAILS:         The fourth edition of Houston’s only annual African Festival exhibits the rich and diverse cultures from the African continent and will feature live music and performances, a culinary journey of delicious food and cuisine from various African countries, cultural artwork and displays, fashion shows, games, kids’ activities, and a lot more fun.
INFO:             http://namchouston.org/afrifest
Oct. 8thHouston Grand Opera presents Costume Sale
WHEN:              Saturday 12:00pm
WHERE:            Houston Grand Opera Warehouse - 1977 Tellepsen St. Houston, TX 77023
ADMISSION:    Free
DETAILS:         Just in time for Halloween and the Texas Renaissance Festival, the costume sale will offer more than 7,000 costume and vintage clothing items for children and adults, as well as shoes, hats, fabric, and props.
HGO is known for its costumes and wardrobe pieces, and has worked with award-winning designers to craft costumes now on sale to the public. From headdresses for Cleopatra to Shakespearean doublets, from royal capes and crowns to kimonos and wedding dresses, there is something for everyone.
INFO:  http://www.houstongrandopera.org/
Oct.8thMainStreet America presents PinkStreet
WHEN:              Saturday 12:00 pm
WHERE:           18750 Interstate 45 N. Spring, TX 77373
ADMISSION:    Free
DETAILS:          MainStreet America will become PinkStreet for women to enjoy a day of education, fashion and fun, all in support of Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at the Woodlands’ outreach programs.
The event will include mini-makeovers, a cooking demonstration by celebrity chef Tiffani Faison from Top Chef, and the Fashionably Pink Fashion Show where attendees can catwalk on a pink ribbon-shaped runway to show off their pink attire and accessories.
During the event, guests can take a virtual tour of the Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at The Woodlands and meet their breast care team to become more educated about the importance of early detection screening.
INFO: http://www.mainstreetamerica.com/pinksstreet - 281-825-4429
Oct. 8th & 9thOpera in the Heights Artists present Intermezzo
WHEN:              Saturday 3:00pm & Sunday 5:30pm
WHERE:            Lambert Hall: 1703 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77008
ADMISSION:    Free – Suggested $20.00
DETAILS:          Intermezzo is a chamber music concert that includes popular opera arias and beautiful chamber pieces performed by Opera in the Heights singers and orchestra members who are volunteering their time and talents to raise funds for the regional opera company.
INFO:  http://www.operaintheheights.org/ - 713-861-5303
Oct. 8thGreen Mountain Energy presents Flea by Night
WHEN:             Saturday 6:00pm
WHERE:           1500 McKinney St. Houston, TX 77010
ADMISSION:    Free
DETAILS:          Flea by Night will allow guests to treasure hunt for all things vintage, handmade, recycled, repurposed and renewed. The event will include live local music, food trucks, and fun under the stars and twinkling lights.
INFO:  http://www.discoverygreen.com/flea  - 713-400-7336
Oct. 8thDowntown District presents A Night at Market Square
WHEN:              Friday 7:00pm
WHERE:            Market Square Park - 301 Milam St. Houston, TX 77002
ADMISSION:    Free
DETAILS:          A Night at Market Square will give participants a chance to explore the neighborhood’s eclectic bars and restaurants. Lawn games and a cold beverage at Market Square Park before settling on the lawn for a live performance by The Bright Light Social Hour.
INFO:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1647625285548815/ - 713-650-3022
Oct. 8thHouston USA Dance presents Red Hot Ballroom!
WHEN:              Saturday 7:30pm 
WHERE:           10510 Harwin Dr. Houston, TX 77036
ADMISSION:    $20-$55
DETAILS:         The 22nd annual Red Hot Ballroom will feature a night of dancing. Live dance music will be provided by Winkie Ballas’ The Houston Dance Band, and during the evening amateur and professional dance couples will perform a ballroom dance show. Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Len Cannon, KHOU Anchorman. Black tie and evening attire is requested.
INFO:            Contact Janeil Bernard at 713-464-2700 or email Janeil at janeilhb@gmail.com for reservations.
Oct. 9thAmerican Kidney Fund presents Houston Kidney Action Day
WHEN:              Sunday 10:00am
WHERE:            Discovery Green - 1500 McKinney St. Houston, TX 77010
ADMISSION:    Free
DETAILS:          Kidney Action Day will feature free health screenings, community resources, live entertainment, and family fun. Healthy cooking/ fitness demonstrations, kids’ activities and healthy food samples will also be offered at the event along with the KidneyNation Walk.
INFO:  http://www.kidneyfund.org - 301-984-6644
Oct. 9thDavid Tutera presents Your Wedding Experience
WHEN:               Sunday 11:00am
WHERE:            George R. Brown Convention Center
ADMISSION:    $15-$89
DETAILS:          Celebrity wedding planner David Tutera will return to Houston for the bridal show, Your Wedding Experience. This event is tailored to engaged couples and allows them to connect with Tutera's preferred vendors.
These wedding experts will showcase original ideas for the big day and will have the professional advice and services that soon-to-be-wed couples are seeking. Trendsetting runway designs will be featured during the Fashion Show. Participants will also get a chance to create and take home their signature bridal bouquet, see Sweetheart Table themes, make DIY nail polish, and so much more. 
INFO:  http://yourweddingexperience.com/wedding-shows/houston/details/ - 651-757-4222
Oct. 9thScuderia presents Lamborghini Festival 2016
WHEN:              Sunday 12:00pm
WHERE:           CityCentre - Sam Houston Pkwy. N Houston, TX 77024
ADMISSION:    Free-$50
DETAILS:         The 2016 Lamborghini Festival is a three-day celebration that will include the participation of more than 60 examples of this iconic brand of Italian automobiles from across the country. The renowned Lamborghini bull is coveted by gearheads and collectors alike, as one of the finest expressions of refinement and raw power wrapped in extreme Italian design.
INFO:  http://www.discoverygreen.com/1303445 - 713-400-7336
Oct. 9thMud Turtle Quintet in concert
WHEN:              Sunday 4:00pm
WHERE:           1060 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N. Houston, TX 77043
ADMISSION:    Free
DETAILS:         The Mud Turtle Quintet will present works for guitar and string quartet from the Golden Age of Guitar. 
INFO:               http://www.hccchambermusicseries.com/
Oct. 9thThe Time Jumpers in concert
WHEN:              Sunday 4:00pm & 9:00pm
WHERE:           Dosey Doe - 25911 Interstate 45 N. The Woodlands, TX 77380-3509
ADMISSION:    $138-$218
DETAILS:         The Time Jumpers, featuring Vince Gill, come to Houston for a night of country music.
INFO:               http://tix.extremetix.com/webtix/2562?salesRef= - 281-367-3774
Oct. 9thRiver Oaks Chamber Orchestra presents Unchambered: Fantasy, Love and Sex(tet)
WHEN:               Sunday 5:00pm
WHERE:            Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston (MATCH)
ADMISSION:    $15-$25
DETAILS:          ROCO’s Unchambered series features individual ROCO musicians in an intimate chamber ensemble. The series opens with Fantasy, Love and Sex(tet), featuring cellist Richard Belcher and violinist Cece Belcher in a program that comprises Robert Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces Op. 73 for cello and piano, Erwin Schulhoff’s duo for violin and cello and Ern? Dohnányi’s sextet for clarinet, horn, piano, violin, viola and cello.         
INFO:                  https://www.athletepath.com/run-houston-sam-houston-race-park/2016-01-01
Oct. 9thYour Glass or Mine presents Wine-Versations: Presidential Debate Viewing Party
WHEN:              Sunday 6:00pm
WHERE:           The Springbok - 711 Main St. Unit 1 Houston, TX 77002
ADMISSION:    $40-$50
DETAILS:         This event will feature an evening of wine and conversation as guests discuss the politics of food and wine pairings with Chef Ivan of the South African gastropub, The Springbok. Attendees will get to try a variety of South African wines and hors d’oeuvres to see which are paired best together. Following the tasting will be the presidential debate viewing party.         
INFO:               http://www.yourglass-ormine.com/wine-versations - 562-787-1471
Oct. 9thThe Pink Fund presents Dancing With The Survivors
WHEN:             Sunday 7:00pm
WHERE:          Crystal Ballroom at Rice Lofts
ADMISSION:   $100
DETAILS:        The Pink Fund, a national org that provides funds to women who are going through breast cancer treatment, and the Fred Astaire Dance Studios will host a fundraising event called Dancing with the Survivors.
Dancing With the Survivors pairs breast cancer survivors with professionally trained dancers for weekly training sessions for three months and then culminates in a Dancing With The Stars type performance.
INFO:              http://www.pinkfund.org/dancing-with-the-survivors/-  713-224-9115

Check out these venues and websites for theater performances, concerts, exhibits, festivals, and happenings:

Discovery Green:  www.discoverygreen.com

Miller Outdoor Theater:  www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Houston Symphony:   http://www.houstonsymphony.org/ – (713) 224-7575

Houston Ballet – http://www.houstonballet.org/ – (713) 227-2787

Alley Theatre:   http://www.alleytheatre.org/uh – (713) 220-5700

TUTS (Theatre Under The Stars):  http://www.tuts.com/default.aspx

SPA – Society for the Performing Arts Houston:  http://www.spahouston.org/home – (713) 227-4772

Classical Theater Company:  http://www.classicaltheatre.org/ – (713) 963-9665

Stages Reperatory Theater:   http://stagestheatre.com/ – (713) 527-0123

MFAH – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston:  http://www.mfah.org/exhibitions

Houston Children’s Museum:  http://www.cmhouston.org/ – (713) 522-1138

Official Visitor’s Site For Houston:  http://www.visithoustontexas.com/travel-tools/events/

Culture Map Houston:  http://houston.culturemap.com/events/

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