Although many consider summer the height of festival season, the summer mostly showcases music festivals. Autumn on the other hand offers a variety of activities and functions, indoors and out, featuring music AND cultures and holidays and history arts and media.
Here is a short compilation of the festivals on our radar!
Puerto Rican and Cuban Festival
Our mission is to disseminate the Puerto Rican & Cuban Cultures within the City of Houston and it’s surrounding communities. We want to enlighten and educate the audience through dance, art, music and food. Our event supports and promotes other ethnic organizations and their mission, by providing a venue for unification for our Spanish Caribbean citizens and the general market. Most importantly, the PRC Festival empowers our youth to become accomplished, self-directed, and collaborative citizen who boldly contribute to an increasingly complex and evolving world by engaging in leadership roles, relevant experiences and building positive relationships while embracing the uniqueness of each individual. This festival is done annually to support the continuous efforts to disseminate the Puerto Rican and Cuban cultures within the city of Houston. We also want to teach our children about our roots, assisting them with their self-esteem, identity and letting them know that they have a strong support group. Additionally, we are educating the citizens of the City of Houston about who we are and asking them to embrace our cultures in a friendly and festive environment.
Houston Egyptian Festival
www.EgyptFestHouston.com is where you can learn about our foods, entertainment, tickets, our vision, mission, sponsorship opportunities & more! Set your calendars for Saturday October 29th for the 1st Annual Houston Egyptian Festival at Discovery Green from 11 am – 9 pm. Come celebrate the wonderful culture of ancient & modern Egypt. Enjoy great food provided by Phoenicia Speciality Foods at one of Houston’s most awesome outdoor venues. Our official hash tag will be #EgyptFest to keep all our friends & followers posted of all the fun!
National Black Book Festival
The annual National Black Book Festival in Houston, Texas, celebrates African-American literature with a three-day event featuring dozens of African-American authors from around the country reading from their works in the genres of business, fiction, self-help, poetry, sci-fi, faith and romance. Attendees have a chance to interact with their favorite writers through Q&A sessions, autograph opportunities and speaking engagements. Cultural exhibits, seminars, educational booths, book club meet and greets, poetry slams and live musical performances are among the additional attractions, and there are opening receptions, networking breakfasts and power lunches to feed both the body and the mind.
International Literature Festival Houston
Casa Cultural de Las Americas (CCA) is proud to present the International Literature Festival – Houston 2016 (FIL-H by its Spanish abbreviation). CAMH is partnering with CCA to host the bilingual festival on Sunday, October 16, 2016. To register and for more information about the weekend activities check out: http://www.ccamericas.org/festival-2016.
11AM: Writers and poets from El Salvador, Mexico, and Spain, moderated by Federico Diaz-Granados
11:35AM: Poets from Argentina, Colombia, and Ecuador, moderated by Federico Diaz-Granados
1PM: Closing by Elizabeth Quila, President of Casa Cultural de las Americas
Houston Cinema Arts Festival
Cinephiles and appreciators of independent films alike can find something to love at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in Houston, Texas. Over the course of five days, the cinematic event boasts 50 documentaries and narratives running the gamut of genres and subject matter. An interactive installation gallery, Q&A sessions with the auteurs, filmmakers’ workshops, 16mm screening rooms and expert panel discussions are among the additional attractions.
Trill Comedy Festival
The Trill Comedy Festival in Houston, Texas, is a laugh-riot and humor throwdown featuring over 100 comedic performers.The festival showcases local and national acts in the comedy realms of improv, sketch, stand-up, film and performance art. Varying workshops and intensives from the hilarious performers also take place during each day of the three-day event.
Texas Renaissance Festival
The Texas Renaissance Festival features about 500 costumed performers on 17 stages; 340 shops including: international food purveyors, unique artisans, merchants and craft vendors; human-powered rides; an abundance of performers walking among the guests, and the Queen’s Royal Finale (fireworks if weather permits) at dusk. Each of the eight weekends of the festival take on a different theme, influencing the performances, costumes, food, drink, art, shops, contests, and games throughout the festival grounds.
Scream on the Green
Join us as we give Halloween movies a whole new meaning out on our Resort Back Lawn! Grab a friend, spouse or the family and enjoy a festive movie under the stars during this extraordinary screening of Hocus Pocus. You will be directed to the Resort Back Lawn, so bring your blankets and lawn chairs! Movie starts at sunset at approximately 7:30 p.m. Movie-style snacks such as popcorn, candy and a full-service bar service will be available for purchase.
Houston Nutcracker Market
For those with a passion to shop, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market will feature over 280 merchants, offering unique items for everyone, including home décor, food, clothing, toys, toiletries, novelties, ornaments, pottery, pewter, accessories and more…just in time for your holiday shopping! Proceeds from each admission and special event ticket that you purchase, plus 10% of all the merchandise you buy, goes back to Houston Ballet Foundation, its Academy and Scholarship Programs.
Dickens on the Strand
With a nod to the ghost of Dickens past and an eye towards the future, Galveston’s world famous Victorian holiday festival returns to Galveston Island. The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items.
Houston Wine Festival
After a short break, we’re back for a new adventure. Under new management our [Houston Wine Festival] event will be special treat for all to enjoy! Come out this fall and see what we have in store for you and yours. RSVP, tell a friend and get your tickets!
Kid/Family Friendly Festivals
Lego Kids Fest
Held in various cities across the country, LEGO Kids Fest provides guests of all ages with an opportunity to create, learn and design at a massive LEGO exposition. In addition to the various contests and creative opportunities, life-size superheroes and characters are scattered throughout the festival to offer inspiration for pint-sized designers. Bring the entire family and join in this truly interactive and hands-on event.
International Quilt Festival
You’ll find hundreds, if not thousands of warm quilts lying around the market. After many grueling hours of sewing machine action, competitors enter their quilting projects to win cash prizes and recognition in the quilting world. Celebrity quilters and hobbyists alike will enjoy the fuzzy feeling of well-made quilts and friendly competition.
Festival Line Up:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29TH
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30TH
Plus, in alphabetical order:
3LAU | DJ 4B | Andrew Bayer | ARTY | A-Trak | Audien | Autograf | BORGEOUS | Gareth Emery | Ghastly | Goldroom | Herobust | Hucci | Ilan Bluestone | Illenium | JAUZ | Keys N Krates | Lost Kings | Louis The Child | marshmello | NGHTMRE | The Polish Ambassador | Seven Lions | Shaun Frank | Slander | Slushii | Yellow Claw | Vanic | Zomboy | Anevo | Drezo | Grum | Jason Ross | JOYRYDE | Kill Them With Colour | KRNE | Liquid Todd | Oshi | Prince Fox | Pusher | Spag Heddy | Surain | Unlike Pluto
All descriptions courtesy of respective event websites, Facebook event pages, Everfest.com