October

It’s here! Don’t miss The Texas Country Reporter Festival on Oct. 27!

WAXAHACHIE: Oct. 27 “Texas Country Reporter Festival” –  Meet Bob & Kelli, hosts of Texas Country Reporter, for one of the biggest and bets street fairs in the state. This 23rd annual event features artists, craftsmen, music, and food from all over the Lone Star State—much of it featured on the TV show over the years. Historic Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

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BAYTOWN: Oct. 27 “Heritage Scaritage Festival“ Arts and crafts vendors, food, old-fashioned children’s games, wool-spinning demonstrations, music, tours of historic buildings, and a Native American teepee. Republic of Texas Plaza, 5117 N. Main St. baytownhistory.org 281-421-2099

BEAUMONT: Oct. 11 “United Way Hometown Huddle: Celebrity Chef Chili Cook-Off“ Join the United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County for this second annual cook-off competition between local Southeast Texas chefs featuring all-you-can-eat chili, beer, wine, lively musical entertainment, and a silent auction. The Event Centre, 700
Crockett St. uwbmt.org 409-835-4575

BEAUMONT: Oct. 13 “Dogtoberfest“ The event includes a dog parade, dog show, and
contests. Food trucks will provide snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase from the Coca-Cola trailer. Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl St. beaumontcvb.com 409-838-2202

BEAUMONT: Oct. 13 “Oktoberfest“ With a live polka performance by The Royal Klobasneks and food available for purchase, this event is sure to be a fun time for all. Don’t forget about the beer, which will be sold at a large beer garden. Rogers Park, 1455 Dowlen Road. beaumontcvb.com 409-838-3435

BEAUMONT: Oct. 20 “Touch-A-Truck“ A unique opportunity for children to explore vehicles of all types—public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, delivery and just plain cool—all in one place. Children will be allowed to touch, climb on, and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. Beaumont Civic Center, 701 Main St. beaumontcvb.com 409-347-7919

BEAUMONT: Oct. 25 “Spindletop Spookfest“ Celebrate Halloween by playing games and getting candy as you walk through Gladys City. Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum, 5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd. spindletop.org 409-880-1750

BROWNSVILLE: Oct. 6 “Rio Grande Delta International Archeology Fair”. Help us celebrate Texas Archeology Month. Learn about local archeology and preservation. See exhibits by professional and amateur archeologists and local museums. The fair features educational games and activities for visitors of all ages. The park is located at 7200 Paredes Line Road, Brownsville, TX. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. https://www.nps.gov/paal/index.htm 956-541-2785

BROWNSVILLE: Oct. 19 “Movie in the Patch“ Watch an outdoor movie shown in the pumpkin patch. Dean Porter Park, 201 E. Ringgold St. cob.us 956-542-2064

BROWNSVILLE: Oct. 27 “Haunted Trails“ The event will host spooky family-fun activities. Guests will be able to take part in a zombie 1-mile fun run/walk hosted by 2 Run Crew. Resaca de la Palma—Texas State Park, 1000 New Carmen Ave. cob.us 956-542-2064

CLUTE: Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 “Planetarium Show“ Features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector to produce the night sky as it appears to the naked eye, together with a large variety of high-tech equipment to give a close-up feel for things like comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. brazosportcenter.org 979-265-3376

CLUTE: Oct. 25 “Harvest Fun Fest“ Enjoy games, candy, and costume contests. Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Drive. ci.clute.tx.us 979-265-8392

CORPUS CHRISTI: Oct. 12 “Moonlight in the Gardens“ The Botanical Gardens’ signature fundraiser, with Vulcan valet; astronomical appetizers; stellar spirits; the best steak on the planet; Saturn’s sweets; Aphrodite’s patio party; Martian music bar; silent, grand galaxy, and brief live auction; pictures with parrots; wine pull; and butterfly release. Reservations required. Solomon P. Ortiz International Center, 402 Harbor Drive. stxbot.org 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Oct. 15 “Storytime with Parrots“ Parrots may live to be 100, but never grow up; and like children, they love to be read to. Kids of any age can bring a storybook with pictures and join education staff and parrot trainers. South Texas Botanical Gardens, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Oct. 19-21 “Texas Jazz Festival“ This event has been taking place for 58 years and features jazz performers from across the U.S. There are three performance stages with hundreds of vendors selling handcrafted and unique items and food booths galore. A beer garden and a wine garden are also available. Heritage Park, 1581 N. Chaparral St. texasjazz-fest.org 361-510-5040

CORPUS CHRISTI: Oct. 27 “Día de los Muertos Street Festival“ For the 11th year in a row, Día de los Muertos will bring the streets of Downtown Corpus Christi to life. This Mexican tradition is not so much about death as it is a spiritual journey for your loved ones. Everyone in attendance will pay respects to their lost friends and family, yet this is not a melancholy experience. Downtown Corpus Christi is alive and kicking with multiple stages of live entertainment such as traditional Mexican culture performances and local bands. In addition, you’ll find Día de Los Muertos-themed artwork and accessories, tons of fun children’s activities, and challenging games to play. Downtown Corpus Christi; Starr, Mesquite, Peoples, and Chaparral streets. diadelosmuertoscc.com
361-887-6834

EL CAMPO: Oct. 6 “Prairie Days Festival“ See craft and food vendors, kids activities, the El Campo Museum Color Run, and the Prairie Switch Riders Motorcycle Run at the 10th annual festival. Alamo Park, 226 W. First St. elcampoprairiedays.com 979-543-2713

FREEPORT: Oct. 25 “Fall Festival“ Enjoy games, candy, costume contests, and Trunk or Treat. Freeport RiverPlace, 410 N. Brazosport Blvd. freeport.tx.us 979-233-6061

FREEPORT: Oct. 27 “Schuster Home Open House“ Built by the Schuster family in 1917, the same year the city of Freeport was incorporated, this home was a special place for family gatherings and holidays. The home serves as an example of family life during the founding of Freeport. Schuster Home, 1130 W. Second.
979-297-0868

GALVESTON: Oct. 6 “The Choir of Man“ The runaway hit of recent international music festivals makes its first U.S. tour. Their joyful performance combines the spirit of party time, an electrifying concert event, and a carefree evening at your favorite pub. Nine energetic performers will thrill audiences with their roof-raising singing, dancing, stomping, and outrageous renditions of pub tunes, folk, Broadway, and classic rock. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Oct. 13 “Aida Cuevas— Totalmente Juan Gabriel“ The “Queen of Ranchera Music” presents a mariachi spectacle, paying tribute to her dear friend and greatest mentor, Juan Gabriel. Aida’s stunning vocals and unwavering devotion to traditional mariachi music led to her 2018 Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album, the first won by a woman. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Oct. 14 “Galveston Symphony Orchestra“ Conductor Dr. Trond Saeverud and the Galveston Symphony Orchestra perform Arnold—“Tam o’ Shanter” Overture; Franck—“The Accursed Huntsman;” Vivaldi—Concerto for Piccolo, RV.443 (Peter Verhoyen, piccolo); Lyadov Baba Yaga; Mussorg- sky—“Night on Bald Mountain;” and Dvorak—“The Noon Witch.” The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Oct. 20-21 “ARToberFEST“ The 21st annual juried fine art festival features more than 125 quality artists and artisans from across the U.S. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com or artoberfest.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Oct. 25 “Tomás and the Library Lady” Tomás loves stories. As the young son of migrant farm workers, he spends the summer with his family following the crops north from Texas to Iowa, passing long days in the fields listening to his grandfather tell stories. Before long, Tomás knows all of Papa Grande’s tales by heart. When a chance encounter brings him to the local Carnegie Library, he meets the “Library Lady who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read. His delight in books is equaled by his pride in teaching Spanish to the Library Lady, trading knowledge and respect between generations and cultures. By the end of the summer, Tomás has great pride in becoming his family’s new storyteller, the guidance of a colorful mentor, and a lifelong love of reading. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Oct. 26-27 “Island Oktoberfest“ This free event will “oompah” back to Galveston with expanded entertainment, plus great food and beer. First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie St. islandoktoberfest.com

GALVESTON: Oct. 26 “Silent Film with Rob Landes“—“Phantom of the Opera” An annual Halloween tradition, Rob Landes reprises his specially created, totally improvised musical score for the showing of Lon Chaney’s 1925 silent film masterpiece, “The Phantom of the Opera.” With his transformative (and highly secretive) makeup techniques and his exceptional acting abilities, Lon Chaney created iconic big-screen characters that made him one of early Hollywood’s biggest box office stars. Come in costume if you dare. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Oct. 28 “The Doo Wop Project“ These five triple-threat Broadway stars—with their five-piece band—tear up the stage, with musicality, dancing, and showmanship. They take classic doo-wop songs from the ’50s and ’60s and make them sound fresh and new, and they take contemporary pop hits by stars like Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Maroon 5, and “doo-wopify” them. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

HOUSTON: Sept. 29-Jan. 6, 2019 “CraftTexas 2018” The 10th in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. Juried by Jennifer Scanlan, curatorial and exhibitions director at Oklahoma Contemporary, the show features 50 works by 36 artists and includes a wide range of sculpture, jewelry, and furniture, with a strong emphasis on cutting-edge works. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. crafthouston.org
713-529-4848

HOUSTON: Oct. 3-21 “Swimming While Drowning” In this performance by Emilio Rodriguez, Angelo and Mila are both 15 years old and homeless. Angelo is a dreamer, Mila is a street-wise hustler, but when they become roommates at a shelter for LGBTQ teens, they build a fragile bond that inspires them to reach for understanding and self acceptance. Emilio Rodriquez’s poetic coming-of-age story celebrates the healing power of hope and the beautiful mystery of being a teenager. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. stagestheatre.com
713-527-0123

HOUSTON: Oct. 13 “Arts All Around Festival“ / Festival “Artes Por Todas Partes” The festival puts Houston’s professional artists and arts organizations of all sizes side-by-side with sensational student performers of all ages. This one-day event includes music, dance, storytelling, and theatre performances as well as family workshops for a hands-on opportunity to participate in all art disciplines. Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Drive. hapconference.org 713-520-9267

HOUSTON: 2018 “Bayou City Downtown“ October 13-14. Join the Art Colony Association as it celebrated 47 years of fine art and giving back. Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will transform the streets of Downtown Houston into artistic avenues bursting with colors and culture. The weekend festival will provide guests with the opportunity to see and purchase unique, custom art under the iconic Houston skyline. Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will benefit local non-profits and feature live music in front of City Hall and throughout the festival along with entertainment, beverage stations, food trucks and much more for patrons to enjoy. In the Children’s Creative Zone, the festival’s non-profit partners will host art activities for all ages and include an interactive place to hang out. This year’s featured artist is Chris Vance, a Mixed Media 2D artist from Bondurant, IA. Vance along with 300 artists from around the world representing 19 different disciplines will showcase their art at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown. 10am-6pm 
713-588-4130

HOUSTON: Oct. 23-Nov. 4 “The Wiz!” Experience this super-soul, energetic Tony- winner for Best Musical, a hip re-telling of “The Wizard of Oz.” “The Wiz” tells the story of 13-year-old Dorothy, who lives with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and her dog, Toto. After a cyclone hits her house, Dorothy is transported to the magical land of Oz where she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Step inside some of Houston’s finest restored homes and buildings during Preservation Houston’s fifth annual Good Brick Tour. Enjoy guided tours of unique, privately owned residences that have won Preservation Houston’s Good Brick Award for excellence in historic preservation. Various locations. preservationhouston.org 713-510-3990

HOUSTON: Oct. 27-28 “Good Brick Tour Spooktacular“ Dress up in your Halloween costume, and enjoy crafts, games, and other special programs. Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Drive. tpwd.texas.gov/seacenter 979-292-0100

KINGSVILLE: Oct. 19-20 “Big House Burgers Bash“ The seventh annual event hosts a team roping, softball tournament, kids talent show, and concert extravaganza. J.K. Northway Exposition Center, 501 E. Escondido Road. bighousebash.com 800-333-5032

LAKE JACKSON: Oct. 6 “Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour“ Visit the historic archeological site of Major Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the same hurricane that devastated Galveston. Discover the sugar-making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s. Abner Jackson Plantation Site, FM 2004 near SH 332. lakejacksonmuseum.org 979-297-1570

LAKE JACKSON: Oct. 20 “Bird Banding“ Volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station presents an excellent opportunity to see birds up close and to learn all the birds of the Brazosport area. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 W. SH 332. gcbo.org 979-480-0999

LAKE JACKSON: Oct. 28 “Halloween Man“, and the Lion who help her on her journey to defeat the wicked Evillene, and find her way home. Theatre Under The Stars, 800 Bagby St. tuts.com
713-558-8887

NEEDVILLE: Oct. 19-20 “Harvest Festival“ Enjoy a barbecue cookoff, live music, lawnmower races, a car show, a children’s zone, a talent show, Little Mr. and Miss Contest, Queen Contest, food and craft booths, a shrimp boil, and other activities. Needville Harvest Park, 3001 Violet St. needvilleharvestfest.org
979-793-4030

PALACIOS: Oct. 5-6 “Palacios Pirate Festival“ A unique annual celebration with kid and adult activities, auctions, and live music to support children and families in the community. South Bay, Eighth Street and South Bay Blvd. palaciospiratefestival.com 361-972-1148

PALACIOS: Oct. 27 “Monstrous 5K Run Bash“ by the Sea Light up the night and raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Palacios. Dress up in costumes and glow as you trunk or treat around the run course. 600 Main St. palacioskids.org 361-972-2642

PALACIOS: Oct. 27 “Pedal of Palacios Bike Ride“ Quiet country roads offer water views, plus a flat and friendly ride. Proceeds benefit Palacios hike and bike trails and tourist information. South Bay, South Bay Boulevard and Fourth Street. pedalpalacios.org 361-972-2615

PEARLAND: Oct. 6-7 “Pearland Art & Crafts on the Pavilion“ Abstract art, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, and wooden treasure boxes are just a few of the unique items you’ll find at this year’s event. The free art show offers visitors an opportunity to shop for unique art and handcrafted pieces created by local artists and artisans. Live music, a food truck court, a pop-up paint studio, and a kids interactive art station are part of the family-friendly fun. Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway St. visitpearland.com 281-997-5970

PORT ARANSAS: Sept. 29-Oct. 28 “Beachtoberfest“ Running for five consecutive weekends, event activities include a 5K fun run, music festival, craft beer tasting, Old Town and Wooden Boat Festival, Surf Class Exhibition, Fall Fest & Tour of Homes at Cinnamon Shore, Art Center Street Dance, Port A Art About, Harvest Moon Regatta, Mustang Fest, Parrot Heads Wings Over Port A, and the 34th annual Songwriters Showcase. Various locations in Port Aransas, 403 W. Cotter. visitportaransas.com 361-749-5919

PORT ARANSAS: Oct. 25-28 “Harvest Moon Regatta“ Sail boat race from Galveston to Port Aransas. Race begins in Galveston on Thursday, and vessels start arriving in Port Aransas on Friday. City Harbor, 301 J.C. Barr Blvd. harvestmoonregatta.com 281-474-2511

PORT ARTHUR: Oct. 20 “Crabbing 101 at Sea Rim State Park“ Learn from the pros at the park showing off 5 miles of natural beach along the Gulf of Mexico. Visit the marsh side for paddle trails. Sea Rim State Park, 19335 S. Gulfway Drive. tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sea-rim
409-971-2559

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Oct. 5-6 “Rockport-Fulton Shopping Tournament“ Shop ’til you drop. Get a team of four players and join the shopping game with prizes, food, and fun. acedfoundation.org

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Oct. 11-14 “Rockport-Fulton Seafair“ This 44th annual event showcases arts and crafts, food, boats, market vendors, live bands in the big tent with featured entertainment, gumbo sales, a stand-up paddle board race in Little Bay, a cardboard boat competition, and more. Beach Fairgrounds, 601 Seabreeze Drive.
rockport-fulton.org/seafair-home 361-729-6445

SAN BENITO: Oct. 13 “South Texas Music Festival“ The event will consist of an evening concert, food and craft vendors, and activities for audiences of all ages. San Benito Fairgrounds, 25699 Cesar Gonzalez Parkway. sanbenitoevents.com 956-361-3800

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Oct. 4-7 “Sand Castle Days“ Demonstrates the magical sculpting qualities of South Padre Island sand and the critical importance of protecting Texas’ beautiful coastal shores. Over the years, this family-friendly event has grown from a local celebration to a qualifying event for the World Championships of Sand Sculpting, where 30,000-plus fans come to watch the sand come alive. Clayton’s Beach Bar, 6900 Padre Blvd. sandcastledays.com
956-371-1591

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Oct. 4-7 “SPLASH South Padre“ Thousands of LGBTQ friends, family, and supporters will once again descend on the 2.3 square miles of paradise, South Padre Island. Pride Island will open its doors and arms and welcome visitors to a weekend of entertainment, stage productions, pool parties, and more. Various locations. splashsouthpadre.com
956-761-3000

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Oct. 5-7 “Walk for Women“ This 15th annual event features a casino night, a fishing tournament, and a walk for breast cancer awareness. Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Blvd. spiwalkforwomen.org 956-495-9884

SPRING: Oct. 6-7 “Autumn Art and Texas Wine Festival“ Celebrate Texas Wine Month and enjoy great Texas wine, local music, and art at this annual event in Old Town Spring. Grab a glass of wine and visit one of 150 local businesses while celebrating Texas in this historic town. Old Town Spring, 435 Spring Cypress Road. mainstreetfestivals.com 832-992-3896

SPRING: Oct. 20-21 “Pet Fest“ A fun family event raising awareness and money to support various animal rescue groups. Find your forever fur-baby at the 17th annual event, and enjoy the costume contests, mutt races, cake walks, and more. This event relies entirely on donations, sponsorships, and volunteer participation. Old Town Spring Preservation Park, 26303 Preston Ave. oldtownspring.com 281-353-9310

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 4 “J Balvin in Concert“ The multiplatinum, award-winning Colombi- an superstar invites fans to vibe with him. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 5 “Giving Spirits Concert Series“ Enjoy live music from Zip Dagger Soul Infinity, and learn more about local non-profit Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 9 “Opry on the Square“ Enjoy Country Now and Then, featuring country favorites that will appeal to all generations of country music fans. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. Sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 13 “ART of Wining and Dining“ Guests will stroll through the plaza and sample dishes from participating restaurants and shop at local artisan booths while enjoying entertainment from Felix & Fingers, a dueling piano duo. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 18 “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince“ The first and only estate approved Prince celebration, 4U will present the music of Prince like never before, with a full symphony orchestra. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd.
smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 20 “Dussehra Mela“ Join in the fun celebrating an Indian epic. The festival will include food vendors, fireworks, live entertainment, and performances. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive. sugarlandskeeters.com 281-240-4487

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 25 “Sebastian Yatra and Manuel Turizo in Concert“ Two of the hottest new voices in contemporary Latin pop perform. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 26 “Magic in the Plaza“ Ted Schwank brings out The World’s Greatest Illusions Grand Production Show & Plaza Party featuring an interactive DJ, games, priz-
es, strolling entertainers, face painting, giveaways, and more. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 26-27 “T3 Haunted House“ Tour the museum as never before when the temporary exhibit hall is transformed into a haunted house experience. Best for ages 8 years and older. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281-313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 27 “Diwali Festival of Lights“ Event evokes the buzz of the market place with cultural dance performances, bazaars lit up with colorful lights, concerts, and shopping. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive. sugarlandskeeters.com 281-240-4487

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 27 “Flying Saucer Beer Feast“ The seventh annual event will feature more than 50 breweries and 80 craft beers, all carefully selected by Saucer’s resident beer gurus. In addition, very rare and limited-release beers will be tapped one at a time throughout the fest. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: Oct 27 “Tricks, Treats, & T-Rex“ Bring the whole family for a spooky good time at the museum. Visit the child-friendly version of the haunted house, play a few outdoor games, or catch a chemistry show. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281-313-2277

TEXAS CITY: Oct. 13 1867 “Settlement Celebration“ This historic district in the National Register was founded by a group of families of freed slaves who worked as cowboys on the Chisholm Trail. Tour the Bell House (the oldest surviving building in the district) and enjoy food, music, and vendors. The Bell House, 117 S. Bell Drive. 409-229-1660

TEXAS CITY: Oct. 27 “Touch A Truck & Model Train Show“ Bring the kids to see more than 45 trucks, from monster trucks to dump trucks, cranes to military, police, and fire vehicles. There will be face painting, balloon artists, and a giant corn box. Downtown, Sixth Street. facebook.com/touchatrucktc 409-643-5919

TEXAS CITY: Oct. 27 “Train Festival“ Join the Texas City Museum and the Galveston Country Model Railroad Club for this annual festival. Explore visiting model train layouts in two locations. The Texas City Museum, 409 Sixth St. texas-city-tx.org 409-229-1660

VICTORIA: Oct. 5-6 “Bootfest“ Two-day festival features Texas country recording artists including Reckless Kelly and William Clark Green, western crafts and performers, a free kids’ corral, food and merchandise vendors, and more. Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St. bootfest.org 361-485-3116

VICTORIA: Oct. 18-19 “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” See the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that helped teach millions of children math, science and more come to life on stage in this Main Street Theater of Houston presentation. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. theatrevictoria.org 361-570-8587

VICTORIA: Oct. 19-21 “Haunted Zoo“ Join the Texas Zoo as it holds its annual Haunted Zoo, where the entire facility is turned into a huge walk-through haunted house. The Texas Zoo, 110 Memorial Drive. texaszoo.org 361-573-7681

VICTORIA: Oct. 24-25 “South Texas Farm & Ranch Show“ Two-day show features more than 125 booths of the latest agricultural advancements, technology and farm and ranch machinery, as wells as 30 to 40 speakers addressing current issues in the agricultural industry. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. southtexasfarmandranchshow.com 361-575-4581

VICTORIA: Oct. 25 “Symphonic Spooktacular“ Bring the kids for a fun night of music, costumes, and more, presented by the Victoria Symphony. Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 E. Sam Houston Drive. victoriasymphony.com 361-576-4500

VICTORIA: Oct. 28 “The Texas Mile“ Drivers from around the country push the limits of their vehicles on the airport’s 1-mile track. Victoria Regional Airport, 609 Foster Field
Drive. texasmile.net 281-303-1844

VICTORIA: Oct. 26-28 and 31 “Victoria Main Street Riverside Haunted Trail“ Face this nighttime trek through the woods of the park, full of costumed creatures ready to give you a scare. Riverside Park, 311 Memorial Drive. victoriamainstreet.org 361-578-0060

VICTORIA: Oct. 27 “Star-Spangled Salute” with Xavier Foley Victoria Symphony presentation features bassist Xavier Foley. Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 E Sam Houston Drive. victoriasymphony.com 361-576-4500

VICTORIA: Oct. 27-28 “Cemetery Tour“ Evening tour of historic cemeteries features re-enactors in an educational and entertaining setting looking back into Victoria County’s rich history. Evergreen Cemetery, Corner of Red River and Vine streets victoriapreservation.com 361-573-1878

VICTORIA: Oct. 27 “Zoo Boo“ Enjoy a fun, family friendly trick-or-treating event at the zoo. The Texas Zoo, 110 Memorial Drive. texaszoo.org 361-573-7681

WEST COLUMBIA: Oct. 6 “Fall Harvest Event“ Celebrate the season and learn about harvest time on an 1800s plantation. Activities include hayrides, crafts, sugar cane, storytelling, and more. Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, 1702 N. 13th. visitvarnerhoggplantation.com
979-345-4656

WEST COLUMBIA: Oct. 27 “An Eerie Evening at Varner-Hogg“ Take a spooky nighttime stroll through the woods to the plantation’s 1840s-era Patton Family Cemetery, and learn about mortality on the plantation during the 1800s and the dangers of the early Texas wilderness. Then, step into the plantation house for a candlelit look at the death of the site’s last owner, Governor James S. Hogg, and the effect it had on his family as well as his plantation. Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, 1702 N. 13th. visitvarnerhoggplantation.com 979-345-4656

November

ALVIN: Nov. 10 Rotary Novemberfest
 The Alvin Rotary Club will host the 14th annual event, featuring activities like an arts, crafts, and collectibles business expo; a car and bike show, an antique tractor and farm equipment display, local entertainers, mini-golf, and more. Proceeds from these activities will be used to help fund the Alvin Rotary Club scholarship and other programs. Alvin National Oak Park, 118 S. Magnolia St. alvinrotary.org 713-828-9477

ANGLETON: Nov. 3 Austin Town
 Step back in time to 1832 colonial Texas. Meet character interpreters, watch craft demonstrators, participate in militia drills, play period games, and more. Austin Town Park, 22851 FM 521. bchm.org 979-864-1208

ARANSAS PASS: Nov. 10-11 Christmas by the Bay This shopping event brings in vendors from across the state to show the best in clothing, gifts, jewelry, gourmet food, Texas handmade items, gifts for the guys, home and holiday decor, candles, accessories, and more. Aransas Pass Civic Center, 700 W. Wheeler Ave. texasmarketguide.com 888-225-3427

BEAUMONT: Nov. 10 Driller’s Lunch Come and enjoy lunch as they would back in the oil days: a driller’s lunch. Enjoy a nice plate of brisket, beans and cornbread, and listen to some good music. Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum, 5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd. 409-880-1750

BRAZORIA: Nov. 14 Henry Smith Day Brazoria was home to many Texas heroes. During the Texas Centennial the town decided to erect a statue to honor Henry Smith, who moved to Brazoria in 1827. In November 1835, a provisional government was set up and Henry Smith was elected governor. After Texas achieved independence, he became the first Secretary of Treasury of the Republic of Texas. The center honors Smith on his birth- day each year with the Brazoria Historical Militia firing shots, as well as music and refreshments. Brazoria Civic Center, 202 W. Smith St. brazoriahf.org 979-236-0241

BROWNSVILLE: Nov. 10 Brownsville Veteran’s Day Parade The parade honors all the men and women who serve or have served in the U.S. armed forces. Veteran’s Park, 2500 Central Blvd. cob.us 956-542-2064

BROWNSVILLE: November 17. Memorial Illumination at Resaca de la Palma Battlefield: Experience and participate in the lighting of 8,000 candles to honor U.S. and Mexican veterans of the opening battles of the U.S.-Mexican War. Living history programs begin at 4 p.m. Candle lighting begins at sunset. 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. https://www.nps.gov/paal/index.htm 956-541-2785

BROWNSVILLE: Nov. 19 Holiday Village Opening Day Come stroll through the Holiday Village and be magically transported to the North Pole. Dean Porter Park, 201 E. Ring- gold St. cob.us 956-542-2064

CLUTE: Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Planetarium Show Features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector to produce the night sky as it appears to the naked eye, together with a large variety of high-tech equipment to give a close-up feel for things like comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. brazosportcenter.org 979-265-3376

CORPUS CHRISTI: Nov. 19 Storytime with Parrots Parrots may live to be 100, but never grow up; and like children, they love to be read to. Kids of any age can bring a storybook with pictures and join along with education staff and parrot trainers. South Texas Botanical Gardens, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361-852-2100

EDNA: Nov. 8-10 Texana Chili Spill
The 18th annual event starts on Thursday with a veterans ceremony, appreciation dinner, and fireworks display. It continues with a cookoff on Friday and Saturday that includes salsa, sausage, margarita, Dutch oven, chili, gumbo, and bean competitions. The activities include a kid’s zone, horseshoe and washer tournament, and vendors. Brackenridge Recreation Complex Main Event Center, 284 Brackenridge Parkway. texanachilispill.com 361-782-5229

FREEPORT: Nov. 24 Schuster Home Open House Built by the Schuster family in 1917, the same year the city of Freeport was incorporated, this home was a special place for family gatherings and holidays. The home serves as an example of family life during the founding of Freeport. Schuster Home, 1130 W. Second. 979-297-0868

GALVESTON: Nov. 1-4 Lone Star Motor- cycle Rally More than 500,000 motorcyclists are expected to gather among hundreds of vendors for the rally that will include bike shows, live entertainment, and more. Downtown Galveston. lonestarrally.com

GALVESTON: Nov. 10 Gabriel Royal: The Underground Cello Project Gabriel Royal’s journey from art teacher to modern chamber pop composer-performer began as a fun di- version with friends. His sensual singing voice and sonorous cello accompaniment developed while playing and singing in the New York subways. Gabriel’s musical influences include Stevie Wonder’s groove, Burt Bacharach’s relaxed, jazzy yet poppy sensitivities, and the multi-talents of alternative contemporary artists including John Legend, Hiatus Coyote, Flying Lotus, James Blake, Jangle Monae, and Thundercat. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821- 1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Nov. 17-Jan. 6, 2019 Winter Wonder Island Galveston will become the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas offering holiday events including Ice Land, Festival of Lights, Dickens on the Strand, and more. Various locations. galveston.com/holidaymagic

GALVESTON: Nov. 18 Galveston Symphony Orchestra Conductor Dr. Trond Saeverud and the Galveston Symphony Orchestra per- form Beethoven-Egmont Overture, Op.84; Beethoven-Piano Concerto No.3, Op.37 (Anton Nel, piano); and Mozart-Symphony No.41, K.551 “Jupiter.” The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Nov. 24 Asleep at the Wheel—Merry Texas Christmas Y’all
Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel 47 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums, and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts, including Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, their third full- length Bob Wills tribute album. Now traveling as an eight-piece band, Asleep at the Wheel has a newfound energy and their own Texas style. Be- tween those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821- 1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Nov. 25 The Priests in Con- cert Hailed as a musical match “made in Heaven,” The Priests have achieved international acclaim for their stirring Irish tenor voices. An overnight success almost 40 years in the mak- ing, Fathers Eugene and Martin O’Hagan and Father David Delargy set a Guinness World Record for “the Fastest Selling Classical Debut Album of All Times” in 2008. An evening with The Priests is sure to put a spring in your step. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Nov. 27 Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure Deep below the surface, submerged below time, swam some of the world’s most amazing prehistoric marine reptiles. In Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium get up close and personal with an amazing array of aquatic creatures from bygone eras, connecting young audiences to the real science of paleontology. Erth’s prehistoric creatures are unmistakably “alive” and mostly friendly, in this fun, educational and unique performance. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Nov. 30 “A Christmas Carol” Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption has enchanted audiences around the world since it was first published in 1843. Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future come together in a delightful theatrical performance featuring stunning sets, lush costumes, and plenty of music and dance. With beloved traditional carols of the season included, it’s an enchanting event for the entire family. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

HOUSTON: Sept. 29-Jan. 6, 2019 “CraftTexas 2018” The 10th in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. Juried by Jennifer Scanlan, curatorial and exhibitions di- rector at Oklahoma Contemporary, the show features 50 works by 36 artists and includes a wide range of sculpture, jewelry, and furniture, with a strong emphasis on cutting-edge works. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. crafthouston.org 713-529-4848

HOUSTON: Oct. 23-Nov. 4 “The Wiz!” Experience this super-soul, energetic Tony- winner for Best Musical, a hip re-telling of “The Wizard of Oz.” “The Wiz” tells the story of 13-year-old Dorothy, who lives with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and her dog, Toto. After a cyclone hits her house, Dorothy is transported to the magical land of Oz where she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion who help her on her journey to defeat the wicked Evillene, and find her way home. Theatre Under The Stars, 800 Bagby St. tuts.com 713-558-8887

HOUSTON: Nov. 7-Dec. 23 “The Ultimate Christmas Show” (Abridged) It’s the annual holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church—where all faiths are welcome because we’ll believe anything! There’s just one minor problem: none of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived. Now it’s up to three quick-witted church members to perform the entire Variety Show and Christ- mas Pageant by themselves. An irreverent yet heartwarming romp through tradition, “The Ultimate Christmas Show” (Abridged) bursts with festive, slapstick fun as these cheerfully ridiculous clowns celebrate all of our favorite holiday traditions—at once. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. stagestheatre.com 713-527-0123

HOUSTON: Nov. 8-12 Cinema Arts Festival A five-day, multi-venue festival that includes a multitude of narrative and documentary films, an interactive video installation gallery, live multimedia performances, panel discussions, Meet the Makers workshops, and free outdoor and student-field-trip screenings. In its relatively short history, the festival has brought notable guest artists such as Tilda Swinton, Alex Gibney, Guillermo Arriaga, Isabella Rossellini, John Turturro, Shirley MacLaine, Rick Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Fisher Stevens, Robert Redford, Tracy Letts, James Ivory, Julie Taymor, Will Forte, and Thomas Haden Church among many others. Museum of Fine Arts & others, 1001 Bissonnet St. hcaf18.org 713-429-0420

HOUSTON: Nov. 8-11 International Quilt Festival The largest quilt show in the U.S. features more than 1,500 quilts on display and 1,000 booths selling antique and contemporary quilts along with fabric, patterns, books, sewing machines, crafts, jewelry, and more. There are also more than 500 classes for all skill levels. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. quilts.com 713-781-6864

HOUSTON: Nov. 8-11 Nutcracker Market Kick off the holiday season at the 38th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, one of the biggest holiday shopping markets in Texas. It is a one-stop, giant pop-up shop featuring hundreds of merchants from all across the country and showcasing unique items for everyone, including home decor, gourmet food, apparel, accessories, toys, and gifts. The Nutcracker Market has be- come a loyal tradition for many and a fun must have experience for anyone on the lookout for great items for the holidays and beyond. NRG Center, 1 NRG Park. nutcrackermarket.com 713-535-3231

HOUSTON: Nov. 16-17 Midtown Mistletoe Market This high-energy, NYC-style, holiday-inspired market features contemporary craft makers, fine foods, and artists selling their original and series works. Activities include a holiday movie night, a pet photo shoot, breakfast in the park, and an interactive holiday card. Midtown Park, 2811 Travis St. midtownhouston.com/events 713-526-7577

HOUSTON: Nov. 21-Dec. 30 “Panto Star Force” An adventurous, cosmic blast of block- buster hilarity. Jed, a farm boy from the planet Cypress, joins forces with a zany band of space rebels, robots, and furry bartenders (and But- tons, of course) to stop the powerful Emperor Snorkelfish and Dark Tater from taking over the galaxy. Come ready to laugh, cheer and boo in true Panto style, with plenty of toe-tapping music and intergalactic fun for the whole family. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. stagestheatre.com 713-527-0123

KINGSVILLE: Nov. 16 Downtown Lighting Ceremony & Street Dance Downtown Kingsville will be full of magic as the annual lighting ceremony is set to begin at dusk when the town’s store rooftops become illuminated along with the street lamps. Downtown merchants are asked to follow tradition and help adorn their storefronts in the spirit of the holiday season. The H.M. King High School choir gathers on Friday evening at the Train Depot Museum grounds—where the city’s tree is located—and sing Christmas songs prior to the countdown to light up downtown. The street dance begins at dusk on Friday once the lighting has occurred, and will feature a country Western band which will be set up in front of the steps of Kleberg First National Bank. 1904 Train Depot Museum, 100 E. Kleberg Ave. ranchhandfestival.com 361-592-8516

KINGSVILLE: Nov. 16-18 Ranch Hand Weekend The festival honors the city’s rich cultural heritage as one of the mainstays of the Texas ranching industry and will feature food, live music, cooking demonstrations, art, storytelling, book signings by local authors, and more. King Ranch & Downtown Kingsville, SH 141 West. ranchhandfestival.com 800-333-5032

KINGSVILLE: Nov. 17 Ranch Hand Break- fast The 28th annual outdoor event takes place on the grounds of the famous King Ranch. Cowboys and volunteers are not only cooking and serving breakfast, but also showing their talents by demonstrating team roping and the way old-time cow camp cooking was done. Musical entertainment will be provided. Breakfast goers can drive their vehicles into the ranch or park down- town by the 1904 Train Depot Museum and take a shuttle. King Ranch, SH 141 West. king-ranch.com 361-592-8516

LAKE JACKSON: Nov. 3 Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour Visit the historic archeological site of Major Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the same hurricane that devastated Galveston. Discover the sugar making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s. Abner Jackson Plantation Site, FM 2004 near SH 332. lakejacksonmuseum.org 979-297-1570

LAKE JACKSON: Nov. 15-17 Festival of Lights Kick off the holiday season. The carnival runs Thursday to Sunday. The official tree lighting ceremony is Friday. Entertainment, games, snow, ice skating, and parade take place Saturday. Lake Jackson Civic Center, 333 SH 332. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-415- 2600

LAKE JACKSON: Nov. 17 Bird Banding Volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station presents an excellent opportunity to see birds up close and to learn all the birds of the Brazosport area. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 W. SH 332. gcbo.org 979-480-0999

LAMAR: Nov. 2-3 Lamar Market Days Hosted by the Lamar Fire Department, the fundraiser features a giant garage sale, plant sale, and barbecue plate sale with homemade desserts. 361-729-5003

PEARLAND: Nov. 3 Opry on the Square Event features national, regional, and local acts in a grand ole opry-style format. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, coolers, and the refreshments of their choice to enjoy an evening of Western swing, traditional and con- temporary country music covers, and originals. Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway St. visitpearland.com 281-997-5970

ROCKPORT: Nov. 1-3 Rockport Film Festival This event celebrates the best of independent cinema on the Texas Coast. Show- casing shorts, features, documentaries, animations, and student films, Rockport Film Festival is a welcoming three-day event which highlights talent from Texas and beyond. Rockport Center for the Arts. rockportartcenter.com 361-729-5519

SAN LEON: Nov. 10 Dwane Caldwell USMC Birthday Bash and Parade A celebration of all military branches with a town parade, a military salute, free food and drink, live auction, raffles, and live music. This charitable event for the past 14 years has primarily funded the Ronald Hillman Memorial scholarship for any student attending Dickinson High School who is from a vet family, part of ROTC or attends Boys/Girls state. American Legion Post 291, 1402 FM 517.

SANTA FE: Nov. 10-11 Heritage Festival This year’s two-day event will include a Kid Zone with all-day ride passes; mutton bustin’, barrel racing, and other rodeo activities; a Hometown Dance; a display on the history of Santa Fe; an Old Smokey cook-off; craft and food vendors; the city’s child safety fair and 40th anniversary celebration; Veteran’s Day Celebration; and loads of hometown hospitality. Runge Park, 4605 Peck Ave. santafetexas.smartcms.site 409-925-8558

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Nov. 4 Raul Acala Bike Challenge This is the third annual bike challenge that showcases the stunning beauty of one of the best Texan beaches on the Gulf. The scenic course is on the Lower Rio Grande Valley. While the route is flat, distance, heat, and wind provide ample challenges. Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, 100 Padre Blvd. raulalcala.com/spi 956-761-3000

SPRING: Nov. 10-Dec. 23 Home for the Holidays The 38th annual event kicks off with a tree lighting at dusk. More than 150 local shops and businesses come alive with the spirit of the season. Watch weekend entertainment, meet Santa and other characters, and take a carriage ride through the original home of Spring. Local shops and boutiques offer a variety of unique holiday gift ideas and perfect treasures for everyone on your shopping list. Enjoy a hot chocolate or other holiday delights at one of our local restaurants. Old Town Spring Preservation Park, 26303 Preston Ave. oldtownspring.com 281-353-9310

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 1 Christina Aguilera in Concert The pop superstar embarks on The Liberation Tour, with special guest Big Boi of Outkast. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 3 Lady Antebellum: Summer Plays On Tour Lady Antebellum performs as part of the Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land Concert Series. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 9 Jingle Tree: Tree Lighting Extravaganza See the fabulously decorated trees come to life during the lighting ceremony. Stay and enjoy a light brunch and social time in the Jingle Tree display. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281-313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 13 Jingle Tree: Bring the Bling Learn from the pros during live decorating demonstration sessions. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar- land 281-313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 15 Jingle Tree: Drink and be Merry Happy Hour Jingle Tree auction close out and evening social event. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281-313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 24-Jan. 1, 2019 Sugar Land Holiday Lights More than 2.5 million lights in seven different theme areas will take over Constellation Field this holiday season. Visit with Santa, and enjoy food, holiday music, games, activities, and more. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive. sugarlandskeeters.com 281-240-4487

SURFSIDE BEACH: Nov. 3. Treasures By The Sea. The 7th annual arts and crafts fair will take place at Stahlman Park and Conference Ctr., 2211 Bluewater Hwy., Surfside Beach.  Treasures By The Sea is hosted by the Save Our Beach Association, Inc.  It’s their biggest fundraiser of the year. The Surfside Flyers Club will be flying kites of all shapes, sizes, and colors.  Entertainment will include a local orchestra, local dancers, and a performance by the Nei Wai Chia Martial Arts Academy. Plan to come for lunch, as there will be soups and desserts sure to please 10:00am-5:00p.m. Save Our Beach Association, Inc. 979-292-9433

TEXAS CITY: Nov. 7-Dec. 1 Quilt Exhibit View this annual exhibition of local quilts, and vote for your favorite. Texas City Museum, 409 Sixth St. N. texas-city-tx.org 409-229-1660

TEXAS CITY: Nov. 10 Movie at the Dike: Concert, Fireworks, & Movie Listen to a live concert, play on the playground, and eat some great food from local food trucks while you wait for the firework show and movie to start. Bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the movie sitting outside. Rainbow Park, Bay Street and Dike Road. texascitycommunitycalendar.com 409-643-5919

TOMBALL: Nov. 16-Dec. 31 Downtown Holiday Lamppost Stroll More than 50 ornamental lamp posts covering 12 city blocks will be decked out for the Christmas season at this annual event. These holiday creations are done by downtown merchants, local organizations, and businesses. Stroll the lamp posts, browse the mom-and-pop shops and restaurants, and enjoy the season in Tomball’s historic downtown district. tomballtx.gov 281-351-5484

VICTORIA: Nov. 2 Dia de los Muertos Celebrate the Day of the Dead with the critters of the zoo. The Texas Zoo, 110 Memorial Drive. texaszoo.org 361-573-7681

VICTORIA: Nov. 4 Victoria Main Street Brunch on the Square Enjoy a delicious brunch under the shady oaks of DeLeon Plaza. Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St. victoriamainstreet.org 361-578-0060

VICTORIA: Nov. 15-18 Theatre Victoria Playwriting Festival Winner Production The winner of Theatre Victoria’s annual Play- writing Festival competition will have their play performed by Theatre Victoria cast. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. theatrevictoria.org 361-570-8587

VICTORIA: Nov. 16-Dec. 30 “Victoria Collects” Exhibit See a diverse collection of artwork amassed by Victoria residents.
The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St. navemuseum.com 361-575-8227

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