Best Festivals and shows in Houston during October 2018 - Kid 101

Best Festivals and shows in Houston during October 2018

From butterflies to bike rides, Halloween and fall festivals to big-name concerts and shows, there is plenty going on in Houston.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games

About: Michael Flatley’s lightning quick feet dazzled the world for decades. Although he has hung up his dancing shoes he still remains at the helm of his masterful production, Dangerous Games, back on tour after a hugely successful Broadway run at the Lyric Theatre. Flatley’s incredible energy is evident in this spectacular show that sees the dance troupe in a battle of good versus evil, as The Lord of the Dance must wrest his prize belt back from the robotic Dark Lord. The production has breathtaking displays of dance talent, fantasy sets, and some very strange creatures from the underworld.

When: Tuesday, October 23 at8:00 pm.

Where: Smart Financial Center,18111 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Contact: 281-207-6278

Cost: From $49

Freaky Deaky Festival

About: This music festival has an 18 year age restriction – so time to leave the younger kids at home with grandparents who can take them to a fun Halloween event or fall festival, while young parents can party to some of the best electronic dance music around. The line up includes 12th Planet, Alison Wonderland, 4B, Adventure Club, Audien, Blunts and Blondes, Alpha 9, Chris Lake, Camelphat, Boombox Cartel, DJ Snake, J Worra, Megalodon, LSDream, Saymyname, Yellow Claw, and a whole lot more.

When: October 27-28

Where: Sam Houston Race Track, 7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, TX 77064

Contact: via Facebook or Twitter

Cost: Single day general admission pass $94.95 plus fees, two-day pass $159.95 plus fees.

Zoo Boo

About: It is always fun to take the kids to the zoo around Halloween as there are all sorts of fun activities like treating (forget the tricks), watching the animals enjoy the fall harvest of pumpkins, and enjoying Zoo Boo presented by LyondellBasell. Watch the website as the list of activities will be announced closer to the event, but they usually involve hands-on craft activities and some entertainment.

When: October 11 -14, 19-21, and 26-28 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Where: 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030

Contact: 713-533-6500

Cost: Free with general admission.General admission: Children 1 and under – FREE, Children 2-11 – $15, Adults 12-64 – $19, Senior 65+ – $12.50.

For King and Country

About: From the land down under comes to a Christian contemporary music duo taking American by storm with their soaring praise anthems, emotionally-charged lyrics and theatrical, high-energy live shows. Australian brothers Joel and Luke are set to capitalize on the Gismy Award-winning success of their first album with their sophomore effort Burn The Ships, by celebrating with a special 10-city North American tour.

When: Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 pm.

Where: Ballroom at Warehouse Live, 813 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003

Contact: 713-225-5483

Cost: From $76

Sebastian Yatra and Manuel Turizo

About: Colombian-born but Miami-raised singer Sebastian Yatra is excited to be touring with Colombian singer Manuel Turizo on their first US tour. Por Perro and Traicionera have been huge successes for Yatra. Billboard has named Turizo as one of the 10 Best Latin Artists to Watch. The two good-looking fresh-faced singers have a huge following.

When: Thursday, October 25 at 8:00 pm.

Where: Smart Financial Center, 18111 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Contact: 281-207-6278

Cost: From $76

Puerto Rican Cuban Fest

About: El Dandy, Michael Stuart, and Andy Montanez are some of the performers lined up for the day. There will be numerous food vendors with traditional fare, a beer tent and plenty of live entertainment including dancers. Bring lawn chairs to watch the concerts in comfort as you get acquainted with the lively culture of Puerto Rico through music, food, dance, and art. There is also a car show.

When: Saturday, October 27 from 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm.

Where: MidTown Park, 2811 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77006

Contact: via Facebook or Twitter

Cost: From $20 per person general admission. A family pack of 5 tickets costs $80. There are also various options for VIP tickets that include drinks and meals.

African and Caribbean Food Fest

About: Experience some of the best tasting the Caribbean and African food cooked by the people in the know – try jerk chicken, cassava leaf, suya, obono, beef/chicken patty, plantains, fried fish, and jeloff rice among others. There will be fashion, music and dancing as well as a kidzone, games and rides. African Caribbean dress is recommended but not required.

When: Saturday, October 27 from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Where: India House, 8888 W Bellfort Blvd, Houston, TX 77031

Contact: via Facebook

Cost: Free entry until 5:00 pm, after 5:00 pm $10 per person.

8 5th Ward Fall Fest

About: The plan is for gifts, games, live music, prizes, celebrity guest, moonwalk, face painting, raffles, food trucks,  and a free motorcycle and car show.

When: Saturday, October 6 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.

Where:3215 Lyons Avenue, Lyons Unity MBC Parking Lot, Houston, TX 77020

Contact: 713-515-1364 or email

Cost: Free

Park to Port Fun Bike Ride

About:If the eating and drinking at Oktoberfest and various food festivals are taking their toll then it’s time to do something healthy with the kids – especially with all that tempting candy around at this time of year. The bike ride involves the whole family and there is plenty of entertainment to make it a fun event. The 20-mile round-trip takes riders from Hermann Park’s Bayou Parkland east along the Brays Bayou Greenway trail to the Port of Houston where Port Houston sponsors a turn-around party with snacks, drinks, and music at Hidalgo Park. Participants then ride back along the trail to Hermann Park for a celebratory Post-Ride Party. The Park to Port Bike Ride is open to riders of all levels and is not a race. No bike? Not a problem, as there are bikes available to borrow for the event on a first come basis.

When: Saturday, October 6 with a Rolling start from 7:30 – 9:00 am,

Turn-Around Party at Hidalgo Park from 8:00 am – 10:30 am and a Post-Ride Party from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Post-Ride Party

Where: Herman Park to Hidalgo Park and back

Contact: via website

Cost: $35 registration fee

Pollinator Festival and Plant Sale

About: The day will include educational presentations, games, and shopping Mercer Botanic Gardens-Harris County’s  Precinct 4. Celebrating pollinators of all varieties, the festival includes crafts, games, face painting, and free, hourly presentations on the importance of monarch conservation, honeybees, East Texas nectar plants, and more. Visitors can participate in  Exploration Stations, and vote for the best pollinator-themed scarecrow display. There is also a chance to buy plants to create you own butterfly and bee friendly garden.

When: Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Where: Mercer Botanic Garden, 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd, Humble, TX 77338

Contact: 713-274-4160

Cost: Free entry

40th Houston Italian Festival

About: Even the kids are welcome to learn to cook during the cooking demos and lesson at this festival. Then there are the tastiest pizzas, pasta and more. Aaron Caruso the Italian pop singer, as well as The Fab 5, will feature on the main stage. There will be Italian wine and beer tasting, games and vendors, chalk art, Tarantella traditional dancing, and more at this lively festival celebrating Italian culture.

When: Thursday, October 11 from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm(Free Admission).

Friday, October 12 from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm (Free Admission until 4:00 pm)

Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Sunday, October 14 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Where: Grounds at the University of St Thomas,3800 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Contact: 713-524-4222 or email

Cost: $6 per person online, $8 at the gate. Children 12 and under free.

Houston Halloween Festival

About: The Houston Zombie Walk will be putting on their annual Houston Halloween event with entertainment and activities for the entire family. Visit the Bud Light stage for live music, order from the food trucks, and check out the business and art vendors. There’s a beer garden, HZW special FX station, and adult and kids costume contests. The kids’ zone has free entertainment including carnival games, arts and crafts, a magic show, juggling acts and more.

When: Saturday, October 20 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Where: Houston Heights Area, 300 Block of 19th Street

Contact: via Facebook

Cost:$10 donations. Children 11 and under may attend the event FREE as long as they are with a parent or guardian that has an event ticket.

In Real Life

About: Hot off the back of ABC’s ‘Boy Band’ music competition, the winning five-piece head out on their first headline tour! Setting out on their Tonight Belongs To You Tour the young musicians,  Brady Tutton, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, Sergio Calderon, and Michael Conor will be performing popular songs like Eyes Closed, Tonight Belongs to You, and Tattoo(How ’Bout You).

When: Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 pm

Where: Bronze Peacock Room, House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002

Contact: 888-402-5837

Cost: From $25

Houston Symphony and Rajaton – The Music of ABBA

About: Take a chance as Rajaton join the Houston Symphony to perform Abba’s greatest hits. They’ll be thanking the iconic disco pop sensations for the music, Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, and more, in this high energy show, that brings favorites from this popular group from the 70’s back to life on stage.

When: October 5-7 at 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and 7:30 pm on Sunday.

Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002

Contact: 832-487-7050

Cost: From $29

Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch with Lauren Alaina

About: Cole Swindell, has had 10 Number One country songs since his debut in2013 with Chillin’ It. Adding to the star power of this leg of the tour is guest Dustin Lynch, whose latest album,  Current Mood, was released last year. The album lead single Small Town Boygave him his fifth number one song. Supporting them is singer Lauren Alaina – remember her Doin’ Fine hit?

When: October 19 at 8:00 pm.

Where: Smart Financial Center,18111 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Contact: 281-207-6278

Cost: From $43

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