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Top Things to Look Forward to This Fall in Downtown Houston
Autumn is upon us and in Downtown Houston that means diving into an exciting new season of performing arts and plenty of fall activities. We’re saying goodbye to the stifling summer heat (almost) and hello to breezy 80-degree days filled with trips to the farmers market and some of the best festivals of the year! Whether you’re excited about trying a new cuisine or catching a live show by your favorite local band, there’s plenty to look forward to in the city core this fall. Below are our top picks. 

City Hall Farmer’s Market

Hermann Square
Known as the original farmers market in Downtown, this popular event features over two dozen vendors offering fresh produce, breads, roasted coffees, and everything in between. Switch up your lunch routine, meet the people that grow your food, stock up on your favorite fruits and veggies and grab a bite at one of the food trucks lined up on Lamar and McKinney every Wednesday between 10 am and 1:30 pm through December 20

Oktoberfest Houston

The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou 
Put on your dirndls and lederhosen and embrace the German and Texas culture at Oktoberfest Houston on September 30! Not only can you count on a large selection of German and import craft beer, but guests can also dance to the best polka music in Texas, compete in the 6th Annual Oktoberfest Olympiad games or challenge a friend to a match of cornhole (and perhaps some yodeling) at the festival’s Houston Sport & Social Club Fun Zone. Rain or shine, this party train will start rolling at 11 am sharp.

Party on the Plaza

Avenida Houston
This fall, we’ve staked out our spot on Avenida Plaza at the George R. Brown every Wednesday from October 4 through November 15 for Party on the Plaza! The series of free evening concerts kicks off with Houston-based, Robert Ellis and includes a great line up of local and regional bands. Not to mention, there’s also $4 craft beer specials, food, and games to accompany the sweet tunes!

A Night at Market Square

Market Square Park
One of the biggest events in Downtown’s Historic District, this popular neighborhood block party returns on October 14. Explore downtown’s hippest bars and restaurants, mingle with your neighbors, then find your way back to Market Square Park for a round of Giant Jenga, an exclusive beer release by Saint Arnold, delicious treats by Lush Puff and Steel City Pops and a live performance by country-soul, swamp-funk legend, Shinyribs! You won’t want to miss out on all the action.

Bayou City Art Festival

Hermann Square
Chanel your inner artist and show your support for Houston’s thriving arts community! Featuring over 300+ artists from different disciplines, including local mixed media Brazilian artist, Tony Parana, this annual favorite will transform Houston’s Downtown streets into artistic avenues bursting with color. You’ll catch yourself drifting around from tent to tent on October 14-15, admiring the displays and feeling inspired to create (or purchase) your very own piece of art to take home. 

VIA Colori Street Painting Festival

Hermann Square 
Prepare to be mesmerized as 200+ talented chalk artists celebrate the artistic spirit of Houston with an infusion of vibrant optical illusions and masterpieces created on the streets of Downtown. Taking place November 18-19, this two-day festival benefits the Center for Hearing and Speech and is packed with fun activities for all ages. If the live music, food and beer don’t win you over, the life-like 3D art surely will. 

68th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

Downtown Houston
The H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the oldest parades in H-town. For years, Houstonians have been waking up bright and early on Turkey Day to marvel at beautifully decorated floats, talented marching bands, high-flying balloons, live entertainment and of course, Pancho Clause coasting along with his low-rider escorts. Whether it’s your first parade or your 68th, you don’t want to miss this special Houston family tradition on November 23.

Like what you see? Head to our Downtown events calendar for a full list of all the great things happening in Downtown Houston this fall!
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