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geekstah Sep 19, 2012 05:50 AM

Does anyone know of any festivals, bazaars, or such that are happening in the Houston area in the next coming months possibly?

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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    bornie Sep 19, 2012 07:26 AM

    Greek fest 1st wk of Oct...will be staged in Montrose I believe..

    1. absurdnerdbird Sep 19, 2012 07:49 AM

      Slavic festival coming up...
      http://houstonslavicheritagefestival.com/

      Greek festival Oct 4-7
      http://www.greekfestival.org/

      Autumn Art and Wine Festival Oct 13-14
      Old Town Spring
      123-F Midway Spring TX 77373
      Spring, TX 77373

      Italian festival Oct 11-14
      University of St. Thomas, Houston
      3800 Montrose Blvd
      Houston, TX 77006

      1. Lambowner Sep 19, 2012 08:07 AM

        Shrimp Festival this weekend in Galveston's Historic Strand area.

        http://www.galveston.com/calendarofev...

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          Jaymes Sep 19, 2012 09:32 AM

          Also coming right up this weekend (Sat Sept 22nd) is the PUERTO RICAN & CUBAN FESTIVAL.

          Good food, and also music and arts and crafts for sale.

          http://prcfestival.com/

          They say it is the "Sexiest and Most Anticipated Festival in Texas."

          And who knows... Maybe it is. I might go. Even though I'm pretty sure that doesn't apply to me.

          I haven't been "Sexiest" or particularly "Anticipated" in several decades.

          But it does sound like a lot of fun.

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            Lambowner Sep 19, 2012 04:50 PM

            Wow, where's the publicity on that one?? That looks like great fun.

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              James Cristinian Sep 19, 2012 05:04 PM

              Downtown, Tranquility Park, great festival location. I just looked it up, here's the info.

              http://prcfestival2012.eventbrite.com/

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            Jaymes Sep 19, 2012 09:43 AM

            One of the biggest, the Texas Renaissance Festival. It's at a little town called Todd Mission, about 40 miles or so north of Houston.
            http://texrenfest.com/

            St Arnolds, a local brewer, is sponsoring several Octoberfest events: http://www.saintarnold.com/news/index.html#oktoberfest

            The Junior League sponsors their annual Holiday Market up in The Woodlands https://www.jlnhsmc.org/?nd=holiday_market

            Website for the Italian Festival (mentioned above) http://www.houstonitalianfestival.com/

            And the Turkish Festival http://www.turkishfesthouston.com/

            Houston is an immigrant city with large populations of almost every ethnic group on the planet. If you look hard enough, you'll undoubtedly find a "festival" for just about everyone.

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              Jaymes Sep 19, 2012 11:49 AM

              Another of the biggest and best-known festivals in Texas, "Dickens on The Strand," happens in Galveston early every December. Lots of fun - arts, crafts, shops, shows, music...

              And best of all, street food. Love the roasted chestnuts.

              http://www.galvestonhistory.org/dicke...

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                swamp Sep 19, 2012 02:12 PM

                Island Oktoberfest, October 26 & 27th is Galveston's most anticipated festival each fall. Four Biergartens, German food, German bands and more. It is a great time on the grounds surrounding the historic Galveston Island Lyceum.

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                  James Cristinian Sep 19, 2012 04:23 PM

                  I hate to be Negative Nellie, buuut, the Greek Festival is not the same since it outgrew the church grounds. It takes a lot of Retsina for me to enjoy sitting under a crowded tent in a parking lot. Parking can be a bear. The Renaissance Festival is a blast, but be prapred to pay close to 100 bucks for tickets, parking,two beers, and turkey legs, based on two adults Traffic can be difficult, at best. I haven't been to the Italian Festival since it moved to St. Thomas, hope it's not under a tent a la Greek Fest. I'd head south to Galveston, fall is the best time of year down there, along with spring, of course.

                  1. DoobieWah Sep 22, 2012 02:16 PM

                    I saw an ad on TV for this one last night.

                    Korean Festival - November 3
                    http://www.koreanfestivalhouston.com/

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                      Jaymes Sep 26, 2012 09:42 AM

                      I'm wondering if anyone attended any of these Sept festivals this year. If so, how was it? Making plans to return next year?

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                        James Cristinian Sep 26, 2012 04:42 PM

                        The last festval we went to was the East End Street Festival in May, and we will return. I don't like the Greek Festival anymore, got too big for it's britches. The Renaissance Festival is a hundred bucks for two to annie up, pretty much the same for I Fest. No thanks. I would like to see festivals in the cooler months, December to April, and other than Dickens and Mardi Gras Galveston, there isn't anything I know of.

                        http://www.greatereastend.com/east-en...

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                          Lambowner Sep 26, 2012 05:55 PM

                          I went to the Shrimp Fest in Galveston because a friend was competing. It's only the second year so it was still moderately sized although bigger than last year. I enjoyed it. Tasty too.

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                          Jaymes Sep 27, 2012 07:47 AM

                          Don't know if you're familiar with B4-U-Eat, but their newsletter routinely mentions upcoming food-related events such as festivals.

                          You might try subscribing to it. It's free.

                          http://www.b4-u-eat.com/

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                            James Cristinian Oct 5, 2012 03:59 PM

                            Silk Road Festival in Stafford this weekend. Never been, can't go due to work, but it looks intriguing.

                            Sundays weather, high in the 60's, you're darn tootin!!

                            http://silkroadfest.org/food-in-festi...

                            1. DoobieWah May 13, 2013 02:21 PM

                              St. Basil's Greek Fest next weekend, (May 16-19) on Eldridge between Memorial and Briar Forest.

                              The genetic mutant and I used to go every other year or so.

                              Good food and nice folks.

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