For eight weekends in the fall, a troupe of performing fairies, knights, royal personas, and jugging fools set up camp on the 55-acre grounds of the Texas Renaissance Faire. For 38 years, the Festival has re-created the 16th century’s appealing combination of simplicity and grandeur with more than 200 daily performances of live music, acrobatic comedies, and jousting. Actors portraying different levels of society—such as the English court and the pirates—roam the lolling landscape in character while performing comedic and informative bits including “Sound and Fury,” a Shakespearean vaudeville. At noon the Grande Marche parade catapults performers from the Globe Stage for a stroll throughout the park as they advertise their acts in a high-toned procession.
On a less precise schedule, craftsmen concoct tangible marvels with skills of glassblowing and blacksmithing, while food purveyors wander the beaten paths or call from their booths, selling fare that ranges from sugar-coated nuts to roasted turkey legs. At close of day, fireworks light the sky to celebrate the festival's victory over time.
With tented performance areas throughout downtown Houston, this year's fest features a lineup of hundreds of performances from around the globe. Music acts include big names (Ozomatli, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic) alongside other talented musicians. Check out the entire schedule of events here. An abundant bounty of global cuisine with everything from Japanese to Jamaican fare, highlighted by vast offerings from this year's spotlighted Caribbean nations, will nourish the hungry crowds. The festival and the performances will proceed rain or shine, so bring an umbrella if it rains, and ride in on an umbrella if it doesn't.
Nearly equidistant from Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, Christian retreat center Camp Tejas welcomes guests who gather to make new friends and explore different facets of their faith. Bunkhouses and private rooms accommodate overnight guests, while conference rooms and recreational facilities offer a chance to work, play, sing, study, and celebrate. Then there's the green, flower-dotted expanse of land that's home to these buildings. Trees, grass, and lakes abound, offering plenty of opportunities to kayak, climb, and appreciate nature. In November and December, this refreshing slice of the outdoors becomes even brighter, as the annual Lights of Tejas show organizes Christmas-light displays and family activities right along the water's edge.
The Katy Home & Garden Show inspires homeowners by giving them access to dozens of home-improvement businesses and helping them move closer to inhabiting their dream home. From fundamental services such as homebuilding and landscaping to design details including lighting, blinds, and curtains for garden-gnome homes, the show offers the advice of a diverse panel of area professionals. In previous years, additional attractions have included a seminar with Run My Renovation host John DeSilvia, a design discussion with Susan Fruit, a Kid's Zone, and a gift market with gourmet-food samples.
It all started with one Girl Scout. Demme Durrett was just a freshman when she founded the Human Rights Walk & Festival, a gathering that would eventually turn into her Gold Award project and draw more than 2,000 people. At the event's heart is an all-ages and handicapped-accessible walk that gives participants fresh air and an education in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights via an outdoor exhibit of artwork, posters, and essays that illustrate the U.N.'s 30 Basic Human Rights. But the walk is only the beginning of this outing, which also features live music, guest speakers sharing inspiring stories, and festival activities for the entire family.