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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.

21778 Fm 1774
Plantersville,
TX
US

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.

4203 Montrose Blvd
Houston,
TX
US

If you want to find catfish, alligator, and frog legs all in one place, your best bet is the swamp. But if you want to find all three animals plus carnival rides and live music, then you'd be better off heading to Conroe in October. For 25 years, the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival has celebrated cooking traditions from the Lone Star State and its adjacent bayous, with gumbo and sausage to complement crispy fillets of its namesake fish.

Songs are almost as plentiful as snacks. On three stages and a performance space for kid-friendly shows, the fest showcases beloved bands playing sets that range from country to Beatles covers. Carnival rides, craft booths, and contests fill the rest of the fest with family-friendly activities, such as mechanical-bull rides and a non-mechanical petting zoo.

101 South Main Street
Conroe,
TX
US

Lower-priced seats in sections 105–110 will be farther from the stage than the higher-priced seats in the same section. All seats, with consideration for ticket prices, are assigned first-come, first-served.

2005 Lake Robbins Dr.
Woodlands,
TX
US

The seventh annual Art Outside Festival quenches creative appetites with live music, artists, and a plentitude of interactive workshops and performances. Over 70 bands ally to form the three-day musical lineup, featuring musicians such as Hobotech, Stereo Is A Lie, and Pumpkin. Austin-area youths Residual Kid will move crowds with driving beats even though they aren't old enough to apply for learner's permits, and lots house art cars and geared wildlife from the Austin Bike Zoo to occupy vehicle aficionados. Lay hands on creativity through interactive video displays or marvel at artists filling the tented gallery with freshly painted pieces. Aerial-acrobatic and fire-sculpture demonstrations stretch the imagination as yoga classes stretch the body, and giant artworks stretch canvas over dilapidated barn doors.

9112 N Fm 908
Rockdale,
TX
US

Established: 2010

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Brands Used: Holiday Gift Market with various upscale vendors

Recommended Age Group: Adults

Pro Tip: Bring us a gently used coat or new clothing to help support The Claus Project.

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: $5000 worth of giveaway prizes

Q&A with the Staff

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

On Thursday night, we will be having an appreciation night for all the staff and faculty members of the surrounding schools. We wanted to give them a special thank you for all the hard work they are doing for our children and community members.

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?

We have partnered up with The Claus Project, a local organization known for collecting coats and clothing for the local school district.

Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?

Being around all the Christmas Spirit. Being able to attend a holiday market not only gets me in the holiday cheer but also allows me to see vendors that I would normally not be able to see. Because we have such a wide variety of vendors, I like to see all the unique and creative things they have to offer. Plus, it is fun way to buy my friends and family an unique Christmas gift instead of going to the mall.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

The Northwest Houston Nutcracker Market is featuring independent designers, artists, and crafters. We will have multiple upscale vendors: clothing, home decor, food, jewelry, cosmetics, custom furniture, and much more.

10 Dusk Valley Court
Spring,
TX
US