Festivals in Fresno

Texas Contemporary Art Fair Visit for One or Two on September 5, 6, 7, or All Three Days (Up to 50% Off)

Texas Contemporary Art Fair

Downtown

$25 $13

70+ galleries exhibit works of sculpture, painting, and other media, one of which will receive a $10,000 prize

Admission with Souvenir Cups for Two or Four to Oktoberfest Houston on Saturday, September 13 (Up to 45% Off)

Oktoberfest Houston

Houston

$40 $22

This fall festival includes beer from Germany and local breweries, Oktoberfest activities, and music from German bands on two stages

Houston Margarita Festival Visit for Two or Four at Discovery Green Park on Saturday, October 25 (Up to 65% Off)

Houston Margarita Festival

Discovery Green Park

$70 $25

Bands fill the park with music as guests sample margaritas in souvenir cups and food from vendors

Wine Festival General or VIP Admission for Two or Four on October 18 from Houston Cellar Classic (Up to 40% Off)

Houston Cellar Classic

The Tasting Room Uptown Park

$120 $72

Guests sip on fine wines and champagne while nibbling culinary creations from area chefs at signature annual event of Houston Cellar Classic

"America's Test Kitchen LIVE! with Christopher Kimball" at Jones Hall on August 14 at 8 p.m. (Up to 31% Off)

"America's Test Kitchen"

Jones Hall

$45 $31

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The popular cooking show comes to life with science experiments, a chocolate taste test, and a Q&A with host Christopher Kimball

Admission for 1, 2, or 4 to a Skinny Sippin' Mixer on Saturday, August 16 (Up to 51% Off)

Skinny Sippin' Mixer

Langford Market West Ave

$40 $20

Enjoy an afternoon of shopping, nutritious treats, and Skinnygirl Cocktails during this healthy-lifestyle event hosted by Taja V. Simpson

One-Day Pass for 2 or 4 or Three-Day Pass for 2 at Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival on October 10–12 (Up to 44% Off)

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival

Conroe

$30 $18

A festival with country and rock bands, southern seafood, kid-friendly carnival attractions, and craft vendors keeps up a 25-year tradition

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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

In Houston, September beats out July and August for the hottest month of the year—it has nothing to do with the weather, however. The culprit behind the elevated heat level is the Houston Hot Sauce Festival. This annual event brings together exhibitors from across the country to sell and hand out samples of their signature hot sauces, salsas, jams, dips, and other spicy foods. Luckily, vendors also supply plenty of cool beverages, thus eliminating the need for bite-size fire extinguishers.

Live entertainment complements the spicy goods. Blues artists, jazz bands, and other musician play throughout the festival, and each day brings special events, such as salsa eating competitions or fire eating performances.

10505 Cash Rd
Stafford,
TX
US

Though King's Biergarten describes itself as the place "where it's Oktoberfest all year round," once a year the brew haven really goes all out recreating the traditional German beer and food festival. The restaurant transforms its parking lot into a colorful 400-person bier tent decked out with bells, ribbons, and servers dressed in lederhosen who shoulder drinks throughout the rows of beer hall-style benches and tables. Aside from sipping golden suds, crowds can also help themselves to an all-you-can-eat spread of sausage, beer pretzels, and Bavarian smoked pork loin. Bands will play live sets throughout the fest as attendees try their hand at climbing Jacobs ladders or nailing the target at the dunking booth. VIP ticket-holders will be able to camp out inside the restaurant, where they can take advantage of three-hour table reservations.

The three-day event will kick off on Friday, September 27, when local politicians including Pearland Mayor Tom Reed and Senator Larry Taylor will lead the ceremonial keg tapping. From there on out, the German brews will flow for the remainder of the weekend, with attendees trading in beer tickets for half-liters of Hofbrau Dunkel, Stiegl Lager, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, and Spaten Oktoberfest.

1329 East Broadway Street
Pearland,
TX
US

The Pearland International Festival was conceived as a celebration of world cuisines, music, and culture. For its second annual fete, its focus is Mexico: mariachi bands will play and visitors can compete in a Grito Mexicano?or Mexican screaming?contest. There's also a jalape?o-eating contest, whose competitors are strictly forbidden from hiding ice packs in their cheeks beforehand, and noncompetitive eaters can enjoy food from Asian, Middle Eastern, European, and African restaurants in abundance. Throughout the fest, performers representing every bubble in the United States' melting pot take the stage to provide a lively soundtrack. Musical guests, for instance, include the Tex-Mex sounds of headliner "Grupo La Calma," as well as Bollywood and Panamanian Folklorico artists.

3919 Liberty Dr & John Lister Road
Pearland,
TX
US

On Memorial Day weekend, the Friendswood Crawfish Festival will sprawl through downtown Friendswood, filling the streets with the aromas of boiled seafood, the sounds of live music, and the sights of local artisans displaying their wares. Everything is organized by the Friendswood Lions Club, a civic volunteer organization that benefits the community through fundraising and restoration projects. They also receive some help from Justin Tolliver, owner of Justin?s Seafood Restaurant. Propelled by his culinary know-how and a generations-old vendetta against the local crawfish population, Tolliver will supply the steaming cauldrons of the festival's namesake food. Pizza, beer, and soft drinks will also be served. However, food won't be the festival's only draw: a crawfish-eating contest will test competitors' stomachs as performances from local musicians provide a rousing soundtrack.

605 South Friendswood Drive
Friendswood,
TX
US

In its first annual festival, Houston Oktoberfest pays homage to the centuries-old German shindig by corralling more than 30 different beers from both local breweries and the Deutschland itself. German beers such as Hofbräu, Spaten, and Warsteiner swirl with crisp, effervescent flavors that pair deliciously with German morsels. Diners can also enjoy local seasonal pours and complement them by nibbling on autumn leaves. As participants mingle and sip, they can also swing their hips to the sounds of 10 different bands throughout the grounds. Louisiana’s Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys headline the fest with a Cajun set complete with a squeezebox, raspy vocals, and fiddle, and Houston’s own The ‘71’s churn out hard-rock anthems such as “Confession.” The strains of traditional German music bounce off the nearby carnival area, which features games and rides for children, adults, and sentient lederhosen.

5601 W Loop S Fwy
Houston,
Texas
US