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.
The brainchild of two passionate teachers, RoboCamp is dedicated to increasing the presence of math, science, and technical skills in contemporary education. To that end, RoboCamp participants meet each summer at five Texas locations to actively engage in hands-on activities rooted in each of those disciplines.
The activities are more than your run-of-the-mill science experiments, too. As educational activities, campers may craft LEGO replicas of national landmarks, stir up volcanic eruptions, or build edible experiments.
Using vibrant colors to dress human flesh, artists transform people into works of art at ABC Bodyart. A peek into the gallery shows images of people wearing clothes, patterns, and fur where there is none, their skin covered in expertly applied paint, temporary tattoos, and henna. The body-art outlet offers up models to paint during classes and private events and also caters to kids with face-painting packages.
The Houston-Galveston area is train country. Multiple railroad-related museums call the community home, as do approximately 20 model railroad clubs. So, how does a person gain entry into this not-so-secret club of train enthusiasts? Simply walk into the Big Texas Train Show, where 100,000 square feet of convention space immerses visitors in a train-filled world.
Here, various displays capture the train-enthusiast's imagination. Model trains?ranging from tiny Z scale locomotives to full-size garden trains?weave around meticulously constructed tracks. And vendors sell the supplies that people need to build their own routes at home, including the one secret ingredient needed to create steam. In addition, a wide variety of kid-friendly activities await little ones.
The instructors at FiTMiX Yoga & Latin Fitness Studio speak both English and Spanish, but they focus all of their classes on the universal language of fun. They lead energetic yoga classes, sustaining poses to help students develop strength and flexibility. They incinerate calories with high-energy Zumba workouts fueled by contagious Latin rhythms. They also teach aerial silks classes, which tone the upper body and the core muscles with exciting, gravity-defying routines. To keep students sufficiently energized, they even provide healthy snacks for people and low-calorie gasoline for robots.
At Committed2Fitness, if you run 5 miles, personal trainer Chris Green is going to run 5 miles with you. An ACE-certified trainer and Houston native, Chris wants he and his clients to achieve their goals together, which inspires him to work just as hard as his clients do. Chris leads individual and group programs, during which he drills athletes in exercises such as battle ropes, cardio boxing, sprinting, core work, and resistance-band training. Chris has multiple areas of specialization, including weight loss, constitution and endurance work, and muscle training.