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.
Being healthy is about more than just fitness. The folks at T3 understand that, and that's why the gym's name stands for "Training to the Third Power: Mind, Body, Spirit." Instructors motivate students through boot camps, plyometrics, barbell workouts, MMA classes, and kid-fit classes with the aim of building strength, cardiovascular health, and endurance in a welcoming environment. The gym is especially accommodating to early-birds, offering group classes as early as 5 a.m. In addition to fitness, the facility boasts an in-house chiropractor to address chronic pain issues, as well as a nutritionist who can help trainees form a diet and exercise plan that ensures long-term health.
In its 20,000-square-foot facility, Apex Cheer helps youngsters of all ages and abilities practice their moves on spring floors, flip and somersault on tumble strips, and bounce on in-ground trampolines. But these resources are not only reserved for competitive cheerleaders. Novices can also hit the floor to master the basics in tumbling classes and summer camps, or explore bounce castles, careen on trampolines, and compete in obstacle courses at birthday parties, where kids enjoy can athletics without chasing cars down neighborhood streets.
It can be hard to find a music teacher who jibes with your kid's learning style, and even harder to find a tutor who does the same. At Fort Bend Children's Festival and Family Expo, families can browse exhibits from teachers and tutors together to seek out the perfect fit. Other exhibits highlight birthday party venues, childcare services, and sports programs with focuses ranging from basketball to competitive outfield flower-collecting. If kids get restless, there are plenty of games and activities just for them, too.
Local artisans from across Texas come together at the Gypsy Wagon Market. They bring along handmade jewelry, clothing, crafts, artwork, and gifts almost guaranteed to leave a unique impression, especially if you rest your face on them long enough. Contests and raffles give shoppers a chance to walk away with bonus loot.
Each year, the Fall Home & Garden Show gathers home-design experts into one location so that enthusiasts of home decorating and outdoor living projects can catch a glimpse of the latest in domestic products and design. Visitors peruse booths hosted by professionals occupying cozy niches that span the home-improvement spectrum, from landscaping and gardening to organizing garages and building a custom home. While attendees bounce from booth to booth, a lineup of notable industry sages takes the stage to discuss the year’s best ideas and products and answer any embarrassing questions that fairgoers might have about where houses come from.