OK, the temperature might not scream fall weather (YET!), but dang it! Let’s get festive! Here are some ideas for dabbling in some fall fun around town this season!
Spooky times with Nightly Spirits
I loooove recommending Nightly Spirits for Houston visitors and natives alike. The tour group has weekend tours that take you around downtown, giving you the scoop on where all the ghosts are — as well as explaining the history of Downtown Houston whilst you sip your beer, wine, or cocktail. I’ve done this tour twice and am the biggest fan of it. I know ghosts can be a creepy topic, but adding some booze and a colorful tour guide is pretty great. The tour is about 2.5 hours and will run you about $25 (but don’t forget to tip!). It stops in four places around historic downtown and you have plenty of time to get a beverage at each stop.
Dewberry Farms has a new thing to its fall festival this year! It’s called Spooky Hollow, and it’s three different trails — friendly, freaky, and frightful! I just LOVE this idea of being sufficiently spooked on a dark woodsy tour. Like, hello horror!!! This is just one aspect of Dewberry’s fall fest, which is fun for the whole fam. The fest begins Sept. 25.
Oktoberfest around town
I love me a fall beer, and so many of our Houston breweries get in the spirit this time of year. Here are some fun Oktoberfest ideas!
- Oktoberfest at Urban South (Sept. 25)
- Falltoberfest at Local Group Brew (Sept. 29-Oct. 3)
- Music to My Beers at Bakfish (Oct.2)
- Oktoberfest with Eureka Heights (Oct. 9)
- Karbachtoberfest (Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Sept. 24 until Oct. 10.)
- Oktoberfest on Galveston Island (Oct. 22-24)
- Win an Oktoberfest Feast from Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
- Oktoberfest Houston (Oct. 22-23)
Fall fests and pumpkin patches
Is there anything more *fall* than a pumpkin patch pic?
Fall fests you can’t miss:
- Puptopia Festival Houston (Oct. 2)
- The Original Greek Festival (Oct. 7-9)
- Bayou City Art Festival (Oct. 9-10)
- Brenner’s on the Bayou – Yacht Rock Wine Fest (Oct. 16)
- Pumpkin Patch at Memorial Park (Oct. 23)
- Freaky Deaky (Oct. 29-30)
- Astroworld Fest (Nov. 5-6)
Houstonoply but make it festive
A lifesize Houston-themed Monopoly pop-up in Rice Village has a spooky angle this October. Houstonopoly has gone Halloween for the season. Highly recommend hitting up Haunted Houstonopoly after 5:30pm for the darker, scarier “adult” version of the experience. Tickets start at $25.
Zoo Boo at the Houston Zoo
This one’s a full month of fun for the whole fam! The annual event, which features fun pop-up activities sprinkled throughout the Houston Zoo, and here’s where you can get more info. BTW, the Zoo Boo After Hours
will be Friday, October 29. Experience Zoo Boo in a whole new light! As the sun goes down, Zoo Boo begins to glow. The Zoo will stay open until 8:30 p.m., with the last entry at 7:00 p.m.
Cheers to fall
OK, this one might need a bit of reader participation! What are your favorite bars with fall cocktails and a fun autumnal vibe? We’re talking hot, spicy drinks and fire pits to hang out around. I’ll go first.
- Heights Biergarten. Always can rely on HBG to have a seasonal cocktail list. Each of the bartenders made their own fall cocktail this year! I’m here for the Lights Out with gin, pomegranate, cardamom, ginger, and lemon. But, I’m intrigued by the Churning and Burning, which includes pumpkin butter. (Pictured: Ocular Patdown)
- Eight Row Flint. Another classic cocktail bar bursting at the seams with seasonal sips. I gotta get my hands on the Appleseed Cobbler (Apple Brandy, Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, Lustau Fina Jarana Sherry, Housemade Lemon Marmalade, Lemon Juice, Apple Bitters)
- Eighteen36. Not sure what the bar team at this amazing cocktail bar has up its sleeves this year, but they always produce delectable specialty, seasonal cocktails, and I’m sure this year will be no different.