Houston Festival Update: Ziegenbock Music Festival; Holloween Fun & More

Grape Stomp Fest
Yepez Vineyard
12739 FM 2354
Baytown, TX 77520
October 29, 2011 12-6:00PM

Enjoy complimentary wine tastings, live music, face painting, arts & crafts, food, candles, hay rides, and more at the annual Yepez Vineyard Grape Stomp Fest! Picnics, lawn chairs and families encouraged. (Don’t forget the insect replellent!) Admission and parking is free.. Leashed pets welcome outdoors… (Pet owners responsible for pet waste)

9th Annual Ziegenbock Music Festival
Sam Houston Race Park
7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West
Houston, Texas 77064
October 29, 2011 11:00AM

The 9th Annual ZiegenBock Music Festival returns to Sam Houston Race Park with more music than ever before, offering red dirt country music from 16 bands. Saturday‚s line up will feature: Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band, Jerrod Nieman, Roger Creager, Brantley Gilbert, Wade Bowen, Bob Schneider, Cody Canada & The Departed, Robert Ellis, Cody Johnson, Whiskey Myers, Folk Family Revival, The Zach Edwards Band, Rosehill, Mockingbird Sun, Kristen Kelly, Jeff Boortz Band and Kirby Brown. Singer Song Writer Tent Featuring: Bob Cheevers, Samuel Barker, Todd Cummins, Kirby Brown, Robert Nathan Taylor, Jeff Boortz, Brandon Matthew and Buck Yeager. Advanced Ticket Prices: $16 (additional convenience & service fees apply), Day of Show Ticket Prices: $28 (includes $3 Box Office Fee) with Parking just $5. Gates open at 10:00AM. All tickets are standing room only! Lawn chairs welcome. RAIN OR SHINE.

Houston 175 – Part of Flickerlounge: A Season-Long Cinematic Experience
Presented by Aurora Picture Show at DiverseWorks Artspace
1117 East Freeway
Houston, TX
October 29, 2011

Working with Mayor Annise Parker and her staff, a group of Houston non-profit organizations have come together to celebrate Houston‚s 175th birthday! Flickerlounge will feature short films from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image of historical and home movie footage from Houston and Texas with everything from a zookeeper that rides a zebra, a knife throwing family and informational videos about Houston. This program is co-sponsored by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Admission is free.

The Annual Texas Renaissance Festival
On FM 1774, (between Magnolia and Plantersville)
Plantersville, TX
Through November 27, 2011 9:00AM to Dusk

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the Nation‚s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance theme park. Open to the public every Saturday, Sunday, and Thanksgiving Friday, October 8th through November 27th, and to students for School Days. The enchanted 55 acre village comes to life as all of Europe comes to pay homage to the King and Queen with Eight Themed Weekends. Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 daily performances. Magicians, jugglers, minstrels, troubadours and comedians perform on six stages. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting over 340 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts of offering delicious foods and beverages. All ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Revel in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and beauty of this authentically recreated 16th Century British village with lush landscaped grounds and vines. A perfect day ends as behold the burst of Royal Fireworks held above the Festival‚s lake. Ticket prices vary, please visit the website for more information.

Hocus Pocus Pops with Brett Mitchell, conductor
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
October 28, 2011 7:00PM

Bring your family and friends to this “spooktacular” Halloween event. Hocus Pocus Pops is a night of tricks, treats and enchanting music as the Houston Symphony casts a magical spell on The Pavilion. Daddies, mummies and all the little ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. An imaginative blend of chilling music and spirited fun is sure to spook you into the season. Come in a costume for a chance to march in the Goblin Parade. The first 100 children in costume to check in at Hocus Pocus Central in the North Plaza get to march on stage in the Goblin Parade. Pre-concert activities featuring Radio Disney Party Patrol, spooktacular costumed characters, Halloween activities and grab bags, meet H-E-Buddy and pumpkin decorating and more with H-E-B begin at 6PM in the North Plaza. Also, bring any H-E-B receipt from October 2011 and register to win free prizes from H-E-B! Receipts must be brought to Hocus Pocus Central in The Pavilion’s North Plaza prior to the performance (between 6 and 7:15 p.m.) on Oct. 28th. The drawing will take place on the Main Stage before the concert. Prices are $15 Orchestra Seating, FREE Mezzanine & Lawn Seating (Tickets not required for free seating.) Picnic baskets and lawn chairs are welcome but no beverages please. Pre-concert activities in the North Plaza begin and gates open at 7:00PM Preferred parking for this event is available at all Ticketmaster locations for $5 plus service charge. Gates open at 6PM.

Autumn Art Festival
1100 Friendswood Dr/518
Friendswood, TX 77546
October 29, 2011 10-6:00PM

Pack up a picnic blanket and get your whole family out of the house and head to the beautiful historic Stevenson Park for The Friendswood Fine Arts’ Autumn Art Festival! The festival will include visual arts and entertainment. The event will showcase artists work from all over the Houston and surrounding areas, as well as food and live entertainment. Admission is free.

Sunday Concert with Ezra Charles
Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510
October 23, 2011 6-8:30PM

This is a rockin‚ piano player with an incredible horn section that will provide us with a Las Vegas style show!! They have a repertoire that is almost all original, a range of musical styles from rockabilly to swing to blues to boogie. Bring your own wine glass (if you prefer) and a lawn chair or blanket to make sure you have a comfortable seat. Chair seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. They have a wonderful deli in the Tasting Room if you want to create your own picnic basket, but will be serving food from their full service kitchen. (The menu will vary each Sunday.) No outside food or drink allowed. Tours end 1 hour prior to concerts and dinners. The event is $5 per person 21 years of age and older, children are welcome and are free to attend.

Halloween with Dracula’s descendants: Houston Romanian Festival
318 Canino Rd.
Houston, TX 77076
October 29, 2011 2-Midnight

Dress up in your Halloween costume and come out and taste the food, hear the music and live authentic traditions from Dracula’s land at the Houston Romanian Festival. Where you will enjoy an evening of authentic Romanian food and wine, traditional music and dance. Have a blast participating in many contests. Admission is free.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages. For more exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please visit the website.

Scream on the Green – October 29, 2011 6-10:00PM
Don’t miss Houston’s fourth annual citywide costume contest and Halloween celebration. It’s a scream! Costumes, prize, music, movies and more! IKEA presents the Halloween movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, (Rated PG; 75 minutes; 1993). Movie at 8 pm. Tim Burton’s extraordinary musical features the Halloween Pumpkin King, who kidnaps Santa so that he can deliver goulish Christmas presents to all the little boys and girls. Prizes will include IKEA gift cards ($250 and up!) for all catagories.

November 02, 2011 Burgers and Blues – Every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00PM
Enjoy Houston’s best in blues music with a free lunchtime concert on the Anheuser-Busch Stage. Entertaining this week is the “Ann Crawfish Brown Band”.

November 04, 2011 7:30PM – KUHF Silent Film Concerts: The Cameraman
Austin’s Bee vs. Moth performs their original score to this 1928 classic Buster Keaton film on the Anheuser-Busch Stage. Here the great stone-face plays a young man who tries to impress a girl by becoming a newsreel cameraman. Of course, nothing goes right. He forgets to load the camera or he does it wrong or he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. In short, everything gets screwed up, and nobody screws everything up more entertainingly than the great Keaton. Brass-laden Bee Vs. Moth’s “multiple-genre, weirdo instrumental‰ is just right for this anarchic laugh riot.

Saturdays & Sundays – Kayak Boat Rides on Kinder Lake
Experience something that will have you and your friends talking all summer! Enjoy a guided kayak ride on Kinder Lake in the shadow of Houston’s dramatic skyline. It can be very relaxing, peaceful, and serene, while awakening your awareness of nature. Each ride will consist of two laps around Kinder lake to learn about paddling and enjoy all the beautiful fish swimming in the lake.Cost is $5 per person (kayak accomodates 2 people and 1 guide).

Annual Halloween Boo Bash for Kidz
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
Admission is always free, and parking is just $3.
October 30, 2011 n 1-4:00PM

Throw on your best Halloween costume and get ready to do the Monster Mash as Traders Village presents the annual Boo Bash, the biggest free spooktacular for kids in Houston. On Sunday afternoon, Traders Village will be loaded with more Halloween entertainment and fun than ever before. Boo Bash 2011 will present continuous live musical entertainment and activities, and monster-sized Trick-or-Treating. Children aged 12 and under can Trick-or-Treat for candy at participating shops throughout the market, while supplies last, with their free Trick-or-Treat bag compliments of Traders Village and Harris County 911. Kids can get free facepainting and ballon animals, get lost in our giant maze, or see a real fire truck up-close. While your here, help settle a gruge match between Traders Village stores, and help them determine who has the best scarecrow. Street Magician Josh Medeski will perform on the Boo Bash Side Stage at 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, and various times throughout the market. Go over to see his amazing tricks, with just inches between you. At 3pm, they are hosting the Cy-Ridge Dazzlers dance team who will be performing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. There will be various giveaways, goodies, and family fun around every corner. Every child attending will receive a Halloween gift and Trick-or-Treat bag while supplies last. Free to the public, parking just $3.

Houston Metropolitan Chamber Art Festival
Bellaire Town Square
7008 South Rice Ave
Houston, TX 77046
October 29, 2011 9:00AM-5:00PM

Take home one-of-a-kind art sculptures from the HMC Art Fest! The Houston Metropolitan Chamber Art Festival features artists from all over Houston. It is the perfect place to find art, crafts, sculptures, Chili-Salsa-Gumbo Cook Off, food, and fun for the whole family! Vivian‚s Kitchen will be serving a plate full of flavor from Burritos, Tamales, Pitas, Lamb, Chicken and Beef. Admission is free.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the website for matinee performance shows and schedules.

October 28, 2011 7:30-9:30PM – **Chi of Shaolin: The Tale of the Dragon
Chi of Shaolin: Tale of the Dragon brings incredible talent to the stage to tell a powerful dramatic tale fused with Shaolin warrior skills, unique acrobatic acts and amazing circus talent. Intricate weapons exhibitions and edge-of-your-seat action are enhanced by brilliant backdrops, vibrant costumes and dramatic original music. The special lighting, illusions and choreography create a perfect balance of delight, wonder and excitement that will captivate and dazzle audiences.

October 29, 2011 7:30-9:30PM – Lunada 2011
The Houston Symphony and students from HISD schools perform all-time Latin American favorites for the family.

October 31, 2011 7:30-9:30PM – Halloween Movies at Miller: The Wolfman (1941)
The Lon Chaney Classic – A practical man is attacked by a creature of folklore and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

November 03, 2011 7:30-10:00PM – **The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959, A Collaboration with Blue Note Records
The Miles Davis Experience: 1949 – 1959 tells the story of post-war America, the challenges and optimism, the civil rights struggle, the historical milestones, and the creative cauldron of new music that Miles pioneered and nurtured. The show will be an immersivee experience — more than a concert, less narrow then a scripted play or media presentation. The goal is to leave the audience member with a feeling of what it was like to live in America during this important period.

**These as ticketed events for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

The Houston Sound Concert Series
Market Square Park
301 Milam
Houston, TX 77002
713-650-3022 http://www.downtownhouston.org/
October 28, 2011 7:00PM

Heritage Texas Properties presents a neighborhood music series celebrating Houston‚s incredibly diverse music scene supporting the mission of The Houston Sound. “Bonerama”, not your traditional brass band; This New Orleans‚ brass rock funk band will blow your mind. Admission is free. Blankets, lawn chairs, food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565

October 01-31, 2011 – Boo on the Boardwalk
Face your fears in the terrifying Dungeon of Doom Haunted House or for the kids they can enjoy our Little Boo Haunted Fun House. Plus pumpkin decorating, live entertainment and much more throughout the month. Visit the website for details, dates and showtimes and also to register for Captain‚s Costume Party & Murder Mystery Dinner featured on October 28th & 30th. On the 29th, kids dress the best for fun and prizes in the Halloween Costume Contest!

“Boardwalk Live Entertainment” will be featured on the Plaza Stage:
October 28 & 29, 2011 7-11PM – “Boogie Man Band”, Green Onions.
October 30, 2011 5-9PM – “Boogie Man Band”, Halloween Show.
Experience the fantastic rides, games,shopping, live entertainment along with a variety restaurants, charming retail stores, and seaside shows every day at the waterfront. Check out the cool exhibits such as the Stingray Reef, where you can touch and feed live stingrays! Other exhibits include piranhas, snakes, scorpians, tarantulas, turtles and more. Open at 10:30AM daily and admission is always free!

On Galveston Island 
Locations listed below
Galveston, TX
For many more exciting events on Galveston Island, please visit the website.

October 29, 2011 – 28th Annual Greek Festival
The event, held at Greek Orthodox Church, 1824 Ball St, features authentic Greek food, live Greek music, performances by the Greek Dance Troupe, specialty foods, pastries and Greek gift shop. Kids area. Admission is your $4 donation. All event proceeds benefit the Greek Orthodox Church Ike Recovery Fund. Free parking! Call 409-762-3930 or visitwww.assumption.tx.goarch.org for more details.

November 03-06, 2011 – 10th Annual Lone Star Motorcycle Rally
The Historical Strand will be alive with new bands, new events, and Joie de Vivre Mardi-Gras style biker promenade. Voted one of the best events in the nation for motorcycle enthusiasts, this four day event boasts a beautiful venue, great crowds and fun for the entire family. The Lone Star Rally will host the top named motorcycle manufacturers, vendors with unique shopping and non-stop music on two stages. Featured performers include: Fuel, Marshall Tucker, Buckcherry, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds Live! Meet Sons Of Anarchy Stars Ryan Hurst “Opie” & Tommy Flanagan “Chibs” at The Rally. Geico Insurance will give away a Harley-Davidson Fatboy! Admssion is Free. Please visithttp://www.lonestarrally.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/#!/LoneStarRally for more details on this huge event.