Fall Bucket List: 33 Things We Can't Wait to do This Fall in Houston

Don't miss out on this list of must-do fall activities.

It’s almost fall, y’all! The fall season is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of everything the Houston area has to offer. This fall, several unique events are coming to town, including The Big Bounce America and the Brick Fest Live LEGO Experience. There’s also no shortage of more traditional fall faire, like festivals and pumpkin patches, to enjoy as the cooler temperatures (hopefully) start to roll in. Here are our top picks for family fun this fall.

1. Pick up seasonal farm fresh produce and locally made bread, jams and more at local farmers markets

2. Celebrate the Lunar + Planetarium Institute’s International Observe the Moon Night at Levy Park on October 28.

3. Enjoy one of Miller Outdoor Theatre’s children’s performances including the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel in October. 

4. Cooler temperatures make fall the ideal time to enjoy Children’s Story Hour at the Family Garden in McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park. 

5. Take a guided nature hike or tour a rustic 1800’s farmhouse while exploring Armand Bayou Nature Center. Don’t forget to take advantage of free admission on the first and third Sundays of each month!

6. Head over to Kemah for Boo on the Boardwalk. This ongoing event includes a fun “haunted house” for littles as well as costume contests, pumpkin decorating and various activities throughout the month. 

7. Take your music fans to Jones Hall for the Houston Symphony’s Superhero Soundtrack and Hook’d: Pirates in Concert performances.

8. Search for painted rocks at local parks, and make unique rock creations to leave around town. 

9. Visit one of Houston’s many area pumpkin patches to pick out the perfect one for carving.

10. Fly high at the annual Wings Over Houston Air Show, October 21-22 at Ellington Field.

Photo courtesy of Wings Over Houston

11. Eat the day away at the Taste of Houston Festival at Town Green Park in The Woodlands, September 9-10. 

12. Take your kids and your dog to Dog Day at Minute Maid park for one of the last Astros games of the season on September 17. 

13. Attend Parachute Playtime with toddlers and preschoolers every third Saturday in City Centre this fall. 

14. See PJ Masks: Time to be a Hero LIVE in Sugar Land on November 3. 

15. Spend a day riding ponies and the train at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Humble. 

16. Explore the art installation Arcade by Color Creation at Discovery Green, including the free “Color the Ave” event on September 9, with a dance performance, wearable art workshop, and more. 

17. Attend the Houston Zoo’s annual Zoo Boo happening the last three weekends in October. 

18. Pick fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables at an area farm.

19. Take older children and teens to one of the spooky haunted houses around town. 

20. See Paw Patrol LIVE at the Hobby Center November 9-12. 

21. Indulge in fantastic local fare from the food trucks at the Greater Houston Food Truck Festival on November 4 at the Hobby Event Center.

22. Watch as Disney on Ice lights up NRG Stadium once again this November with “Reach for the Stars” November 8-12.

23. Celebrate National Seafood Month in October at the Downtown Aquarium.

24. Attend one (or more!) of the Houston area's many fall festivals

25. Jump on the world’s biggest bounce house when The Big Bounce America hits Houston Sports Park, October 27-29. 

26. Visit Farm Funland at Blessington Farms during their fall festival. 

27. Learn how to cook with pecans at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center’s Pecan Celebration on November 18. 

28. Celebrate Veteran’s Day with a trip to the San Jacinto Battleground and Monument. Active and retired military personnel will receive free admission during the week of Veteran’s Day, November 7-13. 

29. Journey out to the Texas Renaissance Festival for an unforgettable time each weekend starting September 30. 

30. Get “Wild” at the 22nd annual Children’s Festival at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion November 11 and 12 with special guest, animal expert Jack Hanna! 

31. Catch a performance of The Secret Garden, as the classic book is told on stage at TUTS in October. 

32. See Shopkins LIVE at the Cullen Performance Hall on October 20. 

33. Enjoy the Mid- Autumn Festival Wonder Week at the Houston Children’s Museum September 28-October 4. 

Top photo by the author

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Levy Park
3801 Eastside St.
77098 Houston , TX 29° 43' 53.6808" N, 95° 25' 27.9264" W
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Kemah Boardwalk
215 Kipp Ave
77565 Kemah , TX 29° 32' 50.172" N, 95° 1' 12.126" W
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Jones Hall
3901 Yoakum Blvd.
77006 Houston , TX 29° 44' 16.26" N, 95° 23' 33.0936" W
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Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Dr.
77030 Houston , TX 29° 43' 9.0516" N, 95° 23' 19.2048" W
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NRG Park
NRG Pkwy
77054 Houston , TX 29° 41' 11.1012" N, 95° 24' 27.8892" W
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Hermann Park
1700 Hermann Park Dr.
77004 Houston , TX 29° 42' 55.2492" N, 95° 23' 20.634" W
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Armand Bayou Nature Center
8500 Bay Area Blvd.
77507 Pasadena , TX 29° 35' 45.0564" N, 95° 4' 18.7356" W
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The Hobby Center
800 Bagby St.
77002 Houston , TX 29° 45' 43.6464" N, 95° 22' 11.262" W
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Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St.
77010 Houston , TX 29° 45' 12.0708" N, 95° 21' 34.4664" W
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Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Dr.
77030 Houston , TX 29° 42' 58.7412" N, 95° 23' 27.1536" W
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Galveston Railroad Museum
2602 Santa Fe Place
77550 Galveston , TX 29° 18' 21.978" N, 94° 47' 54.6288" W
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Downtown Aquarium
410 Bagby St.
77002 Houston , TX 29° 45' 51.3864" N, 95° 22' 2.604" W
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Children's Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St.
77004 Houston , TX 29° 43' 21.6552" N, 95° 23' 6.4068" W
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Old MacDonald's Farm
3203 FM 1960
77338 Humble , TX 30° 0' 1.6956" N, 95° 13' 31.7388" W
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Smart Financial Centre
18111 Lexington Blvd.
77479 Sugar Land , TX 29° 34' 37.4088" N, 95° 38' 35.8548" W
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Blessington Farms
510 Chisolm Trail
77485 Wallis , TX 29° 41' 4.7004" N, 95° 59' 41.2476" W
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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway Dr.
77024 Houston , TX 29° 45' 54.7632" N, 95° 27' 7.4412" W
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City Centre
800 Town and Country Blvd.
77024 Houston , TX 29° 46' 51.7188" N, 95° 33' 34.83" W
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San Jacinto Battleground
3523 Independence Pkwy.
77571 LaPorte , TX 29° 45' 1.8828" N, 95° 5' 21.246" W
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Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St.
77002 Houston , TX 29° 45' 27.7416" N, 95° 21' 16.344" W
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Town Green Park
2099 Lake Robbins Dr.
77380 The Woodlands , TX 30° 9' 44.388" N, 95° 27' 59.31" W
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Ellington Field
11210 Blume Ave.
77034 Houston , TX 29° 36' 29.358" N, 95° 10' 8.5656" W
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Texas Renaissance Festival
21778 FM 1774
77363 Todd Mission , TX 30° 15' 32.4936" N, 95° 49' 50.286" W
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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
2005 Lake Robbins Dr.
77380 The Woodlands , TX 30° 9' 41.7348" N, 95° 27' 50.5044" W
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Theatre Under the Stars
800 Bagby St. #200
77002 Houston , TX 29° 45' 43.6464" N, 95° 22' 11.262" W
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Houston Sports Park
12131 Kirby Dr.
77045 Houston , TX 29° 38' 16.2492" N, 95° 23' 42.9468" W
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Cullen Performance Hall
4800 Calhoun Rd.
77004 Houston , TX 29° 43' 18.6924" N, 95° 20' 24.4356" W
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