Fall Bucket List: 34 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 fare, 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. Enjoy one of Miller Outdoor Theatre’s FREE children’s performances on the lawn with a picnic.
3. Cooler temperatures make fall the ideal time to enjoy Children’s Story Hour at the Family Garden in McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park. 
4. 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!
5. 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.
6. Search for painted rocks at local parks, and make unique rock creations to leave around town.
7. Visit one of Houston’s many area pumpkin patches to pick out the perfect one for carving.
8. Fly high at the annual Wings Over Houston Air Show, Oct. 20-21, 2018 at Ellington Field.


Photo courtesy of Wings Over Houston

9. Take your kids and your dog to Dog Day at Minute Maid park for one of the last Astros games of the season on Sept. 2. 
10. Attend Parachute Playtime with toddlers and preschoolers every third Saturday in City Centre this fall. 
11. Spend a day riding ponies and the train at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Humble.
12. Attend the Houston Zoo’s annual Zoo Boo happening throughout weekends in October, which includes a pumpkin patch, games, and lots of free activities.
13. Pick fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables at an area farm.
14. Take older children and teens to one of the spooky haunted houses around town.
15. Attend one (or more!) of the Houston area's many fall festivals
16. Jump on the world’s biggest bounce house when The Big Bounce America comes to Houston October 26-28. 
17. Visit Farm Funland at Blessington Farms during their fall festival. 
18. Journey out to the Texas Renaissance Festival for an unforgettable time each weekend.
19. Enjoy the Houston Zoo for FREE on Tuesdays! The weather is finally cool enough that you can make laps around those exhibits without sweating too many buckets.
20. Listen to stories at Houston's more unique storytimes outside of your local library, from historical houses to nature centers.

Storytime at the Rienzi. Photo courtesy the Museum of Fine Arts.

21. Pretend to be a mystery-solving detective on the bayou.
22. Play a game of bingo at Levy Park, one of our favorite parks in the city!
23. Enjoy a day at Evelyn's Park and snap a photo by the interactive Alice in Wonderland sculpture set.
24. Hike and explore Houston's natural beauty! We have recommendations for toddler-friendly hikes and walks your family will love.
25. Speaking of hikes, check out these guided hikes for toddlers and preschoolers where all you have to do is follow along.
26. See Disney's "Alice in Wonderland Jr." at Playhouse 1960 on Sept. 22-23, 2018; perfect for kids ages 5 and up.
27. Celebrate all things trains at Rosenberg Railroad Museum's Fall Fun Fest on Sept. 22, 2018.
28. Dress up in your cowboy and cowgirl gear and head to the Waller County Fair and Rodeo.
29. Party and pick your family pumpkins at Cornelius Garden Center's annual Pumpkin Fest on Sept. 29, 2018.
30. For families with older kids, catch a viewing of JAWS while floating on your favorite inner tube at Magnolia Garden Park in Crosby.
31. Bring the whole family to the Original Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Oct. 4-7, 2018.
32. Love inflatables and running? Then your kids will love the Inflatable Festival & Run in Pasadena Oct. 13, 2018.
33. See the best local art Houston has to offer at the Bayou City Art Festival Oct. 13-14, 2018.
34. Check out the larger-than-life LEGO displays and build your own masterpiece at the Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience on Oct. 20, 2018.

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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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