Houston Italian Festival

Oct. 12–15 | University of St. Thomas

So, let's say you missed last week's Greek Festival. Settle for the next best (some would say better) thing with a celebration of the culture on the opposite end of the Ionian Sea. The festival includes an adult grape stomp contest, a pasta eating contest, a bocce tournament and plenty of wine and music. It's basically a carbfest, but, then again, we're about say arrivederci to swimsuit season. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Tickets from $8. 3800 Montrose Blvd. 713-524-4222. More info and tickets at houstonitalianfestival.com.

Dream Machine 2017

Oct. 14 | 215 Grove St.

With a warehouse full of vendors, installations, live music, and an open bar courtesy of folks such as Karbach and Lone Star, consider this nightlong art party your boozier (and budget-friendly) Day for Night warm up. Hosted by local collective Bambull Black, Dream Machine hopes to "send you through the apex of time and space into the spritual ethernet of sight, touch and sound" with the musical stylings of acts like Children of Pop and GRRRLPARTS. Be advised: "wild attire" is encouraged.

Tickets from $20. 215 Grove St. More information and tickets via Facebook.

Bayou City Art Festival

Oct. 14-15 | Downtown Houston

For the 46th year, the Art Colony Association will gather more than 300 artists across 19 disciplines in the shadow of the Heritage Center and other iconic parts of the Houston skyline. The event has all the requisite festival fare of food and music, and proceeds go to a variety of non-profits including Fresh Arts, Lawndale Art Center, and others; more than $3.5 million have been raised over the decades.

Tickets from $12. 901 Bagby St. 713-521-0133. More information and tickets at artcolonyassociation.org.

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Balls

Thru Oct. 29 | Stages Repertory Theatre

As we chronicled in our September issue, Houston-based Stages teamed up with New York's One Year Lease Theater Company for a shot-for-shot reimagining of the iconic 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match. “We thought all of a sudden: This is a Houston-born historic event that more people than watched the Super Bowl that year witnessed,” Natalie Lomonte, a Sugar Land native and movement director for One Year Lease, told Houstonia. Yes, there's a feature film competing for your attention, but sprinkle in a few clowns, side plots and Astrodome-like slip covers on the theater seats, and Stages offers an entirely different spectacle. 

Tickets from $25. 3201 Allen Pkwy. 713-527-0123. More info and tickets at stagestheatre.com.

Got Vintage Marketplace

 Oct. 15 | Insomnia Gallery

In its first iteration, an impressive lineup of Houston's vintage community converges on Telephone Road to peddle ceramics, jewelry, art and vintage clothes you actually want to wear. Peruse their Instagram (@gotvintagemarketplace) for an advance peek at the goods. 

Free. 708 Telephone Rd. More info via Facebook.

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