As they say, get ready for some "hops and props."

Houston Symphony Hocus Pocus Pops

Oct. 12 | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

If, say, scary movies are a little much for your sensibilities, getting spooky to Halloween music seems like the next best option. The Houston Symphony will dust off all the holiday favorites at its Woodlands home for this free Friday concert.

Free ($20 mezzanine seating). Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. 281-364-3010. More info and tickets at woodlandscenter.org.

Bayou City Art Festival

Oct. 13–14 | Downtown

Straddling the plazas and streets surrounding City Hall, the biannual art event returns downtown to host more than 300 artists from near and far, all geared up to peddle their art to up to 20,000 visitors. You won't find wall-to-wall masterpieces, but you'll more than likely find something to your liking—and if not, there will be plenty of food trucks that might be more your taste.

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

After Memphis: Crafted Postmodern

Oct. 13–Jan. 13 | Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Memphis design—that whacky, zany, sometimes-garish '80s response to the exhausting simplicity of modernism—has made something of a comeback in recent years—so much so that HCCC Curatorial Fellow Sarah Darro embarked on an exhibition exploring the movement's ongoing influence. Don some canary yellow, throw on some chunky jewelry, and check out some weird lamps.

Free. HCCC, 4848 Main St. 713.529.4848. More info at crafthouston.org.

Hangar Bash

Oct. 13 | Lone Star Flight Museum

Billed as a celebration of 'hops and props' (propellers, that is), the ultimate plane dad extravaganza has arrived with enough beer, barbecued meats, and vintage aircraft to satisfy even the most fanatical aviation enthusiast. There's even a chance to win a free flight.

Tickets from $25. Lone Star Flight Museum, 11551 Aerospace Ave. 346-708-2517. More info and tickets at lonestarflight.org.

Felipe Esparza

Oct. 13 | Cullen Performance Hall

The 2010 Last Comic Standing winner makes a Houston stop on his roving Bad Decisions tour to share his unique brand of lovable loser-ness.

Tickets from $35. Cullen Performance Hall, 4800 Calhoun Rd. 713-425-5050. More info and tickets at entertainhouston.com.