No one likes missing out on festivals with delicious food, like the Houston Food Truck Festival. Or the Blues for Food Festival, where you get two in one: a party and a philanthropic cause. Some of us have been sleeping through the best festivals, but not any more. November is ours. Whip out your calendar!
Houston Cinema Arts Festival
Enjoy dozens of films ranging from documentaries to animation. See our full story here.
Nov 6–10, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Tamale Festival Houston 2013,
Yes! No more endless searching for the tamale of your desires. Nearly 12 hours’ worth of one of our Mexican favorites is in your grasp. Not only will there be tamales, but margaritas, cervezas, and live music.
Nov 8 from 3pm–2am, Houston Live
8th Annual Katy Wine Fest
Take a mini tour of Italy with a night of unlimited tastings of wines from Tuscany, Piedmont, Sicily, Veneto, and other Italian regions.
Nov 8 from 7–11pm, The Tuscany Villa
18th Annual Children’s Festival
There will be a Disney Doc McStuffins Clinic. Who knew there was a clinic for stuffed animals? Besides fixing up fluffy friends, the day will be filled with family activities and entertainment, like a performance by Disney’s Imagination Movers.
Nov 9-10 from 10–5, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
24th Annual Native American Championship Pow Wow
It’s a dance contest between dozens of Native American tribes. It’s an arts and crafts show displaying work from hundreds of Native Americans from across the country. Plus, authentic Native American food. Where else can you get that in Houston? Tell us. (Seriously.)
Nov 9-10 from 10–5, Traders Village
Houston Beer Week & Untapped Festival Houston,
Following a week of beer events throughout the city, Nov 16 will showcase local and national talent in the beer and music worlds. More than 200 beers from over 70 breweries will be available. Also in attendance will be bands such as The Walkmen, Big Black Delta, The Tontons, and Wild Moccasins.
Nov 9-16 at 4, Discovery Green
Houston Food Truck Festival
Around 20 food trucks will be there, including Bare Bowls serving it up gluten-free style and the Muiishi Makirritos, delivering a unique twist to sushi. Just to name a few others: the Waffle Bus, Happy Endings, and Zeapod—yum, the desserts.
Nov 9 from noon–4, Stereo Live
Take the entire family out for a free afternoon of music, dance, exhibits, and arts and crafts from 20 different Spanish-speaking countries.
Nov 10 from 11–6, Reliant Park
24th Annual Blues for Food Festival
Feed the hungry and enjoy a block party with jazz and free BBQ. Your admission fee is any can or bag of nonperishable food item or a donation. All proceeds go to the Houston Food Bank.
Nov 10 from 1pm–2am, Shakespeare Pub
2nd Annual HTX Bike Fest
A day meant for Houstonians who like to travel on two wheels. Cyclists can come out and see 50 different bike industry vendors and boogie to a DJ while lending a helping hand to Barrio Dogs, a local charity that promotes proper animal care.
Nov 16 from 10–6, Main Street/Market Square
Via Colori Street Painting Festival
Watch your step. Sketched on the streets surrounding City Hall will be work from over 200 artists. Spend a weekend admiring the art, grooving to live music on three stages, and indulging in food, beer, and wine. Last year, more than 30,000 people attended Via Colori Street Painting Festival, an event that benefits the Center for Hearing and Speech.
Nov 23–24 from 10–6, Hermann Square at City Hall
Pop Shop Houston
The weekend will be combination of vintage clothing, arcade games, craft stations, food trucks, and story time for the kiddies. Alongside all that, mix in the chance to buy holiday gifts made by over 80 local makers and a special music performance by Bootown.
Nov 29–30 from noon–8, Silver Street Studio