Feeling Festive

What to Do This Weekend: Festival Edition

From pasta-eating contests at Festa Italiana to colorful street art at Mural Fest, there's more than one way to enjoy this glorious fall weather.

By Jeanne Lyons Davis October 13, 2016

HUE Houston Mural Festival

October 15–22

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The second-annual festival continues to advance the visual landscape of Houston as more than 100 artists from across the world come together to create outdoor artworks throughout the city. Don't miss guided street-art tours by festival and Aerosol Warfare founder GONZO247, and get ready for countless photo ops.

Tours start at $40. Murals located throughout Houston’s EADO, East End and Northside neighborhoods. huemuralfestival.com


October 15–16

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Presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House, take in works by more than 100 artists as you wander historic Post Office Street at this juried festival in Galveston’s Arts District.

$5; free for children. 2020 Post Office St. 409-765-1894. artoberfest.com

Festa Italiana

October 13–16

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The Bayou City’s largest Italian celebration rings in its 38th year with live music, grape stomping and a pasta eating contest. Come for the tunes; stay for the wine. 

$6–8. University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd. 713-524-4222. houstonitalianfestival.com

East End Street Fest

October 15

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The historic East End neighborhood has been a cultural hub for more than a century. Spend the day exploring the blocked-off streets around the Navigation Boulevard Esplanade while enjoying plenty of good food, live music and local art at this favored, newly-expanded festival.

$10; free for children. 2600 Navigation Blvd. 713-926-3305. eastendstreetfest.com

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