September 6–15 | Houston Ballet
One of the picks from our Fall Arts Guide, Stanton Welch's recently updated Giselle opens the company's 50th anniversary season. Roberta Guidi di Bagno’s stunning sets and costumes take center stage alongside company favorites, including principals Connor Walsh and Yuriko Kajiya.
Tickets from $25. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-523-6300. More info and tickets at houstonballet.org.
September 7 | Discovery Green
Two Star Symphony will perform an original score to the 1924 silent movie Girl Shy, an old-timey rom-com the downtown park will project above the musicians. Be sure to whisper the special password for a discount on the evening's themed cocktail.
Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. More info at discoverygreen.com.
September 7 | Kingwood Town Center Park
The name says it all: Texas's first pickle festival has at last arrived, bringing pickle-eating contests, pickle juice drinking contests, and plenty of other gherkin-adjacent activities.
Free. Kingwood Town Center Park, 8 N Main St, Kingwood. More info via Facebook.
September 7 | Lawndale Art Center
Anyone paying attention knows that those oh-so-'90s zines never actually left the culture, but Zine Fest Houston is always a nice reminder. Dozens of food-themed projects will gather under this year's loose "Zine Cuisine" theme. Special film screenings and workshops fill out the event, as well as an afterparty at Johnny's Gold Brick in the Heights.
Free. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. More info at zinefesthouston.org.
September 8 | Starts at Sig's Lagoon
"Last year’s grueling slog around the block proved just how much Houstonians don’t like to run," write the organizers of this micro marathon, just .26 miles in length. All proceeds go to Barrio Dogs; participants shuffle home with a T-shirt, bumper sticker, and an afternoon of music and beer.
Entry from $16. Sig's Lagoon, 3622 Main St. More info via Facebook.