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5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Oct 2–4

Is that cold front we were promised here yet?

By Emma Schkloven October 2, 2020

If you go out in public, remember to follow social distancing guidelines (at least six feet between you and anyone else), wash hands often and thoroughly, and wear a face mask.

Houston Ghost Tours

October is officially upon us, and you know what that means: It’s time to break out the Halloween spirit (and spirits). Start celebrating this spookiest of seasons with this original ghost tour of Houston that takes you to some of the most haunted locations around Hermann Park.

Thru Oct 31 (Saturdays only). From $10. Hermann Park, 6001 Fannin St. More info and tickets at 

Visions de l’Amen

The second part of Da Camera’s opening weekend, Olivier Messiaen’s creative tour-de-force, Visions de l’Amen, was originally written in 1943 as a piano duet for the composer and his wife/muse, Yvonne Loriod. This original production—recorded in 2015 but made available in streaming form for the first time—brings renowned pianists Marilyn Nonken and Sarah Rothenberg together in a seven-piece suite that The New York Times once described as “kaleidoscopically majestic and mystical.

Oct 3. Free (registration required). Online. More info at


Many of us are grieving the loss of legal stalwart and cultural icon Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Whether you can summarize every amicus brief she wrote during her trailblazing career that opened doors for women and other minorities or you recognize her solely from popular “Notorious RBG” swag, Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s Oscar-nominated documentary offers an intimate portrait of the real-life woman behind the legend.  

From $6.99. Online. More info and tickets at

Bismark Alejandro Reyes Art Exhibition

Painter Bismark Alejandro Reyes counts Jean-Michel Basquiat among his inspirations. That influence comes through in the native Houstonian’s primitive-style works, currently on display at the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston. The works, which meld his ancestral roots with contemporary, urban imagery, reflect his experiences growing up in both the Bayou City and San Nicolás de Los Garza, Mexico.

Thru Oct 25. Free (reservations required). Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston, 3315 Sul Ross St. More info at

Texas Renaissance Festival’s Oktoberfest 

Speaking of October, it’s Oktoberfest weekend at the Texas Renaissance Festival. It also happens to be the season opener of the annual historical romp, which will run through November 29. Whether you plan to gorge yourself on giant turkey legs; participate in the bratwurst eating contest; or guzzle down all that delicious German beer, make sure you read up on the festival’s newly implemented Covid-19 safety guidelines before hopping on your noble steed and heading out to Ye Olde Forest of Todd Mission.

Thru Oct 4. From $12 (tickets must be purchased in advance). 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission. More info and tickets

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