Guest bartender Lynette Marrero will be at Julep this weekend.

Image: Lindsey Brown

October came and went, and November has made its arrival. The new month has transitioned us from the autumn harvest to colder temperatures, making room for the holidays. November is a month of fruitfulness一it marks the start of Daylight Savings, (where we gain an extra hour) and a time to spend with family and friends in thanksgiving, and Houston is bringing in the season the right way. 

Whether you decide to celebrate Diwali, shop until you drop at the Heartmade Harvest Art Market, or get active and participate in the Amazing Race at the Arboretum, November is gearing up to be a festive month in the Bayou City. 

Scroll below for five things to do this weekend. 

Diwali Festivities at Pondicheri

Pondicheri will be celebrating Diwali all week long. The restaurant will be offering a luxurious Araam Thali special until November 7. The Thali will feature Vegetable Market Curry, Herb Pooris, Sindhi Dal, okra, and a sweet rose laddu. In addition, there will be a Diwali Sweet Box containing classic Indian treats like Besan Mithai, Chocolate Peanut Mithai, Sindhi Laddu available for purchase. 

Pondicheri, 2800 Kirby Dr b132. Through Sunday, November 7. Prices may vary. For more information, visit, https://www.pondicheri.com. 

Heartmade Harvest Art Market 

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at this year’s Heartmade Harvest. The curated market features works from more than 40 regional artisans. When you need to take a break from shopping, stop at the mimosa bar, or enjoy live music and other interactive activities. 

Market Square Park, 301 Milam Street. Saturday, November 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit, https://www.heartmadehouston.com

Amazing Race at Houston Arboretum

Explore the Houston Arboretum through the Amazing Race. The family-friendly event places groups through a series of games and challenges where you have to find clues to advance. 

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive. Sunday, November 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information, visit, https://houstonarboretum.org/.

Chris Stapleton in Concert 

Enjoy the sounds of country music this weekend with Chris Stapleton. The country crooner is bringing his All-American Roadshow tour to Houston this weekend, with opening acts Jamey Johnson and Yola. 

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380. Saturday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $100. For more information, visit Live Nation

7th Birthday Celebration at Julep

Alba Huerta and the Julep team will celebrate the cocktail bar’s 7th anniversary benefitting the Southern Smoke Foundation with an all-star lineup of guest bartenders from around the country. The celebration also includes a pop-up from Licoreria Limantour, a Mexico City bar currently ranked No. 17 in the world.

 Julep, 1919 Washington Avenue. Sunday, November 7, starting at 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit Julep's Instagram. 

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