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5 Fun Things to Do Outdoors in Houston This Month

Spy on goats, geocache, sip wine, and more.

Photography by Gwendolyn Knapp November 13, 2020

Goats (190 of them) are back to "mow" the Houston Arboretum all November long.

The weather is (maybe?) cooler. And if you're in the mood to get outside with a loved one or two, here're a few fun outdoor events happening around town in November. Remember to mask up, social distance, and stay safe, Houston.


Catch a flick at Movies at Market Square Park, which has returned Downtown this November with new physical distancing guidelines, including 8-foot wide circles on the lawn for setting up blankets and your crew, in order to ensure the safety of all who attend. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off screens on November 18 at 7 p.m. Anyone? Anyone? The Night Before (rated R) plays on December 2 and The Muppet Christmas Carol (family friendly, natch) on December 16, both at 7 p.m. It's free, y'all. 

Memorial City

The annual Fall Farmers and Artisan Market is this Sunday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Presented by DASH Market & Pop-Ups, the event will feature over 40 local farmer and artisan vendors with produce, specialty foods, jewelry, clothing, home decor, and gifts all on offer. 1035 Gessner Rd at Mathewson Lane,

Houston Arboretum

The outdoor gem in Memorial Park presents its annual (21+)  Sip & Stroll outdoor event on November 19, from 5:30–7 p.m., with a sneak peek at the newly renovated Nature Center. The event includes two glasses of wine or Saint Arnold beer and cheese supplied by GRAZE HTX to enjoy while you ... well ... stroll, plus a limited-edition Echinacea etched wine glass to take home. Social distancing is required on the trails, and masks are required inside the Nature Center.

The goats are also back! The Rent-A-Ruminant Texas goats that mowed around the Arboretum’s ponds last month have returned to work on the savanna. About 190 goats, including some babies who were too young to travel in October, will be grazing until late November along the Outer Loop, Donor Boardwalk, Willow Oak Trail, and Wildflower Trail. The public can view them from 7 a.m. to dusk daily; park in the Woodway Parking Loop. Reminder: You can look, but please don’t touch (Or feed. Or engage—these goats don’t want to marry you). 4501 Woodway Dr

League City 

Families might enjoy heading south to check out the League City Hidden Gems GeoTour, launched in October, which features 10 special caches stashed around town that you can only find through the help of GPS and the official Geocaching app (search for GeoTour code GT498). This treasure hunt will take you to stops at the town’s popular places and spaces. But we also recommend you check out Kahuna Joe’s afterward for a Hawaiian shaved ice or smoothie too.

... Or Netflix and Chill 

The new documentary Brave Blue Worldabout the global water crisis and the technologies aiming to address those challenges—features Woodlands-based SUEZ WTSa water tech company that develops solutions for water reuse, alongside celebrity activists, including Matt Damon and Jaden Smith. 

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