As we head into October and the weather cools down, Houston property owners can look forward to many events. Some are online, while others are being held in person, with new precautions because of the pandemic.
Creatives of all ages living in Houston should check out the Art Sherpa’s 13 Days of Halloween live stream art classes. The videos will go live on the Art Sherpa YouTube channel, beginning on Thursday, October 1st at 10 a.m. All classes will be at 10 a.m., except for Fridays, when they are at 6 p.m. Even if you can’t make it to the live session, the videos will stay up on YouTube, and you can watch it when you are able. There is no cost for the classes, but participants must provide their own materials. The Art Sherpa offers an all-inclusive kit, with a few extras, like an Art Sherpa cup and apron and the Art Sherpa Christmas art course on a thumb drive. The classes are perfect for adults and older kids. Have a blast painting witches and ghosts, make a spooky wreath, and much more.
Visit the Art Sherpa website to find more details and purchase the Halloween kit. Be sure to check out the calendar and learn about other classes offered. Follow the Art Sherpa Facebook page to keep up with all the news.
The Houston Zoo will host its annual Zoo Boo this year, every day from Friday, October 2nd through Sunday November 1st. Both members and other guests must register online for a specific visiting time. This is to ensure that social distance requirements can be maintained. All visitors ages 10 and over must wear a cloth face covering, too. The event is family-friendly and costumes are encouraged. Be sure to leave any weapons or excessively gory items back at your Houston property.
There will be lots of safe, spooky fun for guests. Ride the Scary-Go-Round, and check out the Spooky Train Village. Visit the Friendly Dragon and hear a fun story. On the weekends, guests will enjoy special animal enrichment times. There are 10 cool spots to post for photos. If you post your photos to social media, tag #HoustonZoo to be entered in the weekly costume contest.
The zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last entry is at 4 p.m. Visit the Houston Zoo online to learn more, make reservations, and consider purchasing an annual membership to get free admission for a whole year.
October always feels like a great month for fantasy and costumes, not just for kids on Halloween, but throughout the month as the leaves change from green to yellow and orange, the nights get crisper, and the days are shorter. The Texas Renaissance Festival is a perfect opportunity for all ages to enter into the fun and enchantment of the festival. This is the 46th year of the RenFest. It will run on Saturdays and Sundays, from Saturday, October 3rd through Sunday, November 29th. The festival will also be open on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each open day.
The Houston property will take a trip back in time to when knights roamed the land, saving damsels in distress from dragons. When kings and queens held contests of honor, and pirates came ashore to drink and carouse.
Each weekend has its own theme, with costume contest, eating contest, and fun prizes. Pick your favorite or come for them all. The opening weekend will be a trip back to old Bavaria, where the beer flowed and the wurst was tasty. The next weekend will be the one for elves, fairies, and other sylvan folk to flock to the festival for 1001 Dreams. The Roman Bacchanal will be the following weekend, with the Pirate Adventure the next. October closes out with All Hallows Eve. November begins with Heroes and Villains, then endures the Barbarian Invasion. The Highland Fling will host authentic Highlands Games.
Finally, don’t miss Celtic Christmas, on the last weekend of the festival. Music will fill the air, and the festival will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Find gifts for everyone on your holiday list at the 400 different shops.
Although any large event carries some risk of infection with COVID-19, the RenFest has taken many precautions and instituted policies to minimize risk as much as possible. All RenFest workers and vendors will be wearing masks, and visitors must do the same. There will be souvenir masks available to purchase. This year, there will be prizes for guests who are able to find creative ways to follow mask-wearing guidelines. When you need a break from your mask, head to the areas set aside for the purpose, where six-foot distancing will be enforced. In addition to the usual privies, with running water, there will be many hand-sanitizing stations throughout the grounds. Staff will be sanitizing high-touch areas throughout the day. In order to help patrons maintain six feet of distance, all tickets will be date-specific and capacity limits observed for ticket sales. In addition, there may be capacity limits in certain shops and areas.
Visit Texas Renaissance Festival online to purchase tickets, get more information about safety precautions, and learn about events throughout the festival.
We hope this list of events gets everyone living in Houston thinking about ways to have fun and stay safe this October.
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