What to do in Houston this October

September 28, 2017 / Houston

Happy fall, Houston. While temperatures are still in the 90s, you can still get into the autumnal spirit with football, live music, and art festivals. Check out this list and get the full scoop on the best things to do in Houston this October.

Houston’s October event guide

1. Texans games at NRG Stadium

September marked the start of football season, and by now it’s in full swing. Watching the away games from home or at a sports bar is one thing, but when the Texans are in town playing home games, no excuse justifies missing it. There’ll be three opportunities to catch a game at the NRG Stadium this month: they play the Titans on October 1, the Chiefs on October 8, and the Browns on October 15.

When: Oct 1, Oct 8, and Oct 15

Where: NRG Pkwy

2. Foster the People at House of Blues

A huge success among fans of indie pop, Foster the People are a California band formed in 2009 and known for hits like “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Houdini.” This month, they hit the Houston House of Blues to promote their third studio album, Sacred Hearts Club—the lead single of which has already topped music charts. Secure your concert tickets before they sell out.

When: Oct 10

Where: 1204 Caroline St

3. ZiegenBock Music Festival at Sam Houston Race Park

If you’re on the prowl for a music festival featuring an eclectic lineup of artists, you’re sure to love the ZiegenBock Music Festival. The 15th edition of ZiegenBock boasts an impressive roster of musicians set to perform on three different stages, such as Kimberley Dunn, Blackberry Smoke, Aaron Lewis, Whiskey Myers, Josh Abbott, Leslie Tom, Phillip Griffin, Little Outfit, and Kody West.

When: Oct 14

Where: 7575 N Sam Houston Pkwy W

4. Bayou City Art Festival

The Bayou City Art Festival isn’t like any other regional art festival in Houston. Produced by the Art Colony Association annually for the past 46 years, the Bayou City Art Festival seeks to promote local talent, showcase emerging and established artists, and also raise funds for local nonprofits. This year’s featured artist is Tony Paraná, who, along with countless other creative types, 16 food trucks, and an exciting lineup of live music entertainment is sure to be a raging success.

When: Oct 14 – Oct 15

Where: 901 Bagby St

5. Basketball season opener

Fans everywhere wait for the basketball season opener on October each year. This year, you can catch several home games at the Toyota Center. On October 13, there’ll be a preseason game against the Spurs. The first regular season home game takes place on October 21, when the Rockets will face the Mavericks. On October 21, they play against the Grizzlies, and the last home game of the month will be on October 30, against the 76ers.

When: Oct 13, Oct 21, Oct 23, and Oct 30

Where: 1510 Polk St

6. The Weeknd at Toyota Center

The Grammy Award-winning musician The Weeknd returns to Houston as a part of his Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour. The Weeknd’s been touring for months now to sold-out arenas and stadiums, performing tracks off his 2016 album Starboy as well as previous hits.

When: Oct 17

Where: 1510 Polk St

7. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Bob Seger solidified his status as one of the most beloved rock artists in America decades ago. Legions of fans flock to his numerous tours, and his Houston stop this October will be no different. The Night Moves legend hits the stage at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on October 19 with The Silver Bullet Band. Nancy Wilson is also set to perform during the show.  

When: Oct 19

Where: 2005 Lake Robbins Dr – The Woodlands, TX

8. Kid Cudi at Revention Music Center

Kanye West’s protégée, Kid Cudi, will make a stop in Houston as a part of his headlining North American tour. The acclaimed rapper experimented with alternative rock before making a comeback in rap with his sixth studio album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’, released in 2016. This latest effort garnered him several rave reviews, setting the tone for what is sure to be a successful and sold-out tour.

When: Oct 19

Where: 520 Texas Ave

9. Monster Jam at NRG Stadium

If you’re a high-stakes racing fan, the upcoming Monster Jam is going to be a real treat. Monster Jam events are always filled with excitement as the trucks fly and do stunts you wouldn’t believe possible. Watch as 1,500-horsepower monoliths rail up and down the arena, obliterating anything and everything that dares to pose as an obstacle.

When: Oct 21

Where: NRG Pkwy

10. Something Wicked at Sam Houston Race Park

EDM fans rally to the annual Something Wicked Festival and for a good reason. Hailed as Texas’s #1 Halloween Electronic Music Festival, Something Wicked always has an impressive lineup of artists. This year’s edition brings to you epic performances by Above & Beyond, Marshmello, Tïesto, Zeds Dead, RL Grime, among many others.

When: Oct 28 – Oct 29

Where: 7575 N Sam Houston Pkwy W

Whether you’re searching for music festivals, culinary extravaganzas, or concerts to attend, there is plenty to keep you busy. Sports fan especially will find themselves with a month of excitement ahead, due to the fact October sees the overlap of four major sports seasons. Have a great October!