With the oppressive heat of the summer over and school back in full swing, the fall is a great time to get out and enjoy some of your favorite hobbies, food and drink and cultural events. Houston is home to numerous fall festivals, all of which explore a different arena of our multicultural city. The only problem is deciding which ones to attend. Make sure you don’t miss any of these great upcoming fall festivals in the Houston area – they’re a great way to enjoy the cooler autumn weather and enjoy a nice afternoon with some friends and family.

Houston TechFest
Reliant Park
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 305-1293

Date: Sept. 28, 2013

Houston TechFest is geared towards all Houstonians who have an interest in technology and the internet. In addition to hardware and software companies having examples of their products and expert speakers on many different topics, there will be recruiters from top computer and engineering firms present, so job seekers should make sure to bring updated copies of their resume. Local businesses will have booths around the arena, so make sure to check everything out – there will be something for all tech lovers here.

Bayou Blues Festival
Reliant Park
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
(800) 745-3000

Date: Sept. 21, 2013

Enjoy the blues in the Bayou City at the Bayou Blues Festival this September. Numerous acts will play in multiple areas throughout the evening, with something for everyone. The show is being headlined by Bobby Womack and Betty Wright, with many others appearing, including Lenny Williams. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and start at $49.

Houston Margarita Festival
Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77010
(888) 695-0888

Date: Oct. 26, 2013

The Houston Margarita Festival aims to create “the ultimate margarita experience” at Discovery Green. In addition to multiple vendors serving the prized frozen beverage, there are stations featuring local Tex-Mex and barbecue fare and more. Live bands will perform throughout the afternoon, and the fun will continue with limbo and salsa dancing competitions. A VIP area is available for an additional charge to give you premium access to all the day’s activities.

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Jones Plaza
601 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002

Date: Oct. 12-13, 2013

The 23rd annual TurkishFest features traditional foods, cultural shows and activities for the entire family to enjoy. Shop in the bazaar which has numerous vendors, or get your fortune told while enjoying some delicious Turkish coffee. The festival will feature live bands and music and traditional dancing, to be topped off with a Turkish disco party on Saturday night. Make sure to try some of the authentic Turkish cuisine, which is often cited as some of the best in the city.

Houston Wine Festival
Hermann Square Park
900 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77002

Date: Sept. 28-29, 2013

Wine lovers rejoice! The festival dedicated to a beloved beverage has arrived. Sample your favorite varieties or try something new from one of the many booths, and learn more about the winemaking process. Come for just one day or buy a full weekend pass – whichever you’d prefer. This year, the festival supports breast cancer survivors and research through two charities: The Rose and Sisters Network, Inc.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.