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Things to Do in The Woodlands Area This Weekend, Oct. 13-15

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Discover things to do in The Woodlands area this weekend, October 13-15, including the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival, the Township’s Meet the Fleet event, fall festivals, Halloween events, Learning Express Toys’ Grand Re-Opening event, concerts at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, an opening reception at Ardest Gallery, and more!

Hello Woodlands Guide Things to Do This Weekend in The Woodlands Area 2023




Friday, October 13, 2023

YMCA Run Thru the Woods Tickets on Sale

Tickets are on sale now for the 34th Annual YMCA Run Thru the Woods Presented by Huntsman on Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, November 23, 2023! First race starts at 7:30 a.m. Start/Finish Line located in front of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at 2005 Lake Robbins, The Woodlands, TX 77380. Register Here

Scooter’s Coffee Courage Cookies Event

Visit our two local Scooter’s Coffee locations (26551 Kuykendahl Rd. and 24527 Gosling Rd.) for special events, promotions, and Spirit Days this October! Download the Scooter’s Coffee app to also get $2 off your first order, Free Birthday Drink, Earn Smiles, and Mobile Order Ahead Promos! Download the app here. All October long, 20% of Courage Cookies proceeds will be donated to The Pink Agenda, a nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer.

Alodia Basketball League Winter 1 Season Registration (Oct. 3–27)

Season starts the week of November 6! Grades 1-8; Boys and Girls; Includes 1 Practice a week with optional Skills Training, Games on Saturdays, End of Season Tournament, All-Star Games, and amazing jerseys too. Woodlands location (and a Tomball location too)! Don’t miss out on these five-star rated and longest-running (since 2008!) quality basketball leagues! For more information and to register, visit

Local Halloween Activities

Halloween activities are happening all throughout October! Get in the Halloween spirit and scare up some spooky fun at these local events:

Halloween Activities and Events in The Woodlands Conroe Tomball North Houston

Treetop Terror

Something is in the air on the Friday the 13th at Texas TreeVentures…see what awaits you on this eerie night of thrills! This special Halloween-themed event includes a three-hour night climb with special effects. Time: 7:00-10:00pm. Age: 13+. Location: Texas TreeVentures, 6464 Creekside Forest Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77389. Learn More

Chris Stapleton

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Chris Stapleton with Charley Crockett & Nikki Lane live onstage at 7:00pm. Learn More

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival (Oct. 13-15)

The family-friendly event features non-stop live music with local, regional and national performers on three stages, food vendors offering festival and Cajun favorites, arts & crafts vendors, a professional carnival, assorted community and educational exhibits, an annual Catfish Pageant and a KidZone area with activities for children and a special performance stage featuring local dance teams, community groups and entertainers. Location: 301 N Thompson St, Conroe, TX 77301. Learn More

Friday the 13th at Rob Fleming Park – Movie Madness

A classic horror film will be shown (rated R) during movie madness at Rob Fleming Park. Bring your chairs and blankets and get ready to be spooked! Refreshments sold separately. Time: 8:30pm. Ages: 13+ (Rated R – Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). Fee: $8 Pre-registration; $10 the night of the movie. Location: Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77389. Learn More

Live on the Lawn at Market Street

Enjoy live music on the lawn at Central Park in Market Street with Sarah Kelly Music School from 6:30–8:00pm on Friday nights. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. Learn More




Saturday, October 14, 2023

Learning Express The Woodlands Grand Re-Opening Weekend (Oct. 14 & 15)

Get ready for a weekend full of amazing activities including character meet-and-greets, arts and crafts, face-painting, balloon artists, and free treats and giveaways. Learning Express will also be offering 30% OFF of one item during their Grand Re-Opening Weekend! Learning Express The Woodlands is located at 8000 Research Forest Dr, Ste 140, The Woodlands, TX 77382 and open Monday through Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm. Learn More

Opening Reception for Greyscale Art Exhibition

Ardest Gallery, a local fine arts gallery curated by Gallery Director Julie Verville, represents nearly 40, top Texas 2D and 3D visual artists. In addition to its core artists, the gallery will host ongoing events such as monthly group art shows, Coffee Talk with an Artist, Art to Lunch in partnership with local restaurants, poetry readings, musical performances, and art classes/workshops for all ages and skill levels. Location: 25200 Grogan’s Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380. Time: The opening reception is from 4:00-8:00pm. Learn More

Greyscale Ardest Gallery

The John Cooper School’s Admissions Open House

The John Cooper School’s Open House gives parents a chance to see the state-of-the-art campus, hear from the school’s administrators, meet current teachers, and get any questions answered about the school. Presentations will be followed by an extensive tour led by Cooper Connects – current students who are leaders among their peers, and who offer genuine insight into the school experience. Registering for this event is free with no obligation to apply to attend The John Cooper School. Visit to register today. The free event is open to all families. The John Cooper School is a PK-12 independent, college preparatory day school that has been serving The Woodlands and greater Houston area since 1988. Learn More

The John Cooper School Admissions Open House

Oktoberfest Events

Oktoberfest events are winding down – don’t miss out! Toast to Fall with German beer and enjoy traditional German food and entertainment at one of these local Oktoberfest celebrations:

Oktoberfest in The Woodlands Area 2023 Hello Woodlands

Meet the Fleet

Meet your local public safety personnel at Meet the Fleet from 9:00am to noon at Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381. Drivers and operators will be on hand to educate the public about their vehicles, assist in demonstrations, pose for photographs and answer any questions. The morning is full of food trucks, fun, a Kid Zone and everything you want to know about big vehicles. Learn More

Star Wars Reads Day

Join the South Regional Library for an all-ages celebration of Star Wars! There will be snacks, crafts, and a costume contest. Some of your favorite Star Wars characters will also be in attendance! Time: Noon-2:00pm. Location: South Regional Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380. Learn More

Sing-along Concert: Celebrating 100 years of Disney

Enjoy a sing-along concert with Divisi Strings as Market Street celebrates 100 years of Disney from 11:00am-1:00pm! While you’re there, shop from amazing vendors, enjoy fabulous photo-ops and fun for the whole family at the Mingle Market. Learn More

Mingle Maker Market

Come mingle at Market Street! Mingle Market is making their debut Market Street. Shop from local lineup of amazing vendors, enjoy fabulous photo-ops and fun for the whole family. While you’re shopping, enjoy a sing-along concert with Divisi Strings celebrating 100 years of Disney from 11:00am–1:00pm. Time: 10:00am–4:00pm. Location: Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380. Learn More

Shenandoah Fall Community Garage Sale

The public is invited to shop from Shenandoah residents at the Shenandoah Fall Community Garage Sale, held annually in October. A map of the registered garage sales will be posted the Friday before the sale; if the minimum number of registrations is reached, community directional signage will be placed by Civic Club volunteers on the morning of the sale. Learn More

Drip Irrigation Workshop

Learn the benefits of drip irrigation, and how to convert an existing sprinkler head to drip, or the best way to install a drip zone from a hose bib. Get information about parts and tools, plus rain barrels for garden irrigation and rain garden ideas. Time: 8:30-11:00am. Location: 8203 Millennium Forest Drive, Aquatics Building (Multipurpose Room – Rear Door Entrance). Cost: Free. Registration is required. Learn More

Painting on the Lake

Have you ever wanted to paint on a kayak and capture a nice spring day on a canvas? If so, this program is for you! If you are looking for inspiration, or a new hobby, come join this unique experience. All necessary equipment is provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Time: 9:00–10:30am. Location: Riva Row Boat House, 2101 Riva Row, The Woodlands, TX 77380. Learn More




2023 Lone Star Preview Marching Band Contest

Watch our talented local high school marching bands at the 23rd annual Lone Star Preview Band Competition hosted by The Woodlands High School Band. Time: 9:00am–11:00pm. Location: Woodforest Bank Stadium, 19115 David Memorial Dr, Shenandoah, TX 77385. Learn More

All Ears! Sporting Clays Tournament

Enjoy a morning of clay shooting while raising much-needed financial assistance for All Ears! Listening & Language Center. Registration includes a Chick-fil-A breakfast, fun takeaway, golf cart, raffle tickets, and on-site cooked BBQ lunch & beverages after the shoot. Your support helps build the foundation for Listening & Spoken Language for children in our community – helping them learn to hear and be heard. Location: Blackwood Sporting Co., 11400 FM 2854, Conroe, TX. Time: 9:00am. Learn More

Fall Festival and Craft Show

Come on out to First Presbyterian Church Tomball for some family fun and shopping! There will be games for everyone with prizes. Stop by for some trick or treating with local vendors, join in the costume contest, enjoy tasty food, and take some fall photos. Everyone is welcome! Time: 10:00am–4:00pm. Location: First Presbyterian Church Tomball, 30410 TX-249, Tomball, TX 77375. Learn More

18th Annual Burn Your Buns Charity Bike Ride

The 18th Annual Burn Your Buns Charity Bike Ride, with 20, 31, & 62 mile routes, benefits Bridgewood Farms, a local nonprofit that serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through continuing education, life skills training, and community-building activities, both for residential and day-program clients. Doors open at 6:00am for rider packet pickup and day-of registration. All riders arrive by 7am and should park in the rear fields. Attendants will be on-site to assist. Time: Start times will be staggered, starting at 7:45am. Location: Bridgewood Farms, 11680 Rose Road, Conroe, TX 77303. Learn More

Fall Home Landscape Gardening: Fruit Trees in the Home Landscape Webinar

Join Dr. Bob Randall as he shares his edible home landscaping experiences in this online Fall Home Landscape Gardening Class. Dr. Randall is an expert fruit tree grower whose personal landscape has been featured in the American Horticulturist magazine. Learn from Dr. Randall how to make the most of the space you have by growing fruit trees at home. The webinar is free, but registration is required. Time: 9:00-11:00am. Learn More

Texas Renaissance Festival (Oct. 7-Nov. 26)

Since 1974, there has been a magical kingdom about an hour north of the Houston area, where guests can step through the gates and enter an enchanted world filled with kings and queens, knights and nobles, fairies and elves, pirates and peasants, and other fanciful delights. The Texas Renaissance Festival spans 8 weekends from October 7 to November 26, plus Thanksgiving Friday, from 9:00am–8:00pm. Learn More




Community Involvement Day at Cochran’s Green Park

Community Involvement Days are FREE events designed to provide residents valuable information regarding property maintenance, crime prevention, safety, mosquito control and other community services. Staff from The Woodlands Township Covenant Administration, Neighborhood Services & other Departments will be in attendance, as well as staff from The Woodlands Fire Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. Giveaways and refreshments will be provided. Time: 10:00am–noon. Location: Cochran’s Green Park, 8 Edgemire Pl., The Woodlands, TX 77381. Learn More

Haunted Archery Challenge

Monsters have come out of the George Mitchell Nature Preserve! Save the range and learn a little about archery on the way. This hour and a half class will include archery instruction and a spooky game to practice the skills you have learned. Time: 10:00-11:30am & 12:30-2:00pm. Ages: 8+. Fee: $25 per person; $30 non-resident. Location: Rob Fleming Park Archery Range, 6464 Creekside Forest Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77389. Learn More

Faith United Methodist Church Pumpkin Festival

The annual Pumpkin Festival will feature face painting, bounce houses, train rides, fall treats, pumpkin decorating, games, and much more. Time: 10:00am–3:00pm. Location: Faith United Methodist Church, 2403 Rayford Rd, Spring, TX 77386. Learn More

Putt On Your Costume

Enjoy a fun game of putt putt golf with a Halloween theme. Families will work together to complete a spooky 9-hole course that has many twists and turns. Wear your favorite Halloween costume! Time: 5:00–7:00pm. Ages: All Ages. Fee: $10 per person; $15 non-resident. Location: Bear Branch Park Recreation Center, 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381. Learn More

P-6 Farms 2023 Fall Festival (Sept. 30-Nov. 5)

Join P-6 Farms for an unforgettable seasonal experience packed with exciting activities and attractions for all ages. Capture fall photos in picturesque landscapes, enjoy food and desserts, and treat yourself to adult beverages while you explore the farm’s festive offerings. From pumpkin picking to strolling through vibrant flower fields, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Dates and Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, September 30 – November 5 from 10am–6:30pm. Entrance to the farm ends an hour before closing. Location: P-6 Farms, 9963 Poole’s Road, Montgomery, TX 77356. Learn More

Into the Woods 2023 “Murder at the Disco”

The Woodlands Charities Presents: Into the Woods 2023 “Murder at the Disco,” a spooktacular evening to behold with dancing, live music by The Fab 5, axe throwing, a costume contest, fortune tellers, boo’s and spirits pull, mystery boxes, heavy appetizers, a full cash bar, silent auction, and so much more! The evening will raise funds and awareness for these important charities in Montgomery County: All Ears! Listening & Learning Center, Angel Reach, Dancing Thru Life, Habitat for Humanity, Mosaics of Mercy, New Danville, Rotary Club of The Woodlands, Special Angels of the Woodlands, The Woodlands Family YMCA, and YES to YOUTH. Time: 7:00 pm. Location: The Woodlands Resort, 2301 N Millbend Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380. Learn More

Oktoberfest at Southern Star Brewing Co.

The Oktoberfest event at Southern Star Brewing Company is returning once again! Location: Southern Star Brewing Company, 3525 N Frazier St, Conroe, TX 77303. Time: Noon–10:00pm. Learn More

Birdies and Boos! Ages 21+

Welcome to the first 21 and up Halloween event by The Woodlands Township. Come play a 9-hole Halloween putt putt course and have a few beverages provided by Woody Pine Sports. This isn’t a trick – but it will be a treat! Time: 8:00–10:00pm. Ages: 21+. Fee: $20 per person; $25 non-resident. Location: Bear Branch Recreation Center, 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381. Learn More

Pumpkin Water Patch

Find a pumpkin in the pool, paint or carve your pumpkin, visit different stations to play games, win prizes and don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag for candy! Time: 3:00–5:00pm. Ages: 4 to 10. Fee: $20 Resident; $25 Non-Resident. Location: Creekwood Pool, 3383 S. Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381. Learn More




Sunday, October 15, 2023

CASA Cornhole Tournament

The second annual CASA Cornhole Tournament will be a fun, family event – whether you are a competitive cornhole player or just want to play for fun, there is something for everyone! This will be a bracket tournament with prizes for the first, second, and third-place teams. There will also be live music, exclusive CASA/B-52 Brewing pint glasses (with drink refills included), food trucks, and activities for the kids. Proceeds from the event benefit CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. Time: Begins at noon. Location: B-52 Brewing Co., 12470 Milroy Ln, Conroe, TX 77304. Learn More

Concert in the Park – Honoring Texas Rangers

Join the Township Parks and Recreation and Neighborhood Services Departments along with the Texas Rangers to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Texas Rangers. Concert in the Park is a popular family tradition of music and fun for all ages, featuring local bands playing a variety of favorites from pop and rock to country. Coolers, picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs are permitted. Glass is prohibited. All entertainment is weather-dependent and subject to change. Snow cones available for purchase at all concerts. Time: 5:30-7:30pm at Northshore Park on Sundays. Location: Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive in The Woodlands, Texas 77381. Learn More


The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Sting with Joe Sumner live onstage at 8:00pm. Gates open at 6:30pm. Learn More

Free Big Band Concert

The free Big Band neighborhood concert with the Lord of Life Big Band will be held at 5:00pm in the Lord of Life Lutheran Church parking lot, 3801 S. Panther Creek Dr., across from McCullough Jr. High. Bring your lawn chair and BYOB. Learn More




Plan Ahead: Upcoming Events

Local Fall Festivals

Fall Festivals are going on all over The Woodlands area! Find out what’s coming up next here:

Fall Festivals in The Woodlands Area, Conroe, Tomball, Magnolia, Montgomery Hello Woodlands Guide

Local Pumpkin Patches

Fall is here and so are the pumpkins! Get the perfect pumpkin, make memories, and take fall pictures at these area pumpkin patches:

The Woodlands Area Pumpkin Patch Guide Hello Woodlands

Rock the Row (Oct. 5 – Nov. 9)

Experience Hughes Landing on scenic Lake Woodlands with live music Thursday evenings! Rock the Row features local and regional bands playing a variety of favorites from pop and rock to country. Rock the Row is from 7:00 – 9:00pm. Learn more at

Revive Gathering (Oct. 17)

Women of faith, come and join WoodsEdge Church for a community-wide evening of worship and prayer at the Fall Revive Gathering! Let’s come together as a community to exalt the name of Jesus and pour life back into our weary souls. Revive Gathering is a space where women of our community come with hunger (Matthew 5:6), are spiritually nourished (Matthew 4:4), and leave ready to flourish and impact the world for Christ (Psalm 3:1-3). Time: 7:30pm. Location: WoodsEdge Pavilion Lawn at 25333 Gosling Rd, Spring, TX 77389. Learn More

Hocus Pocus Pops (Oct. 20)

Around here, Hocus Pocus Pops might be an even bigger deal than Halloween itself! There’s all the trick-or-treating and kiddos in costumes and ghastly guys and ghouls…plus the haunting Houston Symphony in all its sinister splendor. Expect creepy classics like character pictures, the Halloween Express and, of course, the Goblin Parade to make their return. There will also be some scary surprises in store just for you and your family! Gates open at 6:00pm, Show begins at 7:30pm. Learn More

Marriage and Parenting Conference (Oct. 21)

Marriage Ministry will host a community-wide Marriage and Parenting Conference on Saturday, October 21, from 9:30am to 1:30pm at The Woodlands Methodist Church. Leading local experts will present TED-style mini lectures covering topics such as social media, prepping your kids for dating and more. Cost is $25 per person, and breakfast and lunch are provided. Learn More

Worship In The Park (Oct. 21)

The Miracle City Collective, in partnership with Mobilize Montgomery and dozens of local churches and businesses, are proud to present Worship In The Park, a free night of praise and prayer featuring an awesome collection of worship artists from Montgomery County.

Worship in The Park features a free picnic dinner from 5:00 – 6:00pm, followed by a beautiful evening of praise and prayer from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Heritage Park Amphitheater in historic downtown Conroe. This event has been designed to celebrate all that God is doing in Montgomery County and will also feature a Ministry Fair showcasing local non-profits, a Prayer Wall, and a unique moment where we will be lifting up all of our elected officials and pastors serving here in Montgomery County. Sponsor or make a donation to the event here. Learn more about the event at

Trinity Episcopal Church‘s Fall Festival (Oct. 22)

Trinity Episcopal Church‘s Fall Festival is back this year with a collaboration with their preschool TEDS! The free Fall Festival will continue its tradition of fellowship, food, and fun, featuring have a trackless train, dunk tank, obstacle slide, rock climbing wall, and so much more! Please come out and bring your friends and family! Hot dogs will be provided by the Holy Smokers. Time: 11:30am–1:00pm. Location: 3901 South Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381. Learn More

Cochran’s Crossing Village Association Fall Festival (Oct. 22)

Everyone is welcome to the annual FREE Cochran’s Crossing Village Association Fall Festival! Activities include: Strolling Entertainment, Petting Zoo, Face Painters, Cookie Decorating, Candy, Bounce Houses, Rock Wall, Carnival Games, Trackless Train, Fall Photo Ops, Live Performances, Vendors, Crafts, Giveaways, Explore a Fire Truck, Meet Public Safety Officers, and so much more! The fall festival will be held from 1:00-4:00pm at Shadowbend Park, 4995 Lake Woodlands Dr, Spring, TX 77382. Learn More

Agave on the Amalfi (Oct. 26)

Join Sorriso Italian Kitchen for an unforgettable evening at Agave on the Amalfi! Get ready to indulge in a night filled with delicious food, unique tequilas, and great company. Chef Jonathan will prepare a delicious 5-course dinner to pair with tequilas and mezcals! This event will take place on Thursday, October 26, 2023 at Sorriso Italian Kitchen on The Waterway. There are two seatings: 6:00pm and 8:30pm. Learn More

Happy Days at SSJ Fall Festival (Oct. 27 & 28)

Join Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church for two days of fun and games at their Annual Fall Festival held on October 27 & 28, 2023! Enjoy “Happy Days at SSJ” by participating in the 1950s Costume Contest, BINGO, Silent Auction, and Festival. Free parking and all are welcome! Friday, October 27 6:30pm: Corkscrew BBQ + BINGO + Live Auction + DJ + Costume Contest. Saturday, October 28 11am-3pm: Festival Games + Prizes + Food + Allen Oldies Band + Rummage Sale. Location: Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 26777 Glen Loch Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77381. Learn More

Happy Days at SSJ Fall Festival




Check back on Hello Woodlands’ Calendar Page and the monthly 31 Things to Do list for more events as they come up!

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