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Bayou City Life & The Pursuit of Good Times Message Board › Some fun festivals and weekend events in Houston or Day Trips

Some fun festivals and weekend events in Houston or Day Trips

A former member
Post #: 1,003
Any interest in any of these?

Fall Back Festival in LaPorte:
Usually the 3rd weekend in September. The website still has last year's dates but hopfully will be updated soon.­

Flatonia Czhilispiel:
October 24-26, 2008

I'm worried that Czhilispiel will be at the same time as the Munster Mansion party, so we may have to put it on the back burner until next year.
A former member
Post #: 1,018
Jean just reminded me that there is a huge flea market in NW Houston called Traders Village. Not only is it a flea market, but there is an RV park, and lots of other stuff going on there. Website is http://www.tradersvil...­

"Besides the great shopping, there's always something happening at the markets. Festivals and special events abound all year long with Chili & BBQ Cookoffs, Native American Pow Wows, Car Shows and Swap Meets, Cajun Fests and more!"

Here is their schedule of events for 2008:

Jun 7th 2008 - Aug 31st 2008
Traders Village & Yoplait Go-Gurt Free Concert Series

Sep 14th 2008, Sunday
2nd Annual Fiestas Patrias

Oct 5th 2008, Sunday
8th Annual Village Art Car Show

Oct 12th 2008, Sunday
8th Annual Volks in the Village Volkswagen Show



The annual Traders Village Summer Concert Series kicks off on June 7 with 13 weekends of live music from Country, Classic Rock and Tejano, to Funk, Zydeco and Blues.

Opening weekend presents Houston favorites Ezra Charles & the Works on Saturday, June 7, and Beatles tribune band The Fab 5 on Sunday, June 8.

Other acts scheduled to perform this summer include:
June 14: Luther & the Healers (Texas Blues and Rock)
June 15: David Davis (Bluegrass)
June 21: Country Jim & His Country All-Stars(Classic)
June 22: Bayou Roux & the Bottle Rockers(Cajun Rock)
June 28: Drywater with Dixie Trahan (Country)
June 29: Fidelity Maxx (Funk and R&B)
July 5: Kelly McGuire (Island Country)
July 6: Miss Leslie & Her Juke Jointers (Honky Tonk)
July 12: The Posse (Country and Southern Rock)
July 13: Tony Booth (Country)
July 19: Romeo Dogs (Rock)
July 20: Fuzzy Side Up (Rock)
July 26: Gary Michael Dahl (Jazz and R&B)
July 27: The Chromatics (80s Tribute Band)
August 2: Mambo Jazz Kings (Party)
August 3: Sister Sister (Latino)
August 9: Grateful Geezers (Classic Rock)
August 10: Saints & Sinners Band (Tejano)
August 16: Irie Time (Reggae)
August 17: Pochimex (Latino)
August 23: Bayou Roux (Cajun Rock)
August 24: Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs (Latino)
August 30: Mighty Fine Bluegrass Band (Bluegrass)
August 31: Mango Punch with Walter Suhr (Latino)

All concerts begin at noon in the 45,000-square-foot covered Red Expo building at Traders Village, rain or shine. Admission is free, just $3 to park.

Traders Village has been named Houston?s #1 Free Attraction by the Houston Business Journal for five consecutive years, Houston?s Best Flea Market in 2005 and 2006 by the Houston Press, and the Houston Chronicle?s Ultimate Houston Readers Pick ? Best Flea Market 2006 and 2007. More than 1.5-million guests visited Traders Village in 2007 for the shopping, festivals and fun.

The largest, most visited open-air market on the Texas Gulf Coast, Traders Village is at 7979 North Eldridge Parkway near Highway 290, just minutes northwest of downtown Houston. Call 281-890-5500 for more information.
A former member
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Chocolate Festival of Texas


2nd Annual Chocolate Festival of Texas

Monday and Tuesday
September 8 & 9, 2008
Humble Civic Center

Booths will be open both days from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for chocolate sampling, shopping and more!

Chocolate Cooking School - Monday 9/8 at 3pm featuring Chocolatier Daniel Brochu from the Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNotre

Chocolate Competition is open to the public
3 Categories Professional, Amatuer and Students
see entry form for more details
Judging will be on Monday at 5:30pm
Awards at 6:30
All entries will be included in the silent auction
Proceeds to Benefit The National Breast Cancer Foundation

Doors will open for Taste of Home Cooking School at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday 9/9
Row 1 is Special Guests, Rows 2-6 VIP, Rows 6 - 27 General Admission.
6:30 p.m. Pre-show events start. Cooking school to begin at 7 p.m.

Each attendee will receive an eco-friendly shopping bag, full of goodies.
There will also be a reserved seat sign included so that you can walk around and not have to worry about finding a seat.

We will have Taste of Home Cookbooks and aprons on sale in the booth area,
quantities are limited. Special Show Pricing!

The Holidays are right around the corner, you will have some great shopping opportunities,
So come early to beat the crowds.

Must be present to win door prizes!!

We will have some great door prizes and raffle items including a Range donated by Sears.

Vendors to include:
Arbonne International
Cakes by Anastasia
Chocolates by Mark
Debbies Delectables
Dinner Party
Fountains of Chocolate
Geralyn's Gems
Go Texan Foods - Texas Dept. of Agriculture
Healthy Coffee
Houston Chronicle
Houston Men on Fire
J. Christopher's
Kitchen Koaches
Kleen Oven
Kraft Kitchens
Life Celebrating Health
Mary Kay
New England Financial
The Pampered Chef
Pearson Carpet Care
Red Tangles
Stone Mountain Fudge
Sweet Shop USA
Taste of Home Entertaining
Tasty Temptations by Terry
Texas Taster's Guild
Top Hat Catering
Undiscovered Time Winery
A former member
Post #: 2
Wow, Amanda! You've really done your homework......and a CHOCOLATE festival???? OMG!! Thanks for the heads-up!
A former member
Post #: 1,080
Wow, Amanda! You've really done your homework......and a CHOCOLATE festival???? OMG!! Thanks for the heads-up!

Thanks! I confess I heard about the chocolate festival from the Dessert Meetup group. :-)
A former member
Post #: 1,093
Clear Lake area festivals and annual events:

Wednesday night sailboat races:
Every Wednesday evening from April until October, professional and amateur sailors get together for a friendly sailboat race on the waters of Clear Lake, twenty minutes south of Houston and home of NASA's Johnson Space Center.

Friday, August 1, 2008
Casino Night at Bay Oaks Country Club.

Join the party for a night of high rolling. Play all your favorite casino games like Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold ‘em, Black Jack, and slot machines. Professional dealers, a festive environment, music and great prizes put the odds well in favor of a great night. For more information, call 281-488-7676.

September 19-21, 2008
Gulf Coast Film Festival

The Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival was created to showcase the discovery of new and emerging artists. There will be film screenings, parties, award ceremony, guest speakers, etc.

October 25-26, 2008
Wings Over Houston Air Show at Ellington Field

Come join us as we welcome back the USAF Thunderbirds to the 24th annual Ron Carter Wings Over Houston Airshow! The USAF Thunderbirds will thrill you with their close formations, tight turns, and solo head-on passes.
This year's array of airshow talent features an impressive parade of modern civilian aerobatic and state-of-the-art military hardware. Watch the precision formation flight of the USAF Thunderbirds. Marvel at the thunderous turns of modern military fighters such as the F-18 and A-10. Thrill to the stomach-wrenching flips of aerobatic pilots with famous names like Sean Tucker, Julie Clark, and John McGillis. Witness the aerial ballet artistry of Dan Buchanan's hang-glider. Feel the ground shake as the Flash Fire jet truck races by. Meet living legends and heroes at the autograph tent.

October 31 - November 2, 2008
Annual Ballunar Liftoff Festival

This annual balloon festival takes place at NASA Johnson Space Center.
Hot air balloon competitions, nighttime balloon glow, skydiving, model rocket launches and model plane flying, booths, food, music, etc.

Saturday, December 13:
Texas' 47th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake

Time: 6:00 pm til ?
Ring in the holidays with this Clear Lake tradition. More than 100,000 people traditionally enjoy this event from land and from hundreds of boats anchored throughout the Lake The parade features more than 100 brightly decorated power and sailboats that will traverse the Clear Lake channel from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon to Galveston Bay.
A former member
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Texas Renaissance Festival:
October 11 - November 30, 2008
Plantersville, TX
Go back in time to the Medieval/Renaissance era. See Kings and Queens, Knights and Ladies, Pirates, Faeries, Gypsies, Peasants, Wenches, etc. Music, plays, jousting, mud show, bird show, human chess game, fireworks, King's Feast. Elephant rides, games of chance, amusement park rides, food, beer, wine, lots of booths with shopping.
A former member
Post #: 1,105
List of Texas festivals and events:

A former member
Post #: 617
i'd like to go to Traders Village on 8/16 to hear the reggae band Irie Time. any other reggy/raggy folks out there? cool
A former member
Post #: 1,108
i'd like to go to Traders Village on 8/16 to hear the reggae band Irie Time. any other reggy/raggy folks out there? cool

We already have an event on the calendar for 8/16: my bellydance show and a dinner in Clear Lake.
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