October is a great month in north Houston – the weather is finally tolerable, fall fun is in the air, kids are getting excited for Halloween, and the pressure of the holiday season hasn’t set in yet. Here are some great ways to get out and about during this fantastic month, so pull out your calendar and start penciling in some fun!
October is the perfect month to contribute to cancer awareness by participating in the 19th Annual “In the Pink of Health” luncheon sponsored by Memorial Hermann. This year’s event will take place at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center at 11 am on Friday, October 18. Sponsorships are still available, as are individual tickets. Learn from featured speaker Rick Rigsby, Ph. D., a former professor at Texas A&M University. After losing his wife to breast cancer, Dr. Rigsby has made cancer awareness and prevention a platform, as he crosses the globe motivating and inspiring everyone from teachers to global Fortune 500 executives. For more information, visit https://www.memorialhermann.org/give-volunteer/foundation/in-the-pink-of-health/
October is the perfect month to plant a fall garden. Primrose, snapdragons, petunias, and dianthus will bring colorful blossoms to your yard all season long. The native Drummond’s Phlox is a local favorite because of the white “star of Texas” shape in the bloom’s center. Vegetables that thrive in fall conditions are kale, lettuce, cabbage, and broccoli.
October is the perfect month to challenge your fitness by registering for a race. The 9th Annual Fairfield Triathlon takes place on Sunday, October 27 beginning at 7:30 am. This is a sprint, or mini, triathlon with shorter distances that makes it perfect for novices. Register for the full event or create a relay team! Start now by finding a triathlon training schedule like this one (https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/kpdocshare/Training_Plans/Absolute_Beginners_Plan.pdf) and you’ll be ready to race! Register for the Fairfield event here http://fairfieldtri.com/
October is the perfect month to go to an outdoor festival. The Texas Wine & Art Festival (https://www.txwineandart.com/) is on Saturday, October 5 from 10 am until 6 pm in the heart of Old Town Spring. The Katy Rice Harvest Festival (https://www.katyricefestival.com/) is located in Historic Downtown Katy and features live bands on multiple stages, food, and fun vendors and a large carnival. The event runs from Friday, October 11 through Sunday evening, October 13. One of the biggest festivals this month is the Wings Over Houston (www.wingsoverhouston.com) Air Show at the historic Ellington Field. Walkthrough massive military cargo planes, sit in the pilot’s seat of a fighter jet, and watch the sky as stunt pilots re-enact battles from WWII.