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It’s been a heck of a summer – here in Houston and throughout the world. Now’s the time to look ahead and start planning how to make the most out of fall. Need some ideas? Here’s our list of five things to look forward to in Houston this fall.

1. Cooler Weather

OK, so this is a bit of a no-brainer, but the most welcome fall perk is … cooler temperatures. Yeah, we’re still stuck with the sweltering Houston heat for a bit longer, but the end is gloriously near.

2. Texas Renaissance Festival

This rite of fall is still a go for now. Break out your royal garb and enjoy some socially distanced festival fun. The Texas Renaissance Festival, set in the northwestern outskirts of the city every weekend from Oct. 3 through Nov. 29, is a delightfully raucous trip back in time. So break out your finest doublet or ornate dress, enjoy live music and performances, educational exhibits, tasty fair fare, and more. Each weekend has a different theme – everything from Oktoberfest to Pirate Adventure. You can even make a weekend out of it and camp on the festival grounds. Rest assured that organizers are taking extra precautions in light of the pandemic to limit lines and maximize social distancing. Get your tickets now.

3. Farm Fun

What better fall activity than a trip to the farm? There are many you-pick-’em farms scattered throughout the greater Houston area. Reserve a Pick-It-Yourself Harvest session at Finca Tres Robles. Pick fall figs or citrus fruits at Harvest Season Farm in Tomball. Check out for a full rundown of farms in the Houston area. Oh, and don’t forget about a trip to the pumpkin patch! There are plenty around here.

4. Football

It’s no guarantee we’ll make it through a full season, but football – a fall favorite in Texas – is back. High school football is a tentative go. The NFL is charging full steam ahead toward a season. It’ll be bizarre without fans in the stands, but it’ll be fun to have football back – no matter what it looks like.

5. Wings Over Houston

One of the most celebrated airshows in the country, Wings Over Houston is planning to take to the skies above Ellington Airport in Houston on Oct. 10-11. Watch vintage World War II planes and more modern aircraft dazzle crowds with their stunning aerial acrobatics.

6. Did We Mention the Cooler Weather?

See No. 1!

For ideas for more fun things to do in and around Houston, Texas, check out The Ranch at Shadow Lake blog.