With the sweltering heat hopefully behind us, October in Houston brings plenty of outdoor fun (fun that just so happens to be pretty tasty, too).

This month sees the return of fan-favorite festivals, including Southern Smoke, The Original Greek Fest, the Houston Italian Festival, and Tacolandia. You’ll also find a few bier-fueled Oktoberfest celebrations. Here are the hottest culinary happenings taking place in Houston this October.

  • Houston Corks & Forks at The Ballroom at Bayou Place | Thursday, October 3 – Join the American Cancer Society in finishing the fight against cancer at this annual gala and culinary competition. Guests can expect food tastings paired with fine wines, a competition from top local chefs, live music, spectacular live and silent auctions and more. Tickets start at $150 for individuals. 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Cocktail attire is required.
  • Korean Festival at Discovery Green | Saturday, October 5 | FREE – Head to Downtown’s Discovery Green park to get a taste of Korean culture via food and drink, arts and entertainment, music and dancing and more. The event is free and open to the public. 10am to 10pm.
  • Southern Smoke at The Hay Merchant and Georgia James | Sunday, October 6 – Drinks, charity, and smoke meet for this epic annual fundraising event from local icon Chef Chris Shepherd. Head to 1018 Westheimer, 1100 Westheimer and 1415 California to raise funds for both the National MS Society and the Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Fund, helping people in the food and beverage industry in crisis. This year’s lineup of chefs includes Aaron Franklin, Chris Cosentino, Erin Smith and Patrick Feges, Hugo Ortega, Jonny Rhodes, Justin Yu, Lyle Bento, Sarah Grueneberg and more. Tickets are $200 for general admission; $350 for VIP. 4pm to 8pm (3pm for VIP).

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