7 events to discover this fall in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose areas


Nine chefs will compete at the Houston Risotto Festival to raise funds for Second Servings of Houston. (Courtesy of the International Risotto Festival)

A number of events are expected to take place in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose areas this fall, including some holiday celebrations.

November 6: Give the boot to cancer during the annual walk

MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Boot Walk to End Cancer will be held virtually. Participants will walk in their own neighborhood and are encouraged to wear boots during the 1.2 mile walk. Registration is free and there is no minimum fundraising. 9h free. www.mdanderson.org/bootwalk

November 14: Meet an award-winning composer

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church invites composer Howard Goodall to conduct the premiere of his new choral work “Unconditional Love”. 7 p.m. Free. St. Luke United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road, Houston. 713-622-5710. www.stlukesmethodist.org

November 14: Taste Italian cuisine

Nine chefs will compete at the Houston Risotto Festival to raise funds for Second Servings of Houston. The event also includes wine, music, exotic cars, a charity auction, and activities for the kids. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. $ 100 to $ 175. Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road, Houston. 713-864-2660. www.risottofestival.com

Worth the trip — Nov. 11-14: Stop by the Houston Vacation Market

The Nutcracker Market is back in person this year after going virtual in 2020. Highlights include a Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show on November 11, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Nov 11-12), 10 a.m. at 6 p.m. (Nov. 13), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Nov. 14). $ 18 (in advance), $ 20 (at the door). NRG Center, 1 NRG Parkway, Houston. 713-535-3231. www.houstonballet.org

November 19-21 Discover the first Bayou City ComicCon

Comic book fans are invited to Bayou City ComicCon, with panels featuring film and voice actors, comic book artists and publishers, among others. The event also includes a cosplay contest and an art contest. 3 pm-9pm (Nov 19), 10 am-8pm (Nov 20), 11 am-6pm (Nov 21). $ 20- $ 60 (daily admission). The Westin Galleria Houston, 5060 W. Alabama St., Houston. www.bayoucitycomiccon.com

November 20: Join other dessert fans at the Thanksgiving Race

Hosted by Houston Running Co. and Karbach Brewing Co., the Great Houston Pie Run features a timed run accompanied by beer and pie in a post-event celebration. 7:30 am (5K and 10K start), 9:30 am (family walk start). $ 40 (5K and 10K), $ 20 (walk). King’s BierHaus, 2044 E. TC Jester Blvd., Houston. www.houstonrunningco.com

26 Nov-Dec 24: Create gift jewelry for Christmas

The Jewelry Instructor’s Pearl Bar will host their annual tasting, buying and creating workshops, which will allow attendees to purchase handcrafted jewelry and create customizable gifts. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Craft gift workshop starting at $ 25. The Jewelry Instructor’s Bead Bar, 1824 Spring St., Ste. 105, Houston. 713-814-5140. www.thejewelryinstructor.com

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