Looking for some fun this weekend? Consider dropping by these festivals.
An afternoon salsa competition with a $500 grand prize is the feature event at the first Houston Margarita Festival. Other festivities at the ages-21-and-up event include a limbo contest and live music by some of the city’s top Latin bands.
When: noon-10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinneyAdmission: $25 at the gate (does not include drink tickets); drink tickets are $2 for tasters, $6 for margaritas and $8 for premium margaritas. Designated-driver tickets are available for $10. VIP tickets — good for early admission, free food and access to a $1 bar — are available for $75 at the gate.
A pasta-eating contest and a grape stomp are among the highlights of the Houston Italian Festival, an annual family affair that includes grandmother-approved meatballs and wine tastings.
When: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Where: University of St. Thomas campus, Montrose at West Alabama Admission: $8, free for ages 11 and younger
The Autumn Art & Texas Wine Fest spotlights vintages made in the Lone Star State, as well as the works of local artists. Among the wineries that will participate: Bernhardt, Fall Creek, Los Pinos and Messina Hof.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: 427 Gentry in Old Town SpringAdmission: free; tasting tickets are $25 at the gate (includes wine glass)