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Never again will you have to utter the words, “there is nothing going on in Houston”! Each week, we will bring you five swanky (and hand-picked) events that are sure to keep your social life in check. From art shows to culinary festivals, speakeasies, concerts, live performances, and pop-up shops, there is always something to do and to get into in H-town! Check out the fun things to do in Houston this week:

Houston Italian Festival (Thursday-Sunday, October 12th-15th)

This is the perfect outing to enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Italy! The 39th Annual Italian Festival will celebrate the culture and romance of Italy by way of Houston. This year’s festival will feature a pasta eating competition, a grape stomping contest, a bocce tournament, live music, live performances, and course, Italian food, wine, and beer. Tickets are $6 in advance.

Mixed Media Mixer (Friday, October 13th)

It’s been a long hard week and now it’s time to let loose and do some late-night partying! Make your way to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston as they kick off the return of MFAH Mixed Media! First, and up for the fall, they are celebrating “The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta”! This party comes complete with dancing, street food, and access to the new exhibit. Tickets are $22 for members and $25 for non-members.

Filipino Street Festival (Saturday, October 14th)

Gear up for the largest Filipino Street Festival in Texas! Experience how the Filipino-American community celebrates the rich culture and heritage of the Philippines with the Houston community. Just like the street festivals commonly celebrated all over the Philippines, there will be a variety of food, drinks, entertainment, vendors, activities for the entire family, and much more!

Wanderlust 108 (Saturday, October 14th)

Wanderlust 108 is the World’s Only Mindful Triathlon. Head to Buffalo Bayou Park for a day of fun activities like yoga, meditation, and a 5k run. Following the triathlon, you can choose your own mindful adventure by partaking in one scheduled activity, grabbing a healthy, organic lunch, and stopping by Wanderlust’s True North Cafe. Tickets start at $20 per person.

Butcher’s Ball (Sunday, October 15th)

With a focus on sustainable ranching practices, The Butcher’s Ball brings together Texas’s top chefs, butchers, and ranchers for a day of demonstrations, discussions, tastings, and competitions in a celebration of food, drink, music, and art. Tickets start at $100 for adults and $25 for kids 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit farms and ranches that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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