5th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival @ Saengerfest Park Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 23rd and Strand, Galveston
Spend your weekend in Galveston at the 5th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival. The weekend is filled with events and activities where you can sample shrimp creations, as during the Gumbo Stroll on Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. Walk around The Strand sampling gumbo from more than 80 teams; tickets cost $12 and include admission into the Gumbo Stroll as well as a tasting cup to sample all the gumbo your stomach can hold. Sunday includes a Pint Jockey's Sunday Funday Pub Crawl where you will visit four bars featuring a particular brewery. Pick up one playing card at each of the stops: Stuttgarden will feature Rahr & Sons; Board Game Island will have Southern Star; Murphy's Irish Pub will serve Karbach; and Brew's Brothers will have Saint Arnold. The last stop is at Saengerfest Park serving Ziengenbock.
King's Oktoberfest @ King's Biergarten & Restaurant Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday noon to 9 p.m. 1329 E Broadway, Pearland
King's Biergarten and Restaurant will host its 4th Annual King's Oktoberfest this weekend filled with lots of German beers, food and dancing. General admission tickets cost $10 each day. Celebrate the Ceremonial Keg Tapping at 7 p.m. on Friday and sip on a selection of German beers throughout the whole weekend ($6 half-liters, $12 liters), such as Hofbrau's Oktoberfest, Dunkel and Hefeweizen, and a limited batch of Paulaner Oktoberfest. King's will also sell sausages, German pretzels, homemade sauerkraut and an eight-hour smoked pork loin. Participate in or watch the Bavarian Strongman Competition on Friday and Saturday held every hour from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. Don't forget to enter into the raffle for a chance to win an all-inclusive trip for two to the Oktoberfest 2015 in Munich, Germany.
Fall Brew Fest @ Baker St. Pub & Grill - Cypress Saturday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 25618 Northwest Freeway
Fall Brew Fest will take place this Saturday at the Cypress Baker St. Pub & Grill from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per person and include 16 four-ounce samples of any beer available during the fest; you'll also receive a commemorative cup. Sip on Wasatch Black O'Lantern, No Label Black-Wit O, All Tech Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel and many more. Pair any brews with pretzels and German sausage platters to complete your fall brew festival experience.
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The World's End Pub Crawl @ The Phoenix on Westheimer Saturday, 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. 1915 Westheimer
The Phoenix on Westheimer will host The World's End Pub Crawl on Saturday from 2 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. General admission tickets cost $20 per person, or $80 for a group of five (the price of four tickets). This isn't your typical pub crawl though. There are 12 stops on what The Phoenix has deemed "The Golden Mile." Meet at The Phoenix at 2 p.m., and beginning at 3 p.m. work your way down Westheimer stopping at Empire Cafe, Agora, Poison Girl, Pistolero's, Boondocks, Stone's Throw, Etro Lounge, Catbirds, Royal Oak and Hay Merchant. Think you can make it to the end? Each ticket grants you one T-shirt, a punch card to fill out at each stop, discounted drinks at the participating locations and admission to The Phoenix After Party featuring two kegs, free food and door prizes. A bus will take everyone back to The Phoenix for the after party.
Downtown Houston Food Tour Saturday, 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Main Street and Texas Avenue
Go on a food tour of downtown Houston this Saturday from 4 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Houston Culinary Tours will take you on a walking tour to a selection of restaurants (not to be revealed until the tour) where you will enjoy samples of food prepared by those locations' chefs. Once you purchase your $59 ticket, you will be informed of the exact address to meet. Hint: It's going to be somewhere downtown. You might enjoy tapas-style food, Tex-Mex cuisine, craft beers or something locally-sourced. You'll just have to wait and see.