In a city as big as Houston, experiencing its arts, crafts, culture and food is as easy as attending local events slated for nearly every weekend in the fall.

The International Quilt Festival will be Thursday, Oct. 30 through Sunday, Nov. 2, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Professionals, hobbyists and amateurs will find something of interest at the 40th anniversary of this festival, which features fabric art displays, more than 1,000 vendor booths, and various quilting classes and lectures. Visit

October is the time for Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2014, presented by the Art Colony Association. Scheduled for Oct. 11-12, the event features 300 artists, 19 disciplines, 16 nonprofits, music, food and Creative Zones. New this year is the Bayou City After Dark, 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring concerts and cocktails. Visit

Save the date in November for the Houston Cinema Arts Festival The event will be held Nov. 12-16, presented by the Houston Cinema Arts Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering media installations, performances and innovative films.

Venues range from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to the Sundance Cinema, with additional spaces to be announced. This year’s spotlight screening will highlight Texas.

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