Family fun: Plan your weekend here, parents

Let's be real, kids tend to want to do the same things over and over and over again. Teens, too. But the sameness can be

Let's be real, kids tend to want to do the same things over and over and over again. Teens, too. But the sameness can be maddening to parents. Keep that in mind as you surf through our list of family-friendly events in the Houston area this weekend. There's something for all ages, and for parents too.

Houston Italian Festival

A four-day celebration of Italian of food and culture.

When: 5 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 9: 30 a.m. Sunday

Where: University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose

Tickets: $5-$25; houstonitalianfestival.com

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Circo Avenida

Witness the spectacle of acrobats and contortionists along the Avenida.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney

Information: discoverygreen.com

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs

The Rockets hit the court to play the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 1510 Polk

Tickets: $23-3,750;houstontoyotacenter.com

Night Market

Family-friendly market that includes a free look at the exhibit "Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place."

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore

Information: asiasociety.org

Moonlight Ramble

Numerous cyclists will roll through downtown Houston for this late-night ride that offers prizes for best lighted bike and best costume.

When: 8 p.m.-midnight Friday

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney

Tickets: $50-$60; bikehouston.org

Houston Filipino Street Festival

A celebration of Filipino culture featuring food, drinks and entertainment.

When: Noon-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Levy Park, 3801 Eastside

Information: fyphouston.com

The Square Live!

Live music and dancing at Memorial City Mall.

When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: 303 Memorial City Way

Information: memorialcity.com

YOUniverSOUL Fest

Outdoor event with music, yoga, art, speakers, food, centered around the themes of consciousness, community, love and universality.

When: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Midtown Park, 2811 Travis

Tickets: $55;youniversoulfest.com

Bayou City Art Festival

This two-day festival will showcase the works of over 300 artists from all over the world.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: 901 Bagby

Tickets: $5-$15;artcolonyassociation.org

Lamborghini Festival

Annual festival celebrating the iconic exotic cars. Test-driving legend Valentino Balboni will make an appearance.

When: 3-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: CityCentre, 800 Town and Country Blvd.

Information: lamborghinifestival.com

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BROOKSHIRE

Dewberry Farm

Farm features an 8-acre Corn Maze, an-acre pumpkin patch, live entertainment and fireworks.

When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: FM 362 & Morrison Road, Brookshire

Tickets: $31.82; dewberryfarm.com

CONROE

Cajun Catfish Festival

More than just fish, the fest features art, a KidZone and live music, including country star Aaron Watson.

When: 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday, noon Sunday

Where: Downtown Conroe, 101 S. Main, Conroe

Tickets: $12; conroecajuncatfishfestival.com

GALVESTON

Fall Sunset Cruise on Seagull II

Departing from the Texas Seaport Museum, guests will get a narrated exploration of Galveston's historic bay.

When: 5: 15-6: 15 p.m. Friday

Where: Texas Seaport Museum, 2200 Harborside, Galveston

Tickets: $17-$20, free for guests 5 and younger; galvestonhistory.org

ArtWalk

Enjoy a meal and cruise galleries from the Strand to Postoffice Street.

When: 6 - 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Galveston Art League 2117 Postoffice, Galveston

Information: galvestonartleague.com

Galveston Appreciation Day

Moody Gardens honors its home city's residents with free admission.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Moody Gardens, One Hope Blvd., Galveston

Information: moodygardens.com

KATY

Katy Rice Harvest Festival

Two days of live entertainment, crafts, food booths and more.

When: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Historic downtown Katy, Avenues B and C, 2nd and 3rd Streets

Tickets: $10, 10 and younger are free; riceharvestfestival.org

KEMAH

Wine Festival

Wine sampling, food and giveaways at the Boardwalk.

When: 2-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp, Kemah

Tickets: $59.95; kemahwine.com

KINGWOOD

Fall Food Truck Festival

Featuring Houston food trucks, live music, vendors and more.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Town Center Park, 8 N. Main, Kingwood

Information: facebook.com/events/502910346765110

RoSENBERG

The Bark in the Park Dog Festival

A dog's day of food trucks, dog-oriented vendor booths, dog costume contests, a dog parade and a K-9 demonstration.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Rosenberg Main Street Program, 1923 Ave. G, Rosenberg

Information: facebook.com/events/247138729125409

SUGAR LAND

Dwight Yoakam

Country star brings his hits, like "Fast as You."

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington, Sugar Land

Tickets: $49.50-$79.50; smartfinancialcentre.net

'50s Sock Hop

Nostalgic party in the plaza with Fred Astaire that includes '50s dance instructions and a contest for best themed attire.

When: 7: 30-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land

Information: sugarlandtownsquare.com

SPRING

The Great Pumpkin Market

Think orange with pumpkin painting, children activities, whiskey and wine tasting, food trucks, craft vendors and, well, pumpkins.

When: 10 a.m.Saturday

Where: Wild Stallion Vineyard, 5969 W. Rayford, Spring

Tickets: $10, 12 and younger are free; facebook.com/events/127798164429263

Halloween BYOB Retro Skate

'80s-themed roller-skate night. Bring the leg warmers.

When: 9 p.m.Saturday

Where: Champions Roller World, 5504 Fellowship Lane, Spring

Tickets: $30; facebook.com/events/323931291405926

THE WOODLANDS 

Taste of Houston Festival

A foodie festival with over 200 booths featuring eateries, artists, crafts, boutiques, family activities and food trucks.

When: 10: 30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins, The Woodlands

Tickets: $5; tasteofhoustonfest.com

Rock the Row

Local and regional bands play a variety of hits from classic rock to Motown.

When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Hughes Landing, 1900 Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands

Information: hellowoodlands.com

The Bayou City Arts Festival can paint your face, or your mood.

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