Is visiting Italy at the top of your bucket list? Because it's at the top of ours. Unfortunately, most of us won't be able to cross this off of our list anytime soon, though we might not have to go very far for a true Italian experience.

Houston is having a massive Italian festival next month and we couldn't be any more excited! A festival that will make you feel like you're actually in Italy without all of the hassle is exactly what Houstinites needed. Starting on Thursday, October 10 and going until Sunday, October 13, the Houston Italian Festival will be back in town for the 41st time. University of St. Thomas will be transformed by live music, wine and beer tastings, film screenings, pasta eating contests, and more. 

October isn't just a month for spooky festivals, but one that is perfect for hosting incredible events such as this. Admission into the event is totally free on the first day. On Friday, the admission will be free until 4 p.m. and after that it'll only be $8 for the weekend. Group pricing and an advanced food and beverage package are also options, with lots of perks included.

Once inside, activities and refreshments will all be priced differently. There'll be plenty to choose from and enjoy, and chances are you'll have to spend more than just one day at the festival. It's four days long for a reason, and we're feeling incredibly blessed. 

If festivals like these are something you're interested in, Houston is one city that does not lack in celebrating places around the world. Korean festivals, African festivals, and more are happening in the next few months. Our tastebuds are almost as excited as we are!

Houston Italian Festival

Price: Free - $8

Cuisine: Italian

Address: 3800 Montrose Blvd, Houston, Texas 77006

Why you need to go: Save your money on a trip to Italy and come to Houston instead, thanks to this fest it'll feel like practically the same thing.