Find the perfect things to do in Houston MLK weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, January 12 to MLK Day, Monday, January 15, 2018.
Take advantage of your long weekend with MLK parades and celebrations, a Selena tribute concert, Galveston Restaurant Week, play in a ton (actually 75 tons) of snow, sample all of the gumbo, compete in or cheer on the runners of the Chevron Houston Marathon, and more.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston MLK weekend, from Friday, January 12 to MLK Day, Monday, January 15, 2018.
Friday, January 12, 2018
• Karbach Beer Dinner at Tony Mandola’s – Nosh on a menu of Gulf Coast cuisine accompanied by Karbach Brewery beer pairings at the restaurant. 6pm to 9pm.
• Women of Winter Street Art Exhibition | FREE – Enjoy an opening reception got the 30+ women tenant artists and see works of painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and more at Winter Street Studios. 6pm to 9pm.
• 2017 Year in Review at The Music Box Theater – Laugh and reminisce as the cast of Music Box Theater highlights the most memorable moments of 2017 at their theater in Upper Kirby. Tickets start at $29. 7:30pm.
• The Fifth Element Movie Party at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park – Don’t forget your multi-pass and enjoy this immersive movie party for the sci-fi movie, The Fifth Element at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park. Tickets are $12.99 per person. 7:30pm.
• Selena Tribute Show: Siempre Selena in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – Hear songs like “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Como La Flor” when Siempre Selena pays tribute to the Tejana queen, Selena, at this concert at White Oak Music Hall. Tickets start at $10. 7:30pm.
• The Best of Enemies at A.D. Players Theater – This historical play, based on the bestselling book by Osha Gray Davidson, will take you through the desegregation of Durham, North Carolina in 1971 on stage at A.D. Players Theater. Tickets range from $20 to $70. 7:30pm.
• Tickets start at $25. 7:30pm.
• Bettye Lavette in Concert at The Heights Theater – R&B singer Bettye Lavette brings her soulful sound to Houston for a show at The Heights Theater. Tickets start at $22. 8pm.
• Kirill Gerstein Plays Brahms at Jones Hall – Kirill Gerstein will perform Brahms’ powerful “Piano Concerto No. 1” live at Jones Hall. Tickets start at $23. 8pm.
• Will Carter Band in Concert at Firehouse Saloon – Tap your feet to country tunes from Will Carter Band at Firehouse Saloon. Tickets start at $12. 9pm.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
• BCO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride at Onion Creek Cafe | FREE – Meet up with Bayou City Outdoors at Onion Creek in the Heights before heading off on a 15-mile bike ride to the Downtown Farmer’s Market and back. 8:30am to noon.
• Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale at Houston Community College West Loop – Pick out temperate, tropical, and/or citrus fruit trees from an extensive selection at the 18th Annual Fruit Tree Sale hosted by Urban Harvest. 9am to 1pm.
• Cups for Y’all Pop-Up Sale at HCCC – Stop by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft to shop for handmade ceramic cups and mugs from artists around the country. 10am to 5pm.
• Snow Day in Baytown | FREE – Bring the kids to play in 75 tons of snow, slide down an eight-foot or twelve-foot slide, or tube down the bunny hill at Baytown’s 3rd Annual Snow Day in Town Square. 10am to 6pm.
• The Market at Sawyer Yards in the Washington Avenue Arts District – Shop a curated selection of specialty foods, folk art, and artisan crafts at the monthly market. 11am to 5pm.
• Annual MLK Youth Parade in Midtown – Head to Midtown to march in (or watch) the 12th Annual MLK Youth Parade featuring 10 parade floats and 20 marching bands. Noon.
• Houstonia Gumbo Smackdown in Sugar Land – Sample various gumbo recipes from some of the best restaurants in Houston at this all-you-can-eat cook-off with beer and live music at Sugar Land’s Town Square. Tickets start at $20. Noon to 3pm.
• Hops n’ Hot Sauce Festival at SpindleTap Brewery – Celebrating National Hot Sauce Day and benefiting local charity Curefest, this indoor event will also have a kids area with a bounce house, silent auction, live entertainment from local artist Gary Kyle, and a hot pepper eating contest with a $250 cash prize. Cover charge at the door. Noon to 8pm.
• Houston Cougars vs. University of Connecticut Huskies Women’s Basketball at H&PE Arena – The highly talented, first-ranked women’s basketball team from UConn visits Houston for a game against the Coogs. Tickets start at $3. 2pm.
• Pearland MLKCC Celebration of Unity Festival | FREE – Continue the recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, with the community and enjoy cultural performances, live music, kid’s activities, food, speakers, and other activities. 3pm to 7pm.
• Monster Energy AMA Supercross at NRG Stadium – Watch bikes fly high and zip through a tough course at NRG in this competition. Tickets start at $28. 6:30pm.
• Modern Greek Cooking Class with Helen at Central Market – Chef William Wright, of Helen Greek Food & Wine and Helen in the Heights, will lead this class on how to make Greek dishes including feta mousse, citrus and fennel salad, and tipiti at Central Market. $65. 6:30pm to 9pm.
• Violinist Rob Landes in Concert at Charles Bender Performing Arts Center – Head to Humble for a unique concert from boundary-breaking violinist Rob Landes at the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center. $15. 7pm.
• Chippendales 2018 at House of Blues – The fellas of Chippendales are heading to Houston for a rowdy show at House of Blues as part of their About Last Night Tour. Tickets start at $25. 7:30pm.
• Blues Brothers Revue at The Grand – Take your seat and enjoy this entertaining evening from the Blues Brothers, Kieron Lafferty (Elwood Blues) and Wayne Catania (Jake Blues), at The Grand in Galveston. Tickets start at $25. 8pm.
• The Late Show: Bathtub Full of Gin at Prohibition Supperclub – You’re in for a sexy, booze-filled evening when the Moonlight Dolls take the stage for this 1920’s show at Prohibition Supperclub. Tickets start at $20. 11:30pm.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
• Chevron Houston Marathon in Downtown – Run, volunteer or stop by to support runners during the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon that winds through Houston, beginning and ending in Downtown. Registration starts at $150. 6:45am.
• Marathon Watch Party at Urban Eats – Head to Urban Eats and cheer marathon runners on from the patio and terrace while keeping warm with artisan breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and coffee. 7am.
• Quince & Bridal Expo at NRG – Find everything you need for a Quinceanera or wedding at this massive expo at NRG. Tickets start at $12. 12pm to 6pm.
• Family Fun Day at The MATCH | FREE – Bring the whole fam out to The MATCH for character visits from Main Street Theater, kid-friendly musical concerts, dance performances, face painting, balloon artists, a bounce house, and more. 1pm to 4pm.
• Peter and The Wolf Concert at the Houston Zoo – Don’t miss this rendition of Sergei Prokofiev’s classic tale “Peter and The Wolf”, collaboration between the River Oak Chamber Orchestra and Horse Head Theatre Company. Included with admission. 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm.
• Houston Dynamo JR Academy at Memorial City | FREE – Boys and girls aged 5 to 10 can learn soccer skills at this development training session at Memorial City. 3pm to 5pm.
• MLK Battle of the Bands Competition at W.W. Thorne Stadium – More than 20 high school marching bands from around the country will face off in this competition at W.W. Thorne Stadium. 4pm to 8pm.
• Harry Potter-Themed Art Show at Texas Art Asylum – See the Harry Potter franchise in a whole new light when the Texas Art Asylum shows Harry Potter-themed works from local artists in this show. 5pm.
• Grease Sing-Along at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park – Sing along to your favorite songs from the 1987 musical Grease at this movie party at Alamo Drafthouse. $12.99. 6pm.
MLK Day, Monday, January 15, 2018
• MLK Day at Children’s Museum of Houston – Listen to uplifting words by Gardere’s oratory speech winner, march down Kid’s Hall in celebration of civil rights, and hear the “I Have a Dream” speech at the Children’s Museum’s MLK Day Celebration. $5.
• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Breakfast at George R. Brown Convention Center – The North Houston Frontiers Club hosts its 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Breakfast at the George R Brown Convention Center. $50. 8am.
• 40th Annual MLK Jr. Parade & Celebration at Minute Maid Park | FREE – March in honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 40th Annual MLK Jr. Parade at Minute Maid Park in Downtown, presented by The Black Heritage Society Organization. 10am.
• 24th Annual MLK Grande Parade | FREE – Meet near the HCC Central Campus and march in this annual parade that celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr. 10am.
• Zumba at Levy Park | FREE – Get moving at this free one hour Zumba class at Levy Park. 11am.
• MLK Day Audio Installation at Rothko Chapel | FREE – In honor of MLK Day, the Rothko Chapel will play various speeches from his life throughout the afternoon. 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm.
• Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at Rothko Chapel – Listen in on this lecture and conversation from guest speakers about the power of symbols in society today at Rothko Chapel. 7pm.
• Black Label Society and Corrosion of Conformity at House of Blues – Head bang to music from heavy metal band Black Label Society’s latest album Grimmest Hits at this concert in Downtown. Tickets start at $30. 7:30pm.