Mardi Gras Celebrations Start This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, February 1 to Sunday, February 4, 2018. 

Kick off your Mardi Gras celebrations, get ready for the Super Bowl, see a stand up show, celebrate Groundhog Day at a movie screening, listen to your favorite artists perform live, and more.

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, February 2 to Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Things to Do All Weekend

·         School of Rock The Musical at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Daily – Sing along to your favorite songs from the film School of Rock and watch the storyline come to life on stage at the Hobby Center. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday 2pm and 8pm; Sunday 2pm.

·         Alma en Venta (Soul on Sale) at Stages Repertory Theatre | Daily – Put on by Stages Repertory Theatre, the regional premiere of Alma en Venta takes the audience on a journey to see how a Latino artist brings his canvas to life. $36. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday 2:30pm and 8pm; Sunday 2:30pm.

·         Fetch Clay, Make Man at the Ensemble Theatre | Daily – Get a first look at Fetch Clay, Make Man, a play about the friendship between boxer Muhammad Ali and actor Stepin Fetchit, at one of three preview shows at Ensemble Theatre. $23. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday 2pm and 8pm; Sunday 3pm.

·         Katt Williams Live at NRG | Friday and Saturday – Laugh all the way through comedian Katt Williams’s show as part of his Conspiracy Theory Tour. He’ll be live at NRG on back-to-back nights. 8pm both days.

·         The 107th Celebration of Mardi Gras Galveston | Friday to Sunday – Throw beads at the largest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas with elaborate parades, concerts, balcony parties, masked balls, a 5K run, family events, and lots of eating and drinking. Prices, times, and locations vary.

·         Hello Trees! at Discovery Green | Daily | FREE – Stroll through Discovery Green’s temporary art installation Hello Trees! and watch/listen as your voice message is transformed into light and music.

Friday, February 2, 2018

·         Arts in the Afternoon: A Cultural Journey through India at the Evelyn R. Rubenstein Jewish Community Center – Rathna Kumar and Venugopal Josyula will take you on a cultural journey, performing classical and folk dances from different regions of South India as part of Dance Month. Tickets start at $8. 1pm.

·         Youth Poetry Performance Session at Discovery Green | FREE – Bring your teenager, aged 13 to 19, to Discovery Green for a free writing and performance workshop with professional poets. 6:30pm to 8pm.

·         Groundhog Day Movie Screening at City Acre Brewing Co. – Celebrate Groundhog Day by watching the 1993 film Groundhog Day and enjoying breakfast for dinner at City Acre Brewing in North Houston. 7pm.

·         Mardi Gras Mixers & Elixirs at Houston Museum of Natural Science – Put on your fanciest masquerade mask, grab your beads, and head to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for their Mardi Gras-themed Mixers & Elixirs party featuring DJs, a cash bar, and food trucks. Tickets start at $15. 7pm.

·         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.

·         Walk the Moon in Concert at House of Blues – Rock out with Walk the Moon when their Press Restart Tour comes to Houston for a show at House of Blues. Tickets start at $37.50. 8pm.

·         Well at Studio 101 – Take your seat for this show that explores the ideas of health, illness, mind over body, and social activism, produced by Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company at Studio 101. $25. 8pm.

·         Barry Manilow in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – Award winning singer Barry Manilow will perform songs from his latest album This is My Town: Songs of New York at Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land. Tickets start at $19.95. 8pm.

·         ComedySportz Match Improv Show at CSz Arena – Crack up as you participate in this interactive improv show from ComedySportz. $20. 8pm.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

·         Cars in the Park: Classics & Exotics at Evelyn’s Park – Marvel at exquisite cars with the whole family at this classic and exotic car show at Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire. 8:30am to 10:30am.

·         Kids 1st Saturday at The Breakfast Klub – The Breakfast Klub pulls out all the stops for your little ones at this monthly event featuring a moonwalk, face painting, and arts and crafts. 10am.

·         Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K in Galveston – Dress up and hit the streets of Galveston’s historic Strand District for this Mardi Gras-themed 5k. Registration starts at $35. 11am.

·         First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights  Browse artwork and enjoy delicious bites and live music at the First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. 11am to 6pm.

·         Make Valentines at CAMH – Make your own Valentine’s Day cards, inspired by artist Christopher Knowles’s text-based works, at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. 2pm to 4pm.

·         HeART Stroll at Silver Street – Shop for jewelry, artwork, and photography while you enjoy sweet treats, live music, and a photo booth at Silver Street. 2pm to 7pm.

·         Abita Crawfish Boil at Flying Saucer Sugar Land – Say cheers with Abita beer in the bottle or on draft while you chow down on crawfish and all the fixings at Flying Saucer in Sugar Land. 2pm to 9pm.

·         8th Annual Wine Walk at Winter Street Studios – Taste more than 10 Spanish wines and enjoy small bites, local art, and live music at this Wine Walk hosted by Houston Boxer Rescue. $35. 3pm to 5:30pm.

·         Game Night Cooking Class at Central Market – Make sure you’re ready to host a Super Bowl party, and learn to make New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp, chipotle honey-glazed chicken wings, and mini-goat cheese & fig tarts. $60. 6:30pm to 9pm.

·         Yachty Gras at Kemah Boardwalk – Head to Kemah for a Mardi Gras-themed boat parade on the water with games, food, and drinks for the whole family. 7pm to 10pm.

·         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 start at $25. 7:30pm.

·         Kid Rock in Concert at Toyota Center – Jam to music from Kid Rock on his American Rock N’ Roll Tour 2017 with openers A Thousand Horses at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $39.50. 7:30pm.

·         The Barber of Seville at the Resilience Theatre at George R. Brown Convention Center  Houston Grand Opera brings this classic story to life at their new home in the George R. Brown Convention Center. Tickets start at $25. 7:30pm.

·         Carnival: The Mardi Gras Ball at Rich’s Houston  Put on your gold, green, and purple and lots of beads for this Mardi Gras-style party at the LGBT-friendly nightclub, Rich’s. No cover before 11pm.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

·         East End Farmers Market on Navigation – Shop fresh vegetables and artisan goods from seven local farms and a variety of vendors at the East End Farmers Market on Navigation. 10am to 2pm.

·         Open Meditation at Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern – Find your inner calm through self-guided meditation or yoga in Buffalo Bayou Park’s underground cistern. $5. 11am to noon.

·         Super Bowl LII Tailgates and Parties Around Greater Houston – Get ready for the big game with day-drinking tailgates and evening viewing parties at popular stops around Greater H-Town. Events start as early as 11am and continue all day into the wee hours of the morning.

·         Super Beef Sunday at Saint Arnold Brewery – Kick off game day with heaps of smoked meat, courtesy of Central Texas’ Louie Mueller BBQ, along with local joints Feges BBQ and Victorian’s Barbecue. Tickets include pitmaster tastings, beer, and a commemorative pint glass, while brisket and beef rib racks are available for purchase. $50. 11am to 2pm.

·         Super Bowl 52 Viewing Party at Lucky’s Pub – Make your way to Lucky’s Pub in EaDo for a Super Bowl Viewing Party that features drink specials, games, crawfish, and raffle prizes at the end of each hour. If you reserve your seats in advance starting at $50, you will receive a gift card for $50 when you arrive. 11am to midnight.

·         Super Bowl Crawfish Sunday at Lincoln Bar | No Cover – Spend your Super Bowl Sunday at Lincoln Bar on Washington Ave where they will have plenty of drinks, live music, and mudbugs. Food and drinks are on you. Noon.

·         Chimney Rock Market in West Houston | FREE – Held on the first and third Sunday of the month near Anderson Park, Chimney Rock Market showcases art, gifts, produce, artisanal food, and refreshments. Noon to 4pm.

·         Houston Symphony presents Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé at Jones Hall – Bask in the sounds of conductor Fabien Gabel’s latest program, featuring French and American classics like John Corigliano’s “Conjurer.” Show up early for the pre-concert discussion, which sometimes features orchestra members or guest artists. Tickets start at $23. 2:30pm.

·         Preview Performance of Men on Boats at Main Street Theater – Take your seat for the first performance of Men on Boats, a story about 10 explorers traveling the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon on 4 boats, playing at Main Street Theater. Tickets start at $10. 3pm.

·         Super Bowl LII Tailgate and Viewing Party at Capitol Bar in Midtown – Celebrate at the Eagles face off against the Patriots on two massive projection screens and 12 large televisions. There will be happy hour drink specials throughout the game, plus food from Creole St. Kitchen and JonJon’s Hotdogs. No cover. 4pm to midnight.

·         Third Annual Super Watch Party at Karbach Brewing – Up your game-watching this Super Bowl Sunday with an elaborate feast, complete with a Frito pie station, suckling pig, carving station, and potato bar. Between cheers, wash it all down with $3 pints of select Karbach brews. $35. 4:30pm to 10:30pm.