Love Is In the Air With This List of Things to Do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, February 9 to Sunday, February 11, 2018. 

Chow down on some mudbugs, go shopping for a Valentine’s Day gift, watch monster trucks fly, sip on fine whiskey, run around town in your skivvies, go out to brunch, kick off of the Houston Rodeo festivities and more.

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, February 9 to Sunday, February 11, 2018.

Things to Do All Weekend

·         Men on Boats at Main Street Theater | Daily – Take your seat for a 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. Thursday and Friday are preview nights and the opening night is on Saturday. Tickets start at $10.

·         Leap and the Net Will Appear at The MATCH | Daily – Follow one woman’s theatrical, time-hopping search for love, adventure, and self-understanding in The Catastrophic Theatre’s performance of Leap and the Net Will Appear, by Chana Porter. Suggested donation of $40.

·         An Enemy of the People at Chelsea Market | Daily – Take your seat for An Enemy of the People, a story about the personal responsibility of a small town doctor who discovers that his town’s local baths have been contaminated, but struggles to speak out because of a corrupt government, at Chelsea Market. Catch a preview on Thursday, or wait until opening night on Friday. $25; $15 for students and seniors.

·         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.

·         The Great Society at Alley Theatre | Daily – The tumultuous beginning of Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency was dramatized by Robert Schenkkan in his Tony Award-winning play All the Way, seen in an Alley Theatre production last season, and LBJ’s journey continues in the second part, The Great Society. Tickets range from $26 to $89.

·          The Barber of Seville at the Resilience Theatre at George R. Brown Convention Center | Thursday and Saturday – 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 both nights.

·         Duo at the Rec Room | Thursday to Saturday – Enjoy an evening of duets performed by MetDance dancers at the Rec Room. Tickets start at $22. 8pm nightly.

·         Houston Sports Collectors Show at NRG Park | Friday to Sunday – Snag autographs from your favorite athletes, sports memorabilia, trading cards, and other collector’s items at Houston’s 32nd annual Collectors Show at NRG Park.

·         Houston RV Show at NRG Center | Friday to Sunday – Check out more than 600 campers, motor homes, RVs, and boats at Texas’ largest RV show, held at NRG Center. Tickets start at $12.

·         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.

·          Monster Jam at NRG Stadium | Saturday and Sunday – Watch the high-flying, eardrum-rattling action of these gargantuan trucks at the Monster Jam at NRG Stadium. Tickets start at $15.

·          2nd Annual Crawfish Kick-off Festival at McIntyre’s | Saturday and Sunday – Head out to McIntyre’s for a generous helping of crawfish, cold beer, and live country music. Purchase a commemorative mug to receive discounts on Bud Light and Cruzan Rum frozen drinks throughout the weekend.

Friday, February 9, 2018

·         Opening Reception: Light Charmer at HCCC | FREE – Watch a series of artistic performances and sip complimentary Buffalo Bayou brews at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s winter/spring opening reception. Performances include an interactive light show, open studios, and a Star Wars-esque neon sword fight. 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

·         Pause with Kam Franklin + Lisa E. Harris at Discovery Green | FREE – Musicians Kam Franklin and Lisa E. Harris fuse song and spoken word in this interactive performance at the current winter art installation Hello Trees! A Walking Serenade at Discovery Green. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

·         Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center – Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the Nuggets at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $20. 7pm.

·         We Love Houston Art Show & Singles Bash at RockStar Gallery – Mix, mingle, and maybe find a match before Valentine’s Day at this pop-up event with light bites, brews from Saint Arnold, margaritas, palm readings, ice breaker games, massage therapy, and more. $15. 7pm to 10pm.

·         The Lego Ninjago Movie Screening at Memorial City | FREE – Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy complimentary popcorn while you watch the animated Lego Ninjago Movie on the big screen at Memorial City. 7pm.

·         It’s Not Me, It’s You: Anti-Valentines Art Show at Insomnia Gallery | FREE –Check romance at the door when you enter the opening reception of It’s Not Me, It’s You, a collection of art and photography from more than 30 local artists. 7pm to 11pm.

·         The Music Box Theater presents 2017 Year in Review – Say goodbye, or good riddance, to 2017, as The Music Box Theater takes you back through the year’s biggest trends, news, and pop culture events, delivering loads of laughs along the way. Tickets start at $29. 7:30pm.

·         Houston Corks and Forks at The Corinthian – Taste fine food and wine pairings prepared by some of Houston’s top chefs as they compete in the Houston Corks and Forks third annual culinary competition, which benefits the American Cancer Society. Tickets start at $125. 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

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

·         Alejandro Escovedo in Concert at Heights Theater – Experience this unique, two-part performance by musician and activist Alejandro Escovedo, in partnership with Prevent Cancer Foundation. The first half of the show recreates Escovedo’s 2001 album, A Man Under the Influence, while the second half features covers and dedications to those affected by cancer. Tickets start at $22. 8pm.

·         Fetch Clay, Make Man at the Ensemble Theatre – Grab a seat at Ensemble Theatre for a performance of Fetch Clay, Make Man, a play about the friendship between boxer Muhammad Ali and actor Stepin Fetchit. $23. 8pm.

·         DILLAgence (J. Dilla) at Warehouse Live (Ballroom)  Pay tribute to producer J. Dilla at this concert from DJ SoulOne at Warehouse Live. Tickets start at $15. 8pm.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

·         Midtown in Motion at Bagby Park | FREE – Get moving as instructor Roz Jones leads you through a High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class, followed by a Yoga Flow class at Bagby Park. All fitness levels welcome. 9:30am.

·         Flowerpalooza at Emerson Rose – Shop all things floral at Pop Shop America’s Flowerpalooza shopping event at Emerson Rose on 19th Street. You’ll find fresh-flower bouquets, handmade flower crowns, and plenty of succulents, just in time for Valentine’s Day. 10am to 4pm.

·         Chili Cook-Off at Memorial City – Savor chili tastings at Memorial City Mall as restaurants and residents alike compete for the title of the best cup of chili in Houston. $15. 11am to 2pm.

·         2018 Rodeo In the Park at the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic | FREE – Round up your young cowboys and cowgirls for some free rodeo fun and treats as the Houston General Go Texan Committee of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo host the 2018 Rodeo In the Park at the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Main Campus. 11am to 3pm.

·         The Market at Sawyer Yards | No Cover – Shop a curated selection of specialty foods, folk art and artisan crafts during this market hosted by The Washington Avenue Arts District. 11am to 5pm.

·         Cupid’s Undie Run at Fuego’s Saloon – Strip down and run through the Heights in your undies to raise money for a good cause in this wildly popular Valentine’s Day-themed event. $40. Noon to 4pm.

·         2018 Cupid’s Crawl Pub Run at Kung Fu Saloon – Grab your valentine, or your friends, and run down Washington Ave. during Cupid’s Crawl Pub Run. Enjoy a free beer at each bar, and win prizes for being the best dressed or the fastest finisher. $45. Noon to 5pm.

·         2018 Karbach Cookoff at Lucky’s Pub – Stuff your face with unlimited samples in the categories of chili, chicken, and open dish, while dancing to music from headliners Big & Rich at Karbach’s annual Cook-off event. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Houston Fire Department and local firefighters. Tickets start at $60. Noon to 10:30pm.

·         EastEndBikeRide: 4th Annual Love Ride | FREE – Don your pinks, reds, and purples for this social bike ride, which will lead you to various love-themed murals throughout the East End and around the city. 1pm to 6pm.

·         Heights Mercantile Valentine’s Market | No Cover – Heights Mercantile hosts a pop-up Valentine’s market on the promenade. Local vendors will join the Heights Mercantile shops on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day. Vendors will be offering including candles, bath products, greeting cards, jewelry, baked goods, paper flowers, and more. 1pm to 5pm.

·         Mardi Gras Annual Pub Crawl in Downtown – Put your beads on and enjoy drinks from bars like Dean’s, El Big Bad, Batanga and more in Downtown at the Annual Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. Tickets start at $15. 3pm to 10pm.

·         Honey Bunnies 39 at Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon – Join Bunnies on the Bayou at Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon for their 39th Honey Bunnies celebration to benefit local LGBTQ charities. Expect high-energy dance music and specialty cocktails at this annual event. $5. 4pm to 7pm.

·         Tapas on the Trails at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center – Impress your Valentine with a romantic walk through the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, stopping for Spanish-inspired tapas with wine and beer tastings along the trail. $75. 5pm to 9pm.

·         The Magic of Adam Trent at Jones Hall – Watch as Adam Trent combines magic, comedy, and music for this entertaining family-friendly show at Jones Hall. Tickets start at $39. 5:30pm and 8:30pm.

·         Saint Arnold’s Mardi Gras Ball – Bust out your beads for Saint Arnold’s Mardi Gras Ball, featuring music from the Bayou City Brass Band, beer, and a buffet of Cajun and Creole classics like jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice, and King Cake. $50. 6pm to 9pm.

·         Love U 2 Death II: A Valentine’s Market and Dance Party at Arka Art – Find one-of-a-kind handmade gifts, arts, and crafts in this Valentine-themed market at Arka Art. Stick around to see the gallery transform into a colorful dance party with video games, a masseuse and other forms of entertainment. $10. 7pm.

·         Lana Del Rey in Concert at Toyota Center – “Summertime Sadness” singer Lana Del Rey heads to Houston in support of her Grammy-nominated album, Lust for Life. Del Rey will be joined by Latin R&B artist Kali Uchis at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $39.50.  8pm.

·         Peridance Contemporary Dance Company Performance at Evelyn R. Rubenstein Jewish Community Center – Watch a performance from the innovative collective, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Tickets start at $20. 8pm.

·         Women Rock! A Benefit Concert at Rudyard’s – Rock out to a line-up of female-led bands like Lazer Kittenz and Mydolls at the Women Rock! Concert at Rudyard’s British Pub, benefitting Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company. Other female-owned businesses and service organizations will be in attendance. Tickets start at $10. 8:30pm.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

·         Open Meditation at Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern – Practice a self-guided meditation or yoga in the historic and serene Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. $5. 11am.

·         Valentine Market at Elizabeth Baldwin Park – Forget flowers and chocolates and gift your Valentine with a unique piece of local art from the Valentine Market at Elizabeth Baldwin Park. 11am to 5pm.

·         Valentine’s Edition Pop-Up at Aurora Art Studio | No Cover – Browse handmade soaps, jewelry, art and crafts, food items, and home decor at Aurora Art Studio’s Valentine’s Edition Pop-Up. The pop-up will feature live music and giveaways throughout the day. 11am to 5pm.

·         North Main Valentine’s Market at El Bambi – Munch on eats from Morningstar then indulge in Dolce Neve gelato while shopping for your S.O. at this Valentine’s Market at El Bambi. The market will offer a variety of locally sourced items, such as clothing, food, and artwork. Noon to 4pm.

·         Eado Vintage Fest: 2nd Sundays – Browse vintage clothing, antique furniture, decor, and handmade goods at this monthly festival in EaDo. Noon to 6pm.

·         Valentine’s Beer and Cheese Tasting at Saint Arnold Brewing Company – Celebrate your love of beer and cheese at St. Arnold’s Valentine’s tasting event. Admission includes tastings of five different types of both beer and cheese. $30. 1pm to 3pm.

·         Mean Girls Movie Screening at Karbach Brewing Co. | FREE –Watch, quote, and laugh along with this hilarious teen comedy with a Karbach brew in hand. It will be fetch. 5pm to 9pm.

·         Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center – Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the Mavs at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $24. 6pm.

·         Valentine’s Dance & Romantic Dinner for Two at Maggiano’s – Indulge in a romantic dinner for two, along with wine, dancing, and live music from Van Lang at Maggiano’s Italian restaurant in Post Oak. Tickets cost $85 per couple. 6pm to 10pm.