Your Artsy Things to Do This Weekend List

Cheer on your favorite Roller Derby team, ring in the Year of the Dog, rock out at a tribute concert, dig into spicy crawfish, join Saint Arnold for a pub crawl, do a little shopping, find everything you need for your big day at a bridal show, buy your tickets for a show at the theater and more.

Check below to find great things happening around Houston President’s Day weekend, from Friday, February 16 to President’s Day, Monday, February 19, 2018.

Things to Do All President’s Day Weekend

·         ReelAbilities: Houston Film Festival at Edwards Greenway Grand Palace 24 | Daily | FREE – View up to 14 films that share the stories of people with disabilities at ReelAbilities’ Houston Film Festival. Following each screening, join a discussion of the film along with the filmmaker, parents, professionals, or persons with disabilities. Times vary each day.

·         Inspire Film Festival in The Woodlands | Daily – Take part in a five-day cinematic festival featuring a variety of enlightening films that celebrate the human spirit. Each screening is followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker and subjects from the film. Tickets start at $50. Times and locations vary.

·         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 start at $26. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday and Sunday 2:30pm.

·         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. Tickets start at $15. Thursday to Saturday 8pm; Sunday 2:30pm.

·         Fetch Clay, Make Man at the Ensemble Theatre | Daily – 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. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday 8pm; Sunday 3pm.

·         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. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday 8pm; Sunday 2:30pm.

·         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. Tickets start at $39. Thursday to Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 3pm.

·         American Playground with Two Room Apartment at The MATCH | Thursday to Saturday – Immerse yourself in contemporary dance as Israeli choreographers Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor return to Houston for the Texas premiere of Two Room Apartment, followed by The Core Performance Company’s American Playground. $20. 8pm.

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

Friday, February 16, 2018

·         Stars & Stripes at The Lawn at Memorial City | FREE – Check out Memorial City’s newest green space, The Lawn, at this special event to honor our country, the military, and their families. JROTC color guard and military programs will perform patriotic tributes as a solo trumpeter plays a rotating roster of American classics. 5pm to 5:30pm.

·         University of Houston Cougars vs. Holy Cross Crusaders at Schroeder Park – Watch as the Cougars take the field to play the Crusaders at Schroeder Park. Tickets start at $24. 6:30pm.

·         Naughty or Nice Party at Howl at the Moon – Sing, dance, and drink the night away at Howl at the Moon’s Naughty or Nice Party. They’ll offer drink specials, games, plenty of tunes, and the chance to win a free happy hour for you and your friends. 7pm.

·         Marvin Gaye Night Light Vibe at 3rd Ward Tours – Cruise the city streets on brand new Dutch bikes equipped with vibrant LED lights while vibing out to songs by Marvin Gaye. Tickets start at $10. 7pm to 9pm.

·         Cinderella Movie Screening at Memorial City | FREE – Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy complimentary popcorn while you watch the live action version of Disney’s Cinderella on the big screen at Memorial City. 7pm to 9pm.

·         Esther and Jonah at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts – Take a seat for the fourth concert of Lyrica Houston’s Artful Women series season in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The two-part concert pairs Handel’s Esther with Samuel Felsted’s Jonah, for an impressive night of musical drama. Tickets start at $39. 7:30pm to 9pm.

·         Marc Anthony in Concert at Toyota Center – Catch Puerto Rican superstar and best-selling salsa artist Marc Anthony as he hits the stage at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $55. 8pm.

·         Eric Johnson in Concert at House of Blues – See Grammy award-winner Eric Johnson live at House of Blues. Expect to hear songs like “Cliffs of Dover” and “Desert Rose” from his 1990 album, Ah Via Musicom. Tickets start at $27.50. 8pm.

·         Unlock’d at Queensbury Theatre – Travel back to 18th-century England, where the story of Queensbury Theatre’s Unlock’d unfolds. The contemporary pop musical follows two sisters’ struggle for the limelight, and is based on Alexander Pope’s satirical poem, The Rape of the Lock. Tickets start at $22. 8pm.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

·         Diva Dash 5k at Pearland Town Center – Join the Pearland community for the Diva Dash 5K & Lil’ Princess Girls Run at the Pearland Town Center. Tickets range from $10 to $40. 8am.

·         Out of the Darkness Greater Houston Area Walk – Walk along the Woodlands Waterway to raise funds and awareness in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national programs. The trail ends at Town Green Park, where you’ll find a variety of kids’ activities, memorials, and food and drink for purchase. 10am to 1pm.

·         2018 Lunar New Year Festival at Chinese Community Center – Celebrate the Year of the Dog with an afternoon of food, music, and fun at the 2018 Lunar New Year Festival. The Chinese Community Center will offer musical and dance performances, artwork from local vendors, raffle prizes, and games throughout the day. Prices, times, and locations vary. 10am to 4pm.

·         Batman: Mask of the Phantasm All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Party at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park – Feel like a kid again as you watch cartoons and eat unlimited breakfast cereal during Alamo Drafthouse’s screening of Warner Brothers’ 1993 release, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. $10.83. 10:30am.

·         Recycling Saturdays at Discovery Green | FREE – Gather your sorted glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum and bring them to recycling stations provided by the City of Houston and I Recycle Glass at Discovery Green park. 11am to 2pm.

·         First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights – Browse collections of fine art with a backdrop of live tunes from local musicians at this monthly market in the heart of The Heights. Hungry shoppers can grab a bite to eat from food trucks on site. 11am to 6pm.

·         Grand Opening Paw-ty at El Gato Coffeehouse Cat Cafe – Sip cappuccino and chill with cats at El Gato Coffeehouse Cat Cafe’s Grand Opening Paw-ty. Celebrate with coffee, cake, prizes, a DJ, and adoptable cats. Tickets start at $7. Noon to 3pm.

·         Saint Arnold White Oak Pub Crawl – Grab your friends and head to White Oak for the Saint Arnold Pub Crawl. Participating bars include Fitzgerald’s, Christian’s Tailgate, Little Woodrow’s and more. 2pm to 6pm.

·         Wine on the Green at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park – Taste more than 60 local and international wines with light bites from Houston chefs during Wine on the Green at Water Works Park. All participants will receive a souvenir glass, unlimited wine and food samples, access to the spirit lounge, and entertainment. $40. 3pm to 5pm.

·         Weiner Dog Races at Sam Houston Race Park – Watch a crowd of weiner dogs take over the tracks at Sam Houston Race Park’s Weiner Dog Races. Hot dogs will be suitably on sale for $1 a dog. $7. 6pm.

·         Houston Roller Derby at Revention Music Center – Watch as two Houston Roller Derby teams go head-to-head in a bout at Revention Music Center. Tickets start at $15. 7pm.

·         Certified Funny Saturdays Comedy Show at Grooves of Houston – Enjoy drink specials while you laugh all the way through this comedy show hosted by local stand-up comedian Lil Darrel in EaDo. Tickets start at $20. 7pm.

·         Parsons Dance at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston – See this world-renowned, touring modern dance group strut their stuff on stage at Galveston’s 1894 Opera House. Tickets start at $22. 8pm.

·         Kiss Alike (KISS) and To Tame a Land (Iron Maiden) in Concert at Acadia Bar & Grill – Fulfill your love of ‘80s hair bands and heavy metal as two cover bands pay tribute to some of the greatest at Acadia Bar & Grill. Tickets start at $12. 8pm.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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

·         Chickens U Backyard Pitmaster Class at Southern Star Brewing Company – Learn first-hand the unbelievable myths and history of chicken as well as Texas pits, types of recipes, different approaches, trimming techniques, cutting and serving the perfect barbeque chicken and more at Southern Star Brewery. Tickets are $74. 11am.

·         Rodeo Clown Roundup at Karbach Brewing Co. – Runners and cheerleaders alike can celebrate the end of a 5 or 10K race with a Texas Country concert in Karbach Brewery’s lively biergarten. Stick around for performances by Stoney LaRue, Shooter Jennings, and Bob Schneider. Tickets start at $20. 2:30pm.

·         Dream Weddings Bridal Show in The Woodlands – Win your dream wedding cake, learn wedding-planning tips, watch bridal fashion shows, and meet with more than 85 vendors at the Dream Weddings Bridal Show in The Woodlands. Tickets start at $10. Noon to 5pm.

·         We Love Houston – On Bikes! at Memorial Park | FREE – Bike over to Memorial Park Rugby Field to join a guided tour around Houston, stopping at iconic sites like the “We Love Houston” sculpture, Love Park, and other trails along the bayou. 1:30pm to 4pm.

·         Go Suck Yourself: An All You Can Eat Crawfish Boil at West Alabama Ice House– Cap off your weekend with unlimited crawfish and plenty of cold beer at West Alabama Ice House. 2pm to 8pm.

·         A New Brain at Art Factory – See a deeply moving performance that explores the importance of gratitude and the healing power of art in A New Brain at Art Factory. Tickets are $25. 5pm.

·         Night Out: ROCO + Brennan’s at the MATCH – Spend Sunday night in style as the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and Brennan’s of Houston partner up for a Night Out. Start with a musical performance of ROCO Unchambered: The Wonderful English and Oz, then enjoy a quick happy half-hour at The MATCH before ending the night with a delicious dinner at Brennan’s. $80. 5pm.

President’s Day, Monday, February 19, 2018

·         Margarita Mondays at El Big Bad – Celebrate President’s Day, a day off of work, or simply making it through Monday with food specials and half-off margaritas at El Big Bad’s bi-level bar and cantina downtown. 4pm.

·         Bingo in the Biergarten at Karbach Brewing Co. – Try your luck at a classic game of bingo in Karbach Brewing Co.’s German-style biergarten. Prizes are given out to the lucky winners of every game. 6pm to 9pm.

·         Monday Night Karaoke at Darwin’s Pub – Show off your vocal skills this President’s Day after drinking discounted liquid courage at Darwin’s Pub. Singers and audience members alike can take a break from the tunes with a game of pool for just $1. 8pm.

·         Open Mic Comedy Night at Rudyard’s British Pub | FREE – Discover local comedians and laugh along as they share hilarious stories at Rudyard’s Open Mic Comedy Night. 8pm.

·         The Original Monday Night Jazz Jam at Café 4212 | FREE – Join the longest-running jazz series in Texas at Cafe 4212, where every Monday, you’ll find a lively jam session that sometimes features pop-in performances by top musicians. 8pm.