Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, February 23 to Sunday, February 25, 2018.
See celebrities ballroom dance, run a colorful 5K, take an educational cruise down the bayou, celebrate Creole Mardi Gras, jam out to live reggae music, dance and dine at a black-tie ball, watch a free movie in the park and more.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, February 23 to Sunday, February 25, 2018.
Shows & Things to Do All Weekend
· Memphis at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Daily – See the Tony-award winning musical that follows a tale of forbidden love set in the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll. The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts presents Memphis, featuring a score by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan. Tickets start at $30. Showtimes vary.
· 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. Showtimes vary.
· 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 are $25.
· 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. Showtimes vary.
· Leap and the Net Will Appear at 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. Showtimes vary.
· World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest at NRG Park | Thursday to Saturday –Kick off the 2018 Houston Rodeo with a three-day barbecue contest at NRG Park. This annual event brings more than 250 teams to compete for the best ribs, brisket, sausage and the like. Private tents are invite-only, but everyone can enjoy live music from Kevin Fowler and Roger Creager, carnival rides, and games. Tickets start at $5. Showtimes vary.
· Sherlock Holmes and the Spinsters of Blackmead at Theatre Suburbia | Friday and Saturday – Watch a mystery unfold as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson attempt to solve a slew of murders in Suburbia Theatre’s performance of Sherlock Holmes and the Spinsters of Blackmead. Tickets are $16. 8:30pm both nights.
· Lunar New Year Houston 2018 at the Viet Hoa Center | Saturday and Sunday | No Cover – This two-day outdoor festival and market will feature lions and dragons in performance, along with live music, food, and local vendors to ring in the Year of the Dog. All are invited to this celebration of all of the Asian cultures represented in Houston, including Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Cambodian, Filipino and more. 10am to 6pm both days.
· Flea at Silver Street: Spring Market | Saturday and Sunday – Shop a curated market of one-of-a-kind collectibles, jewelry, vintage, art, mid-century modern furniture, original designs and more artisan products at the Spring edition of Flea at Silver Street. You’ll also find local food vendors, food trucks, a pet adoption event, music, and a bar. $5; Save 50% in advance with promocode YAYFSS. 10am to 5pm both days.
· Asia Society Lunar New Year at The Galleria | Saturday and Sunday | No Cover – Join Asia Society Texas Center to celebrate the Lunar New Year at The Galleria. To kick off the Year of the Dog, you can enjoy arts and crafts projects, performances, and games for the whole family. Noon to 5pm both days.
Friday, February 23, 2018
· Yappy Hour at Midtown Park | No Cover – Allow your pup to join the fun at this pet-friendly happy hour in Midtown, featuring fun activities like doggie yoga, prize giveaways, contests, and treats from Urban Tails. 4:30pm.
· 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.
· Secret Life of Pets Movie Screening at Levy Park | FREE – Discover the secret lives of furry friends when left to their own devices in Pixar’s animated film, Secret Life of Pets. Bring the kids for a family-friendly night at Levy Park. 6:30pm.
· Critical Mass Bike Ride at Market Square Park | FREE – Bike through Downtown Houston during this monthly community ride with Critical Mass. 7pm.
· Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Toyota Center – Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the Timberwolves at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $25. 7pm.
· My Little Pony the Movie Screening at Memorial City | FREE – Pack a few lawn chairs, a blanket, and some snacks for this free screening of the children’s animated film, My Little Pony the Movie, playing at Memorial City. 7pm to 9pm.
· Mercy Me in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – Catch contemporary Christian band Mercy Me in concert at Sugar Land’s Smart Financial Center. Tenth Avenue North will open the show. Tickets start at $48.50. 7pm.
· European Tour Preview Concert: Hilary Hahn Celebrates Bernstein at Jones Hall– before the Houston Symphony begins their 4-country, 8-city tour through Europe in March; they’re bringing the show to Houston. Bid the Houston Symphony bon voyage, and hear violinist Hilary Hahn perform. Tickets start at $23. 8pm.
· Reggie and the Full Effect in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – Catch the rock group, Reggie and the Full Effect, when they hit the stage at White Oak Music Hall along with opening acts King Finn and Carter. Tickets start at $14. 8pm.
· Skyline Rooftop Party: Salsa & Bachata Social Mixer at Henke & Pillot – Join the Latin Dance Factory for a night of salsa, bachata, and Latin beats on the skyline rooftop at Henke & Pillot in Downtown. Tickets start at $10. 8pm.
· Color in Motion 5K at Sam Houston Race Park – Show up To Houston Race Park in a clean white shirt and leave wearing every color of the rainbow. This 5K run takes participants through several stations that splash and spray you with every pigment you can imagine. Tickets start at $25. 9am.
· HLSR Rodeo Run at Walker Street and Bagby Street – Take your marks, get set, and run for a reason at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Run, starting at Walker and Bagby Streets in Downtown. All proceeds from the run benefit the HLSR Educational Fund. $35. 9am.
· 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.
· A Butterfly Flutter at The Houston Museum of Natural Science – Gather the kiddos and head to The Houston Museum of Natural Science for a fun-filled day of butterflies galore. A Butterfly Flutter benefits the Cockrell Butterfly Center and includes arts and crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, a treasure hunt, along with food and drinks. Tickets start at $50. 10am.
· “Looking Back” History Tour at Buffalo Bayou Park – Step aboard Buffalo Bayou Park’s pontoon boat for an educational cruise through the city. You’ll hear all about the important people, places, and events that have helped shape modern-day Houston. $40. 10am to 11:30am.
· Texas Lunar Festival in Bellaire | FREE – Ring in the Year of the Dog with dance, fashion and martial arts performances, vendors, food trucks and more in front of the Southern News Group Building on Bellaire. 10am to 5pm.
· Sloth Weekend at Downtown Aquarium – Hang out at Downtown Aquarium for Sloth Weekend, where you can enjoy plenty of family-friendly games and activities that celebrate the adorable furry animal. $20. 11am.
· 2nd Annual February Food Truck Festival in Kingwood | No Cover – Take this opportunity to test out several food trucks in one afternoon at Kingwood’s second Food Truck Festival. Along with the food trucks, you’ll find live music, shopping, and kids activities at Town Center Park. 11am to 6pm.
· Houston Creole Mardi Gras Festival at Budweiser Brewery – Celebrate Houston’s deep connection to Creole culture with the Mardi Gras parade and festival at Budweiser Brewery. $10. Noon to 7pm.
· Beer & Cider & Crawfish Festival at Town in City Brewing Company | No Cover – Pair a cold pint of beer or cider with tasty crawfish while enjoying live music at Town in City Brewing Company in the Heights. 1pm to 5pm.
· Family Day: Stranded at Houston Maritime Museum – Create your own flotation device, design signal flag coasters, write a message in a bottle, and participate in a special activity with the Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Houston Maritime Museum’s family-friendly event. Tickets start at $5. 2pm to 5pm.
· Masquerade Woodlands: A Mardi Gras Celebration at Town Green Park – Don a decorative Mardi Gras mask at The Woodlands’ first annual masquerade, featuring live zydeco, jazz, and R&B music, food, drinks, a kid’s zone, and a pet parade. Tickets start at $4. 5pm to 11pm.
· Montgomery County Heart Ball at Woodlands Waterway Marriott – Rub elbows with prominent members of the health, philanthropic and local business communities at this elegant black-tie event. Guests will enjoy dinner, dancing, entertainment, and an auction, all to benefit the American Heart Association. Tickets start at $350. 6:30pm to 11pm.
· Dancing with the Stars: Live! At Smart Financial Centre – See your favorite celebrities from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars show off their skills at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land. $55. 7:30pm.
· Yamato – The Drummers of Japan at The 1894 Grand Opera House – Dance to the beat of a Japanese taiko drum as dozens of musicians use their entire bodies in a powerful performance at The 1894 Grand Opera House. Tickets start at $22. 8pm.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
· Rodeo Kick-Off Yoga+Hops at Eureka Heights Brewing Co | No Cover – Find your center during a vinyasa-based yoga session, then reward yourself with a cold beer and rodeo-themed activities, courtesy of Yoga&Hops, at Eureka Heights Brewing Co. 11am to 2pm.
· East End Farmers Market | No Cover – Shop fresh fruits, veggies and dairy products from seven local farms, along with other prepared foods and hand-crafted goods, at the East End Farmers Market on Navigation. Noon to 2pm.
· Crawfish Sunday with Artisans Market and Dog Adoption Fair at Southern Star Brewing Company | No Cover – Feast, drink, shop, and adopt all in one place at Southern Star Brewing Company’s Sunday celebration. Get your mudbugs from Harbor’s Cajun Station Food Truck before shopping a selection of artisan goods from local vendors. All proceeds from the market go to A Chance to Bloom dog Rescue, who will offer pet adoptions on site. Noon to 4pm.
· The Houston Quinceañera Expo at George R. Brown – Plan your teen’s perfect Quinceañera at this annual expo at George R. Brown. Attendees will be able to meet with photographers, videographers, DJs, caterers, bakeries, florists and more. $10. Noon to 5pm.
· 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. 2:30pm.
· 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.
· Jo Koy at Smart Financial Centre – Laugh the night away when comedian Jo Koy brings his Break the Mold Tour to Smart Financial Centre. Tickets start at $35. 7pm.
· Battle Station: Competitive Improv at Station Theater – Follow along as two expert improv teams are pit against one another in a no-holds-barred, cage-match style, head-to-head show at Station Theater. 8:30pm.