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Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8, 2018. 

Cheer on the Astros as they play the San Diego Padres, bid on exotic cards at NRG Park, chow down on unlimited samples of Mac & Cheese, watch a free screening of Wonder Woman, vote for the best-tasting buffalo wings, and more.

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Things to Do All Weekend

·         Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair | Daily – Eat and drink your way around Sugar Land at the annual Wine & Food Affair that takes place throughout the city. Highlights include the Street Food Bites and Bartenders Challenge on Thursday, the Grand Tasting on Friday, a Sip & Stroll at Brazos River Park on Saturday, and a Bistro Brunch on Sunday. Prices, times, and locations vary.

·         Astros Art Celebration at Off the Wall Gallery | Daily – Join a commemorative celebration of the Astros’ World Series Championship as renowned sports artist Opie Otterstad unveils his painting of the team and their historic win at Off the Wall Gallery. Thursday to Saturday 11am to 7pm; Sunday 10am to 6pm.

·         Eighth Day of the Week at Ensemble Theatre | Daily – Follow the struggles, discoveries, and coping mechanisms of an African American family whose mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Through raw emotion injected with humor, this play aims to raise awareness of a disease that affects families around the world. Tickets start at $30. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday 2pm; Sunday 3pm.

·         MECUM Auctions at NRG Park | Thursday to Saturday – Bid on your pick of more than 1,000 classic, muscle, collector, and exotic cars during the MECUM Auction at NRG Park. Featured lots include a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LC6, and a 1998 Dodge Viper GTS-R. Tickets start at $20. 8am.

·         Shrek the Musical at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday to Saturday | FREE –See your favorite humorous fairy tale, complete with a cynical ogre, feisty princess, and loud-mouthed donkey, performed live at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Unlike the movie, Shrek the Musical will feature all-new music and dancing for an entirely unique experience. 8pm.

·         Cleo at Alley Theatre | Friday to Sunday – See a production of Cleo, a play set during the filming of the disastrous 1963 movie Cleopatra at the Alley Theatre. Directed by Bob Balaban, Cleo is the story about the scandalous romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Friday and Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.

·         University of Houston Cougars vs. USF at Schroeder Park | Friday to Sunday –Watch as the Cougars take the field to play USF at Schroeder Park. Tickets start at $6. Friday and Saturday 6:30pm; Sunday 1pm.

·         The Catastrophic Theatre presents Small Ball at MATCH | Friday to Sunday –The Catastrophic Theatre presents Small Ball, an original basketball musical commissioned by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, at MATCH. Ticket prices start at $10 and all performances are pay-what-you-can. The suggested ticket price is $40. 8pm on Friday and Saturday; 2:30pm on Sunday.

·         Daisy at Main Street Theater | Friday to Sunday – Take a seat for Main Street Theater’s newest production, Daisy, a play inspired by the infamous advertisement from the 1960s. Based on real people and events, Daisy explores the impact of the media and that unforgettable commercial now known as the origin of negative ad campaigns. Tickets start at $36. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 3pm.

·         Houston Astros vs. San Diego Padres at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday –Get loud for the World Series champions when they take the field to play the Padres in a home game at Minute Maid Park. Tickets start at $21. Friday 7:10pm; Saturday 6:10pm; Sunday 1:10pm.

·         Rice University Owls vs. Old Dominion at Reckling Park | Friday to Sunday –Take your seat to watch the Owls when they play Old Dominion on their home field. Tickets start at $15. Friday 6:30pm; Saturday 2pm; Sunday noon.

·         The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival at The Woodlands Town Center | Saturday and Sunday – View the artwork of more than 200 artists from across the country as The Woodlands Waterway and Town Green Park are transformed into an outdoor art gallery for this annual event. Additional features include five entertainment stages, hands-on art activities, food, and drinks. Tickets start at $15. Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 10am to 6pm.

·         McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival in Downtown | Saturday and Sunday – Now in its 30th year, the McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival is a two-day event with celebrities, food, and fun for the whole family. The weekend-long festival features celebrity and character appearances, music, food, games, family-friendly activities, dance performances, and more. Festival tickets are $10 online not including a service fee; $12 at the gate; military personnel and guests that present a 2018 McDonald’s receipt receive a $2 discount at the gate; free for ages 2 and under. 10:30am to 6:30pm each day.

·         37th Annual THG Houston Home Show at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday and Sunday – Make your way to the annual Texas Home and Garden Show for expert advice, money-saving tips, remodeling ideas, landscape features, and all things needed to fix up your home and garden. This year’s show features host Cleverley Stone on The Foodie Spotlight stage, where some of Houston’s top chefs will provide cooking demonstrations with samples. $9. Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Friday, April 6, 2018

·         Art Car Pinewood Derby 2018 at St. Arnold Brewing Company – Gear up for the annual Art Car Parade at the Pinewood Derby, when St. Arnold Brewing Co. invites participants to create their own miniature art cars and race against competitors. $25. 5pm to 10pm.

·         Child Advocates Light of Hope at Sugar Land Town Square – Kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month with the Annual Light of Hope Ceremony at Sugar Land Town Square. Surrounded by blue balloons, you’ll find information tables, blue ribbon t-shirts, car magnets, and pins, all with a backdrop of live music. 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

·         Juilliard String Quartet at Hobby Center – Celebrate Da Camera’s 30th anniversary with a performance by the Juilliard String Quartet, who played at the program’s inaugural event in 1988. The group will play young Beethoven in high spirits, Bartók’s electrifying fifth quartet and the lush late Romanticism of Dvořák. Tickets start at $37.50. 7:30pm.

·         Canterbury Cathedral Choir in Concert at St. John the Divine – Entersect and the Church of St. John the Divine host the Canterbury Cathedral Choir in concert at the second appearance of their 2018 tour. Under the direction of Master of the chorister David Flood, the world-renowned choir consists of 12 professional adult singers and 25 boys between 8 and 13 years of age. Tickets are $15; $10 for students with valid ID; $5 for ages 10 and under. 7:30pm.

·         Broadway at the Box at The Music Box Theater – Experience a night of musical theater as performers The Great White Way return to The Music Box Theater. See Broadway classics from decades past, as well popular newcomers. Tickets are $29. 7:30pm.

·         Mixed Media at MFAH – Celebrate the arts of India with exclusive access to the art exhibit, Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India at the springtime MFAH Mixed Media. The high-energy late night party will be headlined by producer and DJ Karsh Hale along with DJ Sun and DJ Yogi-G. Tickets are $25 and $22 for members. 8pm to midnight.

·         Mat Kearney in Concert at House of Blues – Catch critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Mat Kearney as he takes his Crazy Talk Tour through Houston at House of Blues. Tickets start at $25. 8pm.

·         Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty at Jones Hall – Listen as Conductor Andrey Boreyko leads the Houston Symphony through selections from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, a luminous, romantic excerpt from Franz Schreker’s opera, and The Distant Sound.Tickets start at $23. 8pm.

·         Classic Numbers: Every Friday at Numbers Nightclub – Travel back to the ’80s with hits from The Smiths, The Cure, Blondie and more every Friday night at the always-eclectic Numbers Nightclub in Montrose. 9pm.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

·         Bayou Bikers at Market Square Park | FREE – Cruise around the city and along its bayous during this 25 to 40-mile bike ride with Bayou City Bikers. The ride begins Downtown at Market Square Park.  8am.

·         Yoga on the Plaza at Rothko Chapel – Connect with your mind and body during an hour-long yoga class by the calming reflecting pool at Rothko Chapel. Suggested donation of $15. 9am to 10am.

·         Art in the Park at Elizabeth Baldwin Park | FREE –Midtown Houston hosts Art in the Park, a family-friendly event featuring over 100 local and regional artists at Elizabeth Baldwin Park. See a diverse selection of artistic disciplines and enjoy local food trucks, live music and a refreshing drink in the beer garden. 10am to 6pm.

·         Health Fest Houston 2018 at Discovery Green | FREE – Learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle with demonstrations and exhibits from local chefs, athletes, and nutrition and fitness experts during Health Fest Houston at Discovery Green. Enjoy family-friendly activities, live music, performances, and shop a variety of vendors. 10am to 6pm.

·         First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights | No Cover – 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.

·         Encounter: Meeting Points on Buffalo Bayou | FREE – Take a self-guided tour of six interactive installations around the Buffalo Bayou East sector. Presented by students from the University of Houston Graphic Design Program, the collection was created to demonstrate the relationship between the bayou and its neighboring East End and Fifth Ward communities. 1pm to 4pm.

·         Mac & Cheese Festival at Silver Street Studios | Saturday, April 7 – Fulfill your childhood dream of eating unlimited samples of your cheesy favorite during the Mac & Cheese Festival at Silver Street Studios. Houston’s hottest restaurants will dish up creative takes on the classic recipe, while guests can taste samples paired with drinks, enjoy live music, shop local vendors, and view art. $55: $85 VIP with early entry and other benefits. 1pm to 4pm.

·         2018 Houston Zydeco Fest in Downtown – Jam out to some of the top names in Zydeco music, while feasting on your favorite Creole dishes, barbecue, and crawfish during the 2018 Houston Zydeco Fest in Downtown. $15. 1pm to 10pm.

·         Drink Local Art Market at Under the Radar Brewery | No Cover – Have a beer while you shop a local market featuring handcrafted jewelry, handmade products, artwork, and vintage clothing on the first Saturday of every month at Under the Radar Brewery. 4pm to 10pm.

·         Prelude Family Music Concert Series at Levy Park | FREE – Sing and dance with your kids during the free Prelude Family Music Concert at Levy Park. 4:30pm.

·         2018 Food for Life Gala at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center – Dine, drink, and honor those who have generously given to the Montgomery County community at the 2018 Food for Life Gala. Following an awards ceremony, sit back and enjoy a dueling piano performance from musicians Mike Falton and DJ London. Tickets start at $250. 6pm to 10pm.

·         RISE! 21st HRC Houston Gala at Marriott Marquis Houston – Support equality at the Rise! 21st HRB Houston Gala, which benefits the Houston Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. The gala will feature dinner, drinks, live and silent auctions, and dynamic speakers. Tickets start at $325. 6pm to 11pm.

·         Platinum Comedy Tour at NRG Arena – Hear knee-slapping comedy from acts like Mike Epps, Tommy Davidson, and Michael Blackson at the Platinum Comedy Tour in NRG Arena. Tickets start at $52. 7pm.

·         Movie Nite on The Strand: Wonder Woman at Saengerfest Park | FREE – Grab a lawn chair, blanket, and pillow, and head to Downtown Galveston for a movie under the stars. This week, catch an action-packed screening of Wonder Woman. 7pm.

·         Long Live the Queen at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts – Ars Lyrica Houston presents the Artful Women series season concert, Long Live the Queen in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. This regal program commemorates two beloved female patrons with J. S. Bach’s rarely heard Trauerode, written for the 1717 funeral of Christiane Eberhardine of Saxony, and Handel’s 1713 Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne. Tickets range from $22 to $65. 7:30pm.

·         Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at Toyota Center – Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the Thunder at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $80, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 7:30pm.

·         Nicky Jam and Plan B in concert at Smart Financial Centre – See Reggaeton superstar Nicky Jam perform his tour, El Ganador, at Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land. English hip hop musician Plan B will open the show. Tickets start at $60.50. 8pm.

·         Back to the ’80s: A Night of Nostalgia at Henke & Pillot – Travel back to the time of headbands, cassettes, and lots of hairspray and dance to all of your favorite ’80s hits at Henke & Pillot. 9pm.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

·         16th Annual Run for the Rose 5k and Family 1k at NRG Park – The Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation invites you to join them in raising funds and awareness for brain cancer during their annual Run for the Rose at NRG Park. $35 timed 5k; $30 non-timed 5k and 1k; $20 child (ages 3 to 12) timed 5k; $15 child non-timed 5k and 1k. 8am.

·         Brazilian Food & Music Festival at The Wildcatter Saloon – Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture with traditional cuisine, live music, and children’s activities at The Wildcatter Saloon in Katy. Tickets start at $5. 11am to 7pm.

·         3rd Annual Wing Cook-off Challenge at The Phoenix on Westheimer – Scarf down buffalo wings and vote for your favorite recipe during the Wing Cook-Off Challenge at The Phoenix on Westheimer. All proceeds go toward the Karbach Cycling Team’s MS150 fundraising efforts. $15. Noon to 5pm.

·         Eado Vintage Fest: 2nd Sundays | No Cover – Browse vintage clothing, antique furniture, decor, and handmade goods at this monthly festival in Eado. Noon to 6pm.

·         USA Women’s Soccer vs. Mexico at BBVA Compass Stadium – Cheer on the U.S. Women’s National Team as they take on Mexico in a soccer game at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets start at $25. 12:30pm.

·         Crawfish Boil at Revelry on Richmond – Stuff your face with all-you-can-eat mudbugs during Revelry on Richmond’s weekly crawfish boil. Diners can also enjoy drink specials and patio games throughout the afternoon. 1pm.

·         Tacos over Texas at The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation – Taste delicious tacos made my chefs from near and far, as Ninfa’s on Navigation hosts its first Tacos over Texas fundraiser to benefit The Ninfa Laurenzo Scholarship Fund. Sample a specialty taco from each chef, drink beer and margaritas, and listen to live music. Tickets start at $40. 1pm to 4pm.

·         Sunday Night Live at City Centre Plaza | FREE – Hang out to the sounds of free live music every Sunday evening at City Centre Plaza. 3pm to 6pm.

·         An Evening with Sophia Loren at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston –See the famous Oscar-winning actress and 1950s sex symbol, Sophia Loren, in an intimate, on-stage conversation with former “Entertainment Tonight” host Bill Harris in Galveston. After the interview, you’ll see film clips and home movies with a Q&A to follow. Tickets start at $55. 4pm.

·         Something for Everyone Inaugural Benefit at Evelyn’s Park – Take part in one of three events during this fundraiser that brings together more than 100 of Houston’s top female chefs, culinary up-and-comers, and industry professionals to benefit Texas healthcare. Activities include a cocktail hour, picnic in the park, and three-course dinner with sommelier selections. Tickets start at $99. 4pm to 10pm.

·         Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 6th Annual Big Taste of Houston at Audi Central Houston – Join some of Houston’s most popular restaurants, dessert specialists and drink purveyors at the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 6th annual Big Taste of Houston at Audi Central Houston. Tickets are $125; VIP tickets are $195 and include early admission at 3:30pm. 4:30pm to 7pm.

·         ROCO Unchambered: Magical Inspirations at MATCH – Close out ROCO’s 13th season, Unchambered, with a magical performance by ROCO violinist and concertmaster, Scott St. John, joined by clarinetist Nathan Williams, and composer/pianist Kevin Lau. The musicians will play Bartok’s jazz-inspired Contrasts, Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing Suite, and a Disney-inspired work based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale. $25. 5pm.