Some Fun Artsy Things to do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15, 2018. 

Eat your weight in barbecue, discover and celebrate Japanese traditions, create your own vision board, watch a free, outdoor concert, see the Disney princesses perform on ice, watch decorative art cars parade through the city, and more.

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Things to Do All Weekend

·         Disney on Ice “Dare to Dream” at NRG Stadium | Daily – Treat your kids to an exciting show performed by their favorite Disney princesses, including Moana, Elsa, Belle, Cinderella and more, at Disney on Ice: “Dare to Dream.” Thursday 7:30pm; Friday 10:30am and 7:30pm; Saturday 11:30am, 3:30pm, and 7:30pm; Sunday 1:30pm and 5:30pm.

·         Cleo at Alley Theatre | Daily – Enter the scandalous disaster that was the filming of the 1963 film, Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Directed by Bob Balaban, this live performance reveals the dramatic, real-life romance that launched the age of paparazzi and tabloid celebrity. Tickets start at $26. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday and Sunday 2:30pm.

·         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.

·         Cabaret at Obsidian Theatre | Thursday to Saturday – Travel back to 1930s Berlin at the Kit Kat Club, where the Emcee’s bawdy songs and wry commentary allow its guests to forget the looming darkness arising throughout the country. Enjoy a night of Tony Award-winning music, impressive sets, and a spellbinding story in Cabaret.  Tickets are $40. 8pm.

·         International Gem & Jewelry Show at NRG Park  | Friday to Sunday – Admire a dazzling collection of gemstones, fine jewelry, engagement rings and bands, designer watches, pearls, beads, accessories, and minerals during the International Gem & Jewelry Show at NRG Park. Tickets are $6. Friday noon to 6pm; Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm.

·         Don Quixote at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Friday to Sunday –Sit back and enjoy the Houston Ballet’s dazzling performance of Don Quixote, a jovial tale based on the Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Produced by Ben Stevenson, the ballet features impressive choreography, decorative costumes, and spellbinding music. Tickets start at $39. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 2pm.

·         The Catastrophic Theatre presents Small Ball at MATCH  | Friday to Sunday –Pique your interests of both sports and musical theater with The Catastrophic Theater’s performance of Small Ball at MATCH. Commissioned by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, Small Ball follows a group of Lilliputians who form a FIBA basketball team in hopes of gaining international recognition. Tickets start at $10. Friday and Saturday 8pm; Sunday 2:30pm.

·         Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday – Get loud for the Astros when they take the field to play the Rangers in a home game at Minute Maid Park. Tickets start at $20.

·         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.

·         25th Annual Japan Festival Houston at Hermann Park | FREE | Saturday and Sunday – Celebrate the rich heritage of Japan with traditional and contemporary music, dance, food, and activities at the 25th Annual Japan Festival in Hermann Park. During the festival, you can learn about a variety of Japanese traditions, including Ikebana flower arrangement, tea ceremonies, origami, shodo calligraphy, bonsai and more.Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm.

Friday, April 13, 2018

·         Zumba at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Sweat it out while dancing to upbeat, Latin music during this free Zumba class by Cida Fitness at Sugar Land Town Square. 10am to 11am.

·         Opening of The Cottonmouth Club | No Cover – Celebrate the opening of the new Downtown bar with that combines world-class cocktails and private barrel blended whiskey, The Cottonmouth Club. 4pm to 2am.

·         Viva Frida!: XIII Annual Frida Festival at Navigation Esplanade | FREE – Shop local artwork, vendors, and food trucks, while celebrating the life of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo at Navigation Esplanade in the East End. 5pm

·         Beers & Art at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. – Drink local craft beers while viewing the work of talented Houston artists and vendors during Beers & Art at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. You can also shop vintage finds from local curators and enjoy live music throughout the evening. 5pm to 10pm.

·         Backyard Jam Concert Series at Market Square Park | FREE – Kick off the seasonal Backyard Jam Concert Series at Market Square Park with a free outdoor concert from local acts Dollie Barnes and Vodi. 7pm.

·         The Legendary Art Car Ball at Hermann Park – Ring in Art Car weekend with live music, flaming baton twirlers, and a costume pageant at The Legendary Art Car Ball. Along with food and drinks, the ball will feature performances from Golden Dawn Arkestra, Free Rads Street Band, DJ Fredster, and Ms. Yet and The Renegade Carnies with MDSO. $30. 7pm.

·         The James Hunter Six in Concert at The Heights Theater – Catch a performance from the English R&B musician and soul singer, James Hunter, and his band at The Heights Theatre. Jolie & the Jackalopes open the show. Tickets start at $22. 7pm.

·         Rienzi Reels: The Thomas Crown Affair Movie Screening – Enjoy an outdoor film screening of The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) amid the beautiful Camellia Gardens at Rienzi presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Tickets are $15 for nonmembers and $12 for members. 7pm to 9pm.

·         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 as popular newcomers. Tickets are $29. 7:30pm.

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

·         Brilliant presents Vanessa Williams’ Let Freedom Ring Concert at The Corinthian – The Superstar singer, actress, dancer, and author takes the stage for one night only to present a soul-stirring concert celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tickets range from $49 to $74. 8pm.

·         Marco Antonio Solis and Jesse & Joy in Concert at Toyota Center – Sing along to your favorite Latin tunes when iconic Mexican singer Marco Antonio Solis celebrates 40 years in the business with his tour, Y La Historia Continύa. Jesse & Joy will join him at Houston’s Toyota Center. Tickets start at $59.50. 8pm.

·         Music That Should Be Danced at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Watch as the musicians and dancers of the Foundation for Modern Music collaborate in a vibrant performance that reflects our city’s rich, diverse, and creative spirit. This is a free ticketed event. 8pm.

·         Brad Mehldau Trio in Concert at Cullen Performance Hall – Sit back for an impressive performance by pianist Brad Mehldau, alongside bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, as part of Da Camera’s Jazz Series in Cullen Performance Hall at University of Houston.8pm.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

·         2018 Houston Stroll for Epilepsy at the Houston Zoo – Join in a family-friendly walk, reunion, and rally to help raise funds and awareness for children and adults living with epilepsy. After the stroll, there will be an afterparty inside the zoo. $35 includes zoo admission. Registration at 7am, event 7:45am to 11:30am

·         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.

·         Young Writers Workshop at Discovery Green | FREE – Bring your little aspiring writers to this free workshop, where they will learn the basics of storytelling and language skills. Led by the Houston Public Library, the weekly workshop takes place at Discovery Green. 10:30am to 11:30am.

·         Create the Life You Want: Vision Board Workshop at Churrascos River Oaks –Manifest a life you love through creating your very own vision board with help from personal development coach Camille Percy. Churrascos River Oaks will host this special workshop, offering food, drinks, and plenty of inspiration. $95. 11am to 4pm.

·         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.

·         Barefoot Bands in the Park at The Thicket in Harmony | FREE – Jam out to a free, family-friendly concert at Barefoot Bands in the Park, featuring 2018 CMA Texas Female Artist of the Year Hannah Kay and Louis Adams Band. Activities include an extreme bungee, rock wall, bounce house, face painters, and a balloon artist. Noon to 4pm.

·         FotoFun 2018 at Winter Street Studios | FREE – Create, move, read, and explore during FotoFun 2018, a family-friendly program presented by Literacy through Photography at Winter Street Studios. Noon to 4pm.

·         Cajun Cook-off at Spindletap Brewery – Stuff your face with loads of delicious crawfish and gumbo as Spindletap Brewery hosts its first Cajun Cook-off. Tickets start at $9. Noon to 4pm.

·         Those Damn Ribs Cook-off at Hotel Ylem – Prep your belly for a full afternoon of mouthwatering barbecue ribs during Those Damn Ribs Cook-off at Hotel Ylem. More than a dozen teams will serve up their best recipe in hopes of taking home the prize. Noon to 6pm. Tickets are $5.

·         Disc Golf Tournament at Karbach Brewing Co. – Grab your buddies and head to Agnes Moffit Park for a disc golf tournament hosted by Karbach Brewing Co. Entry will get you a Tasty Waves Leopard Fairway Driver, refreshments, and prizes for the tournament winners. Registration is $20.  1pm to 4pm.

·         31st Annual Art Car Parade at Sam Houston Park | FREE – Feast your eyes on the most outlandish, colorful, and creative cars you can imagine as they cruise down the streets of Houston during the world’s largest art car parade at Sam Houston Park. 2pm.

·         Ann at Stages Repertory Theatre – Explore the life and career of an iconic Texas governor and master of bon mots, Ann Richards, in Ann at Stages Repertory Theatre. Sally Edmunson stars in this one-woman-show that showcases the struggles and triumphs experienced by the local icon. Tickets start at $25. 2:30pm.

·         Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rock Earth Day Celebration at Sugar Land Town Square – Browse more than 30 exhibits that address everything from recycling and water conservation to tree care and nature appreciation at this Earth Day Celebration in Sugar Land Town Square. On top of educational exhibits, you’ll enjoy live entertainment from Vocal Trash and Texas Snakes. 3pm to 7pm.

·         Bebel Gilberto in Concert at The Heights Theater – Catch Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto when she performs her latest record, Bebel Gilberto Live at the Belly Up, at The Heights Theater. DJ Sun will open the show. Tickets start at $22. 8pm.

·         Certified Funny Saturdays at Grooves of Houston – Wish a happy birthday to comedian Lil Darrel (aka Dope Nizzy) by heading out to Grooves of Houston for a celebratory show hosted by Keisha Hunt. Enjoy $3 Hennessy and other drink specials throughout the night. Tickets are $20. 8pm.

·         Houston’s Got Bollywood at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Experience the high-energy world of Bollywood through four acts of innovative choreography, elaborate costumes, and a variety of dance styles performed by more than 60 dancers from MOKSH Community Arts Inc. This is a free ticketed event. 8:15pm.

·         The Twilight of the Golds at Theatre Suburbia – Follow the dramatic story of a family that’s forced to confront issues that arise following an unexpected and revealing prenatal test in The Twilight of the Golds at Theatre Suburbia. 8:30pm. Tickets are $16.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

·         Houston Wedding Showcase at NRG Center – Find the perfect wedding dress, win prizes, discover the latest bridal trends, and learn tips and tricks from wedding professionals when the Houston Wedding Showcase returns to NRG Center. Tickets start at $10. 10am to 5pm.

·         Free Play Sundays & All Day Happy Hour at Conservatory | No Cover – Get your game on for free while enjoying Conservatory’s all-day happy hour, which features more than 60 types of draft beer, wine, and select whiskeys. 11am to 2pm.

·         Chimney Rock Market | No Cover – 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.

·         Spring Sunday Funday All White Day Party at Sharespace  Bust out the white linen and prepare to party for Sunday Funday at Sharespace. Sip complimentary mimosas while DJ Mr. Cook spins a selection of R&B, hip-hop, and all the latest hits. Tickets start at $22. Noon to 5pm.

·         10th Birthday Bash at Discovery Green – Celebrate 10 years of free entertainment at Discovery Green’s Birthday Bash. The party will feature a Mad Science show and performances by Houston’s own Cirque la Vie, Dance of Asian America, Danza Aquetalli, and Strictly Street Salsa, with live music by The Texmaniacs. Noon to 6pm.

·         Houston Barbecue Festival at Humble Civic Center Arena – Chow down on smoked meats from all of your favorite spots around town as they come together for Houston Barbecue Festival at Humble Civic Center Arena. Featured restaurants include CorkScrew, Feges, Gatlin’s, Killen’s, Pinkerton’s and more. Tickets start at $60. 1pm to 4pm.

·         Felix Da Housecat in concert at Stereo Live – Dance the night away as one of the biggest names in electronica, Felix Da Housecat, brings his upbeat mixes and Chicago house music to Houston at Stereo Live. Tickets start at $5. 6pm.

·         Bruce Cockburn in Concert at The Heights Theater – Enjoy a performance by Canadian folk, jazz, rock, and worldbeat musician Bruce Cockburn, whose illustrious career was shaped by politics, spirituality, and musical diversity. $20. 8pm.