Find the perfect things to do in Houston this Mother’s Day weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, May 11 to Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 2018.
Create a customized piece of fine jewelry with help from a high-end designer, take a spooky tour of Hotel Galvez, show your love for the Astros as they take on the Texas Rangers, cheers to the Lone Star State with local brews and mechanical bull rides, stroll down beautified sidewalks in Friendswood, gift your mom with a unique find from a local market, and more.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston this Mother’s Day weekend, from Friday, May 11 to Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 2018.
Things to Do All Mother’s Day Weekend
· Broadway at the Hobby Center presents Hamilton: An American Musical National Tour | Daily – Quickly book your tickets for Lin Manuel Miranda’s epic Broadway musical, Hamilton, a Tony-winning performance that’s taken the country by storm since its debut in 2015. Based on Ron Chernow’s biography, Hamilton uses hip-hop, rap, jazz, blues and more to tell the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Tickets start at $175. Showtimes vary.
· Vincent Victoria Presents Sins of the Mother at Midtown Art Center | Daily –Catch a showing of Vincent Victoria’s critically acclaimed play, Sins of the Mother, at Midtown Art Center. Set in the 1950’s Philadelphia, this compelling story follows three generations of mothers as they suffer through dysfunction and alcoholism. Tickets start at $10. Showtimes vary.
· Comedian Brad Williams at Houston Improv | Friday to Sunday – A little person, Brad shares direct and hilarious observations about size—not to mention observations on disability, relationships, sex, and race—at five shows this weekend. Tickets start at $20. Showtimes vary.
· Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Alley Theatre | Friday to Sunday –Imagine Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein walk into a bar and the provocative conversations that would follow, in Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Presented by Alley Theatre, this stage play has been called humorous, contemplative, and wholly imaginative. Tickets start at $26. Showtimes vary.
· Houston Ballet presents Don Quixote at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Delight in a whimsical performance of Don Quixote when the Houston Ballet performs a free show at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 8pm nightly.
· Rice University Owls vs. University of Alabama at Birmingham at Reckling Park| Friday to Sunday – Take your seat to watch the Owls when they play the University of Alabama on their home field. Tickets start at $15. Times vary.
· 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. Times vary.
· The Catastrophic Theatre presents Small Ball at MATCH | Friday to Sunday –Pique your interests in 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. Showtimes vary.
· Mother’s Day 2018 Festivities & Events | Saturday and Sunday – Show mom the appreciation she deserves with our round-up of top event ideas and festivities from the start of the weekend up to that special Sunday. The list includes our top picks for delicious meals, events, and sweet gestures to help better celebrate moms this Mother’s Day.
Friday, May 11, 2018
· Yoga in the Park at Evelyn’s Park | FREE – Breathe in and find your center during a free, outdoor yoga class led by instructors from Define Bellaire at Evelyn’s Park. 8:30am.
· Haute for Hope Celebrity Fashion Show at River Oaks Country Club – Scope out the latest styles when local celebrities strut down the runway at the 20th annual Haute for Hope fashion show and luncheon. Proceeds benefit local non-profit Star of Hope, which assists the homeless men, women, and children of Houston. $500. 11:30am.
· 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.
· Houston Palestine Film Festival at Rice University Media Center – Screen original works by Palestinian filmmakers at the Houston Palestine Film Festival in Rice University Media Center. This viewing features Ghost Hunting by Raed Andoni, as well as a selection of short films. $10. 7pm.
· Brahms & Sibelius at Jones Hall – Hear an enchanting performance of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 as violinist Augustin Hadelich returns to Jones Hall. Tickets start at $23. 8pm.
· 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. Tickets are $16. 8:30pm.
· 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, May 12, 2018
· Toga Fun Run 5K/1K at Clear Lake Park – Throw on a Grecian toga, or your bed sheet, and run a 5K through Clear Lake Park at the seventh annual Toga Fun Fun. Stick around for a post-race party at the annual Greek Festival, presented by St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church. Registration starts at $35. 7am.
· 4th Annual Chalk Walk in Downtown Friendswood| FREE – Stroll down the sidewalks of downtown Friendswood and admire the artwork of more than 80 artists during the 4th annual Chalk Walk event. Presented by Art Friends of Downtown Friendswood, the Chalk Walk also offers shopping, raffles, and light refreshments. 8am to 2pm.
· 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.
· B-17 Thunderbird Birthday Celebration at Ellington Field – Celebrate the 73rd birthday of the B-17 Thunderbird with the Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Field with face painting, balloon art, food samplings courtesy of Chik-Fil-A, and Nothing Bundt Cake. Prices vary. 11am to 1pm.
· 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.
· Heights Mercantile Mother’s Day Market | No Cover – Show your appreciation with the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for your mom this Mother’s Day after shopping the Heights Mercantile Mother’s Day Market. You’ll find a variety of artisan goods made by local merchants. 11am to 6pm.
· 3rd Annual Crawfish Cook-Off at Exit 73 Bar & Grill – Watch teams compete in a crawfish cook-off while indulging in all-you-can-eat mudbugs and listening to live music. Party-goers can also join a trash pong championship, enter raffle giveaways, or bring the kids for face-painting, snow cones, and bounce houses. Tickets start at $25. 11am to 6pm.
· TXFest 2018 at Hermann Square – Celebrate Texas with live music, Texas brews, food trucks, and a mechanical bull at Hermann Square’s TXFest. Headliners include Stoney LaRue, Kalu and The Electric Joint, and Northern National. Tickets start at $5. Noon to midnight.
· Lynyrd Skynyrd in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Sing along to “Sweet Home Alabama” and other southern rock classics when Lynyrd Skynyrd takes the stage at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tickets start at $29.50. 6pm.
· Papa Roach in Concert at Revention Music Center – Jam out to songs by rock group Papa Roach when they stop in Houston for the Crooked Teeth Tour at Revention Music Center. Tickets start at $38. 6pm.
· Lilies of the Field at A.D. Players – Follow the story of a traveling Army veteran who finds himself working for a group of German immigrant nuns in Lilies of the Field, presented by A.D. Players. Tickets start at $20. 7:30pm.
· H-Town Festival of Laughs at NRG Arena – Crack up when comedians Sommore, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce, Arnez J, Don DC Curry, and George Wallace take the mic at H-Town Festival of Laughs in NRG Arena. Tickets start at $52. 8pm.
· The Strangerer at MATCH – Enter an imagined scenario where former president George W. Bush attempts to kill a news anchor in this hilarious, and slightly unsettling, stage play by Catastrophic Theatre. Tickets start at $10. 8pm.
· Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at The Ensemble Theatre – Discover the story of legendary blues singer Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at The Ensemble Theatre. Written by August Wilson, this play shares the triumphs and struggles of Ma Rainey as she records an album while dealing with race-fueled exploitation by white producers. Tickets start at $30. 8pm.
· Cars 3 Movie Screening at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Pack a blanket or lawn chair and head to Sugar Land Town Square for a free, outdoor screening of the Disney-Pixar animated film, Cars 3. 8:30pm to 10:15pm.
Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 2018
· Mother’s Day at Hermann Park – Celebrate the mother in your life with a fun-filled morning in Hermann Park, offering breakfast on Pinewood Cafe, arts and crafts, and a ride on the Hermann Park Railroad. Tickets are $13 for adults and $7 for kids under 12. 8:30am to 10am.
· CycloFemme at Houston Bicycle Museum | FREE – Bring your sisters, daughters, mothers, and friends to this all-female bike ride in celebration of Global Women’s Cycling Day. 8am.
· Drinkers with a Running Problem at B-52 Brewing | FREE – Work up a sweat as your run a 5K through B-52 Brewing’s nearby neighborhood, then cool off with a cold beer at the brewery. 11:30am.
· Mommie & Me Paint Party at Bisong Art Gallery – Get creative with Mom on Mother’s Day when Primary Paint Party hosts the Mommy & Me Paint Party at Bisong Art Gallery in Downtown’s Warehouse District. Tickets are $35 online at $45 at the door. There is a brunch class at 11:30am and a lunch class at 2pm.
· 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.
· Beer & Chocolate with Xocolla at Under the Radar – Get your hands on some local chocolate while you sip on local brews at Under the Radar Brewery. Cover charge at the door. Noon to 4pm.
· Previews: Daddy Long Legs at Main Street Theatre – See a musical performance based on the treasured novel, Daddy Long Legs, at Main Street Theatre. The two-person show follows a classic “rags-to-riches” love story of a bright young woman and her mysterious benefactor. Tickets start at $10. 3pm.
· DJ Night: Hi-Fashion Dub at Lil’ Danny Speedo’s Go Fly a Kite Lounge | No Cover – Party it up with rocksteady, dub, and dancehall music from Stewart of A Fistful of Soul at Lil’ Danny Speedo’s Go Fly a Kite Lounge in the East End. 4pm.
· Dr. Dog in Concert at White Oak Music Hall | Sunday, May 13 – Check out the popular indie rock band, Dr. Dog, when they head to White Oak Music Hall in support of their new record, Critical Equation. Tickets start at $26. 7pm.