Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Play a heated round of tug-of-war to raise funds for puppies, kick back with Cajun tunes and grub at the Bayou Jamboree, check out a live show by one of the biggest names in rap, chow down on unlimited food tastings at Karbach Brewery, get your game on during Minecraft Fan Experience, and more.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Things to Do All Weekend
· Houston Greek Fest at St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church | Daily – Nosh on souvlaki, spanakopita, dolmas, and baklava while celebrating Greek culture during this annual festival at St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church. Guests can tour the church, shop, and enjoy music and dancing throughout the weekend. Times vary.
· 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.
· The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Stages Repertory Theatre | Daily – One of the most requested musicals in Stages Repertory Theatre history returns for the company’s 40th anniversary season. The show boasts tacky outfits, crude language, adultery, road kill, electrocution, and spray cheese. $25 to $68. Showtimes vary.
· Cruzar la Cara de la Luna at the HGO Resilience Theater at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday, and Sunday – Houston Grand Opera presents a bilingual production of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon), a mariachi opera in Downtown. This moving immigration story chronicles the joys and struggles of three generations of a family divided between countries and cultures through the rich melodies of mariachi music. Tickets range from $15 to $155. Showtimes vary.
· The Barber of Seville at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE | Friday and Saturday – Discover the origins of Bugs Bunny’s famous opera lyrics, “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro” in this performance of The Barber in Seville. The musical comedy follows Count Almaviva as he enlists his friend, Figaro, to help him woo the lovely Rosina. 8pm nightly.
· ComedySportz Match Family-Friendly Improv Show at CSz Arena in EaDo | Friday and Saturday – ComedySportz presents a fast-paced comedy show suitable for the whole family. Much like, teams compete for points and laughs make up scenes, games, and songs on the spot with audience participation and suggestions incorporated into the act. $20. 8pm.
· Houston Tattoo Arts Convention at NRG Park | Friday to Sunday – Get inked, meet celebrity tattoo artists, and shop tattoo memorabilia when Villain Arts brings its traveling Tattoo Arts Convention to Houston for the first time. Tickets start at $20. Times vary.
· Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday – Get loud for the Astros when they take the field to play the Indians in a home game at Minute Maid Park. Tickets start at $20. Times 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.
· Minefaire, a Minecraft Fan Experience at NRG Center | Saturday and Sunday – Minefare gamers unite for this two-day exhibition and ultimate fan experience at NRG Center. During the convention, you can meet YouTube creators, compete in tournaments, build battles, enter a costume contest, watch live stage shows, hear from Official Minecraft Education Global Mentors, and shop official merchandise. 10am to 5pm both days.
· The Great Texas BBQ Festival at Post HTX | Saturday and Sunday – Part barbecue throw down, part music festival and part beer bonanza, this brand-new festival will feature some of Texas’ names in BBQ, beer, and music at Post HTX. Weekend passes start at $40. Noon each day.
· Daddy Long Legs at Main Street Theater | Saturday and Sunday – 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. Showtimes vary.
Friday, May 18, 2018
· Yoga in the Park at Evelyn’s Park | FREE – Breathe in and find your center during a free, outdoor yoga class led by Define Bellaire at Evelyn’s Park. 8:30am.
· 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.
· Neon Marty Dance Party at Art League Houston – Make your way over to Art League Houston’s Montrose Art Party featuring music by Flash Gordon Parks, delectable bites, a cash bar, and an exhibition of work by artists in the Healing Art program, as well as a silent auction. Tickets start at $250. 6pm to 9pm.
· Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Screening at Memorial City | FREE – Grab a blanket or lawn chair and watch an outdoor screening of Transformers: The Last Knighton the Square at Memorial City. 7pm to 10pm.
· Dave Matthews Band in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Jam out to hit songs like “Crash into Me” and “Ants Marching,” as well as new songs from their upcoming album, when DMB performs an outdoor concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tickets start at $45.50. 7pm.
· Who Put the “H” in Rhythm & Blues? at A.D. Players Theater – The Barry Sea Paradox Band presents a live music anthology that traces the roots and blossoming of the original American art form, rhythm, and blues music. The performance showcases 80 songs that changed the world. Tickets are $40 in advance; $45 at the door; $50 for VIP seating. 7pm.
· Shakespeare in Vegas at Studio 101 – Meet Margot, a struggling actress in New York City, who blindly accepts a role in a full season of Shakespearean plays with only one catch: the show is based in Las Vegas. Presented by 4th Wall Theatre Company, Shakespeare in Vegas is a laugh-out loud comedy full of surprises. Tickets start at $17. 7:30pm.
· Khalid in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – Catch a concert by Grammy nominee and 19-year-old singer-songwriter Khalid during his Sugar Land stop on The Roxy Tourat the Smart Financial Centre. Tickets start at $40.95. 8pm.
· A Fistful of Soul at The Continental Club | No Cover – Bust a move at Houston’s monthly ’60s soul and rhythm & blues dance party at The Continental Club in Mid Main. 10pm.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
· PurpleStride 5K at Houston Sports Park – Join the fight against pancreatic cancer by walking or running a 5K course at the PurpleStride fundraising event in Houston Sports Park. Registration starts at $30. 7am.
· Lindbergh Challenge at Lone Star Flight Museum –The Lone Star Flight Museum joins schools and organizations across the country to pay tribute to the legendary aviator, Charles Lindbergh, by accepting the Lindbergh Challenge. Members of the Civil Air Patrol and Boy Scouts will replicate his 33 ½ hour flight in one of the Museum’s Red Bird Simulators. This event is free with general admission to the museum. 7:50am.
· Houston Center for Photography Workshop at Levy Park | FREE – Learn the basics of photography every first and third Saturday of the month at Levy Park. In this workshop, participants will focus on capturing objects and people in motion. 9am to 10:30am.
· Hire Houston Youth 2018 On the Spot Hiring Events | FREE – Discover and apply for the perfect summer job at Hire Houston Youth’s on-the-spot hiring event, and initiative from Mayor Sylvester Turner in partnership with the local McDonald’s owners/operators of Greater Houston. 10am to 2pm.
· Pull for Puppies at City Centre – Play a competitive game of tug-of-war to raise funds for local pet charities across the country at Pull for Puppies in City Centre. $25. 11am.
· 14th Annual Empty Bowls Houston at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft – Have lunch at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft to support the fight against hunger during the 14th Annual Empty Bowls Houston fundraiser. Each participant will receive a simple meal of bread and soup, along with a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl donated by local artists. Minimum donation of $25. 11am to 3pm.
· Beyond the Pints Craft Beer & Music Fest at Town Green Park in The Woodlands– Taste craft beers from more than 30 breweries, enjoy live music from two stages, shop from local vendors, and nosh on bites from food trucks at Beyond the Pints Craft Beer and Music Fest in Town Green Park. Tickets start at $7. 1pm to 7pm.
· Della Barbato Book Signing at Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt Square | FREE – Hear from author and sexual abuse survivor Della Barbato, when she bravely shares her story and path to healing during a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Vanderbilt Square. 2pm to 4pm.
· Bayou Jamboree at Market Square Park | FREE – Celebrate Saturday New Orleans-style with beer, crawfish, Cajun eats, and plenty of horn-blowing at Market Square Park’s Bayou Jamboree. You’ll hear music from Bayou Roux and New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band and eat Cajun grub from Downtown favorite Treebeards. 3pm to 7pm.
· A Savory Food Affair & Tasting Extravaganza at HCC West Loop – Spiritual Temple Church hosts a family friendly tasting event, with unlimited food and non-alcoholic drinks, Christian comedy by Lady J, health and wellness information, vendors, a photo station, and more. $12; free for ages 3 and under. 5pm to 8pm.
· Flea by Night at Discovery Green | No Cover – Shop for everything from art to furniture and collectibles from a variety of vendors while enjoying live music and food trucks during Discovery Green’s Flea by Night. 6pm to 10pm.
· Bayou City Music Series featuring HSPVA Jazz Band at Buffalo Bayou | FREE – Kick back and enjoy a free, outdoor concert from the HSPVA Jazz Band as part of the Bayou City Music Series at Buffalo Bayou. The band features saxophonist Grady Gaines, who has recorded with icons like Little Richard and Sam Cooke, vocalist Trudy Lynn, and the 14-piece Thunder Soul Orchestra. 6:30pm to 9pm.
· Kendrick Lamar with Sza in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion –Experience an epic concert by Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, when he takes the stage alongside Schoolboy Q, and SZA at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tickets start at $44. 7pm.
· Houston Whiskey Festival 2018 – Sip and socialize among fellow whiskey enthusiasts at the Houston Whiskey Festival at Bayou Place. Attendees can partake in educational seminars, relax in a cigar lounge, listen to live music, nibble light bites, and request recommendations from popular distilleries. 7pm to 10pm.
· Certified Funny Saturday with Comedian Lil Darrel at Grooves of Houston – Laugh it up at the comedy of Lil Darrel (aka Dope Nizzy), Raambo and DatDamnMonty at the May edition of B Smooth’s Certified Funny Saturdays. $20. 8pm.
· Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Movie Screening at Discovery Green | FREE – Pack a blanket or a few lawn chairs and head to Discovery Green for a free screening of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, presented by Taquerias Arandas. 8:30pm to 10pm.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
· 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.
· Drinkers with a Running Problem at B-52 Brewing | FREE – Work up a sweat as you run a 5K through B-52 Brewing’s nearby neighborhood, then cool off with a cold beer at the brewery. 11:30am.
· 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.
· 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.
· 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.
· Italian Pasta Festival at Bayou City Event Center – More than 20 Houston-area restaurants and their chefs present their interpretations of Italy’s gift to the world: pasta at the Italian Pasta Festival. Tickets range from $25 to $35. 2pm to 5pm.
· Love Street Music Fest at Karbach Brewing Co. – Fulfill your love of live music with an all-star lineup of acts at Karbach Brewing Co.’s Love Street Music Fest. Sip cold brews during performances by Everclear, Cold War Kids, Bleachers, The Tontons, and The Unlikely Candidates. Tickets start at $30. 2pm.