Your ‘Mama Mia’ List of Things to Do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14, 2018. 

Attend a ritzy gala to raise funds for Texas’ animals and natural habitats, be a spectator during back-to-back polo matches, light a candle in honor of Mahatma Gandhi and his peaceful teachings, save room for pasta at the annual Italian Festival, spend quality time with the kiddos at KBR Kids Day and more.

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14, 2018.

Things to Do All Weekend

·         40th Annual Houston Italian Festival | Daily Spend all weekend long stuffing your face with lasagna, spaghetti, and pizza at the fortieth annual Houston Italian Festival. Let your food settle while enjoying film screenings, kids’ cooking classes, Italian language classes, Carranza puppet shows, interactive sidewalk art, pasta-eating contests, grape stomps, and a bocce ball tournament. Admission ranges from free to $8. Times vary.

·         The Catastrophic Theatre presents Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class at MATCH | Daily – See the opening performance of Catastrophic Theatre’s 2018 to 2019 season as they present Curse of the Starving Class, a harrowing stage play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard, at MATCH. Tickets start at $10. Showtimes vary.

·         Gente de Teatro presents Cancún at MATCH | Daily – Catch a Spanish language comedy about two vacationing couples, whose tropical holiday doesn’t go as planned. English subtitles on Friday and Saturday only. $25. Times vary.

·         Exit Strategy at Rec Room | Thursday to Saturday – Take a seat for a comedic thriller that follows a group of students and teachers whose public high school will close at the end of the year. Tickets start at $30. Showtimes vary.

·         Annual Members Exhibit at The Watercolor Art Society-Houston | Thursday to Saturday | FREE – Explore an array of breathtaking watercolor art at the 49th Annual Members Exhibit at The Watercolor Art Society-Houston (WAS-H). The organization’s longest running event, the exhibit remains on view through October, showcasing the best-of-the-best from the organization’s ranks. 10am to 3pm each day.

·         Love and Make’s Candle Making Workshop in Rice Village | Friday and Saturday The popular candle making workshop continues into the fall and into the buildup to holiday season. It’s a good fit for dates, girls’ day out, and others. BYOB encouraged. $45. Times vary.

·         ComedySportz Match Family-Friendly Improv Show at CSz Arena | Friday and Saturday This family friendly, Whose Line Is It Anyway?-inspired improv show pits two teams against each other as they make up scenes, games, and songs based on audience input. $20. 8pm both nights.

·         Turkish Film Festival at MFAH | Friday to Sunday – Discover the world of Turkish cinema when the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston hosts its sixth Turkish Film Festival, featuring the winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Butterflies (Kelebekler,) along with five other notable films. $10. Showtimes vary.

·         10th Annual Houston Polish Harvest Festival in West Houston | Friday to Sunday – Experience Polish tradition mixed with modern entertainment during the three-day Polish Harvest Festival in West Houston. The festival will offer authentic Polish cuisine, Polish beer and wine, music and dance performances, a kids zone, shopping, and a silent auction. $5. Times vary.

·         Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival in Downtown Conroe | Friday to Sunday – Roll up your sleeves and chow down on loads of Cajun-flavored crawfish and other eats at this annual, family-friendly festival in Conroe. You can also expect live music, arts and crafts, a carnival, KidZone area, and a catfish pageant. Tickets start at $10.

·         Keep It Brassy 2 at Music Box Theater | Friday to Sunday – Tap your feet to a slew of classics from iconic bands, such as Chicago, Billy Joel, and Ray Charles, at this musical cabaret presented by Music Box Theatre. As the name suggests, the house band will be backed by a trumpet, saxophone, and trombone for extra, brassy flair. Tickets start at $29. 7:30pm every night.

·         Mr. Booker T. at the Door at Midtown Art Center | Friday to Sunday – Experience Houston’s first theatrical performance focused on the historical figure and iconic African American educator, Booker T. Washington, in Vincent Victoria’s world premiere of Mr. Booker T. at the Door at Midtown Art Center. Tickets start at $20. Showtimes vary.

·         47th Annual Bayou City Art Festival in Downtown | Saturday and Sunday – Admire the work of artists from across the country at the forty-seventh annual Bayou City Art Festival in Downtown Houston. The family-friendly festival attracts 20,000 visitors each year and features artwork from more than 300 artists in 19 mediums. $12. 10am to 6pm both days.

·         Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta | Saturday and Sunday | No Cover – Watch colorful dragon boats race across the water, propelled by teams of competitive paddlers at the Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta. In between races, you can enjoy cultural performances, food and drink vendors, and live music. 7am to 4pm both days.

·         Houston Symphony: Hocus Pocus Pops at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | FREE – Get in the Halloween spirit at the family-friendly Hocus Pocus Pops, featuring the Houston Symphony at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. 7pm.

·         Dia de la Hispanidad at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Experience the magic of Argentinian music, dance, and culture as South American groups Alma Salveje Folklore Argentino and Grupo Sur perform in honor of Dia de la Hispanidad at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 7:30pm.

·         Blues and the Spanish Tinge: Aaron Diehl in Concert at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Explore the early evolution of American piano and the creation of jazz when pianist Aaron Diehl plays a selection of music at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Expect to hear the works of Jimmy Yancey, George Gershwin, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and more. Tickets start at $42.50. 7:30pm.

·         The Book of Will at Main Street Theater Main Street Theatre presents Book of Will, a critically acclaimed stage play that follows Shakespeare’s friends as they attempt to preserve and compile the poet’s true works following his death. Tickets start at $10. 7:30pm.

·         Arctic Monkeys in Concert at Revention Music Center Jam out to hits like “Do I Wanna Know?” and “Fluorescent Adolescent” when alt-rock group Arctic Monkeys takes the stage at Revention Music Center. Mini Mansions will open the show. Tickets start at $79. 8pm.

·         Garbage in Concert at House of Blues Head to House of Blues as the Shirley Manson-fronted band, Garbage, celebrates the 20th anniversary of their second studio album, Version 2.0. The group will play the album in its entirety, including B-sides. Tickets start at $35. 8pm.

·         Stop, Drop & Roll Guinness World Record Attempt in League City | FREE – Watch history in the making as League City attempts to overtake the Guinness World Records title for the largest Stop, Drop, and Roll event, held on the field of the Clear Creek ISD Challenger Columbia Stadium. 8:45pm to 10pm.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

·         13th Annual Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas at Northshore Park Race through a 5K or 10-mile course at the thirteenth annual Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas run. Other runs include a 10-mile Wheelchair Division and the One 4 Texas Kids’ Fun Run, all followed by a post-race party with food, music, and family-friendly fun. Registration starts at $35. 7am.

·         Midtown in Motion at Bagby Park | FREE Get moving at this free workout class in Bagby Park. Led by instructor Roz Jones, the class incorporates High Intensity Interval Training, followed by a session of Yoga Flow. 9:30am.

·         10th Annual Korean Festival Houston at Discovery Green | No Cover – Celebrate Korean culture with authentic cuisine, music and dance performances, shopping, and interactive games at the tenth anniversary of Houston’s Korean Festival, held at Discovery Green. 10am to 7pm.

·         Texas Black Women’s Expo at NRG Center – Get inspired at the Texas Black Women’s Expo, where African American women come together to network, shop, learn, and browse a variety of fashion and artwork at NRG Center. Tickets start at $20. 10am to 7:30pm.

·         Candy Crawl Model Home Tour at Harmony in Spring | FREE – Make your way through 21 beautiful, candy-filled homes during the family-friendly Candy Crawl Model Home Tour at Harmony in Spring. Hosted by Johnson Development, the Halloween-themed tour also offers kettle corn, an inflatable maze, rock wall, a toddler train station, pumpkin decorating, and face painting. 11am to 2pm.

·         KBR Kids Day at Guadalupe Plaza Park | FREE – Treat the kids to a fun-filled day of hands-on activities during the twelfth annual KBR Kids Day at Guadalupe Plaza Park. In partnership with 20 non-profit organizations, the event will offer pontoon boat tours, local entertainment and performers, Dia de los Muertos face painters, balloon artists, a rock-climbing wall, and a Halloween parade. 11am to 3pm.

·         The Market at Sawyer Yards | No Cover – Shop a curated mix of artistic mediums with a focus on folk art, “maker is the seller,” and artisan crafts in The Market at Sawyer Yards. Hungry shoppers can dig into eats from a local food truck and listen to live tunes throughout the day. 11am to 5pm.

·         Rice Owls vs. UAB at Rice Stadium Cheer for the Rice University football team as they take on UAB at home. Tickets start at $20. Noon.

·         QS MBA World Tour at Houston Hilton Plaza | FREE with RSVP – Meet face-to-face with admissions directors from UT Austin, Rice, Texas Christian University, Emory, SMU Cox, Wash U-Olin, UCLA, and other top business schools. You can also get a free professional headshot for your LinkedIn profile, access to $7 million in scholarship funds, a resume review and more. 1:30pm to 6pm.

·         Taste of Tanglewood at Overture Tanglewood – Sip, sample, and purchase fine wines when Killer Vino hosts Taste of Tanglewood, a food and wine pairing event that features more than 70 wines from across the globe. $30. 3pm to 7pm.

·         Oktoberfest in Beaumont | No Cover – Whip out your lederhosen for the fourth annual Oktoberfest celebration in Beaumont, complete with live polka music, children’s activities, food trucks, face-painting, and a beer garden. Performers include The Royal Klobasneks, Paul Childers, Mayeux & Broussard, and TN Jett. 3pm to 8pm.

·         Hangar Bash at Lone Star Flight Museum – Chow down on award-winning barbecue while drinking cold beer from 12 regional breweries with a view of vintage historic aircrafts at the Lone Star Flight Museum’s Hangar Bash. $55. 4pm.

·         Art of Wining and Dining at Sugar Land Town Square Stroll through Sugar Land Town Square while sampling a variety of wines and dishes from participating restaurants at the Art of Wining and Dining event. Attendees can participate in an interactive performance by dueling pianists and shop a selection of vendors on site. Tickets start at $10. 4pm to 7pm.

·         Texas Tailgate Warrior at Lucky’s Pub West Team up with your drinking buddies to compete in the Texas Tailgate Warrior challenge at Lucky’s Pub West. The contest includes an obstacle course of five tailgating games (think beer pong, flip cup, and quarters) as well as open-play events that include cornhole, washers, and “roomba pong.” $20 per team. 5pm to 8pm.

·         A Night at Market Square at Market Square Park |  No Cover – Marvel at aerialists, contortionists, jugglers, and fire breathers when Cirque Mythos overtakes Market Square Park for this evening event. Pop-up performances and food and drink specials will be available in nearby restaurants and bars throughout the night. 6pm to 10pm.

·         Bayou City Music Series presents Jazz in the Tre with Jason Moran in Concert at Emancipation Park | FREE Acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, and Houston native, Jason Moran, headlines an all-ages, evening jazz concert in the Third Ward. Students from the HSPVA jazz program and Houston’s own Horace Grigsby open. 7pm to 9:30pm.

·         RBRM: Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, & Mike at Smart Financial Centre – Hear chart-topping hits by Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike, now known as “RBRM”, as they embark on a world tour that will stop in Smart Financial Centre. Jam out to hits like “My Prerogative,” “Every Little Step,” and “Rock Wit’cha.” Tickets start at $65. 8pm.

·         ‘Da Kink in my Hair at the Ensemble Theatre – Explore the stories of eight Black women in ‘Da Kink in my Hair, a musical stage play set in a Caribbean hair salon that’s owned by a West Indian hair stylist living in Toronto. Tickets start at $30. 8pm.

·         Lily Allen in Concert at House of Blues – Catch a concert by the British singer, songwriter, and actress, Lily Allen, when she takes the stage at House of Blues. Tickets start at $34. 8pm.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

·         USPA H. Ben Taub Memorial Cup at Houston Polo Club Head to Houston Polo Club for two polo matches, accompanied by live flamenco guitar music at the USPA H. Ben Taub Memorial Cup. Spectators can enjoy a champagne divot stomp at halftime, the McDugald Steele pony hops, and door prizes. Tickets start at $15. 4pm.

·         1,000 Lights for Peace at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE Promote peace at this celebratory event during Mahatma Gandhi Week, which teaches children the importance of the iconic peacemaker through essays, speech, poster, and debate contests, as well as field trips and storytelling. The evening will begin with a 5K walk for peace, followed by a cultural program and candle-lighting ceremony. 6pm.

·         Kinetic Ensemble presents Ocean’s Call at MATCH Take a seat for Ocean’s Call, Kinetic Ensemble’s opening performance of the season, featuring orchestral music inspired by the interaction between water and physical space. $25. 6pm.

·         Alice Cooper in Concert at White Oak Music Hall Rock out at White Oak Music Hall when heavy metal icon Alice Cooper performs in support of his 2017 release, Paranormal. Tickets start at $45. 6:30pm.

·         Houston Texans vs Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium Watch the Houston Texans play the Buffalo Bills on their home turf at NRG. Tickets start at $38. 7pm.

·         Bob Dylan And His Band in Concert at Smart Financial Centre Don’t miss a performance by the legendary singer-songwriter of such influential songs as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “I Shall Be Released,” and “Forever Young,” when Bob Dylan and His Band take the stage at Smart Financial Centre. Tickets start at $59.50. 8pm.