Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21, 2018.
Support a local charity at one of many ritzy galas; tour a slew of homes designed by innovative architects; bust a gut at a hilarious show by comedian Anjelah Johnson, Kevin Hart, Patton Oswalt, or Neal Brennan; dress up and head to the opera for the company’s first show of the season; get spooky at a Halloween festival in The Heights and more.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21, 2018.
Things to Do All Weekend
· Comic Anjelah Johnson: More of Me Tour at Houston Improv | Daily – Houston Improv welcomes stand-up comedian, actress, and internet sensation Anjelah Johnson to entertain audiences with multiple shows on her “More of Me” tour. Tickets start at $40. Showtimes 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. Tickets start at $10. Showtimes vary.
· The Return of Sherlock Holmes at Chelsea Market | Daily – Take a seat for Classical Theatre Company’s production of The Return of Sherlock Holmes, a new take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective stories, with added emphasis on the story of Holmes’ trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes vary.
· The Importance of Eating Earnest at Studio 101 | Thursday to Saturday – Check out a modern, zombie-focused twist on Oscar Wilde’s classic, The Importance of Being Earnest, when Cool Man Running Productions presents its performance of The Importance of Eating Earnest at Studio 101. Tickets are $25. 8pm nightly.
· Kevin Hart at Toyota Center | Friday and Saturday – Catch a comedy show by the beloved comedian and star of multiple blockbuster hits, Kevin Hart, as Toyota Center presents “The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour”. Tickets start at $49.50. 7pm both nights.
· Splendid China XIII at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday and Saturday | FREE – Experience an evening of Chinese song and dance when some of China’s top dance companies team up with Houston’s Dance of Asian America in Splendid China XIII at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 7:30pm both nights.
· Oktoberfest Celebrations Around Greater Houston | Friday to Sunday – Every year brings more and more Oktoberfest celebrations to Houston. With many celebrations around the city, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to hoist a brew. Locations, dates, and times vary.
· Houston Grand Opera presents The Flying Dutchman at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts | Friday and Sunday – See the opening show of Houston Grand Opera’s 2018 to 2019 season with a dramatic performance of the haunting love story, The Flying Dutchman, at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $25. Times vary.
· Love and Make’s Candle Making Workshop in Rice Village | Friday to Sunday – 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.
· Wings Over Houston at Ellington Airport | Saturday and Sunday – Watch vintage, World War II aircraft soar across the sky in the 34th annual Wings Over Houston showcase at Ellington Airport. This year’s 2-day show includes a kids area, food and drink vendors, and a variety of aircraft entertainment. $40. 8am to 6pm both days.
· Brick Fest Live: LEGO Fan Experience at NRG Center | Saturday and Sunday – Roll up your sleeves and spend a day or an afternoon playing with more than 1 million LEGO bricks, building at interactive stations, and shopping from specialized LEGO vendors. $17.50 to $39.50. 10am to 5pm both days.
· Holiday of Dreams Fall Home Tour & Shopping at Woodridge Forest | FREE – Travel through the seasons of fall in five tastefully decorated model homes with themes like “It’s All About Halloween” and “Winter Elegance.” Holiday décor by Flowers of Kingwood is available for sale, and visitors can register to win $500 in décor or design services, and more. Noon to 5pm.
· Texas Home & Garden Show at NRG Center | Saturday and Sunday – For forty years, the Texas Home & Garden Show has offered its visitors expert advice, money-saving tips, remodeling ideas, and landscape features, and this year is no different. Head to NRG Center for all things home and garden when NRG Center hosts the two-day show. $10. Hours vary.
· 2018 Annual Home Tour Houses and Architects at AIA Houston | Saturday and Sunday – Take a self-guided tour through seven architect-designed homes that were chosen by industry experts to represent the best of the best in the 2018 Annual Home Tour at AIA Houston. Tickets start at $10. Noon both days.
· 21st Annual Artober Fest in Downtown Galveston | Saturday and Sunday – Presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House, this annual fall festival transforms downtown Galveston into a gallery of colorful artwork in 14 different mediums. The showcase features more than 100 artists from across the country, with more than 7,500 attendees gathering to view their work. $5. Hours vary.
· Bike Around the Bay in Galveston | Saturday and Sunday – Hop on a bike and cruise 170 miles around Galveston Bay in this annual biking event, which kicks off at Plantgistix in Baytown. Bikers can choose to participate for one or both days. Tickets start at $175. 7:30am to 6pm both days.
Friday, October 19, 2018
· Faith in Practice 2018 Gala at Hilton Americas-Houston – Bid on high-dollar auction items like a week-long vacation in Telluride, an autographed Texans football helmet, or a five-course dinner at Amalfi Ristorante Italiano during the Faith in Practice 2018 Gala at Hilton Americas-Houston. Proceeds from the gala will go toward the medical, dental, and surgical care that Faith In Practice provides in Guatemala. Tickets start at $225. 5:30pm.
· Cultivated Cocktails at Southside Place Community Garden – Sip aperitivo cocktails while munching on hors-d’oeuvres and gourmet pizza when Southside Community Garden hosts an evening of Cultivated Cocktails. During the event, three mixologists will craft unique cocktails with an Italian twist using fresh ingredients, with one winner named at the end of the night. $75. 6pm to 9pm.
· Comedian Neal Brennan at House of Blues – Laugh it up as the three-time Emmy-nominated writer, director, producer, and comedian, Neal Brennan, takes the mic at Houston of Blues Houston. Tickets start at $29. 6:30pm.
· Buxton at The Heights Theater – Celebrate the long-awaited release of Stay Out Late, an Americana album by local musicians Buxton, at The Heights Theater. Tickets start at $18. 7pm.
· Cole Swindell & Dustin Lynch in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – Head to Smart Financial Centre for a country concert when Cole Swindell brings his “Reason To Drink… Another” tour to Houston. Dustin Lynch opens the show. Tickets start at $39.75. 8pm.
· MFAH Mixed Media – MFAH Mixed Media goes across the pond for a Brit-inspired bash that celebrates Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol. Headlining this month’s event is the acclaimed London-born Judge Jules, who brings irresistible trance and incomparable dance music to MFAH along with local openers DJ Sun and DJ Little Martin. Tickets are $25; $22 for MFAH members. 8pm to midnight.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
· Child Advocates Superhero Run in CityCentre – Bust out your spandex, mask, and cape, and run or walk a 5K at the annual Child Advocates Superhero Run, which raises funds to fight child abuse. Held at CityCentre, the race will be followed by a celebration with shopping, food, entertainment, inflatables, a costume contest, and family-friendly activities. Tickets start at $15. 7am.
· 35th Annual Texian Market Days Festival at George Ranch Historic Park – Discover more than 150 years’ worth of history at the 35th Annual Texian Market Days in George Ranch Historic Park. The family-friendly festival offers hands-on activities, battle re-enactments, live entertainment, costumed interpreters, historic home tours, games, vintage vehicles, food, and craft vendors. Tickets start at $10. 9am to 5pm.
· Autism Speaks Walk Houston at Lynn Eusan Park | FREE – Raise awareness and contribute to a great cause at the Autism Speaks Walk in Lynn Eusan Park. Donations from the walk go toward innovative research and critical lifelong supports and services that benefit people with autism. 9am.
· ArBOOretum at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center – Lead your family through a unique trick-or-treating nature trail at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. The experience also includes a petting zoo, face-painting, pony rides, food trucks, and a pumpkin-decorating station. Tickets start at $15. 10am to 4pm.
· Fashion Fights Trafficking at City Centre – Spend Saturday enjoying brunch, a complimentary cocktail, personal styling, and high-end shopping for a great cause at Fashion Fights Trafficking, a Conscious Couture event that showcases the latest fashions to raise money to end human trafficking. Tickets start at $25. 9am to 5pm.
· East End Street Fest on Navigation Esplanade | FREE – Experience the rich culture of Houston’s East End with live entertainment on multiple stages, a diverse selection of food, shopping, and art, all available at East End Street Fest on Navigation Esplanade. Noon to 10pm.
· Community Day at CAMH | FREE – Contemplate the prison system as you explore the latest exhibit at CAMH, Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, when the center opens its doors for an activity-filled community day. 2pm to 5pm.
· Love & Make’s Bath Bomb Making Workshop in Rice Village– Create your own luxurious, scented bath bomb at this DIY workshop, hosted by Love & Make in Rice Village. The family-friendly activity allows crafters to incorporate essential oils and experiment with fun colors. $45. 3pm.
· The Search for Lafitte’s Gold Festival in La Porte | FREE – Strike gold as you scour the streets of La Porte, along with live music, entertainment, a pirate-themed costume contest, and food and drink vendors during the family-friendly Search for Lafitte’s Gold street festival in Five Points Plaza. You can also stop by an airbrush tattoo artist, ride down inflatable slides, and partake in other pirate-themed activities. 4pm to 9pm.
· Houston Halloween Fest in The Heights – Have a scary good time at Houston Halloween Fest in The Heights, which will feature a musical performance by the Spazmatics, food trucks, a beer garden, a kids zone, and shopping from local vendors. $10. 5pm to 10pm.
· Holiday Shopping Card Celebration in Highland Village | FREE – Get a head start on holiday shopping at Highland Village’s third annual Holiday Shopping Card Celebration, where you can enjoy costumed characters, live music, and fireworks show to celebrate the release of this year’s discount card. The $75 card offers shoppers a 20% discount at more than 600 stores around Houston and benefits the American Cancer Society. 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
· 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.
· Monster Jam at NRG Center – Get revved up for a high-energy showcase of massive trucks racing, ramming, and crushing their way through NRG Center. Tickets start at $15. 7pm.
· Greens Bayou Gala at Hilton Houston North – Join the Greens Bayou Coalition for an evening of food, drink, dancing, and entertainment at the Inaugural Greens Bayou Gala. Guests can also participate in a silent auction. Tickets start at $150. 7pm.
· Goosebumps Movie Screening at Discovery Green | FREE – Get in the Halloween spirit with a free, outdoor screening of Goosebumps, the 2015 film inspired by the Nickelodeon TV show that spooked ‘90s kids across the country. 7:30pm to 10pm.
· Patton Oswalt at Revention Music Center – Burst out laughing when actor, comedian, and writer Patton Oswalt brings his Grammy-nominated stand-up show to Revention Music Center. Tickets start at $39. 8pm.
· Carnavalloween: Brazilian Halloween Carnival at Fitzgerald’s – Catch a performance by one of Brazil’s most renowned samba singers, Neguinho de Beija-Flor, in his first ever Texas performance. Dancing and Brazilian costumes are encouraged. $30. 9pm.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
· Houston’s Wedding Showcase at NRG Center – Brides-to-be can gather their crew and head to NRG Center for a full day of wedding inspiration, planning advice, and vendors at Houston’s Wedding Showcase. Expect bridal fashion shows, cake tastings, planning tips, a ring selfie station, giveaways and more. $10. 10am to 4pm.
· Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders at BBVA Compass Stadium – Cheer on the Dynamo as they play the Sounders in a home game at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets start at $29. 4pm.
· Hendricks Gin Cup at Houston Polo Club – Kick back with a gin and tonic while watching an exciting round of polo as Hendricks gin teams up with Houston Polo Club for the Hendricks Gin Cup. You can also enjoy a flamenco guitar performance, a halftime champagne divot stomp, the McDugald Steele pony hops, and a special trophy presentation. Tickets start at $15. 4pm.
· Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – Get nostalgic at a concert by the ‘60s crooner and his trusty band, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, when they stop for a show in Houston’s Smart Financial Centre. Tickets start at $65. 7pm.
· World of Dance Live at Revention Music Center – Marvel at the talented dancers of Jennifer Lopez’s award-winning TV show, World of Dance, when the touring group struts their stuff at Revention Music Center. Tickets start at $29. 8pm.