Your Veteran’s Day List of Things to do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, November 9 to Sunday, November 11, 2018.
Pay tribute to our nation’s veterans at a free, outdoor concert; race through Memorial Square Park alongside the Houston Rockets; hear from literary, cultural, and theatrical mavens at the annual Jewish Book and Arts Festival; dine al fresco with a picnic in the park; jam out to live music at the Bonfire Music Festival and more.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, November 9 to Sunday, November 11, 2018.
Things to Do All Weekend
• Houston Cinema Arts Festival at Venues Around Houston | Daily – Enjoy five days of film screenings, panel discussions, workshops, and multimedia performances as the Houston Cinema Arts Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary at various venues around Houston. Tickets start at $10. Times and locations vary.
• International Quilt Festival at George R. Brown Convention Center | Daily – Join more than 55,000 quilting enthusiasts for a full week of classes, exhibits, networking, shopping, guest speakers and more at the International Quilt Festival in George R. Brown Convention Center. Tickets start at $9. Times vary.
• Nutcracker Market at NRG Center | Daily – Shop ‘till you drop at Houston’s highly-anticipated holiday shopping event, the annual Nutcracker Market at NRG Center. The Houston Ballet’s four-day market features more than 280 booths, offering unique gifts, home decor, gourmet foods, apparel, accessories and more. $20. Times vary.
• 46th Annual Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival at Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center | Daily – Experience the best of Jewish literary, cultural, and performing arts throughout the forty-sixth annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival at Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. The festival will feature book readings, discussions, film screenings, theatrical performances, concerts, and the Oliver Lapin Family Day. Prices vary. Times vary.
• Disney on Ice: Frozen at NRG Stadium | Daily – Watch Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf sing and dance across their frozen stage as Disney on Ice heads to NRG Stadium. Tickets start at $20. Showtimes vary.
• The French Farm’s Annual Holiday Open Warehouse Sale | Friday and Saturday | No Cover – Stock your kitchen for all of your holiday season get-togethers, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve at The French Farm’s Spring Open Warehouse Sale. 10am to 3pm both days.
• 65th Annual Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, & Fossil Show at Humble Civic Center | Friday to Sunday – Browse more than 50 exhibits featuring fossils, minerals, gemstones, and unique jewelry from around the world at the sixty-fifth annual Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, & Fossil Show in Humble Civic Center. Aspiring experts can brush up on their gem and jewelry knowledge via educational exhibitions, demonstrations, and classes offered at the three-day event. $8. Times vary.
• Chantal Warehouse Sale | Friday to Sunday | No Cover – Stock up on cookware and snag the perfect gift for an aspiring chef in your life with up to 75% off on discontinued, overstocked, and one-of-a-kind cookware at the Chantal Warehouse Sale. Times vary.
• Houston Grand Opera presents La bohème at the Wortham Theater Center | Saturday and Sunday – Transport to the heart of Paris during the bohemian revolution as the Houston Grand Opera presents Puccini’s La bohème at the Wortham Theater Center. One of the most famous operas of all time, La boheme explores the rollercoaster that is true love through a soundtrack of spellbinding musical works. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes vary.
• 23rd Annual Children’s Festival at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Saturday and Sunday – Entertain the kids with face painting, arts and crafts, a rock wall, live music, a PJ Masks meet-and-greet, and a performance from Sesame Street Live during the twenty-third annual Children’s Festival at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. $10. Times vary.
Friday, November 9, 2018
• Macy’s Fashion Show and Luncheon at NRG Center – Scope out the latest styles, enjoy a delicious meal, and stick around for holiday shopping when the Houston Ballet presents the annual Macy’s Fashion Show and Luncheon, a featured event at the Nutcracker Market. Tickets start at $135. 10:15am to 12:30pm.
• Casino Royale Charity Classic at The Houston Club – Ante up at a casino-themed charity gala that includes fine dining, cocktails, dancing, a silent auction, and of course, casino games, hosted by The Houston Club. The Casino Royale Charity Classic benefits the Nehemiah Center. Tickets start at $100. 6pm.
• Jungle Book Gala at The Revaire – The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation hosts its fourth annual Jungle Book Gala at The Revaire. Guests can enjoy dinner, drinks, live entertainment, and a silent auction with upscale items like a Rolex watch, exotic vacation packages, and limited-edition Astros apparel. Tickets start at $150. 6pm.
• Meet the Parents Movie Screening at Market Square Park | FREE – Crack up at the Ben Stiller classic, Meet the Parents, during a free screening of the comedy film at Market Square Park. 7pm to 9pm.
• Big Bad Blues Tour: Billy F. Gibbons in Concert at Revention Music Center – Catch a concert by former ZZ Top frontman and Houston native Billy F. Gibbons when he performs in support of his second solo album, Big Bad Blues, along with Matt Sorum and Austin Hanks at Revention Music Center Tickets start at $35. 7pm.
• Animaniacs in Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Relive your cartoon-filled childhood at a free concert by the Animaniacs characters at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The show will star original cast members with music composed by Emmy winner Randy Rogel. 7:30pm.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
• 17th Annual Rockets Run at Toyota Center – Get active with the Houston Rockets basketball team at the seventeenth annual Rockets Run, presented by Children’s Memorial Hermann. After running or walking through Memorial Square Park, participants will cross the finish line at center court to receive a commemorative T-shirt and access to the post-race party. Tickets start at $40. 6:30am.
• 15th Annual Run in the Park at Hermann Park – Make your way through a scenic course surrounded by historic live oak trees at Hermann Park’s fifteenth annual Run in the Park. Participants can enter a 5K run, 3K walk or 1K kids’ run, then head to the post-race party for food, drinks, and music. $30. 8am.
• 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. 11am.
• Texas Taco Music Fest at Midtown Park – Sample tasty tacos from some of Houston’s favorite restaurants while taking in live music, live art creation, craft booths, and more. $15 in advance; $20 at the gate. Noon to 9pm.
• Wing-A-Rama Houston Chicken Wing Festival at POST Houston – Roll up your sleeves and chow down on chicken wings from more than 20 of Houston’s top chefs and restaurants at the first-ever Wing-A-Rama Houston Chicken Wing Festival at POST Houston. Attendees can vote for the winner of “Best Chicken Wings” and “Best Chicken Wing Inspired Dish,” compete in a flaming hot chicken wing-eating contest, or upgrade to the VIP section with appearances from the Houston Astros and Houston Dynamo. Tickets start at $35. 1pm to 5pm.
• Da Camera Young Artists at MFAH – Browse MFAH’s latest exhibition, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol, while listening to orchestral music from Da Camera Young Artists during this pop-up concert. Free with admission to the exhibition. 2pm and 3pm.
• Picasso’s by Paws Painting Party & Fundraiser at Urban Tails – Allow your pups to play in safe, water-based paint and create their own masterpiece at the unique fundraising event, Picasso’s by Paws Painting Party & Fundraiser, presented by Urban Tails, SNAP, and PetTalk. Suggested donation of $10 to $20. 2pm to 4:30pm.
• 2018 Tequila, Taco, & Cerveza Fest at AirHogs Stadium – Get your fill of tacos, tequila, and beer at this food- and drink-focused festival in AirHogs Stadium. Expect food trucks and more than 40 types of tequila, as well as live mariachi music, and a Lucha Libre performance. Tickets start at $30. 2pm to 6pm.
• The Bonfire Texas 2018 at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch – Jam out to live music while enjoying a dog show, shopping, an auction, pet adoptions, and autumnal activities at the second annual Bonfire Texas music festival, held on the ranch at Blisswood Bed & Breakfast. Tickets start at $10. 2pm to 9pm.
• Día de los Muertos in The Heights | FREE – Celebrate the cultural holiday of Día de los Muertos with interactive exhibits and live entertainment at Montie Beach Park in The Heights. 2pm to 10pm.
• University of Houston Cougars vs. Temple at TDECU Stadium – Watch as the Cougars take the field to play Temple at TDECU. Tickets start at $10. Time is TBA.
• The Star Movie Screening at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Gather your friends and family, as well as a few lawn chairs, and head to Sugar Land Town Square for a free screening of Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
• Bayou City Music Series: Houston Blues, Jazz and Soul with Diunna Greenleaf and James Francies in Concert at Discovery Green | FREE – Get down to bluesy music by singer Diunna Greenleaf with Houston-based pianist and composer James Francies when the two team up for a featured concert in this season’s Bayou City Music Series. 7pm to 9:30pm.
• A Musical Salute to Veterans at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Honor America’s veterans at a free concert presented by the Medical Musical Group of Washington DC and Houston’s Texas Medical Center Orchestra at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Primarily featuring doctors, med school students, and volunteers, the two award-winning organizations will partner with Camp Hope to reach out to veterans to attend the concert. 7pm.
• Home Concerts presents Dillon Biggs, with the Fossil Lickers & Zydeco Dots in Concert at a Private Home in Bacliff – Take in an intimate acoustic concert in a private home, as singer-songwriter Dillon Biggs, folk trio The Fossil Lickers, and zydeco legends Zydeco Dots perform and mingle. BYOB. Location will be revealed with ticket purchase. $20. 7pm to 11:30pm.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
• Love & Make’s DIY Jewelry Making Workshop in Rice Village – Create your own macrame earrings in this DIY workshop at Love & Make in Rice Village. Jewelry designer Tanya Bagashka will walk participants through an ancient Arabic knotting technique that will be used to create the personalized piece. $55. 11am.
• 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.
• USPA U.S. Open Women’s Championship Tournament at Houston Polo Club – Cheer from the stands as two polo teams compete in the U.S. Women’s Championship at the Houston Polo Club. You can also expect a halftime divot stomp and a showing of the latest Range Rovers. Tickets start at $15. 2pm.
• Bayou City Jazz Series: Jazz Fusion All-Stars in Concert at House of Blues – Hear talented jazz artists like Eric Marienthal, Gerald Veasley, Lao Tizer, and Chieli Minucci at the Jazz Fusion All-Stars concert, as part of the Bayou City Jazz Series. Tickets start at $60. 5pm.
• Sunday Supper at The Grove – Close out the weekend with an elegant meal in a communal atmosphere at The Grove’s Sunday Supper event. Limited to 50 seats, the dinner features curated wine pairings and a chef-driven menu of osso buco with tomato ragu and fig and walnut conserve with ricotta and honey. $100. 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
• Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center – Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the Pacers at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $19. 6pm.