Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22, 2018.
Bask in the sounds of soaring movie scores by John Williams, spend a night at the zoo, channel your inner ’80s high school kid with free screenings of Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, join Bay Day festivities in Kemah, get an up-close look at humongous aircrafts, celebrate Earth Day, and more.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22, 2018.
Things to Do All Weekend
· Cleo at Alley Theatre | Daily – Enter the scandalous disaster that was the filming of the 1963 film, Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Directed by Bob Balaban, this live performance reveals the dramatic, real-life romance that launched the age of paparazzi and tabloid celebrity. Tickets start at $26. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday and Sunday 2:30pm.
· The Escape Game Houston at City Centre | Daily – Newly opened this week, the Escape Game Houston entertains and delights as it puzzles its players. Four distinct 60-minute games and experiences offer you the chance to be an art thief (or catch one), find a prospector’s hidden gold, break out of prison, or get out of a 5th grade classroom early on the last day of school. $31.99 per person. 7am to midnight daily.
· Cabaret at Obsidian Theatre | Thursday to Saturday – Travel back to 1930s Berlin at the Kit Kat Club, where the Emcee’s bawdy songs and wry commentary allow its guests to forget the looming darkness arising throughout the country. Enjoy a night of Tony Award-winning music, impressive sets, and a spellbinding story in Cabaret. Tickets are $40. 8pm every night.
· Galveston Island Wine Festival | Friday and Saturday – Sip fine wines, dine at an elegant dinner, run a champagne 5K, and attend a grand food and wine tasting during the ninth annual Galveston Island Wine Festival at Saengerfest Park. Tickets start at $72. Times and locations vary.
· ComedySportz Match Improv Show at CSz Arena | Friday and Saturday – Crack up as you participate in this interactive improv show from ComedySportz. Tickets are $20. 8pm both nights.
· The Twilight of the Golds at Theatre Suburbia | Friday and Saturday – 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 both nights.
· 51st Annual WorldFest-Houston at The Memorial City Cinemark Theatre | Friday to Sunday – Let your inner film buff roam free with 10 days of 200 screenings, award ceremonies, galas and more at the 51st annual WorldFest-Houston, happening at The Memorial City Cinemark Theatre. Tickets for the opening night start at $25. Tickets to individual movies, Film Buff passes; week-long passes or tickets to other special events may be purchased online or in person at The Memorial City Cinemark Theatre. Times vary.
· West Side Story at HGO Resilience Theater | Friday to Sunday – Snap your fingers and head on down to HGO Resilience Theater for a dramatic performance of forbidden love in the classic musical, West Side Story. Tickets start at $25. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 2pm.
· Daisy at Main Street Theater | Friday to Sunday – Take a seat for Main Street Theater’s newest production, Daisy, a play inspired by the infamous advertisement from the 1960s. Based on real people and events, Daisy explores the impact of the media and that unforgettable commercial now known as the origin of negative ad campaigns. Tickets start at $36. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 3pm.
· The Catastrophic Theatre presents Small Ball at MATCH | Friday to Sunday –Pique your interests of 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. Friday and Saturday 8pm; Sunday 2:30pm.
· University of Houston Cougars vs. Wichita State at Schroeder Park | Friday to Sunday – Watch as the Cougars take the field to play Wichita State at Schroeder Park. Tickets start at $6. Friday and Saturday 6:30pm; Sunday 1pm.
· Rice University Owls vs. Florida Atlantic at Reckling Park | Friday to Sunday –Take your seat to watch the Owls when they play Florida Atlantic on their home field. Tickets start at $15. Friday 6:30pm; Saturday 2pm; Sunday 1pm.
· Houston Texans Kid’s Triathlon at NRG Stadium | Saturday and Sunday – Cheer on young athletes as they swim, bike, and run their way through the world’s largest sanctioned kid’s triathlon at NRG Stadium. $50. 6am both days.
Friday, April 20, 2018
· Prom Night: A Chic Affair benefitting Teach for America at Life HTX – Party with Houston’s young professional leaders at a prom-themed party honoring Teach for America at Life HTX. This benefit will include a light dinner provided by Cordúa Catering, beats by DJ KidStylez and DJ Mr. Rogers, as well as spirits to keep the party going. General admission is $100. Tickets will be discounted to $65 for alumni and $80 for general admission from April 18 to April 19, 2018. 8pm.
· Nina Diaz and Wild Moccasins at Rockefellers – Check out Nina Diaz, a San Antonio native and former vocalist for Girl in a Coma, when she performs a show at Rockefellers. Local favorites Wild Moccasins will open the show. Tickets start at $12. 8pm.
· Da Camera Jam at Discovery Green | FREE – Enjoy a free, outdoor concert from Venezuelan jazz vocalist Raquel Cepeda and pianist Jose-Miguel Yamal as part of Da Camera’s Jam series at Discovery Green. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
· Broadway at the Box at The Music Box Theater – Experience a night of musical theater as performers The Great White Way return to The Music Box Theater. See Broadway classics from decades past, as well popular newcomers. Tickets are $29. 7:30pm.
· Rihanna Night Light Vibe at 3rd Ward Tours – Jam out to Rihanna songs as you cruise through the streets of Houston on bikes illuminated with colorful LED lights. Tickets start at $10. 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
· HAYA Band: The Migration | FREE – Listen to the calming sounds of traditional and contemporary Chinese music when award-winning HAYA Band performs Migration, a moving concert that incorporates chants, the Mongolian horsehead fiddle, plucked string instruments, throat singing, and shaman drums. This is a free ticketed event. 8pm.
· Houston Symphony: The Best of John Williams at Jones Hall – Allow your ears to travel to a land far, far away, as the Houston Symphony performs scores by John Williams in honor of Star Wars’ 40th anniversary at Jones Hall. Tickets start at $26. 8pm.
· Chocolate and Art Show Houston at The Garage – Indulge in body painting, face painting, live portraits, music, and free chocolate as up-and-coming artists, photographers, and creators around Houston come together for The Chocolate and Art Show at The Garage. Tickets start at $15. 8pm.
· Jim Gaffigan at Smart Financial Centre – Laugh your socks off when stand-up comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan brings “The Fixer Upper Tour” to the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land. Tickets start at $49.50. 8pm.
· The Government Inspector at Chelsea Market – Take a seat for Classical Theatre Company’s performance of The Government Inspector, which tells of a corrupt, small-town mayor who learns that an incognito inspector is heading to town for an anonymous inspection. $25. 8pm.
· Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Movie Screening at City Acre Brewing Co. | No Cover – Satisfy your munchies with mini hamburgers, cheese fries, and brownies on a stick while watching a free screening of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle at City Acre Brewing Co. 8pm to 10pm.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
· Autism Speaks 8K & 1K Kid’s Fun Run at Sugar Land Town Square – Lace up your running shoes for a good cause and join the Autism Speaks 8K & 1K Kid’s Fun Run at Sugar Land Town Square. 7am to 11am.
· Puppies for Breakfast at Market Square Park | FREE – Leash your pups and head Downtown for a celebration of man’s best friend. At the festival, you can shop from more than 40 dog-industry vendors and artists, enter your pet in a costume or “mayor of Market Square” contest, let them play with their fellow furry friends in a closed-in space, and listen to live music. 10am.
· Earth Day: Party for the Planet at Downtown Aquarium | FREE – Interact with endangered animals, feed exotic fish, partake in a conservation tour, or enter a scavenger hunt as Downtown Aquarium celebrates Earth Day with Party for the Planet. 10am.
· Family Capoeira Class at Midtown Park | FREE – Combine dance, acrobatics, and music when learning Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian form of martial arts, at this free class in Midtown Park. 10am to 11am.
· Houston Symphony: ¡Fiesta! at Jones Hall – Prepare to dance the conga, macarena, and more at this morning concert featuring a variety of Latin beats at Jones Hall. Performed by the Houston Symphony, ¡Fiesta! will feature a live mariachi band, Folklorico dancers, music from Disney’s latest hit, Coco, and Bizet’s famous “Toreador Song” from Carmen. Tickets start at $20. 10am and 11:30am.
· HobbyFest 2018 at Hobby Airport | FREE – Take off toward Hobby Airport for HobbyFest 2018, where kids can get a close-up look at aircraft, jump around a bounce house, and have their face painted. The festival will also feature a live DJ, raffle prizes, and free food from local food trucks for the first 1000 attendees. 10am to 4pm.
· Rock the Block Party at Woodforest in Montgomery | FREE – Woodforest is celebrating Johnson Development’s “April Drools!” Houston Home Tour with a free block party and model home tour. Everyone is welcome to visit Woodforest to enjoy live music, tasty grilled food, beer and margaritas, snow cones, face-painting, inflatables, game, and more. 10am to 5pm.
· Taiwan Festival 2018 at Taiwanese Association of America Houston Chapter | FREE – Modeled after Taiwanese night markets and hosted by the Taiwanese Association of America – Houston Chapter, the 2018 Taiwan Yes Taiwan Festival brings the flavors, entertainments, and culture of Taiwan to Houston for a free, all-day event. 10:30am to 4pm.
· Bay Day Festival 2018 at Kemah Boardwalk | FREE – Soak up the sun during Bay Day at Kemah Boardwalk, where you’ll find bay-themed arts and crafts, wildlife presentations, touch tanks, a scavenger hunt, and science and marine exhibits. 11am to 4pm.
· 3rd Annual Crawfish Cook-Off at Exit 73 Bar & Grill – Enjoy all-you-can-eat crawfish as teams vie for the title of “Best Tasting Crawfish.” There will be live music, at trash pong championship, and family friendly fun like a bounce house and face-painting. Leashed dogs are welcome. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. 11am to 6pm.
· Food Truck Festival in The Heights – Eat all the food truck bites when Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Food Truck Festival featuring more than 30 mobile eateries. Tickets start at $5. 11am to 5pm.
· Goode Company Beerfest at Goode’s Armadillo Palace – Sip local beer, play yard games, eat tasty food, and listen to live music on the spacious backyard patio during Beerfest at Goode Company Armadillo Palace. $30. Noon to 3pm.
· Direct Energy Presents Carolyn Wonderland in Concert at Levy Park | FREE –Catch a performance from blues singer-songwriter Carolyn Wonderland, presented by Direct Energy, at Levy Park. Kicking things off at Levy Park at 12:30pm is Ms. Trudy Lynn & The Steve Krase Band while Milton Hopkins & Friends perform at 3pm and Carolyn Wonderland begins her set from 6pm to 8pm.
· Houston Dynamo vs. Toronto FC at BBVA Compass Stadium – Cheer on the Dynamo as they play Toronto FC in a home game at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets start at $24. 2pm.
· Spring Fling at The Owl – Eat, drink, and win raffle prizes while supporting Dress for Success Houston during Women of Wardrobe’s annual Spring Fling event at The Owl. Tickets start at $20. 3pm to 6pm.
· Flea by Night at Discovery Green | No Cover – Shop 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.
· Zoo Overnights: Party for the Planet at Houston Zoo – Spend a night with exotic animals at Zoo Overnights: Party for the Planet, where families can learn how to protect the environment and save endangered species. Participants will take a guided hike around the zoo and meet endangered animals before “camping” inside the Brown Education Center. 7pm.
· Wonder Movie Screening at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Stake out a spot in Sugar Land Town Square for a free screening of Wonder. Based on the New York Times bestseller, the movie tells an inspiring story of a young boy who struggles to fit in at his new school. 7:45pm to 9:45pm.
· Step Afrika! at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Cheer on the Step Afrika! dance troupe as they take the stage in a thrilling performance of stepping, an art form based on African tradition that combines intricate kicks, stomps, and rhythms mixed with spoken word. This is a free ticketed event. 8pm.
· The Catastrophic Theatre’s Toga! Toga! Toga! Gala at Rec Room – The Catastrophic Theatre hosts their Toga! Toga! Toga! Gala, an evening of Dionysian delights, Greek food, and dancing at the Rec Room. Unleash your inner god, goddess, mythological creature, or the infamous partier himself, Dionysus, god of wine, ritual madness, fertility, and theatre. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. 8pm.
· The Forgotten Empress at Asia Society Texas – Watch a fusion of South Asian classical dance, live music, and theater in a dynamic performance of The Forgotten Empress, a story based on the life of Empress Noor Jahan in 16th-century Mughal India. $35. 8pm.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
· Resolve Walk of Hope at Sugar Land Town Square – Stand with women and men who struggle with infertility during the Resolve Walk of Hope fundraiser at Sugar Land Town Square. The two-mile course represents each couples’ journey, serves as a reminder that no one is alone, and celebrates the many ways in which families are built. 8am to 11am.
· Earth Day at Discovery Green | FREE – Discover how you can help save the environment by exploring exhibits on alternative energy, recycling methods and more on Earth Day at Discovery Green. You’ll also find a foodie farmers market, Canned Acoustica, and recycling stations. Noon to 6pm.
· 5th Annual Crawfish and Brews at 8th Wonder Brewery – Feast on spicy Cajun crawfish, sip craft brews, and jam out to live music when 8th Wonder Brewery hosts its 5th Annual Crawfish and Brews party. Tickets start at $10. Noon to 6pm.
· Earth Day Market at Karbach Biergarten – Bask in the sunshine while shopping from local vendors and artisans at Karbach Biergarten. This family-friendly, Earth Day market will feature live music, food, and local craft beer. Noon to 7pm.
· Brandon Rogers at Houston Improv – Laugh it up when comedian and sketch comedy writer Brandon Rogers takes the stage at the Houston Improv. Tickets start at $20. 2pm.
· Love & Make presents a DIY Soy Candle Making Workshop – Create your very own wax candle when Love & Make presents a DIY Soy Candle Making Workshop. Offering light bites and sips, this BYOB workshop allows you to combine your favorite fragrances for a personalized gift or decorative addition to your home. $45. 2pm.
· Ann at Stages Repertory Theatre – Explore the life and career of an iconic Texas governor and master of bon mots, Ann Richards, in Ann at Stages Repertory Theatre. Sally Edmundson stars in this one-woman-show that showcases the struggles and triumphs experienced by the local icon. Tickets start at $25. 2:30pm.