Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Sip Texas brews while strolling through the zoo, wine, dine, and dance at an elegant gala in Hermann Park, check out the must-see Broadway musical, root for the Astros when they take on the Oakland Athletics, catch a concert from P!nk (dates have changed to Friday 4/27 & and Saturday 4/28), Jack Johnson, or Eric Church, bike from Houston to Austin along with 13,000 other cyclists, and more.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Things to Do All Weekend
· Hamilton: An American Musical at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | 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 are priced at $80.50, but many are gone and most remaining tickets are at significantly higher prices. Showtimes vary.
· The Escape Game Houston at CityCentre | 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.
· Latin Wave Film Festival at MFAH | Daily – Explore the world at screenings of eight remarkable films from and about Latin America at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s 13th Annual Latin Wave film festival. General admission is $10. MFAH Members, students with ID and senior adults receive a $2 discount. Students with ID receive complimentary admission to films screening on Sunday, April 29. Thursday at 7pm; Friday at 5pm; Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.
· 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 nightly.
· The Government Inspector at Chelsea Market | Thursday to Saturday – 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 nightly.
· 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 | Ends Sunday – Houston’s big, international independent film festival closes out its 10 day run of 200 screenings, award ceremonies, galas, and more at The Memorial City Cinemark Theatre. 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.
· Bikes on the Bayou 2018 at Eleanor Tinsley Park | Friday to Sunday – Peruse a variety of motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, and other 2-wheel vehicles at the 2018 Bikes on the Bayou festival in Eleanor Tinsley Park. Featuring live music from groups like Sick Puppies, Saliva, and Lil’ Troy, the three-day festival will also offer BBQ, beer, and over 100 vendors with cycle-centric entertainment and products. Tickets start at $20. 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. Showtimes vary.
· 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. Showtimes vary.
· 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. Showtimes vary.
· 2nd Annual Southern Star BBQ Cook-Off at Southern Star Brewing Co. | Friday and Saturday – Spend your weekend eating endless barbecue and listening to a lineup of local bands when Southern Star Brewing hosts its second BBQ Cook-off. Featuring raffles, a silent auction, pet adoptions, food trucks, games, a pet kissing booth and more, this festival offers two full days of family-friendly fun. $12. Noon to 10pm both days.
· Rice University Owls vs. Charlotte at Reckling Park | Friday to Sunday – Take your seat to watch the Owls when they play Charlotte on their home field. Tickets start at $15. Times vary.
· Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday –Get loud for the Astros when they take the field to play the Athletics in a home game at Minute Maid Park. Tickets start at $10. Times vary.
· *** P!nk in Concert at Toyota Center | Friday and Saturday – See the Grammy Award-winning pop star and lauded performer, P!nk, when she brings her Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018 to Houston for two nights. Tickets start at $47.45. Times vary.
· Texas Crawfish & Music Festival at Preservation Park | Saturday and Sunday –Satisfy your cravings for crawfish and country tunes at Preservation Park’s Texas Crawfish and Music Festival. Feast on crawfish, Cajun bites, barbecue, and burgers, while listening to headliners Kyle Park and Sundance Head. $12. Times vary.
· 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. Showtimes vary.
· Third Coast Music Festival at The Grand 1894 Opera House | Daily – Get ready for a full weekend of live music in Galveston at Third Coast Music Festival, which features 40 bands in 50 shows. This year’s headliners are country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell and Australian guitarist Joe Robinson. Tickets start at $30. Times vary daily.
Friday, April 27, 2018
· Friyay! at Imperial in Sugar Land | FREE – Celebrate the end of the work week with music, lawn games, a bounce house, food trucks, and sweet treats at Imperial in Sugar Land. 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
· Fourth Friday Night Market in the East End | No Cover – Check out this monthly outdoor market that features work from dozens of artists and vendors. Located in the Historic East End, the market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and handcrafted items. 6:30pm.
· Paddington Movie Screening at Levy Park | FREE – Unfold a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a free showing of the popular children’s film, Paddington, which follows the adventures of a young English bear. 7:30pm.
· Discovery Discussions Harvey Heroes presented by Southwest Airlines at Discovery Green | FREE – Hear the brave and emotional stories of Houstonians who stepped up to rescue, assist, feed, clothe and shelter those affected by Hurricane Harvey at Discovery Green’s series, Discovery Discussions. Following the testimonials, Dr. Stephen Klineberg will share Harvey’s impact on Houstonians, as reflected in the 37th Annual Kinder Houston Area Survey. 7pm to 8:30pm.
· Essential Oil Basics Workshop at Pop Shop America Energy Corridor – Create your own, personalized blend of perfume and aromatherapy spray at the Essential Oil Basics Workshop by Pop Shop America Energy Corridor. With relaxing fragrances and good music, This BYOB workshop is the perfect place to unwind from a busy week. $35. 7pm to 9:30pm.
· Eric Church in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Head to Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for a performance by critically-acclaimed country singer-songwriter Eric Church. Arrive early to catch the show openers, Steve Earle & The Dukes and The Texas Gentlemen. Tickets start at $22. 7pm.
· Evening in the Park at Hermann Park – Sip cocktails along the Jones Reflection Pool, then enjoy an elegant dinner, dessert, and dancing beside McGovern Lake at Evening in the Park. Hosted by Hermann Park Conservancy, the annual spring gala benefits daily volunteer and stewardship programs that maintain and improve the park. $500. 6:30pm.
· Critical Mass Bike Ride at Market Square Park | FREE – Bike through Downtown Houston during this monthly community ride with Critical Mass. 7pm.
· MD Anderson Cancer Survivor Celebration at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE –Honor local cancer survivors, patients, and caregivers, while showing your support in the fight against cancer at MD Anderson’s Cancer Survivor Celebration in Sugar Land Town Square. You’ll enjoy live music by Commercial Art, giveaways, and inspiring speakers throughout the evening. 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
· BP MS 150 from Houston to Austin – Bike your way across Texas in the BP MS 150, which leads participating riders from Houston all the way to our state capitol. Organized by the National MS Society, this two-day fundraiser is the largest event of its kind in North America. $125.
· Yoga on the Plaza at Rothko Chapel – Connect with your mind and body during an hour-long yoga class by the calming reflecting pool at Rothko Chapel. Suggested donation of $15. 9am to 10am.
· UTHealth Stomp Out Stroke Festival at Discovery Green | FREE – Prioritize your health with free health screenings, nutrition and fitness demonstrations, and Q&A sessions with physicians, nurses, and pharmacists at UTHealth Stomp Out Stroke Festival. Held at Discovery Green, this family-friendly event will also offer entertainment, door prizes, and giveaways. 9:30am to 3:30pm.
· Santo de Mayo 5K Social Run & Packet Pick Up at Saint Arnold – Warm up your muscles and head to Saint Arnold Brewery for the last training event (and after party) before the Santo de Mayo 5K next month. After the 3.5-mile run/walk, treat yourself to three frosty brews, a souvenir pint glass, and tamales from Texas Tamale Company. $20. 9am to 4pm.
· 14th Annual Spring Corvette Car Show at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE –Zoom over to Sugar Land Town Square for the 14th Annual Spring Corvette Show, featuring more than 100 sports cars competing to win the People’s Choice Award. All proceeds will benefit local charities. 10am to 3pm.
· NYC Comes to Grand Central Park | FREE – Take an imaginary day trip to New York City at NYC Comes to Grand Central Park—a part of Johnson Development’s “April Drools!” Houston Home Tour. As you tour 11 fully decorated model homes, you can register to win a trip to the Big Apple, indulge in New York-style street fare, and enjoy entertainment from street performers. 10am to 5pm.
· Midtown Park Lounge on the Lawn | FREE – Stroll through Midtown Park, play games, join a fitness class, and win prizes while enjoying live entertainment throughout the day at Lounge on the Lawn. Performers include the nearby Ensemble Theatre, MET dance Company, Houston Poet Laureate Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton, and Main Street Theater. 10am to 11pm.
· Young Writers Workshop at Discovery Green | FREE – Bring your little aspiring writers to this free workshop, where they will learn the basics of storytelling and language skills. Led by the Houston Public Library, the weekly workshop takes place at Discovery Green. 10:30am to 11:30am.
· 10th Birthday Celebration Kickoff Ice Cream Social at Cross Creek Ranch | FREE – Get your dessert fix when Cross Creek Ranch hosts an ice cream social to kick off its month-long birthday celebration. Noon to 4pm.
· Black Restaurant Week presents Soundbites: Food Truck Festival – Celebrate the flavors of African-American, African, and Caribbean cuisine as the Houston Black Restaurant Week presents the Soundbites: Food Truck Festival at Peggy Park. Hungry guests can check out the HOUBRW’s festival highlighting a delicious assortment of black food truck owners, family fun, and live music from some of Houston’s hottest DJs. Tickets are $10. Noon to 8pm.
· Houston Dash vs. North Carolina Courage at BBVA Compass Stadium – Cheer on the Dash as they play the Courage in a home game at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets start at $15. 2:30pm
· Music on the Patio at Cross Creek Ranch | FREE – Swoon to the sounds of silky smooth jazz when Duane Vincent performs on the patio of Italian Maid Café, hosted by Cross Creek Ranch. 5pm to 7:30pm.
· Starry Nite Festival 2018 at Southwestern National Bank | No Cover – Sit beneath the stars and taste delicious street food, listen to music from a lineup of DJs, enter raffles, play games, and create arts and crafts during Starry Nite Festival at Southwestern National Bank. 6pm to 10pm.
· David Byrne in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – Sing along to songs by the Talking Heads’ frontman, David Byrne, when he plays a show at White Oak Music Hall. Claim a spot early on to catch the opening group, Perfume Genius. Tickets are $55, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
· Sugar Land Jr Superstar Finale at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Find out which vocally gifted youngster will be named Sugar Land Jr Superstar in the final week of this annual competition in Sugar Land Town Square. 7pm to 9pm.
· The Lone Bellow in Concert at The Heights Theater – Catch a performance from The Lone Bellow, a trio formed by Zach Williams, multi-instrumentalist Kanene Donehey Pipkin and guitarist Brian Elmquist at The Heights Theater. Special guest opener is Devon Gilfillian. Tickets range from $20 to $79. 8pm.
· Coco Movie Screening at Discovery Green | FREE – Bring the family to watch an outdoor screening of Pixar’s Coco at Discovery Green. Arrive early to take part in a contest and pre-movie activities. 8:15pm to 9:45pm.
· Dance of Asian America: East Meets West XVI | FREE – Discover what happens when East meets West as Dance of Asian America joins some of Houston’s most elite dance companies in a performance that fuses various types of traditional and contemporary Asian dance. This is a free ticketed event. 8:15pm.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
· Sienna 10 at Sienna Plantation – Lace up your sneakers for Sienna 10, a 15-point race in the Armadillo Cup standings. Runners can choose from a 10-mile, 5-mile, 5k, or kids 1-mile run, and all participants will get the chance to walk away with a cash prize after the Crazy Cash Giveaway. Prices vary per race. 7am.
· 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.
· 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.
· 5th Annual Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge at Market Square Park – Cheer on celebrity chefs as they compete to create the best dish from ingredients typically found in a disaster preparedness kit, including canned foods and shelf-staples. Along with the excitement of the challenge, you’ll leave feeling confident and prepared for an emergency situation. 2:30pm.
· Sunday Night Live at CityCentre Plaza | FREE – Spend Sunday afternoon unwinding outdoors with a free concert at City Centre Plaza. This week, the featured artist is E Nicole. 3pm to 6pm.
· Judas Priest in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – Catch heavy metal band Judas Priest, along with openers Saxon and Black Star Riders at Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land. Tickets start at $53.25. 7pm.