Ready or Not Your Festive List of Things to Do

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18, 2018. 

Kick off the first weekend of Moody Gardens’ annual Festival Of Lights; explore the newly opened Imperial Sugar building while enjoying plenty of fashion, sweets, and entertainment; marvel at whirling dervishes during the Houston Turkish Festival; root for the Rockets when they take on the reigning champs; taste Southern Star Brewing’s newest craft beer and more.  

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18, 2018.

Things to Do All Weekend

·         The Phantom of the Opera at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Daily – Take a seat for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece and one of Broadway’s most celebrated musicals, The Phantom of the Opera, when the touring cast performs a two-week stint at Hobby Center of the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $50. Showtimes vary.

·         The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) at Stages Repertory Theatre | DailyFollow along as three quick-witted church members are forced to perform an impromptu Christmas pageant after none of their scheduled acts arrive for the show. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes vary.

·         Veterans Appreciation Week at National Museum of Funeral History | Daily In honor of Veterans Day, the National Museum of Funeral History is giving back to past and active military by offering free general admission to veterans and active military servicemen and women for an entire week. General admission for all other adults and children 12 and older is $10; $9 for seniors; $7 for children 6 to 11; free for children 5 and under. Times vary per day.

·         When We Take Flight at MATCH | Thursday to Saturday – Presented by MET Dance, When We Take Flight features stunning choreography by Kyle Abraham, Bridget L. Moore, Sean Carmon, and Joshua Manculich. $20. 7:30pm nightly.

·         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.

·         Winter Holiday Art Market at Winter Street Studios | Friday to Sunday | No Cover  Fresh Arts presents its annual Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM) for one last time, with more than 65 artists and creators selling their work, complimentary drinks, local food vendor, and more. There is a ticketed Ugly Sweater Preview Party on Friday night starting at $15. No cover for the Saturday and Sunday market. Times vary.

·         Alley Theatre presents A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas | Friday to Sunday – Catch a performance of the classic, seasonal tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who’s famously visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future in Alley Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Tickets start at $37. Times vary.

·         Chantal Warehouse Sale | Friday to Sunday | No Cover  Stock up on cookware and snag the perfect gift for the 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.

·         Theta Charity Antiques Show at George R. Brown Convention Center | Friday to Sunday – Shop for a cause at the 2018 Theta Charity Antiques Show, which offers a wide selection of fine furniture and décor from a range of time periods in various styles. The show also boasts a preview party, design panels, and lectures from renowned designers, including Ashley Woodson Bailey, James Farmer, Suzanne Kasler, Miles Redd, and Carolyne Roehm. Tickets start at $20. Times vary.

·         Back to the ’80s at Music Box Theatre | Friday to Sunday – Feel the music at Back to the ‘80s, a throwback show featuring hits from Queen, Journey, Michael Jackson, Linda Ronstadt, George Michael, Neil Diamond, Cyndi Lauper, and Air Supply. Ticketsstart at $31. Showtimes vary.

·         Midtown Live 4 Concert Experience at Rockefeller’s | Friday and Sunday – Prepare to be entertained at this concert-style multimedia production, which features a lineup of Houston-based singers and musicians who share their stories through musical and theatrical performances. Tickets range from $10 to $40. 8pm both nights.

·         Houston Greek Film Festival at MATCH | Friday to Sunday  Screen a selection of short and feature-length films featuring Greek filmmakers, producers, and actors in the first-ever Houston Greek Film Festival at MATCH. Tickets start at $15. Times vary.

·         26th Houston Turkish Festival at Jones Plaza | Saturday and Sunday – Discover the rich culture of Turkey with two full days of live music and traditional dance performances, henna, art vendors, kids activities, a grand bazaar, as well as delicious foods like baklava, dolmas, kebabs, and Turkish coffee. Tickets start at $8. 11am to 9pm both days.

·         Junior League Holiday Market at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center | Saturday and Sunday – Get an early start on holiday shopping at the sixteenth annual Junior League Holiday Market, which offers everything from flower arrangements and gourmet food to Christmas ornaments and personalized gifts. $15. Times vary.

·         Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens | Saturday and Sunday – Brighten up your holiday season at the Festival of Lights in Moody Gardens, which features a mile-long trail of more than one million lights and illuminated scenes with gorgeous views of Galveston Bay. The family-friendly mainstay also offers an outdoor skating rink, vendors serving hot chocolate and festive food, and live entertainment. Tickets start at $16. 10am to 6pm daily.

·         Houston Via Colori in Downtown | Saturday and Sunday – Stroll through the streets of downtown as they’re transformed into a colorful artspace by more than 200 artists at the annual Via Colori festival. Benefitting the Center for Hearing and Speech, Via Colori will also offer live music, activities, a family zone, food, and drinks. Tickets start at $7. Times vary.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

·         Elevate Your Entertaining with Chef Aaron Sanchez at Central Market – Spice up your holiday cooking repertoire as Chef Aaron Sanchez guides you through a cooking class designed to incorporate Latin ingredients into the typical festive feast. You’ll leave class with new, delicious recipes like ancho-braised short ribs and grilled lobster tail with Yucatan-style recado and hearts of palm salad. $70. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

·         Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center  Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the reigning champions, the Golden State Warriors, at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $80 and are likely to sell out. 7pm.

·         University of Houston Cougars vs. Tulane University at TDECU Stadium – Watch as the Cougars take the field to play Tulane University at TDECU. Tickets start at $20. 7pm.

·         The Sweet Side of Fashion at Imperial Sugar Building – Explore the newly opened Imperial Sugar Building while enjoying complimentary drinks, fashion designers, tunes by DJ Goldline, a light show, aerialist performers, food trucks, and cotton candy machines at The Sweet Side of Fashion event, presented by When Worlds Collide. $45. 7:30pm to 11:30pm.

·         Ben Rector in Concert at Revention Music Center – Head to Revention Music Center for a live show by American singer-songwriter Ben Rector, as he brings “Magic: The Tour” to Houston in support of his latest album. The Band Camino opens the concert. Tickets start at $30. 7pm.

·         CSz presents The EaDo Comedy Show – For this improv show, ComedySportz Houston will draw from the vibe of the East Downtown neighborhood and call on audience members to participate. Full price tickets are $10. 8pm.

Friday, November 16, 2018

·         Art Is An Outdoor Market at Greenway Plaza | No Cover – Shop local artwork and unique finds at this European-style outdoor market in Greenway Plaza, where you can also enjoy live music and food truck eats. 11am.

·         WHAM 2018: Ugly Sweater Preview Party at Winter Street Studios – Get an early bird peek at Fresh Arts’ final Winter Holiday Art Market at a preview party with free food, drinks, entertainment, and holiday fun. Tacky Christmas and holiday sweaters are highly encouraged. $15; $25 at the door; free for Fresh Arts members; $50 VIP packages include two tickets and a swag bag. 6pm to 10pm.

·         Frostival at Discovery Green | No Cover – Discovery Green’s winter season kicks off with Frostival, a fun-filled night celebrating the opening of The ICE, the park’s outdoor ice skating rink. Enjoy live music, live ice battles with Reverend Butter, interactive ice sculptures, tunes from DJ Caps and more. Free to attend. Prices for ice skating varies. 6pm to 10pm.

·         Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends at Revention Music Center  Catch the giggles when Conan O’Brien takes the stage for the first time since 2010 in his touring comedy show, Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips, at Revention Music Center. Joining the talk show host is a rotating group of handpicked comics, including Rory Scovel, Deon Cole, Ron Funches, and Laurie Kilmartin. Tickets start at $49. 8pm.

·         Concert & Conversation: Women in the Arts at MATCH  Discuss and celebrate the importance of diversity in the arts as ROCO hosts a Concert & Conversation at MATCH. The evening will begin with a production comprised of works by all women, followed by a thoughtful dialogue about the role that diverse, female voices play in the arts and culture industry. $25. 8pm.

·         Pepe Aguilar presents Jaripeo sin Fronteras at Toyota Center – For the first time in more than two decades, Pepe Aguilar will saddle up and ride horseback in his family’s traditional mariachi musical and equestrian show at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $61, before ticketing fees. 8pm.

·         Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles in Concert at The Heights Theater – Tap your toes to an intoxicating blend of blues, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, gospel, and jazz at a concert by Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles at The Heights Theater. Tickets start at $22. 8pm.

·         I Am King: The Michael Jackson Experience at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – All hail the King of Pop during a special performance by several Michael Jackson tribute artists at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Expect dynamic vocals, electric energy, and of course, plenty of moon-walking. 8:30pm.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

·         Giving Thanks 5K/10K at Sugar Land Memorial Park – Lace up your running shoes for a 5 or 10K race that benefits Bel Inizio, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women develop self-confidence and life skills through fitness and nutrition. Tickets start at $15. 8am.

·         Great Inflatable Race at Sam Houston Race Park – Have a blast as your run, climb, dive, and bounce your way through an obstacle course of custom-designed inflatables during this fun run at Sam Houston Race Park. Tickets start at $24.99. 9am.

·         Farmers Market at Baldwin Park | No Cover – Shop a curated selection of fresh produce and prepared foods from local farmers, bakers, and chefs at this farmers market in Baldwin Park. 10am.

·         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.

·         Connect with Art Saturday at the Silos at Sawyer Yards | FREE – View a selection of original artwork in a variety of mediums during Connect with Art Saturday, where artists from the Houston Art Connective will open their studios for visitors to tour their unique spaces at Sawyer Yards. Noon to 5pm.

·         Glisten Holiday Lighting at CityCentre | FREE – Pose for pictures with Santa and frolic in the snow at the Glisten Holiday Lighting in CityCentre. The festive event will feature a five-foot snow slide, ice-carving demonstration, snow box, complimentary hot chocolate and apple cider, a DJ, and the big reveal of CityCentre’s holiday lights. Noon to 9pm.

·         Black Crack 2018 Release Party at Southern Star Brewing – Celebrate the release of Southern Star Brewing’s bourbon barrel aged stout, Black Crack 2018 with food trucks, souvenir glasses, and plenty of beer. $25. Noon to 10pm.

·         Tigres UANL vs. UNAM Pumas at BBVA Compass Stadium – Cheer from the stands of BBVA Compass Stadium as two Mexican-based soccer teams, Tigres UANL and UNAM Pumas, go head to head in a game. Tickets start at $56.50. 2pm.

·         Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival at NRG Park – Jam out to a live show by Houston rapper Travis Scott as he hosts the first-ever Astroworld Festival, suitably located across the street from what once was the famed amusement park at NRG. Celebrating the rich culture of Houston, the festival will also feature a slew of performers that have yet to be announced. Tickets start at $129. Noon.

·         36th Annual Lighting of the Doves Festival at Town Green Park | FREE –Welcome the start of the holiday season with a long-standing tradition in The Woodlands, the Lighting of the Doves. Now in its thirty-sixth year, the festival offers cultural performances, snow play areas, shopping, kids activities, a Santa Claus appearance, a fireworks show, and the ceremonial lighting of the doves. 3pm to 9pm.

·         ROCO In Concert: Queen of Hearts at The Church of St. John the Divine – ROCO’s all-female-composer program continues with Queen of Hearts, which features the world premiere of “Solitaire,” featuring violinist Heather Schmidt and concertmaster Scott St. John, followed by Anna Clyne’s “Within Her Arms,” Ruth Gipps’s “Seascape,” and Louise Farrenc’s “Symphony No. 3.” $35. 5pm.

·         Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings Warriors at Toyota Center – Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the Kings at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $21. 7pm.

·         Legends of Soul in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – Get down to bluesy music at the Legends of Soul concert with performances by Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, The Whispers, Freddie Jackson, and Howard Hewett. Tickets start at $49.50. 7:30pm.

·         Open Mike Eagle in Concert at House of Blues – Jam out to beats by Chicago-based hip-hop artist, comedian, and podcaster Open Mike Eagle, who most recently released his 2017 album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream. Tickets are $17. 7:30pm.

·         The Divine Miss Bette at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Delight in a dynamic and hilarious performance by Bette Midler impersonator Catherine Alcorn when she takes her sell-out tour to Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. 8pm.

·         Daley: Spectrum Unplugged at The Heights Theater – Known for his unique sound and dynamic voice, British vocalist Daley presents an acoustic version of his second studio album, The Spectrum, in concert at The Heights Theater. Tickets start at $24.8pm.

·         Burly Q Lounge at Warehouse Live – Warehouse Live transforms into a naughty speakeasy with a performance that is classy, sexy, dirty, and funny. The show will feature hours of sexy comedy, with local and touring burlesque beauties, stand-up comics, musicians, showgirls, games, circus tricks, and more. Tickets are $25. 8pm.

·         Sunday, November 18, 2018

·         Chilaquiles & Cafe: Pop Up Brunch at Campesino Coffee House | No Cover – Dive into a plate of delicious chilaquiles paired with piping hot coffee during this pop-up brunch event at Campesino Coffee House. 10am.

·         Botox & Bubbles Happy Hour at Foye MD & Spa | FREE with RSVP – Sip on Champagne, sample light bites, and enjoy discounted Botox treatments and dermal fillers at a special midday Sunday funday happy hours. RSVP required. Noon to 2pm.

·         The Gr8 Taco Challenge at 8th Wonder Brewery – Spectate a tasty challenge that pits more than 20 of Houston’s top eateries against one another to battle it out for the title of “Best Taco,” when 8th Wonder Brewery presents The Gr8 Taco Challenge. Guests can enjoy taco samples, live music, a michelada bar, and an assortment of fruited Haterade available on tap. $40. Noon to 3pm.

·         Friendsgiving Market at Karbach Brewing Co. | No Cover – Snag unique finds fromlocal artists and vintage curators while listening to live music and sipping craft beer during this Friendsgiving-themed art market at Karbach Brewing Co. Noon to 5pm.

·         Southwestern Circuit USPA/PTF Seniors Tournament at Houston Polo Club Cheer from the stands as two polo teams compete in the Southwestern Circuit USPA/PTF Seniors at the Houston Polo Club. Tickets start at $15. 2pm.

·         Galveston Symphony Orchestra at The Grand 1894 Opera House – Hear the Galveston Symphony Orchestra play an enchanting selection of classics, including Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Piano Concerto No.3, as well as Mozart’s Symphony No.41. $35. 4pm.