Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Thanksgiving Weekend Guide for Thursday, November 22 to Sunday, November 25, 2018.
Indulge in a decadent Thanksgiving feast without all the cleanup; check out local artwork inspired by all your favorite comic characters; see the season debut of the Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker; celebrate Small Business Saturday at a local boutique; escape the Black Friday crowds with brunch and brews and more.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston this Thanksgiving weekend, from Thursday, November 22 to Sunday, November 25, 2018.
Things to Do All Thanksgiving Weekend
• Thanksgiving Events Around Houston | Daily – Whether you’re looking to work up an appetite in a turkey trot or chow down at an indulgent feast, you can give thanks for friends, family, and all of the delicious food at Thanksgiving events happening all over Houston.
• Panto Star Force at Stages Repertory Theatre | Daily – Crack up at this hilarious spoof of the original Star Wars trilogy, which follows Jed, a farm boy from the planet Cypress, who joins forces with a zany band of space rebels to take on the powerful Emperor Snorkelfish and Dark Tater. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes vary.
• The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) at Stages Repertory Theatre | Daily –Follow along as three quick-witted church members are forced to perform an impromptu Christmas pageant after none of their scheduled acts arrive. Tickets start at $25, but limited discounted $17.50 tickets are available for select shows. Showtimes vary.
• Alley Theatre presents A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas | Daily – 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.
• 59th Annual AutoRama at George R. Brown Convention Center | Thursday to Sunday – Scope out some of the country’s best hot rods, customs, trucks, and motorcycles when the 59th Annual AutoRama car show stops in Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center. Expect celebrity appearances from WWE star AJ Styles, Designer Dave Kindig, Nascar’s Tony Stewart, and John Schneider from “The Dukes of Hazzard.” $19. Times vary.
• Flea at Silver Street: Holiday Flea at Silver Street Studios | Friday to Sunday –Silver Street Studios’ holiday flea market returns with one-of-a-kind collectibles, jewelry, vintage finds, artwork, mid-century modern furniture, and original designs. Visitors can also hit up the full bar and local food trucks, as well as onsite pet adoptions. Tickets are $5 and kids under 12 get in free. 10am to 5pm each day.
• 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.
• Festival of Trees at Cane Island in Katy | Friday to Sunday – Welcome the holidays with shopping, entertainment, Santa appearances and more at the annual Festival of Trees event in Katy’s first master-planned community, Cane Island. Tickets start at $7. Times vary.
• Miss Bennet – Christmas at Pemberley at Main Street Theater | Friday to Sunday – Take a seat for Main Street Theater’s presentation of Miss Bennett—Christmas at Pemberley. The delightful sequel to Pride & Prejudice switches the focus toward Mary, the awkward middle sister on a quest for independence and love. Tickets start at $36. Showtimes vary.
• The Nutcracker at the Wortham Theater Center | Friday to Sunday – The Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, and all of her magical toys return for the beloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, presented by the Houston Ballet at the Wortham Theater Center. Tickets start at $30. Showtimes vary.
• DC vs Marvel Art Show at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Super Happy Incredible Toys joins War’hous to present the first-ever DC vs Marvel art show at Saint Arnold Brewery. The show will feature artwork from local artists, an eclectic vendor market, and cosplay contests throughout Thanksgiving weekend. Times vary.
Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22, 2018
• YMCA Turkey Dash 2018 at Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch – Before indulging in a decadent Thanksgiving feast, work up a sweat at the YMCA Turkey Dash in Cinco Ranch, which features a 10K, 5K, and 1-mile event for children and walking, as well as prizes for costumed runners. Registration starts at $20. 6:45am.
• Houston Turkey Trot 2018 at Uptown Galleria – Lace up your running shoes for the annual Houston Turkey Trot in Uptown Galleria, presented by the largest community development organization in Texas, BakerRipley. Tickets start at $20. 7:30am.
• Thanksgiving Day Parade in Downtown | FREE – Kick off your holiday in Downtown, where a stunning showcase of floats, balloons, marching bands and more will entertain audiences in the 69th Annual Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade. 9am.
• Turkey Trot in Woodforest – Start Thanksgiving on the right foot at Woodforest’s second annual Turkey Trot family fun run. All runners receive a long sleeve technical shirt and a finisher medal. Tickets start at $25. 9am.
• Thanksgiving Buffet at Downtown Aquarium – Feast on a delicious, kid-friendly buffet of traditional favorites, seafood specials, and fun additions like a waffle and crepe station at Downtown Aquarium’s annual Thanksgiving Buffet. Tickets start at $19.99. 10am to 1:30pm.
• Thanksgiving Day Feast at B&B Butchers – B&B Butchers opens its doors this Thanksgiving to offer guests a festive prix fixe menu of tasty dishes like roasted turkey with cornbread and sausage stuffing, oven-baked yams, and decadent pumpkin pie. On your way out, grab a complimentary “leftover” turkey sandwich from the Butcher Shop, made with roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and a side of gravy. Free hot apple cider, Thanksgiving-themed cookies, and pumpkin cheesecake balls are also available. $59. 11am to 8pm.
• H-Town Thanksgiving Day Concert at White Oak Music Hall – Spend Thanksgiving jamming out to live music from some of Houston’s top hip-hop artists, including Z-Ro, Slim Thug, Lil Keke, Lil Flip, Paul Wall, and Martez, when the rappers perform at White Oak Music Hall. Tickets start at $50. 7pm.
• The EaDo Comedy Show at CSz Arena – For this improv show, ComedySportz Houston will draw from the vibe of the East Downtown neighborhood and call on audience members to participate. $10; limited comped and discounted $5 tickets available. 8pm.
Friday, November 23, 2018
• Brunch & Barleywine Black Friday at City Acre Brewing Co. | No Cover – Fuel up for—or take a break from—Black Friday shopping with an all-day brunch and beer launch at City Acre Brewing Co. While sipping the brewery’s brand new Celebraish barleywine, you can dig in to buttery french toast with house-made bread, fried chicken with crispy waffles, pulled pork biscuits and more. 11am to 11pm.
• Flea at Silver Street: Holiday Flea at Silver Street Studios – Silver Street Studios’ holiday flea market returns with one-of-a-kind collectibles, jewelry, vintage finds, artwork, mid-century modern furniture, and original designs. Visitors can hit up the full bar and local food trucks, as well as onsite pet adoptions. $5. 5pm.
• Grand Illumination Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Woodlands Resort | FREE – Spread holiday cheer at The Woodlands Resort’s Grand Illumination Tree Lighting Ceremony, which includes carolers, hot chocolate and apple cider, gingerbread house-decorating, photo booths, pictures with Santa, and the lighting of a 20-foot Christmas tree. 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
• So You Think You Can Dance Live at Revention Music Center – Watch the stars of the Emmy-winning TV competition, So You Think You Can Dance, light up the stage when the touring crew heads to Revention Music Center. Tickets start at $35. 8pm.
• Ashanti and Ja Rule in Concert at Arena Theatre Houston – Jam out to your favorite hits from the early 2000s at a concert by dynamic hip-hop stars Ja Rule and Ashanti. Expect to hear songs like “What’s Luv” and “Always Be On Time.” Tickets start at $59.50. 8:30pm.
Saturday, November 24, 2018
• Holiday Artisan Market at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church of Houston | FREE – Shop for holiday gifts, order bites from local food trucks, and listen to live music at the 2018 Holiday Artisan Market, which benefits Animal Justice League. 9am to 4pm.
• Midtown in Motion at Bagby Park | FREE – Get moving as instructor Roz Jones leads you through a High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class, followed by a Yoga Flow class at Bagby Park. All fitness levels welcome. 9:30am.
• Holiday Latin Jazz Fest at Jones Plaza – Listen to live jazz music from Grammy-winner Poncho Sanchez, as well as Francisco Torres, Jose Valentino, Raquel Cepeda, and Houston’s own Jose Antonio Diaz at the Holiday Latin Jazz Fest in Jones Plaza. The fest also offers dance entertainment, Latin food, and drinks. Tickets start at $5. 11am.
• Rice Owls vs. Old Dominion at Rice Stadium –Cheer for the Rice University football team as they take on Old Dominion at home. Tickets start at $10. Noon.
• Goat Yoga Houston at NettBar – Challenge your strength and stability during a 45-minute session of goat yoga at NettBar Houston. As the name suggests, yogis will practice with assistance from adorable baby goats, followed by 15 minutes of play time. Tickets start at $35. 11:15am.
• Small Business Saturday Holiday Market at ModChic Couture Boutique | FREE –Support small businesses this Saturday when local boutique ModChic Couture hosts a holiday market with works by local designers, including bold, handmade jewelry by Stephanie BIJOUX, handbags by KisaKisa, and brightly colored headwraps by ChiChi L’amour. Shoppers can also take advantage of complimentary drinks, light bites, music, giveaways, and gift bags. 1pm to 6pm.
• Winter Flea by Night at Discovery Green | FREE – 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.
• Blue Field Market | FREE – Shop ‘till you drop, then relax with a cocktail when Blue Field Market opens every Saturday night this November. The market offers local vendors, live bands, drink specials, sunset yoga, sand volleyball, and both sports and movie screenings on the big screen. 6pm to 10pm.
• Blue October in Concert at Revention Music Center – The San Marcos-based rock group, Blue October, heads to Houston’s Revention Music Center to perform a show in support of their latest album release, Home. Tickets start at $38. 8pm.
• Cannibal Corpse in Concert at Warehouse Live – Death metal fans can flock to Warehouse Live for a night of pounding rhythms and harsh lyrics when seasoned rock group Cannibal Corpse takes the stage. Tickets start at $25. 8pm.
• Be Someone Artist Showcase at Last Concert Cafe – Support local talent while helping to fight homelessness in Houston during the Be Someone Artist Showcase at Last Concert Cafe. The showcase will feature art vendors, performers, DJs, electronic music producers, and a laser light display, with proceeds benefiting The Pink Giraffe House non-profit. $15. 8pm.
Sunday, November 25, 2018
• Photos with Santa at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Snap a photo for your family Christmas card when Mr. and Mrs. Claus make an appearance in Sugar Land Town Square. And in the spirit of giving, bring along a new stuffed animal to donate to the Fort Bend Rainbow Room’s Christmas Project. 1pm to 5pm.
• Unplugged at Discovery Green | FREE – Pack up your lawn chairs and head to Discovery Green for a free concert, where five different bands must recreate popular songs using all acoustic instruments. This week’s performers include Los Dientes, Sara Van Buskirk, Now We Fly, Metanoia, and Soul Creatures. 5:30pm to 9pm.
• The Long Island Boys at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar – Head to Prohibition Supper Club for The Long Island Boys, Houston’s only “boy-lesque” show, presented every month in partnership with Terrible Enfants Theatre Company. As you dine, allow the international cast to dazzle and charm you with daring acrobatics, aerial, and dance performances. Tickets are $25. 6pm.
• Willie Nelson & Family in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – Catch a concert by the native Texan and iconic singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist, Willie Nelson, when he and his band perform at Smart Financial Centre. Tickets start at $64. 7:30pm.
• P.O.D. in Concert at Warehouse Live – Rock out to songs like “Youth of the Nation”, “Boom,” and “Goodbye For Now” as Warehouse lives welcomes P.O.D., Nonpoint, and Islander for a show. Tickets start at $24.50. 7:30pm.