Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, January 5 to Sunday, January 7, 2018.
Shop for vendors and inspiration at the Bridal Extravaganza, learn how to bullet journal, see superstar Katy Perry perform live, shop for local goods at a market, run in a blacklight neon 5k, get your seat for the launch of Sunday brunch at Provisions and more.
Things to Do All Weekend
• Hello Trees! at Discovery Green | Daily | FREE – Stroll through Discovery Green’s temporary art installation Hello Trees! and watch/listen as your voice message is transformed into light and music.
• Zoo Lights at Houston Zoo | Daily – Explore the Houston Zoo at night while millions of lights illuminate the various exhibits in this annual tradition. Tickets start at $11.95. Thursday 6pm to 10pm; Friday to Sunday 6pm to 11pm.
• The Ice at Discovery Green | Daily – Lace up your skates and take to The Ice rink at Discovery Green to show off your moves. $14 to rent skates. Thursday 5pm to 10pm; Friday 5pm to 11pm; Saturday 11am to 11pm; Sunday 11am to 8pm.
• Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens | Daily – See the impressive one million light display at Moody Gardens complete with animation and sound during the annual Festival of Lights. Tickets start at $10.95. Daily 6pm to 11pm.
• Comedian Steve Byrne at The Houston Improv | Thursday to Saturday – Score 2-for-1 tickets to see the hilarious Steve Byrne, best known for his Netflix, Comedy Central, TBS, and Showtime specials. $25; or $12.50 for two tickets with promocode Netflix365.
• Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Hobby Center | Thursday to Saturday – Don’t miss the holiday tradition of the Houston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. This classic will have a new home this year, thanks to Harvey, but you can catch it at the Hobby Center. Tickets start at $35. 2pm and 7:30pm daily.
• Disney’s Fantasia: Film with Orchestra at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Scenes from Disney’s Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will project and the Houston Symphony will perform the score live at Jones Hall. Show times vary.
• Indie Chefs Week at 3201 Louisiana | Friday to Sunday – Enjoy a 10-course dinner featuring a unique dish from local chefs like Ryan Lachaine of Riel and Lyle Bento of Southern Goods on Friday and Justin Yu on Night 2. On Sunday, the 20 chefs will collaborate in pairs to serve guests a 10-course tasting menu. Tickets start at $150. Times vary.
• Galveston Restaurant Week at Participating Restaurants Around Galveston | Saturday and Sunday – Eat your way through the Galveston restaurant scene by dining on prix fixe menus in support of Access Care of Coastal Texas during Galveston Restaurant Week. Prices, times, and locations vary.
• The Sale at Bayou City Event Center | Saturday and Sunday – Shop items from various local boutiques under one roof during this massive sale that benefits The Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Tickets start at $25. Times vary.
• Bridal Extravaganza Show at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday and Sunday – Find everything you need for your big day, from caterers to florists and wedding dress inspiration, at the Bridal Extravaganza. Tickets start at $15, but you can save $2 with promocode Bride365.
Friday, January 5, 2018
• Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – Keep the Christmas celebrations going at Bayou Bend with lights, holiday-themed tours with live actors, Christmas decorations, cotton snowballs, and a music bells station. Tickets start at $10. 5:30pm to 10pm.
• Midtown Wine Down in Bagby Park | No Cover – Unwind at Midtown’s monthly happy hour in Bagby Park featuring beats by DJ Mav and happy hour specials on food and drinks from Rico’s Morning Noon Night. 6pm to 9pm.
• Opening Reception: To Have or To Be at Anya Tish Gallery | FREE – Get the first look at Serbian artist Vladislav Šćepanović’s exhibition To Have or To Be at Anya Tish Gallery. 6pm to 8:30pm.
• Michael Jackson Night Light Vibe at 3rd Ward Tours – Cruise the streets of the 3rd Ward and stop at Midtown Park to jam to music from the king of pop. Tickets start at $10. 7pm to 9pm.
• Thorn & Moon Magickal Market at Avant Garden – Step into the enchanting monthly market at Avant Garden featuring tarot readings, a food truck, goth yoga class, psychic development workshop, and shopping for art, jewelry, and other unique goods. 7pm to midnight.
• The Atomic Frolic Naughty New Year Burlesque Show at The Heights Theater – Take your seat for this burlesque show from Michelle Lamour, Ginger Valentine, and Ruby Joule at The Heights Theater. Tickets start at $25. 8pm.
• Casey Donahew in Concert at Big Texas Dance Hall & Saloon – Two-step to songs from Texas country singer Casey Donahew at Big Texas. Tickets start at $15. 10:45pm.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
• Cars in the Park: Classics & Exotics at Evelyn’s Park | FREE – Check out tons of classic and exotic cars and trucks at Evelyn’s Park. 8:30am to 10:30am.
• Kids 1st Saturday at The Breakfast Klub – The Breakfast Klub pulls out all the stops for your little ones at this monthly event featuring a moonwalk, face painting, and arts and crafts. 10am.
• Magnificent Masks Craft Workshop at HCCC – Create your own mask, inspired by the current exhibition Head Gear at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. 11am to 3pm.
• First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights – Browse artwork and enjoy delicious bites and live music at the First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. 11am to 6pm.
• Shop Local Market at Under the Radar Brewery – Have a beer while you shop for handcrafted items at this market featuring local vendors at Under the Radar Brewery. 4pm to 10pm.
• Curries Cooking Class at Pondicheri – Master the art of layering flavors in meat and vegetable curries at this cooking class at Pondicheri. $110. 5pm to 7pm.
• Blacklight Run 5K at Sam Houston Park – Make your way through this 5k course as you’re splattered with neon paint and running near blacklights. Stick around for a post-race rave. $45. 6pm.
• Brant Croucher & Friends in Concert at Levy Park | FREE – Jam to live music from Brant Croucher at this family-friendly concert at Levy Park. 6pm to 8pm.
• Adult Only Owl Prowl at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center – Get up close and personal with live owls and learn all about the birds at this presentation and hike at the Houston Arboretum. Tickets start at $30. 6pm to 8pm.
• BowiElvis Fest at The Continental Club – Dress up like Elvis or David Bowie and get ready to sing the night away at this part dedicated to the shared birthday of these musical legends at Continental Club. $23. 7pm.
• 2017 Year in Review at The Music Box Theater – Laugh and reminisce as the cast of Music Box Theater highlights the most memorable moments of 2017 at their theater in Upper Kirby. Tickets start at $29. 7:30pm.
• Big Freedia in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – Head to White Oak Music Hall for a concert from headliner Big Freedia and opener Boyfriend. Tickets start at $20. 8pm.
• The Molly Ringwalds in Concert at House of Blues – Step into the ‘80s when the Molly Ringwalds perform hits that span multiple genres from that decade at House of Blues. Tickets start at $12.50. 8pm.
• Half Baked Junk Food Feast Movie Screening at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park – The hilarious film Half Baked turns 20 this year, so celebrate with a screening at Alamo Drafthouse with an all-you-can-eat buffet of junk food. $19.50. 9:30pm
• Blade Runner: The Final Cut Screening at River Oaks Theatre – Watch a special midnight screening of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi noir thriller, Blade Runner in his 2007 Final Cut, including extended scenes and previously unseen special effects. $11. 11:55pm.
Sunday, January 7, 2018
• Bayou Bikers Ride at Market Square Park | FREE – Join Bayou Bikers for a 25 to 40-mile ride along the bayous. Meet at Market Square Park. 8am.
• Houston Cat Show at George R. Brown Convention – More than 250 cats will compete in this show at the Convention Center and kittens and cats will be available for adoption from local shelters. Tickets are TBA. 9am to 4pm.
• Sunday Brunch Launch at The Pass & Provisions – The Pass & Provisions are now open on Sundays. Provisions will start Sunday brunch with bloody marys, short rib hash, and Mexican chocolate cinnamon rolls. Provisions and the bar will also be open for happy hour and dinner on Sundays. 11am to 2:30pm.
• Chimney Rock Market in West Houston | FREE – Held on the first and third Sunday of the month near Anderson Park, Chimney Rock Market showcases art, gifts, produce, artisanal food, and refreshments. Noon to 4pm.
• Houston Dynamo JR Academy at Memorial City | FREE – Boys and girls aged 5 to 10 can learn soccer skills at this development training session at Memorial City. 3pm to 5pm.
• Festa Della Befana at the Italian Cultural & Community Center – Celebrate the Italian Christmas tradition of Befana with a recital and sweet treats at the Italian Cultural & Community Center. Tickets are TBA. 3:30pm to 5:30pm.
• Katy Perry in Concert at Toyota Center – Catch a live performance from pop star Katy Perry when her Witness Tour comes through Houston for a show with Carly Rae Jepsen. Tickets start at $50.50. 7pm.