Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29, 2018. 

Pair craft beer with a chef-prepared, four-course meal; spice things up in a jalapeño-eating contest; recite “to be, or not to be” at the 44th annual Shakespeare Festival; scope out the latest trends in health and beauty; sip tropical cocktails at a Hawaiian luau and more.

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29, 2018.

Things to Do All Weekend

·         Texas Playwright Festival at Stages Repertory Theatre | Daily – Sit back and enjoy three plays—Que Será, Giant Monster; Ganymede; and Montgomery—at the Texas Playwright Festival, presented by Wordsmyth Theater. Each play features two readings followed by audience feedback, which is then received and implemented by the playwright, who is given one day for revisions. $20. Thursday and Friday 7pm; Saturday and Sunday 2pm.

·         God’s Favorite at The George Theater | Daily – Take a seat for A.D. Players’ production of God’s Favorite, which presents Neil Simon’s reimagining of the Bible’s Book of Job, at George Theater. Tickets start at $15. Showtimes vary.

·         The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Stages Repertory Theatre | Daily –One of the most requested musicals in Stages Repertory Theatre history returns for the company’s 40th anniversary season. The show boasts tacky outfits, crude language, adultery, road kill, electrocution, and spray cheese. $25 to $68. Showtimes vary.

·         The Catastrophic Theatre presents The Tamarie Cooper Show: Field Trip! at MATCH | Daily – Hop on board a metaphysical field trip with Tamarie Cooper, a local actress and playwright known for her hilarious musical theatre. In Field Trip, Cooper questions the meaning of life and unpacks personal baggage by way of song, gags, and hi-jinx. Tickets start at $10. Showtimes vary.

·         Bill Burr at Revention Music Center | Thursday and Friday – Crack up at a hilarious show from stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and podcaster Bill Burr when he takes the mic at Revention Music Center. Tickets start at $48. 7pm nightly.

·         Holmes and Watson at the Alley Theatre | Friday and Saturday – Crack codes and solve mysteries during this Sherlock Holmes adventure presented by the Alley Theatre. The performance follows Holmes’ trusty sidekick, Watson, as he seeks the true story of Holmes’ death three years prior. Tickets start at $26. 8pm nightly.

·         Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE | Friday to Sunday – Thou shalt enjoy a free performance of Shakespearean plays during the 44th Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre. You can watch Hamlet on Friday and Sunday, and The Comedy of Errors Saturday evening. 8:15pm nightly.

·         Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday – Get loud for the Astros when they take the field to play the Rangers in a home game at Minute Maid Park. Tickets start at $14. Times vary.

·         Feeling Groovy 4 at Music Box Theater | Friday to Sunday – Groove on down to your favorite tunes from the ‘60s and ‘70s when Music Box Theater presents Feeling Groovy 4, an all-new musical featuring songs by Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, Glen Campbell, Diana Ross, The Carpenters, The Bee Gees, and Barbra Streisand. Tickets start at $29. Showtimes vary.

Friday, July 27, 2018

·         Evening Chill at Houston Zoo – Scope out your favorite animals without melting from the summer heat when the Houston Zoo extends its hours for the Evening Chill. Zoo-goers can also enjoy live music and family-friendly activities after sundown. Tickets start at $11. 5pm to 8pm.

·         Listen Local: Music on the Plaza with Da Camera at The Brown Foundation Plaza | FREE – Get down to tunes from local jazz group Da Camera of Houston when they perform as part of MFAH’s summer music series, Listen Local: Music on the Plaza. You can nosh on food from Popston and Spicy Dog and check out the museum’s newest green space, The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza. 5pm to 8pm.

·         Fourth Friday Night Market in the East End | No Cover – Browse this monthly market featuring works from dozens of visual artists and craft vendors from around Houston. Located in the Historic East End, the market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and handcrafted items. 6pm.

·         Sawyer Yards Summer Series: July 2018 | No Cover – Enjoy live music, light bites, summer cocktails, and great people-watching at an evening pop-up art market at Sawyer Yards and in its neighboring studios. 6pm to 10pm.

·         Critical Mass Bike Ride at Market Square Park | FREE – Bike through Downtown Houston during this monthly community ride with Critical Mass. 7pm.

·         The English Beat at The Heights Theater – Hailing from the UK, The English Beat returns to the stage long after releasing three studio albums in the early ‘80s. The band will perform their blend of punk, ska, and new wave at Heights Theater. Tickets start at $22. 7:30pm.

·         NOLA Nights at Sugar Land Town Square – Get your fill of authentic Nawlins music and cuisine when Sugar Land Town Square hosts NOLA Nights, featuring live music by The Platinum Players with small plates and beer from Rouxpour on the plaza. 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

·         Fit Foodie LE 5k & Kid’s 1k Fun Run at Sugar Land Town Square – Lace up your sneakers for a 5K run, followed by a post-race party complete with swag bags, raffle prizes, kids activities, food, and music. Proceeds from the race benefit Kids Meals. 6:30am to 9am.

·         Retropalooza Houston at NRG Park – Hear from top YouTube personalities, play free console games, and enter competitions at the annual Retropalooza in NRG Park. Tickets start at $15. 9am to 5pm.

·         Health, Beauty & Wellness Expo at Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park | No Cover – Beautify your body inside and out at the Health, Beauty & Wellness Expo in The Woodlands. Along with plenty of vendors and local businesses, the event includes children’s entertainment, a petting zoo, giveaways, raffles prizes, pet adoptions, and food trucks. 9:30am to 2pm.

·         Drone Demo Days at Lone Star Flight Museum – Get up to speed on the latest drone technologies when Lone Star Flight Museum teams up with global drone racing league Drone World &MultiGP for a day of live demonstrations, training, and safety tips. 10am to 3pm.

·         18th Annual Rock Baby Rock It at The Continental Club – Jam out to music from Dale Watson, The Paladins, The Return of the Modern Don and other rockabilly groups during the 2-day Rock Baby Rock It at The Continental Club on Mid Main. 10am to 7pm.

·         Houston Fajita Festival at HCC West Loop Campus | No Cover – Stuff your face with flavorful Mexican food when the HCC West Loop Campus hosts its third annual Houston Fajita Festival. The fest will feature live art walls, DJs, a kids playground, and, for those who dare, a taco and jalapeño eating contest. 1pm to 8pm.

·         Beer Fest 2018 at White Oak Music Hall – Sip craft brews while enjoying food trucks, arts and crafts, and live music on the lawn at White Oak Music Hall during Beer Fest 2018. $8pm to 10pm.

·         Soul Flower Music Fest at Discovery Green – Listen to live music from local and national soul, R&B, and hip-hop groups at the 2018 Soul Flower Music Fest. Located at Discovery Green, the festival will also include a market with a variety of vendors from around Houston. $8. 2pm to 10pm.

·         Local Brews, Local Grooves at House of Blues Houston – Check out some of Houston’s hottest musical talent while sipping local craft beer when House of Blues hosts the Local Brews, Local Grooves beer and music festival. Featuring more than 20 local breweries and 10 music groups, the festival will also offer beer-inspired pub food pairings throughout the day. Tickets start at $15. 4pm.

·         The Jim Henson Tribute Show at Texas Art Asylum | No Cover – Pay homage to the late Jim Henson as the Texas Art Asylum presents a tribute art show, exclusively featuring Muppets-themed works. 4pm.

·         Summer Saturday Nights at The Blue Field Market | No Cover – Shop ‘till you drop and hang out with friends when Blue Field Market opens every Saturday night this summer. 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.

·         Logic in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Jam out to the Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed rapper, Logic, when he performs The Bobby Tarantino vs. Everybody Tour at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Joining him are rising hip-hop artists NF and Kyle and The Pavilion. Tickets start at $25. 6:30pm.

·         Grand Opening at Cellar 7 | No Cover – Cellar 7 hosts its official Grand Opening party in the heart of Downtown with an extended wine list, cocktails specials, and bar bites. 7pm to 2am.

·         An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu: A Benefit Concert at The Grand 1894 Opera House – Hear a unique blend of genres ranging from reggae and rap to rock and Jewish prayer chants when Matisyahu plays an acoustic set at The Grand 1894 Opera House to benefit the 150th anniversary of the Congregation B’nai Israel. Tickets start at $38. 7:15pm.

·         Buyer & Cellar at Main Street Theater – Explore the love/hate relationship between gay men and divas when a struggling actor takes on a day job working in the home of Barbara Streisand in Buyer & Cellar at Main Street Theater. Tickets start at $36.7:30pm.

·         Steve Miller Band in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – Check out a concert by Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers and American icons Steve Miller Band, joined by fellow rocker Peter Frampton, at Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land. Tickets start at $39.50. 7:30pm.

·         Summer Luau at Sugar Land Town Square – Get tropical at a Hawaiian luau in Sugar Land Town Square, complete with live music from a Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band, a hula dance performance, and themed cocktails available for purchase. 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

·         Yoga on the Plaza at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Wind down with a powerful, heart-opening yoga class provided by Revolution Studio Yoga. 9am to 10am.

·         East End Farmers Market Day | No Cover – Snag fresh produce, artisan goods, local flora and more from local vendors at the East End Farmers Market on Navigation. 10am.

·         Oleanna at 14 Pews – Take a seat for Oleanna, David Mamet’s politically relevant play that follows a college professor who is accused of sexual harassment after discussing a paper with his female student. Tickets start at $15. 3pm.

·         Mario Kart 64 League at Craft Beer Cellar Houston – Get your game on every other Sunday at Craft Beer Cellar Houston, who hosts a Mario Kart 64 league with Eureka Heights Brewery. Make a team and play the classic game for different prizes. $3. 4pm.

·         O.A.R. in Concert at House of Blues – See a live show by ‘90s rockers O.A.R. when they take the stage at House of Blues downtown. You’ll hear hits such as “Shattered,” “I Feel Home,” and “Love and Memories.” Tickets start at $45.50. 8pm.

·         Tarzan Movie Screening Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier – Sing along to Phil Collins’ “You Will Be in My Heart” during a free showing of Disney’s animated film, Tarzan, at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. 8pm.

·         Pentatonix in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Listen to the mesmerizing harmonies of the three-time Grammy-winning acapella group, Pentatonix, when they perform live at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tickets start at $25. 8pm.