Play a round of softball while dressed like a duck, meet the stars of The Walking Dead, laugh out loud at Hannibal Buress’s stand-up show, win a cash prize for playing your favorite video games, compete in a family-friendly obstacle course on Galveston Beach, jam out to a live show by Beyoncé and Jay-Z and more.  

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, September 14 to Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Things to Do All Weekend

·         Find Your Beach on Galveston Island | Daily – The water has been amazing in Galveston this summer. Whether you’re looking to join in a game of beach volleyball and toss back some cold ones at alcohol-friendly East Beach, or you’re looking to bond with your family under the sun in a beach challenge at lifeguard-supervised Stewart Beach, Galveston’s got the beach for you.

·         Oklahoma! at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Daily – Kick off TUTS’ 50th anniversary season while celebrating the 75th anniversary of Oklahoma! at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Together with the Houston Ballet, TUTS brings the Roger and Hammerstein classic to life through show-stopping dancing, acting, and musical numbers. Tickets start at $30. Showtimes vary.

·         Violet at Queensbury Theatre | Daily – Follow a troubled woman who journeys across the country in search of hope and healing in Violet, the opening show of Queensbury Theatre’s 2018-2019 season. Tickets start at $21. Showtimes vary.

·         Gabriel Iglesias at Toyota Center | Thursday and Friday – Be part of comedian Gabriel Iglesias’ newest Netflix comedy special, One Show Fits All, when he films his Houston show at Toyota Center. His second Netflix comedy special follows the 2016 feature, I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry. Tickets start at $30 7pm both nights.

·         Houston Ballet Presents An Evening of Stars at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday to Saturday | FREE  – Watch a selection of stunning performances by Houston’s highest-ranking dancers at An Evening of Stars in Miller Outdoor Theatre, presented by the Houston Ballet. 8pm nightly.

·         Fandemic Houston 2018 at NRG Center | Friday to Sunday – See and hear from your favorite TV stars at Fandemic Houston 2018, the newest comic con to stop in the Bayou City. Celebrity guests include Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead, as well as Bruce Campbell, Paige, and Milo Ventimiglia of TV fame. Tickets start at $40. Times vary.

·         Houston Astros vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday – Get loud for the Astros when they take the field to play Arizona Diamondbacks in a home game at Minute Maid Park. Tickets start at $54. Times vary.

·         Southern Living Showcase: Beyond the Storm in Braes Heights | Saturday and Sunday – The Stone Acorn Builders host the 2018 Southern Living “Beyond the Storm” Showcase Home event, featuring daily chef, gardening, and interior design demos. Check out the 6,076-square-foot three-story open floor plan that includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a media room, a game room, and a dining room and breakfast area centered by a gourmet kitchen. $15. 1pm and 3pm each day.

·         Love & Makes Candle-Making Workshop in Rice Village | Saturday and Sunday – Design and create a personalized wax candle with help from the team at Love & Makes in Rice Village. The BYOB workshop also features handmade goods from local artisans to shop while your candles set. $45. Times vary daily.

·         Beyoncé & Jay-Z at NRG Stadium | Saturday and Sunday – Bow down to the ultimate power couple that is Beyoncé and Jay-Z as they join forces for the On The Run II tour in the Queen Bey’s hometown. The duo will perform songs from their joint album, Everything is Love. Tickets start at $79. 8:30pm.

Friday, September 14, 2018

·         Friday Market at FM Kitchen and Bar | No Cover  Discover your new favorite source of local art, jewelry, beauty products, and produce in this daytime market at FM Kitchen and Bar. 11am to 2pm.

·         An Evening of Serious Fun at The Grand 1894 Opera House – Join the Galveston Restaurant Group for a buffet dinner, open bar, silent auction, and the opportunity to “fish” for additional prizes at this annual fundraising event. Proceeds will benefit the Serious Fun children’s series, as well as other educational programs at The Grand. $75. 6pm to 9pm.

·         Martini Madness: A Space-Age Soiree at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft– Don your chicest space gear and blast off to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for Martini Madness: A Space-Age Soiree. Guests will receive an artisan-made martini glass and access to signature martinis, tasty appetizers, a cosmic lounge, and a photo booth. $150. 7pm to 11pm.

·         Burly Q Lounge at Warehouse Live – Experience KiKi Maroon’s Burly Q Lounge, a vaudevillian Varie-tease show happening at Warehouse Live. The show will feature local and touring burlesque beauties, stand-up comics, musicians, showgirls, games, circus tricks, and so much more. Tickets are $25. 7pm.

·         MOMIX at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts – Delight in a performance of Opus Cactus, a dazzling exploration of the American Southwest, as Society for the Performing Arts presents the acclaimed dance company, MOMIX, at Jones Hall. Tickets start at $35. 7:30pm.

·         Around the World in 80 Days at The George Theatre – Marvel at five actors who transform into 39 different characters—think stampeding elephants, raging typhoons, and runaway trains—in a classic story of adventure, Around the World in 80 Days.Tickets start at $15. Showtimes vary.

·         104.1 KRBE‘s Roula & Ryan Road Show at Smart Financial Centre – Put a face to the voices of 104.1 KRBE’s morning radio show, Roula & Ryan, as they take the stage at Smart Financial Centre. Expect to see the show’s signature bits, including Roula & Ryan’s Roses, Special K’s Prank Calls, and The Mystery Box, throughout the adults-only evening. Tickets start at $45. 7:30pm. 

·         Al Di Meola at The Heights Theater – Hear guitarist Al Di Meola blend world music with jazz during a concert at the historic Heights Theater. With a career spanning more than 40 years, Meola promotes his 2017 album, Opus (Ear Music,) with this intimate show. Tickets start at $34. 8pm to 10pm.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

·         Elephant Open House at the Houston Zoo – Get an inside look at Houston Zoo’s elephant quarters when guests are invited to an open house event. You can meet the newest member of the herd, baby Tilly, and learn all about the elephants’ daily lives, diets, care, and training. $65. 8am to 10:30am.

·         Houston Center for Photography Workshop at Levy Park | FREE – Learn the basics of photography every first and third Saturday of the month at Levy Park. In this workshop, participants will focus on abstraction. 9am to 10:30am.

·         Duck Soup Softball Tournament at Memorial Park –Gather your teammates and batter up as Sportsmonkey presents its first Duck Soup Softball Tournament in Memorial Park. With complimentary Bud Light beer, players are encouraged to dress up in duck costumes and get quacky for this light-hearted tournament. Tickets start at $275. 9am.

·         Fit & Fun Fair at Grand Central Park | FREE – Work up a sweat in a goat yoga, zumba or boot camp class during the Fit & Fun Fair at Grand Central Park. With a mission to promote health and wellness, the outdoor fair offers free health screenings, guest speakers, kids activities, food trucks, and live music. 10am to 2pm.

·         The Woodlands Oktoberfest at Town Green Park – Clink pints (or steins) of German beer, then chow down on bratwurst, pretzels, strudel, and sauerkraut at The Woodlands Oktoberfest in Town Green Park. 11am to 11pm.

·         Connect With Art Saturday at the Silos at Sawyer Yards | No Cover – Check out the original artwork of the members of the Houston Art Collective. Browse studios, visit with the artists, maybe find the perfect piece for your home, work, or third place. Noon to 5pm.

·         Texas Taco Music Fest at Discovery Green – Stuff your face with delicious tacos and margaritas all day long at Texas Taco Mania in Discovery Green Downtown. Formerly the Texas Taco Music Fest, the unique celebration promotes Latin culture with a taco throw-down, cooking demonstrations, craft booths, and plenty of Mexican food. Tickets start at $15. Noon to 9pm.

·         Bayou City Music Series: Soundtrack of the Gulf at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park | FREE – Kick off this year’s Bayou City Music Series with a free concert from zydeco accordionist C.J. Chenier, the son of the “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier. You’ll also hear from opening vocalists Annika Chambers and Archie Bell. 6pm to 9:30pm.

·         Waugh Bat Colony Boat Tours – Watch 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from the Waugh Bridge at dusk while sitting comfortably on a boat during this tour offered by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. $30. 7pm to 8:30pm

·         WWE Live at Toyota Center – Get ready to rumble at a live wrestling match between the superstars of Smackdown Live at the Toyota Center in Downtown. The featured wrestlers include WWE Champion AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, 2018 Royal Rumble Winner Shinsuke Nakamura, U.S. Champion Jeff Hardy and more. Tickets start at $20. 7pm both nights.

·         Hannibal Buress at Revention Music Center – Crack up at a live comedy show when writer, actor, and comedian Hannibal Buress takes the mic at Revention Music Center.Tickets start at $39. 6pm.

·         Hypnotist Daniel James at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Sit back and be mesmerized by Daniel James, an acclaimed hypnotist who’s been featured on America’s Got TalentThe Tonight Show, and The Ellen Show, as he brings his talents to Sugar Land Town Square. 7pm to 8:30pm.

·         The Moors at Chelsea Market – Explore themes of class and gender when Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company presents The Moors, a tale of two sisters, a governess, and a maid, who strive for love and power in the Victorian era. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. 8pm.

·         The Crystal Method at Warehouse Live (Studio) – Head to Warehouse Live for an electronica show by The Crystal Method, a power duo who has been churning out thumping rhythms since 1993. Tickets start at $19. 9pm.

·         Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers at BBVA Compass Stadium – Cheer on the Dynamo as they play the Portland Timbers in a home game at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets range from $29 to over $100.7:30pm.

·         A.R. Rahman in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – Hear a selection of refined, contemporary Indian music during a concert by Academy Award-winner A.R. Rahman at Smart Financial Centre. Tickets start at $55. 8pm.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

·         Houston BBQ Throwdown at Saint Arnold Brewery – Roll up your sleeves for the fourth annual Houston BBQ Throwdown at Saint Arnold Brewery, where you can munch on a variety of smoked meats from the city’s top pitmasters. Participating restaurants include the 2017 Judge’s Choice co-winners Beaver’s Westheimer and El Burro & the Bull, as well as Blood Bros. BBQ, Buck’s Barbeque Co, Feges BBQ, Harlem Road Texas BBQ, The Pit Room, Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue, and Victorian’s Barbecue. Tickets start at $65. 1pm to 4pm.

·         Galveston Family Beach Challenge at Stewart Beach | FREE – Take family fun to a whole new level at the Galveston Family Beach Challenge, where families compete in an obstacle course comprised of life-sized versions of games like Battleship, limbo, volley balloon, Jenga, Connect Four and more. The winning team will receive a $500 gift card and tickets to popular attractions around Galveston. 11am to 5pm.

·         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.

·         Unplugged at Discovery Green | FREE – Relax and enjoy an evening of acoustic music on the Grace Event Lawn at Discovery Green. The Unplugged series challenges local bands to rearrange popular songs while using only acoustic instruments. 5pm to 9pm.

·         Chayanne in Concert at Toyota Center – Hear the romantic ballads and pop tracks of international singer Chayanne, when he brings his Desde El Alma tour to Toyota Center in Downtown. Tickets range from $61 to $51, before ticketing fees. 7pm.

·         El Grito featuring Los Ligaditos at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a traditional Grito de Dolores ceremony, followed by norteño music by Los Ligaditos, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 7:30pm.