Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, October 5 to Sunday, October 7, 2018.
Bust a move at the J Balvin concert, bring the kids to a family-friendly haunted house, clink steins at one of several Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the city, delve into the world of Indian cinema, bike 20 miles across the city and more.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, October 5 to Sunday, October 7, 2018.
Things to Do All Weekend
- 52nd Annual Original Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Thursday, October 4 to Saturday, October 7 – Featuring Greek music, food, and folk dancing—plus an Athenian playground for the kids—Houston’s longest running Greek Festival is fun for all age. $5; free to ages 5 and under; free for everyone on Friday from 11am to 3pm. Times vary.
- 7th Annual Texas Contemporary Art Fair at George R. Brown Convention Center | Daily – Browse amongst massive amounts of modern artwork from more than 75 exhibitors to find your perfect pieces to add to your home, office, or collection. Or simply browse the curiosities and take in the people-watching opportunities Tickets start at $25. Times vary.
- Family Friendly Haunted House at National Museum of Funeral History | Daily – Brave the spooky walk through this family-friendly haunted house at the National Museum of Funeral History, where guests can enjoy a lighthearted view of the often-serious subject of funerals. $5. Times vary.
- Karbachtoberfest at Karbach Brewing | Daily – Gulp down Karbach brews, listen to live music from local musicians, and embrace the spirit of Karbachtoberfest throughout the brewery’s three-week celebration. This weekend’s musical acts include The Quaker City Night Hawks, The Texas Gentlemen, Jack Ingram, Bruce Robison, and John Baumann. Times vary daily.
- The Catastrophic Theatre presents Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class at MATCH | Daily – See the opening performance of Catastrophic Theatre’s 2018-2019 season as they present Curse of the Starving Class, a harrowing stage play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard, at MATCH. Tickets start at $10 and all performances are “Pay-what-you-can.” Times vary.
- 39th Annual Festival Chicano at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday to Saturday | FREE – Immerse yourself in a cultural celebration of all things Chicano music, featuring sub-genres ranging from Tejano and Conjunto to Mariachi and Orchestra, when Miller Outdoor Theatre hosts the 39th Annual Festival Chicano. 7pm every night.
- Exit Strategy at Rec Room | Thursday to Saturday – Take a seat for Exit Strategy, a comedic thriller than follows a group of students and teachers whose public high school will close at the end of the year. Tickets are $30 for general admission; $15 for students and $40 for opening night. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday 8pm.
- Mr. Booker T. at the Door at Midtown Art Center | Friday to Sunday – Experience Houston’s first theatrical performance focused on the historical figure and iconic African American educator, Booker T. Washington, in Vincent Victoria’s world premiere of Mr. Booker T. at the Door at Midtown Art Center. Tickets start at $20. Times vary.
- Keep It Brassy 2 at Music Box Theater | Friday to Sunday – Tap your feet to a slew of classics from iconic bands, such as Chicago, Billy Joel, and Ray Charles, at this musical cabaret presented by Music Box Theatre. As the name suggests, the house band will be backed by a trumpet, saxophone, and trombone for extra, brassy flair. Tickets start at $29. 7:30pm every night.
- 5th Annual Pearland Art & Crafts at Pearland Town Center | Saturday and Sunday | No Cover – Admire the works of regional artists during the annual Pearland Arts & Crafts festival at Pearland Town Center. Presented by the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau, the craft fair offers plenty of shopping, live music, and art-centric activities. 10am to 5pm both days, rain or shine.
- Saint Arnold Oktoberfest | Saturday and Sunday – Don your dirndl, lederhosen, and other German garb for Saint Arnold’s annual Oktoberfest celebration in their German-style beer hall. While listening to live polka music, you can enjoy a German-inspired meal and sip Saint Arnold brews from a commemorative Oktoberfest glass boot. $50 per day. Times vary.
Friday, October 5, 2018
- Sunrise Yoga at The Water Works | FREE – Start off your Friday with a rejuvenating session of sunrise yoga at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park. Led by instructors from Big Power Yoga, the 45-minute class is suited for yogis of all ages and experience levels. 6:15am to 7:15am.
- Art Is An Outdoor Market at Greenway Plaza | No Cover – Head to Greenway Plaza to shop unique finds, listen to live music, and taste local bites at “Art Is An Outdoor Market”. 11am.
- Fashion X Houston at River Oaks District – Peep the latest styles as models strut down the runway in Houston’s fashion-forward River Oaks district at the third Fashion X Houston showcase. Expect to see global brands and local names alike, including Chloe Dao, Miles David, and Shusi. Tickets start at $35. 6:30pm.
- Goodnight, Moon Pajama Party at Discovery Green | FREE – Slip into your comfy pajamas and make your way to Discovery Green for the Goodnight, Moon Pajama Party, complete with star-gazing, milk and cookies, and readings from the classic children’s bedtime story, Goodnight Moon. 7pm to 9pm.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
- Park to Port Ride at Bill Coats Bridge – Hop on a bike for this 20-mile ride that runs from Hermann Park, along the Brays Bayou Greenway trail, to the Port of Houston, where a turn-around party awaits with snacks, drinks, and music at Hidalgo Park. Riders will then cruise back toward Hermann Park for a post-ride celebration. $35. 7:30am.
- The 28th Annual Komen Houston Race for the Cure at Sam Houston Park | Saturday, October 6 – Join the Race for the Cure when the Susan G. Komen foundation hosts its 28th annual event at Sam Houston Park. Proceeds from the race will go toward research, care, and community resources to fight breast cancer. $40 for adults, $25 for children 17 and under. 7:45am.
- 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.
- 3rd Annual Weird Homes Tour – Go on a self-guided driving tour of seven quirky, curious, and completely unique Houston homes. VIP ticket holders will also get access to an eighth home, the newly completed, three-story McGowen Container Home (built from shipping containers, like its name suggests) and a copy of Weird Homes Tour’s new coffee table book. $30; $55 VIP; free for ages 13 and under with guardian. 10am to 6pm.
- First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights | No Cover –Browse artwork and enjoy delicious bites and live music at the First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. 11am to 6pm.
- Houston Margarita Festival at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park – Sip margaritas all Saturday long, with every flavor from classic lime to pumpkin spice available at the Houston Margarita Festival in The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park. Attendees can taste signature recipes by top mixologists, then vote for their favorite to win the title of best margarita. Tickets start at $15. Noon to 10pm.
- Battle of Piney Woods at NRG Stadium – Root for your pick to win one of the oldest college rivalries in the country, the Battle of Piney Woods, at NRG Stadium. As usual, Sam Houston State University will take on Stephen F. Austin State University in its 93rd year. Tickets are $15. 1pm.
- 18th Annual Intuitive & Wellness Fair at Sundance Yoga Studio in Friendswood | No Cover – Tap into mental, emotional, and physical wellness with acupuncture, reiki, massage, aromatherapy, astrology readings, henna, tarot, and more at the 18th Annual Intuitive & Wellness Fair. Held at Sundance Yoga in Friendswood, the fair offers 20-minute sample treatments and plenty of information regarding all of its exhibited services. 2pm to 7pm.
- Sawyer Yards Fall Biannual Art Stroll | FREE – Take a walk through Sawyer Yards’ five-studio campus, which includes Sabine Street Studios, Silver Street, Spring Street Studios, Summer Street Studios, The Silos at Sawyer and Winter Street Studios, in the Fall Biannual Art Stroll. During the stroll, you can view and shop thousands of pieces of artwork from more than 350 local artists, while enjoying live music, light bites, and drinks at each building. 4pm to 9pm.
- ROCO Unchambered: Mind Games at MATCH – Sit back and enjoy Mind Games, an interactive performance from ROCO Unchambered, and composed by Richard Lavenda. While ROCO trumpeter Joe Foley and percussionist Matt McClung play off of each other’s music, the audience can influence the direction of the piece by voting on their phones throughout the show. $25. 5pm.
- The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center – Honor your hometown heroes and celebrate Interfaith’s 45th anniversary at The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. Presented by Woodforest National Bank, the gala will feature dinner, silent and live auctions, and an honoring of heroes, as well as a Moroccan-themed after party. Tickets start at $150. 6pm.
- Krunk Komedy with DJ Nabs at NRG Arena – Crack up at this touring comedy show featuring some of the biggest names in hip-hop and hosted by comedian Red Grant. Krunk Komedy’s lineup includes Donnell Rawlings, DJ Nabs, Red Grant, Lil Scrappy, Young Dro, Yung Joc, The Ying Yang Twins, Trae The Truth, and Travis Porter. Tickets start at $55. 8pm.
- Wild Moccasins with Vodi in Concert at Satellite Bar – Check out a concert by Houston’s own Wild Moccasins, when they perform a selection of music from their latest album, Look Together, at Satellite Bar. Houston-based Vodi will open the show. $12. 8pm.
- Rice Owls vs. UTSA Football at Rice Stadium – Cheer for the Rice University football team as they take on the Roadrunners at home. Tickets start at $20. 6pm.
- The Choir of Man at The Grand 1894 Opera House – See what’s been called the “ultimate feel-good show” when The Grand 1894 Opera House presents The Choir of Man. The part-concert-part-party features songs from many genres, ranging from pub tunes and folk to Broadway and classic rock. Tickets start at $27. 8pm.
- METdance Season Kickoff at Discovery Green | FREE – Kick off METDance’s 23rd season under the stars with a dance performance featuring Robbie Moore, Christian Denice, and the 2018 Emerging Choreographer recipient, Tsai Hsi Hung. 8pm to 10pm.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
- Breaking Barriers: The Networking Across Brunch at ShareSpace on Preston St. – Pure HTX and Sweet 16 Branding host Breaking Barriers, a “networking across” brunch and panel discussion targeted toward encouraging women to break down the “only room for one” or “crabs in a barrel” mentality to help foster peer support and collaboration. The event includes a panel discussion and brunch. Plus, there will be local vendors on hand selling inspirational goods. Tickets range from $20 to $30; $20 early bird tickets are limited. 11am to 3pm.
- The Depressed Cake Shop at Silver Street Studios | No Cover – Raise awareness and lift the stigma of mental health at this pop-up cake shop in Silver Street Studios. Local chef Jody Stevens brings the international shop to Houston, complete with gray confections baked by both home bakers and celebrity pastry chefs. Noon to 4pm.
- 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.
- The Houston Cup at Houston Polo Club – Cheer from the stands as two polo teams compete in the Houston Cup at the Houston Polo Club. You can also expect live flamenco guitar music, a mallet-swing contest, a halftime divot stomp, a player parade, door prizes, and McDugal Steele pony hop. Tickets start at $15. 4pm.
- Houston Texans vs Dallas Cowboys at NRG Stadium – Watch the Houston Texans play the Dallas Cowboys on their home turf at NRG. Tickets start at $59. 7:20pm.
- Alejandro Fernandez & Los Tigres del Norte in Concert at Toyota Center – Dance to the sounds of mariachi superstars Alejandro Fernandez and Los Tigres when they team up for a show at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $61. 8pm to 10pm.