Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January 13, 2019. 

Scope out an artistic fashion show at Silver Street Studios; bring the family to a free screening of Ready Player One; sip champagne wide shopping a wide selection of discounted items; dare to compete in a hot pepper eating contest; dance all night to the music of David Bowie and more.  

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Things to Do All Weekend

  • Midday Kidcuts with Birds Barbershop’s “Earlybird” Special | $5 Off | Daily – Snag a great coif for your favorite kiddos and save $5 per haircut for ages 10 and under at Birds Barbershop in The Heights on Mondays through Thursdays in January 2019. Clients can walk in during regular business hours, schedule a same-day appointment via the Birds Booking app, or call ahead. 10am to 3pm each day.
  • Comedian Gilbert Gottfried at Houston Improv | Friday to Sunday – Crack up to the shrill and sometimes spicy comedy of “The Comic’s Comic”, who may be most recognizable to ’90s kids as the voice of the Iago the parrot in Disney’s Aladdin, when he performs five (non-family friendly) standup sets at the Improv. Tickets start at $22. Times vary.
  • Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia at Sam Houston Race Park | Friday to Sunday – Watch an enchanting performance of Cirque du Soleil‘s Luzia, which takes audiences on an imaginary journey through Mexico with stunning costumes and breathtaking acrobatics at Sam Houston Race Park. Tickets start at $45. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Symphony presents Totally ‘80s at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Travel back to the time of teased hair, stirrup pants, and shoulder pads during Totally ‘80s, a musical showcase featuring Mad TV’s Nicole Parker and Broadway’s Aaron Finley. You can sing along to chart-toppers by Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, George Michael, and Billy Joel throughout the show. Tickets start at $29. Showtimes vary.
  • The Sale at Bayou City Event Center | Saturday and Sunday – Sip champagne while shopping discounted jewelry, décor, and clothing at Houston Tri Delta Alumnae’s weekend event, The Sale at Bayou City Event Center. Come back for Sunday Fun Day, where you can hear from a panel of influencers, including Caroline Harper Knapp of House of Harper, Switch2Pure’s Estela Cockrell, and Marla Murphy of The Blonde Pantry. Saturday preview tickets are $150; Saturday general admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door; Sunday tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door; Weekend Shopper tickets are $30. Times vary.

Friday, January 11, 2019

  • Rainbow on ICE at Discovery Green | FREE – Head to Discovery Green for Rainbow on Ice, an annual LGBTQ celebration, which this year features Drag Houston’s live staged production of Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next.” Throughout the evening, you can enjoy music by DJ Joe Ross and costumes made with recycled items by Yahiara Dehill. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers at Toyota Center – Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the Cavaliers at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $19. 7pm.
  • Danity Kane in Concert at House of Blues – Jam out to throwback hits like “Showstopper” and “Damaged” as Danity Kane takes the stage for a live show at House of Blues. Tickets start at $25. 7pm.
  • Funfetti Fridays on The ICE at Discovery Green  Skate around The ICE at Discovery Green while jamming out to a colorful light show with beats from DJ Mohawk Steve during Funfetti Fridays. Tickets are $11. Skate rentals cost $4. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Stay Tooned! A Tribute to 90’s Cartoons at Insomnia Gallery | FREE – Feel the ‘90s kid nostalgia at this gallery show that pays homage to all of your favorite cartoons from the 1990s. Featuring more than 30 local artists, Stay Tooned will showcase works featuring everything from Hey Arnold and Power Puff Girls to Daria and The Simpsons. 7pm to 11pm.
  • Westminster Choir Tour at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart – Enjoy a concert by the Westminster Choir, who will perform a selection of choral masterworks including Claudio Monteverdi’s Hor che’l ciel e la terra, Ted Hearne’s Consent, and Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Long Road, as well as American folk songs and spirituals. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. 7:30pm.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

  • BCO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride at Onion Creek Cafe | FREE – Hop on a bike and pedal on down to the Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market in its new location outside of St. John’s School on Buffalo Speedway. BCO will meet at Onion Creek Cafe for a leisurely ride that leads to the market, pauses for shopping, and then heads back over a span of about three hours. 8am.
  • New Year Houston Taco Run at Memorial Park – Balance is key at The New Year Houston Taco Run in Memorial Park, where you can run, jog, or walk a 3-mile loop, then feast on some of Houston’s tastiest tacos. $35. 8am to 10am.
  • The Market at Sawyer Yards | FREE – Shop a curated selection of specialty foods, folk art, and artisan crafts while listening to live music during this market hosted by The Washington Avenue Arts District. 11am to 5pm.
  • Love & Make’s Bath Bomb Making Workshop in Rice Village – Spend an afternoon or date night learning how to make bath bombs. The great smelling, spa-like treats are a burst of fizzy fun for the bath. At this workshop, Love & Make instructors will teach the basics of bath bomb construction, including adding essential oils and experimenting with fun colors. Tickets are $55. 11am.
  • The Mad Hatter’s Luncheon at Fleming’s Steakhouse – Don your biggest, fanciest, or most creative hat for The Mad Hatter’s Luncheon at Fleming’s Steakhouse. Presented by Nicole’s Garden, the luncheon honors some of the city’s top change-makers, whose impact has positively affected the lives of fellow Houstonians. Tickets start at $100. 11am.
  • Pilates and Pints at Eureka Heights Brew Co. – Fit in a Saturday morning workout, then reward yourself with a pint of craft beer as Eureka Heights Brew Co. and Happy Belly Studios team up for Pilates and Pints. $15. 11am to 2pm.
  • 2019 Hops n’ Hot Sauce Festival at SpindleTap Brewery – Heat up your Saturday with spicy bites, food trucks, craft beers, live jams, and a Hot Pepper Eating Contest at the Hops n’ Hot Sauce Festival at SpindleTap Brewery. Tickets are $10 at the door; free for kids under 12. 11am to 6pm.
  • Artist Talk: Tiffany Chung at Asia Society Texas Center – Hear from artist Tiffany Chung when she discusses her work and current exhibition, New Cartographies, at Asia Society Texas Center. Following this program, you can take a free, docent-led tour through the exhibits. $8. 2pm.
  • Kevin Hart at Toyota Center  Laugh your head off when comedy superstar Kevin Hart heads to Houston’s Toyota Center on the “Irresponsible Tour”Tickets start at $49.50. 7pm.
  • Calpurnia in Concert at House of Blues – Check out an indie rock show by Calpurnia, a newly formed band led by Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard, at House of Blues. Tickets starting at $25. 7pm.
  • Debussy & Ravel: The Flowers of Evil at Wortham Theater Center – Take a seat for The Flowers of Evil, a new opera featuring Antoine Plante’s original orchestrations of pieces by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel at the Wortham Center. Tickets start at $19. 8pm.
  • The Other Mozart at The Grand 1894 Opera House – Discover the true, untold story of Amadeus’ equally talented sister, Nanneri, in Sylvia Milo’s award-winning drama, The Other Mozart, at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. Tickets start at $27. 8pm.
  • Bo DePeña Band in Concert at Goodnight Charlie’s – Dance the night away as the Texas-based country artist, Bo DePeña, teams up with local musicians for an evening show at Goodnight Charlie’s. Tickets are TBD. 8pm.
  • David Bowie All Night at Numbers Nightclub – Get down to all of your favorite jams by none other than David Bowie when Numbers Nightclub hosts this special event dedicated to the legendary artist. Be one of the first 300 attendees and receive a Bowie souvenir, then stick around for other fun giveaways like a Smart TV preloaded with David Bowie music and videos. $5 cover charge before 10pm; $7 after 10pm. 8pm to 2:30am.
  • Googoosh in Concert at Hobby Center – See a performance by the Iranian actress and pop star, Faegheh Atashin, better known by her stage name Googoosh, when she brings her show to Houston’s Hobby Center. Tickets start at $64. 8:30pm.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

  • Heights Local Run Club at Lululemon Houston Heights | FREE – Join a group of local running enthusiasts for this weekly run through The Heights, starting and ending at Lululemon in Heights Mercantile. After the run, you can stretch out your muscles with a complimentary in-store yoga session. 8:45am.
  • Yoga Brunch at El Big Bad  Close out the weekend and prepare for a new week with a relaxing, 60-minute yoga session, followed by a congratulatory cocktail and delicious brunch at El Big Bad downtown. Tickets start at $25. 11am to 3pm.
  • Pawsitive Pups at Levy Park | FREE – Bring out the kids to practice their reading skills alongside canine companions at Levy Park, where Pawsitive Pups and the Houston Public Library will team up for this weekend event. Children are invited to bring their own books or borrow one from the park to read aloud with onsite therapy dogs for added encouragement. 1pm to 2pm.
  • Hand Lettering Classes at Honey Art Cafe – Learn the basics of hand lettering in this DIY workshop at Honey Art Cafe. Basic supplies are provided, but participants should bring a one-to-five-word quote or phrase for the focus of their design. $20. 1pm to 2pm.
  • Recovery Sundays in the Garden at Wicklow Heights | No Cover – Wind down from the weekend with drink specials, music from a live DJ, and rotating food trucks when Wicklow Heights hosts Recovery Sundays on its backyard patio. 2pm to 8pm.
  • Gnash in Concert at House of Blues  Hear a live show featuring hit songs like “I Hate U, I Love U” as alternative hip-hop artist Gnash brings his tour to House of Blues.Tickets are $20. 7pm.

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