Plan Your Memorial Day Weekend: May 22 to 26, 2014

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Make the most of your five-day weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, May 22 to Monday, May 26, 2014. [quote_box_right]

Weekend Shortcuts

All Weekend Long

Thursday, May 22

Friday, May 23

Saturday, May 24

Sunday, May 25

Monday, May 26[/quote_box_right]It’s Memorial Day Weekend, known as the official start of summer, and there’s a lot going on around the city to offer up a taste of what we can expect over the next three months.

While a lot of folks are heading out of H-Town, many are sticking around to check out the Comicpalooza conference, some of the last crawfish boils of the year, showcases for both the Houston Symphony and Houston Ballet, a parade and festival in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sunday night parties and more.

Check back throughout the week as we add more great stuff to do in Houston this weekend. 

Things to Do All Weekend

  • ad3Tour de B-Cycle in Central Houston | Daily – Score a Houston B-Cycle t-shirt (and major bragging rights) when you show check into all 29 Houston B-Cycle stations in less than 24 hours. Ends at midnight on Monday, May 26, 2014. Click here to join Houston B-Cycle.
  • 2nd annual Trill Comedy Festival at Station Theater | Thursday through Saturday – Laugh out loud (for reals) at Houston’s only comprehensive comedy event as more than 100 comedians stage 12 shows featuring improv, sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, performance art, comedy game shows, variety shows and more. $10 individuals shows; $45 for three-day, all-show pass; Free and discount tickets available.
  • Dancin’ in the Street: Motown and More Revue at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE | Thursday through Sunday – The beloved show-stopping R&B and soul tribute to Motown’s greatest returns to Miller, this time including a thrilling Jackson 5 number and a special performance commemorating the 50th anniversary of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.” 8:15pm daily.
  • Comicpalooza at George R. Brown Convention Center in Downtown Houston | Friday through Monday – Grab your favorite sci-fi, fantasy or other comic-inspired T-shirt or go in full costume to this massive four-day gathering of stars, creators, writers and fans. Single day passes are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for adults; $10 in advance and $12 at the door for ages 6 to 12; four-day passes start at $55 for adults and $12 for ages 6 to $12.
  • Memorial Day Staycation at Hotel ZaZa | Saturday and Sunday – Take advantage of a special $199 overnight rate at Hotel ZaZa this weekend, including extras such as grill-out bites and Texas craft beers in the lobby from 3pm to 7pm, house-crafted sno-cones by the pool (boozy and non-boozy options) and welcome champagne on arrival.
  • Crawfish Season Finale at Cottonwood in the Heights | Saturday and Sunday – Enjoy Cottonwood’s flavorful crawdads for the last time until 2015. $6 per pound or $22 for all you can eat. 1pm both days.
  • George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House at Main Street Theater in Rice Village | Daily – If Downton Abbey were a romantic comedy, it would be George Bernard Shaw’s classic play Heartbreak House, set just before World War I in the English countryside. $34. Limited $17 discounted tickets available.
  • Repitcon Houston in Pasadena | Saturday and Sunday – See a massive gathering of reptiles, amphibians and the people that love them as this crowd and kid-pleasing reptile convention returns to the Pasadena Convention Center. $10 adults; $5 kids at the door. Advance VIP tickets are good for two days and are $12 for adults’ $5 for kids. 10am to 5pm Saturday; 10am to 4pm Sunday.
  • Houston Ballet presents Modern Masters at Wortham Theater Center | Thursday, Saturday and Sunday – Delight to a program featuring four works featuring explosive energy, high attitude and cool sexuality. You’ll likely find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale market.
  • Houston Symphony presents Symphonic Spectacular at Jones Hall | Friday through Sunday – TV’s Victor Garber hosts a visual performance where beloved hits such as “Waltz of the Flowers,” “1812 Overture” and “Flight of the Bumblebee” are accompanied by stunning photographic stills and animation. $29 to $126. You may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale market.
  • Godzilla: The Japanese Original Movie Screening at MFAH | Friday through Sunday – Experience the 1954 Japanese film that started it all, including the current Hollywood blockbuster. This 60th anniversary restoration includes scenes deleted from previous U.S. releases. 7pm Friday and Saturday; 5pm Sunday.
  • Family Activities inside the Loop from BigKidSmallCity | Daily – Find events, recommendations and family friendly activities from Houston mom-in-the-know Jill Jarvis of BigKidSmallCity.

  • Discover a new Houston date idea (or a new date) | Sponsored – Looking for a popular date idea, or for someone to join you? Either way, Howaboutwe.com has some suggestions for you.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • History on Tap with the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa at St. Arnold’s Brewery – Join the Galveston Historical Society at this special evening at St. Arnold’s, featuring treasured items from Texas’ Official Tall Ship. Guests will enjoy St. Arnold’s award winning Elissa IPA and have a chance to win a coveted spot on a 2015 daysail of the historic ship. $25. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Quiet Company in Concert at Discovery Green | FREE – Dynamic Texas pop band Quiet Company takes the stage for this week’s UHD Thursday Concert. Orchestral indie rockers Finnegan open. 6:30pm to 9pm.
  • Secret to Health Seminar at Heights Village – Enjoy tasty treats from Radical Eats and learn how to rejuvenate yourself and fend off toxins from genetically modified foods, pesticides, refined sugar and other sources Dr. Edward Group’s seminar. 6:30pm.
  • Bordeaux Wine Dinner at L’Olivier Restaurant & Bar – Savor a special four-course prix fixe menu paired with flavorful Bourdeaux. $75 per person. Reservations required. 7pm.
  • Rat Ranch in Concert at Kemah Boardwalk | FREE – Rock and roll music fills the boardwalk at this edition of the weekly Rock the Dock concert series. 7pm to 10pm.

Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Pack Your Bag Challenge at Discovery Green | FREE – Join Great Day Houston reporter Courtney Perna and throw your hat in the ring to win great local prizes, including a hotel staycation. 8am.
  • Journey and the Steve Miller Band in Concert at The Woodlands Pavilion – Don’t stop believing. Hold on to that feeling. Because you’re a joker, you’re a smoker, you’re a mid-night toker. You’ll likely find cheaper or better seats at TicketNetwork’s resale market. 6:45pm.
  • Houston Dash vs Chicago Red Stars at BBVA Compass Stadium – See Houston’s first professional women’s soccer team as they defend our home turf against the ladies from Chi-Town. Tickets start at $16. 7pm.
  • Opening Reception for Perestroika-era Soviet Posters at the Russian Cultural Center | FREE – Revisit the imagery of thawing cold war at the opening of “The Posters of Gorbachev Era: The Sunset of Sov
  • More Great Things to Do All Weekend Long – Some of the biggest things happening in Houston this weekend are happening all weekend long. Click here to scroll up and see our list.

Click here to find more things to do in Houston on Saturday, May 24; Sunday, May 25; and Monday, May 26, 2014.

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