Plan Your Weekend: April 5 to 8, 2018

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival | Photo courtesy of The Woodlands Arts Council

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, April 5 to Sunday, April 8, 2018. 

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Cheer on the Astros as they play the San Diego Padres, bid on exotic cards at NRG Park, chow down on unlimited samples of Mac & Cheese, watch a free screening of Wonder Woman, vote for the best-tasting buffalo wings, and more.  

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Thursday, April 5 to Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Things to Do All Weekend

  • Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair | Daily – Eat and drink your way around Sugar Land at the annual Wine & Food Affair that takes place throughout the city. Highlights include the Street Food Bites and Bartenders Challenge on Thursday, the Grand Tasting on Friday, a Sip & Stroll at Brazos River Park on Saturday, and a Bistro Brunch on Sunday. Prices, times, and locations vary.
  • Astros Art Celebration at Off the Wall Gallery | Daily – Join a commemorative celebration of the Astros’ World Series Championship as renowned sports artist Opie Otterstad unveils his painting of the team and their historic win at Off the Wall Gallery. Thursday to Saturday 11am to 7pm; Sunday 10am to 6pm.
  • Eighth Day of the Week at Ensemble Theatre | Daily – Follow the struggles, discoveries, and coping mechanisms of an African American family whose mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Through raw emotion injected with humor, this play aims to raise awareness of a disease that affects families around the world. Tickets start at $30. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday 8pm; Saturday 2pm; Sunday 3pm.
  • MECUM Auctions at NRG Park | Thursday to Saturday – Bid on your pick of more than 1,000 classic, muscle, collector, and exotic cars during the MECUM Auction at NRG Park. Featured lots include a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LC6, and a 1998 Dodge Viper GTS-R. Tickets start at $20. 8am.
  • Shrek the Musical at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday to Saturday | FREE – See your favorite humorous fairy tale, complete with a cynical ogre, feisty princess, and loud-mouthed donkey, performed live at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Unlike the movie, Shrek the Musical will feature all-new music and dancing for an entirely unique experience. 8pm.
  • Cleo at Alley Theatre | Friday to Sunday – See a production of Cleo, a play set during the filming of the disastrous 1963 movie Cleopatra at the Alley Theatre. Directed byBob Balaban, Cleo is the story about the scandalous romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Friday and Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.
  • University of Houston Cougars vs. USF at Schroeder Park | Friday to Sunday – Watch as the Cougars take the field to play USF at Schroeder Park. Tickets start at $6, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. Friday and Saturday 6:30pm; Sunday 1pm.
  • The Catastrophic Theatre presents Small Ball at MATCH | Friday to Sunday –The Catastrophic Theatre presents Small Ball, an original basketball musical commissioned by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, at MATCH. Ticket prices start at $10 and all performances are pay-what-you-can. The suggested ticket price is $40. 8pm on Friday and Saturday; 2:30pm on Sunday.
  • Daisy at Main Street Theater | Friday to Sunday – Take a seat for Main Street Theater’s newest production, Daisy, a play inspired by the infamous advertisement from the 1960s. Based on real people and events, Daisy explores the impact of the media and that unforgettable commercial now known as the origin of negative ad campaigns. Tickets start at $36. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 3pm.
  • Houston Astros vs. San Diego Padres at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday – Get loud for the World Series champions when they take the field to play the Padres in a home game at Minute Maid Park. Tickets start at $21, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. Friday 7:10pm; Saturday 6:10pm; Sunday 1:10pm.
  • Rice University Owls vs. Old Dominion at Reckling Park | Friday to Sunday – Take your seat to watch the Owls when they play Old Dominion on their home field. Tickets start at $15, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. Friday 6:30pm; Saturday 2pm; Sunday noon.
  • The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival at The Woodlands Town Center | Saturday and Sunday – View the artwork of more than 200 artists from across the country as The Woodlands Waterway and Town Green Park are transformed into an outdoor art gallery for this annual event. Additional features include five entertainment stages, hands-on art activities, food, and drinks. Tickets start at $15. Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 10am to 6pm.
  • McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival in Downtown | Saturday and Sunday – Now in its 30th year, the McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival is a two-day event with celebrities, food, and fun for the whole family. The weekend-long festival features celebrity and character appearances, music, food, games, family-friendly activities, dance performances, and more. Festival tickets are $10 online not including a service fee; $12 at the gate; military personnel and guests that present a 2018 McDonald’s receipt receive a $2 discount at the gate; free for ages 2 and under. 10:30am to 6:30pm each day.
  • 37th Annual THG Houston Home Show at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday and Sunday – Make your way to the annual Texas Home and Garden Show for expert advice, money-saving tips, remodeling ideas, landscape features, and all things needed to fix up your home and garden. This year’s show features host Cleverley Stone on The Foodie Spotlight stage, where some of Houston’s top chefs will provide cooking demonstrations with samples. $9. Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm.
  • Delicious Brunches Around Greater Houston | Saturday and Sunday – No matter what part of the city you live in, there’s a delicious brunch option near you. Click here to see our handy lists of Where to Brunch in Greater Houston, including The Woodlands, Katy, Sugar Land, Downtown, Midtown, The Heights, Montrose, The Museum District, The East End, Memorial City, The Energy Corridor, Galveston, and many more.
  • More Great Things to Do All Weekend Long – Some of the biggest things to do in Houston this weekend are happening all weekend long. Click here to scroll up and see our list.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

  • Art Car Pinewood Derby 2018 at St. Arnold Brewing Company Gear up for the annual Art Car Parade at the Pinewood Derby, when St. Arnold Brewing Co. invites participants to create their own miniature art cars and race against competitors. $25. 5pm to 10pm.
  • Child Advocates Light of Hope at Sugar Land Town Square Kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month with the Annual Light of Hope Ceremony at Sugar Land Town Square. Surrounded by blue balloons, you’ll find information tables, blue ribbon t-shirts, car magnets, and pins, all with a backdrop of live music. 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • Juilliard String Quartet at Hobby Center Celebrate Da Camera’s 30th anniversary with a performance by the Juilliard String Quartet, who played at the program’s inaugural event in 1988. The group will play young Beethoven in high spirits, Bartók’s electrifying fifth quartet and the lush late Romanticism of Dvořák. Tickets start at $37.50. 7:30pm.
  • Canterbury Cathedral Choir in Concert at St. John the Divine Entersect and the Church of St. John the Divine host the Canterbury Cathedral Choir in concert at the second appearance of their 2018 tour. Under the direction of Master of the chorister David Flood, the world-renowned choir consists of 12 professional adult singers and 25 boys between 8 and 13 years of age. Tickets are $15; $10 for students with valid ID; $5 for ages 10 and under. 7:30pm.
  • Broadway at the Box at The Music Box Theater Experience a night of musical theater as performers The Great White Way return to The Music Box Theater. See Broadway classics from decades past, as well popular newcomers. Tickets are $29, but you may find limited discounted tickets for $14.50. 7:30pm.
  • Mixed Media at MFAH Celebrate the arts of India with exclusive access to the art exhibit, Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India at the springtime MFAH Mixed Media. The high-energy late night party will be headlined by producer and DJ Karsh Hale along with DJ Sun and DJ Yogi-G. Tickets are $25 and $22 for members. 8pm to midnight.
  • Mat Kearney in Concert at House of Blues Catch critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Mat Kearney as he takes his Crazy Talk Tour through Houston at House of Blues. Tickets start at $25. 8pm.
  • Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty at Jones Hall Listen as Conductor Andrey Boreyko leads the Houston Symphony through selections from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, and a luminous, romantic excerpt from Franz Schreker’s opera, The Distant Sound. Tickets start at $23. 8pm.
  • Classic Numbers: Every Friday at Numbers Nightclub Travel back to the ’80s with hits from The Smiths, The Cure, Blondie and more every Friday night at the always-eclectic Numbers Nightclub in Montrose. 9pm.

Things to Do on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, 2018.

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