Plan Your Weekend: September 27 to 30, 2018

Oktoberfest Houston | Photo courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Park

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, September 27 to Sunday, September 30, 2018. 

Weekend Shortcuts

All Weekend Long

Thursday, September 27

Friday, September 28

Saturday, September 29

Sunday, September 30

Search Our Calendar by Date

Get a Nightlife This Week

Top Concerts This Week

Where to Happy Hour

Where to Brunch

Places to Go

Cheer loud from the stands at BBVA Compass Stadium, channel your green thumb at a DIY succulent terrarium workshop, chow down on all sorts of shrimp-centric dishes, sit back and enjoy a beloved Broadway musical, network with the ladies of tech at the Grace Hopper convention, and more.  

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Thursday, September 27 to Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Things to Do All Weekend

  • YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge 2018 at North Shore Park | Daily – Team up with a group of paddlers and race through Lake Woodlands in a colorful, dragon-headed canoe that spans 40 feet and weighs more than 1800 pounds. The YMCA’s annual challenge, which includes several other team-oriented activities, aims to promote camaraderie, teamwork, and community spirit among its participants. $1000 per team. Spectators are welcome at no cost, but there are no planned public activities or entertainment.  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 Dirty River Boys, Wild Child, and Tony! Toni! Toné!. Times vary.
  • Les Misérables at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Daily – See the timeless, Tony-Award-winning musical, Les Misérables, when British theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh brings his newly revamped production to Houston’s Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown. Tickets start at $35, but you may find cheaper, better, or hard-to-get seats on TicketNetwork’s resale website. Showtimes vary.
  • 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.
  • Love & Makes Candle-Making Workshop in Rice Village | Daily – 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.
  • Around the World in 80 Days at The George Theatre | Daily – 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, but a limited number of premium seats are discounted to $12.50. Showtimes vary.
  • ‘Da Kink in my Hair at the Ensemble Theatre | Daily – Explore the stories of eight Black women in ‘Da Kink in my Hair, a musical stage play set in a Caribbean hair salon that’s owned by a West Indian hair stylist living in Toronto. Tickets start at $30. 7:30pm.
  • 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration at George R. Brown Convention Center | Thursday and FridayJoin fellow women technologists at the largest convention of its kind, the Grace Hopper Celebration, at George R. Brown Convention Center. You’ll hear keynote speakers and other industry experts speak on topics such as leadership skills, advancements in technology, gaining visibility in the workplace, and gender gaps. $1150. 7:45am both days.
  • Exit Strategy at Rec Room | Thursday to Saturday – Rec Room Arts opens their 2018– 2019 season with Exit Strategy, a play written by Ike Holter that tells the story of a fictional public high school slated for closure at the end of the school year. Tickets are $30 for general admission; $15 for students and $40 for opening night. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday 8pm.
  • Galveston Island Shrimp Festival in Downtown Galveston | Friday and SaturdayGet your fill of Gulf Coast shrimp during Galveston Island’s annual shrimp festival. Shellfish lovers can attend a VIP kick-off party, Gumbo Stroll, the Lil’ Shrimp’s Parade, a shrimp cook-off, and a 5k race. Gumbo Stroll tickets $14 in advance; $17 day of the event. The 5k is $46 by itself; $56 includes a Gumbo Stroll ticket. The parade is free to watch. Times vary.
  • The Catastrophic Theatre presents Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class at MATCH | Friday to Sunday – On the heels of the one year anniversary of Sam Shepard’s passing, The Catastrophic Theatre kicks off its new season with Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class, the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright’s searing portrait of a rural, working class family. Tickets start at $10 and all performances are “Pay what you can.” Showtimes vary.
  • Uptown Dance Company presents Female Voices in Motion at MATCH | Friday and Saturday Head to Midtown’s MATCH for an evening of contemporary ballet, jazz, and modern dance performances produced by a trio of Houston-based, female choreographers. Each piece takes a different approach to represent the female voice in dance, paying tribute to names like Jack Cole, Luigi, and Bob Fosse along the way. $30. 7:30pm both nights.
  • Texas Renaissance Festival | Saturday and Sunday – Hear ye, hear ye, lords and ladies: dress thyself in themed garb, nosh on turkey legs, and shout “Huzzah!” as the beloved Texas Renaissance Festival returns for its 2018 season. Camp out on the festival grounds, or stop in for a full day of shopping, entertainment, wine tasting, and foods fit for a king. Oktoberfest is this week’s theme. Tickets start at $24.95. 
  • Drake in Concert at Toyota Center | Saturday and Sunday – Take a crack at the KiKi Challenge during a live show by the famed actor-turned-rapper and Houston-aficionado, Drake, when he performs at Toyota Center alongside “Walk It Talk It” collaborators Migos. Tickets start at $59.50, but you may find cheaper of better seats on the TicketNetwork resale marketplace. 6pm.
  • Southern Living Showcase: Beyond the Storm in Braes Heights | Saturday and Sunday – Browse a selection of culinary, gardening, and interior design demos at the 2018 Southern Living “Beyond the Storm” Showcase Home event. The 6,076-square-foot, three-story home includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a media room, a game room, a dining room, and a breakfast area along with a gourmet kitchen. $15. 1pm and 3pm each day.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

Things to Do on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Be sure to subscribe to our free Weekend Planner email and receive a round-up of great things to do this weekend in Houston in your inbox every week. Click here to sign up.

Previous articleTop 16 Things to Do This Week in Houston: September 17 to 23, 2018
Next articleUnearth the History of Cremation at the National Museum of Funeral History’s new permanent exhibit