Top 15 Things to Do This Week in Houston: May 13 to 19, 2019

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Make the most of your week with our top 15 event picks happening in Houston from Monday, May 13 to Sunday, May 19, 2019.

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Load up on carbs at a pasta-centric event; walk or run a 5K to raise funds for the fight against pancreatic cancer; go Greek with authentic cuisine, and live entertainment at the Greek Festival in Montrose; join a discussion with Radiolab’s host, Jad Abumrad; cheer on the Dynamo in a game against D.C. United; and more.

Top 15 Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Houston Greek Festival at St. Basil The Great Greek Orthodox Church | Thursday, May 16 to Sunday, May 19 – Nosh on souvlaki, spanakopita, dolmas, and baklava while celebrating Greek culture during this annual festival at St. Basil The Great Greek Orthodox Church. Guests can tour the church, shop, and enjoy music and dancing throughout the weekend. $3. Times vary.
  • Galveston Island Beach Revue | Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 | FREE Travel back to decades past at the Galveston Island Beach Revue, which celebrates Galveston’s eventful history with plenty of vintage-inspired fun. Activities include the Bathing Beauties contest, which got its start in 1920; as well as a classic car show; food and drink vendors; and live music. Times vary.
  • The God Committee at The George Theater | Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19 – Experience a story of medicine and morality with The God Committee, presented by A.D. Players at The George Theater. The dramatic stage play examines the deliberation that occurs when healthcare professionals decide which patient should receive a heart for transplant. Tickets start at $20. Showtimes vary.
  • Dave Matthews Band in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Friday, May 17 Jam out to hit songs like “Crash Into Me” and “Ants Marching,” as well as new songs from their 2018 album when DMB performs an outdoor concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tickets start at $45, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • Silent Film with Two Star Symphony in Concert at Discovery Green | Friday, May 17 | FREE Spend Friday night at Discovery Green when they show a 1920s silent film, accompanied by music from the local ensemble, Two Star Symphony. 8pm to 11pm.
  • PurpleStride Houston at Houston Sports Park | Saturday, May 18 – Join the fight against pancreatic cancer by walking or running a 5K course at the PurpleStride fundraising event in Houston Sports Park. Registration is $15 for kids 3 to 12; $30 for adults; $5 more for a timed registration. Opening ceremonies at 8am.
  • 15th Annual Empty Bowls at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft | Saturday, May 18 Have lunch at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft to support the fight against hunger during the 15th Annual Empty Bowls Houston fundraiser. Each participant will receive a simple meal of bread and soup, along with a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl donated by local artists. $25 minimum donation. 11am to 3pm.
  • Music to My Beers Fest at Pearland Town Center | Saturday, May 18 | FREE Sip craft beer from the breweries South of Houston while enjoying live music at Music to My Beers Fest in Pearland Town Center. Performers include Hector Ward & the Big Time, Beat Root Revival, Byrd Law, and Buck Yeager. 2pm to 9pm.
  • Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium | Saturday, May 18 – Cheer on the Dynamo as they play D.C. United in a home game at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets range from $24 to over $79, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7:30pm.
  • SPA presents Jad Abumrad, Host of Radiolab at Wortham Theater Center | Saturday, May 18 – Hear from Radiolab’s host and creator when Jad Abumrad takes the stage at Wortham Theater Center. Tickets start at $25, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s online resale market. 7:30pm.
  • 3rd Annual Love Street Music Fest at Karbach Brewery | Sunday, May 19 Kick back on Karbach’s family-friendly patio while listening to live music from Walk the Moon, Bishop Briggs, Toadies, lovelytheband, Wrestlers, slenderbodies, and Vodi at the brewery’s annual Love Street Music Fest. Tickets start at $40, plus fees. 1pm.
  • Tacos over Texas at The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation | Sunday, May 19 Taste delicious tacos made my chefs from near and far, as Ninfa’s on Navigation presents the Tacos over Texas fundraiser, benefitting The Ninfa Laurenzo Scholarship Fund. During the event, you can sample a specialty taco from each chef, drink beer and margaritas, and listen to live music. Tickets are $40 for general admission (unlimited samples and two drink tickets included); $200 for VIP. 1pm to 4pm; noon for VIP.
  • Houston Pasta Festival at Bayou City Event Center | Sunday, May 19 Help yourself to heaps of long, short, stuffed, and layered noodles smothered in a variety of savory sauces and toppings at this year’s Houston Pasta Festival. More than 20 local restaurants will participate in the event, including ROMA Italian Eatery, BOH Pasta, Paulie’s, and Pizza Motus. Tickets cost $35 online; $40 at the door. 1pm to 4pm.
  • USPA Officers Cup at Houston Polo Club | Sunday, May 19 Watch from the stands as two polo teams compete in the USPA Officers Cup at the Houston Polo Club. You can also expect live flamenco guitar music, the best gentlemen’s hat contest, concessions from Ruth’s Chris, a halftime pony bounce, and a Champagne divot stomp. Tickets start at $30 for adults; $15 for children on the Red Oak Lawn; Grandstand seats for 2 to 20 people range from $79 to $695. 5pm.
  • Ariana Grande in Concert at Toyota Center | Sunday, May 19 – Bust out your high pony and cat ears for Ariana Grande’s stop in Toyota Center for “The Sweetener World Tour.” You can jam out to the singer’s sassy hits like “Thank U, Next” and “Seven Rings” while watching her epic stage show that’ll make you believe that “God is a Woman.” Tickets start at $39.95, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7:30pm.

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