Top 14 Food & Drink Events This Month: August 2019

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August sees the return of one of the year’s most anticipated events: Houston Restaurant Weeks, the citywide fundraiser where you support the Houston Food Bank by simply dining out starting Thursday, August 1.

The month also brings back the fan-favorite BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival, taking over Moody Gardens through Labor Day weekend. In between, you’ll find plenty of tasty food and drink events to keep you quenched and satisfied.

Top 14 Food & Drink Events This Month: August 2019

  • Houston Restaurant Weeks | Thursday, August 1 through Monday, September 2 – Houston Restaurant Weeks returns, bringing another month of charity and prix fixe menus from over 250 participating restaurants around town. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank. Check the lineup for specially priced lunches, brunches, and dinners at hot newcomers and old favorites. Times and locations vary.
  • Deli Month at Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen Restaurant | All Month Long – For the month of August, delis across the country will be offering special three-course, prix fixe menus that not only provide a chance to try a number of outstanding traditional deli dishes, but also raise money for a chosen charity in each community. This year, both locations of Kenny & Ziggy’s will be offering a three-course menu ($38) benefitting the Holocaust Museum Houston. Dine on choices from spinach knish, kasha varnishkas, and matzo ball soup to Roumanian steak, Hungarian goulash, and 7-layer cake.
  • African and Caribbean Food Festival at Ayva Center | Saturday, August 3 – Hit this festival to experience African and Caribbean culture via music, dancing, and food—from jerk chicken, suya, and obono to agusi, plantains, and fried fish. Tickets are $10. 1pm to 9pm.
  • White Linen Night in the Heights | Saturday, August 3 – Don your finest white linen outfit for the best block party of the summer, featuring pop-up shops, local art vendors, eats, and drinks. The 200 and 300 blocks of 19th are where the main art event takes place, though you’ll find bars and restaurants all over the Heights joining in on the fun with boozy parties and specials. 6pm to 10pm (block party).
  • White Linen Night Party at We Olive | Saturday, August 3 – Escape the heat with an air-conditioned celebration We Olive. The Wine Bar will be reserved exclusively for ticketholders. Tickets are available for $60 and include a wristband for entry, coupon for 15-percent discount on all retail items purchased that day, drink tickets good for any two glasses of wine, local craft beer, or non-alcoholic drink, and passed light bites, with access to the full food and drink menu at additional cost. 5pm to 9pm.
  • Summer Supper Pop-Up Dinner at Riel | Sunday, August 4 – Nett Lifestyle and Candlelighters of Houston continues its three-part supper series benefitting the research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. At this second dinner, guests will enjoy regional cuisine prepared by chef Ryan Lachaine, cocktail pairings, a live DJ set by DJ Dayta, a silent art auction, and merchandise from local vendors. Tickets are $150 per person for each dinner and 40 seats are available. Guests may RSVP at 4pm to 7:30pm.
  • All About That Bubbly at The Houston Zoo | Thursday, August 15 – Enjoy the Zoo after Dark as it stays open late for a bubbly-filled party. Activities include a live ice carving show, photo booth fun, lawn games, and the opportunity to see animals up-close. Tickets are $35 and include one French 75 drink per guest. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Murder Mystery Dinner at Haak Winery | Friday, August 16 – Bring your bad acting and sleuthing skills and get into character at a Murder Mystery Dinner at Haak Winery. Tickets are $65 per person, with a buffet dinner included. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Marvel Trivia Bar Crawl in Midtown | Saturday, August 17 – Team up with your Marvel-loving pals for a special Marvel Trivia Bar Crawl, taking place around Midtown watering holes including Dogwood, Front Porch, and Daisy Dukes. Teams of 1 to 8 people will answer 25 trivia questions at 4 bars total, with prizes awarded to first, second, and third place. Tickets range from $15 to $20. 4pm to midnight.
  • Around The World in 10,000 Bites at the Houston Museum of Natural Science | Saturday, August 17 – Eculent chef David Skinner will host Around the World in 10,000 Bites, a gastronomic experience that features 101 chef-prepared courses from ten different countries. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and experience chefs presenting the culture and cuisine of their heritage and passion, with each guest receiving a limited-edition photobook commemorating the event with photos, recipes, and descriptions of all the dishes of the event. Tickets are $750 per seat and only 100 tickets are available for sale. 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • Houston Tacos & Margs Crawl on Washington | Saturday, August 24 – This bar crawl invites you to eat your weight in tacos and quench your thirst with margaritas. The tequila-inspired fun will take place at Washington Avenue bars including Axis & Alibi, Clutch, Concrete Cowboy, Kung Fu Saloon, Standard Bar & Kitchen and more. Tickets start at $19.99. 2pm to 9pm.
  • Mixers & Elixirs at the Houston Museum of Natural Science | Saturday, August 24 – Party with the dinosaurs as the Houston Museum of Natural Science opens up its doors for an evening fête. August’s Mixers & Elixirs event is themed “The Wizards of H-Town,” with Electric Circus and DJ Dame Hype hyping up the dancefloor and food trucks including Nom Mi Streets, Dlish, Nola Poboys, Waffle Bus, and Dipped bringing the eats. Tickets are $25 for non-members; $15 for members. 7pm to 10pm.
  • BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival at Moody Gardens Convention Center | Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 1 – This fan-favorite craft beer festival returns, bringing the beer-fueled fun all weekend long. Highlights include Friday’s Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting, Saturday’s BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, and Sunday’s Brew-B-Que. Tickets for weekender passes are $165 for all three events; Big Hopper passes are $135 for a Saturday and Sunday experience, while prices vary for individual events ($8 to $85). Times vary per event.
  • Tree House Happy Hour at The Grove | Saturday, August 31 Enjoy happy hour overlooking the beautiful Discovery Green at The Grove’s Tree House Happy Hour series. Guests can expect drink specials and bar bites on the upstairs, including $3 beers, $6 cocktails, $5 house rose and noshes like shrimp corn dogs ($6), bell pepper hummus ($8), and truffle fries ($5 to $10). 4pm to 7pm.

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