Find the can’t-miss events in Houston with our Day + Nightlife Guide for Wednesday, October 2 to Sunday, October 5, 2019.
Happening This Week
Also in October 2019
The only thing we have to fear is the fear of missing out itself.
Fear no more, we’ve got you covered with our in-the-know list of art, music, and nightlife events happening around Houston, from Wednesday through Sunday.
Day + Nightlife Guide
- 7th Annual Trill Comedy Festival at Station Theater | Thursday to Sunday – Catch or all of nine performances featuring the best local and national improv, stand-up, musical, and sketch comedy from more than 100 performers. Showtimes vary.
- King’s Oktoberfest 2019 at Kings Biergarten & Restaurant | Friday to Sunday – King’s annual Oktoberfest celebration returns to Pearland with more live German music, more biers, more brats, and more fun. Festivities include adult carnival games, food, arm wrestling and strongman competitions, and plenty of German biers. Options to turn your weekend into a staycation with special rates on hotels around Pearland are available. Tickets range from $12 to $30. Times vary.
- Oktoberfest 2019 at Saint Arnold Brewing Company | Saturday and Sunday | No Cover – Saint Arnold’s Brewery invites you to enjoy food, beer, music, games and contests, local artists and makers, special glassware available, and everything else you need to get in the Oktoberfest spirit. Times vary.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
- Raising the Steaks at Tikila’s | No Cover – The tequila tiki bar in the Heights, Tikila’s hosts the Raising the Steaks event with a happy hour at 4pm, a steak dinner, and DJ’s. 4pm.
- October Mixology Class at Poitín Bar & Kitchen – In this 2-hour class, you’ll spend time with cocktail experts and learn how to make your own delicious and unique drinks, and take home a swag bag of goodies. $70 per person. 6:30pm.
- Comedian Nurse Blake at House of Blues – When he’s not performing the duties of a registered nurse, the viral comedian and speaker known as Nurse Blake hits the road on a nationwide tour to the delight of hospital workers, students, and the professors that torment them. Tickets are sold out at the venue, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
- Shaun of the Dead Movie Screening at Market Square Houston | No Cover – Enjoy a free outdoor screening of the hilarious movie, Shaun of the Dead at Market Square Houston. Shaun, a 30-something-year-old loser, has a pretty uneventful life- that is, until his small town on the outskirts of London is overrun by Zombies. 7:30pm.
- $2 Bill Two Dollar Comedy Show at The Secret Group – The Secret Group hosts the weekly $2 Bill Two Dollar Comedy Show every Wednesday in EaDo. There will be happy hour throughout the comedy show, and the karaoke afterward, with $2 cans of Tecate beer and $5 shots of Espolòn Tequila. There will also be free chips and salsa from El Real Tex-Mex. 8pm.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
- First Thursday at Mid Main – Browse an art garden and market, listen to live music, and sip drinks from Deep Eddy Vodka and Saint Arnold Brewing Co during the monthly First Thursday celebration at Mid Main. Suggested donation of $5. 6pm.
- Nobody’s Girl in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Catch a performance from the Austin-based folk trio, Nobody’s Girl at McGonigels Mucky Duck. Tickets are $25 in advance; $28 at the door. 7pm.
- Opening Reception of Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect at The Menil Collection | FREE – Considered to be one of the most inventive artists of post-revolutionary France, Jean-Jacques Lequeu has an opening reception for the exhibition, Visionary Architect at The Menil Collection. 7pm to 9pm.
- Joy Hanna in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – The Christian pop singer, Joy Hanna, performs live at White Oak Music Hall along with openers Paul and Sarah, and Jack Thweatt. Tickets start at $15. 7:30pm.
- CSz presents The EaDo Comedy Show at CSz Arena – Catch plenty of high-energy characters, fast-paced scenes and personal absurdities in The Eado Comedy Show, CSz Houston’s long-form improv show that draws from the fun East Downtown neighborhood vibe. Full price tickets are $10, but limited, discounted $5 tickets available. 8pm.
- Styx in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – Rock out at a live show by the iconic group, Styx, as they take the stage of Smart Financial Centre. Tickets start at $59.50, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 8pm.
- Mean Girls Trivia at Little Woodrow’s EaDo | No Cover – Be sure to wear pink for a Mean Girls trivia night at Little Woodrow’s in EaDo. This event is to raise money for breast cancer awareness. 8pm to 11pm.
- Anything for Selena: Rad City ’80s and ’90s Night at Present Company | No Cover – Head to Present Company in Montrose as they host a Selena tribute dance night. DJ’s will also be spinning music from the ’80s and ’90s and there will be a Selena look-alike contest at midnight. 9pm.
Friday, October 4, 2019
- Classic Oktoberfest Party at Saint Arnold Brewing Company – Put on your best dirndl, lederhosen or other Tyrolean duds for Saint Arnold’s Classic Oktoberfest Party in their German-style Beer Hall. Enjoy a special German dinner, beer, live music and more. You could even be crowned King or Queen of Oktoberfest – they’ll have a contest to see who comes outfitted the best. $65. 6pm to 9pm.
- Cuco in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – The indie “Lo Que Siento” singer-songwriter, Cuco, performs live at White Oak Music Hall. La Doña and KAINA open the show. Tickets start at $26, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s online resale market. 6pm.
- Anime No Seikatsu: An Anime Art Show at Insomnia Gallery | No Cover – Insomnia Gallery hosts their second annual fan art tribute show to anime, Anime No Seikatsu. It will feature over two dozen local artists, a cosplay contest, DJs and more. 7pm to 11pm.
- Lizzo in Concert at Revention Music Center – Belt out the lyrics to “Truth Hurts,” “Good as Hell,” and “Tempo” when the Houston-based, multi-talented breakout star, Lizzo, takes the stage at Revention Music Center. Tickets start at $208, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 8pm.
- Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Clé Houston – The energetic house DJ duo, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, spin live at the Clé Houston lounge in Midtown. Tickets are $10. 10pm.
- ComedySportz presents Improv! The Musical at CSz Arena – In Improv! The Musical, members of ComedySportz Houston take the stage and come up with the storyline, soundtrack, and choreography of a musical right before your eyes. The audience supplies them with a topic, and they take it from there at this monthly first Friday improv performance. Tickets are $16, but limited discounted $10 tickets are usually available. 10:30pm.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
- The Bonfire Texas Festival 2019 at Stevens and Pruett Ranch – Bring the entire family out to the 2019 Bonfire Texas music festival at the Stevens and Pruett Ranch. The festival will feature live music, vendors, BBQ, dogs available for adoption, and plenty of activities such as hayrides and a bonfire at sunset. Live music acts include singer-songwriter Jesse Raub Jr., TV’s The Voice finalist Holly Tucker and more. Tickets start at $15 for children 10 and under; $25 for an adult pass. 1pm to 9:30pm.
- Orange Show Fall Bar-B-Que at Smither Park | No Cover – Bring your own blinged-out Western wear and accessories to the Orange Show’s Fall Bar-B-Que, where hosts will collect donated decor for the upcoming Orange Show Gala in November. They’ll accept items like cowboy hats, toy horses, lassos, boots and more. 3pm to 8pm.
- Community Night Out at City Hall Complex | FREE – This family-friendly event will feature live music from the masters of funk, S.O.S. Band performing hits like “Take Your Time (Do It Right) and more. Famed DJ Kid Capri takes the stage performing live on the 1s and 2s. This year will also feature live storytelling on the City’s outdoor Community Center Performance Plaza, face painting, food trucks, and more. 4pm to 10pm.
- Diapers & Drafts at 8th Wonder Brewery – Houston Diaper Assistance Program presents the Diapers & Drafts event at the 8th Wonder Brewery. Have a beer, enter a charity raffle, and donate diapers. Tickets are $20. Raffle tickets range in price. 4pm to 8pm.
- Fall Biannual Art Stroll & Sale at Sawyer Yards | FREE – One of Sawyer Yards’ biggest events of the year, the Fall Biannual Art Stroll & Sale returns to Art District Houston’s multi-building campus. Join art collectors, enthusiasts, and those looking to purchase their first piece of art and check out and shop thousands of original works by the artists at Sawyer Yards. 5pm to 9pm.
- Maze in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Majic 102.1 returns to Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for its Concert Under the Stars, which this year features headliner Maze, as well as Keith Sweat, Kem, and Dana Jackson. Tickets start at $26, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 5:30pm.
- MyOhMy Drag Show at Warehouse Live – Texas’ touring drag show, MyOhMy, returns to Eado, featuring some of the best drag illusions portraying international superstar performers including Cher, Pink, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and more. Tickets range from $20 to $40, but limited discounted $15 tickets are available. 7:30pm.
- The Raconteurs in Concert at Revention Music Center – Watch a live performance from the blues-rock band fronted by Jack White, The Raconteurs, at Revention Music Center. The band is on tour in support of their latest album, Help Us Stranger. Tickets start at $52.50. 8pm.
- Icona Pop in Concert at Spire Houston – The “I Love It” pop singers, Icona Pop, perform live at Spire Houston in Downtown. Tickets are $10. 10pm.
- The Late Show: Bathtub Full of Gin at Prohibition Supperclub – Step into the Roaring ’20s, when skirts were short and booze was a secret pleasure. Bathtub Full of Gin is Terrible Enfant Theatre Company’s immersive dance party series, where evocative theatre performances combine with high energy electro swing music. Tickets are $20 for standing; $35 for seated, but limited, discounted $10 standing tickets are available for most shows. 11:30pm.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
- Houston Afro Creole Music Festival 2019 at India House – Experience Creole, Caribbean, and African culture with live music, dance performances, food, fashion and more at the family-friendly Houston Afro Creole Music Festival India House. Tickets in advance are $20. Noon to 10pm.
- Houston Cup at Houston Polo Club – Witness the final two teams of the week go head to head when the Houston Polo Club hosts the Houston Cup. Enjoy a best hat contest, a player parade, live flamenco guitar music, and the champagne divot stomp plus. 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. 4pm.
- Southern Smoke at Georgia James – Chris Shepherd, along with the HOUBBQ Collective, will host the fifth annual Southern Smoke festival, held in the parking lot outside of Blacksmith and Georgia James. This year, a dream team of chefs and pitmasters from around the country will cook, with some of last year’s favorites returning and quite a few new faces. Tickets are $200 for general admission; $350 for VIP. 4pm to 8pm.
- Reverie Art Show at Chapman & Kirby – Enjoy plenty of art by local artists, vendors, live DJs and more at Chapman & Kirby. Proceeds from ticket sales to benefit NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness. General admission is $20. 6pm to 10pm.
- James Blake in Concert House of Blues – In recent years, the English singer-songwriter, James Blake, can be found contributing to songs from Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Frank Ocean and others. Now, he takes to the stage in support of his fourth studio album, Assume Form, released in January. Tickets range from $35 to $59.50. 7pm.
- Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons at The Secret Group – With dozens of television and film roles to his name, Greg Fitzsimmons is also an Emmy-winning writer for shows like Ellen and HBO’s Crashing. Watch him perform live at The Secret Group. Tickets range from $20 to $23. 8pm.
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