Make the most of your week with our virtual event picks happening in Houston from Monday, May 18 to Sunday, May 24, 2020.
With public gatherings effectively canceled or postponed, planning your week may be challenging—but fear not, we’ve gathered our picks for virtual events taking place throughout Houston this week.
That said, be sure to check back in the coming days, as this list is a work in progress that we’ll be adding to in real-time as new events emerge. If you know of a virtual event, please email us at [email protected] with a link to the official event details.
So kick back indoors, log on, tune in, and check below to find great things happening online at your fingertips in Houston from Monday, May 18 to Sunday, May 24, 2020.
Things to Do This Week in Houston
- Memorial Day To-Go Dinners & Meal Kits | Daily – Order barbecue, comfort food, and all-American fare in advance to pick up on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 for Memorial Weekend dinners from some of Houston’s most popular restaurants.
- True Anomaly’s “Freedom 7″ Bottle-conditioned Wild Ale Limited Release To-Go | Daily – Launch your palate into an exploration of flavor with the release of Freedom 7 wild ale, True Anomaly Brewing‘s first-ever bottled offering in its Original Seven Series, honoring NASA’s Mercury Seven astronauts. Available daily until sold-out, the bottle-conditioned wild ale is available in two varieties in a limited release of 350 bottles each, or 700 total. Founded by four partners who met working at NASA, in keeping with brewery’s space and NASA roots, the bottle series takes its name from Mercury Seven, the group of seven astronauts first selected to fly spacecraft for Project Mercury. $18 per bottle, limit to two bottles per customer per variety, per day. Pick up Monday to Friday 2pm to 8pm; Saturday and Sunday noon to 8pm.
- Rooftop Cinema Club presents The Drive-In at Sawyer Yards | Daily – Claim back a night of normalcy with a twist at the newly improvised Drive-In at Sawyer Yards, screening beloved and classic movies from all genres, twice nightly through the end of May 2020. Tickets are priced per vehicle and range from $28 (side view) to $35 (center view) most nights. There are also two free, community screenings each week, one on Monday and another on Tuesday. Ticket reservations are still required and are intended for those most impacted by COVID-19–whether financially, professionally, or personally. First screening is at 8:15pm; second screening follows around 10:45pm or 11pm, depending on the length of the first film. Cars will be admitted starting 30 minutes before showtimes.
- Midtown Houston presents Virtual Children’s Storytime with Andy Roo on Facebook Live | Tuesday, May 19 | FREE – Midtown Houston’s monthly third Tuesday children’s literary series with Andy Roo continues its virtual run. The reading will premiere on Facebook Live at 11:30am and be available for later viewing on Facebook. The event will be approximately 30 minutes long. There is no in-person attendance. 11:30am to noon.
- Children’s Museum of Houston presents Virtual Workshop: Coding Aliens | Thursday, May 21 | FREE – Work with Children’s Museum Houston’s own Maker Education Manager, Jacob Breier, to use block coding to create complex shapes, including imaginary alien life-forms, using the browser-based TinkerCAD software. You’ll learn all about the basics of Tinkercad’s Code Blocks as you work. This workshop is great for kids 8 and older. You must register for this event. 4pm to 5pm.
- Market Square Park presents Virtual Blanket Bingo on BingoMaker.com | Thursday, May 21 | FREE – Market Square Park brings back a virtual edition of one of its most popular seasonal events, Blanket Bingo, hosted by Mills McCoin. There will be fun surprises and the chance to win $50 gift cards to popular restaurants in Downtown Houston. There is no in-person event at Market Square Park or in Downtown. It’s free to players, but donations to Houston Shift Meal that help those impacted by COVID-19. 5pm to 7pm.
- Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston presents Virtual Author Event with Alan Zweibel | Thursday, May 21 | FREE – Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston hosts a virtual talk with Alan Zweibel, the author of the memoir Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier. This event will be held on Facebook Live. Admission Free. Register in advance to receive the Facebook Live link. 6pm.
- Discovery Green Stream Concert: Say Girl Say on Facebook Live | Thursday, May 21 | FREE – Discovery Green presents a streaming concert on Facebook Live, featuring some of Houston’s most eclectic singer-songwriters, Say Girl Say. The duo, made up of Brigette Yawn and Suad Ihsan, are bringing their indie-pop to the park in a socially-distanced and highly danceable manner. The performance will premiere on Discovery Green’s Facebook page. 7pm to 7:30pm.
- Trolls: World Tour Movie Screening at The Showboat Drive-In Theater | Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22 – Pile in the car with your favorite kids to catch the streaming hit sequel movie, Trolls: World Tour at the classic drive-in theater northwest of Houston. $8 per person. 7:30pm nightly.
- Children’s Museum of Houston presents Virtual Workshop: Pokémon | Friday, May 22 | FREE – Work with Children’s Museum Houston’s own Maker Education Manager, Jacob Breier, to digitally design your own Pokémon and trainer gear using the browser-based Tinkercad software. You’ll learn all about the basics of Tinkercad as you work. This workshop is great for kids 8 and older. You must register in advance for this online event. 9am to 10am.
- Space Center Houston presents Virtual Campout | Friday, May 22 – Honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in military service during Space Center Houston’s Virtual Campout. Hear from NASA astronaut Fred Haise as he shares his mission experiences and participates in engaging STEM activities, stargaze and more. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Guests must register at least 24 hours before the event. 6pm to 9pm.
- Houston Symphony presents Living Room Concert Series with Joan DerHovsepian | Friday, May 22 – For this installment of the Houston Symphony’s Living Room concert series, Joan DerHovsepian, associate principal viola, is joined by her husband, Erik Gronfor, a double bassist with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, and their daughter, Clara, a violinist. Tickets are $10. On the day of the concert, you will receive a new email with a link to the video. 8pm.
- Discovery Green presents Drumming up Hope Live Streaming Concert on Facebook Live & YouTube | Friday, May 22 | FREE – Discovery Green and Asia Society Texas Center present a streaming concert on Facebook Live, featuring Cross Metal Band and Ten Drum Art Percussion Group. During the time facing the challenge of darkness, this drum group from Taiwan will play a dual role to interpret darkness (Cross Metal) and brightness (Ten Drum) at the same time and bring you through the dark night to the mysterious and hopeful Formosa. 9pm to 10:15pm.
- Public Art of the University of Houston System presents Virtual Public Art Studio Session 2: Foldable Mobile | Saturday, May 23 | FREE – For this Virtual Public Art Studio Session, you’ll create an easy mobile inspired by two artists in Public Art of the University of Houston System’s collection, Jacob Hashimoto and Aaron Parazette. The mobile can be made using materials most everyone has at home or that can easily be purchased at your local store. This event will be held on Facebook Live. 1pm to 4pm.
- CAMH presents Virtual Drop-In Experience: Land Art Mandalas | Saturday, May 23 | FREE – Transform leaves, twigs, flowers, and other organic material found in nature into geometric configurations outside your home for CAMH’s online event, Land Art Mandalas. 1pm to 4pm.
- Rooftop Drive-in Concert with Flower Graves & El Lago at Axelrad | Saturday, May 23 – Grab your parking spot now for a live socially distanced rooftop drive-in concert experience featuring Flower Graves and El Lago on top of Axelrad Beer Garden. Tickets are donate-what-you-can for each vehicle. All proceeds will be going directly to the performing artists, Axelrad staff, and a portion going to the Houston Arts Alliance and the Houston Music Foundation. 7:30pm.
- Blood Drive at Gallery Furniture | Sunday, May 24 | FREE – Gallery Furniture and The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center invite you to give the gift of life at their blood donation. You must schedule an appointment to donate blood. Click here to schedule an appointment. 2pm to 6pm.
COVID-19 Resources & More Things to Do in Houston
- Dining “Out” at Home in Houston: Must Try Meals & Dishes | Daily – Discover our favorite picks for delicious H-Town happy hours, burgers, brunches, and date night dining perfect for bringing home.
- Where to Find Protective Face Masks in Houston & National Suppliers | Daily – Protect yourself and others by wearing a mask made by Houston-based artists or order online from national suppliers. We’ve compiled a list of locals as well as a few online stores that are selling masks with colorful patterns, different sizes, and even in bulk.
- More Things To Do at Home | Daily | Many FREE – Tap into our lists of things you can do at home, on topics ranging from a wide variety of counseling and therapy options, thought-provoking and binge-worthy podcasts, recipes from local and celebrity chefs, concert and music streaming, home workouts, sports documentaries and classic game streaming, fun and educational things to do with kids, cocktail mixology at home, local and international museum and gallery tours, and more. You can also kick back to more than five hours of songs about Houston on our free Spotify playlist, order and pick up books from local bookshops, decorate your home with Houston Neighborhoods wall prints, and de-stress your family with helpful tips for parents and kids.
- Curbside, Pickup & Delivery from Houston Eateries, Restaurants, Breweries & More | Daily – Find take out and delivery options from your favorite local restaurants, and help them support their staff in uncertain times.
- Curbside Pick-Up & Online Orders at Cactus Music | Monday, May 18 through Saturday, May 23 – Break your streaming habits with new and hard-to-find records, CDs and more with a curbside pick-up or online order from Cactus Music. Located near Montrose, just off Richmond Avenue and Shepherd Drive, the music superstore is a great one-stop-shop for browsing thousands of compact discs, vinyl records, cassette tapes—and even the occasional 8-track. Monday to Friday noon to 5pm; Saturday 11am to 4pm; closed Sunday.
- Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources – Find more information about best practices, how you can help, and other details about response to COVID-19.
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