Things to Do This Week in Houston: May 25 to 31, 2020

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Updated: Friday, May 29, 2020 at 3:54pm

Make the most of your week with our event picks happening in Houston from Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 to Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Planning your week these days may be challenging—but fear not, we’ve gathered our picks for events and 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 an event, please email us at [email protected] with a link to the official event details.

So check below to find great things happening in Houston from Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 to Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Memorial Day To-Go Dinners & Meal Kits | Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 – 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. All day.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark Movie Screening at The Showboat Drive-In Theater | Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 to Wednesday, May 27 – The Showboat Drive-In Theater in Hockley screens the Lucasfilm classic, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), directed by Steven Spielberg. The classic drive-in set-up is ideally suited for socially-distanced entertainment. The epic tale, starring Harrison Ford and Karen Allen, tells of an intrepid archaeologist who tries to beat a band of Nazis to a unique religious relic which is central to their plans for world domination. 8:30pm.
  • Asia Society Texas Center presents The Festival of Eid: A Virtual Celebration on Facebook Live | Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 through Saturday, May 30 | FREE – Join in a daily, family-friendly celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, which marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Sunday, May 24. The museum’s Facebook page will continue to present a daily celebration of food, music, culture, and other celebrations through Saturday, May 30, 2020. 4pm daily.
  • Evelyn’s Park Conservancy presents Gymboree Virtual Storytime on YouTube | Wednesday, May 27 | FREE – For this installment of Gymboree’s Virtual Storytime, you can enjoy How Much is That Doggie in the Window adapted and illustrated by Iza Trapani. This event will be held online. 11am to noon.
  • Chez Nous Pop-Up at White Elm Cafe Bakery Space | Thursday, May 28 – Local French restaurant Chez Nous partners up with White Elm Cafe Bakery (set to open up this summer) for a to-go pop-up. The pop-up will start at noon until they sell out and will offer gourmet sandwiches on Bread Man Baking Company’s breads including Focaccia, Marbled Rye, Hoagie, and Croissants. Along with the sandwiches, they will also be offering desserts and elixirs. Menu prices vary. To-go orders only. Noon.
  • CAMH presents Virtual Artist Talk with Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud on YouTube | Thursday, May 28 | FREE – Learn more about the exhibition Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses with CAMH’s Exhibitions Manager and Assistant Curator, Patricia Restrepo, and a visual artist featured in the exhibition— Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud. Tune in to CAMH’s YouTube channel for this conversation about this two-part interdisciplinary exhibition that orbits around the legacy of the late Houston rapper. 6:30pm to 7pm.
  • Grease Movie Screening at The Showboat Drive-In Theater | Thursday, May 28 – The Showboat Drive-In Theater in Hockley screens the classic modern musical, Grease (1978), starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The classic drive-in set-up is ideally suited for socially-distanced entertainment. Experience the friendships, romances, and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. 8:30pm.
  • The Health Museum presents Live Lab with Great Age Movement on Facebook Live | Friday, May 29 | FREE – Join The Health Museum and the Great Age Movement for some fun, at-home exercise techniques to keep seniors active and mobile during the quarantine. Thie event will be held online on The Health Museum’s Facebook Page. 11:30am to noon.
  • Vinology presents Austrian Virtual Wine Tasting & Dinner on Facebook Live | Friday, May 29 –Vinology, located on Bissonnet and Greenbriar, presents a virtual tour of the  “Eastern Realm”, otherwise known as Österreich or Austria. The alpine country has had a tumultuous modern wine history, but the reputation of its wine has soared to new heights in recent years. The program will feature special guests Emily Schindler from Winemonger Imports and Sean McNeely. The video is free to view on the shop’s Facebook page. Each wine is available individually, along with the Austrian dinner for two. If you order all four wine bottles, plus the dinner for two, the total price is $155. 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
  • No Parking on the Dance Floor: Drive-In Dance Music Experience at The Showboat Drive-in Theater | Friday, May 29 – The Showboat Drive-in Theater hosts No Parking on the Dance Floor, a drive-in dance music experience, featuring live music performances from El Paso hip hop group, Riot Ten, also with SubDocta, Bailo, and Wes Walz. Guests will be able to tune into the performance on their FM radios, and can dance within the car, or get out and dance next to their vehicle. Mixing with people from other vehicles will not be permitted and masks are highly recommended when outside of your vehicle. Tickets are priced by vehicle and the number of passengers. Driver tickets and parking permits range from $42.50 to $47.50 (plus an $11 fee). Tickets for each additional passenger range from $22.50 to $27.50 (plus an $8 or $9 fee). 7pm to 11pm.
  • MyOhMy: A Drag Show Extravaganza Online | Friday, May 29 – Texas’ touring drag show presents a virtual variety performance featuring tributes to Prince, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Pink, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, and more. Admission Tickets are $9.95, but limited discounted $4 tickets are available. 8pm.
  • Rooftop Cinema Club presents The Drive-In at Spring | Friday, May 29 to Sunday, May 31 – During the COVID-19 crisis, Rooftop Cinema Club in Uptown has joined forces with the city of Spring for a special drive-in movie screening experience featuring classic and beloved films. Debuting with the classic film Grease, the series also will be screening classics like Jurassic Park, The Sandlot, Trolls, How to Train Your Dragon and more. Adults bringing children are responsible for checking individual movie’s ratings and determining if they’re appropriate. There are two screenings each night, at 8:15pm and again around 10:45pm. Tickets are priced per vehicle and range from $28 (side view) to $35 (center view) most nights. 8:15pm to 11pm.
  • Evelyn’s Park Conservancy presents Virtual Dance Jam on Zoom | Saturday, May 30 | FREE – Have a family-friendly dance party when Vdanse and Aaron Medina host a Virtual Dance Jam via Zoom. Admission is free to this fun-for-all-ages event. 11am.
  • Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents Virtual Resident Artist Talks with Lauren Eckert & Brian Vu | Saturday, May 30 | FREE – Join HCCC live on their Facebook page for virtual talks by current resident artists, Lauren Eckert and Brian Vu and discover the artists’ processes, and learn about their works of art, influences, and materials. 3pm to 4pm.
  • ROCO In Concert presents Dance Like No One’s Watching on YouTube and Facebook Live | Sunday, May 31 | FREE – Tune in to River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s virtual concert, Dance Like No One’s Watching on YouTube and Facebook Live. Led by ROCO Artistic Partner conductor Mei-Ann Chen, Season 12’s opener featured the Texas premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Dance Card, a ROCO co-commission showcasing our strings in five movements inspired by various dance steps and rhythms. 2pm to 3:30pm.
  • What’s New to Watch This Week | Daily – We’ve begun compiling the latest in TV, movies, streaming specials and more in-the-moment programming worth watching. So sit back, relax, and tune in with our picks for what’s new to watch this week.
  • 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.
  • Attractions, Museums & Public Spaces reopening in Houston | Daily – Stay informed on the latest health and safety guidelines for reopening businesses and attractions in Houston. As the State of Texas moves to phase in reopenings of businesses and attractions, we’re pulling together the health and safety guidelines from some of the city’s most beloved establishments to keep you informed as you consider whether it’s safe to venture out.

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