Things to Do This Week in Houston: June 15 to 21, 2020

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Updated: Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 4pm.

Make the most of your week with our event picks happening in Houston from Monday, June 15 to Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 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 Monday, June 15 to Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Father’s Day 2020 Events & Gift Ideas | Daily – Prepare for Father’s Day by making reservations for dine-in or curbside pick-up, enjoying meal specials, and ordering gifts from around Houston ahead of Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Show the fathers in your life the appreciation they deserve this Father’s Day with our round-up of pick-up or delivery specials at local eateries, as well as gift ideas and more. Times and prices vary.
  • Join a Video Collection Project for $30 | Sign Up Now – Translations.com is seeking participants, who will be paid $30 for their time, to take part in a video collection project in Houston throughout June and July. Participants, who must be 18 years or older to participate, will spend 15 to 30 minutes being filmed to help improve the design and development of AI technologies.
  • Daiquiris & Margaritas To Go in Houston | Daily – Cool off with a frozen daiquiri, margarita, piña colada and more specialty drinks from these drive-thru and to-go spots in Houston. We’ve pulled together some of these places from every corner of Houston so you won’t have to go far for a frosty adult beverage.
  • Top Snow Cone & Shaved Ice Spots in Houston | Daily – Chill out with a shaved ice treat from Houston’s coolest snow cone shops this summer. Before you head out in search of the perfect snow cone, check out some of our top picks for your new summer hangout spot to cool off from the stifling heat.
  • Asia Society Texas Center presents FemFest Houston: Voices of Asia: Mother in Another Language | Monday, June 15 to Wednesday, June 17 | FREE – Featuring works by Asian and Asian American women, this series highlights talented women playwrights across the globe. You can join the celebration of women’s voices with three readings of Houston plays in a virtual setting. This week they’ll be featuring “Mother in Another Language” by Taniya Hossain. All day.
  • The Ensemble Theatre presents Coconut Cake: Father’s Day Livestream Play Reading & Discussion on Facebook Live | Monday, June 15 | FREE – The Ensemble Theatre hosts a Father’s Day two-day event with a live stream play reading and discussion of Coconut Cake by Melda Beaty and directed by Eileen J. Morris. When Eddie Lee’s wife, Iris, joins him in retirement, the truth about his “ladies man” ways resurface. To avoid her, Eddie retreats to the sanctuary of McDonald’s where coffee refills are free and the rest of his retired friends, with marital problems of their own, wait faithfully for him. When a mystery woman moves in down the street, with her Creole’ wiles, melt in your mouth coconut cake, and medicine cabinet secrets, Eddie is not the only one who pays her a visit; a visit that threatens to change all their lives forever. The reading of the play will be on Sunday, June 14 and the discussion with Melda Beaty will be held on Monday, June 15. 6pm both days.
  • Free Pet Food Distribution at BARC | Tuesday, June 16 and Friday, June 19 | FREE – Offering free pet food and other supplies (as available), this drive-thru service was set up to assist people who are out of work and struggling during the pandemic. Food and litter will be distributed in gallon-bags or small sample-sized bags in limited quantities in order to help ensure there is enough to help others in need. 7:30am.
  • Love & Make’s In-Person DIY Workshops in Rice Village | Daily – Try your hands at making your own candles, soap, fragrances, virtual candle and soap making workshops, and more at the popular headquarters for stylish do-it-yourself crafting and gifting in Rice Village. Times and prices vary.
  • The Women’s Earth presents Conquering The New Normal: How To Achieve Brand Clarity on Zoom | Tuesday, June 16 – The Women’s Earth host their online Conquering The New Normal series with a workshop on “How To Achieve Brand Clarity & Attract Your Dream Clients.” The Woman’s Earth is a collective of business-minded women curating sacred and safe spaces to empower, educate, and promote self-love and healing for women of color. Tickets are $15 per person. 5pm to 6pm.
  • Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston presents Virtual Film Screening: Leona | Wednesday, June 17 | FREE – Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center presents a free film screening of Leona to watch from the comfort of your own home. In Leona, Ariela, a fiercely independent Mexican muralist of Syrian-Jewish descent is introduced to us in this beautifully rendered and touching coming-of-age story. She is part of a closed society whose standards are strictly upheld. 7pm.
  • Harris County Public Library presents Family Magic Night with Magician John O’Bryant on Facebook Live | Thursday, June 18 | FREE – Enjoy a family-friendly show filled with magic, audience interaction, giveaways, an educative magic segment, and more with Magician John O’Bryant. This event will be online on the Harris County Public Library’s Facebook Live page. 2pm to 2:30pm.
  • Goethe Pop Up Houston presents Film Discussion: Nosferatu 1922 x 1978 via Zoom | Thursday, June 18 | FREE – Join in on a virtual conversation about the original production of the German horror film Nosferatu and the later production by new German cinema pioneer Werner Herzog. The conversation will be led by German film scholar Dr. Sandy Frieden and take place via Zoom. It is encouraged to watch the films prior to the event. 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
  • Market Square Park presents Virtual Blanket Bingo on BingoMaker.com | Thursday, June 18 | 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. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Discovery Green Stream Concerts: Swimwear Department on Facebook Live | Thursday, June 18 | FREE – Featuring Houston-area musicians, these concerts are filmed in the park without an audience and are designed to be enjoyed from home. The 4-piece concept band Swimwear Department performs punk-rock songs about swimming pools and shopping at the mall. This event will be held online on Discovery Green’s Facebook page. 7pm.
  • John Egan in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | Thursday, June 18 – Catch a live set from the local singer-songwriter, John Egan, at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck. The Mucky Duck will now only be allowed to serve 30 guests at once. Tickets are $120 for four people. 7:30pm.
  • Juneteenth Celebrations in Houston & Galveston | Juneteenth, Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 – Discover everything you need to know about the Houston and Galveston celebrations of the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth and the 157th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with our handy guide to 2020 Juneteenth celebrations in Houston. Times vary.
  • Peach Street Night Jams Singer Songwriters Festival in Angleton | Juneteenth, Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 – Peach Street Farmers Market presents Peach Street Night Jams, two-nights of live music outdoors in the heart of Angleton, featuring Tammy Rogers. Beer, wine, and food will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Tickets are available for one or both nights. Tickets for Friday, June 26, 2020, are $10 general admission; $20 VIP. Tickets for Saturday, June 27, 2020, are $15 general admission; $25 VIP. Tickets for both nights are $20 general admission; $40 VIP. Friday 6pm to 10pm; Saturday 4pm to 10pm.
  • Pacifica COVID Task Force presents Juneteenth: Enslavement and Abolition, Then and Now Virtual Edition | Juneteenth, Friday, June 19 | FREE – The Pacifica COVID Task Force hosts a live stream sharing content regarding the history of Juneteenth, Juneteenth: Enslavement and Abolition, Then and Now. The online live stream will be about the Black freedom struggle, working peoples’ struggles today against the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and institutionalized racial disparities, and Juneteenth celebrations/protests going around the country. You must register for this event. Limited spots are available. 9am.
  • Fusion 2 at Archway Gallery | Juneteenth, Friday, June 19 to Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 | FREE – Archway Gallery in Montrose is reopening its doors on weekends to showcase its exhibit Fusion 2, featuring new works in wood, metal, and glass by Houston-based artist, Robert L. Straight. The exhibit debuted in May as a virtual display online, but the works can now be viewed in person. Many of the pieces in Fusion 2 were inspired by Straight’s recent trip to Africa. The bright yellows, reds, and blues are an homage to Africa. And, the celestial theme seen in several of the pieces was fostered by the incredible African night sky. Private viewings during the week can also be arranged. 1pm to 5pm daily.
  • BLM Juneteenth Bike Ride at Guadalupe Plaza | Juneteenth, Friday, June 19 | FREE – Take a bike ride of solidarity to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest against police brutality for Juneteenth at Guadalupe Plaza in the East End. This ride will begin at Guadalupe Park Plaza and will continue on an undisclosed route for 6 to 8 miles. There will be a midpoint stop to listen to speakers and then the ride will continue back to the Plaza. Masks are encouraged. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Juneteenth Night Light Bike Ride | Juneteenth, Friday, June 19 – Letsdothishouston and 3rd Ward Tours host a Night Light Bike Ride featuring music that expresses the concept of black liberation, history, and the future in America to commemorate Juneteenth. Admission Tickets are $9.36 if you bring your own bike; $20.19 for a bike rental. All bikes will be sanitized before and after each ride use. 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • We Stand Up Together: A Benefit Comedy Series at The Secret Group | Juneteenth, Friday, June 19 – The Secret Group Presents: We Stand Up Together Comedy Series benefitting Black Lives Matter. There will be 3 shows featuring some of Houston’s best comics and 100% of the show and bar profits will be donated to Black Lives Matter. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 the day of and $22 at the door. The lineup is TBA. Showtimes are at 7:30pm; 9:30pm; 11:30pm.
  • Juneteenth Music Soul Live Show on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook Live | Juneteenth, Friday, June 19 | FREE – Glen Bevért Group presents a live stream of their Juneteenth Music Soul Live Show from R&R Studios featuring artists like Greathouse, Dana Monique, Eydn, Benji Muziq, Sheleah Monèa and more. This event will be held online on R&R Studios Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube Page. 9pm.
  • Houston Arboretum & Nature Center presents Forgotten Pollinators Virtual Edition | Saturday, June 20 – Enjoy an interactive, online introduction to the forgotten workhorses of the botanical world and learn what you can do to help these underappreciated gems in your own garden. This is an online class. Details will be provided in an email to class participants. Tickets are $25 per non-member; $10 for members. 10:30am to noon.
  • OutSmart Presents: Virtual Pride Film Fest via Zoom | Saturday, June 20 – Celebrate Pride from the comfort of your own home with a full day of LGBTQIA cinema with a Virtual Pride Film Fest. You can watch short films, documentaries, foreign-language films and more. Tickets are $10. Your ticket gets you access to view all of them, all day. 11am to 7pm.
  • Downtown District presents DiverCity Project Livestream with the Shantilal Tabla School in Concert on Facebook Live & Instagram | Saturday, June 20 | FREE – Enjoy a free virtual concert from the comfort of your living room presented by the Downtown District of Houston. This week’s show spotlights Middle Eastern music in collaboration with the Shantilal Tabla School. 1pm to 2pm.
  • Humanists of Houston June Meeting: Black Lives Matter Houston on Zoom | Saturday, June 20 | FREE – The Humanists of Houston hosts their virtual city-wide monthly gathering that highlights Black Lives Matter Houston. The gathering will begin with announcements and a brief presentation of a humanist topic, followed by a guest speaker and the Q&A and discussion. Held on Zoom, this month you’ll hear from HOH board member, Ashton P. Woods, a civil rights activist and defender of the public good who has a dedicated track record of fighting for all of Houston. 1pm to 3pm.
  • Drive-In Live Fest at The Showboat Drive-In | Saturday, June 20 – Head to The Showboat Drive-In to watch a live concert from the comfort of your own vehicle at the first-ever Drive-In Live Fest. The line-up includes the Mexican-American singer Frankie J, rapper and singer Baby Bash, MC Magic, and more. Limited tickets start at $25. 6pm to 11pm.
  • Sister Morales in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | Saturday, June 20 – Hear Mexican/American roots rock from the sister duo from Tucson, Sister Morales, at MCGonigel’s Mucky Duck. The Mucky Duck will now only be allowed to serve 30 guests. Tickets are $140 for a table of 4; $210 for a table of 6. 7pm.
  • The Rush Tribute Project & Mindcrime in Concert at Warehouse Live | Saturday, June 20 – Rock out when The Rush Tribute Project takes the stage at Warehouse Live. The Queensryche tribute band, Mindcrime opens the show. Tickets start at $6. 7pm.
  • Volunteer Shifts: Father’s Day at Houston Food Bank | Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 | FREE – Bring your dad or just rock your favorite dad outfit during a Father’s Day volunteer shift at the Houston Food Bank.  9am to noon.
  • Father’s Day Out at Traders Village Houston | Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 | No Cover – Head to Traders Village Houston on Father’s Day for the 4th Annual Father’s Day Out and enjoy a live concert and car show. The car show is open to all fathers with all makes/models. This event is free to attend, but parking is $4 per vehicle; $20 at the door to register for the car show. 9am to 5pm.
  • Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston presents Virtual Movie Screening: Lives Well Lived Virtual Edition | Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 | FREE – Join the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center a free film screening of Lives Well Lived from the comfort of your own home. Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom, and experiences of people aged 75 to 100 years old. Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their insights on living a meaningful life. 11am.
  • Underbelly Hospitality presents Virtual Father’s Day Cooking Class on Zoom | Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 – Treat dad and join Chris Shepherd for an online bourbon and steaks cooking class from his home via Zoom. Kits will include 375ml bottle of Makers 46, a jar of 44 Farms Jacobsen’s Salt, Georgia James slab salad, and a 44 Farms 16oz ribeye with sides. The class will be live at 6pm on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, and you pick up your kit at 1100 Westheimer on Saturday, June 20 between 3pm and 8pm. The zoom link will be sent to participants following their purchase. The kit is designed for two people and is $225. 6pm.

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