Updated: Saturday, October 16, 2020 at 2:45pm.
Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide from Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 18, 2020.
Crown a victor at a competitive vegan bake-off; fall out of your driver’s seat laughing during drive-in stand-up comedy; celebrate the 151st birthday of Mahatma Gandhi with a virtual commemoration; get your Halloween on at one of many spooky movie screenings happening around Houston and more.
In addition to these great events, check back in the coming days, as more are sure to get added. If you know of a virtual event, please email us at [email protected] with a link to the official event details.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Thursday, October 15 to Sunday, October 18, 2020.
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Things to Do All Weekend
- Zoo Boo at Houston Zoo | Daily – Zoo Boo is back and now you can bring the kiddos to enjoy Halloween pics at 10 different Instagrammable photo ops, a Spooky Train Village, kid-friendly short stories and more. Tickets are $22.95 for adults; $17.95 for ages 2 to 11. 9am to 5pm daily.
- Opening Reception: I Am Black by Maxwell Boadi at The Gite Gallery | Thursday and Friday | FREE – Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this collection of moving, captivating black and white paintings capture the raw, unfiltered black experience in I Am Black, a new exhibition by Ghanian artist Maxwell Boadi, on view starting with this two-day opening at the Gite Gallery. 4pm to 7pm both days.
- The Virtual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Experience the virtual edition of the popular arts festival, offering a chance to engage with artists in their online booths and enjoy musical performances, hands-on children’s activities, artists’ panels and more. All day, each day.
- Comedian Eddie Griffin at Houston Improv | Friday and Saturday – Catch a live stand-up comedy set from actor and comedian Eddie Griffin when he hits the stage at Houston Improv to perform four socially distanced weekend shows. Tickets for general admission tables are $90 for two; $180 for four; $270 for six. Preferred tables are $110 for two; $220 for four; $330 for six. Showtimes vary.
- Houston Botanic Garden Opening Season: Celebrating Africa | Friday to Sunday – Continue to celebrate the opening of Houston Botanic Garden in South Houston at this special, Africa-highlighted outdoor event, featuring demonstrations on Caribbean plants and food by Ate Kitchen and Crave Gourmet Bakery, a performance by FAM Houston’s Congolese Women’s Empowerment Group, children’s activities and more. $15; $10 for ages 3 to 15 and students with ID; free for ages 2 and under. 9am to 5pm each day.
- Diverse-City, An Ode To Houston at Archway Gallery | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Explore Houstonian and French-born photographer Isabelle Perreau’s new works celebrating H-Town’s diverse and curious mix of cultures and heritages from around the globe. Times vary.
- POP Swap and Vintage Fashion 2020 at Traders Village Houston | Saturday and Sunday | No Cover – Stop in to Traders Village Houston to shop and swap collectible Funko POP figures, as well as other toys, collectibles, vintage sneakers and more. Times vary.
- 75+ Attractions, Amusements & Things to Do for Families Around Houston | Daily – Discover new destinations, attractions, and things to do for families around the region that surrounds Houston.
- Fight to the Finish – 1945: The Final Year at Lone Star Flight Museum | Daily – Explore how Allied forces took to the air to bring an end to World War II and get a look at a collection of original war effort posters at this exhibition, open for summer and fall 2020. Times vary.
- 200+ More Things to Do Around Houston | Daily – Hop in the car and explore socially distanced attractions and destinations in communities nearby and beyond H-Town’s outskirts, with 20+ choices for breweries, wineries and distilleries; 60+ options for fishing spots and offshore guides, 70+ destinations for hiking, birding, and exploring the great outdoors; 50+ options for kid-friendly playgrounds, public parks and destinations; and 40+ beaches, lakeside distractions, and ways to get out on the water.
- Dining “Out” at Home in Houston: Must Try Takeout Meals & Dishes | Daily – Discover our favorite picks for delicious H-Town takeout spots for Thai, Italian cuisine, Chinese cuisine, breakfast, tacos, vegan dishes, barbecue, desserts, lunch, sandwiches, burgers, locally-crafted beer, and many more.
- More Things To Do at Home | Daily | Many FREE – If you’re still looking for things to do as you stay in, then tap into our wide-ranging lists of things you can do at home.
- Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources– Find face masks, more information about best practices, how you can help, and other details about response to COVID-19.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
- Apollo to the Moon at the George Theater – Catch a live, in-person theatrical presentation of a family-friendly, astronaut-celebrating multi-media presentation from A.D. Players on Tour, celebrating the U.S. space program. $12, but limited discounted $6 tickets are available. Showtimes vary.
- Friends of Riverside Park Houston and Harambee Art Gallery presents Art in the Park Virtual Workshops on Zoom | FREE – Enjoy a family-friendly virtual workshop featuring artist Charles Washington demonstrating how to make DIY at-home accessories from common materials including glass and wood. 4pm to 5pm.
- Houston Arboretum & Nature Center presents Drink & Draw: Sunflower Coasters on Zoom – Learn how to paint beautiful flowers on wood during a virtual class, with all the supplies provided by the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. Ages 12 and up only. Tickets are $35 for non-members; $20 for members. 6pm to 8pm.
- Thursday Night Trivia at CityCentre | FREE – Bring your friends or go it solo while testing your knowledge of sports, history, music and more at CityCentre’s outdoor trivia night on the plaza. 7pm.
- Apollo Chamber Players’ 20×2020 Virtual Festival Episode 15: String Quartet No. 6 Nostalgia de las Montañas | FREE – Houston’s internationally recognized chamber quartet presents a musical program featuring original pieces by composer Leo Brouwer alongside guest appearances by author Lorenzo Martinez and Houston Ballet. The program will be viewable online indefinitely once it debuts at 7pm.
- DJ Night Benefit with DJ Pro Ghost & DJ Clyde at Red Dwarf HTX | No Cover – Head to Midtown and enjoy a dance night from the folks at Red Dwarf HTX, benefiting HTX Community Fridges, an organization that provides free food to multiple communities throughout Houston. 7pm to 10pm.
- Movies Under the Moon: Hocus Pocus Movie Screening in Kingwood | FREE – Grab your lawn chairs, a blanket, and set your sights on the sky while watching the wonderful, witchy Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, in Kingwood. 7:30pm.
- Couples Therapy Comedy Show with Alan Adams at Houston Improv | Save 50% – Guffaw at the trials and tribulations of relationships as Alan Adams and a panel of Houston comics riff of love. Tickets start at $40 for a table for two, but but select tables are 50% off with promo code Couples365. 8pm.
Friday, October 16, 2020
- Sunrise Yoga at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park – Bring your mat and stretch your way into the weekend with Big Power Yoga during a 45-minute early morning yoga session on the lawn at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park. $10. 6:30am to 7:15am.
- HTX Market at Walking Stick Brewing Company | No Cover – Keep cool at an in-person, evening market featuring plenty of local vendors and artisans at Walking Stick Brewing Company near Shady Acres. No cash will be accepted, credit card only. 5pm to 9pm.
- Comedian Chinedu presents Laughter Is Healing: The Online Experience – Laugh yourself silly from the comfort of your own home during an online comedy set from Houston-based stand-up comedian Chinedu, who will be performing his brand new comedy show titled, Laughter Is Healing. Tickets are $10; $20 for VIP. 6pm to 9pm.
- Drive-In Movie Screening of Beetlejuice at Raven Tower – Call out his name three times and watch him appear (from the comfort of your car) at an outdoor drive-in movie screening of the silly, scary 1988 Tim Burton classic, Beetlejuice, at Raven Tower. Tickets per vehicle start at $25. Screenings at 7pm and 9:20pm for $30; 11:45pm for $25.
- Poltergeist Movie Screening at City Acre Brewing Co. | FREE – Check out a screening of the haunting 1982 horror classic, Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Steven Spielberg, at an outdoor movie screening at City Acre Brewing Co. 7:15pm.
- Bert Kreischer’s Hot Summer Nights Tour at Moonstruck Drive-In – Fall out of your car laughing when comedian Bert Kreischer performs new material live alongside special guests for a drive-in audience at Moonstruck Drive-In in the East End. Tickets for the early show are sold out, but tickets are still available for the 10:30pm slot, starting at $160 for 3 people.
- Flash Gordon Parks DJ Set at Brasil Houston | No Cover – Hit the Montrose café mainstay for food, drinks and a lively evening set that ranges from blues and jazz to soul/funk and hip-hop from DJ Flash Gordon Parks on the back patio. 8pm to 10pm.
- The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Show at Rockefeller’s Houston – Enjoy a live recreation of Elvis Presley’s 1968 comeback show in Vegas at the historic venue on Washington Ave. Tickets start at $10. 8pm to 11pm.
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