Plan Your 5-Day MLK Weekend: January 14 to 18, 2021

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Updated Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:40pm

Find the perfect things to do in Houston during Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend with our Houston MLK Weekend Guide for Thursday, January 14 through MLK Day, Monday, January 18, 2021.

Commemorate MLK Day at virtual and in-person celebrations taking place around Houston; bring the kiddos for a family-friendly drive-in movie screening in EaDo; impress your friends by learning how to build your own charcuterie board; delight in a chef-led couples cooking course at an area mainstay; watch motorcycles soar through the air in an epic bike race filled with fan festivities and more.

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Things to Do All MLK Weekend

  • Comedian Bruce Bruce at Houston Improv | Daily – Fall out of your chair laughing when American actor and comedian Bruce Bruce, known for his specials and time spent hosting BET’s ComicView, takes to the stage at Houston Improv for a weekend filled with six socially distanced shows. $55 for a table for two; $110 for four people; $165 for six people. Preferred tables range from $75 to $225, based on the number of people. Showtimes vary.
  • Paranormal Cirque at Katy Mills Mall | Thursday to Saturday & Monday – Feast your eyes on macabre circus art featuring acrobats of the air, illusionists, freaks, mysterious creatures and more, when the touring Paranormal Cirque, pops up under a black and red big top tent at Katy Mills Mall. Tickets start at $20; $10 for ages 13 to 17; ages 12 and under will not be admitted. Times vary.
  • The Croods Movie Screening at Moonstruck Drive-In Cinema | Friday & Saturday – Head back to prehistoric times during a screening of the family-friendly animated film, The Croods, starring Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, and Nicholas Cage, at Moonstruck Drive-In Cinema in the East End. $30 per vehicle. 6:30pm both days.
  • Houston Symphony presents Midori Plays Beethoven at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Witness one of the most celebrated violinists of all time, Midori, as she performs Beethoven’s beloved Violin Concerto and other works. A livestream option is available for the Saturday night performance. $29 to $99 each night; livestream performance on Saturday, January 16 can be viewed for $20. Showtimes vary.
  • Duo • Identity at Archway Gallery | Friday to Sunday – Examine complementary three-dimensional figurines and the life-size two-dimensional pieces of Jiashan Land and Anthony Pablillano in Archway Gallery’s joint exhibit, Duo • Identity, about duality, contrast, and the artists’ shared interest in figurative art. On view through Thursday, February 4, 2021. Times vary.
  • Pickle Party at City Acre Brewing Co. | Saturday & Sunday | No Cover – Come together for a day dedicated to pickles when City Acre Brewing Co. hosts a weekend Pickle Party featuring a fried chicken and pickle combo, pickle beer, pickled veggies and more. 11am to 6pm both days.
  • 6th Annual MATCH Family Fun Day: At Home Edition | Sunday & Monday | FREE – Hop online for kid-friendly videos, video dance performances from Open Dance Project, puzzles, a hip-hop dancing class with Break Free Hip-Hop School and more when The MATCH hosts its annual Family Fun Day virtual event. Available online all day.
  • Artists on Site at Asia Society Texas | Daily – Watch the creative process evolve when Asia Society Texas Center provides four artists working studio spaces that the public can check out, all month long. Times vary.
  • Seismique Interactive Art Museum | Daily Wander into a tech-fueled, interactive, intergalactic-inspired art exhibition with 40 exhibits from national and local artists. Starts at $35; $28 for ages 12 and under. Times vary, closed Tuesdays.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Bayou Land Conservancy presents Ask an Ecologist on Facebook Live | Virtual | FREE – This weekly series invites those with a nagging nature question to send in a query for guest ecologists to tackle. 3pm.
  • Kingwood Farmers Market at Town Center ParkShop for fresh homegrown fruits, vegetables, jams, baked goods and more at the Farmers Market in Kingwood Town Center Park. 3pm to 7pm.
  • Ladies Night: Cheeseboard & Wine Bottle Pairing at Pour Behavior | No Cover – Pair a delicious cheeseboard with a bottle of wine when Pour Behavior in Midtown hosts an evening of tasty eats and live tunes from DJ Johnny Mac. $20. 4pm to 11:55pm.
  • Adam Hood in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck Catch a live set from country music singer-songwriter Adam Hood—who has written songs for bands like Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Anderson East, Josh Abbott Band and more—when he takes to the stage at the Mucky Duck in Upper Kirby. $160 for a table of four; $180 for a table of six. A free live stream broadcast will also be viewable on YouTube. 7pm.
  • DIY Charcuterie Workshop at The Rustic Brush Take to the Galleria area and learn how to build and paint your own charcuterie tray at this workshop, complete with all the fixings to style your board. $85, inclusive of all supplies. 7pm.
  • Selena Tribute Show at Sambuca Houston | No Cover – Hear the timeless classics of Tejano superstar Selena at this tribute concert filled with Quintanilla’s hits, as well as other Latin favorites at Sambuca Houston in Downtown. 7:30pm.
  • Jeopardy Trivia Night at Stats Sportsbar | No Cover – Answer with a question while testing your knowledge during a Jeopardy-themed evening filled with questions, daily doubles, and a chance to win cash prizes and gift cards at Stats Sportsbar near Willowbrook. 8pm to 11pm.

Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Friday Night Lights Market in Near Northside | No Cover – Shop small from local artists, artisan vendors and more when Hot Box Hemp Goods, just north of Downtown, hosts an early evening market filled with music, food, and drinks. 5pm to 9pm.
  • Rothko Chapel presents 2021 MLK Birthday Celebration with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on Vimeo | Virtual | FREE – In honor of Dr. King’s birthday, Rothko Chapel presents an online discussion led by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author and Assistant Professor in the Department of African-American Studies at Princeton University, that examines the Reverend’s transformation of ideas toward reconstructing the United States in pursuit of a just society. An audience Q&A session will follow. Free, with registration. Suggested contributions range from $5 to $20. 6pm.
  • Date Night Cooking Class: New Year, New Faces at Brennan’s of Houston Dine in for special date night cooking class led by Brennan’s executive chef Joey Chavez, where he’ll lead an interactive dine-in cooking demonstration. $150 per couple. 6:30pm to 9pm.
  • ROCO Connections: Beer & Brass Virtual Edition | FREE  Tune in for a live program of traditional beer hall music and brassy favorites broadcast live from The Alta Arts by the ROCO Brass Quintet. Usually held in person at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, this years virtual show also includes an optional $20 pizza and a six-pack for pickup from the brewery. 7pm.
  • Friday Family Movie Night: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Screening at Memorial City Mall | FREE – Bring a lawn chair or blanket for an outdoor screening of 2015 Marvel ensemble superhero flick, The Avengers: Age of Ultron starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and more, on Memorial City’s giant hi-def screen on The Square. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Music Bingo & Trivia Night at Klaus Brewing Company | No Cover – Unwind over local brews while testing your music knowledge along with general trivia at Klaus Brewing Company near Jersey Village. 7pm to 9pm.
  • The Spazmatics in Concert at Scout Bar Hear your favorite ’80s and new wave classics when The Spazmatics tribute band hits the stage at Scout Bar in the Bay Area. $15; $50 to reserve a table. 8pm.
  • Filth: A Stand Up Show at Rudyard’s British Pub Fall out of your chair laughing during an evening of uncensored comedy from local stand-up comedians where nobody is safe and even the crowd risks getting roasted by the two hosts. This show is not recommended if you are easily offended. $8 in advance; $10 at the door; $40 for a reserved table. 8pm.
  • Patrick B Ray in Concert at Shady Acres Saloon | No Cover – Get your country music fix while catching a live concert from multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Patrick B Ray, at Shady Acres Saloon in the Heights. 8pm to 11pm.
  • Texas Eagles: Tribute to The Eagles at Rockefeller’s Check in to the Hotel California when the Texas Eagles pay tribute to classic rock band, The Eagles, by performing their hits on-stage at Rockefeller’s on Washington Ave. $13. 8pm.
  • Bachata on the Rooftop at Ivy Bar & Bistro Show off your dance moves at an indoor/outdoor rooftop party where guests will learn how to dance to modern Bachata music at Ivy Bar & Bistro in Uptown. $10 with RSVP; $15 with no RSVP. 8:30pm.
  • Tyler McCollum in Concert at The Rustic Downtown Spend your evening catching a live set of country tunes from Austin-based singer-songwriter Tyler McCollum when he’s joined by a full band at The Rustic in Downtown. 9:30pm.

Things to Do on Saturday, January 16 to MLK Day, Monday, January 18, 2021.

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