Updated Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 12:30pm
Find the perfect things to do in H-Town this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, January 28 through Sunday, January 31, 2021.
Experience the Sundance Film Festival at Houston drive-in screenings; watch massive monster trucks crush the competition on a destructive crash course at NRG Stadium; see the Rockets take to home court against the Portland Trailblazers, and more.
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Things to Do All Weekend
- 2021 Sundance Film Festival Houston | Daily – Grab your popcorn and ready yourself for a special satellite screening of the Sundance Film Festival in Houston, with films shown at Moonstruck Drive-In in the East End and at a special pop up drive-in at the historic DeLuxe Theater in Fifth Ward. The final day of the daily screenings is Tuesday, February 2, 2021. $30 per vehicle for all screenings. Times vary.
- 3rd Annual Galveston Museum Day | Daily | FREE | Virtual & In-Person – The special weeklong 2021 version of the island’s annual discounted museum celebration continues, with free virtual tours of must-see museums and destinations. The attractions—including the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, Moody Mansion, Galveston Naval Museum, and more—are also open for socially distanced visits, several with special offers and incentives. Tours available 24 Hours. Prices and hours vary for visits.
- Asia Society Texas Center presents Virtual Course: Learn American Mah Jongg | Thursday & Friday | Virtual – Get a comprehensive look at American Mah Jongg as teachers Donna Gibbon and Alicia Eissler host a virtual class that works through the basic theory of the game, history, American rules, strategies and more. 4:30pm to 6:30pm both days.
- Houston Symphony presents Beethoven 8 + Haydn at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday | Virtual Option – Marvel as the Houston Symphony and their principal cellist Brinton Averil Smith takes center stage for Haydn’s virtuosic Cello Concerto No. 2, as well as Beethoven’s beloved Symphony No. 8 and more. $29; live stream tickets for the Saturday, January 30 performance are $20. Showtimes vary.
- Cheers to Six Years at Mo’s Irish Pub Vintage Park | Friday to Sunday | No Cover – Celebrate six years of Irish pub goodness when Mo’s Irish Pub Vintage Park commemorates the occasion with a weekend of breakfast specials, live music, giveaways, and a Bark ‘n Brunch with doggy treats for your pup on Sunday. Times vary.
- Monster Jam at NRG Stadium | Saturday & Sunday – Get revved up for a high-energy, family-friendly showcase of massive trucks crushing, ramming, crashing and soaring through the air at NRG Stadium. $20 to $110, but you may find cheaper or better seats on the resale marketplace. Times 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. On view through Thursday, February 4, 2021. Times vary.
- MF DOOM Mural at Lo-Fi in Montrose | Daily | FREE – Make a stop along the Westheimer Curve to check out the latest mural added to Montrose’s colorful collection, paying tribute to the late, legendary rapper MF DOOM on the outdoor wall of vintage clothing shop Lo-Fi. All day.
- 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.
- Current Temporary Museum Exhibits & Art Installations on View Around Greater Houston | Daily | Many FREE – Explore the many striking, stunning, and diverse exhibits exploring history, science, art, culture, and creativity around the Greater Houston metro area.
- 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.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
- Bayou Land Conservancy presents Ask an Ecologist on Facebook Live | FREE | Virtual – 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 Park | No Cover – Shop for fresh homegrown fruits, vegetables, jams, baked goods and more at the Farmers Market in Kingwood Town Center Park. 3pm to 7pm.
- Sundance Film Festival 2021: A Virtual Conversation with Richard Linklater & Channing Godfrey Peoples | FREE | Virtual – Kick off the 2021 Sundance Film Festival with a Houston stop featuring a free, virtual conversation with Texan filmmakers Richard Linklater and Channing Godfrey Peoples, exploring the creative threads that connect them and the journey of making independent films today. 4pm.
- 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.
- Soul Food Cook Off at Showtime Bar and Lounge – Dine on delicious eats at a culinary competition or put your recipes to the test by making your own best entrees, desserts, and sides at the Soul Food Cook Off near Greater Greenspoint. $20 to judge the competition. 6pm.
- Houston Arboretum & Nature Center presents The Ecology of Mycology on Zoom | Virtual – Learn about local fungi and their interaction with human, plants, and insects when Houston Arboretum hosts an informative and fun virtual class on Zoom. $25; $10 for members. 6pm to 7:30pm.
- Steak Night & Wine Tasting at Front Porch Pub –Join the Midtown pub when it hosts a tasting that features three delectable reds with a juicy steak. $25 per person. 6:30pm.
- The Periwinkle Foundation presents 9th Annual Hops & Hot Tamales | Virtual – Enjoy tasty tamales and beverages from Hugo’s Restaurant along with a virtual conversation between H-Town Restaurant Group sommeliers and chefs, virtual trivia and more. $25 to $75. Reservations close on Tuesday, January 26 at noon. 6:30pm to 8pm.
- CAMH presents “Telling the Story of Freedom” in Freedmen’s Town with Powerful Art & Civic Activation on YouTube | FREE | Virtual – Witness an engaging conversation between Hesse McGraw, executive director at CAMH and Zion Escobar, executive director at Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy as they discuss their new creative partnership and preserving the historic legacy of Freedmen’s Town. 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
- Sundance Film Festival 2021: CODA at Moonstruck Drive-In – Catch a drive-in screening of Official 2021 Sundance Film Festival selection CODA, starring Emilia Jones and revolving around a deaf family, at Moonstruck Drive-In in EaDo. $30 per car. Gates open at 6:30pm; the film starts at 7:30pm.
- 14 Pews’ Anti-Racist Book Club on Zoom | FREE | Virtual – Featuring Layla F. Saad’s book, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, 14 Pews will be hosting a virtual discussion group where participants can share their thoughts exploring issues of race in America after having read the book. 7pm to 9pm.
- Madam Radar in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | Virtual Option – Catch a live set from Austin’s own Madam Radar when they bring their Americana sound to the stage at the Mucky Duck in Upper Kirby. $60 for a table for two; $120 for a table for four; $180 for a table for six. A free live stream broadcast will also be viewable on YouTube. 7pm.
- HTX Eats Pop Up Series at Bovine & Barley – Enjoy a chef-led pop-up dinner from Hot and Buttered at Bovine & Barley in Downtown, where a culinary guest is invited to cook in B&B’s kitchen and serve their most beloved dishes. Menu prices vary. 7pm to 10pm.
- Grease Movie Screening at The Drive-In off Navigation – “Tell me more, tell me more” during a fitting drive-in screening of the 1978 timeless musical Grease, starring John Travolta as rough and tough greaser Danny who gets involved with polar opposite prep Sandy, played by Olivia Newton-John, at Rooftop Cinema Club’s showing at The Drive-In off Navigation. $22 to $27 per vehicle. 7:30pm.
- Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trailblazers at Toyota Center – Root on the Rockets when they battle it out against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers on Houston’s home court. $22 to over $300, but you may find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. This game is also broadcast on TNT. 8:30pm.
- Bewitched presents ’90s Goth Klub at Etro Lounge | No Cover – Hear all your favorite goth dance music when Etro Lounge in Downtown hosts an evening dedicated to choice tracks from 1990 to 1999. 9pm.
Friday, January 29, 2021
- Frozen 2 Movie Screening at Levy Park | FREE – Join Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and more for a family-friendly movie screening of Disney’s 2019 smash-hit Frozen 2 at Levy Park. 6:30pm.
- Live on the Lawn at Market Street | FREE – Sprawl out on the lawn with a blanket or chair while enjoying a family-friendly outdoor concert from area bands in the heart of The Woodlands at Market Street. 6:30pm.
- Friday Family Movie Night: The Avengers: Endgame Movie Screening at Memorial City Mall | FREE – Bring a lawn chair or blanket for an outdoor screening of 2019 Marvel ensemble superhero flick The Avengers: End Game, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, Chris Evans and more, on Memorial City’s giant hi-def screen on The Square. 7pm to 9pm.
- Da Camera presents Mendelsohn Portrait Virtual Concert | FREE | Virtual – Witness a performance by the Brentano Quartet of rarely-heard Mendelssohn pieces in this virtual concert that includes a conversation with Brentano’s Mark Steinberg about the Mendelssohn Octet. 7pm.
- Sundance Film Festival 2021: I Was a Simple Man at Moonstruck Drive-In – Get lost in the natural beauty of writer-director Christopher Makoto Yogi’s film, I Was a Simple Man, which tells the story of Masao, a man facing a terminal sickness, while also being rooted in the rich environments of Hawai’i at Moonstruck Drive-In in EaDo. $30 per car. Gates open at 6:30pm; the film starts at 7:30pm.
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Movie Screening at The Drive-In off Navigation – Play for your life during a drive-in screening of 2017 animal-filled movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at Rooftop Cinema Club’s showing at The Drive-In off Navigation. $22 to $27 per vehicle. 7:30pm.
- 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 and 10pm.
- Double Vision: Tribute to Foreigner at Rockefeller’s Houston – Head to Washington Ave for an evening of hits including “Hot Blooded,” “Feels Like the First Time” and more when Double Vision pays tribute to the classic rock band Foreigner at Rockefeller’s Houston. $12 to $17. 8pm.
- The Crüe: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe in Concert at Scout Bar – Travel back to the ’80s while rocking out to the hits of the heavy metal band, Mötley Crüe, when The Crüe pay tribute at Scout Bar. Poison I.V., a tribute to Poison, opens the show. $10; $50 for a reserved table. Doors at 8pm; show at 10pm.
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