Plan Your Weekend: February 18 to 21, 2021

Buffalo Bayou Park | Photo: Cody Swann

Updated Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:30am

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, February 18 through Sunday, February 21, 2021.

Celebrate overcoming adversity during a film festival that highlights the power of the human spirit in the face of trials and tribulations; learn how to cook a delicious roast chicken during a virtual cooking class with a celebrity chef from Harlem; check out the reopening of two Houston centers for art; watch the Rockets take on Texas rivals in a grudge match in the heart of Downtown and more.

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Things to Do All Weekend

  • ReelAbilities Houston Film & Arts Festival 2021 | Daily | Virtual – Celebrate the achievements of people living with disabilities during a festival that showcases and leverages the unique contributions of those affected to help erase stigmas, change perceptions and more, at this free, virtual film festival. $10 for the virtual ReelPeople: UP Abilities event, $20 for the virtual ReelWorkplace event; all other film streaming and virtual livestream events are free. Films can be viewed online for free on all days through Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Times vary by event.
  • The Ensemble Theatre presents I, Too, Am America on Vimeo | Daily | Virtual – In the spirit of poet Langston Hughes, this jazz-infused program celebrates the contributions by Black people to the American culture through music, drama and choreography. $25. Available through Sunday, February 28, 2021.
  • 10th Annual Galveston Restaurant Week | Daily – All month long, you can try top dishes at low price points from more than 40 of Galveston’s hottest eateries during Galveston Restaurant Week, ongoing through Sunday, February 28, 2021. Restaurants will feature two-course breakfast, brunch, and lunch options priced between $10 to $20; two- and three-course dinners are $20 to $35. Times and locations vary.
  • African American Library at the Gregory School’s Online Digital Archives | Daily | FREE | Virtual – Explore the extensive Black history of Houston and the surrounding region through photography, documents and oral history collections in the African American Library at the Gregory School’s online digital archives.
  • Main Street Theater presents The Book of Magdalene Online | Friday & Sunday | Virtual – Combining faith with tough love and magic, this contemporary story revolves around Magdalene as she tries to find something that helps her feel alive again following a catastrophic event. The show is pay-what-you-can from $20 to $54. 7:30pm both evenings.
  • Houston Symphony presents Schubert’s Death and the Maiden | Friday & Saturday | Virtual Option – Two-time Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke joins with the Houston Symphony for two evenings of performances including Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer and Schubert’s dramatic Death and the Maiden. Tickets start at $34, with a virtual livestream option available for the Saturday performance. 8pm both evenings.
  • Live on the Lawn at Market Street | Friday to Sunday | 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. Times vary.
  • Regeneration at Archway Gallery| Friday to Sunday | FREE – Featuring new works in clay, paint, and glass by Carol Berger, Liz Conces Spencer, and Gene Hester, this joint exhibition explores nature’s regenerative force in the face of enormous risks. On display through Thursday, March 4, 2021. Times vary.
  • Comedian Bassem Youssef at Houston Improv | Friday to Sunday – Catch a hilarious set from comedian Bassem Youssef when he brings his brand of political satirism to the stage of Houston Improv for five socially distanced shows. $50 for two people; $100 for four people; $150 for two people. Preferred tables range from $100 to $300, based on the number of people. Showtimes vary.
  • Musiqa presents Inside/Out Online | Saturday & Sunday | Virtual – Produced in collaboration with Open Dance Project and filmed by local artist James Templeton, this moving digital performance showcases two short dance films, “Moving Pieces” and “Still We Tend”, set to music by Andrew Norman and Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté. Pay-what-you-can, with suggested ticket price of $25. Available to stream during ticketed window from 10am to 10pm.
  • Things to Do in & Around Galveston | Daily – Explore more than 75 worthwhile Galveston picks for things to do including parks, fishing spots, museums, family attractions, breweries, shopping and more.
  • 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.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • Houston Coalition Against Hate presents Bystander Intervention Training | FREE | Virtual – Recognize how to spot identity-based bigotry and harassment when Houston Coalition Against Hate hosts an online Bystander Intervention Training. 10am to 11:30am.
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum presents Ready and Forward: Business Cents | FREE | Virtual – Learn the basics of starting a small business when Ready & Forward Resources hosts an online workshop that will provide entrepreneurs, interested upstarts, and current small business owners with valuable knowledge. 11am to noon.
  • Contemporary Arts Museum Houston reopening in Museum District | FREE – After remaining closed since March 2020, CAMH reopens its doors with the ongoing exhibition of Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses, which honors and examines the work of DJ Screw, and the opening of Wild Life, a joint exhibition which features works from Elizabeth Murray and Jessi Reaves. Noon to 6pm.
  • 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.
  • M-K-T Sunset Market in The Heights | FREE – Spend your early evening browsing fresh local meals and refreshments, as well as taking in live music, movie screenings, a DIY flower bar and more at the family-friendly M-K-T Sunset Market on N Shepherd. 4pm to 8pm.
  • Thursday Tlayuda & Mezcal at Xochi Step into Chef Hugo Ortega’s Oaxacan hotspot, Xochi, to enjoy a traditional Oaxacan dish of Tlayuda, which consists of a large, thin, crunchy, partially fried or toasted tortilla covered with a spread of refried beans and more, paired with Mezcal. 4pm to 9pm.
  • 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.
  • Midtown Houston presents Virtual Yappy Hour | FREE | Virtual – Keep Rover happy and yourself entertained when Midtown Houston hosts a virtual Yappy Hour where Fido can learn new tricks while reinforcing good behavior at this virtual event featuring instructors from Urban Tails Pet Resort. 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
  • Holocaust Museum Houston presents Race and the Houston Police Department via Zoom | FREE | Virtual Dr. Dwight Watson joins Texas Southern University professor Dr. Jesus Esparza for a conversation about Dr. Watson’s book, Race and the Houston Police Department 1930-1990, which traces how HPD reacted to social, political and institutional change over a sixty-year period. Advance registration is required. 6pm to 7pm.
  • Tips & Tasting: Wine & Food Tasting and Wine Education at Black Door Wine Club – The CityCentre wine club leads an informative wine and small plate food pairing event with wine expert Cody Uzzel, Tasting Room owner Jerry Lasco, and Tasting Room’s Chef Beto Gutierrez. $25 to $35; free for members. 6pm to 7pm.
  • Nick Gaitan in Concert at Lexus Patio at One Fifth Southern Comfort | No Cover – Catch an energetic set in the heart of Montrose when Houston bassist and songwriter Nick Gaitan performs live on the Lexus Patio at One Fifth restaurant as part of their live music series. Reservations are recommended. Food and drink prices vary. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Danielle Nicole in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | Virtual Option – Get your blues fix when Kansas City singer-songwriter Danielle Nicole brings her soulful and lively songs to the stage at Mucky Duck in Upper Kirby. $120 for a table of four; $180 for a table for six. A free livestream 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.
  • Liquor & Laughs at The Brass Tap | No Cover – Get your laughs out in the heart of Midtown when Brass Tap After Dark presents a comedy show featuring area-favorite comedians, drink and wing specials and more. 8pm.
  • Double Vision: Tribute to Foreigner in Concert at Main Street Crossing – Head to Tomball 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 Main Street Crossing. $40 for a table. 8pm.

Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Mayor’s History Makers Awards presented by Comcast: Dr. Antonio Dwayne Tillis | FREE | Virtual – Commemorate Black History Month during the virtual Mayor’s History Maker Awards which highlights community volunteers, including Dr. Antonio Dwayne Tillis, Interim President of the University of Houston-Downtown, who has embarked upon several faculty, staff, and student initiatives to support and sustain the dynamic surge in growth experienced by the university. 9am.
  • CAMH presents Virtual Art at Noon: Rabéa Ballin on YouTube Live | FREE | Virtual – Explore the work of artist Rabéa Ballin during a virtual discussion where Ballin will talk about the manipulation of materials in her artwork within the context of the exhibition Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses. Noon to 1pm.
  • Midtown Houston presents Virtual Text Breakers | FREE | Virtual – Take part in a virtual comedy game show where guests can enjoy trivia, drawing games, tune recognition and more when Midtown Houston hosts their Text Breakers event online. 5pm to 6pm.
  • Wakefield Night Market at Walking Stick Brewing Company | No Cover – Held on the first and third Friday of the month in the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest neighborhood, the evening market features thirty local vendors for visitors to shop art, food and small business goods. Grab a beer from Walking Stick or dinner from the neighboring Wakefield Crowbar to round out the evening. 5pm to 9pm.
  • Central Market presents Virtual Cooking Classes: Black History Month | Virtual – Celebrate Black History Month with a virtual cooking school class led by Chef Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster in Harlem, where you’ll learn how to make Samuelsson’s Sunday roast chicken with chickpeas and couscous. $10 for virtual class-only; $70 to $110 for the virtual class plus an ingredient kit, available for pick up. 6pm to 7pm.
  • Andrea Magee in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | Virtual Option – Catch a live set from legendary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrea Magee when she brings her blend of blues, country, and pop tunes to the stage at Mucky Duck in Upper Kirby. $120 for a table of four; $180 for a table for six. A free livestream broadcast will also be viewable on YouTube. 6pm.
  • Shenandoah and Collin Raye in Concert at Arena Theatre Tap your toes to the country sounds of award-winning country music band Shenandoah, when they perform a live set alongside Collin Raye at Arena Theatre near Sharpstown. $35 but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
  • Disney’s Tangled Movie Screening at Memorial City | FREE – Catch an outdoor screening of Disney’s 2010 animated favorite Tangled, which tells the classic story of Rapunzel during a screening at the Square at Memorial City. 7pm to 9pm.
  • DaCamera presents Sullivan Fortner Virtual Concert | FREE | Virtual – Witness the honed craft of rising star jazz pianist, Sullivan Fortner, when he plays a virtual set filled with original compositions and standards from the American Songbook, presented by DaCamera and featuring a live talk with the artist following the event. This event is free, but registration is required. 7pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks at Toyota CenterWatch the Rockets take to home court against Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center in Downtown. $55 to over $300, but you may find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. This game is also broadcast on ATT SportsNet-SW. 7pm.

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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn't recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.