Plan Your Weekend: March 17 to 21, 2021

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Updated Friday, March 19, 2021 at 12:44pm

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town throughout Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend with our Houston Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend Guide for Saint Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 21, 2021.

Don your finest, greenest outfit while sipping green beer at one of many festive Saint Patrick’s Day events happening around Houston; lean into rest and relaxation or get outdoors for Spring Break events kicking off this weekend; check out an other-worldly immersive installation within the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern; sip on tasty local brew while enjoying an outdoor evening jazz concert; pair your beer or cocktails with some delicious mudbugs and more.

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Things to Do All Day Weekend

  • AIDS Walk Houston 2021: Virtual Edition | Daily | Virtual – Raise funds to help end the HIV epidemic in Houston while walking, running, dancing, swimming, or even cooking, when AIDS Foundation Houston presents a virtual edition of its 32nd annual Walk to End HIV where Houstonians can participate at their convenience any time through Thursday, April 1, 2021. Prizes will be awarded to individuals for every $50, $125, $500 and $1000 they raise, as well as to the top three fundraising teams in each category. Registration is required for the virtual experience. All day.
  • Spring Breakout & Extreme Breakout Aerial Adventures at Big Rivers Waterpark | Daily – Explore offers wooded playgrounds with aerial activities, including zip lines, climbing walls, challenge courses, and more, along with Spring Breakout activities like an inflatable obstacle course on a lake, axe throwing, archery, petting zoo, giant maze, gemstone mining, and more. $14.99 for general admission; Extreme Breakout pass with ziplines and challenge course is $59.99, but limited discounted $42 passes are available. 11am to 5pm daily.
  • Spring Break Skating at The Rink: Rolling at Discovery Green | Daily – Strap on your skates and get outside to make the most of your Spring Break as you glide beneath the glittering lights of Downtown at Discovery Green’s annual spring roller rink. $12 per person and include skate rental. Times vary.
  • “The Dr. Hotez One World” Banh Mi Sandwich at Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys | Daily – Pay tribute to a leading voice in vaccine development and local hero, Dr. Peter J. Hotez and dig in to Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys’ special release of “The Dr. Hotez One World” Banh Mi. The tasty sandwichs boasts thinly sliced beef on house-baked French bread, with pickled carrots, cucumber, daikon radish, and papaya with a roasted garlic-sambal aioli and fresh jalapeño. Half of the proceeds will benefit Texas Children’s Hospital. $8.95. Hours vary by location.
  • Spring Break Spectacular at Blessington Farms | Daily – Drop into Blessington Farms’ Farm Funland to kick off your Spring Break in Simonton, TX with fun activities including a Rope Maze, a Giant Slides, “Rat Race,” Pony Hops, Steer Roping, Pedal Cars and more. $20 each for adults and ages 2 and up; $15 for ages 65 and up; free for children under 24 months. 9am to 4pm each day.
  • Spring Break at the Ranch at George Ranch Historical Park | Wednesday to Saturday – Take a time machine back to the 1800s this Spring Break when George Ranch Historical Park offers tours of the Heritage Trail, 1830s Jones Stock Farm, 1860s Ryon Prairie Home, 1890s Sharecropper Farm and more, at this event where families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. $15 for ages 13 and up; $10 for ages 4 to 12; free for ages 3 and under. 9am to 5pm daily.
  • AsiaFest: Spring Break Edition at Asia Society Texas Center | Wednesday & Thursday – Enjoy your Spring Break with a celebration of Asian and AAPI heritage presented by Asia Society Texas Center, featuring live music, plenty of delicious eats from area food trucks, and shopping opportunities that showcase the Middle East on Wednesday and South Asia on Thursday. $5 for nonmembers; free for members. 4pm to 7pm daily.
  • Braeswood Farmers Market in Southwest Houston | Wednesday & Saturday | No Cover – In Meyerland, this farmers market offers visitors a chance to buy fresh farmed produce, pasture-raised eggs, organically-fed poultry, locally farmed honey and much more. This market takes place at South Braeswood and Chimney Rock. Wednesday 3pm to 7pm; Saturday 9am to 1pm.
  • Just Plane Fun! Spring Break at Lone Star Flight Museum | Daily – Kick off Spring Break with a week full of flight simulations, science activities, crafts, talks with pilots, live bird appearances, an homage to Ellington Field and more, when Lone Star Flight Museum hosts Just Plane Fun! $14.95; $12.95 for ages 12 to 17 and ages 65 and up; $9.95 for ages 4 to 11; free for ages 3 and under; free for museum members. This event kicks off Saturday, March 13 and runs through Saturday, March 20, 2021. 10am to 5pm daily.
  • Spring Break To-Go at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft | Thursday to Saturday | FREE – Wrap up Spring Break weekend for the kiddos when HCCC offers up free craft kits that include four hands-on activities to explore materials, tools and techniques. Free; available on a first-come, first-served basis at HCCC. Pick-up available from 10am to 5pm daily.
  • Comedian Rickey Smiley at Houston Improv | Friday & Saturday – Prepare yourself to crack up at comedian, television host, and top-rated nationally syndicated radio personality, Rickey Smiley, when he takes the stage at Houston Improv for four socially distanced stand-up sets. $140 for four people; $210 for six people; preferred tables start at $180 for four people. Showtimes vary.
  • There Is An Instant Exhibition at Archway Gallery | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Catch Archway’s March 2021 exhibition, There Is An Instant, featuring works by artist Silvia PintoSouza that explore the fleeting moments of sunsets as well as life, inspired by 19th century Colombian poet Guillermo Valencia’s eponymous poem. The exhibition will be on display through Thursday, April 1, 2021. Times vary.
  • Houston Music & Arts Festival in Conroe | Saturday & Sunday – Spend your weekend taking in concerts, a classic car and motorcycle show, art displays, and more at Conroe’s Heritage Place Amphitheater. The festival also happens the following week at Independence Park in Pearland, with a mostly different lineup of music acts. $10. 11am to 9pm both days.
  • SPA presents Art Heist: A True Crime Walking Experience in Downtown | Daily – Crack the case of history’s biggest art heist during this 90-minute outdoor, family-friendly and socially distanced walking theater experience in Downtown, where you’ll try to piece together clues from interesting characters you meet along the way. $39.50 to $44.50 per person, but discounted $33.75 premium tickets are available for select dates. Showtimes vary.
  • 3rd Annual Beaumont Restaurant Week | Daily – Dine out all month long while taking advantage of amazing deals at more than 50 area restaurants in Beaumont during the supersized third annual Beaumont Restaurant Week, featuring special fixed price meals and both dine-in and to-go options. $10, $20, and $30. Location and times vary.
  • Time No Longer by Anri Sala at Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern | Daily – Get a first glimpse at Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern’s third artist installation, Time No Longer by Anri Sala. Viewable in half hour segments, visitors are treated to an other-worldly, immersive film and sound experience within the city’s former subterranean water reservoir. On view through Sunday, December 12, 2021. $12; reservations required. Times vary.
  • Coastal Distancing on Galveston Island | Daily – Practice “coastal distancing” on the Island this Spring Break and even further down the fishing line when Galveston Island presents getaway options including museums, beaches, nature, patio dining and more outdoor and socially distanced opportunities. Location, time and prices vary.

Saint Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17, 2021

  • St. Patrick’s Day at Lucky’s Pub West | No Cover – Don your green when Lucky’s Pub near Grand Parkway presents their annual celebration featuring indoor and outdoor stages of live music, costumes, food trucks, green beer, and plenty of room to social distance. $5 for a limited time; VIP tables/reserved table for 4 or 6 people includes entry tickets, drinks, and range from $50 to $75. 11am.
  • Shamrock at the Square at Memorial City | FREE | Virtual Option – Dance an Irish jig when the McTeggart Irish Dancers perform live and teach a few of their classic moves to visitors on The Square at Memorial City. This event will also be held online via Facebook Live. This event is free, but requires advance registration. 11am.
  • St. Patty’s Day at Backstreet Cafe Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with $8 Irish coffees all day, half-off Irish Whiskeys, and special Irish Whiskey flights. A three-course Irish whiskey menu will also be available for $49 plus tax and gratuity. 11:30am to 10pm.
  • St Patrick’s Day Celebration at Griff’s Irish Pub | No Cover – Spend your day immersed in DJ and live music, mudbug fun, green beer and more, when Griff’s Irish Pub’s hosts their St. Patty’s Day celebration in Montrose. Noon to 11:55pm.
  • St. Patricks Day Celebration at Little Woodrow’s Midtown | No Cover – Wear green and head to Little Woodrow’s in Midtown for an afternoon of Green Beer, Jameson, and more drink specials for St. Patrick’s Day. 1pm.
  • St. Patrick’s Patio Party at Social Beer Garden HTX | No Cover – Throw back green beers while enjoying live entertainment, crawfish, drink specials and more, on Social Beer Garden’s patio in Midtown. 3pm.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck Enjoy a live performance from Piper Jones, EJ & Frances, and Ulla to set your Saint Patrick’s Day off right when McGonigel’s Mucky Duck hosts their annual celebration in Upper Kirby. $60 to $480. 4pm.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Steak Night at The West End – A Public House | No Cover – Dine on delicious steak while throwing back tasty Irish drink specials and enjoying live bagpipers when The West End – A Public House hosts its steak night on St. Patrick’s Day in Uptown. Menu prices vary. 5pm.
  • Ladybird’s Virtual Trivia Night on Zoom | FREE | Virtual – Test your knowledge when Rice Military watering hole Ladybird’s holds a virtual trivia night hosted by Jon Conner on Zoom. 7pm.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails: Virtual Beverage Academy with Alba Huerta & Friends | Virtual – Join celebrated mixologist Alba Huerta along with special guest Jack McGarry of New York’s Dead Rabbit as they show you how to make his world-famous Irish Coffee, and Huerta demonstrates how to make The Emerald Cocktail during an online bartending class that will take you behind the bar at Julep. $20 per class. 7pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center – NBA All-Star Steph Curry, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors find their way to Downtown Houston for a matchup with the Rockets. $41 to over $350, but you may find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. This game is also broadcast on ATT SportsNet-SW. 7pm.
  • The Shamrock Show at Houston Improv Cap off your Saint Patrick’s Day with a hilarious comedy show when Houston Improv presents a night of comedy featuring the talents of Judaea Driscoll, Andy Huggins, and headliner Slade Ham. $30 to $90 for tables for 2 to 6 people. 7:30pm.
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company presents Virtual Barrel Room Tour | Virtual – Get a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of Saint Arnold’s Brewery when you join Lead Technical Brewer Colin Klingemann on a virtual tour, along with a to-go package of stew and tasty limited edition brews to enjoy from the comfort of your home. $80 per package. 7:30pm.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

  • Houston Coalition Against Hate presents Bystander Intervention Training | FREE | Virtual – Get informed about how to spot identity-based bigotry and harassment when Houston Coalition Against Hate hosts an online Bystander Intervention Training. Noon to 1:30pm.
  • Buffalo Soldier National Museum presents The Side Hustle | FREE | Virtual – In honor of International Women’s Month, enjoy a conversation with a panel of women who have conquered their careers and managed a side hustle. This event will be held online; registration required. 1pm.
  • 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.
  • Ladies Night: Cheeseboard & Wine Bottle Pairing at Pour Behavior | No Cover – Pair a delicious cheeseboard with a bottle of vino for a night out, with live tunes from DJ Johnny Mac. $20. 4pm to midnight.
  • M-K-T Sunset Market at M-K-T on North Shepherd | No Cover – This weeknight family-friendly farmers market takes place every third Thursday of the month, bringing in visitors to enjoy charcuterie, create their own bouquet from the DIY flower bar, and grab made-to-go meals from one of Houston’s favorite chefs. 4pm to 8pm.
  • CAMH presents Yemaya & the Flood with Dance Afrikana Virtual Performance | FREE | Virtual – Tune in for a virtual dance performance that pays homage to home, ancestral memory, and motherhood, when Dance Afrikana presents Yemaya and the Flood, in conjunction with CAMH’s exhibition Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves as an extended Black History Month program. 6:30pm.
  • Thursday Jazz with Houston Ensemble at 8th Wonder Brewery | No Cover –Head to EaDo for an evening of live jazz under the stars while sipping on local brews from 8th Wonder Brewery. 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • Darden Smith in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck Hear singer-songwriter tunes from the talented Austin-based musician Darden Smith when he takes the stage at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Upper Kirby for a socially distant performance that will also be broadcast online. $120 for a table of four; $180 for a table for six. 7pm.
  • 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.
  • Actor & Comedian Chris Kattan at Houston Improv Laugh out loud while watching Mr. Roxbury himself when actor and comedian Chris Kattan, best known as one of the longest-serving cast members on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, brings his over-the-top humor to the stage at Houston Improv. $50 to $210 per table for 4 to 6 people. 8pm.
  • Sam Riggs in Concert at Dosey Doe Big Barn Tap your feet to the beat of Conroe singer-songwriter Tyler McCollum’s tunes when he takes the stage to perform his brand of Americana at Dosey Doe Big Barn in the Woodlands. $15 to $22. 8:30pm.

Friday, March 19, 2021

  • Fish Taco Fridays at Feges BBQ in Greenway Plaza – Every Friday during Lent, Feges BBQ will be serving up a duo of smoked fish tacos, served on flour tortillas, topped with thinly sliced red cabbage and house Alabama white bbq sauce. Get it with your choice of one side. $12, plus tax. 11am to 2pm.
  • Fish on Fridays at Saint Arnold Brewing Company Satisfy your seafood cravings with a tasty order of Fish and Chips or a Blackened Catfish Po’boy each Friday during Lent when Saint Arnold’s Brewery hosts a Lent-friendly occasion that features dine-in, drive-thru, and curbside pickup. Menu prices vary per item. 11am to 10pm.
  • 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 includes 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.
  • All Access Art Show: 5 Year Anniversary at The Ballroom at Bayou Place Shop from area artisans, local artists and other creative Houstonians when the All Access Art Show celebrates a half decade with food, drinks and more while you engage with over 25 local artist vendors. $15 to $20. 7pm.
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Movie Screening at Southern Star Brewing Company | No Cover – Grab your golden ticket and head to the magical candy factory while watching a screening of the 1971 classic film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, at Southern Star Brewery’s taproom in Conroe. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons at Toyota Center Root on the Rockets as they take to the home court to face Jerami Grant and the Detroit Pistons at Toyota Center in Downtown. $23 to over $375, but you may find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. This game is also broadcast on ATT SportsNet-SW. 7pm.
  • Two Tons of Steel at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | Virtual Option – The San Antonio-based rockabilly band finds its way to the stage at Upper Kirby’s Mucky Duck for an in-person and virtually broadcast performance. $120 for a table for four; $180 for a table for six. 7pm.
  • 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, and featuring a live talk with the artist following the event. This event is free, but registration is required. 7pm.
  • Sugar Land Movie Night Drive-In: Avengers: Endgame Screening at Crown Festival Park Witness an action-packed movie screening of the 2019 Marvel ensemble superhero flick, The Avengers: End Game, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, Chris Evans and more at the Sugar Land Movie Night Drive-In. $20 per car; tickets must be purchased online in advance. No tickets will be sold at the gate. 7:30pm.
  • The Molly Ringwalds: Unplugged & Socially Distanced at House of Blues Take a time machine for a tubular dance party when the superbly talented ’80s cover quintet, The Molly Ringwalds, return to House of Blues for an unplugged and socially distanced live concert for one night in the heart of Downtown. $25 to $39.50. 7:30pm.
  • Front Lawn Film Nights: Bend It Like Beckham Movie Screening at Asia Society Texas Center Kick off your weekend by kicking back on the lawn of Asia Society in the Museum District for the hilarious 2002 romantic comedy Bend it Like Beckham, about a young woman in West London trying to reconcile the culture of her conservative Sikh family with her goal of becoming an international soccer superstar. $40 for a pod of four people; $30 for members; optional popcorn and candy package add-on for two is $10. 8pm.
  • Musical Storytellers: Winds of the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall Witness marvelous works written for wind ensemble when the woodwind, brass, and percussion sections of the Houston Symphony take the stage in a unique POPS program highlighting music of renowned film composer John Williams and Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke. $29 to $79. 8pm.

Things to Do on Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21, 2021.

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