Updated Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 5:10pm.
Find the perfect things to do in H-Town this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, April 15 through Sunday, April 18, 2021.
This weekend, see the Rockets take to the hardwood against Denver in the heart of Downtown; shop more than 150 vendors at a beloved Christmas market’s spring tradition; enjoy a decadent five-course meal for a good cause; hit the lawn of the Menil for an inspiring concert; and much more.
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Things to Do All Weekend
- One Month Free Rent at Hawthorne At Bay Forest | Daily – Take advantage of a month of free rent when you mention 365 Houston when signing a lease on a modern 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartment in the luxurious, amenity-rich community of Hawthorne at Bay Forest in La Porte. Guests should note that though you may sign a lease in Spring, the Hawthorn at Bay Forest does not open until Summer 2021.
- Houston Ballet: Nutcracker Market Spring 2021 at NRG Center | Friday to Sunday – The popular market returns for an in-person event, showcasing unique seasonal items, summer apparel, vacation accessories, gourmet food and much more from over 150 merchants. Tickets must be purchased in advance; $20 plus fees online, or $18 at HEB business centers. Times vary.
- Comedian Felipe Esparza at Houston Improv | Friday to Sunday – Crack up through the weekend when comedian, actor, and winner of Last Comic Standing, Felipe Esparza hits Houston Improv for five socially-distanced shows of hilarious stand-up material. $120 to $180; sold by the table. Showtimes vary.
- Houston Symphony presents Hollywood Serenade: The Artistry of Caroline Campbell at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday | Virtual Option – Watch the familiar songs of Hollywood come to life when the Houston Symphony performs film classics with violinist Caroline Campbell’s show-stopping flair, including faves like “Love Theme” from The Godfather, the popular tango Por una Cabeza” from Scent of a Woman and more. This event will also be held online on Saturday, April 17. $34 to $115; virtual tickets are $20. Showtimes vary.
- Spring Breakout Aerial Adventures at Big Rivers Waterpark | Saturday & Sunday – Head to New Caney for an outdoor adventure featuring an inflatable obstacle course on the lake, climbing walls, zip lines, aerial activities, axe throwing, a petting zoo and more. $14.99 per person and most activities are available with this general admission pass. Extreme Breakout passes, which include the additional events are $59.99, but a limited number are discounted to $42 on select days. 11am to 5pm both days.
- 5 Must Do Things Around Beaumont | Daily – Check out a mosaic of arts and culture, natural beauty and biodiversity, real deal Cajun and Creole food, and more Texas Gulf Coast fun with our guide to the must-see highlights of Beaumont.
- Astrodome Conservancy presents Race for the Dome: Virtual Edition with Limited Onsite Race Option | Daily | Virtual Option – Race to promote a brighter future for the Astrodome at this in-person and virtual race benefiting the Astrodome Conservancy. Runners, walkers and strollers are encouraged to race eight laps (approximately 5K) at their own pace through Sunday, April 11. $30.
- Consequential Journeys Exhibition at Archway Gallery | Daily – Witness Archway’s April 2021 exhibition, Consequential Journeys, featuring new works by Becky Soria that explore the human figure, less from its familiar shapes and much more from within, in an effort to bring to life the stark perceptions of the difficult times we are living in currently. The exhibition will be on display through Thursday, April 29, 2021. 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 Outdoor Markets & Pop-Up Shopping Events Around Houston | Daily | Many FREE – Browse, explore, and shop at one or all of Houston’s outdoor markets, many with live entertainment, food trucks, and other distractions.
- Houston Rockets Tickets at Toyota Center | Sponsored – Search for cheaper, better or hard-to-find seats so you can see the Houston Rockets at home, using the TicketNetwork online marketplace.
- Houston Astros Tickets at Minute Maid Field | Sponsored – Get ready for the April home opener and baseball season. Search for cheaper, better or hard-to-find seats so you can see the Houston Astros at home with the TicketNetwork online marketplace.
- Houston Dynamo FC Tickets at BBVA Stadium | Sponsored – Take to the pitch for the April season opener and a new year of soccer. Search for cheaper, better or hard-to-find seats so you can see Houston Dynamo FC at home, with the TicketNetwork online marketplace.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
- Final Day of McDonald’s Greater Houston Hiring Event – Thursday marks the final day of the McDonald’s Greater Houston three-day hiring event. With positions ranging from crew members to general managers, neighborhood McDonald’s across the city are accepting applications for nearly 2,500 positions as part of a state-wide hiring effort. Times vary by location.
- Final Day of Aimbridge Hospitality’s Hiring Event at Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport – Interview for one of 1,000 positions at hotels in the Greater Houston area, in housekeeping, food and beverage, front office, management, and supervisory posts. 10am to 3pm.
- Mindful Mornings at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center – Engage in mindfulness during this outdoors event inspired by the “Forest Bathing” movements in South Korea and Japan, where visitors will participate in a guided meditation before being given time alone on the trails to soak in the benefits of nature. $15 for nonmembers; $10 for members. 9:30am to 10:30am.
- Downtown Farmers Market at Houston’s First Baptist Church Downtown Campus | No Cover – Near Toyota Center, this community farmers market presented by Houston’s First Baptist Church and Your Neighborhood Farmers Market brings together a wide selection of locally grown fruits and veggies, artisan foods, grass-fed fresh meats and more on the third Thursday of each month. 3pm to 7pm.
- Collaboration Dinner & Texas Winter Storm Relief Fund Benefit at Bludorn – Dine out for a cause when Chef Aaron Bludorn welcomes Austin chefs Rick Lopez from La Condesa and Fermin Nunez of Suerte, benefiting Southern Smoke Foundation’s Texas Winter Storm Relief Fund. Reservations required. $105; $35 for ages 9 and under. 5pm.
- Steak Nite at City Orchard | No Cover – Get all the fixins’ while sipping tasty local brew when City Orchard hosts a Steak Nite that includes two sides and suggested cider pairings. Prices vary per menu item. 6pm.
- Asia Society Texas Center presents New Leaders, New Era: What Lies Ahead for U.S.–Japan webcast | FREE | Virtual – Tune in for a conversation centered on the future of U.S.-Japan relations when Asia Society Texas Center hosts Columbia University professor Takako Hikotani in a discussion with New York Times Tokyo bureau chief Motoko Rich, on YouTube. 6pm to 7pm.
- Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s Virtual Studio Session with Abbie Preston Edmonson | FREE | Virtual – Join HCCC resident ceramist and sculptor Abbie Preston Edmonson for a virtual studio session where guests will learn more about the artist’s practice, their influences, and their studio space, held on Facebook Live. 6pm to 7pm.
- Gary Kyle in Concert at Market Street | FREE – Start your weekend off on a country note when Market Street in The Woodlands welcomes the country music styling of singer-songwriter Gary Kyle for their outdoor Spring Concert Series. 6pm to 8pm.
- Zumba on the Lawn at Redemption Square | FREE – Get your bod moving in Atascocita at an outdoor Zumba class on the lawn of Redemption Square, held in the evening. 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
- Ojos Rojos in Concert at House of Blues | No Cover – Hear reggae covers and more in the heart of Downtown when House of Blues welcomes musician Ojos Rojos for an evening of all-ages music in the restaurant and bar. 6:30pm.
- 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 to $180; $30 virtual tickets. 7pm.
- Trivia Night with Craft Quiz Co. at Southern Star Brewery | No Cover – Test your knowledge during an evening of trivia and cold ones in Conroe when Southern Star Brewing Company hosts a trivia night, along with grub from Tacos in Low Places food truck. 7pm to 9pm.
- Beetle in the Backyard at The Continental Club – Hear all-time faves from the Beatles when the Continental Club hosts the popular local tribute group, Beetle, for a live show in the Club’s backyard. 7pm to 10pm.
- Apollo Chamber Players: Music of Exile Concert at Holocaust Museum Houston | FREE – Take in a cross-cultural program of original music from Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali, Israeli-born composer Gilad Cohen, and featuring Venezuelan virtuoso violinist Eddy Marcano and more. Free with advance registration. 7:30pm to 8:45pm.
Friday, April 16, 2021
- CAMH presents Virtual Art at Noon with Jamal Cyrus on YouTube | FREE | Virtual – Tune in for an online discussion featuring artist Jamal Cyrus as he talks about his work within the context of CAMH’s closing-soon exhibition, Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses, on YouTube. Noon.
- Shane Kelly in Concert at House of Blues | No Cover – Welcome North Carolinian musician Shane Kelly to the House of Blues stage in Downtown for an all-ages evening of classic rock in the restaurant and bar. 5pm.
- Selena Day at Saint Arnold Brewing Company | No Cover – Celebrate the Queen of Tejano music’s birthday with a special menu of Selena Quintanilla favorites including a medium pizza with extra pepperoni while listening to Selena classics and deep cuts when Bombón and DJ Mexican Blackbird spin vinyl. No cover, but food and drinks are on guests. 5pm to 8pm.
- Honey Art Cafe presents Virtual Desert Vibes Painting Class – Make West Texas-inspired mini paintings in this virtual class where you’ll use bold, bright acrylic colors to create a series of Texas- and Big Bend National Park-inspired artwork on Facebook Live. $20, includes a supply kit that can be picked up from Honey Art Cafe. 6pm.
- Campfire Nights at Hana & Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center – Bring the family and snag a spot next to the campfire at a family camping night in Bellaire that features hotdogs and s’mores, plus a guided night hike through the shady wetland park. $350 per group, including one “host” family plus members of their Covid-safe cohort/social pod/bubble up to a final total of no more than 10 people. 6pm to 8pm.
- Date Night Cooking Class at Brennan’s of Houston – Executive chef Joey Chavez will lead an interactive dine-in, in-room cooking demonstration for couples, taking a spin on dishes like smoked redfish tartlett, soft shell crab pasta and more. $150 per couple (plus tax and gratuity); space is limited. 6:30pm.
- Let’s DisDance with Rhythm India Dance Co. at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Dance the evening away with instructors of Rhythm India Dance Co. as they teach a Bollywood dance to guests of all ages at Sugar Land Town Square. 6:30pm.
- Downfall 2012, with Secret of Boris, The Dirty Reckless, and Chromatophore at Warehouse Live – Rock out with an evening of alt-metal when Warehouse Live hosts local rock group Downfall 2012. No cover for general admission; seated tickets range from $10 to $20. Doors at 6pm; show at 6:45pm.
- Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center – The Rockets host a tough Denver Nuggets team that’s aiming for playoff positioning in the Western Conference, led by MVP candidate Nikola Jokic. $16 to over $300, but you may find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. 7pm.
- Selena Movie Screening at Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra in Katy – Witness the incredible story of the queen of Tejano music, Selena, when Alamo Drafthouse presents the 1997 eponymous film starring Jennifer Lopez in her breakout role as Selena Quintanilla. $12. 7pm.
- Houston Dynamo FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes at BBVA Stadium – The Dynamo embark on another MLS season with high hopes and playoff expectations, opening their season against their San Jose rivals. $48 to over $120, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
- Opie Hendrix Band at The Continental Club | No Cover – Two-step the night away while enjoying an open-air concert of twang-filled country songs from the Opie Hendrix Band at The Continental Club’s outdoor stage in Mid-Main. 7pm to 10pm.
- The Riot Comedy Show at Rudyard’s: NYC Comedians Takeover featuring Brendan Gay – Laugh yourself silly when the longtime Montrose pub hosts NYC-based comedians Brendan Gay, a finalist on TruTV’s Comedy Breakout, and Leonarda Jonie, host of The Crazy Albanian Show podcast. $10; reserved seating and VIP options start at $30 for 2 people. 7:30pm.
- Clueless Movie Screening at City Acre Brewing Co. | No Cover – Shout “As if!” while watching a socially distanced outdoor screening of the iconic ’90s comedy classic, Clueless, starring Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy and more, at City Acre Brewing Co. 7:45pm.
- Raheem Devaughn & Dru Hill at Arena Theatre – The Grammy-nominated R&B singer, Raheem Devaughn, joins with the classic ’90s group Dru Hill for an unforgettable performance at the historic Arena Theatre. $39 to over $75, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8:30pm.
- Tribute To Selena at Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon – Dance to the timeless songs of Tejano superstar, Selena, when Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon hosts its Latin Night with a live tribute band to the late, great singer. $10 in advance; $15 at the door; VIP tables of 4 are $50 in advanced; $75 at the door. 9pm.
- Possessed by Paul James in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | Virtual Option – Experience the singer-songwriter tunes of fiddle player, Possessed by Paul James when he takes the stage at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Upper Kirby for a socially distanced set. This performance is also broadcast on the Mucky Duck’s YouTube page. $120 for a table of four; $180 for a table of six; virtual tickets are $30 and help support the artist. 9:30pm.
- The Riot Comedy Show at Rudyard’s: “Comics You Should Know” Showcase – Join The Riot for a fun night of stand-up comedy while getting to know some of the funniest comics coming up in the local scene, including faves like Ku Egenti, David Lawrence Pfeifer, Jeus Maxwell and more. $8; reserved seating and VIP options start at $20 for two people. 10pm.
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