Plan Your Mother’s Day Weekend: May 5 to 9, 2021

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Updated Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1:34pm.

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town for Mother’s Day Weekend with our Houston Mother’s Day Weekend Guide for Cinco de Mayo, Wednesday, May 5 through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, 2021.

This weekend, celebrate mom with a decadent brunch at one of many eateries offering a special Mother’s Day spread, go all out at numerous Cinco de Mayo fiestas taking place around the city, watch the Astros face-off against George Springer and his new team; welcome the return of live shows at the beloved Miller Outdoor Theatre during two nights of mesmerizing ballet; and much more.

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Things to Do All Mother’s Day Weekend

  • Save on Rides during Cinco de Mayo Week with Alto | Daily – Save $5 on a ride during Cinco de Mayo week—through Sunday, May 9, 2021—with Houston’s luxury rideshare, Alto. Use promocode CINCO to get $5 off your ride with Alto.
  • Yaga’s Children’s Fund Wild Game BBQ Cook-off at Galveston’s Pier 21 | Friday & Saturday – Kick off your weekend with two days of family-friendly BBQ and wild game cook-off fun, benefiting the Yaga’s Children’s Fund. A VIP sponsor party gets the festivities rolling on Friday (purchase a $100 raffle ticket for access), followed by the cook-off on Saturday. Friday 7pm; Saturday all day until 10pm.
  • Houston Ballet Reignited at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday & Saturday | FREE – Houston Ballet returns to the stage for the first time in over a year with two evenings of dance, music and film that reflects on the creativity of the past year and the return to the theater. Seating on the hill does not require tickets and will be sectioned into pods (maximum 10 adults). Covered seating requires reserving advance tickets (limit four). 8pm both nights.
  • Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday – George Springer returns to Houston with his new ball club, the Toronto Blue Jays, for a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. Giveaways through the weekend include an Altuve ALCS MVP bobblehead, a replica 2019 AL champions ring, and a Mother’s Day face mask available Sunday afternoon. Times vary.
  • Houston Symphony: Mozart + Piazzolla’s Four Seasons at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday | Virtual Option – Marvel as concertmaster Yoonshin Song lights up Jones Hall with Astor Piazzolla’s showstopping, tango-infused response to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Plus, the sounds of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major are carried out by Houston Symphony’s featured performers. This event will also be livestreamed on Saturday evening. $29; virtual tickets for Saturday are $20. Showtimes vary.
  • College Baseball: UH Cougars vs. Cincinnati Bearcats at Schroeder Park | Friday to Sunday – Watch as the Coogs play their final home series of the regular season, featuring four games (including one doubleheader) against the Cincinnati Bearcats. $15; $10 for ages 12 and under, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale siteTimes vary.
  • The Ensemble Theatre presents Pretty Fire | Friday to Sunday | Virtual – Based on playwright Charlayne Woodard’s life, this comedy explore family dynamics and the enduring power of faith across three generations of Black women, from Albany, New York to small-town Georgia. $25. Accessible anytime during the available streaming window.
  • Mother’s Day 2021 Markets & Events | Saturday & Sunday Show the mothers in your life how special they are with a slate of events around Houston including our top picks for delicious meals, events, and sweet gestures to commemorate Mother’s Day 2021. Times, locations, and prices vary.
  • Mother’s Day Weekend at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens | Saturday & Sunday – Enjoy live harp music on the garden terrace, try your hand at garden-inspired crafts, and get a deeper sense of the role of motherhood in early America during self-guided tours of MFAH’s Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, where moms get in free all weekend. $5 to $12.50; mothers receive free admission. Times vary.
  • 47th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour | Saturday & Sunday – Explore the grand interiors of historic homes on Galveston Island—some of which are not typically open to the public—across two weekends of self-guided tours and special ticketed events. $40. Tickets are good for the Saturday and Sunday of the weekend you select. 10am to 6pm.
  • The Slave Narratives: Mothers at Midtown Art Center | Saturday & Sunday – This live, special Mother’s Day theatrical event from Vincent Victoria explores the lives of enslaved mothers in the South before the end of the Civil War. $20. Saturday 7pm; Sunday 1pm and 6pm.
  • Alley Theatre presents Old Black & White Hollywood | Daily | FREE | Virtual  Taking place in 1954 Hollywood, this new play tells the story of Black comedian Doris Jean, who finds herself cast as a maid in a floundering TV show, despite her protestations. But how far will her newfound TV career take her? Accessible anytime during the available streaming window. 
  • A.D. Players presents Apollo 8 | Daily | FREE | Virtual – This new play tells the story of America in 1968, grappling with Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, and the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while also capturing a seminal moment in space exploration with the daring Apollo 8 mission. Accessible anytime during the available streaming window.
  • Boxed Combo Meals from Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys Catering | Daily – Take your pick of 12 different delicious sandwich choices from three area locations when Antone’s catering offers up affordable boxed combos featuring beloved sandwich flavors including The Piggy and Super Original, cookies, and chips, perfect for a post-game meal, office luncheon, birthday parties, graduations and more. Boxed combos start at $9.95. 10am to 5pm daily.
  • 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.

Cinco de Mayo, Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Cinco de Mayo 2021 Festivities & Events – Commemorate Cinco de Mayo 2021 as the fifth approaches with a weekend full of celebrations, cervezas, margaritas, and Mexican food all over the city. Times, prices and locations vary.
  • Rothko Chapel presents Contemplation & Sound: Islamic Tradition | Virtual – Find your center during a livestream meditation in the Islamic tradition, where tunes and melodies match the stories being read. Though free, there is a suggested donation of $5 to $10. Registration required. Noon.
  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at B-52 Brewing | No Cover – Head to Conroe to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with B-52 Brewing’s afternoon party featuring a build-your-own Michelada bar, Mexican lager, tacos, a piñata and more. 2pm.
  • Cinco de Mayo at Karbach Brewing Co. | No Cover – Dance to live mariachi music when Karbach Brewing Co. hosts their Cinco de Mayo event featuring an outdoor cultural market, food trucks, a live band, an Astros ticket raffle and more in Spring Branch. 3pm to 8pm.
  • Cinco de Mayo at The Rustic Downtown | No Cover – Spend the day snacking on tacos, downing delicious margaritas, and enjoying live music from singer-songwriter Mitchell Ferguson, when The Rustic in Downtown hosts an all-day Cinco de Mayo celebration. 3pm to 10pm.
  • Cinco de Mayo Patio Fiesta at The Annie Café & Bar Enjoy delicious Cinco de Mayo-themed hors d’oeuvres when The Annie Café hosts a Patio Fiesta featuring Mexican beer, cocktails featuring Veneno Tequila, and live entertainment to mark the occasion. $75 per person; reservations are recommended. 4pm to 6pm.
  • Cinco de Mayo at The Studewood Cantine – Hit the rooftop or street side party when the Studewood Cantine hosts a Cinco de Mayo celebration including options such as Rooftop Fiesta ($100) with unlimited fajita stations, five beverage tickets, and music; a Street Party (a la carte) with eloté, tamales, beer and margaritas, balloon artists, face painting, and petting zoo; and a Cinco de Mayo Menu ($45) featuring 1.5-pounds mixed fajitas, margaritas and more. You can also show proof of ride share for a margarita on-the-house. Family-friendly entertainment from 11am to 9pm; Rooftop Fiesta from 4pm to 9pm.
  • Cinco de Mayo at Monkey’s Tail – The Mexican-American dive bar and gastropub will be serving made-to-order tacos and burritos alongside a cocktail stand inspired by the famous Cantaritos el Güero in Jalisco, Mexico. Mariachi will play from 7pm to 10pm and the bar-restaurant will be decked out in papel picado all week long. 4pm to 2am. 
  • Cinco de Mayo Dinner with Penta Tequila at Georgia James Do it up big this Cinco de Mayo when Georgia James chef Greg Peters creates a three-course dinner to pair with Penta Tequila that includes aguachile, grilled shrimp, carnitas in chile verde, and carne asada. $180 per person; reservations are required. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Cinco de Mayo at Showtime Bar and Lounge | No Cover – Hit the patio to take advantage of tasty tacos as well as drink specials on beer, margaritas, tequila shots and more, at Showtime Bar and Lounge near Greenspoint. Food and drinks are on you. 6pm.
  • Cinco de Mayo at CityCentre | No Cover – Take part in lawn game festivities, dine on delicious tacos, sip to-go margaritas, and more when CityCentre hosts a Cinco de Mayo celebration on their outdoor plaza. Food and drinks are on you. 6:30pm to 9pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers at Toyota Center – Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons land in Houston to take on the Rockets in one of the final home games of the season. Tickets range from $35 to over $600, but you may find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. 7pm.
  • Luba’s Backyard Ramble at The Continental Club | No Cover – Get over hump day with an evening filled with Americana music when The Continental Club in Mid-Main plays hosts to Luba’s Backyard Ramble on their outdoor stage. 7pm to 10pm.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Story Time at Redemption Square | FREE – Immerse the kiddos in a fun, family-friendly story time when Redemption Square in Atascocita hosts a morning of stories on their outdoor lawn. 11am to noon.
  • Children’s Bingo at Levy Park | FREE – Start your weekend early with a 30-minute, socially distanced game of bingo for ages 4 to 12, with cards, markers, and prizes provided by Levy Park. 4:30pm.
  • 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.
  • Artist Talk with Feebee Joynt at Jack Rabbit Gallery | FREE – Stop by the Heights for an in-person talk with New York-born and Austin-based artist and muralist, Feebee Joynt, when Jack Rabbit Gallery hosts a conversation about the artist’s stylish blend of street art and pop art. RSVPs are encouraged. 6pm to 7pm.
  • Make & Take: Chocolate Truffles & Chocolate Bark at Central Market Cooking School Be sweet to yourself or someone in your life while creating your own small tray of chocolate bark, topped with an assortment of nuts and dried fruit at Central Market Cooking School. $65 per person. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • Thursday Jazz with Houston Ensemble at 8th Wonder Brewery | No Cover – Head to EaDo for an evening filled with the sounds of live jazz under the stars while sipping on a wide variety of delicious local brews from the folks at 8th Wonder Brewery. 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • Rage Yoga at Buffalo Bayou Brewing CompanyDrink your way to enlightenment while expressing yourself through screaming and cursing at Rage Yoga at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company near Washington Ave. This class is ages 21 and up. $20. 7pm to 8pm.
  • Bike Night at Raven Tower | No Cover – Try your hand at raffle and door prizes, enjoy delicious food truck eats and more when Mancuso Harley-Davidson Central hosts the monthly Bike Night at Raven Tower in the Heights. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Beetle in the Backyard at The Continental Club Hear all-time ’60s faves from the Beatles when the Continental Club hosts the popular local tribute group, Beetle, for a weekly live show in the Club’s backyard patio in Midtown. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Danielle Nicole in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Cap off your evening with a live set from blues singer-songwriter Danielle Nicole during two socially distanced concerts in Upper Kirby. This concert will also be broadcast on the Mucky Duck’s YouTube page. $60 to $180 for in-person seating; $30 virtual ticket helps support the artist. 7pm and 9:30pm.
  • Moonshot: The Remarkable Journey of Apollo Chamber Players Movie Screening at MoonStruck Drive-In Cinema | FREE – Hit the drive-in for the remarkable story of Apollo Chamber Players, the Houston-based quartet, at the free screening of a new documentary film. Concessions will be available, along with complimentary popcorn and soft drinks. Though free, advance RSVP is required. 8:15pm.
  • Asia Society Texas Center presents Standing Against Racism: A Conversation on Activism | FREE | Virtual – Tune in for an online conversation on activism, related specifically to what folks can do to combat ongoing acts of racism and xenophobia when Asia Society Texas Center and Asia Society Southern California hosts the event via YouTube and Facebook Live. 7:30pm.
  • The Riot Comedy Show presents Live Laugh Love: Comedians on Relationships at Rudyard’s British Pub Fall out of your chair laughing at the pitfalls of dating when The Riot Comedy Show presents a night of relationship-themed stand-up featuring local comedians Alan Adams, Dusti Rhodes, Corlis DeLauren, and Kenji Alonzo. $7. 8pm to 10pm.

Friday, May 7, 2021

  • CAMH presents Art at Noon: Natalie Dupêcher | FREE | Virtual – Tune in for an exploration of CAMH’s exhibition, Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves, when Menil Collection curator Natalie Dupêcher explores how the work of both artists engages with and transforms Surrealist ideas about play, craft, and the body. Noon.
  • Evelyn’s Park Conservancy presents Virtual Hot Pilates on Facebook | FREE | Virtual – Enjoy a full-body workout from home designed to strengthen muscles and improve your overall health when Evelyn’s Park Conservancy in Bellaire hosts a virtual Hot Pilates class on Facebook Live. 5pm.
  • Nathan Quick in Concert at The Rustic Downtown | No Cover – Do your ears a favor and head Downtown to enjoy the blues tunes of guitarist and singer Nathan Quick, when he takes the stage at The Rustic Downtown for a live in-person concert. 6pm.
  • Mother’s Day Dance Day with Jazzercise Sugar Land at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Get your cardio pumping with the mother in your life when Sugar Land Town Square hosts a special Mother’s Day Jazzercise session. 7pm.
  • Winger in Concert at Warehouse Live The platinum-selling ’80s metal band, known for power ballads like “Miles Away” and “Headed for a Heartbreak”, makes an appearance at the EaDo music venue. $17. 7pm.
  • Dirty Dancing Movie Screening at Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra Have the time of your life while dancing in your seat and enjoying a glass of bubbly at a screening of the classic ’80s film, Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey when Alamo Drafthouse hosts its Champagned Cinema night in Katy. $16.24, includes a glass of champagne. 7:30pm.
  • Front Lawn Film Nights: Searching Movie Screening at Asia Society Texas Center Sprawl out on the lawn of Asia Society in Museum District for a screening of Searching, a found-footage thriller starring John Cho as a father searching for his missing teenage daughter. This event is part of an outdoor series of screenings that feature Asian and Asian-American films. $40 for a pod of four people; optional popcorn and candy add-on for $10. 8pm.
  • Nine to Five Movie Screening at Market Square Park | FREE – Clock out and get yourself Downtown to enjoy a free outdoor movie screening of the hilarious 1980 film, Nine to Five, starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda at Market Square Park. 8pm.
  • GRL in Concert at The Pub Galleria | No Cover – Hear all of your favorite hits from the ’80s when The Pub Galleria welcomes the all-female rock band, GRL, for a live performance including era hits from singers like Pat Benatar, Joan Jett and more. 8pm.
  • Comedians John Wessling, Alan Adams, and MC Lotto at House of Blues Restaurant & Bar | No Cover – Pair a delicious dinner with some laughs when comedians John Wessling, Alan Adams, and MC Lotto head up to the stage at House of Blues Restaurant & Bar in the heart of Downtown. Reservations are recommended. Food and drinks are on you. 8pm.
  • Terry McBride in Concert at Dosey Doe: The Big Barn Put on your boots and get down to the country music tunes of singer-songwriter and former lead singer for McBride & the Ride, Terry McBride, when he headlines a live concert at Dosey Doe: The Big Barn in The Woodlands. Sheila Marshall and Kyle Hutton open the show. Tickets start at $20. 8pm.
  • Toy Story 4 Movie Screening at Heritage Park | FREE – Go to infinity and beyond from the comfort of your picnic blanket with Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the gang while watching an outdoor screening of Pixar’s 2019 movie, Toy Story 4 at Heritage Park in Conroe. 8:15pm.
  • Sarah Jaffe in Concert at The Heights Theater Fall under the spell of indie-pop singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe, when the Denton-native takes to the stage for a live concert to close out the weekend at The Heights Theater. $22 to $304. 8:45pm.

Things to Do on Saturday, May 8 and Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, 2021.

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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.