Plan Your Weekend: August 5 to 8, 2021

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Updated Friday, August 6, 2021 at 7:38pm.

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, August 5 through Sunday, August 8, 2021.

This weekend, kick off Houston Restaurant Weeks with incredible deals on delicious eats all around town, celebrate all things Shakespeare under the stars in Hermann Park, laugh yourself silly at one of the many stand-up comedy events happening around the city, see the Houston Astros take on Minnesota in a weekend-long showdown at Minute Maid Park, and much more.

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Things to Do All Weekend

  • Shout Hallelujah! A Gospel Musical Comedy at the DeLuxe Theater | Daily – Get a dose of laughter and heartfelt moments for all ages when Calvary Entertainment presents Shout Hallelujah!, an uplifting musical comedy production set in a Black church where several key church members are confronted with personal and spiritual challenges, at the historic DeLuxe Theater. $25. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Restaurant Weeks 2021 | Daily – Kick off another month of specially-priced menus from almost 200 participating restaurants around town during the largest annual fundraiser for Houston Food Bank. The event will span Greater Houston through Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021. $20 for lunches and brunches; $35 or $45 for dinners. Prices, times, and locations vary.
  • Houston Artists Murals at Discovery Green | Ongoing | FREE  Bring the kiddos to a photo-worthy mural spectacle, featuring works from 13 Houston artists that celebrate the richness and diversity of our community, culture, and natural environment. 6am to 11pm daily.
  • Astronaut Days at Space Center Houston | Daily Take in an out-of-this-world experience where you can meet astronauts (and even have breakfast with them), hear stories about shuttle missions, jump into a spacesuit for a photo opp, play games, and more. Prices vary. 9am to 6pm daily.
  • Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park | Daily – Enjoy Hall of Fame Weekend during the course of this four-game series with the Twins. Special celebrations highlight the weekend’s games, including giveaways to the first 10,000 fans like a Lance Berkman replica jersey and bobbleheads. $15 to more than $175, but you may find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplaceTimes vary.
  • Mildred’s Umbrella presents Lady Grey (in ever lower light) Streaming Online | Thursday & Friday | Virtual – Will Eno’s play looks at marriage, life, and expectations—both our own and those of the people around us—through the lens of a woman in an almost-happy marriage. Performed onstage and filmed for a streaming audience, the show is the final installment of Mildred’s Umbrella’s digital projects. Tickets are free or pay-what-you-can.
  • Houston Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare Night at the Movies at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday to Saturday | FREE – Spend your week enjoying a curated collection of Shakespeare films, along with a pre-screening discussion with theatre historian Dr. Rob Shimko, at this year’s adapted Houston Shakespeare Festival which will feature film screenings of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo + Juliet, and more. 8:30pm.
  • Houston Abilities Expo at NRG Center | Friday to Sunday | FREE This free expo serves as a source for the community of people with disabilities and their families, older adults, veterans, and healthcare professionals. It includes an artist market featuring works from artists with disabilities, exhibits of ability-enhancing products and services, and more. There are also kid-friendly activities and events like face painting and special entertainment. Parking is $15 per vehicle. Times vary.
  • 43rd Annual Hunters Extravaganza 2021 at NRG Center | Friday to Sunday – Shop for camo, blinds, feeders, ATVs, optics, game calls, and more when the original Texas hunting show, Hunters Extravaganza, returns to NRG Center for a weekend celebrating all things outdoors. Prices and times vary.
  • Bat Boat Tour at Allen’s Landing | Friday & Saturday – Sail a scenic waterway while watching the emergence of the 250,000+ Mexican free-tailed bats that live under the bridge on a 90-minute, guided tour from Downtown to Waugh Drive Bridge and back. $30. 7:30pm to 9pm both days.
  • Music Box Theater presents 10 Year Anniversary Show | Friday & Saturday – Celebrating both the re-opening of its cozy Colquitt Street home and its 10th anniversary, this cabaret features a musical tribute to favorite songs and funny moments from the last decade. $35; $48 for reserved seating. 7:30pm.
  • Stages presents Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill | Daily | Virtual Option – Recently extended, this musical takes us to Billie Holiday at the end of her career, performing at a Philadelphia dive bar and sharing stories about her iconic life. This knock-out Tony winner includes more than a dozen Billie Holiday hits like “Crazy He Calls Me,” “Easy Living, ” and “Strange Fruit”. Livestream available. $25. Times vary.
  • Deli Month at Kenny & Ziggy’s | All month long – Kenny & Ziggy’s will be raising funds for Holocaust Museum Houston (HHM) during August’s National Deli Month, offering a multi-choice, three-course menu during lunch and dinner for $38 plus tax and gratuity, and with 10% of each meal sold going to HMH. 
  • Enchiladas of the Month at Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen | All month long – Chef-owner Sylvia Casares is continuing her “Enchiladas of the Month” series with a creation that gives a nod to a famed South Texas ranch and town near her own birthplace in Brownsville. All throughout August, diners can dig into the Armstrong, housemade corn tortillas filled with carne guisada and topped with Sylvia’s famous gravy, cheddar cheese and onions. $17.50.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Friday, August 6, 2021

Things to Do on Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8, 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.