The 12 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: August 6 to 8, 2021

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Take a tour of H-Town’s weekend highlights with the 365 Houston guide to the best things to do in Houston this weekend, from Friday, August 6 to Sunday, August 8, 2021.

Every weekend, Houston has plenty of happenings to be found around town—but which ones are the highlights that can help you plan an enjoyable weekend of outings?

We’ve whittled down our extensive Weekend Guide to offer you some of our favorite things to look forward to from Friday to Sunday.

Looking for more things to do? Dig deeper for all of our weekend picks with the 365 Houston Weekend Guide, or comb through our Calendar for even more events, activities, and things to do this weekend.

The 12 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend

  • Astronaut Days at Space Center Houston | Thursday, August 5 to Sunday, August 8 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. Tickets are $29.95; $24.95 for ages 4 to 11; free for ages under 4. 9am to 6pm daily.
  • Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park | Thursday, August 5 to Sunday, August 8 – 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. Tickets range from around $15 to more than $175, but you may find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. Times vary.
  • Stages presents Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill | Thursday, August 5 to Sunday, August 8 | Virtual Option – Recently extended and ending this Sunday, 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 is available via Overture+. Tickets start at $25. Times vary.
  • Houston Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare Night at the Movies at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday, August 5 to Saturday, August 7 | FREE – Catch the final 3 screenings of films as part of the annual Shakespeare Festival, which gets a pandemic spin this year. Each evening offers a screening of a different movie based on a Shakespeare play, with a pre-curtain discussion of the production. The final screenings will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), and Romeo + Juliet (1996). Limited, free tickets for the covered seating are available online, two days prior to each screening. Seating on the hill is open to the public. 8:30pm.
  • Houston Abilities Expo at NRG Center | Friday, August 6 to Sunday, August 8 | FREE This free expo serves as a source for the community of people with disabilities and their families, older adults, veterans, and healthcare professionals. While here, check out the artist market that features works from artists with disabilities, discover ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, and more. There are also kid-friendly activities and events like face painting and special entertainment. While free to attend, parking is $15 per vehicle. Friday and Saturday 11am to 5pm; Sunday 11am to 4pm.
  • National Root Beer Float Day at Saint Arnold Brewery | Friday, August 6 | No Cover – Celebrate National Root Beer Float Day as Saint Arnold’s Brewery offers $5 Root Beer Floats with a souvenir cup all day long while supplies last, as well as serving up Commitment Imperial Stout Floats for adults. Help the brewery collect school supplies by bringing clear backpacks, hygiene supplies, pens and pencils, folders, binders, and notebooks for donation. 11am to 11pm.
  • Kurt Braunohler at the Secret Group | Friday, August 6 – Known for his special on Comedy Central and collaborations with Kristen Schaal, including multiple voices on Bob’s Burgers, the comic makes his way to EaDo for an evening of laughs. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of the show. 8pm.
  • UFC 265: Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane; Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Peña at Toyota Center | Saturday, August 7 – Houston’s own Derrick Lewis vies for the interim UFC heavyweight championship against No. 3 ranked Ciryl Gane. In the co-main event, UFC featherweight and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes looks to defend her title against No. 6 ranked Julianna Peña. Tickets range from $90 to more than $500, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. Undercard events begin at 5:15pm.
  • The Unofficial White Linen Night Flash Pub Crawl in the Heights | Saturday, August 7 | No Cover – Wear white and join the Heights Young Professionals for the Unofficial White Linen Night Flash Pub Crawl with bars including Christian’s Tailgate Bar & Grill, Jimmy’s Ice House, Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant, Lucky’s Pub, and more. 6pm.
  • J Balvin, Ozuna, Kali Uchis, and more at BBVA Stadium | Saturday, August 7 – Latin Grammy–winning reggaeton artists J Balvin and Ozuna headline Latino Mix Live, a one-night concert series that features some of the biggest names in Latin Urban music today, including Rauw Alejandro, Kali Uchis, CNCO, Jay Wheeler, and Cornetto. Tickets range from $42 to more than $280, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
  • Trill Burgers Pop-Up at Sticky’s Chicken | Sunday, August 8 – Houston rap legend Bun B has announced the launch of Trill Burgers, a new smashburger concept that will debut with pop-ups at Sticky’s Chicken in Sawyer Yards. Get a preview of the concept’s thin, crispy-edged smashburgers at the first pop-up on Sunday, August 8 and follow @trillburgers for updates on future pop-ups. Seating is first-come, first-served. Noon. 
  • Hip-Hop Vintage Flea Market: Ladies First Edition at Ironworks | Sunday, August 8 | No Cover – Shop from all female-owned businesses and vendors, as well as artists, while enjoying tunes from DJ Gracie Chavez at the Ladies First Edition of the Hip-Hop Vintage Flea Market. 2pm to 7pm.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.