Plan Your Weekend: September 23 to 26, 2021

Karbach kicks off their Oktoberfest celebrations this week | Courtesy of Karbach Brewing Co.

Updated Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11:20pm.

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, September 23 through Sunday, September 26, 2021.

This weekend, laugh it up during a weekend of standup from a legendary comedian, say “Yeehaw!” to rodeo fun in Fort Bend County, get scared silly at a spooky haunted house on the water, kick off your weekend cheering the Texans on to victory at NRG Stadium, and much more.

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Things to Do All Weekend

  • Galveston Island Shrimp Festival at Historic Strand District | Friday & Saturday – If you’re in the mood for a seafood–filled weekend, Galveston has you covered. The Galveston Island Shrimp Festival will be packed with events such as boat shows, vendor exhibits, a parade, and a shrimp gumbo cook-off. Gumbo Stroll tickets start at $14; other events, including Friday’s VIP Party, require separate admission. Times vary.
  • Kanzi Fest 2021 at Southdown Park | Friday & Saturday | FREE – Tap into Pearland’s art and culture scene at Kanzi Fest, which brings people together to learn about the African diaspora. This two-day event will include live music (headlined by a Luther Vandross tribute), a Friday night mixer, trap yoga class and vendor marketplace. Times vary.
  • Haunted Drive at Chain-O-Lakes Resort in Cleveland | Friday & Saturday – About an hour and a half northeast of Houston, near Lake Livingston, lies a spooky lakeside haunt that features more than a mile of drive-thru haunted house fun, plus a kids’ haunted house, trick-or-treating, a haunted maze, and a haunted house for the adults. $35 per vehicle, $45 for trucks with riders in the bed; additional activities range from $5 to $15. Times vary.
  • Dave Attell at Houston Improv | Friday & Saturday – Known for his late-night work in Comedy Central’s Insomniac series in the 2000s, Dave Attell returns to Houston for back-to-back nights of his signature dry style of laugh-out-loud comedy. $50 for two to $150 for six. Times vary.
  • 85th Annual Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo at Fort Bend County Fairgrounds | Friday to Sunday – Through Sunday, October 3, this 10-day fair and rodeo features carnival rides, BBQ competitions, concerts, a farmer’s market, a crawfish boil, a fishing tournament, and much more. Season passes are available for $40; single day admission is $15 at the gate; $5 for ages 6 to 11; free for ages 5 and under. Times vary.
  • Houston Symphony: The Artistry of Augustin Hadelich at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Witness brilliant Grammy Award-winning violin work when the Houston Symphony presents a concert featuring violinist Augustin Hadelich as soloist and leader at Jones Hall. $26 to $114. Showtimes vary.
  • Karbachtoberfest 2021 at Karbach Brewing Co. | Friday to Sunday | No Cover – Karbach Brewing Co. invites beer lovers to enjoy three full weekends of Oktoberfest fun, starting with this first event that features flowing brews, live music, and fun like Saturday Stein Hoisting Competitions and Sunday Wiener Dog Racing. Times vary
  • Totally ’80s at Music Box Theater | Friday & Saturday – The house band and Music Box ensemble turn their talents to the totally tubular hits of the 1980s—nostalgic tunes that are guaranteed to have audiences singing along. $35; $48 for reserved seating. 7:30pm.
  • Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival at Blessington Farms | Saturday & Sunday – Kick off fall with a hayride, giant slides, barrel train rides, animal encounters and more activities that celebrate all-things-pumpkin at Blessington Farms, west of Fulshear. $20, and some activities require an additional cost. 9am to 4pm both days.
  • Wynonna Judd & Cactus Moser in Concert at the Heights Theater | Saturday & Sunday – Witness the stuff of country music legend when Wynonna Judd & Cactus Moser make their Heights Theater debut with their show, Wynonna & Cactus: Party of Two. $55 to $75. 8pm both evenings.
  • 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, September 23, 2021

Friday, September 24, 2021

  • Parkway Market Days at Regent Square | No Cover – Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at this market featuring specialty jewelry and accessories, artwork, candles, apothecary, culinary goodies and more. The first 50 attendees will receive a complimentary DIY papel picados art kit. 5pm to 10pm.
  • Hispanic Heritage Market at Regent Square | No Cover – Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at this market featuring specialty jewelry and accessories, artwork, candles, apothecary, culinary goodies and more. The first 50 attendees will receive a complimentary DIY papel picados art kit. 5pm to 10pm.
  • Brew at the Zoo at the Houston Zoo – Craft brew fans can enjoy beer tastings from some of Houston’s most popular breweries, plus live music, games and activities, and an after-hours look at some of the animals. Participating spots include Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Karbach Brewing Co, 8th Wonder Brewery, Eureka Heights Brew Co, Spindletap Brewery, and No Label Brewery. $45 (21+ only). 6pm to 10pm. 
  • Tony Kamel in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck Known for his Grammy-nominated singing and guitar playing, Tony Kamel takes the stage at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Upper Kirby. $30 to $240. Shows at 7pm and 9:30pm.
  • Wines Under the Sea at Downtown Aquarium – Take a stroll through the aquarium and enjoy wines from around the world. Attendees will also receive a commemorative wine glass, light appetizers and an aquarium exhibit ticket. $75 in advance; $85 at the door. 7pm to 10pm. 
  • Brooks & Dunn in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The legendary country duo hits the road again for their first nationwide tour in 10 years, performing many of their greatest hits like “Brand New Man,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” and much more. $35 to $350, but you may find better or cheaper tickets using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
  • Thrice in Concert at Warehouse Live – Catch a set from California-based rock band, Thrice. Special guests Jim Ward and Self Defense Family will open the show. ]$28 in advance; $32 at the door. 7pm.
  • Rio Movie Screening at Levy Park | FREE – Bring out the whole family to Upper Kirby when Levy Park hosts a screening of 2011 family-friendly, animated movie, Rio. 7:30pm.
  • Barrel of Laughs Comedy Night at Eureka Heights Brew Co. | No Cover – Fall out of your chair laughing while sipping on tasty local brew when Eureka Heights Brewing Co. presents stand-up comedy in their taproom during their all-new series, Barrel of Laughs, hosted by Joe Jeff. 7:30pm.
  • WindSync presents Carnival of the Animals at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE | Virtual Option – Enjoy a colorful evening under the stars with a reimagining of “Carnival of the Animals”, the Saint-Saëns classic widely known from Disney’s Fantasia 2000, featuring the five wind instruments of the orchestra in collaboration with concert pianist, Andrew Staupe. You can also catch a livestream of this performance on Miller’s website, YouTube, and Facebook. 8pm.
  • Hocus Pocus Movie Screening at Discovery Green | FREE – Cast a spell beneath the skyscrapers when you catch an outdoor screening of Disney’s 1993 witchy movie, Hocus Pocus, at Discovery Green in Downtown. 8pm.
  • Alejandro Fernández in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – The multiple Grammy–winning Mexican mariachi singer is hitting the road to tour his latest album, Hecho en México, which has already produced four straight No. 1 singles. $20 to $200.50, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 9pm.
  • Audien at Stereo Live Houston Catch an energetic set filled with house, trance, and trap music when DJ and producer, Audien hits the stage at Stereo Live nightclub on Richmond for a live set. $18 to $20. 10pm.

Things to Do on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26, 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.