Get a Nightlife: September 20 to 26, 2021

The Galveston Island Shrimp Festival returns this weekend | Courtesy of Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

Find the can’t-miss events in Houston with our Day + Nightlife Guide for Monday, September 20 to Sunday, September 26, 2021.

Your favorite nightlife guide is back to cure your weekly FOMO. We’ve got you covered with our in-the-know list of art, music, and nightlife events happening all week long around Houston, from Monday through Sunday.

Here are our picks for Day & Nightlife in Houston from Monday, September 20 to Sunday, September 26, 2021:

Day + Nightlife Guide in Houston: September 20 to 26, 2021


  • Galveston Island Shrimp Festival at Historic Strand District | Friday, September 24 & Saturday, September 25 – 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. Friday 7:30pm; Saturday noon to 4pm.
  • A Golden Girls Murder Mystery Dinner at Creative Learning Society | Friday, September 24 & Saturday, September 25 – Join Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia as they solve a murder mystery at this weekly event in Rosenberg. This interactive dinner theatre show invites the audience to complete challenges, find clues and become part of the show. General admission is $35; dinner tickets are $59. 7pm.
  • Karbachtoberfest 2021 at Karbach Brewing Co. | Friday, September 24 to Sunday, September 26 | No Cover – This Spring Branch brewery is kicking off Oktoberfest with a jam-packed weekend event featuring a stein hoisting competition, live music, plenty of brews, and more. Times vary.
  • Comedian Dave Attell at Houston Improv | Friday, September 24 & Saturday, September 25 – The Comedy Central comic makes an appearance in West Houston for two nights. The New York native will bring laugh-out-loud comedy with his signature dry style and rapid fire delivery. Tickets are sold by the table and range from $50 for two people to $150 for six people. Times vary.
  • Kanzi Fest 2021 at Southdown Park | Friday, September 24 & Saturday, September 25 | 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.
  • Wynonna Judd & Cactus Moser in Concert at the Heights Theater | Saturday, September 25 to Sunday, September 26 – The Heights Theater welcomes the country music duo for two nights of live performances. Kentucky native Abby Hamilton will also perform as a special guest. Tickets range from $55 to $75. 7pm.

Monday, September 20, 2021 

  • Free Smoke Mondays at Bar 2200 | No Cover – This Upper Kirby bar and lounge gives you a reason to look forward to Mondays with free hookah, happy hour drink specials and a turkey leg menu for dinner. 5pm.
  • Punchline Mondays at Axelrad Beer Garden | No Cover – If you’re in need of a late night laugh, head to Axelrad in Midtown for their weekly standup show. The outdoor garden bar has over 25 beers on tap for you to enjoy during the show. 8pm.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 

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Saturday, September 25, 2021 

  • True Anomaly Brewing Anniversary Party in EaDo | No Cover Delayed from spring 2020 due to obvious circumstances, the national, state, and local award-winning brewery founded by 4 NASA guys finally throws its much delayed anniversary celebration 2.5-ish years after its actual opening. Expect a special brunch, live music all-day, bottle releases, a tasty boozy ice cream, a silent auction, and. more. 11am to 1am. 
  • B-52 Oktoberfest at B-52 Brewing | No Cover – The Conroe brewery is celebrating Oktoberfest with a host of food trucks, activities, and the release of their most anticipated beer of the season, Dopplebock. Noon to 10pm. 
  • Tejano Night at Southern Star Brewing – Southern Star in Conroe will be transforming their taproom into a dance floor for their Tejano Night event. There will be drink specials on all craft beers and tacos will be served downstairs. Admission is $10. 5pm to 10pm.
  • Twilight Market near NRG Park | No Cover – For some late night shopping, head over to this pop-up shop hosted by CreativeCo.Lab. The event will feature local small businesses, food trucks, DJ music and all attendees will receive a free shopping tote. 6pm to 10 pm.
  • An Evening in the Park at White Oak Park – Head to the Heights for a fully prepared picnic basket equipped with your choice of charcuterie or sandwiches and sweet treats. Utensils, plates, napkins, and a classic picnic blanket are also provided. Baskets for 2 to 3 people are $85. Additional sides available. 6pm to 7:30pm.
  • Town Square Tribute: Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac Cover | FREE – Nightbird, a Fleetwood Mac cover band, heads to Sugar Land for a tribute performance to the group and their frontwoman, Stevie Nicks. 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • Salsa y Salud at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE | Virtual Option – Liven up your Saturday with a high-energy theatrical performance at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. The cast of over 50 local, regional, and international artists will perform original choreography to top salsa hits and world premieres. A livestream of the performance will also be available. 8pm.
  • Comedian Francisco Ramos at Rudyard’s British Pub – Most notably known for his role in Netflix’s Gentefied, Francisco Ramos heads to Montrose for back-to-back stand-up shows. Single tickets start at $15; VIP tables start at $45. 8:30pm and 10:30pm.
  • Dial Up: ‘90s and Y2K Dance Party at the Secret Group | No Cover – Take a night to time travel back to the ‘90s and early 2000s at the EaDo bar. Get ready to dance and sing along to Top 40 songs from decades past. 10pm to 2am.

Sunday, September 26, 2021 

  • South Houston Food Fest at Edgebrook Plaza – Make sure you have an empty stomach before attending the third annual South Houston Food Fest. Held right off Gulf Freeway, there will be plenty of food trucks, daiquiris and live music for attendees to enjoy. Entry is free before 11am, $10 after. Noon to 7pm.
  • Houston Latin Fest 2021 at Midtown Park – Get a dose of Latin culture when Midtown Park hosts the Houston Latin Fest, featuring live entertainment and performances from countries across the North, Central, and South American regions, including the Caribbean. Plus, enjoy shopping from local vendors, tasty bites, and more. Advance tickets start at $10 and include a complimentary Old Parr drink; free for ages 12 and under. 1pm to 10pm.
  • Cornhole Tournament at Little Woodrow’s EaDo | No Cover – Bring out your competitive side for a cornhole tournament at this EaDo bar and grill. First and second place winners will receive prizes. Entry to the tournament is free. 3pm.
  • Swan Song Movie Screening at Museum of Fine Arts Houston – Presented in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of QFest, Houston’s LGBTQ film festival, catch this screening of the brand new film, Swan Song, featuring German character actor Udo Kier, as well as Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans, and Michael Urie. Tickets are $10. 5pm.
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates with Squeeze at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Hear a set filled with timeless hits like “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do),” “Maneater,” and “She’s Gone” when ’70s pop duo Daryl Hall & John Oates take the stage at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands. Tickets start at $29.50. 7pm.
  • Tapestry in Concert at Main Street Crossing – Tapestry pays tribute to the one of the most revered singer-songwriters in the country, Carole King. The Tomball venue will also have kitchen and table beverage service available during the performance. Tickets are $38. 7pm.
  • The Gumbo Jam at Darwin’s Pub | No Cover – Treat yourself to a Cajun-style celebration at Darwin’s Pub near Buffalo Bayou. Chow down on some gumbo and watch rappers, singers, poets and musicians showcase their talents. Admission is free, but private tables range from $25 to $50. 8pm to 1am.

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Kianna Ford is a writer, pop culture fanatic and new to the city of Houston. If she isn't catching up on her favorite reality TV shows, she's out exploring the city to cover the nightlife and other events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.