The 12 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: October 22 to 24, 2021

Oktoberfest takes over the Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park | Courtesy of Oktoberfest Houston

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, October 22 to Sunday, October 24, 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: October 22 to 24, 2021

  • Oktoberfest Houston at the Water Works at Buffalo Bayou | Friday, October 22 & Saturday, October 23 – The 9th annual Oktoberfest Houston returns to Buffalo Bayou, showcasing German and Texas culture in one fun-filled event. Guests can expect steins of beer, polka music, German eats from brats to kraut, and the Oktoberfest Olympiad Games. Single day tickets are $25; $100 VIP. Times vary.
  • The Big Bounce America at Aveva Stadium | Friday, October 22 to Sunday, October 24  The world’s largest touring inflatable event comes to South Houston, offering an action-packed day out that’s suitable for all ages. From a toddler-friendly house and a giant obstacle course to a competitive sports arena and more, the Big Bounce features a hopping good time on a ticket good for three hours of bouncing entertainment. Tickets start at $16. Sessions must be booked in advance and by age group. Times vary.
  • Día de los Muertos 12th Annual Group Show & Night Market at Hardy & Nance Studios | Friday, October 22 | FREE – East End Studio Gallery takes over the space at Hardy & Nance Studios for an exhibition that remembers and honors loved ones who have passed. On this special reception night, a night market will also be assembled, featuring an outdoor bar, food truck and local vendors. The exhibition closes Saturday, October 23. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at Toyota Center | Friday, October 22 – The Rockets’ home opener of the 2021-22 season will see Kevin Porter Jr., Christian Wood, and Houston’s top draft pick, Jalen Green, squaring up with the Thunder. Tickets range from $15 to $800, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
  • ArBOOretum at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Saturday, October 23 – The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center hosts its biggest family event of the year, featuring fall activities for all ages, including live animals, pumpkin decorating, train rides, a pumpkin patch, Halloween markets, and Houston’s only trick-or-treat nature trail. Tickets are $15 in advance for ages 3 and up; $20 at the door. 10am to 4pm.
  • 14th Annual KBR Kids Day at Tony Marron Park | Saturday, October 23 | FREE – This afternoon festival offers up a ton of family fun, with activity stations throughout the park, live entertainers and performances on the H-E-B stage, plus face painters, balloon artists, a rock climbing wall, a birds of prey show, a Halloween costume parade, and more. 11am to 3pm.
  • The Beach Boys at the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston | Saturday, October 23 – The iconic rock group with over 50 years of hits will appear for two shows at the historic Grand 1894 Opera House on Galveston Island. $35 to $155, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 3pm and 8pm.
  • Monster Jam at NRG Stadium | Saturday, October 23 – Watch as 12,000-pound monster trucks hit soaring heights in a rip-roaring display of motorsport mania. Tickets range from $20 to more than $115, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
  • Jonas Brothers with Kelsea Ballerini at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Saturday, October 23 – The 2019 Billboard No. 1 album, Happiness Begins, brings the pop rock trio back to Houston, joined by multi-platinum country artist Kelsea Ballerini. Tickets range from $39.95 to $499.95, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
  • Technicolor Night Market at Sawyer Yards | Saturday, October 23 | FREE – Sawyer Yards is hosting a soft opening of their new open-air night market concept, Technicolor Night Market. This after-hours tasting experience encourages visitors to experience vivid cultural exchange through food. 7pm to midnight.
  • Playboi Carti at NRG Arena | Saturday, October 23 – The past year has been a big one for the Atlanta-based rapper, topping the charts with his 2020 studio album, Whole Lotta Red, appearing on Kanye West’s summer release, Donda, and taking to tour in support of his highly anticipated third album, Narcissist. Tickets range from $44 to more than $99, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • Afro-Atlantic Histories at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Opens Sunday, October 24 – In more than 130 artworks that span from the 17th to the 21st century, this exhibition brings a wide array of artistic mediums together in order to explore the history and legacy of the transatlantic slave trade. Visitors can gain valuable perspectives through the works that range from Neoclassical art, through the Harlem Rennaissance, and into contemporary works by artists such as Melvin Edwards, Ibrahim Mahama and Kara Walker. Included with general admission; $19 for adults, $12 for college students and ages 13 to 18; free for ages 12 and under. 12:30pm to 6pm.

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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.