Plan Your Weekend: May 12 to 15, 2022

Axelrad hosts its Noche de Cumbia on Friday night | Courtesy of Axelrad

Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 4:15pm.

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15, 2022.

This weekend, Houston is host to a bevy of musicians, comedians, and outdoor festivals.

As always, the culinary and cocktail scenes are lively and your four-legged family members will be happy at events of their own or at beachside happenings.

The sun is out and the weather is warming up, so slather on the sunscreen and have some fun.

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Things to Do All Weekend Long

  • Activation Festival at The Ion | Thursday & Friday | FREE – All week long, Houstonians can get their first glimpse at The Ion, a brand new innovation hub in Midtown that offers space for the city’s entrepreneurial, corporate and academic communities. Every day features a new slate of programming, including a silent disco party on Thursday and a block party on Friday night to wrap up the festivities. Free with registration. Times vary.
  • Comedian Kate Willet at the Secret Group | Thursday & Friday – Known for her stints on The Late Show, Netflix’s Comedy Lineup, and the comedy festival circuit, Kate Willet brings her raunchy feminist standup routine to Houston for a two-night engagement. $15 and up. Times vary
  • Itzhak Perlman with Houston Symphony at Jones Hall | Thursday, Saturday & Sunday – Listen to one of the best-loved masterpieces of all time, Tchaikovsky’s exciting, fateful Fourth Symphony as legendary violinist and Houston Symphony Artistic Partner Itzhak Perlman leads the orchestra. $29 and up. Times vary
  • For Ellen, a Group Show at Hardy & Nance Studios | Friday & Saturday | FREE – Home to all styles and mediums, Hardy & Nance Studios presents a show featuring 32 local artists, including DUAL, Chris Cascio, Paul Kremer, Emily Peacock, Ellen Brown and many others. 5pm to 11pm.
  • Houston Ballet at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday & Saturday | FREE – Miller Outdoor Theatre welcomes Houston Ballet for two nights of a free dance showcase, highlighting the company’s internationally recognized company of dancers. 8pm. 
  • The Riot Comedy Show presents Brian Scolaro at Rudyard’s Pub | Friday & Saturday – Best known for his stints on Comedy Central, Conan, and ABC’s A Million Little Things, the comedian and actor brings the laughs to Montrose for two nights. $15 and up. Times vary
  • Yaga’s Children’s Fund Wild Game Cook-Off at Galveston’s Pier 21 | Friday & Saturday – Yaga’s annual wild game cook-off returns to the island, offering a two-day, family-friendly event with delicious grilled eats, beer tastings, a Saturday morning 5K, and more. $25 and up. Times vary
  • Comedian Affion Crockett at Houston Improv | Friday to Sunday – The multi-talented Def Jam comedian can most recently be seen as a guest star on HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show and as host of the upcoming 30th anniversary Martin reunion special on BET+. He’ll perform six sets across four nights at the West Houston comedy outpost. Tickets are sold by the table; $40 for 2, and up. Times vary
  • College Baseball: Houston Cougars vs. UCF at Schroeder Park | Friday to Sunday – Cheer on the Cougars as they play against UCF at UH’s Schroeder Park in the final three-game series of the season. $10 and up. Times vary.
  • Spring Art Gallery Celebration at Multiple Locations | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Explore more than 20 Houston art galleries representing outstanding artists from Texas and worldwide. Times vary
  • Houston Fringe Festival’s Best of Fringe 2022 at MATCH | Saturday & Sunday – This annual showcase brings together the best in dance, spoken word, drag performances, and more for a taste of the fringe. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 8pm. 

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Ongoing Theater Shows & Arts Performances

Many plays, musicals, and other stage shows span multiple weeks. Scroll down to find new shows opening this week, then ongoing performances, followed by shows that are wrapping up this weekend.

  • 4th Wall Theatre presents Between Riverside & Crazy at Spring Street Studios | Daily | Opening Weekend – This Pulitzer Prize-winning play is the story of a retired New York City cop and a cast of larger-than-life characters fighting to keep it together in a gritty, changing world. $32 and up. Showtimes vary
  • Aunt Julia & the Scriptwriter at Main Street Theater | Saturday & Sunday | Opening Weekend – From Nobel Prize–winning writer Mario Vargas-Llosa, follow the love story between a young playwright and an older divorcee in 1950s Lima, Peru. $35 and up. Showtimes vary. 
  • A.D. Players presents Apollo 8 at the George Theater | Daily | Ongoing – Set in a racially and politically divided 1968, this play blends real events with fictional stories to create a piece that merges the themes of the divine and human. $30 and up. Showtimes vary
  • Stages presents You Are Cordially Invited to Sit In at the Gordy | Daily | Ongoing – This world premiere explores the lives of four Black college students from Houston’s segregated Third Ward who join the fight for Civil Rights. Backed by music from the 1960s and ‘70s, this Houston-based story in inspired by the true story of the Bayou City’s first sit-in. $15 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Rec Room Arts presents Hurricane Diane at the Rec Room | Thursday to Saturday | Ongoing – Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George’s play about climate change blends ancient myths with lesbian, suburban housewife, and ecological humor in a tragic comedy. $10. Showtimes vary
  • #1 Hits at Music Box Theater | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – There’s something for everyone at this live cabaret stage show featuring Billboard No. 1 hits drawing from the past several decades and across every genre of music. $35 and up. 7:30pm. 
  • Gente de Teatro presents Toc Toc at MATCH | Daily | Final Weekend – Watch the Houston premiere of Julián Quintanilla’s Spanish version of the world-acclaimed comedy, Too Toc, by French playwright Laurent Baffie about six characters dealing with OCD as they find themselves in the waiting room of a renowned psychiatrist, and attempt to help each other with their symptoms. $28. Showtimes vary
  • Born with Teeth at Alley Theatre | Daily | Final Weekend – Watch the world premiere from playwright Liz Duffy Adams about two poets, Kit Marlowe and William Shakespeare, who collaborate in a pub and commiserate about the perils of art under a totalitarian regime. $47 and up. Showtimes vary.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

  • More Great Things to Do All Weekend Long – Some of the biggest things to do are happening all weekend long. Scroll up and see our list, or browse Houston Experiences to save on museum passes, tours, and more.

Friday, May 13, 2022

  • More Great Things to Do All Weekend Long – Some of the biggest things to do in Houston are happening all weekend long. Scroll up to see our list, or browse Houston Experiences to save on museum passes, tours, and more.

Things to Do on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2022.

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Gabi De la Rosa is a lifestyle writer and editor in Houston. When she is not at her computer you can find her on the hunt for the newest restaurant or travel destination—she can easily make herself at home in the mountains or on the beach. Find out more about her latest adventures on Instagram @gabioftheroses_htx.


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