Updated Tuesday, May 17 at 8:32pm
Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with the definitive Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22, 2022.
This weekend, find something for everyone as concerts, comedy, cooking classes, casting calls and plenty of outdoor festivities take over spaces across Houston.
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Things to Do All Weekend Long
- Women in Tech Conference at Hilton Americas | Thursday & Friday | Virtual Option – Connect with 1000 women who are tech leaders, decision-makers, innovators and pioneers from successful tech companies and start-ups at this two-day conference in Downtown. $825 and up; $100 for a virtual pass. Times vary.
- Los Tres Tristes Tigres at Houston Improv | Thursday to Saturday – Take to the Improv for four nights of hilarious Spanish language stand-up, routines, original songs and parodies from the Mexico City trio. Tickets are sold by the table; $56 for 2, and up. Times vary.
- The Riot Comedy Show presents Sam Tallent at Rudyard’s Pub | Friday & Saturday – Winner of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and fresh off his New Faces debut at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, the comedian performs his latest material in Montrose across two nights. $15 and up. Times vary.
- Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday – The Houston Astros battle the boys from Arlington in a four-game series, including a Chewbacca can cooler night on Thursday, an Orbit Jersey giveaway on Friday, Yuli Gurriel bobblehead on Saturday, and an Astros foam finger keychain on Sunday. $15 and up. Times vary.
- Pasadena Strawberry Festival at Pasadena Municipal Fairgrounds | Friday to Sunday – The annual strawberry fest returns to Pasadena, featuring a weekend of bbq, carnival rides, a car show, mutton bustin’, a kid’s zone, and more. Tickets are $15; $5 for ages 6 to 10. Weekend passes are $30. Times vary.
- Sugar Land Space Cowboys vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers at Constellation Field | Friday to Sunday – This three-game weekend series sees the Dodgers come to town with a special fireworks celebration on Friday, followed by Armed Forces Day—and a jersey giveaway—on Saturday. $8 and up. Times vary.
- Houston Symphony presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Watch music director Designate Juraj Valčuha as he leads the symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, concluding in the triumphant Ode to Joy. $29 and up. Times vary.
- Houston Grand Opera presents Romeo & Juliet at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday & Sunday | FREE – Watch the age-old story of star crossed lovers in Verona come to life by the cast of Houston Grand Opera. 8pm.
- Ars Lyrica presents Dido and Aeneas at Hobby Center | Saturday & Sunday – This new production of Henry Purcell’s opera is the dramatic story of a queen who falls in love with a prince and the sorceress who plots to separate them. $25 and up. Showimes vary.
- 8th Anniversary at B-52 Brewing | Saturday & Sunday | No Cover – A cornhole tourney, limited beer releases, food trucks, and live music are just some of the fun scheduled over two days to celebrate B-52’s eight-year anniversary in Conroe. Times vary.
- Reptilian Nation Expo at NRG Center | Saturday & Sunday – The largest reptile expo in the Southern United States is landing in Houston for the first time, featuring thousands of reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, vendors and reptile presentations. $15 and up. Times vary.
AAPI Month, Summer Camp Planning & Other Options
- Top 15 Asian Restaurants for AAPI Month Dining | Daily – Take a tour of tastes from around the globe with our picks for 15 restaurants where you can celebrate AAPI Month and Asian Restaurants Month in Greater Houston.
- Top 10 Houston Summer Camps for Kids – Get a head start on the summer camp season by booking your spot at one of our picks for the best summer camps taking place through August.
- 5 Must Do Things in Tomball – Check out some of the best things to do in the bustling, small town northwest of Houston, with a rich heritage and delicious eats.
- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Asia Society Texas | Daily | Virtual Options | Many FREE – All month long, explore vibrant cultures and form deeper understandings of local communities with a slate of in-person events at Asia Society Texas Center in the Museum District and on-demand online.
- Outdoor Markets & Pop-Up Shopping Events Around Greater Houston | Daily | Most No Cover – With so many to choose from these days, you can browse, explore, and shop at one or all of Houston’s multiplying outdoor markets, many with live entertainment, food trucks, and other distractions.
- Limited Time Museum Exhibits & Art Installations 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.
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.
- The Mother Project: A Collaboration to Honor Black Mothers and Their Children at the DeLuxe Theatre | Daily | Opening Weekend – A collaboration between Esurient Arts and Mildred’s Umbrella, this show is based on interviews with Black American mothers and doulas, examining the joy and heartbreak of being a Black mother in America through themes of equality and love. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Times vary.
- 4th Wall Theatre presents Between Riverside & Crazy at Spring Street Studios | Daily | Ongoing – 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.
- 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.
- Aunt Julia & the Scriptwriter at Main Street Theater | Daily | Ongoing – 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.
- 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.
- Stages presents You Are Cordially Invited to Sit In at the Gordy | Daily | Final Weekend – 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.
Tickets to Houston Pro Sports Games
- Houston Astros Home Games at Minute Maid Park | 2022 Tickets on Sale | Sponsored − Save on 2022 Astros games with cheaper, better or hard-to-find seats on the online resale market.
- Houston Dynamo Home Games at PNC Stadium | 2022 Tickets on Sale | Sponsored − Save on 2022 Dynamo games with cheaper, better or hard-to-find seats on the online resale market.
Thursday, May 19, 2022
- Crazy Rich Asians Movie Screening at Houston Public Library–Downtown | FREE – Catch a screening of the 2018 book-to-film megahit, Crazy Rich Asians, at the outdoor Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza on the HPL campus. 6pm.
- Houston The Rite of Spring Exhibition at Christopher Martin Gallery | FREE – Be there for the unveiling of an all-female exhibition featuring artists Ysabel LeMay, Isabelle Van Ziejl, Melissa Harrington, and Monica Perez, on display through Thursday, June 16. 6pm to 9pm.
- Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park – Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and get ready for a fun bingo night with music and great prizes in the heart of Downtown. $10. 7pm.
- Paul Wall, with Doc Loc & the Swangers & DJ Mav in Concert at Discovery Green | FREE – The Thursday Night Concert series keeps rolling at Discovery Green, with H-Town legend Paul Wall hitting the stage, backed by a big band arrangement from Doc Loc and the Swangers, and DJ Mav on the decks. 7pm.
- Rex Orange County in Concert at the Lawn at White Oak Music Hall – Following the chart-topping release of his fourth studio album, Who Cares?, the English singer-songwriter brings his blend of hip-hop, jazz, and bedroom pop to the Lawn at White Oak. Tickets are sold out at the venue, but you may find hard-to-get tickets using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
- Iconoclast Artists: Poetry Performance at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | FREE – Celebrate the launch of two publications—They Say (Volume 5) and Ellos Dicen (Volume 2)—with Iconoclast Artists at MFAH, where student poets in the creative writing and arts program will perform inspiring selections from the anthologies. 7pm to 8:30pm.
- Music Bingo at Ingenious Brewing Company | FREE – Hear short clips of songs and fill out your Bingo cards with the song name for prizes at Ingenious Brewing Company at Humble. 7pm.
- New Kids on the Block, with Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley & En Vogue in Concert at Toyota Center – Time warp to the ’90s for a night of danceable hits and irresistible pop songs from New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley, and En Vogue. $29.95 and up, but you may find cheaper or better seats on the online resale marketplace. 7:30pm.
- Houston Bronze Ensemble presents Pairs & Spares at MATCH – Enjoy a fun musical evening of traditional handbell concert pieces that work together as a pair, with the odd musical number thrown in to keep concert-goers on their toes. $15. 7:30pm.
- Root of the Season at Mo’ Better Brews – Join Chef Courtney Lindsay of the vegan brunch hot spot, Mo’ Better Brews in Museum District, for an evening of live music and a five-course vegan meal and wine pairing. $130. 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
- Crush City Comedy Thursday: Ladies Night at Preston Theater / CSz Arena – It’s an all-female improv line-up at the weekly BYOB EaDo comedy show, with Ophelia’s Rope, Boobytrap, and Pure Inanimation all taking to the stage. $7 at the door; $10 reserved seat presale online. 8pm.
- Bombino with Will Van Horn in Concert at the Heights Theater – Hailing from Niger, the Tuareg musician takes the stage in the Heights to perform songs from his latest album, Deran, and more from the last decade. $22 and up. 8pm.
- Kings Kaleidoscope in Concert at Warehouse Live – Kicking off the Texas leg of their Baptized Imagination tour, the Seattle-based alt rock band takes the stage Downtown. $25. 8pm.
- Kelly Willis, Brennen Leigh & Melissa Carper in Concert at Dosey Doe: the Big Barn – Enjoy an evening of country music from this mighty trio of Austin-based solo performers when they hit the Woodlands stage. $25 and up. 8:30pm.
- 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 20, 2022
- Disney’s Raya & the Last Dragon Movie Screening at Houston Public Library–Downtown | FREE – Head to the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza outside HPL’s Downtown campus to catch a free outdoor screening of the 2020 Disney animated film, Raya & the Last Dragon. Noon.
- Tom Russell in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Self-described as “Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash in Bakersfield,” Tom Russell performs in support of his latest album, October in the Railroad Earth. $50 and up. 7pm.
- Omar Apollo in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – Performing Downtown in support of his long-awaited album, Ivory, the Mexican-born singer brings his genre-bending R&B talents to the stage at white Oak. Tickets are sold out at the venue, but you may find hard-to-get tickets using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
- Carin Leon in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – The Latin singer-songwriter brings his hyper-traditional music filled with strings, horns, accordions, acoustic guitars, bass, and snare to Sugar Land. $66 and up. 7pm.
- Jessie James Decker in Concert at House of Blues Houston – After her smash hit, “Should Have Known Better,” from her latest album, The Woman I’ve Become, the country pop singer-songwriter stops in Houston on her 2022 tour. $25 and up. 7pm.
- Carrie Rodriguez and Gaby Moreno in Concert at the Heights Theater – The singer-songwriter from Austin will take the stage in the Heights to support her upcoming language-blending album, Lola. She will be joined on stage by Pan-American singer Gaby Moreno. $22 and up. 8pm.
- Carla Morrison in Concert at Warehouse Live – The Latin Grammy Award–winning indie pop singer passes through Houston to perform songs from her long-awaited album, El Renacimiento. $25 and up. 8pm.
- H-Town Tease Burlesque Show at House of Blues – Get ready for an evening full of rhinestones, feathers, and classic burlesque with performers Reina La Rouge, Belle Be Damned, and Nay La Fae. $20. 8pm.
- Alicia Villarreal in Concert at Arena Theatre – The Grammy Award–winning Norteña singer from Monterrey returns to the stage in Southwest Houston performing material from her decades-long career. $46 and up. 8:30pm.
- Nick Shoulders in Concert at Dosey Doe: the Big Barn – Known for his hybridized blend of “raucously clever country music,” as well as his yodeling and whistling abilities, the Arkansas singer-songwriter takes the stage in Spring. $18 and up. 8:30pm.
- Ghoulia Child and Grim Lynne present The Rock’n’Roll Revue at Rudyard’s British Pub – Enjoy a rock-themed burlesque show celebrating women who blast through social norms. $15 in advance; $20 and up at the door. 9:30pm.
- The Spazmatics in Concert at Scout Bar – Time travel with the Spazmatics, who lend their geeky charm to performing ’80s hits for an ultimate singalong evening in Webster. $15 and up. 10pm.
- 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.
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