Take a tour of H-Town’s weekend highlights with our 365 Houston guide to the best things to do in Houston this weekend, from Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18, 2022.
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 15 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: September 16 to 18, 2022
- Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park | Thursday, September 15 to Sunday, September 18 – This four-game series opens with Teacher Appreciation Night, followed by Hispanic Heritage Weekend with special jersey giveaways, fireworks, a sugar skull bobblehead, a street fest, and more. $23 and up. Times vary.
- Cookbook Launch: Anita Jaisinghani of Pondicheri at MFA Shop | Friday, September 16 | FREE – Houston chef Anita Jaisinghani of Pondicheri restaurant visits Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for the debut launch of her cookbook, Masala: Recipes from India, the Land of Spices. Meet the chef, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, and purchase a signed copy of the book. 4pm to 6pm.
- Mexican Independence Day at Clay Family Eastern Glades | Friday, September 16 | FREE – Sprawl out at Memorial Park’s Eastern Glades with an evening of delicious food, dancing from Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and music by Mariachi Tradicion de Jalisco. 5:30pm to 9pm.
- Juraj Valčuha Inaugural Weekend: Verdi’s Requiem at Jones Hall | Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18 – Houston Symphony’s new music director, Juraj Valčuha leads the Symphony in a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem for his first weekend leading the orchestra. $29 and up. Times vary.
- End of Summer Wine Tasting at Bodega Bellaire | Saturday, September 17 | FREE – Natural wine guru Steve Buechner of Light Years Wines will be on hand for a tasting that also features a CBD bar, a Houston Dairymaids cheese tasting station, and fresh baked goods from Magnol Bakery. 1pm to 4pm.
- Canvas & Cocktails at Houston Botanic Garden | Saturday, September 17 – H-Town artist and teacher Roberto Castilllo leads a three-hour cocktail-infused painting party based on plants found within Houstown’s stunning gardens. $35. 2pm.
- Texas Bonita Market at the Esplanade at Navigation | Saturday, September 17 | No Cover – Shop from a curated selection of local vendors at the East End Esplanade, while you take in DJs, ballet folklorico and photo backdrops. 3pm to 9pm.
- The Wizard of Oz Movie Screening at Discovery Green | Saturday, September 17 | FREE – Be transported over the rainbow to the Technicolor Land of Oz at a special outdoor screening of the classic 1939 MGM movie musical starring Judy Garland. 7pm.
- Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán in Concert at Cullen Performance Hall | Saturday, September 17 – With a history that dates back to 1897, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán celebrates its 125th anniversary with a stop at University of Houston’s Cullen Performance Hall ahead of tour stops that will take them to Europe. $45 and up. 8pm.
- Boxing: Canelo Álvarez vs. GGG III Screening at Bagby Park | Saturday, September 17 – La Calle Tacos at Bagby Park hosts an outdoor screening of this highly anticipated matchup that caps a trilogy of controversial fights between the two boxers. A full cocktail menu and tasty tacos will be available for purchase on-site. Advance tickets are highly recommended, starting at $10, with tables available for reservation. 8pm.
- Numbers’ 44th Anniversary Party at Numbers Nightclub | Saturday, September 17 – The iconic—and always eclectic—Numbers Nightclub in Montrose celebrates its 44th birthday with drink specials, big prizes and all-night dancing. Cover charge ranges from $5 to $15. 9pm.
- Houston Blues & Jazz Festival at Multiple Locations | Saturday, September 17 & Sunday, September 18 | FREE – The first of two weekends in September sees world-renown names in jazz come to Houston venues, including hard bop greats Nellie McKay and the Cookers at Miller Outdoor Theatre, and Frank Lacy and Bayou City Funk at Axelrad. Both shows are free. Times vary.
- Richmond Pickle Fest at Fulbrook Ale Works | Sunday, September 18 – Pickle addicts will want to head to Richmond for this pickle-themed festival, featuring pickle-themed food and drink (including pickle beer and pickle margaritas), plus vendors, live music, live pro wrestling and more. $14.99; free for ages under 12. VIP tickets are $39 (21+ only). 11am.
- Family Day: Our Classical Past at Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens | Sunday, September 18 | FREE – The American Decorative Arts museum hosts an afternoon of free, family-friendly fun that explores the influences of the ancient world on early American art and design. Take in a performance of From India, with Love by Anjali Dance Theater, a musical program creating ekphrastic poetry with author and artist Hal Evans, giant puppets of figures from Greek mythology and more. 1pm to 5pm.
- H. Ben Taub Memorial Cup at Houston Polo Club | Sunday, September 18 – The new polo season kicks off for the fall, featuring a world class polo match with player parade, live music, a Champagne divot stomp at halftime, and a Best Dressed Contest. $35; $15.50 for ages 12 and under. Boxes for 2 to 20 guests range from $89 to $895. 5pm.
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