The 15 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: September 30 to October 2, 2022

Saint Arnold's weekend-long Oktoberfest celebrations returns this week | Courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewing Co.

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 30 to Sunday, October 2, 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 30 to October 2, 2022

  • The Happening at the Orange Show Monument | Friday, September 30 – This monthly showcase invites performers and artists to conceptualize their art and ideas in front of an audience at the landmark Houston location. Donations suggested. 6pm to 9pm.
  • The Devon Allman Project in Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, September 30 | FREE – Led by Blues Music Award–winning guitarist Devon Allman, the six-piece band brings songs of the Allman Brothers, as well as Devon’s fan-favorite originals and surprise covers to the Hermann hill. 7:30pm.
  • Comedian Amanda Seales at Bayou Music Center | Friday, September 30 – The comedian, writer and television host comes through Downtown on the Black Outside Again Tour, bringing her latest material to the Bayou Music Center stage. $35 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Saint Arnold Oktoberfest 2022 at Saint Arnold Brewery | Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2 | FREE – The spacious beer garden at Saint Arnold hosts high energy live music from Das Ist Lustig with Valina Polka, plus glass boots and beer goggle races. Then, on Sunday, the classic Oktoberfest Party returns to the Beer Hall, with a buffet feast, live tunes, costume contest and more. Free in the beer garden on Friday and Saturday (6pm to 9pm); $65 for Sunday’s Beer Hall party, 1pm to 4pm.
  • Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park | Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2 – In their final weekend series of the season, the ‘Stros host Tampa Bay for a weekend that features fireworks, a Yuli Gurriel jersey giveaway, bobbleheads, and a free Astros bucket hat. $25 and up. Times vary.
The 6th Annual Nigeria Cultural Parade & Festival kicks off near Toyota Center this week | Courtesy of Nigeria Cultural Parade
  • Nigeria Cultural Parade & Festival at Root Memorial Square | Saturday, October 1 | FREE – Celebrate Nigeria’s Independence Day at the annual parade that begins at Root Memorial Square, just outside of Toyota Center. Dish on jollof rice, and enjoy afrobeats and a cultural procession through the streets of Downtown. 10am to 4pm.
  • 8th Annual Houston Creole Heritage Festival at Emancipation Park | Saturday, October 1 – Third Ward welcomes the return of the Creole Heritage Festival, which packs a day full of live music—including Ruben Moreno and the Zydeco Re-Evolution—as well as delicious food, dancing, a special Mardi Gras punch, and a VIP Creole tasting experience with Chef Gason Nelson out of NOLA. $10 and up; free for ages under 12. VIP tickets are $50. 11am to 10pm.
  • Frida Love Market at the Esplanade at Navigation | Saturday, October 1 | No Cover – At the East End Esplanade, this special pet-friendly market gathers local vendors for a community event that celebrates culture and the legacy of Frida Kahlo. 3pm to 9pm.
  • Oktoberfest at Sugar Land Town Square | Saturday, October 1 | No Cover – Flying Saucer Biergarten opens more than 50 taps for a Bavarian celebration in Sugar Land, featuring a vintage and crafts market, live music and dance, and traditional German foods with roaming jugglers, stilt walkers, tarot readers and other special surprises. 4pm to 9pm.
  • Everybody’s Favorite Barbecue & Hot Sauce Festival at Discovery Green | Saturday, October 1 – Eat some finger-lickin’ traditional barbecue and enjoy hot sauces while taking in tunes from Mark May, Dirty Red & the Soul Shakers, and Kerri Lick in Downtown. $20 and up. 5pm.
Catch a visual and performing arts spectacle when Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan presents “13 Tongues” | Courtesy of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

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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.