Plan Your Weekend: October 6 to 9, 2022

The 50th Bayou City Art Festival returns to Downtown this weekend | Courtesy of Art Colony Association

Updated Friday, October 7, 2022 at 2:45pm

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, October 6 to Sunday, October 9, 2022.

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Things to Do All Weekend Long

  • The Original Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Thursday to Saturday – This celebration of Greek heritage includes food, wine, dance performances, shopping, live music and more. $5; free for ages 12 and under. Times vary.
  • 43rd Annual Festival Chicano at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday to Saturday | FREE – Get ready to dance out of your seat or on the hill as celebrated Chicano performers take the stage for a weekend of concerts. Featured performers include Jay Perez and David Farias Band on Thursday; Elida Reyna y Avante with La Fiebre on Friday; and Ram Herrera and Little Joe y La Familia to close it out on Saturday. 7pm nightly.
  • Comedian Yedoye Travis at Rudyard’s British Pub – One of Vulture‘s 2022 “Comedians You Should and Will Know,” Yedoye Travis takes to the upstairs mic at Ruds for back-to-back nights of stand-up hilarity and piercing insights. $17 and up. Times vary.
  • 2022 Katy Rice Harvest Festival in Historic Downtown Katy | Friday to Sunday – Food, drink, live music, games and family fun are part of this fall celebration, taking place across the weekend in Downtown Katy. Free on Friday; $10 on Saturday and Sunday (free for ages 12 and under). Times vary.
  • Stitch Lab Pop-Up at River Oaks District | Friday to Sunday – Shop contemporary women’s fashion from some of today’s hottest Latin American designers. This event will be held in the retail space next to Alice + Olivia. Times vary.
  • Department of Wonder Grand Opening Weekend | Friday to Sunday – The highly anticipated immersive story-telling experience finally opens its doors at Sugar Land Town Square, giving visitors the chance to step into an otherworldly fantasy adventure as the Lamp Maker’s Apprentice. Reservations required. $39; $29 ages 4 to 13 and 65+. Times vary.
  • Comedian Nick Mullen at Houston Improv | Friday to Sunday – Fresh off the launch of The Adam Friedland Show, which he co-hosts with his longtime collaborator, Comic Nick Mullen spends a weekend at the Improv, dishing his takes on the internet and the world around him. Tickets are sold by the table; $50 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • Houston Symphony presents She’s Got Soul at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Capathia Jenkins brings her powerhouse voice to soulful hits of Toni Braxton, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Adele, and more at Jones Hall. $29 and up. Times vary.
  • 48th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission | Saturday & Sunday – The wildly popular festival creates a world of kings and queens, knights, faeries and elves. Look for food, drink, music, and shopping for unique items from a variety of vendors. Costumes highly encouraged. Prices vary by weekend; generally $20 and up, $10 for ages 5 to 12. 9am to 8pm.
  • Pearland Art on the Pavilion at Pearland Town Center | Saturday & Sunday | FREE – Regional artists sell their custom creations and crafts, plus there’s live music, food trucks and more to enjoy. 10am to 5pm.
  • Bayou City Art Festival in Downtown | Saturday & Sunday – Artists from around the world showcase their works across a variety of media, including painting, photography, jewelry, sculpture and more. Look for a kids’ zone, live performances, a craft beer garden and a fun atmosphere to sip and shop. $18 and up; $5 for ages 6 to 12. 10am to 6pm.
  • Pumpkin Patch at Halter Farms | Saturday & Sunday – Head to Katy to hand-pick your pumpkin for Halloween decorating at the opening weekend of this pumpkin patch. Family-friendly activities also include pony rides, a petting zoo, a haunted trail and a stockyard maze. $10; free for ages under 2. Parking, pumpkins and some activities are an additional cost. Noon to 5pm.
  • Black Heritage Fest at Emancipation Park | Saturday & Sunday – This celebration of African American culture in Third Ward brings together live music, guest speakers, poets, craftspeople and more. $15; $5 for ages 9 to 12; free for ages 8 and under. 4pm to 10pm.
  • A Life Well Lived: Fantasy Coffins from Ghana at National Museum of Funeral History | Daily – Marvel at West African craftsmanship and decorative vessels for the departed at A Life Well Lived: Fantasy Coffins from Ghana permanent exhibit at National Museum of Funeral History. $10. Times vary.

Hispanic Heritage Month, Oktoberfest & More Destinations

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Events in Houston | Many FREE – Explore the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month calendar with more than 40 events taking place in Houston—including concerts, festivals, movie screenings, markets and more—through Sunday, October 16, 2022.
  • Fall Festivals in Greater Houston | Many FREE – Circle these dates for 45+ of this season’s upcoming fall festivals featuring live music, food, cultural celebrations and more at places across Greater Houston through Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24, 2022.
  • Oktoberfest Celebrations in Greater Houston – Don your finest Lederhosen for a month full of celebrations that honor ice cold brews, German foods and plenty of festive fun.
  • Pumpkin Patches in Greater Houston – Make your plucking plans with ten of the season’s best pumpkin patches and fall fests taking place across Greater Houston.
  • 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.

Keep track of more openings with our weekly roundup of Performing Arts events.

  • Stages presents Plumshuga: The Rise of Lauren Anderson at the Gordy | Friday to Sunday | Opening Weekend – With a story that is at once perfectly Houston and absolutely universal, Plumshuga explores the life and legacy of Lauren Anderson, the first Black woman to be named a principal artist for a major American dance company. The world premiere blends spoken word, dance, music and theater for a look at Anderson’s life, and an exploration of what it means to follow your dreams. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • A.D. Players presents Miss Maude at the George Theater | Daily | Ongoing– There’s big buzz around this pre-Broadway play based on the real-life friendship between a Life magazine photographer and a South Carolina midwife. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Catastrophic Theatre presents Happy Days at MATCH | Daily | Ongoing – The Samuel Beckett tragicomedy explores the story of a woman buried, literally, to her waist in dirt. As the play progresses, she’s further consumed by the earth, but shoulders on, firm in her belief that each new day will be happy. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • Love and Southern Discomfort at Ensemble Theatre | Daily | Ongoing – When a matriarch passes away, her heirs must deal with the crisis and family drama left behind. In a production that incorporates contemporary music, the show offers a story of passion, jealousy and love. $41 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Trouble in Mind at Main Street Theater | Daily | Ongoing – The Rice Village theater opens the 2022-23 season with this regional premiere, the story of a gifted Black actress on the cusp of having all she’s dreamed of—but what principles will she have to sacrifice to get it? $44 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Broadway Across America presents Hadestown at Hobby Center | Daily | Final Weekend – It dazzled audiences on Broadway and ran home with eight Tony Awards. Now, the musical Variety called “spellbinding” hits the Houston stage, weaving together the Greek myths of the lovers Orpheus and Eurydice, and King Hades and his wife Persephone. Get ready for a wild ride of passion, hope and the triumph of the human spirit. $50 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Puppet Musical at Hobby Center | Daily | Final Weekend The Hobby Center welcomes Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, a newly-crafted musical stage adaptation featuring stunning life-sized puppetry of the title character along with Tigger, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl. The show features the Sherman Brothers’ classic Grammy Award–winning music with further songs by A.A. Milne. $38.50 and up. Times vary.
  • Lend Me A Soprano at Alley Theatre | Daily | Final Weekend – In this world premiere by Ken Ludwig, the manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company is ready to welcome a preeminent soprano to town for a single show of Carmen. The soprano turns up late, her husband is jealous, and it falls to the manager’s assistant to figure out how the show can go on. Ludwig based the show on his own smash hit Lend Me A Tenor. $26 and up. Showtimes vary.

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

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Friday, October 7, 2022

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Things to Do on Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9, 2022.

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Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, the arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 Things to Do in Houston, her work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Bayou City Magazine, Downtown, Galveston Monthly and Houston Woman. She is also a regular contributor to's Houston site. She earned her B.A. in mass communication with a minor in professional writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her M.A. in communication studies with an emphasis in journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. A native Rhode Islander, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, published by Bright Sky Press.