The 15 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: November 11 to 13, 2022

Top culinary talent and live music feature in this weekend's Butcher's Ball in Brenham | Photo: Emily Jaschke; courtesy of Butcher's Ball

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, November 11 to Sunday, November 13, 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: November 11 to 13, 2022

  • Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market at NRG Center | Daily – Knock out your holiday shopping at one of Houston’s largest shopping events. Stroll through the endless aisles filled with merchants selling goodies and gifts for the holiday season. $20. Times vary.
  • 14th Annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival at Multiple Venues | Daily | Some FREE – The city’s annual festival celebrating the silver screen returns to theater spaces across Houston, screening and premiering short films and feature lengths from Houston and around the world. Programming continues through Thursday, November 17. Screenings are typically individually ticketed and sometimes free, but all-access passes start at $225. Times, locations and prices vary.
  • City of Houston’s Veterans Day Celebration at City Hall | Friday, November 11 | FREE – The City of Houston pays tribute to the people of the military at the annual Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration. There will be a traditional Veterans Day ceremony with acknowledgments and a distinguished keynote speaker recognizing the local heroes, a moment of silence, and the American Heroes Parade. 10am.
  • Frostival at Discovery Green | Friday, November 11 | FREE – The annual winter-welcoming celebration returns to Discovery Green, offering an opening night of food trucks, art cars and live murals, along with aerialist performers, an ice carving demonstration and the kickoff to the ice skating season in Downtown. Plus, visitors will be able to get a first look at the newest installation, Solstice. Skating is free for the first 50 skaters. 5pm to 10pm.
  • Tokyo Night Festival at Texas Festival Grounds | Friday, November 11 & Saturday, November 12 – Celebrate modern and traditional Japanese culture with back-to-back days of performances, cosplay, and Japanese food–themed vendors, plus take in a merch market, a sumo tournament, car exhibits and more. $25 and up. 3pm to 10pm.
The Ice returns to Discovery Green with the opening night Frostival on Friday | Courtesy of Discovery Green
  • HTX4Ukraine’s Borscht Cook-Off at Pokrova Ukrainian Church | Saturday, November 12 – HTX4Ukraine presents a cook-off event featuring one of the most famous Ukrainian dishes—borscht—in support of the people of Ukraine. Baked goods, drinks, and other Ukrainian delicacies will be available for purchase at the event. HTX4Ukraine is a volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives and supporting people in Ukraine in the time of the Russian war against the country. $10; includes a cup to sample each team’s borscht. Free for ages 12 and under. 11am to 3:30pm.
  • Zine Fest Houston at the Orange Show | Saturday, November 12 | FREE – Shop zine creations from local artists and writers, plus enjoy talks, performances and guided tours of Houston’s signature art destination. Noon to 6pm.
  • 2022 Houston Food Fest at Midtown Park | Saturday, November 12 – Dozens of local food vendors line up for a day of delicious eats to suit any appetite. $8 and up. 2pm to 10pm.
  • 5th Annual Taste of the Caribbean at the Crown Festival Park | Saturday, November 12 – Grub on delicious foods of the Caribbean at this one-day festival that also offers music, family fun, and arts and culture of the region at Crown Festival Park in Sugar Land. $20 and up. 2pm to 10pm.
  • Latina Market at the Esplanade at Navigation | Saturday, November 12 | No Cover – Hit the Esplanade for an evening of shopping from local Latina-owned businesses while you enjoy live DJs and performances at this pet-friendly market in Second Ward. 3pm to 9pm.
The Children’s Festival offers a weekend of fun for families in the Woodlands | Courtesy of Children’s Festival
  • Classic Journey Live: A Tribute Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, November 12 | FREE – Hear the hits of classic rock band Journey in this unique concert of covers that traces the band’s transformations from a ragtag group in San Francisco to arena rock stardom. 7pm.
  • An Evening of Soul with Patti LaBelle & Gladys Knight at Smart Financial Centre | Saturday, November 12 – The Godmother of Soul, the legendary Patti Labelle, is not only bringing hits spanning her nearly six decade–long career to H-Town, she’s also bringing the Empress of Soul herself, Gladys Knight. $52.75 and up. 8pm.
  • Demetri Martin: I Feel Funny Tour at House of Blues | Saturday, November 12 – A longtime Comedy Central fixture that has hosted his own program, Important Things with Demetri Martin, as well as taking on roles as a contributor for The Daily Show and as Ice Bear in the animated cartoon We Bare Bears, the deadpan comedian takes to Downtown’s House of Blues for a night of his latest material. $49.50 and up. 8pm.
  • Children’s Festival: Under the Sea at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Saturday, November 12 & Sunday, November 13 – Enjoy a weekend of family fun that includes high-energy shows, hands-on activities, and adventures for all ages at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Don’t miss Octonauts Live!, a PJ Masks meet and greet, bounce house fun, and more. $10 per day; free for ages 2 and under. Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday noon to 5pm.
  • 2022 Butchers’ Ball at Rockin’ Star Ranch in Brenham | Saturday, November 12 & Sunday, November 13 – The fifth annual Butcher’s Ball brings a weekend of celebration that highlights 20 all-star Texas chef competitors. Saturday’s Farm-to-Table Dinner ($200) offers an evening on the ranch tasting a multi-course dinner crafted by a dozen featured chefs and culinary leaders with wine, beer and cocktail pairings, plus a sunset hayride tour, music and more. Then, on Sunday, the Butcher’s Ball kicks into gear with a day of competition where vistiors can sample tastings, enjoy demos and panel discussions, catch live music, shop a farmer’s market and more. Butcher’s Ball admission is $175; $20 for ages 2 to 12. Saturday 5pm to 9pm; Sunday noon to 6pm.

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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.