Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston: January 9 to 15, 2023

Mezclada Dance Company unveils their new performance at MATCH on Thursday & Friday | Courtesy of Mezclada Dance Company

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, January 9 to Sunday, January 15, 2023.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our 15 picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Scroll below to find great things happening in Houston from Monday, January 9 to Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Galveston Restaurant Weeks in Galveston | Monday, January 9 | Ongoing – Happening throughout the month of January and until Sunday, February 5, the annual Galveston Restaurant Weeks offers diners a chance to try top dishes from dozens of the Island’s best eateries on prix-fixe breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus at very pocketbook-friendly prices. Two- or three-course dinners range from $20 to $60; two-course lunches from $10 to $30; and brunches from $10 to $40. Prices, times and locations vary.
  • ROCO presents Beer and Brass at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. | Wednesday, January 11 – The annual brewery event returns with musicians offering a host of great brass ensemble playing while you sip craft brews. Grab a VIP pass and take home a ROCO souvenir glass. $50 and up; $15 for ages 12 and under. 6:30pm.
  • NCT 127 in Concert at Toyota Center | Wednesday, January 11 – The K-Pop phenomenon debuts at Downtown’s Toyota Center while touring the globe on their latest, chart-topping album, 2 Baddies. $59 and up. 8pm.
  • Winter Sound Series: Nick Gaitan at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston | Thursday, January 12 | FREE – Co-founder of Tejas Got Soul, storied renaissance man and Houston-native Nick Gaitan will take you on a journey through decades of Chicano music. Umbrella Fellas will also be on hand, slanging their signature burgers and dogs throughout the night. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Candlelight Flamenco: The Passion of Spain at Lone Star Flight Museum | Thursday, January 12 – Take in the sounds and sights of Spanish flamenco dancers and musicians by candlelight among the vast hangar of planes at LSFM. $45 and up. 7pm and 9:15pm.
  • Harry Potter Trivia & Inspired Drinks & Menu at King’s BierHaus | Thursday, January 12 | No Cover – The German-inspired Heights beer garden hosts a trivia night with themed food and drinks, decor, prizes and costumes for fans of the Harry Potter universe. Teams are allowed eight members max. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Mezclada Dance Company presents All of the Above at MATCH | Thursday, January 12 & Friday, January 13 – Take in a new dance work from Mezclada Dance Company, which features a range of dance techniques from breakdancing and contemporary to salsa, hip-hop and more, all set to tunes that include funk and Latin jazz, salsa and classical melodies. $25. 7:30pm.
  • Sketch ‘Em All: A Pokemon Art Show at Hardy & Nance Studios | Friday, January 13 | FREE – Houston artists pay homage to the expansive kingdom of Pokemon in the return of this art series at Hardy & Nance, after a pandemic hiatus. Kids and dogs are welcome at this event that also will be serving Eureka Heights brews, wine and cocktails. 7pm to 11pm.
  • Comedian Jay Pharaoh at Houston Improv | Friday, January 13 to Sunday, January 15 – Known for his hilarious impressions and six-season run as cast member on Saturday Night Live, Jay Pharoah works the room for five shows across this weekend. Tickets are sold by the table; $60 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • William Shatner & Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at Smart Financial Centre | Saturday, January 14 – Captain Kirk himself will be in attendance for a screening of the 1982 classic, Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan, followed by a discussion of the film and his career, and then audience questions. $42.75 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Half Marathon in Downtown Houston | Sunday, January 15 – Now in its 51st year, Houston’s signature run event lines up registered runners for a meandering course that takes them through the city’s districts like Montrose, Medical Center, the Galleria, Memorial Park and back again to finish at Avenida de las Americas. While it’s too late to lace ’em up if you missed registration, you can still celebrate thousands of runners across the city along the marathon course. 7am to 2:30pm.
  • 70th Annual Charity Cat Show at Hilton Houston North | Saturday, January 14 & Sunday, January 15 – Feline fanatics rejoice at the Houston Cat Club’s 70th Annual Charity Cat Show, where cats abound are judged on their smarts and agility throughout the two-day show. Make sure to check out the cat costume contests, shop vendors at the Meow Mall, and stop by cat rescue groups if you’re in search of your own feline friend. $15; $10 for ages 5 to 12; free for ages 4 and under. Saturday 9am to 5pm; Sunday 9am to 4pm.
  • Hop Topic World’s Annual Chili Cook-Off at Equal Parts Brewing | Sunday, January 15 –Taste through chilis and enjoy Equal Parts craft beers at this annual chili cook-off, held in Second Ward off Harrisburg. General admission includes unlimited chili samples, a swag bag for early bird tickets, and a token for voting. $18. Noon; judging begins at 2pm.
  • 6th Annual Family Fun Day at MATCH | Sunday, January 15 | FREE – Back again after a two-year hiatus, the free annual tradition returns with an afternoon of kid-friendly performances and opportunities to explore the arts as a family. In addition to arts performances, kiddos will have the chance to have their face painted, hop into bounce houses, and enjoy balloon artists, stilt walkers and more, all afternoon long. 1pm to 5pm.
  • 2023 Annual MLK Birthday Observance at Rothko Chapel | Sunday, January 15 – Inspired by the MFAH’s current exhibition Gordon Parks: Stokely Carmichael and Black Power, panelists share their work and perspectives on how photographers and journalists shape narratives around social justice movements and leaders. Pay-what-you-can; suggested donation is $5 to $20. 3pm.

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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.