Plan Your Weekend: January 19 to 22, 2023

Lighted frames on the Discovery Green walkways as part of the Solstice installation
Discovery Green hosts a Lunar New Year celebration at the "Solstice" installation | Courtesy of Discovery Green

Updated Friday, January 13, 2023 at 4:45pm

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, January 22, 2023.

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Things to Do
All Weekend Long

Otaku LNY Food Festival
at Karbach Brewing
Saturday & Sunday

More than 50 vendors will set up for two days at the Spring Branch brewery, offering up all manner of goods and gourmet foods, along with lion dances, anime cosplay and artists, a limited car show, and more.

No Cover | Noon to 10pm (Sunday 7pm)

  • Houston Symphony presents Riots & Scandals Festival at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – The conclusion of this two-week festival offers concerts featuring beloved masterpieces, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto feature. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • The Garden Theatre presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at MATCH | Friday to Sunday | Opening Weekend – Shakespeare’s love quadrangle explores four misguided lovers who journey into the forest, only to have their fates in the hands of the fairies who dwell there. This production runs through Sunday, January 29. $20 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Cambodian Rock Band at Alley Theatre | Friday to Sunday | Opening Weekend – In this play that blends storytelling with music, we follow a Khmer Rouge survivor who travels back to Cambodia for the first time in decades, as his daughter is about to prosecute an infamous war criminal. Pulsing with music from Dengue Fever and Cambodian oldies, it takes audiences on a journey to a dark time in history to explore the triumph of the human spirit. Please note: this play contains violence, language, and descriptions and depictions of genocide. This production runs through Sunday, February 12. $26 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Stages presents Roe at the Gordy | Friday to Sunday | Opening Weekend – When Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the United States in 1973, the country’s landscape changed dramatically, pitting those on both sides in a multi-generational battle. This play by Lisa Loomer explores the decision’s repercussions, focusing on two Texas women; Sarah Weddington, who argued the case before the Supreme Court; and Norma McCorvey, a/k/a “Jane Roe”. This productions runs through Sunday, March 5. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Trading Card Game Con at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday & Sunday – Trading Card Game Con (TCG-CON) is a convention bringing together fans and collectors of trading cards, with more than 100 vendors selling sports cards, Pokémon, Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, card accessories, and more. Single day tickets start at $25. Saturday 8am to 8pm; Sunday 8am to 6pm.
  • The Winter Bridal Extravaganza at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday & Sunday – Brides and grooms can explore all manner of wedding needs at this expo. Expect vendors, caterers, decor, floral, wedding dresses, and everything else to create the perfect wedding. $1.99 single-day admission; $49 VIP. Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm.
  • Otaku Lunar New Year Food Festival at Karbach Brewing Co. | Saturday & Sunday | FREE – More than 50 vendors will set up for two days at the Spring Branch brewery, offering up all manner of goods and gourmet foods, along with lion dances, anime cosplay and artists, a limited car show, and more. Saturday noon to 10pm; Sunday noon to 7pm.

Lunar New Year, Dry January & More Destinations

THURSDAY
January 19, 2023

Cosmic Rays Film Festival
at Aurora Picture Show
Thursday, January 19

Aurora in Lower Kirby hosts an evening of short films selected for the Cosmic Rays Film Festival, which considers the ways our visual world is structured through history, technology and the senses.

$10 | 7:30pm

  • More Great Things to Do All Weekend Long – Some of the biggest things to do are happening all weekend long. Scroll up and see our list, or browse Houston Experiences to save on museum passes, tours, and more.

FRIDAY
January 20, 2023

  • Slow Flow at Levy Park | FREE – Begin your day with this all-levels yoga class near Greenway Plaza. Bring your mat, some water and you are good to go. 8am.
  • Cup of Joey at the Ion | FREE – Entrepreneurs, researchers and other like-minded professionals are welcome at this meet up that fosters networking and other opportunities. It’s also a chance to learn about one of Houston’s most energetic incubator and co-working spaces. Registration requested. 10am to 11:30am.
  • Project Blue: Love, Celebrated at Bisong Gallery | FREE The gallery just north of Downtown hosts the opening of this exhibition of contemporary works by Courtney Minor. 5pm to 7pm.
  • Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception at Blaffer Art Museum | FREE The University of Houston art gallery hosts an opening reception for new exhibitions by Leslie Martinez and Jacolby Satterwhite. At 7pm, artist Christopher Paul will present a live performance of his work, Transmigration Through the Void to No Place. 6pm to 8pm.

Winter Exhibitions
at Blaffer Art Museum
Friday, January 20

The University of Houston art gallery hosts an opening reception for new exhibitions by Leslie Martinez and Jacolby Satterwhite. At 7pm, artist Christopher Paul will present a live performance of his work, Transmigration Through the Void to No Place.

FREE | 6pm to 8pm

Night Drive in Concert
at White Oak Music Hall
Friday, January 20

Vibe to music from Brandy, Boys 2 Men, Monica and more at this ’90s R&B party at House of Blues.

$25 and up | 9pm to 2am

  • More Great Things to Do All Weekend Long – Some of the biggest things to do in Houston are happening all weekend long. Scroll up to see our list, or browse Houston Experiences to save on museum passes, tours, and more.

Things to Do on Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22, 2023.

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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 Eater.com'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.

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