The 15 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: January 27 to 29, 2023

A lion dance is performed in a crowd
Asia Society hosts its free, annual Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday | Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center

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, January 27 to Sunday, January 29, 2023.

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: January 27 to 29, 2023

  • Houston Auto & Boat Show at NRG Center | Daily – Two big annual H-Town events return to NRG in the same weekend, with five days of the latest and best vehicles available on land and sea. $15 in advance; $20 at the door; free for ages 4 and under. Times vary.
  • Cirque du Soleil presents Kooza at Sam Houston Race Park | Daily | Opening Weekend – Returning to Houston for the second time in 10 years, the thrilling circus arts of Cirque du Soleil excite under the big top in Northwest Houston, featuring acrobatics, daredevil performances, laughter and wonder. $49 and up. Times vary.
  • Drunk Shakespeare at the Emerald Theatre | Thursday, January 26 to Saturday, January 28 | Opening Weekend – Five professional actors assemble on stage to perform one of the great plays of Shakespeare with a catch—one actor downs five shots of whiskey prior to the performance and the other actors strive to keep the script on track. $39 and up. Times vary.
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Holocaust Museum Houston | Friday, January 27 | FREE – On the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, HMH welcomes visitors with free admission to explore the history of the Holocaust as well as the ongoing struggle for human rights around the globe. 10am to 5pm.
  • Intertwined, Wined & Dined at Houston Botanic Garden | Friday, January 27 – Enjoy an exclusive after hours sunset tour of the Houston Botanic Garden and its newest exhibition, Steve Tobin’s Intertwined: Exploring Nature’s Networks. Then, take a seat around the courtyard for an immersive 5-course pop-up dinner and wine pairing from Chef Thomas Stacy. $260. 5pm to 8:30pm.
Attendees sit on stage surrounded by bubbles
Hobby Center hosts two afternoon shows featuring millions and millions of bubbles | Photo courtesy of Performing Arts Houston
  • Houston, We Need a Title Opening Reception at Reeves Art & Design | Friday, January 27 | FREE – In Montrose, Reeves brings together the works of more than 25 Texas artists in a showcase that spans multiple styles and eclectic tastes. Take a moment in the week leading up to submit your title idea for the show and it just may be announced as the winner at the opening reception. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Honor by Suzanne Bocanegra & Lili Taylor at Moody Center for the Arts | Friday, January 27 | FREE – Houston artist Suzanne Bocanegra presents an original “artist talk” performed by film and television actor Lili Taylor, accompanied by vocalists from Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. 8pm to 9pm.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Gazillion Bubble Show at Jones Hall | Saturday, January 28 – The young and young-at-heart will be mesmerized by bubbles filling the air at this one-day only show that also features high-impact special effects, laser lighting, interactive performances and audience participation. $29 and up. 11am and 3pm.
  • 2023 Lunar New Year Festival at Asia Society Texas Center | Saturday, January 28 | FREE – Welcome in the Year of the Rabbit with cultural performances, arts and crafts activities and globally-inspired foods at Asia Society in the Museum District. While free to attend and enjoy the festival, performances from the Huaxing Arts Group Houston are ticketed and cost $10. 11am to 4pm.
  • ’80s Winter Prom Night at William Price Distilling | Saturday, January 28 – Grab your best polyester for a throwback prom night in Garden Oaks that features cocktails, photo ops and the crowning of the prom king and queen. $25; $40 for 2. 7pm to 11pm.
The Grave Digger monster truck skids in dirt
Monster Jam returns to NRG for back-to-back days this weekend | Courtesy of Monster Jame
  • Comedian Jo Koy at Toyota Center | Saturday, January 28 – One of today’s premiere stand-up acts, Jo Koy offers a uniquely relatable blend of comedy that pulls inspiration from his colorful family and delights audiences at sold-out arenas around the world. $59.50 and up. 8pm.
  • Galveston Museum Day in Galveston | Saturday, January 28 & Sunday, January 29 – Score tickets at discounted rates to nearly a dozen of Galveston Island’s museums, including the Railroad Museum, Moody Mansion, Bryan Museum, the Grand 1894 Opera House, and more. Prices and times vary.
  • Monster Jam at NRG Stadium | Saturday, January 28 & Sunday, January 29 – Marvel at the gravity-defying experience of monster trucks when Monster Jam arrives in Houston. Fan favorites like Grave Digger and others will take to the dirt course for freestyle, skills challenges and racing competitions across each of the scheduled events. $20 and up. Saturday 7pm; Sunday 3pm.
  • Lunar New Year Festival & Fried Rice Cook-Off at The Phoenix on Westheimer | Sunday, January 29 – Try a wide array of interpretations of fried rice, pulling from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, at this 6th annual cook-off in Montrose. Plus, try your hand at games to win a red envelope, enjoy face painting and money trees for the kiddos, a ping pong tournament, and more. $25 and up. Noon to 5pm.
  • Oneus in Concert at 713 Music Hall | Sunday, January 29 – On only their second time through the United States, the K-pop 5-piece hits up Post Houston’s 713 venue to perform songs from the 2022 release, Dopamine. $29 and up. 7:30pm.

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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.