Plan Your Weekend: February 9 to 12, 2023

Exterior of Moody Center for the Arts with a crowd of people mingling
Moody Center for the Arts hosts its annual Spring Fling concert at Rice University | Courtesy of Moody Center for the Arts

Updated Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 9pm

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, February 9 to Sunday, February 12, 2023.

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Things to Do
All Weekend Long

  • Immersive Photo Experience at TFTI Houston | Daily – Snap your Valentine’s and other seasonal shots in more than 18 immersive room installations—including the Infinity Mirror, Upside Down, Love Letters, and Pillow Fight rooms. Timed entry tickets are $28; $23 for ages 12 and under. Times vary.
  • The Franchise Show at NRG Center | Friday & Saturday | FREE – If you’re in the market to consider purchasing a franchise, then this is the event for you. On back-to-back days, dozens of businesses will be present for face-to-face meetings where you can ask questions and decide if you’re down to open a franchise. 11am to 5pm.
  • Love is in the Air at Market Street | Friday & Saturday | FREE – Keep the Valentine’s festivities going all weekend in the Woodlands and head to Market Street’s Love Is in the Air for a long weekend filled with fun photo ops and live music. 6pm to 8pm.
  • The Murder of Madame Valentine: Dinner Theater at the Agatha Theater | Friday & Saturday – In Rosenberg, take in a dinner and a murder mystery show on Valentine’s weekend, complete with a four-course meal from Ol’ Railroad Cafe that you can enjoy while gathering clues to solve the murder of Madame Valentine. $30 and up. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Open Dance Project presents Peter & Wendy at MATCH | Friday & Saturday | Final Weekend – The music of Two Star Symphony blends with Open Dance Project’s signature artistry and athleticism in a whimsical, brand new take on the classic story of the “boy who never grew up.” $35. Times vary.
  • Acenar con Amor at the Original Ninfa’s in Uptown & on Navigation | Friday to Sunday – Celebrate el dia del amor at H-Town’s OG Ninfa’s at the original location on Navigation and in the Uptown dining destination, with Valentine’s-themed drinks and a special three-course Valentine’s menu curated by Chef Alex Padilla, featuring roasted oysters, petite filet, and chocolate mousse. $80 for two. Times vary.

Mardi Gras! Galveston
Friday to Sunday

Celebrate the opening of Galveston’s biggest event when Mardi Gras kicks off with bead throwing, elaborate parades, headlining concerts, parties and much more. Ongoing through Fat Tuesday, February 21.

$14.50 and up | Times vary

  • Mardi Gras! Galveston | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – More than 3 million beads will be thrown at Mardi Gras! Galveston—the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the U.S. Running through Fat Tuesday, the multi-day festival features 20+ elaborate parades, headliner performances, family events, and plenty of island style feasting opportunities. $14.50 and up; free for ages 12 and under. Times vary.
  • Catastrophic Theatre presents Eddie Goes to Poetry City at MATCH | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – Eddie imagines that Poetry City must be paradise. But when he gets there, he finds himself disoriented in a place that “melts language.” This production runs through Saturday, March 4. Tickets are pay-what-you-can; suggested price of $35. Showtimes vary.
  • Sesame Street Live! Make Your Music at NRG Arena | Friday to Sunday – Join your favorite Sesame Street friends on this magical adventure where Elmo teams up with friends Abby, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Rosita, and more to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • Houston Symphony presents Songs of the Earth Festival at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Hear the Symphony take on beautiful works in this performance of Mahler’s The Song of the Earth, a spellbinding fusion of ancient Chinese poetry and music. $29 and up. Times vary.
  • Permanent Collection at Main Street Theater | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – Who controls art? Who decides what should be seen? Those are just two of the questions raised in this play that finds an African American businessman, newly named head of a renowned art collection, at odds with the collection’s director of education over his proposal to change the collection by adding eight pieces of art. This production runs through Sunday, March 5. $44 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Super Bowl Weekend at J-Bar-M Barbecue & Beer Garden | Saturday & Sunday – The EaDo hotspot for smoked goodies is expanding its offerings and hours, with dine in and to go offers, plus the big game on 14 big screens inside and out. Enjoy a grazing board for 4-6 people with a pound of brisket, pork ribs, turkey, half-chicken and sausage with four sides and fries for $100. Or go a la carte for smoked jumbo wings, smoked brisket queso, and a trio of smoked meat sliders and more. Specials are available to go, as well as for dine in on the day before the game. Times vary.
  • Pizza Day & Super Bowl Weekend Specials at Monkey’s Tail | Daily – The Mexican American kitchen and dive bar in Northside will offer half-off all its pizzas starting on National Pizza Day on Thursday and through Sunday that weekend. Plus, you’ll also find crawfish specials on Super Bowl Sunday. Times and prices vary
  • Mighty Acorn Productions presents Almost, Maine at MATCH | Daily | Final Weekend – It’s winter in Almost, Maine, and the townspeople are falling in and out of love. The New York Times praised the play’s “shrewd writing” in these nine interlocking vignettes. $35. Showtimes vary.

Valentine’s Dinners, Date Night Events & More Destinations

February 9, 2023

Naseer Shamma
Wortham Center
Thursday, February 9

Iraqi artist Naseer Shamma performs a night of works that include pieces from his recent tour with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

$100 and up | 9pm

  • 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 explore events and shows spanning multiple days, or browse Houston Experiences to save on museum and brewery passes, tours, and more.

February 10, 2023

  • Andrea Bauer at the Woodlands Children’s Museum – The author will read from her picture book Tino Valentino: The Tale of a Puppy Dog With No Tail. Following the reading, she’ll sell and sign copies of her book. Program is included with general admission; $8 for ages 1 and up. 11am to 12:15pm.
  • Art at Noon: Olivia Ek at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston | FREE – Olivia Ek, the 2022-23 UH Curatorial Fellow at CAMH, leads a deep dive discussion on the exhibition, Diane Severin Nguyen: If Revolution Is A Sickness. Light lunch is also offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP encouraged. Noon to 1pm.
  • Opening Night at the Rink: Rolling at Discovery Green – Celebrate the opening of Discovery Green’s roller rink with music by Yung Chris the DJ, and featuring Daisies & Pancakes skate community and skate instructors showcasing their talents. The first 50 skaters in line skate for free. $12; includes skate rental. 5pm to 11pm.
  • Summoning Memories: Art Beyond Chinese Traditions Opening Reception at Asia Society Texas Center | FREE with RSVP – Join Asia Society for the opening reception of its latest exhibition, which features the work of more than 30 contemporary artists of Chinese descent that reinterpret traditions in dynamic and innovative ways. Free with RSVP. 5:30pm to 8pm.

The Rink
Discovery Green
Friday, February 10

Catch the opening night of Discovery Green’s spring event—The Rink, complete with DJ music, skate instructors and free admission to the first 50 in line.

$12 | 5pm to 11pm

Solido in Concert
Rise Rooftop
Friday, February 10

The Grammy-winning Tejano band, Solido, performs live with an opening set from Zenzio at the Midtown rooftop venue.

$20 and up | 9pm

  • 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 explore events and shows spanning multiple days, or browse Houston Experiences to save on museum and brewery passes, tours, and more.

Things to Do on Saturday, February 11 & Sunday, February 12, 2023.

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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.