Plan Your Weekend: February 16 to 19, 2023

An overhead view of Karbach Brewery with tables spread out
Karbach hosts its annual Rodeo Clown Roundup at the brewery on Sunday | Courtesy of Karbach Brewing

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, February 19, 2023.

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Things to Do
All Weekend Long

  • Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas in Downtown Beaumont | Daily – Downtown Beaumont hosts multiple days of Mardi Gras revelry, with parades and live concerts from Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Lil’ Keke, Uncle Kracker and more. Plus, try your hand at carnival games, hop on rides, and enjoy other family-friendly fun all weekend long. Single day tickets start at $10; $50 for a 4-day pass. Times vary.
  • Comedian Gary Owen at Houston Improv | Daily – The comedian, who most recently dropped his special #DoinWhatIDo, comes to Houston for back-to-back weekends of comedy. $90 and up. Times vary.
  • Mekong: SOUL at Asia Society Texas Center | Friday & Saturday – This multidisciplinary performance from Emmy Award–winning musician Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ and composer Jonathan Berger tells three powerful, multi-sensory stories about life on the Mekong River. Artists from Southeast Asia and Houston’s Apollo Chamber Players are featured. $29. 7pm.
  • The Whale Movie Screening at 14 Pews | Friday & Saturday – The Heights indie theater shows why Brendan Fraser was named a Best Actor nominee for his role in this dramatic film. $11. Times vary.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Geoffrey Asmus at Rudyard’s | Friday & Saturday – A regular at New York’s Comedy Cellar comes to Houston to share his newest material in a live set upstairs at Rudz. $20 and up. Times vary
  • 2023 Cactus Jack HCBU Classic at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday – Baseball teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities compete across three days and nine games. Festivities also include a free college fair on Saturday, plus a HBCU celebration ($100) and a gospel breakfast on Sunday ($25). $10 and up. Times vary
  • 112th Mardi Gras! Galveston | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – Galveston’s massive annual Mardi Gras celebration heads into its final weekend before capping off the multi-day festival on Fat Tuesday. Expect elaborate parades, beads on beads, headliner concert performances, family events and more. $14.50 and up; free for ages 12 and under. Times vary.
  • George Washington’s Tent at Bayou Bend Collections & Gardens | Saturday & Sunday – The Museum of the American Revolution brings a replica of Founding Father and first president George Washington’s tent to Houston, transforming the Diana Lawn into a Revolutionary War encampment. $10. 10am to 5pm. 
  • Valentine’s Market for Makers at Silver Street Studios | Saturday & Sunday – Independent artists and makers offer a selection of home decor, fashion, art, design and more. $8 and up. 11am to 4pm.
A festive Mardi Gras parade float passes through a crowd of revelers

Mardi Gras! Galveston
Friday to Sunday

Close out the final weekend of Galveston’s biggest event when Mardi Gras rolls on with bead throwing, elaborate parades, headlining concerts, parties and much more. Ends on Fat Tuesday, February 21.

$14.50 and up | Times vary

Ongoing Live Theater & Performing Arts in Houston

  • Paradise Blue at Ensemble Theatre | Daily | Ongoing – When gifted trumpeter Blue considers selling his jazz club in Detroit, the fates of many are thrown into question. This drama is infused with music, and explores the connections that make us human. $34 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Roe at Stages | Daily | Ongoing – An examination of the repercussions of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, this play by Lisa Loomer focuses on two women, Sarah Weddington, who argued the case before the Supreme Court; and Norma McCorvey, a/k/a “Jane Roe.” $30 and up. Times vary.
  • A.D. Players presents Every Brilliant Thing at the George Theater | Daily | Final Weekend – When he was seven years old, the mother of this play’s protagonist attempted suicide, prompting him to make a list of everything worth living for. An examination of mental illness, love, and the power of joy and forgiveness, it’s a show that offers hope to all. $36 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • A Number at Rec Room Arts | Thursday to Saturday | Ongoing – This psychological thriller explores parenthood, genetic experiments, and the debate over nature and nurture. Find out why this “devastating drama” (Time Out London) has “the power to provoke.” (The Guardian). $40; $30 for ages 30 and under. 7:30pm.
  • From Africa to the White House & The Storm Is Here at Midtown Arts Center | Friday to Sunday | Opening Weekend – Two original works by playwright Vincent Victoria form a double bill in Midtown, presenting From Africa to the White House, a collage of nearly forgotten African American men and women of the past; and The Storm is Here, which recounts the intertwining lives of two people during the insurrection of January 6, 2021. $25. 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.
  • 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.
  • Stages presents cullud wattah at the Gordy | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – This multi-generational saga unfolds against the backdrop of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The New York Times called it “haunting and eye-opening.” It follows a family’s quest for justice, going up against powerful entities, and how that quest could be its undoing. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • On The Verge Theatre presents Red Speedo at Gigglin’ Marlin Dive & Swim | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – This provocative comedy drama explores swimming and the American Dream of a level playing field and is performed around an indoor pool in Museum Park. $30 and up. Times vary

Mardi Gras, Get Rodeo Ready & More Destinations

February 16, 2023

Salsa Night
Post Houston
Thursday, February 16

Love Dance HTX hosts this evening of hot music and great moves. All dance levels are welcome to take part in lessons, social dancing and tasty treats.

FREE with RSVP | 7:30pm to 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 17, 2023

Costumed performers in skeleton suits dance with a main performer at a circus

Cirque du Soleil: Kooza
Sam Houston Race Park
Friday, February 17

Continuing its winter run, 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 | 4pm to 7:30pm

Bike Ride to Cidercade
3rd Ward Tours
Friday, February 17

This evening offers a slow cruise from 3rd Ward Tours to Cidercade in EaDo, where you can enjoy food, cider and a wide array of arcade games.

$21 and up | 7pm to 10pm

  • 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 18 & Sunday, February 19, 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'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.