The 15 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: February 17 to 19, 2023

A bustling market with shoppers talking to vendors and people passing through
M-K-T hosts a Self Care Sunday Market in the Heights | Courtesy of M-K-T

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, February 17 to Sunday, February 19, 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: February 17 to 19, 2023

  • Eat Drink HTX at Multiple Locations | Daily | Ongoing – Sister event to Houston Restaurant Weeks, the food fundraiser Eat Drink HTX returns for its second year. The two-week dining event focuses on the casual restaurant category, with lower price point sets for prix fixe brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, allowing more casual and fast-casual eateries the opportunity to participate. Benefitting the Houston Food Bank and Children at Risk, this year’s roster of participants includes favorites like Craft Burger, Craft Pita, Da Gama Canteen, Daily Gather, Dak and Bop, La Calle Tacos, and more. Brunches and lunches are $15; dinners range from $20 to $25. Prices and times vary.
  • Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films Screening at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston | Friday, February 17 – This annual screening features all of the animated shorts nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. Grab your seat and then tune into the awards show next month to see if your favorites win. $9. 7pm to 9pm.
  • LetsDoThisHouston: Date Night to Cidercade Houston | 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; bike rentals available. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Mekong: SOUL at Asia Society Texas Center | Friday, February 17 & Saturday, February 18 – 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.
  • 112th Mardi Gras! Galveston | Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 19 | 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.
Apollo Chamber Players and Vanessa Vo perform on stage
Apollo Chamber Players and Vanessa Vo join for a two-night concert at Asia Society Texas | Photo: Ben Doyle; courtesy of Asia Society Texas
  • 21st Annual Rockets Run at the Toyota Center | Saturday, February 18 – Join in a 5K run, 2 mile walk, or a Kids 1K (12 and under) and finish up as you cross the actual center court inside Toyota Center. Each registration gets one Rockets home game ticket, a t-shirt, and admission to the post race party at Root Memorial Park across from the stadium. $45. 7am to 10:30am.
  • Mardi Gras on Main in La Porte | Saturday, February 18 | FREE – Rolling into another year in downtown La Porte, Mardi Gras on Main promises an evening of fun, revelry and New Orleans–style flair—complete with roaming performers like stilt walkers, jugglers and more. Shop markets, catch a live performance by Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws, enjoy the annual Second Line parade and more festivities. 4pm to 9pm.
  • ROCO presents Friends at Rice University’s Brockman Hall for Opera | Saturday, February 18 – The chamber orchestra presents this concert focusing on the theme of friendship, which includes the premiere of Upon Daybreak, inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem “A Brave and Startling Truth.” Pay-what-you-can; suggested price of $35. 5pm. 
  • Mom Prom at Post Houston | Saturday, February 18 – More than 300 women are taking over for a good cause as Houston Angels presents Mom Prom, a ladies’ night where women ages 21 and older can get dressed up, dance, drink, eat, and mingle the night away. $150; $250 for VIP. 7pm. 
  • Houston Roughnecks XFL Opening Day at TDECU Stadium | Saturday, February 18 – Kick-off the return of the XFL when Houston Roughnecks take on the Orlando Guardians. Coach Wade Phillips will lead the Roughnecks, who were one of the league’s best teams before the pandemic halted XFL play. $24 and up. 7:30pm.
A close shot of a player in Houston Roughnecks uniform
Houston Roughnecks return to the gridiron with a season opener this weekend | Courtesy of Houston Roughnecks
  • Soul Food Sunday Brunch at Grooves of Houston | Sunday, February 19 – Grub on an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet while grooving to live music at the Third Ward hot spot. $39.99; $29.99 for ages 65+; $19.99 for ages 11 and under. 11am to 4pm.
  • Self Care Sunday Funday at M-K-T | Sunday, February 19 | FREE – It’s a Self Care Sunday for the whole family at M-K-T in the Heights where you’ll be able to indulge in interactive wellness activities, local vendor pop-ups, a live DJ, food and beer samples, and more. Noon to 4pm.
  • Houston Cougars vs. Memphis Tigers at Fertitta Center | Sunday, February 19 – In one of the No. 2 Coogs’ final home games of the season before March Madness kicks off, they’ll face a difficult challenge in the Memphis Tigers. $15 and up, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s online resale market. 2pm.
  • Rodeo Clown Roundup 2023 at Karbach Brewing Company | Sunday, February 19 – Join the crowds at Karbach for a rodeo kickoff at the biergarten, with music from Shane Smith & the Saints, the Steeldrivers and Zac Wilkerson. Enjoy plenty of tasty brews and on-site eats. $30 in advance. 4pm to 9pm.
  • Houston Rodeo Roundup & Best Bites Competition at NRG Center | Sunday, February 19 – Before the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo takes over town, the Roundup & Best Bites Competition brings foodies and wine enthusiasts together for one of the largest gourmet food events in the world. Over 450 award-winning wines and more than 100 signature dishes will be on display, plus guests can chat with chefs and winery representatives while helping decide who takes home the People’s Choice Award. Tickets start at $165 for individuals, with tables available. 6:30pm.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins always keeps an eye out for what's ahead on Houston's horizon while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston. When he's not passing along the latest events, destinations and hidden treasures in H-Town, he loves diving into the city's food scene, shopping local and learning about Houston's rich history.