The 15 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: April 14 to 16, 2023

A bustling, sunny scene with people walking along streets past art cars and Downtown Houston in the background
The 39th Art Car Parade gets rolling on Saturday with a pre-parade party from 9am to 11am | Courtesy of the Orange Show

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, April 14 to Sunday, April 16, 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: April 14 to 16, 2023

  • Tall Ships Galveston Festival at Galveston Historic Seaport | Daily – Serving as one of three Gulf Coast ports, this annual festival brings a fleet of tall ships traveling across the Gulf of Mexico, offering a chance to see these historic vessels and enjoy numerous events, plus sail-away excursions, music, food and family-friendly fun. Festival admission is $15; $10 for ages 7 to 12; free for ages 6 and under. Admission that includes boarding of boats is $25; $15 for ages 7 to 12; free for ages 6 and under. 10am to 6pm.
  • Black Restaurant Weeks at Multiple Locations | Daily | Final Weekend – The 8th annual culinary showcase at nearly 150 participating Black-owned restaurants, food trucks and eateries comes to a close with your final chance to sample menu offerings at can’t-miss price points. Menu prices and hours vary.
  • The Legendary Art Car Ball at the Orange Show World Headquarters | Friday, April 14 – The annual Orange Show celebration kicks off another year of wild partying ahead of the annual art car parade. Expect live music from Boyfriend and Caleb de Casper, as well as interactive and performance art, food and drink, extravagant costumes, and hundreds of illuminated and fire-breathing art cars. 18+ only. $40 and up. 6pm.
  • Ballet Folklórico Los Angelitos at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, April 14 | FREE – For twenty years, the dance company founded in Mexico has brought Mexican culture and history to life with a repertoire of dance, colorful costumes and lively traditional music from Colombia and Mexican states like Veracruz, Jalisco, Michoacan, Yucatan and others. Now, they’ll step up to the Miller stage for a night of cultural appreciation. 8pm.
  • Comedian Pete Holmes at Houston Improv | Friday, April 14 & Saturday, April 15 – Actor, writer, comedian and podcast host of You Made It Weird, Pete Holmes heads to the Spring Branch laugh house for back-to-back nights of his latest material in a show entitled Where Were We. $60 for 2, and up. Times vary.
The Pride of Baltimore II makes a strong showing at Tall Ships Galveston Festival | Photo courtesy of Galveston Historical Foundation
  • The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival in Town Green Park | Friday, April 14 to Sunday, April 16 – A certain marker that spring has arrived, the 18th Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival brings more than 200 accomplished artists out to the Waterway shores and surroundings with live music, entertainment, and food and drink. $11 on Friday; $16 on Saturday and Sunday; free for ages 12 and under. Times vary.
  • 713 Pils-a-palooza at Eureka Heights Brewing Co. | Friday, April 14 to Sunday, April 16 –The brewery releases its 713 Pilsner in this weekend of events that includes a concert from Holy Hell, Doomsday Wrestling on Saturday, and stand-up comedy. No cover Friday and Sunday; $15 on Saturday. Times vary.
  • 30th Annual Tour de Braz Bike Ride in Alvin | Saturday, April 15 – Alvin Community College is the starting point for a beautiful ride through the Brazoria area countryside along 34-, 50-, 65-, and 100-mile routes with a post-race beer garden, music, and free food after. Registration starts at $40 per person. 7am to 5pm.
  • Houston Roughnecks vs. Vegas Vipers at TDECU Stadium | Saturday, April 15 – After a strong showing to the season, the Roughnecks play their final home game ahead of the playoffs. $10 and up. 11:30am.
  • Fright Night Halloween Fest & Market 1.5 at Bad Astronaut Brewing Co. | Saturday, April 15 – Wear a costume and celebrate the halfway point to Halloween with over 50 local vendors, unusual performances, craft beer, live music from Holy Hell, and more. $10 and up; free for ages 10 and under. 1pm to 9pm.
A large music stage with orange banners and crowds in cowboy hats
Spoon headlines the Love Street Music Fest on Saturday | Courtesy of Karbach Brewing
  • 36th Annual Houston Art Car Parade on Allen Parkway | Saturday, April 15 | FREE – One of Houston’s most beloved events—and the largest celebration of its kind in the world with over 250 cars—gets rolling on Allen Parkway for its 36th edition. Come early from 9am to 11am to see the cars lineup and enjoy a mini music festival with food trucks and beverages. Parade begins at 2pm.
  • Puranava Indian Art & Culture Fest at Pearland Town Center | Saturday, April 15 | FREE – Celebrate Indian culture with an afternoon of arts performances, art exhibits, hands-on activities, a bazaar with food and local vendors, plus youth competitions in chess, art, trivia and more. 4pm to 8pm.
  • Love Street Music Fest at Karbach Brewing | Saturday, April 15 – The Spring Branch brewery returns with another year of its annual music festival, featuring the Grammy-nominated rockers Spoon, Jukebox the Ghost, and Mind Shrine. $40 and up. 5pm to 10pm.
  • Noche de Selena at Axelrad Beer Garden | Saturday, April 15 | FREE – Celebrate the contributions of Selena at the neon garden in Third Ward, which hosts a night of live music and Selena videos all evening. Vanita Leo, Chapy Moon and Rosez perform. 21+ only. 8pm.
  • Taste of the Nation at the Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park | Sunday, April 16 – With 100% of event proceeds benefiting the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in Texas and across the U.S., Houston’s Taste of the Nation returns for 2023, featuring dozens of the city’s top culinary talents—including Ryan Pera, Bobby Mattos, Alba Huerta, Leonard Botello IV, Evelyn Garcia, Rebecca Masson, and more. Guests can expect an afternoon of unlimited bites, curated drinks and entertainment to the backdrop of the city skyline. $95; $35 for youth admission; $115 for early admission at noon. 1pm to 4pm.

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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.