The 15 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: April 21 to 23, 2023

An artist installation view of a basketball court wedged diagonally in a museum space
CAMH Court joins forces with Houston Rockets for an afternoon of kids' clinics | Photo: Peter Molick; courtesy of CAMH

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 21 to Sunday, April 23, 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 21 to 23, 2023

  • 21st Annual FeatherFest Birding & Nature Photography Festival in Galveston | Thursday, April 20 to Sunday, April 23 – For amateur and seasoned birding enthusiasts alike, this multi-day event leads birders through various coastal communities to see native and migratory birds throughout the Galveston region. Saturday and Sunday also include a series of kid-friendly activities throughout the Island (times and prices vary; some free). Registration is $25; activities are a separate cost. Times vary.
  • The Philly Soul Sound at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, April 21 | FREE – An annual favorite concert, Miller welcomes again Community Music Center of Houston for their Philly Soul session during Miller’s centennial season. Hear classic soul sounds of the O’Jays, the Spinners, Teddy Pendergrass, and others. 8:15pm.
  • The Derailers, with The Broken Spokes in Concert at Dan Electro’s | Friday, April 21 | No Cover – The Heights guitar bar welcomes Texas county music outfits the Derailers and the Broken Spokes for a two-part concert in the laid-back digs of Dan Electro’s. 8:45pm.
  • Midtown Art in the Park at Baldwin Park | Friday, April 21 & Saturday, April 22 | FREE – Stop by Midtown Houston for back-to-back days of art celebration at this family-friendly event with local vendors, performers, and limited ArtJam activities where you’ll craft and take home Astros wreaths, a Mother’s Day piñata, and more. Friday 5pm to 10pm; Saturday 10am to 4pm.
  • Taylor Swift in Concert at NRG Stadium | Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23 – Spend the weekend with the 11-time Grammy winner and best-selling pop icon, Taylor Swift. Tickets are sold out, but you may find hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 6:30pm.
An outdoor festival of people strolling by stalls with the Downtown skyline in the background
Shuck and slurp on tasty chef creations using the humble oyster at the Houston Oyster Festival | Courtesy of Houston Oyster Festival
  • Houston Rockets CAMH Court Takeover at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston | Saturday, April 22 | FREE – The playable basketball court designed by Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock gets taken over by the Rockets for a two-part clinic, open to ages 8 to 12. Swing by from 11am to 1pm for a dance clinic with Clutch City Dancers, followed by a basketball clinic from 1:30pm to 3:30pm that focuses on agility, shooting, dribbling and footwork. Registration required. 11am to 3:30pm.
  • 2023 Houston Oyster Festival at the Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park | Saturday, April 22 – The Galveston Bay Foundation hosts this annual event, featuring more than 15 Houston restaurants, each offering up dishes where the oyster is the star. There’s also music, cocktails, exhibits and more. $35 and up. 11:30am to 2:30pm.
  • Earth Day Celebration & Water Works Festival at Discovery Green | Saturday, April 22 | FREE – One of Discovery Green’s signature events, the annual family-friendly festival returns with a full afternoon of interactive exhibits and educational experiences, plus live music, art installations, face painting, crafts and activities. Noon to 5pm.
  • Earth Day Celebration with Artist Bennie Flores Ansell at Moody Center for the Arts | Saturday, April 22 | FREE – This novel celebration of Earth Day begins with a procession to the Friedman Holistic Garden where migration stories, which have been contributed as part of artist Flores Ansell’s Swarm Migration installation, will be composted (participants are welcome to return in September to collect a plant grown from their story). Then, enjoy freshly squeezed calamansi juice and take in a special tinikling performance that highlights the Filipino diaspora. 1pm to 4pm.
  • Lucille’s Prince Week at the Eldorado Ballroom | Saturday, April 22 | Some FREE – The Southern dining destination Lucille’s returns with this 7th annual event, held at the historic Eldorado Ballroom in Third Ward. From 1pm to 6pm, shop a community market while celebrating the iconic Prince with special cocktails, local food trucks and more (no tickets required). Then, from 8pm to midnight, take in a tribute concert of Prince hits, and an afterparty with DJ Flash Gordon Parks in the legendary ballroom. Free for the day events; $35 and up for the after-party. 1pm to midnight.
A silhouette of a concertgoer with a green-lit stage in the background
The Shrek Rave comes to House of Blues this weekend | Courtesy of Shrek Rave
  • Pub Crawl in East Downtown | Saturday, April 22 | No Cover –St. Arnold Brewing Company hosts this event, featuring stops at the Truck Yard, Rodeo Goat and more. Make your way to the final stop, Pitch 25, for prizes and takehome giveaways. 2pm to 6pm.
  • Book Arts of Houston Opening Reception at the Printing Museum | Saturday, April 22 | FREE –Welcome the return of the Printing Museum at their new Midtown location with this opening reception that showcases Houston artists working in the book arts medium, with additional selections from CAMH and MFAH. 4pm to 6pm.
  • Shrek Rave at House of Blues | Saturday, April 22 – Find the Donkey in your life and venture to Downtown for a beyond-cool night of costumed fun, live DJs and a celebration of a beloved swamp ogre. $23 and up. 9pm.
  • Earth Sun Day at Post Houston | Sunday, April 23 | FREE – Celebrating Earth Day, the Downtown hotspot hosts an all-day festival with a vintage market, BMX stunt performers, and a vibrant artist installation that comes alive at night to cap off the festivities. Noon to 10pm.
  • Houston LatinFest at Crown Festival Park | Sunday, April 23 – Moving from its usual location in Downtown to Sugar Land, this annual music and culture festival is a family-friendly gathering with live Latin music along with local vendors and delicious Latin foods. $12 and up; free for ages 12 and under. 1pm to 10pm.

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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.