Plan Your Weekend: July 13 to 16, 2023

A night market with crowds of people moving past stalls
Check out a bustling market at Flea by Night in Discovery Green | Courtesy of Discovery Green

Updated Thursday, July 13 at 3:30pm

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, July 13 to Sunday, July 16, 2023.

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Things to Do
All Weekend Long

  • Texas New Music Festival at MATCH | Daily | Some FREE – This summer fest offers a week of world-class performances and lectures while providing career building opportunities for international musical artists across the Houston community. Enjoy concerts (including a free one on Wednesday), and a guest lecture on Saturday with Carlos Chavez, Mexico’s first international composer. $20 for individual concerts; $50 for a festival pass. Some events are free. Times vary.
  • Latin Restaurant Weeks at Multiple Location | Daily | Ongoing – This two-week dining event (running through Friday, July 21) sees dozens of participating restaurants across the city showcasing dishes in prix-fixe menus from a variety of cuisines, including Colombian, Ecuadorian, Mexican and across the Central and South America diaspora. Prices and times vary.
  • Candle Making Classes at B. Elevated Candle Bar | Daily – Browse a bouquet of luxury candles from the store shelves at this recent CityCentre addition, or book one of B. Elevated’s hands-on workshops where you and friends can select from among 40+ signature scents and craft a candle suited to your own taste and style. Classes are available on the hour; $35 for a 6oz. candle in a tin vessel; $50 for a 12oz. candle in a glass vessel. Times vary.
  • Comedian DeRay Davis at Houston Improv | Daily – The actor and comedian known for roles on Snowfall and The Boondocks comes to H-Town for a weekend of his latest set, Too Much?! $80 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • Summer Literary Fest at University of St. Thomas | Thursday to Saturday | FREE – Authors and scholars discuss their work across a wide variety of subject matter—from the importance of children’s literature to works of mercy—with each evening offering an opportunity to hear from a different writer. The festival runs through Tuesday, July 18. Registration is requested. 7:15pm to 8:45pm.
  • TUTS: A Celebration of Houston Stories & Songs at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday to Saturday | FREE – Theatre Under the Stars celebrates 55 years and Miller’s centennial with five nights of performances from celebrated Houston stars taking on iconic songs from TUTS’ history of Broadway productions and more. Arrive early for Friday and Saturday’s performance at 6:30pm for a celebration of Miller Outdoor with puppet shows, magicians and a larger-than-life birthday cake photo opportunity. 8:30pm.
  • Loco for Coconut Party at Truck Yard Houston | Friday & Saturday | No Cover – Wear your tropical best, and head to EaDo for this tropical party featuring luau drinks, hula dancers and, of course, coconuts. Friday 5pm to 2am; Saturday noon to 2am.

TUTS: Celebration of Houston
Miller Outdoor Theatre
Thursday to Saturday

Theatre Under the Stars celebrates 55 years and Miller’s centennial with five nights of performances from celebrated Houston stars taking on iconic songs from TUTS’ history of Broadway productions and more.

FREE | 8:30pm

  • Celebrate Miller: An Evening Of Imagination! at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday & Saturday | FREE – Bring the family for an evening of imagination and performance with interactive puppet shows, magicians, a collaborative mural and more—including photo ops with a larger-than-life birthday cake. Plus, stick around on both nights for a special Theatre Under the Stars program celebrating Houston with the iconic sounds of Broadway. 6:30pm; TUTS concert starts at 8:30pm.
  • Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert at Hobby Center | Friday & Saturday – The movie that opens the saga of the boy wizard and his Hogwarts adventures screens as the Houston Symphony plays the stirring score by John Williams live. $59 and up. Friday 7:30pm; Saturday 2:30pm and 7:30pm.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Mike Cannon at Rudyard’s Pub | Friday & Saturday – After recently dropping two specials in 2022, White Privilege Homeless and Mike Cannon’s Huge Mistake (a crowd work special on edibles), the New York-based comedian and actor performs two nights at Rudyard’s upstairs stage. $17 and up. Times vary.
  • Sugar Land Space Cowboys vs. El Paso Chihuahuas at Constellation Field | Friday to Sunday – A brief three-game series against El Paso brings a weekend of giveaways, including a Jeremy Peña World Series ring on Friday, a Space Cowboy Aloha Shirt on Saturday, and a Kids Day celebration to close it out on Sunday. $12 and up. Times vary.
  • Bridal Extravaganza Show at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday & Sunday – This massive wedding planning expo features vendors, cakes, gowns, a Las Vegas gaming area with chances to win prizes, and much more to plan your upcoming nuptials from top to bottom. $7.99 and up; VIP packages and perks available. Save $3 on admission when you use promo code 365HOT at checkout. Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Ongoing Live Theater & Performing Arts in Houston

Breakfast Tacos, Pool Passes & Other Destinations

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  • Things to Do in Houston When It’s Too Hot | Daily – Summer has firmly arrived in Houston, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it. Check out our guide to more than 150 things to do and places to go when the temps top out in H-Town.
  • Things to Do this Summer for Kids & Families in Houston | Daily – Enjoy the latest museum exhibits, head out on an outdoor adventure, make a splash, and savor much more that will make this summer one to remember with our guide to keep families entertained and cool this summer.
  • Snow Cone Shops in Greater Houston | Daily Chill out with a shaved ice treat from our 20+ picks for the coolest snow cone shops in Greater Houston this summer.
  • Day Passes for Pools in Greater Houston | Daily – Pool weather is officially here and we have 10+ of the best hotel pools where you can spend a day making a splash.

THURSDAY
July 13, 2023

  • Summer Reading with Benjamin Alire Sáenz at Carnegie Neighborhood Library | FREE – The award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe visits the Northside library to talk about his work, which spans genres in adult, teen and children’s books, as well as poetry. Registration required. 10:30am to 12:30pm.
  • Master Gardener Lecture Series at Mancuso Neighborhood Library | FREE – This program by the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension allows you to pick up tricks and tips to help your home garden look its best. This installment of the summer series focuses on rainwater harvesting. 11am.
  • Lunch & Learn: Why Birds Migrate at the Water Works | FREE – The Buffalo Bayou Partnership hosts this session that will help you learn about birds in your neighborhood, their migratory patterns and why they are essential to our ecosystem. Bring your own lunch or grab a bite at your expense from a visiting food truck. Noon to 1pm.
  • 713 Day Market at 8th Wonder Brewery | No Cover – Setting up at the EaDo brewery, 713 Night Market brings dozens of local merch slingers and food vendors, with options like Korean wings, Filipino food, chicken and waffles, funnel cake, Mexican food, ice cream and more. While there, enjoy the vibe courtesy of live DJs, live bands, and a photo booth. 4pm to 10pm.
  • Summer Socials at CityCentre | No Cover – Enjoy fun, music, food and giveaways as you explore the shops and restaurants of this popular westside development. Flash Gordon Parks takes his place on the decks to spin funk, hip-hop and soul, and visitors can enjoy happy hour pricing at Sal y Pimienta, free pizza delivery to the plaza from Yi Peng, a 15% discount at Kendra Scott, and more. 5pm to 7pm.
  • Houston Texans 713 Day at Post Houston | FREE – The Texans team up with Bud Light for an all-ages 713 Day celebration at Post, featuring appearances by Texans celebrities, Toro the mascot, games, giveaways, music and more. 5pm to 8pm.
  • 713 Day at Social Beer Garden | No Cover – Celebrate the Bayou City and all its uniqueness in this party atmosphere that includes live music, DJs, drink specials, food trucks and more. 5pm to 11:30pm.
  • Houston 713 Day at Bad Astronaut Brewing | No Cover – The Northside brewery hosts a 713 Day bash with more than 20 local vendors, plus food from LaMacro, music by DJ Flovverhead, and a special Houston paint session. 5pm to midnight.
  • 713 Day Pop-Up Market at East End Backyard | No Cover – H-Town Drip Sauce presents this evening of shopping from more than 20 local vendors, plus music, food and drinks at the laid-back East End hotspot. 6pm.
An outdoor beer garden on a sunny day with a "We Are Houston" mural

713 Day
Social Beer Garden
Thursday, July 13

Celebrate the Bayou City and all its uniqueness in this party atmosphere that includes live music, DJs, drink specials, food trucks and more.

No Cover | 5pm to 11:30pm

  • 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.
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FRIDAY
July 14, 2023

  • A Mysterious Chord Opening Reception at Spring Street Studios | FREE – Be among the first to see this collection of works by artists from Spring Street Studios. As you enjoy the art, try to consider the exchange between artist and viewer—how you’re interacting with it and what about it moves you. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Sip, Sup & Stroll at Houston Botanic Garden – Enjoy the South Houston garden in the evening as you sip beer selections from Second Ward’s Equal Parts Brewing and nosh on bites paired to go with each. $75 per person. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Summer Nights at MFAH – Art lovers who want to beat the crowds will love these private evenings at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Sip cocktails, chat with curators, wander the galleries and spend time with your favorite works of art. Attendees receive one complimentary drink per admission ticket. $40. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Bastille Day at Rice Stadium – The French American Chamber of Commerce hosts this celebration of France’s national holiday. There will be rosé tastings, food vendors, music performances, and an array of sporting events in a nod to the 2024 Paris Olympics. $15 for adults; free for ages 12 and under. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets Movie Screening at Urban South HTX | No Cover – As part of the month-long Potterfest taking place at the Arts District brewery, Urban South hosts a screening of the second film in the beloved series, ahead of a late-July trivia night and festival. 6:30pm.

Mixers & Elixirs
HMNS
Friday, July 14

Party amid prehistory when HMNS returns with another edition of its popular Mixers & Elixirs series, which offers a dance floor to groove on, along with cash bars and local food trucks on hand.

$25 | 7pm to 10pm

  • Eric Tessmer in Concert at Rockefeller’s – The award-winning Austin guitarist known for blending R&B, soul and blues rock headlines on Washington Ave. $17 and up. 7pm.
  • Mixers & Elixirs at Houston Museum of Natural Science – Party amid prehistory when HMNS returns with another edition of its popular Mixers & Elixirs series, which offers a dance floor to groove on, along with cash bars and local food trucks on hand. $25. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Noche de Cumbia at Axelrad | FREE – The Third Ward watering hole hosts its monthly evening of Cumbia music on the outdoor stage, featuring Wamaygallo, Sonora Hechicera, Rosez and Seys. 21+ only. 7pm to 1:30am.
  • Beat Street Movie Screening at Emancipation Park | FREE – Grab a lawn chair or blanket and head over to the Third Ward park to catch this screening of the 1984 film about an aspiring DJ from the Bronx and his promoter friend who are trying to make it big. 7:30pm.
  • Zeshan B in Concert at Asia Society Texas – Presented as part of Asia Society Texas’ Muslim Series, this concert showcases Zeshan B’s music with its South Asian influences and gospel-tinged touches. $30. 7:30pm to 9pm.
  • Marca MP in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – The California-based trio making Regional Mexican music is bringing their flair for banda, mariachi, and more to Sugar Land with the Brindo tour. $44 and up. 8pm.

Noche de Cumbia
Axelrad
Friday, July 14

The Third Ward watering hole hosts its monthly evening of Cumbia music on the outdoor stage, featuring Wamaygallo, Sonora Hechicera, Rosez and Seys.

FREE; 21+ | 7pm

  • 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.

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Holly Beretto
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 Eater.com'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.