Plan Your Weekend: July 20 to 23, 2023

A family sits on a blanket outside of Asia Society Texas during a festival
Asia Society Texas hosts a grand opening weekend for its latest exhibition, Explore Asia | Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, July 20 to Sunday, July 23, 2023.

Updated Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 3:23pm

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Things to Do
All Weekend Long

  • Summer Shakes Showcase: Julius Caesar at Studio 101 | Daily – This 4th Wall Theatre event joins Julliard Drama School students with Houston-area high schoolers for a rigorous Shakespearean actor training program. The culmination of their work is this four-day run of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, performed in the Sawyer Yards theater space. $20. Times vary.
  • Comedian Aries Spears at Houston Improv | Daily – Known as a long-running cast member for MADtv, as well as numerous appearances in film and television, Aries Spears heads to the Houston Improv for four nights of uproarious stand-up. $60 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • Latin Restaurant Weeks at Multiple Location | Thursday & Friday | Final Days – The two-week dining event comes to a close, offering one last chance to eat through dishes from a wide variety of cuisines, including Colombian, Ecuadorian, Mexican and across Central and South America. Prices and times vary.
  • TUTS presents 1776 at Hobby Center | Thursday to Saturday – Straight from Broadway, this national tour makes a stop in Houston for a production that Variety called “exuberant” and “thought-provoking.” It’s the story of how the Declaration of Independence came to be, as performed by a cast comprised of female, transgender, and non-binary actors playing all of the roles. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.

Latin Restaurant Weeks
Multiple Locations
Thursday & Friday

The two-week dining event comes to a close, offering one last chance to eat through dishes from a wide variety of cuisines, including Colombian, Ecuadorian, Mexican and across Central and South America.

Prices & Times Vary

  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Trixx at Rudyard’s Pub | Friday & Saturday – Taboo-shattering, searingly honest, and painfully funny, Frankie “Trixx” Agyemang is one of North America’s rising comedic stars and he’ll deliver two nights of headlining sets in Montrose. $17 and up. Times vary.
  • Houston World Series of Dog Shows at NRG Center | Friday to Sunday – See a field of four-legged friends compete in a series of events, across 150 different breeds, vying for the coveted “Best in Show.” Competitive events include flyball, creative grooming, a frisbee exhibition, and canine musical freestyle. $15; free for ages 12 and under. Times vary.
  • Explore Asia Grand Opening Weekend at Asia Society Texas Center | Friday to Sunday | FREE – An exhibition several years in the making, Explore Asia sends visitors on a journey through the art, food and cultures of China, India, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam, while highlighting these communities that can be found in Houston and across the broader United States. The immersive exhibition will be open for free to the public during the grand opening weekend celebration, allowing guests a chance to check out the new permanent installation while taking in lion dances, delicious treats, and family-friendly activities. Times vary.
  • 2nd Annual Wizard’s Summerfest at the Ballroom at Bayou Place | Friday to Sunday – Returning to Downtown, A Wizard’s Summerfest invites avid fans of the wizarding world to embark on a limited-time magical journey with a whimsical marketplace, a four-course feast in the Great Hall with live performances, and a chance to win coveted prizes by playing a fan favorite wizarding sport. $79 and up. Times vary.

Ongoing Live Theater & Performing Arts in Houston

  • NobleMotion Dance presents Power Play at MATCH | Friday & Saturday | Opening Weekend – The acclaimed dance company kicks off its 15th season with this performance featuring three world premieres that blend artificial intelligence and multimedia design, built on NobleMotion’s signature physicality. Tickets are pay-what-you-can (suggested prices of $20 and up). 8pm.
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd at Alley Theatre | Friday to Sunday | Opening Weekend – The Alley’s popular Summer Chills series is back with this Agatha Christie story that finds detective Hercule Poirot investigating secrets and blackmail to solve a murder. This production runs through Sunday, August 27. $46 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston presents The Pirates of Penzance at Hobby Center | Saturday & Sunday | Opening Weekend – This sparkling gem of an operetta explores the story of Frederic, apprenticed to a band of pirates. He’s expecting to be released from his obligation on his 21st birthday—but, because he’s born on February 29, his birthday only comes every four years. With another 63 years left to serve, will his love wait for him? $44.85 and up. Saturday 7pm; Sunday 2:30pm.
  • Present Laughter at Main Street Theater | Daily | Ongoing – Noel Coward’s sparkling comedy about a self-obsessed actor going through a midlife crisis draws on the playwright’s own life. This production runs through Sunday, August 13. $39 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou at Ensemble Theatre | Daily | Ongoing – This musical showcases the remarkable life of the iconic writer and activist Maya Angelou, and demonstrates why her life and words continue to inspire. $53 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Catastrophic Theatre presents Tamarie’s Totally True Revue (Plus Lies, Too) at MATCH | Daily | Ongoing – The irrepressible Tamarie Cooper is back for this year’s summer revue spectacular. Cooper and her band of misfits explore twisted encounters with Tinkerbell, Ben Franklin, Pinocchio, Kenny Rogers and more on this epic, all-musical journey. Tickets are pay-what-you-can; suggested $35. Showtimes vary.
  • Stages presents Thunder Knocking on the Door at the Gordy | Daily | Ongoing – This musical fable explores what happens to a small Alabama town when a blues guitar-playing stranger arrives, with a challenge that will pit family members against each other. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • AD Players presents Smoke on the Mountain at the George Theater | Daily | Final Weekend – It’s 1938 in a small North Carolina town nestled in the Smoky Mountains, where the Saunders Family, a traveling musical group, is making an appearance after a five-year absence. This family-friendly musical incorporates two dozen bluegrass tunes folded around stories told by the Saunders family. This production runs through Sunday, July 23. $28 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Creative Movement Practices presents The Secret in the Wings at MATCH | Thursday to Saturday | Final Weekend – When a young girl is left at home with an amorous ogre, he tells her six tales, all darker than the one before. Will she be caught up in the darkness of his spell? $40. Showtimes vary.
  • Art Park Players present The Music Man at Deer Park Municipal Court | Friday & Saturday | Final Weekend – Meredith Wilson’s classic musical comes alive at this dinner theatre in Deer Park, offering the tale of salesman Harold Hill who cons the people of River City into organizing a boys’ band—despite not knowing a trombone from a treble clef. This production runs through Saturday, July 22. $20; $40 with dinner. 8pm.

Classic Eats, Family Summer Fun & Other Destinations

  • Classic Houston Restaurants | Daily – Take a tasting tour of Houston’s oldest restaurants with 15 of our picks for places that have been serving up delicious dishes for more than 50 years.
  • 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.
An outdoor patio space at night with a string of lights overhead

THURSDAY
July 20, 2023

  • IYKYK AF Happy Hour at Swallow’s Nest – Join in a showcase of alcohol free and zero or low proof cocktails and spirts at a new happy hour series from Mixed Without with beats by DJ Mike Bondz, happening inside Finn Hall in Downtown. $35 includes drink tickets and more. 5pm to 8pm.
  • Steak Night at Eureka Heights Brew Co. | No Cover – Steak Night returns to the Shady Acres brewery with Korean-style steaks from the grill, courtesy of Yong. Steak prices vary. 5:30pm ’til sold out.
  • The Zydeco Dots, with Sean Lucy in Concert at Menard Park | FREE – The second-to-last free concert of the Save the Locals series in Galveston sees a night of Cajun tunes courtesy of the Zydeco Dots, joined by Sean Lucy. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Summer Camp All Grown Up at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center – Take to an evening of summer camp fun for adults when the Arboretum hosts this session with hands-on nature activities, crafts and outdoor exploration along with a snack and beer from Saint Arnold. This session’s theme is insects. $35. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • The Deli Man Film Screening at Holocaust Museum Houston | FREE – See the story of Ziggy Gruber, of longtime Houston deli Kenny & Ziggy’s, in this documentary that touches on his life from growing up in New York City to stops at the Culinary Institute of America and Le Cordon Bleu in France, eventually landing at a 3-star Michelin restaurant. Free with RSVP. 6:30pm.
  • Dan Solomon in Conversation with Mimi Swartz at Blue Willow Bookshop | FREE – The author and Texas Monthly senior writer will talk about his YA novel The Fight for Midnight, in which a teen boy finds himself at the Texas Capitol during Wendy Davis’ historic filibuster of abortion bill HB2. Free to attend; but books for signing must be purchased from the bookstore. 7pm.
  • Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park – Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for a night of music, great prizes and bingo at the historic Market Square Park. $10. 7pm.
  • The Ritchie Boys Movie Screening at the Menil Drawing Institute | FREE – In conjunction with the exhibition Si Lewen: The Parade, the Menil hosts a screening of the moving documentary The Ritchie Boys, a film about young Jewish refugees who fled then Nazi-controlled countries, only to return as soldiers with the United States Army. 7pm.
  • House of Illusions 3rd Anniversary Party at Musaafer – The Indian fine dining destination at the Galleria celebrates three years with a palace-themed event featuring unlimited food, cocktails, performance art, DJ sets, and more at an epic evening party. $225 includes foos and three cocktails. 7pm to 10pm.

Salsa Night
Post Houston
Thursday, July 20

Join Love Dance HTX for a night of salsa moves, Latin dance lessons and tasty beverages in the X Atrium.

FREE | 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.
An arena concert with beams of orange light shining on the crowd as a band plays on stage

FRIDAY
July 21, 2023

  • Kendra Scott x Hotel Zaza Summer Party in Museum District | FREE with RSVP – Free with RSVP; limited space is available to first-come, first-served. Just in time for the peak of summer, Kendra Scott has teamed up with Hotel Zaza for a free poolside event that allows guests the chance to shop the new Summer Collection while enjoying complimentary cocktails, light bites, and live music. 4pm to 7pm.
  • Summer Grilling 101 at R-C Ranch – Attendees can learn from the professionals at the Houston Farmers Market butcher shop with this summer grilling class, covering techniques and recipes to get you comfortable using a grill. $100; includes demonstration and bites from the grill. 6pm to 7:30pm.
  • 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.
  • Sublime with Rome, Slightly Stoopid in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The titans of reggae rock and ska punk meet when Sublime with Rome and Slightly Stoopid cruise through the Woodlands in a joint headlining show. $29.50 and up. 6:15pm.
  • The Drums at White Oak Music Hall – Fresh off the release of new single “Obvious,” the one-man band that is the Drums brings his signature melancholic kaleidoscope-pop to the White Oak downstairs stage. $26 and up. 7pm.
  • An Evening with Jackson Browne at Smart Financial Centre – The legendary singer-songwriter, political activist, and best-selling rock star Jackson Browne celebrates five decades in the biz with a stop in Sugar Land. $72 and up. 8pm.
  • 2023 Women’s World Cup Watch Party at Social Beer Garden HTX | FREE – The USWNT kicks off their title defense, looking to win an unprecedented third straight World Cup. Watch all the action live from New Zealand when Social Beer Garden in Midtown plays the matches on their outdoor big screen on the cozy patio. Group Stage action starts against Vietnam on Friday, followed by Netherlands on Wednesday, July 26. 8pm.

Summer Nights
MFAH
Friday, July 21

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.

$40 | 6pm to 9pm

WWC: USA v. Vietnam
Social Beer Garden
Friday, July 21

Catch the opening match for the US women in the 2023 Women’s World Cup, live from New Zealand. This first group stage game sees the US play Vietnam, and Social Beer Garden will carry the action on their outdoor screen.

FREE | 8pm

  • 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 from Saturday, July 22 & Sunday, July 23, 2023.

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Justin Jerkins
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.