Plan Your Weekend: July 27 to 30, 2023

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B-52 Brewery celebrates its 9th anniversary this weekend | Photo: Justin Jerkins/365 Houston

Updated Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 2:30pm

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30, 2023.

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Things to Do
All Weekend Long

Houston Shakespeare Festival
Miller Outdoor Theatre
Thursday to Saturday

This annual celebration of the Bard’s greatest works is back in Hermann Park. Macbeth is a story of madness, murder and power, while Much Ado About Nothing is a battle-of-the-sexes comedy. The shows are presented in repertory on alternating nights, with Macbeth running Thursday and Saturday, and Much Ado About Nothing on Friday.

FREE | 8:15pm

  • Houston Symphony presents Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert at Hobby Center | Friday & Saturday – While the classic sci-fi film from 1977 plays on the big screen, the Symphony performs the iconic John Williams score, from the 20th Century Fox fanfare to the closing credits. $61 and up. Friday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.
  • Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday – There are giveaways and specials all weekend as the Florida team rolls into H-Town. Arrive early to take home a Lance McCullers Jr. jersey on Friday, a Yordan Alvarez Silver Slugger bobblehead on Saturday, and a special Sunday offering of a No-Hitter Pitching Rubber that commemorates World Series Game 4, the second no-hitter in World Series history. $24 and up. Times vary
  • Comedian Frankie Quiñones at Houston Improv | Friday to Sunday – The comedian known for his roles in the Hulu series, The Fool, and his cholo-turned-fitness guru character, Creeper, brings his comedy to Houston for five shows in Spring Branch. $50 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • Houston Texans Training Camp at NRG Stadium | Friday & Sunday | FREE – The Texans open a new chapter in the NFL with open practices available to the public with a free advance ticket. Across eight days, fans can get their first look at the new team with morning sessions rolling through mid-August. Free with advance ticket. 9am.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Bluey’s Big Play at Wortham Center | Saturday & Sunday – This brand-new, theatrical adaptation of the popular children’s show features brilliantly crafted puppets that help bring the story to life. Dad wants a relaxing Sunday afternoon, but Bluey, Bingo and his friends have other plans. $35 and up. Times vary.

Ongoing Live Theater & Performing Arts in Houston

  • The Octarine Accord presents The Honeycomb Trilogy at MATCH | Saturday & Sunday | Opening Weekend – These three, two-hour plays tell the story of an alien invasion of the planet Earth over 20 years, chronicling how Ronnie Cook and her younger brother Abbie meet its challenges. $40 and up. Times vary.
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd at Alley Theatre | Daily | Ongoing – 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stages presents Always…Patsy Cline at the Gordy | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – Celebrating its 35th anniversary, this musical biography features 27 of the iconic country singer’s hits, while showcasing her rise to stardom in the 1960s. It’s also the story of the friendship between Cline and Houston native Louise Seger, who met the singer in a Bayou City honky tonk. $48 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou at Ensemble Theatre | Daily | Final Weekend – 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.
  • NobleMotion Dance presents Power Play at MATCH | Friday to Sunday | Final 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.
  • Main Street Theater for Youth presents Junie B. Jones: Toothless Wonder at MATCH | Saturday & Sunday | Final Weekend – The irrepressible Junie B. has a loose tooth and it’s freaking her out. Suppose she looks like her toothless uncle? Her existential struggles don’t end there—she’s the only one in class not invited to a birthday party. How will she cope? With hilarity and heart, of course. $20 and up. Saturday at 10:30am and 1:30pm; Sunday at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.
  • Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston presents The Pirates of Penzance at Hobby Center | Saturday & Sunday | Final 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.

Nerdy Fun, Shady Acres & Other Destinations

  • The Best Nerdy Things in Houston | Daily – Discover a world of comics, board games, arcades and more with our 20 picks for the best nerdy things to do in Houston.
  • Must Do Things in Shady Acres | Daily – Explore the Heights-adjacent neighborhood and discover just some of the must-do things in the Shady Acres area.
  • 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.
  • 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 27, 2023

  • Cocktails & Conversation at the Health Museum Scotty Sheridan of Scotty’s Fermented Foods will be creating craft cocktails for guests to enjoy while they learn about the human microbiome and how to maintain a healthy gut. $15. 5pm.
  • The MBA Tour at JW Marriott Downtown | FREE – Prospective and aspiring MBA candidates are welcome at this event, where admissions officers and recruiters of top programs from around the country will be on hand to answer questions and offer tips on applications, the GMAT exam and more. Plus, one lucky attendee will be awarded a $250 GMAT exam voucher. RSVP required. 5:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • Jordan Strafer: Trilogy Opening Reception at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston | FREE – The artist’s first solo exhibition presents three videos that explore the concepts of power and the uniquely human capacity to inflict violence. Be the first to see this intriguing meditation in the Museum District. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Dem Roots Music with Shame on Me in Concert at Menard Park | FREE – The final show in the Save the Locals Summer Concert Series, Dem Roots brings their original reggae tunes to the Galveston park space. Guests are welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy the show. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Nerdy Night Market at Neil’s Bahr | No Cover – Nerdy treasures, unique collectibles and more will surely delight pop culture enthusiasts and geek culture lovers alike at this shopping adventure at the EaDo bar. 6pm to midnight.
  • Author Chandler Baker at Murder by the Book | FREE – Crime by the Book’s Abby Endler interviews the Austin-based author about her new novel, Cutting Teeth. Baker’s adult debut, Whisper Network, was a New York Times bestseller and Reese’s Book Club pick. Copies of Baker’s book will be available at the signing, and must be purchased from the bookstore in order to be signed. 6:30pm.
  • Disturbed, with Breaking Benjamin & Jinjer at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Heavy metal group Disturbed headlines in the Woodlands while on the Take Back Your Life Tour, joined by rockers Breaking Benjamin and Ukrainian group Jinjer. $22 and up. 6:30pm.
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The MBA Tour
J.W. Marriott
Thursday, July 27

At this free networking event, aspiring future MBA students can meet with representatives from notable business schools—including Harvard, Columbia, Rice, University of Houston, University of Chicago, Yale, UCLA, Darden, Oxford, Carnegie-Mellon, MIT, SMU, Texas A&M, and more—and explore ways to take their careers to the next level.

FREE with RSVP | 5:30pm to 9:30pm

  • 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 28, 2023

  • Mischief Managed at Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center – This Potter-inspired event encourages young ones to come dressed as their wizarding alter egos and enjoy a meet-and-greet with Newt Scamander, along with a magic show featuring Mr. Leo. $15. 11am.
  • Yappy Hour at Midtown Park | FREE – Bring your favorite pooch to the dog park for an afternoon of spring training, treats, giveaways and more. Dogs can meet new friends, exercise or chill by the water bowl. 4:30pm to 6:30pm.
  • Summer Nights at Museum of Fine Arts Houston – If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to have the museum to yourself, this is your chance to find out. Roam the galleries—including special exhibits like Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish and Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces—enjoy cocktails and grab happy hour pricing in Cafe Leonelli. Guests who purchase a museum membership at Summer Nights receive special membership pricing. $40 per person. 6pm to 9pm.
  • The Happening at The Orange Show | FREE – Held on the last Friday of each month, this curated showcase of experimental performance art is one of the Orange Show’s signature events and a great opportunity to delve into Houston’s creative community. 6pm to 9pm.

The Happening
The Orange Show
Friday, July 28

Held on the last Friday of each month, this curated showcase of experimental performance art is one of the Orange Show’s signature events and a great opportunity to delve into Houston’s creative community.

FREE | 6pm to 9pm

  • Greta Van Fleet in Concert at Toyota Center – The rock and roll band of brothers from Michigan, known for albums such as Anthem of the Peaceful Army and The Battle at Garden’s Gate comes to Houston to perform live on the heels of their July 21 release, Starcatcher. $75 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Bat Boat Tour at Sunset Coffee Building – Board a pontoon boat in Downtown just before sunset and take a ride on the water to watch the Waugh Bridge bat colony come out to feed. A guide will share details about bats and their habits on this incredible journey. Ages 4 and up. $30. 7:35pm to 9:05pm.
  • Comedian Cody Woods at Sable Gate Winery – Seen on Hulu, Comedy Central’s Hart of the City, and more, the stand-up comedian brings his brand of comedy to the Midtown winery. Steven Farmer also appears. $15 and up. 8pm.
  • Rema in Concert at Bayou Music Center – The rapidly rising Nigerian-born sensation—who has tallied collabs with Selena Gomez and Don Tolliver—Rema will be a one-man party machine as the Rave & Roses North American II tour busts through the Bayou Music Center in Downtown. $41 and up. 8pm.
  • Ramon Ayala in Concert at Arena Theatre – The Norteño legend is back at Arena Theatre to put on a performance hotter than the Houston summer. $79.50 and up. 8pm.

Greta Van Fleet
Toyota Center
Friday, July 28

The rock and roll band of brothers from Michigan, known for albums such as Anthem of the Peaceful Army and The Battle at Garden’s Gate comes to Houston to perform live on the heels of their July 21 release, Starcatcher.

$75 and up | 7:30pm

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Screening at East Aldine District | FREE – Grab the family, blankets and lawn chairs and head out to Aldine Ampitheatre to enjoy a screening of the 2014 Marvel comedy adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy. The screening closes out the summer’s Movies on the Green series. 8:30pm.
  • Spider Man: No Way Home Movie Screening at Levy Park | FREE – Sprawl on the lawn and enjoy a movie under the stars at the Greenway park’s film series. Spider Man: No Way Home is the story of Peter Parker, now revealed as Spider Man, and the problems that follow now that everyone knows his alter ego identity. Lawn furniture is not permitted. 8:30pm.
  • Club 90’s presents The Weeknd Night at House of Blues – Come to Downtown and dance the night away to hits by pop star The Weeknd, like “Blinding Lights” and “Starboy” to help you properly kick off the weekend. $17 and up. 9pm.
  • Jeff Crosby Band in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – The alt-country Americana artist performs with his band. He’ll offer tunes from his catalog, including the latest album, Waitin’ On A Miracle. $30 and up. 9:30pm.
  • The Local Honeys in Concert at the Rustic Downtown | No Cover – The Kentucky duo brings their new generation of Appalachian music to the Bayou City. Americana Highways called their 2022 self-titled album “one of the year’s best,” while Folk Radio UK praised the group’s close harmonies and narrative-framed songs. 9:30pm.
  • 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.

Things to Do from Saturday, July 29 & Sunday, July 30, 2023.

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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.