Plan Your Weekend: August 3 to 6, 2023

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The Hip-Hop Vintage Flea Market returns to Bad Astronaut Brewing with live battles, vintage goods and more | Courtesy of Hip-Hop Vintage Flea Market

Updated Thursday, August 3, 2023 at 6:10pm

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, August 3 to Sunday, August 6, 2023.

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Things to Do
All Weekend Long

  • Houston Restaurant Weeks at Multiple Locations | Daily | Opening Weekend – The Houston Food Bank’s biggest fundraiser returns for another year, offering a month-plus of tasty and charitable food and drink. Over 200 local restaurants are lined up to offer prix fixe meals for brunch, lunch and dinner (and even to-go), with a set dollar donation from each meal sold benefiting the Houston Food Bank and its mission to end hunger and provide food for better lives. Prices are $25 for brunch and lunch, $39 or $55 for dinner. Times vary by location.
  • Sugar Land Space Cowboys vs. Tacoma Rainiers at Constellation Field | Daily – Tacoma spends a week in Sugar Land, with plenty of fan giveaways throughout the weekend. The first 3,000 fans on Friday will take home an Alex Bregman World Series ring, lucky fans on Saturday will snag a Space Cowboys western jersey, and Sunday features a Space Cowboys belt buckle up for grabs. $9 and up. Times vary.
  • Houston Texans Training Camp at NRG Stadium | Friday & Saturday – Fans can flock to NRG for back-to-back days of practices open to the public. Friday morning features a special military and first responders appreciation event, and Saturday pushes practice into the evening hours for the only night practice of training camp. Free with advance ticket. Friday 9am; Saturday 6pm.
  • Comedian Matteo Lane at Houston Improv | Friday & Saturday – Oil painter, opera singer and stand-up comedian that’s appeared across the late night talk show circuit, Matteo Lane has cultivated a faithful following eager to hear his lively anecdotes and observations of the world around him. $120 for 4, and up. Times vary.
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Jurassic World Live Tour
NRG Stadium
Friday to Sunday

Journey to Isla Nubar in this Jurassic World adventure that takes a wild turn in a live arena show. Watch as Blue the Raptor, the mighty T. Rex and more of your favorite dinosaurs come to life in this action-packed production. Before the show, take in photo opportunities with a Triceratops, Stegosaurus, the Jurassic World Jeep, and more in a one-hour pre-show experience.

$20 and up | Times Vary

  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Devon Walker at Rudyard’s Pub | Friday & Saturday – The Texas native and recent addition to the Saturday Night Live cast, writer and comedian Devon Walker heads upstairs at Ruds for back-to-back nights of stand-up hilarity. $20 and up. 7pm and 9pm.
  • Abilities Expo at NRG Center | Friday to Sunday | FREE – This free expo aims to connect the public with the latest products, technologies and resources that meet the needs of people of all ages that live with disabilities. Find out how to engage in adaptive sports, dance groups, and many other inclusive activities through demonstrations and informative workshops. Free with registration. Friday and Saturday 11am to 5pm; Sunday 11am to 4pm.
  • 46th Annual Harvest Festival at Messina Hof Estate Winery & Resort | Friday to Sunday – The Bryan winery opens the harvest season with daytime and evening harvest events where you can pluck grapes and stomp them into mush. The opening weekend also features a cellar tour and dinner on Saturday, and a tasting of port cocktails on Sunday that features picked and stomped grapes from the 2020 season. Prices vary, starting at $40. Times vary.
  • Jurassic World Live Tour at NRG Stadium | Friday to Sunday – Journey to Isla Nubar in this Jurassic World adventure that takes a wild turn in a live arena show. Watch as Blue the Raptor, the mighty T. Rex and more of your favorite dinosaurs come to life in this action-packed production. Before the show, take in photo opportunities with a Triceratops, Stegosaurus, the Jurassic World Jeep, and more in a one-hour pre-show experience. $20 and up. Times vary.

Ongoing Live Theater & Performing Arts in Houston

Meyerland, Snow Cones & Other Destinations

  • Must Do Things in Meyerland | Daily – Grub on delicious pastries and treats, shop goods from Eastern Europe, and explore Houston’s cultural hub of the Jewish community in this Southwest Houston neighborhood known as Meyerland.
  • 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.

THURSDAY
August 3, 2023

Big Time Rush
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Thursday, August 3

The super fun pop boy band from L.A. is back to cause a ruckus when they take over the Woodlands stage with music from the 2023 release, Another Life.

$29.95 and up | 7pm

  • Ariel & the Culture in Concert at Axelrad – Building on his breakout single “Dame Tu Amor,” the Mexican musician hailing from Dallas stops by the neon-lit backyard of Axelrad for a special concert with tunes from his debut EP, buena vista! $13. 7pm.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Live, Laugh, Love at Rudyard’s Pub – The monthly comedy show at The Riot returns with tales and piercing insights from Houston’s hilarious comedians that examine dating and relationships. Plus, you can get your relationship questions answered by the comedian panel during the show. $12 and up. 7pm.
  • Cards Against Humanity at Ingenious Brewing Company | FREE – The Humble brewery hosts a night of adults-only Cards Against Humanity for a raunchy evening of good times and prizes for each black card won, as determined by the host and judge. While there, enjoy $2 off wines and drippy wings from Peppas HTX. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Black Joe Lewis in Concert at the Continental Club – The Mid-Main stage hosts a night of blues jams from guitarist and singer-songwriter Black Joe Lewis, backed by the Honeybears. $20. 9pm.
  • Bewitched: 3 Year Anniversary Party at Etro Nightclub | No Cover – The nightclub crew spinning goth, darkwave, new wave and more celebrates its third anniversary at the Downtown dance floor with a slate of DJs, vendors and giveaways. 9pm to 2am.
  • Dream Teams at Bauhaus – The Downtown space for EDM hosts a night of DJs performing back-to-back in pairs across two stages, along with a $1000 cash giveaway. $10 and up. 10pm to 2am.
  • 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
August 4, 2023

  • Cup of Joey at the Ion | FREE – The entrepreneurial hub of Houston hosts this weekly connector series where anyone can stop by for a cup of coffee and expand their current networks, talk about tech, inspire innovation and create community. 8:30am to 1:30am.
  • Books on the Bayou/Libros sobre el Bayou at Buffalo Bayou Park | FREE – Blue Willow Bookshop leads a bilingual storytime at this fun bird-themed story and craft event on the banks of Buffalo Bayou. Held at the Barbara Fish Daniel Nature play Area near the Water Works, this event is best for ages 6 months to 4 years. 9am to 9:45am.
  • Summer Trunk Show at Houston Museum of Natural Science | No Cover – The Museum Store hosts another installment of its Trunk Show series, this time inviting Margarita Mercantile to showcase their handcrafted traditional Mexican clothing, and Lacy Dagerath of Astoria Lane, who will offer up one-of-a-kind olive wood and resin charcuterie boards. 2pm to 5pm.
  • Mutagen Mayhem at Ingenious Brewing Company | No Cover – The Humble brewpub hosts a tribute night to the turtles, featuring beer releases and small batch pours of its Mutagen beer, along with cheesy pizza, free pours for best scores on the 1989 TMNT arcade game, and more, celebrating the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. 4pm to 10pm.
  • Summer Night Market at Montrose Marketplace | No Cover – At the corner of Westheimer and Montrose, this summer night market resumes with local vendors and a slate of delicious food trucks. Shop artisan goods, vintage, games and more while you enjoy live music and family-friendly fun. 6pm to 11pm.
  • Party at the Pavilion at Bellaire Town Square | FREE – Join the community of Bellaire for this free summer series at the Town Square, featuring live music on the pavilion. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs and coolers. 7pm.
  • Drunk Shakespeare at Emerald Theatre – Five professional actors assemble on stage to perform one of the great plays of Shakespeare with a catch—one actor downs five shots of whiskey prior to the performance and the other actors strive to keep the script on track. $39 and up. 7pm and 9pm.

Drunk Shakespeare
Emerald Theatre
Friday, August 4

Five professional actors assemble on stage to perform one of the great plays of Shakespeare with a catch—one actor downs five shots of whiskey prior to the performance and the other actors strive to keep the script on track.

$39 and up | 7pm & 9pm

  • Author Talk: Roger Reeves at Kindred Stories | FREE – The poet and author sits down at the Third Ward bookshop for a conversation focusing on his nonfiction debut, Dark Days, about the crucial need for community, solidarity and joy that can be found in experiencing the world through the present moment. Free to attend; $26 for the book. 7:30pm.
  • Thomas Rhett in Concert at Toyota Center – The award-winning country artist takes over Toyota Center while touring his double-album, Country Again, and other fan favorites. $29.50 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Leela James in Concert at Bayou Music Center – The soul and R&B singer-songwriter graces the Downtown stage with her captivating presence and powerful vocals, performing her chart-topping songs and new singles like “Right Back In It.” $59.50 and up. 8pm.
  • Inprint Houston: First Friday with Poet Tina Cardona at Inprint House – Tina Cardona leads Houston’s oldest ongoing poetry reading at the Inprint House in Montrose, followed by an open mic session. 8pm.
  • Banda MS in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – The beloved banda from Mazatlán takes to Sugar Land for one night where you can belt out all the singalong faves from the chart-topping group. $68 and up. 8pm.
  • Black Flag in Concert at House of Blues – Punk legends Black Flag come to House of Blues to tear it up, building on nearly 50 years of hardcore punk with a high energy show of the band’s biggest songs. $25 and up. 8pm.

Gimme Gimme Disco
White Oak Music Hall
Friday, August 4

Mamma Mia, here we go, White Oak is throwing an ABBA-inspired dance party where everyone will get to be disco dancing queens.

$15 and up | 9pm

  • Swimwear Department in Concert at the Heights Theater – Houston’s dance-punk group offers a perfect summer show in the Heights, celebrating the release of The Poolest of the Mall, with Trouble in the Streets and Jumprope supporting. $16 and up. 8pm.
  • Las Fenix in Concert at Rise Rooftop | FREE – The Grammy Award–winning all-female Mexican band headlines a night at the Midtown rooftop, joined by Los Carnalitos. 9pm.
  • Emo Karaoke at the Secret Group | FREE – Scream, wail and let it all out when Nothing Matters presents a karaoke night where anyone can grab the mic and sing their favorite emo, indie and punk hits. Free for 21+ before 10pm, $5 after. $20 cover for 18 and up. 9pm to 2am.
  • Gimme Gimme Disco at White Oak Music Hall – Mamma Mia, here we go, White Oak is throwing an ABBA-inspired dance party where everyone will get to be disco dancing queens. $15 and up. 9pm.
  • Laidback Luke DJ Set at Noto Houston – The Second Ward nightlife destination hosts Dutch DJ and producer Laidback Luke for a night of Electro House on the dance floor. $20 and up. 10pm to 2am.
  • 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, August 5 & Sunday, August 6, 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.