Plan Your Weekend: August 17 to 20, 2023

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The all-day Backyard Jamboree returns to Truck Yard in EaDo on Saturday | Courtesy of Truck Yard

Updated Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 10:50am

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, August 17 to Sunday, August 20, 2023.

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Things to Do
All Weekend Long

  • Houston Craft Beer Month Around Houston | Daily – Take advantage of special prices on tastings, bottles, beers to go, and more at Greater Houston’s finest craft breweries—including Saint Arnold, True Anomaly, Great Heights, Holler, 11 Below, Galveston Bay, Spindletap, Walking Stick, and more—for $25, and part of your purchase will go to support Houston Food Bank. You’ll also find special pop-up events, tours, and more at select breweries. Times and offers vary.
  • Houston Theater Week | Daily | Ends Sunday – Snag 2-for-1 tickets, aka Buy-One-Get-One (BOGO), to see current and upcoming performances from the city’s premier performance companies, including Alley Theatre, DaCamera, Main Street Theater, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony, Performing Arts Houston, Ars Lyrica, Houston Grand Opera, and more.
  • DaCamera presents Houston SummerJazz 2023 at Wortham Center | Daily – The annual celebration of jazz artists returns with four days of concerts, including a free show by the Jalen Baker Quartet, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, award-winning vocalist Gretchen Parlato in her Houston debut, Mwenso and the Shakes, and a special Sunday brunch event at the Lancaster. Tickets for most events are pay-what-you-can, with a minimum admission price of $10. Times vary.
  • Sugar Land Space Cowboys vs. Round Rock Express at Constellation Field | Daily – Houston’s very own cosmic cowboys are hosting the Round Rock Express for an entire week of minor league baseball action. Show off your artistic abilities by being one of the first 2,000 fans on Saturday to receive a paint-your-own Orion bobblehead, or enjoy other giveaways on gamedays. $9 and up. Times vary.
  • Comedian Earthquake at Houston Improv | Daily – Fresh off dropping 2022’s Legendary special on Netflix, the classic Def Jam comic returns to the Improv for four nights. $70 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • Houston Restaurant Weeks Around Houston | Daily | Ongoing – 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.
  • Night Court presents The Law Files at Hobby Center | Thursday to Saturday – This annual all-lawyer theater show performs an original musical comedy, with themes and characters from The X-Files, Stranger Things, Men In Black, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. The good-spirited show raises funds for Houston-area charities that provide free legal services to people from our community in need. $45 and up. 7:30pm.
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Mariachi Festival
Wortham Center
Friday to Sunday

The best mariachis from all over Texas are headed to the Wortham Center to perform during a three-day festival featuring Mariachi Marisposas, Mariachi 7 Lenguas, and Una Noche de Musica con Mariachi Imperial.

$29 and up | 7pm

  • Musiqa & NobleMotion present Unchained at MATCH | Friday & Saturday – This two-night event features a trio of works composed by Iranian American composer Badie Khaleghian, weaving together solo piano and live painting, a unique dance performance by NobleMotion, and a multisensory exploration of sound and color. Pay-what-you-can; suggested price of $35, free for those that can’t afford it. 7:30pm.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Nick Simmons at Rudyard’s Pub | Friday & Saturday – A comic with the physique of a bodybuilder, Nick Simmons heads upstairs at Rudz to share his insights on the hot button issues of the day. $15 and up. Times vary.
  • Miller Summer Mixtape with Paul Wall & George Ducas at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday & Saturday | FREE – This annual 2-day concert at Miller celebrates Houston’s vibrant music scene with free performances from the Hermann hill. Friday night honors the 50-year legacy of hip-hop with Paul Wall, DJ Mr. Rogers, Lanell Grant, AJ McQueen and more. Saturday features a night of country and blues from George Ducas, Robert Ellis, Kim Cruse and DJ Mike. 7:30pm.
  • Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday – Celebrate Jose Altuve at this final home series against division rivals from Seattle. The first 10,000 fans on Friday will receive an Altuve ’90s Throwback Jersey, or a Jose Altuve Silver Slugger bobblehead on Saturday. And, with a special ticket purchase, you can even bring your pup along to the game on Sunday afternoon. $26 and up; special ticket required for dog admission. Times vary.
  • 4th Annual Mariachi Festival at Wortham Center | Friday to Sunday – The best mariachis from all over Texas are headed to the Wortham Center to perform during a three-day festival featuring Mariachi Marisposas, Mariachi 7 Lenguas, and Una Noche de Musica con Mariachi Imperial. $29 and up. 7pm.
  • 48th Annual Vintage Glass & Antique Show & Sale at Fort Bend County Fairgrounds | Saturday & Sunday – Find fragile treasures, antique furniture, kitchenware, linens and quilts, silver, and more inside the crisp and cool air conditioning. $7 cash. Times vary.

Ongoing Live Theater & Performing Arts in Houston

  • 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.
  • Stages presents Always…Patsy Cline at the Gordy | Daily | 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.
  • The Garden Theatre presents Bonnie & Clyde at MATCH | Daily | Final Weekend – This cult-favorite musical tells the stories of notorious bank robbers and lovers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, who became folk heroes to many—and a nightmare for law enforcement—during the Great Depression. Their antics captivated a nation, as they evaded the law across multiple states. $26.50 and up. Showtimes vary.

Independence Heights, Summer Relief & Other Destinations

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THURSDAY
August 17, 2023

  • Houston Texans Training Camp at NRG Park | FREE – Catch the final training camp session at NRG, where the Texans take part in a joint practice with the Miami Dolphins ahead of their preseason game on Saturday. Free with advance ticket. 9am.
  • Chalkboard & Cocktails: A Teacher Appreciation Event at Little Woodrow’s Bellaire | No Cover – The Bellaire outpost of this popular drinkery hosts a teacher appreciation party with a raffle giveaway, Shiner bucket specials, and themed cocktails for the night. 4pm to 7pm.
  • Cocktails & Conversations at the Health Museum – Join Scotty Sheridan, owner of Scotty’s Fermented Foods, for a night of craft cocktails and conversation about the human microbiome, how to maintain a healthy gut, and a taste test of delicious live-culture foods. $15. 5:30pm.
  • Live Art Modeling Class with Artist Ray Dunlap at Sabine Street Studios | FREE – Houston artist Ray Dunlap leads this live art modeling class that is free and open to all artistic skill levels, including those who do not have drawing experience. Dunlap’s exhibition Diary of an Abductee is on display at the studios, exploring the line between dreams and imagination versus reality. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Author Mark Pryor at Murder by the Book | FREE – The Austin-based former newspaper reporter, felony prosecutor, and author comes to Houston to discuss and sign his latest novel, The Dark Edge of Night, the second in his new Henri Lefort mystery series. Free to attend; books for signing can be purchased for $28. 6:30pm.
  • Summer Camp for Grown Ups: Color Chemistry at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center – This final summer camp for grown-ups at the Arboretum offers a hands-on opportunity to learn about chemistry, how fireflies grow, make lichen-inspired blacklight art, and more while enjoying a simple snack and refreshing Saint Arnold brew among nature. $35. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Groups of people sit on blankets across a bright green lawn

Blanket Bingo
Market Square Park
Thursday, August 17

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for a night of music, great prizes and bingo at the historic Market Square Park in Downtown.

$10 | 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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FRIDAY
August 18, 2023

Piano in the Park
The Water Works
Friday, August 18

Ben Chavez brings his musical gifts as a musician and Broadway actor to the Water Works stage at Buffalo Bayou Park for a special “piano bar” performance as part of the summer series.

FREE | 5pm to 7pm

  • Sam Hunt in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Grammy-nominated country pop singer stops by the Woodlands with songs from his 2020 album, Southside. $34.75 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Ghost Files Live at Bayou Music Center – The YouTube series arrives in person, exploring the world of haunted places and existence of supernatural entities before a live audience. $25 and up. 8pm.
  • Ruben Blades in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – The highly decorated Panamanian salsa musician, as well as actor who most recently helmed the role of Daniel Salazar in Fear the Walking Dead, makes a stop in Sugar Land for an evening of salsa swing, backed by a huge band. $76.49 and up. 8pm.
  • The Glow Show with Comedian Joey Z at the Secret Group – Bask in the ultraviolet glow at this traveling comedy show from Austin’s Joey Z. Comics will deliver sets in a glowy, trippy room and then riff with the host about their favorite party stories, psychedelic misadventures, and more. $10 and up. 8pm.
  • Danna Paola in Concert at 713 Music Hall – The Mexican pop star and actress is bringing her break-up party to the 713 when she pops over with tunes from her record K.O, and her new single, “XT4S1S.” $69 and up. 8:30pm.

The Glow Show
The Secret Group
Friday, August 18

Bask in the ultraviolet glow at this traveling comedy show from Austin’s Joey Z. Comics will deliver sets in a glowy, trippy room and then riff with the host about their favorite party stories, psychedelic misadventures, and more.

$10 and up | 8pm

  • Perreo Factory at Rise Rooftop – Take to the Midtown rooftop for a night of Reggaeton hits by Bad Bunny, Karol G, Rauw Alejandro and more at the Perreo Factory dance night. $10 and up. 9pm.
  • Bonnie Whitmore’s Sad Girls & Friends in Concert at Big Top Lounge – The Americana musician brings her songs on hard topics to the Mid-Main stage, including tunes from her most recent, Last Will & Testament. $10 and up. 9pm.
  • Puff & Paint: Heart of Fire at Star Sailor – Join the Lazybrook bar for a laid-back hang with canvas painting and vendors supplying the “puff” for the evening. While there, enjoy Star Sailor’s signature smashburger and light bites, beer, wine and more. $36. 9pm to 11pm.
  • Improv Roulette at Station Theater – The improv theater in Arts District spins the roulette wheel for a game of chance that will determine troupes and topics for a night of spontaneous hilarity. $10. 9:30pm to 11pm.
  • Chapter & Verse DJ Set at Bauhaus – The renown UK DJ brings his unique style of tech house and vocal production to the Downtown EDM venue. $15. 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 19 & Sunday, August 20, 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.