Plan Your Weekend: August 24 to 27, 2023

Groups of people sitting on blankets and in lawn chairs at Market Square Park, watching a movie
Market Square Park hosts an 'In the Heights' movie screening on Friday | Courtesy of Downtown District

Updated Saturday, August 19 at 1pm

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, August 24 to Sunday, August 27, 2023.

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Things to Do
All Weekend Long

  • Summer Surprise Pop-Up at Asia Society Texas Center | Daily | Final Weekend – In its final days, this cafe takeover from Cassie Ghaffar and Sandy Nguyen—the minds behind Saigon Hustle and Sunday Press—will be serving up a fresh menu of banh mi, milk tea, Japanese-inspired sandos and more at the cafe inside Asia Society. Menu prices vary. 8:30am to 3pm.
  • Teatro Loft presents El Último Personaje De Cecilia B at MATCH | Thursday & Friday This play by Giovanny Cruz Durán explores the golden age of divas and charms—and a confession of an abominable crime. Last staged by the National Theatre Company of the Dominican Republic, it received rave reviews. Presented in Spanish. $25. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday 8pm.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Colum Tyrrell at Rudyard’s British Pub | Friday & Saturday  The Montrose laugh spot welcomes the Irish comedian for a series of live sets. Following his success in the Emerald Isle, Tyrrell moved to New York City, where he became a regular at clubs like Comedy Cellar and Stand Up NY. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • Galveston Island Esports Summit at Galveston Island Convention Center | Friday to Sunday – Get ready for gaming, robot battles, virtual reality, board games and more as this popular event makes its return to the Island. You’ll find interactive pods and a chance to connect with fellow game enthusiasts. $40 and up; $20 for ages 12 and under. Times vary.

Summer Surprise Pop-Up
Asia Society Texas
Daily

In its final days, this cafe takeover from Cassie Ghaffar and Sandy Nguyen—the minds behind Saigon Hustle and Sunday Press—will be serving up a fresh menu of banh mi, milk tea, Japanese-inspired sandos and more at the cafe inside Asia Society.

Prices Vary | 8:30am to 3pm

  • Tattoo & Body Art Expo at NRG Park | Friday to Sunday – More than 250 of the country’s best tattoo artists will be in attendance, showing off their skills and providing on-site tattoos. Look for music, beer, contests and more throughout the weekend. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • Houston Media Conference 2023 at Post Houston | Friday to Sunday – Local and national production companies, equipment rental houses and feature speakers from film, television, digital media, legal, and financial professions come together to discuss and provide information about the business side of filmmaking. The event is free to attend, with workshop attendance starting at $50; all-access passes are $65. Times vary.
  • Werckmeister Harmonies Movie Screening at MFAH | Friday to Sunday – Catch this film, a parable of societal collapse, rendered in 39 long takes and shot in ghostly black and white. It’s the story of a Hungarian town during communist times and what happens when a mysterious circus arrives, awakening a madness in the citizens. Shown in Hungarian and Slovak with English subtitles. $9. Times vary.
  • Fuerza Regida in Concert at Smart Financial Centre | Saturday & Sunday – The superstar group of Regional Mexican norteño music are performing back-to-back nights in Sugar Land, touting their newest release, Sigan Hablando, on the Otra Peda tour. $52 and up. 8pm.
  • Houston Restaurant Weeks at Multiple Locations | 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 by location.

Ongoing Live Theater & Performing Arts in Houston

Washington Ave, Brunches near Rice & Other Destinations

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THURSDAY
August 24, 2023

  • Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park – The Astros close out a four-game homestand against Boston with a weekday afternoon first pitch. $18 and up. 1pm.
  • Plant & Human Microbiome Lecture at the Health Museum | FREE – This lecture offers background into research on the plant and human microbiome, and how it relates to overall health. Suitable for all levels of science geeks, these insightful lectures help show how science works in everyday life. 5pm to 7pm.
  • Authors Brooke Bentley & John Lopez in Conversation at Brazos Bookstore | FREE – Author Brooke Bentley will discuss her novel Sideline Confidential, the story of a just-graduated sports reporter hired to cover her hometown pro football team and the double standards she encounters along the way. Bentley is a former TV anchor and sports reporter who worked in Houston for two years; John Lopez is one of Houston’s most-respected sports reporters and commentators, heard on SportsRadio610 and read in the Houston Chronicle. Copies of Sideline Confidential will be available at the event for $17. 6:30pm.
  • Caught in the Act: Drew Bacon on William Kentridge & the Art of Stop-Motion at MFAH | FREE – Artist Drew Bacon talks with curator Alison de Lima Greene about the history of stop-motion animation, as well as its use in his video productions and the heavy influence of artist William Kentridge. This lecture serves as a companion to the museum’s William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows exhibit. 6:30pm.
  • 50 Cent, with Busta Rhymes & more in Concert at Toyota Center – Celebrating the 20th anniversary of his breakout hit, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Fiddy performs some of his biggest hits of the past decades. Joining him on stage is the prolific rapper and hitmaker Busta Rhymes, with Jeremih. $27 and up. 7pm.
  • Danny Brown & JPEGMafia in Concert at Warehouse Live – The EaDo venue hosts Danny Brown and his one-of-a-kind rhyme, joined on stage by JPEGMafia. $37.50. 8pm.

Broadway Musical Trivia
Post Skylawn
Thursday, August 24

Think you know your Mamma Mia from Man of La Mancha? How about the difference between Dear Evan Hanson and Dreamgirls? Then grab a team and get ready to put your Broadway knowledge to the test as you take in panoramic views of Houston from the Skylawn.

$28 | 8pm

  • Houston Musical Theater Company presents Broadway Musical Trivia at Post Houston – Think you know your Mamma Mia from Man of La Mancha? How about the difference between Dear Evan Hanson and Dreamgirls? Then grab a team and get ready to put your Broadway knowledge to the test as you take in panoramic views of Houston from the Skylawn. $28. 8pm.
  • Grupo Frontera in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – The young legends of Norteño from Edinburg, Texas are in Sugar Land with music from their second EP, No Se Va (En Vivo). $93 and up. 8pm.
  • Comedian Andy Haynes at the Secret Group – Enjoy the hilarious comedy and life observations from this comedian known for his appearances at New York City’s Comedy Cellar and L.A.’s Comedy Store. The Seattle native has also been seen on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents and Conan. $15 and up. 8pm.
  • Arachnophobia Movie Screening at Daiquiri Time Out | No Cover – Head to Galveston to enjoy the 1990 thriller, the penultimate film of DTO’s Creature Feature Movie Series. The movie tells the story of an arachnophobe doctor who must confront his fear after residents in Los Angeles start turning up dead. 21+. 8:30pm.
  • Neon Dreams: A Blacklight Burlesque Experience at Rise Rooftop – Hosted by Nikki Knockout, this evening of burlesque blends psychedelics and blacklight for an unforgettable performance. Expect a blend of puppetry, theater, dance and an original script that flips traditional burlesque on its head. $20 and up. 9pm.
  • Victor Sabattini DJ Set at Bauhaus – From making his name in Tulum by playing some of the best bars, beach clubs and jungle parties, to traveling the world, Victor Sabbattini draws from multicultural sounds and vibes with a nod to Latin America. He brings his infectious brand of music to Downtown. $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.
A blue-lit arena where crowds dance to DJs

FRIDAY
August 25, 2023

  • Author Sharlene Novak at the Woodlands Children’s Museum – The children’s author will read Happy Tails Camper Stories: Lucy Learns to Share, which is followed by a meet-and-greet, where fans can purchase her books for $10 and have them signed. $8 for admission. 11am to 12:15pm.
  • Live Jazz Happy Hour at Lyric Market | No Cover – Grab your favorite drink and something to eat from the Downtown food hall’s vendors, and enjoy the sounds of live jazz as you ease into your weekend. 4pm to 7pm.
  • In Residence Opening Reception at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft | FREE – Join HCCC to celebrate the opening of In Residence: 16th Edition, an annual exhibition celebrating the Center’s Artist Residency Program. The show features works in fiber, clay, and wood, as well as raw and recycled materials, by 2022-2023 resident artists. 5:30pm to 7pm.
  • Artists on Site Series 4 Closing Reception with Pink Plankton at Asia Society Texas Center | FREE – Visit the studio and gallery spaces of four resident artists—Tatiana Escallón, Farima Fooladi, Naomi Kuo, and Alexis Pye—who have been working on-site through the late summer. Plus, enjoy eclectic music sets from Doc Guava, the Chevy Boys and Hasaan Olu. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Homemade Pasta Class at Yellow Rose Distilling – This hands-on class shows you how to make your own pasta from scratch. Using a pasta machine, you can attempt to craft fettuccine, tagliatelle and more, plus you’ll also receive tips on how to craft tomato primavera sauce. At the end of class, you’ll eat your creation. $59. 6:45pm.
  • LL Cool J & the Roots, Big Boi & more in Concert at Toyota Center – Getting together for the Frequencies of Real Creative Energy Tour, LL Cool J teams up with the Roots, DJ Z-Trip and DJ Jazzy Jeff for a celebration of hip-hop. Special guests scheduled to appear include Big Boi, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Goodie Mob, Juvenile and Rakim. $27 and up. 7pm.
An evening movie screening at a public park with crowds of people in chairs and on blankets

Dungeons & Dragons Screening
Levy Park
Friday, August 25

Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and catch this adventure based on the popular role-playing game. The film is part of the Upper Kirby park’s Family Movie Night series.

FREE | 8pm

  • Andrea Magee in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – The Austin-based singer-songwriter originally from Belfast comes to Houston to perform live. She’ll sing selections from Belfast Girl and other songs from her catalog at the Upper Kirby pub. See why Guitar Girl Magazine called her “exuberant, passionate, vulnerable, and sensitive—but also tough, tenacious, and compelling.” $30 and up. 7pm.
  • Kidz Bop Live at Smart Financial Centre – The popular music group known for its family-friendly covers of pop hits comes to Sugar Land for a concert that’s perfect for all ages. Sing along to “As It Was,” “About That Time,” “Anti-Hero” and more. $39.50 and up. 7pm.
  • A Few Bad Apples Comedy Show at City Orchard | FREE – The Arts District cidery hosts an evening of comedy, featuring Clemente Javier and special guests. Expect laugh-out-loud explorations of life and society. 8pm.
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Movie Screening at Levy Park | FREE – Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and catch this adventure based on the popular role-playing game. The film is part of the Upper Kirby park’s Family Movie Night series. Please note that outside furniture is not permitted, although the park’s chairs may be used. 8pm.
  • Peter & Wendy: Family Dance Theatre at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – With music from Two-Star Symphony, this retelling of the beloved Peter Pan story offers a showstopping performance through dance. The family-friendly adventure features a multi-generational cast, aerialists and eye-popping fun. 8pm.
  • Juan Gabriel Eterno Tribute Concert at Axelrad | FREE – Hear the hits of Mexican singer-songwriter and composer Juan Gabriel with performances from Andrea Daniela, Mariachi Amor de Mexico, DJ Chappy Moon, Gracie Chavez and Mexican Blackbird. 8pm.
  • In the Heights Movie Screening at Market Square Park | FREE – Grab dinner or takeout at one of the restaurants adjacent to the Downtown park, then pull up a chair or blanket for the screening of this movie musical that tells the story of a community in New York City’s Washington Heights, with music from Lin Manuel Miranda. 8pm.

Latin Nights
Bar Boheme
Friday, August 25

Groupo Kache plays live at the cozy Montrose spot for a great way to usher in the weekend, especially with deals on bottles and beer buckets all night long.

No Cover | 9pm

  • Son Volt in Concert at the Heights Theater – The alternative country group, led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Jay Farrar comes to Houston for a live performance. Americana Highways called their Day of the Doug album “remarkably fun” and Salt Lake Magazine praised the ensemble’s “no-frills style of rock/Americana.” $26. 8pm.
  • Lady Bits: 5 Year Anniversary at the Secret Group – The uproarious all-female comedy showcase celebrates 5 years with a stand-up show in EaDo. $10 and up. 8pm.
  • Pride Galveston: Mister & Miss Pride Pageant at Robert’s Lafitte – Kick off Pride Galveston festivities with the crowning of Mister & Miss Pride, taking place on Avenue Q at the lively Robert’s Lafitte bar. 9pm.
  • Exposure: Expansions at Sharespace East Downtown – Enjoy crafted cocktails, a delicious menu, live house DJs, and fun visuals at this EaDo nightlife event that looks to move beyond the club experience. $20 and up. 9pm. 
  • Latin Night at Bar Boheme | No Cover – Groupo Kache plays live at the cozy Montrose spot for a great way to usher in the weekend, especially with deals on bottles and beer buckets all night long. 9pm to 2am.
  • Brassjackers DJ Set at Stereo Live – The Dutch electronic music duo come to Houston for a live DJ set. Known for collaborations with established and upcoming artists, the team landed in the Top 40 of DJ Magazine’s Top 100 list. $10. 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 26 & Sunday, August 27, 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.