Plan Your Labor Day Weekend: August 31 to September 4, 2023

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    Find time to unwind at locations across the city for Labor Day Weekend | Courtesy of City Place

    Updated Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 1:30pm

    Find the perfect things to do in Houston this Labor Day weekend with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, August 31 to Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2023.

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    Things to Do
    All Weekend Long

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    Houston Astros vs. NY Yankees
    Minute Maid Park
    Friday to Sunday

    Entering the final month of the regular season, the Astros face a struggling Yankees squad in a Labor Day Weekend home series that kicks off with post-game fireworks on Friday.

    $41 and up | Times Vary

    • Comedian Cristela Alonzo at Houston Improv | Friday & Saturday – The Rio Grande Valley–native dropped her acclaimed stand-up special Middle Classy on Netflix last summer, and has since been touring the country with new material touching on the funny side of topics like politics, therapy and life as a Latina. $50 for 2, and up. Times vary.
    • Galveston Island Wine Festival at Moody Gardens | Friday to Sunday – Food and wine lovers can take to Galveston for this three-day fest featuring seafood offerings from acclaimed Houston chefs Christine Ha (Xin Chào, Stuffed Belly) and David Cordúa (The Lymbar), a wine and spirit tasting with penguin encounters, a bourbon storytelling series with military veterans, and an opportunity to explore the Moody Gardens pyramids. Prices vary by package. Times vary.
    • Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday – Entering the final month of the regular season, the Astros face a struggling Yankees squad in a Labor Day Weekend home series that kicks off with post-game fireworks on Friday. $41 and up. Times vary.
    • Houston Restaurant Weeks at Multiple Locations | Daily | Final Days – The Houston Food Bank’s biggest fundraiser closes out another year of tasty and charitable food and drink. Ending on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, the month-long celebration features more than 200 local restaurants with special offerings for brunch, lunch and dinner (and even to-go). Prices are $25 for brunch and lunch, $39 or $55 for dinner. Times vary by location.

    Ongoing Live Theater & Performing Arts in Houston

    • TUTS presents Jagged Little Pill at Hobby Center | Thursday to Sunday | Opening Weekend – Backed by the songs of Alanis Morrisette, this story of a perfectly imperfect American family explores the themes of love, heartache and strength, even as it tackles deeper issues of drug use and sexual violence. The New York Times called the show one that “stands alongside the original musicals that have sustained the best hopes of Broadway.” Houston native Liesie Kelly joins the ensemble. This production runs through Sunday, September 10. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
    • POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive at the Gordy | Friday to Sunday | Opening Weekend – This feminist farce explores power, misogyny and how women both support and undermine each other. When the president makes an off-color statement including a certain four-letter word, all hell breaks loose. The women on his staff and in his family roll into action to contain the fallout, even as events spool out of their control. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
    • Stages presents Always…Patsy Cline at the Gordy | Thursday 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.
    • Music Box Theater presents Back to the ‘80s at Queensbury Theater | Friday & Saturday | Ongoing – The cabaret group performs a concert of hits from the era of legwarmers, Members Only jackets and big hair. Expect your ‘80s favorites along with hilarity and hijinks. $38 and up. 7:30pm.
    • The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Art Factory | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – Come down to Stark, Florida and the mobile home community of Armadillo Acres where new resident and local stripper Pippi is about to seriously shake things up. $30. Showtimes vary.

    Outgoing Arts, Fried Chicken Spots & Other Destinations

    THURSDAY
    August 31, 2023

    • Powerful Poets: Free Family Night at Children’s Museum Houston | FREE – Bring the kiddos to see how impressive wordplay and powerful storytelling comes alive through poetry, featuring appearances by Houston Poet Laureate Aris Kian Brown and Houston Youth Poet Laureate, Ariana Lee. 6pm to 7:15pm.
    • Nosh: Houston Culinary Showcase 2023 at Shell Energy Stadium – A signature culinary event from the minds behind Black Restaurant Week, the sixth annual Nosh showcase offers a chance to dive into the flavors of African, African American, and Caribbean cuisine through the dishes of Houston’s top Black chefs, caterers and bartenders. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. $50 and up. 6pm to 10pm.
    • Houston Texans Season Premiere at NRG Stadium – Ahead of the NFL season kickoff, join members of the Houston Texans front office and team for an exclusive evening on the field that includes dinner, casino games, live music, a silent auction and more. Appearances include Chair and CEO Cal McNair, General Manager Nick Caserio, Head Coach DeMeco Ryans, Texans players, Toro the mascot, cheerleaders and more. $1,000 and up. 6:30pm.
    • David Kushner in Concert at House of Blues – The Chicago singer-songwriter emerged most recently with his gold-certified single “Daylight,” and now heads to Downtown for a night of songs from his debut album, Footprints I Found, and more. $27.50 and up. 7pm.
    • The Riot Comedy Club presents Shafi Hossain at Rudyard’s Pub – The New York-based comedian, writer and host of Culture Clash Comedy Podcast has been hailed as one of the funniest additions to the recent stand-up scene, and you can find out why when he performs a special set upstairs at Rudz. $15 and up. 7pm.
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    Jaws Movie Screening
    Daiquiri Time Out
    Thursday, August 31

    The Galveston spot for frozens closes out their summer Creature Feature Movie Series with the 1975 Stephen Spielberg classic, Jaws.

    No Cover; 21+ | 8:30pm

    • Ingenious Lotería at Ingenious Brewing Company | FREE – Play a few rounds of Lotería for prizes like stickers, discounts on draft pours and to-go beer, free 4-packs, and more at the inventive Humble brewery. 7pm to 9pm.
    • Author Talk: Latoya Watkins at Kindred Stories | FREE – Latoya Watkins sits down with former Houston Poet Laureate Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton for a conversation about her second novel, Holler, Child. Following up her debut novel Perish, this collection of 11 stories centers on the unique characters of a Black community in Texas, offering tales that are at once heartbreaking and hopeful. Free with RSVP; book available for $28. 7:30pm.
    • Chris Travis in Concert at Warehouse Live – The Memphis rapper arrives in EaDo with songs from his new mixtape, WAVS, and other recent work. $20 and up. 8pm.
    • Arcángel in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – The Latin trap rapper brings his chart-topping album, Sr. Santos, to Sugar Land, giving fans a chance to hear him perform his red hot collab with Bad Bunny, “La Jumpa.” $54 and up. 8pm.
    • Jaws Movie Screening at Daiquiri Time Out | No Cover – The Galveston spot for frozens closes out their summer Creature Feature Movie Series with the 1975 Stephen Spielberg classic, Jaws. 21+ only. 8:30pm.
    • Crystallmess DJ Set at Bauhaus – The Downtown club for EDM hosts French DJ Crystallmess as part of their recurring Gulp series. $10 and up. 9pm.
    • 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
    September 1, 2023

    • Holler Monthly Market at Holler Brewing Co. | FREE – The Arts District brewery opens their doors for a Yappy Hour market, featuring more than a dozen local vendors and plenty of pups to meet. 5pm to 9pm.
    • BLCK Market Pop-Up at GreenStreet – Shop from some of the city’s best local Black-owned businesses at this pop-up event from BLCK Market. While there, enjoy live music, food and drinks as you shop everything from clothing and accessories to home decor and beauty products. Limited free tickets available; $5 after that. 6pm to 10pm.
    • The Music Room Movie Screening at MFAH – Casting a spotlight on Indian cinema, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston screens this 1958 Bengali film about a fallen aristocrat desperately clinging to a fading way of life in a clash between tradition and modernity. $9. 7pm.
    • Bad Omens in Concert at Bayou Music Center – The metalcore group out of Virginia stop by Downtown with songs from their latest, The Death of Peace of Mind, including the hit single, “Just Pretend.” $148 and up. 7pm.
    • Notes of Noire: A Wine & Live Music Pairing at Pur Noire Urban Wineries – The Downtown winery hosts their weekly event with Houston Groove Society where guests will taste through four wines that are each paired with different songs. $40. 7pm and 8:30pm.

    Houston Fringe Festival
    MATCH
    Friday, September 1

    The annual one-night fest returns with an evening that blends contemporary dance, music, spoken word, comedy, cirque performances and more for an inside look at what Houston’s contemporary arts scene has been working on.

    $15 and up | 8pm

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    Luna Li & Dengue Fever
    Miller Outdoor Theatre
    Friday, September 1

    Asia Society Texas celebrates the Miller centennial with a free concert that joins the indie rock dreamscapes of Luna Li with Cambodian psych rock outfit Dengue Fever for an electric night of music on the Hermann hill.

    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, September 2 to Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 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.