Plan Your Weekend: September 14 to 17, 2023

People gathered at Emancipation Park near a building
Emancipation Park hosts the Houston Creole Festival this weekend | Courtesy of Emancipation Park Conservancy

Updated Thursday, September 14 at 4:25pm

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, September 14 to Sunday, September 17, 2023.

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Things to Do
All Weekend Long

  • Comedian T.J. Miller at Houston Improv | Friday to Sunday – The “one man philosophy circus” has been in Deadpool and starred on Silicon Valley, amongst countless other films, and makes a weekend stop at the Improv on the Gentle Giant Tour. $50 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • David James Strain: Eternal Opening Reception at Salon Strain | Saturday & Sunday | FREE – Held in Tomball, the artist’s second solo exhibition features his work in forms that bridge from organic, natural-looking into more industrial, architectural-styled forms. The artist will be on hand both evenings to discuss the works and how they represent nature finding a way to exist. Times vary.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents MOMIX: Alice at Jones Hall | Saturday & Sunday – This new dance work inspired by Alice in Wonderland blends MOMIX’s creativity with dazzling visuals, taking audiences on an unexpected journey through a beloved story. $39 and up. Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 2pm.
  • Fiestas Patrias WonderWeek at Children’s Museum Houston | Daily – Celebrating Mexican Independence Day, this week of activities in the Museum District includes crafts where kids will design their own papel picado flags, create fans, share Mexican sweets, and more. $17 for ages 1 and up. 10am to 6pm.

MOMIX: Alice
Jones Hall
Saturday & Sunday

This new dance work inspired by Alice in Wonderland blends MOMIX’s creativity with dazzling visuals, taking audiences on an unexpected journey through a beloved story.

$39 and up | Times Vary

Ongoing Live Theater & Performing Arts in Houston

  • Pop Demo at MATCH | Friday to Sunday | Opening Weekend – Set in the stylistic decor of Pop Art, this production blends political commentary, offbeat theatre, aerial, contemporary dance and visuals to explore how the ideas of popular democracy, extremism and propaganda have shaped and warped American beliefs. $35 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • What the Constitution Means to Me at Main Street Theater | Saturday & Sunday | Opening Weekend – This regional premiere tells the story of 15-year-old Heidi, who earned scholarship money for college by taking part in Constitutional debate competitions. As Heidi looks back on her experiences, she considers what one of our most important founding documents means for our history and our future. This production runs through Sunday, October 15. $39 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • AD Players presents Forever Plaid at the George Theater | Daily | Ongoing – The Plaids are on their way to a gig when they’re hit by a bus and killed instantly. What happens when they return from the afterlife for one final show? The answer lies in this beloved musical filled with barbershop harmonies and enchanting melodies. This production runs through Sunday, October 1. $30 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.
  • POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive at the Gordy | Daily | Ongoing – 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.
  • 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 Greatest Play in the History of the World at Spring Street Studios | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – A love story set in space, this play starring Kacie Adams asks profound questions with deep sincerity while balancing the human quest for meaningful connections. It’s also about shoes. $20. 8pm.
  • Classical Theatre Company presents Medea at the DeLuxe Theater | Thursday to Saturday | Final Weekend – Euripides’ classic Greek tragedy is the story of Medea and her hero husband Jason. When Jason tires of their marriage, Medea vows revenge on him and his new bride. Her actions will leave audiences’ heads spinning. $30. Showtimes vary.

Hispanic Heritage, River Oaks Happy Hour & Other Destinations

THURSDAY
September 14, 2023

  • Birth of a Navy: Talk by Dallam Masterson at the Bryan Museum – The Galveston historical museum hosts a discussion by seventh-generation Texan Dallam Masterson, who will speak about the creation of the Republic of Texas Navy and the role his ancestor, Samuel Rhoads Fisher, played int he process. $15. 5:30pm.
  • Sunset Yoga at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou – Yogis of all ages and levels are welcome to enjoy this 45-minute session along with golden-hour views of downtown from The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park. $10 suggested donation. 6:30pm.
  • Comedian Iliza Shlesinger at Bayou Music Center – Appearing in acclaimed stand-up specials on Netflix, including last year’s Hot Forever, the comedian and actress plays the Downtown stage while on the Hard Feelings Tour. $39.50 and up. 7pm.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents The Butler Studio Showcase at Wortham Center – An opportunity to hear tomorrow’s opera stars today, this concert features soloists from HGO’s renowned Butler Studio young artist development program, singing selections from Eugene Onegin, The Turn of the Screw, La favorite, Die Fledermaus, Susannah, Béatrice et Bénédict and Madame Butterfly. $20. 7pm.
  • Aly & AJ in Concert at House of Blues – The pop rock duo stop by Downtown on their 18-date tour supporting the new release, With Love From. $39.50 and up. 7pm.

Iliza Shlesinger
Bayou Music Center
Thursday, September 14

Appearing in acclaimed stand-up specials on Netflix, including last year’s Hot Forever, the comedian and actress plays the Downtown stage while on the Hard Feelings Tour.

$39.50 and up | 7pm

  • Bingo Vs. Trivia with DJ Mills & Jon Conner at La Grange | No Cover – The Montrose cocktail bar hosts a night of alternating rounds of bingo and trivia, hosted by DJ Mills McCoin and Jon Conner, with prizes up for grabs for the winners. 7pm.
  • Trivia Night at Star Sailor | No Cover – Flex your knowledge on a wide range of trivia topics for the Thirsty Thursdays trivia night at the Heights bar and burger spot on 18th Street. Prizes will be up for grabs for first, second and third place. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents Blast Off to Space at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Symphony visits the Woodlands with an evening of action-packed music that includes works from space films like Star Wars and E.T., as well as Holst’s The Planets, and more. $25 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Comedian Joe Wong at the Secret Group – The deadpan comic, who also holds a biochemistry PhD from Rice, headlines a night at the EaDo comedy club, bringing his observations on pop culture, life and stereotypes as a Chinese American. $40 and up. 8pm.
  • ABBA Under the Stars at the Marriott Marquis – The Downtown hotel hosts a rooftop concert that pays tribute to the disco supergroup ABBA, accompanied by stunning skyscraper views. $45 and up. 8pm.
  • OF 82 in Concert at the Continental Club – The Mid-Main stage hosts a night of ’80s tunes, digging deep into the classic dark wave era for songs by the Cure, Depeche Mode, New Order and beyond. $10. 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.
An outdoor patio with people gathered together and a Ferris wheel in the background

FRIDAY
September 15, 2023

Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Houston Farmers Market
Friday, September 15

The market on Airline Drive in the Heights honors the month celebrating Hispanic Heritage with an afternoon and evening of local market shopping, face painting, salsa class, Aztec dances, ballet folklorico, and mariachi.

FREE | 3pm to 9pm

El Grito with Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán
Miller Outdoor Theatre
Friday, September 15

Miller’s annual kickoff for Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage Month returns with a free night of classic Mexican music from Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, a 15-member group with a rich legacy of more than 50 years of mariachi music.

FREE | 7:30pm

  • 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, September 16 & Sunday, September 17, 2023.


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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.