Top 16 Festivals & Events This Week in Houston: September 11 to 17, 2023

A promotional photo for the series 'Mo' with Mo Amer leaning on a classic American car
Mo Amer headlines a on Mo Amer Day this week | Courtesy of Netflix

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, September 11 to Sunday, September 17, 2023.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Scroll below to find great things happening in Houston from Monday, September 11 to Sunday, September 17, 2023.

Top 16 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • King Krule in Concert at White Oak Music Hall | Monday, September 11 – Fresh off his fifth album Space Heavy, the English rocker returns to White Oak with another performance that blurs the lines of genre. $51 and up. 7pm.
  • Comedian Iliza Shlesinger at 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.
  • 16th Annual Galveston Women’s Conference at Moody Gardens | Friday, September 15 – This all-day conference invites women to come together and learn about health and other women’s issues, while also developing skills and finding inspiration to be successful in life and business. Award-winning actress and comedian Christine Baranski will deliver the keynote address. $225. 8am to 5pm.
  • Vivo LatinoAmerica Fundraiser Concert at Wonky Power | Friday, September 15 – This East End celebration features local Latin musicians like Orion 224, Vortxz and more performing alongside a bustling market of Latin vendors to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. All ticket sales and donations go toward providing vital health screenings for underserved Latinx individuals in the Houston area. $10 in advance; $12 to $15 at the door. 7pm.
  • Viet Cultural Fest at NRG Center | Saturday, September 16 – Immerse yourself in a full day of Vietnamese culture at this festival celebrating Houston’s Viet community with traditional dance and music performances, Vietnamese games and trivia, pageants, a phở-eating contest, and plenty of delicious dishes. $10 for ages 3 and up; $15 at the door. 10am to 7pm.
  • First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – Rescheduled from the beginning of the month due to weather, this arts market spreads out on 19th street, offering the public a chance to shop directly from local artists and enjoy live music, food trucks, beer and wine. 11am to 6pm.
  • Houston Creole Festival at Emancipation Park | Saturday, September 16 – The ninth annual festival celebrating Houston’s Creole heritage returns to Emancipation Park in Third Ward with a family-friendly day of Zydeco and dancing, plus a local vendor market, kids zone and flavorful foods like cookies, barbecue, brisket, gumbo and more. $10 and up; free for ages 11 and under. 11am to 10pm.
  • Party on the Plaza at Avenida Houston | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – The Downtown plaza hosts a night celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Mexican Norteño tunes from Grupo Vadenagi and Latin music by Shekere Band. Stop by Discovery Green across the street and you can also shop local vendors at the Flea by Night event. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Fiesta de Independencia 2023 at Axelrad | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – Celebrate Diez y Seis at the outdoor garden of Axelrad, which hosts a night of music from Felipe Galvan, Vanita Leo, and Strawberry Jams alongside local vendors, cocktails and more. 7pm.
  • Football: UH Cougars vs. TCU at TDECU Stadium | Saturday, September 16 – The Coogs host their first Big 12 opponent of the season when the nationally-ranked TCU comes to town. $50 and up. 7pm.
  • Comedian Mo Amer at Bayou Music Center | Saturday, September 16 – Born in Kuwait and raised in H-Town, the comic most recently made his mark with the successful first season of his Houston-shot Netflix comedy, Mo, which loosely follows his life growing up as a Palestinian refugee in the Alief area. The comedian returns for his biggest performance yet in Houston on the officially recognized Mo Amer Day, and you’ll need to act quickly to secure solid seats before they’re gone. $38 and up. 8pm.
  • The 2nd Chance Run at Minute Maid Park | Sunday, September 17 – Starting from inside Minute Maid, this all-ages run honors organ, eye and tissue donors while pounding pavement in Downtown through 5K and 1-mile courses. Runners receive a commemorative shirt, swag bag and event medal. Registration starts at $40 for the 5K, $30 for the 1-Mile. 7:30am.
  • 713 Walks: Cultural Walk in East End Arts District | Sunday, September 18 | FREE – Join with Urban Paths for a walking tour of the cultural arts found throughout East End, including historic architecture, public art, the Buffalo Bayou Park Silos, Talento Bilingüe de Houston, the Navigation Esplanade, and more. 9am to 11am.
  • Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium | Sunday, September 18 – The Texans hit the field for their home opener in the 2023 NFL season, hosting division rivals in the Colts. $60 and up. Noon.
  • King’s Cup at Houston Polo Club | Sunday, September 18 – Polo season is back and the fall is kicking off with the King’s Cup. Enjoy world class polo, a player parade, live music, a Champagne divot stomp at halftime, a special trophy presentation, and delicious Argentine and Brazilian—inspired fare by David Cordúa’s Lymbar. $18 and up; Box seats for 2 to 20 guests range from $100 to $995. 5pm.
  • Drake & 21 Savage in Concert at Toyota Center | Sunday, September 18 – Drizzy’s rescheduled June show is finally here and the multi-platinum pop star is performing with 21 Savage on their co-headlining It’s All a Blur tour in celebration of their joint release Her Loss. A second performance also takes place on Monday, September 18. $74.50 and up. 8pm.  

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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.