Get a Nightlife This Week: September 11 to 17, 2023

An outdoor beer garden with neon installations
Axelrad hosts a Mexico Independence Day celebration on Saturday | Courtesy of Axelrad

Find the can’t-miss events in Houston with our Day + Nightlife Guide from Monday, September 11 to Sunday, September 17, 2023.

Your favorite nightlife guide is back to cure your weekly FOMO. We’ve got you covered with our in-the-know list of art, music, and nightlife events happening all week long around Houston, from Monday through Sunday.

Day + Nightlife Guide in Houston This Week: September 11 to 17, 2023


  • 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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

  • First Aid Kit in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – The indie folk duo out of Sweden returns to Houston with songs from Palomino, their follow up to three straight chart-topping albums. $36.50 and up. 7pm.
  • Line Dance Night at Post Houston | FREE – Get boot scootin’ at Post when Love Dance HTX comes by to show you the moves to classic country tunes. 7pm.
  • Samba Dance Class at Midtown Park | FREE – The Brazilian Cultural Institute leads a dance class in Midtown, open to all skill levels and experience, teaching you the popular Brazilian samba. 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Thursday, September 14, 2023

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Friday, September 15, 2023 

Saturday, September 16, 2023 

  • Houston Creole Festival at Emancipation Park – 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.
  • Latino Block Party at Karbach Brewing Company | FREE – The Spring Branch brewery hosts a block party filled with Latin food trucks, local vendors and live music from Tejano artists EZ Band along with Cumbia group Son Bayou. Noon to 11pm.
  • 2023 Trap Wine Fest Houston at Guadalupe Plaza Park – Taste through 30 wines while listening to DJs spinning trap hits alongside local vendors, games and trendy local chef offerings. $15. 3pm to 8pm.
  • Mexico’s Independence Day at Memorial Park Eastern Glades | FREE – Sprawl out at Memorial Park’s Eastern Glades with an evening of delicious food, ballet folklorico, mariachi, crafts, refreshments and more. 5pm to 7pm.
  • Botanic Bingo at Houston Botanic Garden – The South Houston garden celebrates Hispanic heritage with a night of botanic bingo, highlighting the plants of Central America and doling out garden-themed prizes. Eureka Heights will also be on-site with tasty brews. $35. 5:30pm to 7pm.
  • Party on the Plaza at Avenida Houston | 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.
  • Dia de la Independencia at East End Backyard | FREE – The sprawling East End patio welcomes a Dies y Sies celebration, complete with mariachi, loteria games, a vendor market, drink specials, food from La Esquina food truck and more. 6:30pm to 2am.
  • Fiesta de Independencia 2023 at Axelrad | 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.
  • Comedian Mo Amer at Bayou Music Center – 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.
  • Devotional: The Depeche Mode Experience in Concert at Numbers Nightclub – The Montrose nightclub hosts a special tribute performance filled with the songs of Depeche Mode, including “Enjoy the Silence” and “Personal Jesus.” $25 and up. 9pm.
  • Anna DJ Set at Stereo Live – Brazilian techno DJ Anna takes to the decks of West Houston’s headquarters for EDM. $15. 10pm.

Sunday, September 17, 2023 

  • Twin Shadow DJ Set at El Segundo Swim Club – Take a late summer dip at the Second Ward swimming spot while listening to tunes from indie musician Twin Shadow. $20. 11am.
  • Meow & Bow-Wow Brunch Bash at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center – Rescued Pets Movement celebrates their 10th anniversary with a brunch bash that features a Bloody Mary bar, free-flowing mimosas, brunch plates and more. $150 and up. Noon to 3pm.
  • King’s Cup at Houston Polo Club – 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.
  • Letsdothishouston: Night Light Bike Ride at 3rd Ward Tours – Hop on two wheels and cruise the city to the tunes of a curated playlist. Meet up on Emancipation Avenue, then head out through a scenic route featuring well-known Houston stops. $11 and up. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Comedian Hannah Berner at House of Blues – After bursting onto the comedy scene through social media, Hannah Berner went on to feature for multiple seasons in Bravo’s Chat Room and Summer House. Now, she hits the road to deliver her comic chops at the Downtown stage. $40 and up. 7pm.
  • LSDXOXO DJ Set at Bauhaus – The Sunday Gulp session at the Downtown EDM venue welcomes the Berlin-based musician, LSDXOXO. $20. 7pm.
  • Drake & 21 Savage in Concert at Toyota Center – 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.  
  • Switchfoot in Concert at the Heights Theater – The Grammy-winning rock band celebrates the 20th anniversary of their triple-platinum record, The Beautiful Letdown with the first of two shows at the Heights Theater. Their second performance will be on Friday, September 22. $42 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.