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Plan Your Weekend: September 21 to 24, 2023

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September 23, 2023

  • Take Me Outdoors Houston at Discovery Green | FREE – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hosts this bilingual event celebrating the Great Outdoors with animal ambassadors, hands-on activities, resources and more. 9am to 2pm.
  • Botanical Printing at Houston Botanic Garden – This hands-on workshop allows participants to use a variety of leaves to make prints on fabric which can then be used in clothing, household goods, quilts and more. $80. 10am to 2pm.
  • Bat Fest at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | FREE – Learn more about bats and why they are a vital part of our ecosystem at this festival where the whole family can enjoy fun bat-themed activities and crafts, story times, food trucks, and more. 10am to 2pm.
  • Fall Fest at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – This family-friendly celebration of fall offers something for everyone, including live music, food and beverages, carnival games, a market, and more. 10am to 3pm.
  • How to Pay for College Without Going Broke at Heights Library | FREE – This college admissions workshop is designed for families with students ages 13 to 16, and explores when you should begin the college admissions process, information about 529 savings accounts, myths about financial aid and more. Registration required. 10:30am.
  • Apollo Chamber Players Hispanic Heritage Month Concert at Aldine Branch Library | FREE – The acclaimed ensemble offers this family-friendly performance of multicultural new music from Mexico, Cuba, Argentina and Venezuela, featuring Venezuelan mezzo soprano Luisana Rivas and Spanish percussionist Jesus Pacheco. 11am to Noon.
  • GroovFest at the Tomball Depot | FREE – Throw it back to yesteryear with a day of groovy live music featuring the songs of Buddy Holly, the Doors, the Beatles and more from the Fab 5, plus a Volkswagen show, kids activities, delicious food and more in Tomball. 11am to 6pm.

Take Me Outdoors
Discovery Green
Saturday, September 23

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hosts this bilingual event celebrating the Great Outdoors with animal ambassadors, hands-on activities, resources and more.

FREE | 9am to 2pm

  • Oktoberfest 2023 at Spindletap Brewery | FREE – The North Houston brewery kicks off a slate of festivities with live music from the Homebrewed Brass Ensemble, German-inspired foods, games like stein holding and wife carrying, contests and more. 11am to 10pm.
  • B52 Oktoberfest at B-52 Brewing | FREE – Head to Conroe for this family-friendly celebration, which includes German-style food, beer, and games like a Stein Hoist, a Barrel Roll, and a best-dressed contest. Free to attend; drink bundles are $30. Noon to 9pm.
  • Musiqa presents Made in Houston at Cactus Music | FREE – This in-store event at the iconic Houston record shop celebrates Musiqa’s very first record release, featuring six original commissions highlighting music for saxophones, percussion and strings by some of the country’s most exciting up-and-coming composers. 1pm.
  • Sound Meditation at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston | FREE – Take some time to slow down with this self-guided meditation in the museum’s meditation room within the Ming Smith: Feeling the Future exhibition. 1pm to 4pm.
  • Treasures of the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations at Octavia Fields Branch Library | FREE – Stop by the Humble branch of the Harris County Public Library for this discussion in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A member of MFAH’s speaker’s bureau leads this session, which showcases ceramic vessels, carvings, jewelry and more from these vibrant civilizations. 1:30pm.
  • Los Hermanos Movie Screening at Holocaust Museum Houston | FREE – This film about two Afro-Cuban brothers, violinist Ilmar and pianist Aldo, was called “electrifying” by the New York Times. Ilmar leaves the island country to come to the U.S., leaving Aldo behind. But the brothers always dreamed of a world where they would play together. The screening includes a special performance by the Segundo Barrio Children’s Chorus, Houston’s first and only bilingual choir for children. 2pm to 4pm.

Fall Festival
Sugar Land Town Square
Saturday, September 23

This family-friendly celebration of fall offers something for everyone, including live music, food and beverages, carnival games, a market, and more.

FREE | 10am to 3pm

Comedian Deon Cole
Bayou Music Center
Saturday, September 23

Known for his award-winning role as Charlie in ABC’s Black-ish and this summer’s Average Joe, the Emmy-nominated comedian can also be seen in his most recent hour-long Netflix special, Charleen’s Boy.

$39 and up | 8pm

September 24, 2023

  • Cars & Cocktails at Little Woodrow’s Tomball | No Cover – Head to Tomball to check out high-performance cars, trucks, bikes, hot rods, classic muscle, and off-road trucks. Bonus: grab a drink and make new friends among the vehicle enthusiasts. 11am to 3pm.
  • Them Jeans DJ Set at El Segundo Swim Club – Catch some rays, chill in a cabana and enjoy adult beverages while listening to the L.A.-based Them Jeans play everything from high-energy house and hip-hop sets to dark and underground U.K. sounds. $20. 11am to 7pm.
  • Bellaire Open Market at Evelyn’s Park | FREE – Come out and meet local artisans and business owners, selling a variety of unique and hand-crafted products at this open air market in Bellaire. Noon to 4pm.
  • Slavic Heritage Festival at Northside Columbus Hall – This family-friendly event showcases the rich culture of Slavic countries, with traditional dances, food, a kolache-eating contest, vendors, music and other fun surprises. $5. Noon to 6pm.
  • Fall Celebration Market at Shady Acres Saloon | FREE – Come out to this neighborhood market near the Heights with local vendors, live music, bingo and more to mark the beginning of fall. Noon to 10pm.
  • The Diana Foundation’s Charity Drag Brunch at Hamburger Mary’s – Enjoy a festive brunch and drag show in Downtown while raising funds for the Montrose Center’s SPRY division (Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years). Expect glitter, glitz and fabulous entertainment. $45 and up. 1pm to 3:15pm.
  • Brews & Browse End Of Summer Market at Urban South HTX | FREE – Capping off the summer, the Arts District brewery busts out the festivities with a family-friendly market that also includes a bounce house, face painting, raffle prizes, food, treats and more. 1pm to 6pm.
  • Festival de la Salsa at Discovery Green – The Downtown park space hosts a full day of salsa celebration, infused with Latin culture and showcasing the many influences of Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, United States and beyond. Enjoy live music, folklorico and cultural performances, food vendors and more during an event that promotes unity and cultural diversity. $10 in advance; free for ages 12 and under. 1pm to 10pm.

Brews & Browse Market
Urban South HTX
Sunday, September 24

Capping off the summer, the Arts District brewery busts out the festivities with a family-friendly market that also includes a bounce house, face painting, raffle prizes, food, treats and more.

FREE | 1pm to 6pm

  • Artist Talk: Denise Giordano & Fatima Donaldson at Archway Gallery | FREE – Denise Giordano and guest artist Fatima Donaldson discuss their collaboration for the current show Looking Closer, which was inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe and a road trip to Santa Fe. 2pm to 4pm.
  • Woof & Whiskey at William Price Distilling – At this fundraiser for Harris County’s Pets Heal-A-Heart program, you will learn to craft tasty whiskey cocktails while also enjoying an auction, bar snacks, drink specials and a dog-friendly bar. $25. 2pm to 5pm.
  • Context presents Felix Mendelssohn in Concert at Rice University’s Duncan Recital Hall – Opening the classical series’ 28th season, this concert features Trio#1 in D Minor for violin, cello and piano, plus Sextet in D Major for violin, two violas, cello, double bass and piano. $35. 4pm.
  • USPA H. Ben Taub Memorial Cup at the Houston Polo Club – Experience a world class polo match with a player parade, live music, expert announcing, Champagne divot stomp at halftime, and special trophy presentation. Enhance your experience with elevated concessions from David Cordúa’s The Lymbar at an additional cost. $18 and up. 5pm.
  • Kindred Stories presents Ode to Hip-Hop Trivia Night at the Historic Eldorado Ballroom – Show off your hip-hop knowledge as you crush the competition in this friendly trivia battle at the newly reopened historic ballroom in Third Ward. Compete in a team to combine forces and have fun. $20. 6pm.
  • The Art Jam at the Orange Show | FREE – Are you working on an art project or want to meet creatives in the community? The Orange Show hosts this fun-filled evening of self-expression where artists and musicians can come together to meet, mingle and create. Bring your sketchbooks, iPads, musical instruments, a chair or blanket, and most importantly your imagination for this free and freeform meetup. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Corey Taylor in Concert at House of Blues – The Slipknot vocalist brings a solo set to House of Blues in Downtown, supporting his brand new release, CMF2. $45 and up. 6:30pm.
  • Comedian Bert Kreischer at Toyota Center – Most recently seen in his Netflix stand-up specials, Hey Big Boy and Razzle Dazzle, the comic and host of the weekly show Bertcast comes to Downtown for a one-night show. $44 and up. 7pm.

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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.

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