Top 18 Festivals & Events This Week in Houston: November 13 to 19, 2023

Two people looking up at holiday light decorations above them
Get a sneak peek at this year's Zoo Lights at the Sip & Sparkle event | Courtesy of Houston Zoo

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, November 13 to Sunday, November 19, 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, November 13 to Sunday, November 19, 2023.

Top 18 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Author Zadie Smith at Congregation Emanu El | Monday, November 13 – The novelist and literary star arrives in Houston to read from latest novel, The Fraud, followed by a conversation with Rice professor Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan. $5. 7:30pm.
  • Broadway Across America presents MJ: The Musical at Hobby Center | Tuesday, November 14 to Sunday, November 19 – This multi-Tony Award–winning musical follows the creation of Michael Jackson’s 1992 Dangerous World Tour. Featuring more than 25 of the iconic performer’s hits—including “Beat It”, “Bad”, “Man in the Mirror”, and more—the show traces Jackson’s professional career and talent. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • City of Deer Park Tree Lighting Spectacular at Patrick’s Cabin | Thursday, November 16 | FREE – This holiday favorite returns, allowing guests to kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony, tours of historic Patrick’s Cabin, apple cider, a retelling of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and more. Food and souvenirs are available for purchase. 5:30pm to 9pm.
  • Sip & Sparkle at Houston Zoo | Thursday, November 16 – See the popular Zoo Lights exhibit—without the kids—while enjoying a sampling of wines from around the world. As you stroll the grounds, explore the illuminated dance floor, colorful holiday light tunnel, sparkling photo ops and much more. $55. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Secret Night Out at Children’s Museum Houston | Friday, November 17 – This 21+ only event helps you embrace your inner child in the Museum District. Take in live music and entertainment as you enjoy special eats and adult beverages—and all the favorite exhibits you’ve come to know and love. $50 and up. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Burna Boy in Concert at Toyota Center | Friday, November 17 – The global icon and first-ever international African artist to top the charts with their debut album is bringing the I Told Them tour to Downtown. $49 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Funbox Bounce Park at Katy Mills | Friday, November 17 to Sunday , November 19 | Ongoing – Scale the climbable Marshmallow Mountain, scamper across the Gumball Gallop, work your way through the Funbox obstacle course, and take part in other thrilling attractions waiting to be discovered at the vast inflatable playground in Katy. Save 30% on admission when you use promo code Todo30 at checkout. Times vary.
  • Magical Winter Lights Opening Weekend at Katy Mills | Friday, November 17 to Sunday, November 19 | Ongoing – One of the city’s most popular attractions opens its gates at a new location in Katy this year. Wander through a lit-up wonderland filled with dazzling lantern sculptures, interactive displays, and a carnival with fun for the whole family. Early bird tickets are available now for the month of November. $21.75; $15.30 for ages 3 to 12 and 65+; free for ages 2 and under. Friday and Saturday 5pm to 11pm; Sunday 5pm to 10pm.
  • Galaxy Lights at Space Center Houston | Friday, November 17 to Sunday, November 19 | Ongoing – The cosmic spectacle returns to Space Center Houston, transforming the campus into a twinkling wonderland of space-themed light installations, high-tech experiences, holiday treats and more in a one-of-a-kind event that can only be found in Space City. Tickets range from $19.95 to $27.95; free for ages 3 and under. Save $5 on each ticket when you use promo code 365XLIGHTS at checkout. 6pm to 10pm.
  • 31st Annual Artcrawl at Hardy & Nance Studios | Saturday, November 18 | FREE – Explore dozens of artist studios at this art crawl north of Downtown, also taking place at Bisong Art Gallery and Mother Dog Studios. Sip complimentary Karbachs and enjoy live DJ music while touring the galleries and warehouses. 10am to 9pm.
  • Football: UH Cougars vs. Oklahoma State at TDECU Stadium | Saturday, November 18 – Watch the hometown Coogs defend the gridiron against visitors from north of the Red River. This Big 12 rivalry is also Senior Day for UH, so come out and celebrate the seniors’ last home game. $15 and up. Noon.
  • 30th ZineFest Houston at the Orange Show | Saturday, November 18 | FREE – Celebrating its 30th year, ZineFest is a grassroots festival that gathers media creators from across the city to share their zines, mini-comics and other forms of small press, alternative, underground, DIY media and art. Swing by Houston’s Orange Show for Visionary Art, shop and find community. Noon to 6pm.
  • Houston Margarita Festival at the Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park | Saturday, November 18 – The annual festival returns to Buffalo Bayou, offering a day of drink tasting and revelry. Pour up a wide range of 17+ flavored margs while you enjoy live music, DJs, dancing, food vendors and more. $25 and up. Noon to 10pm.
  • Chris Dave & the Drumhedz, with the Hamiltones at Eldorado Ballroom | Saturday, November 18 – The two-time Grammy Award-winning Chris Dave and the Drumhedz bring their progressive brand of R&B to the historic Eldorado Ballroom stage. The Hamiltones will also play in support. $35 and up. 7pm.
  • Comedian Michelle Wolf at House of Blues | Saturday, November 18 – Just days before she’s due to guest host The Daily Show, the deadpan political comedian swings through Downtown for a night of her It’s Great to Be Here Tour. $39 and up. 7pm.
  • Fall Picnic at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Sunday, November 19 – The second of three fall picnics at the Arboretum offers everything you need for perfect outdoor picnic. You’ll get a classic blanket, waters, your choice of sandwiches or charcuterie, and a six-pack of Saint Arnold beer. $75 for 2, with add-on options available. 11:30am to 1pm.
  • Plantsgiving at M-K-T | Sunday, November 19 | FREE – Shop more than 30 local and small businesses while enjoying complimentary hot cocoa as Houston Plant Market comes to M-K-T in the Heights. Local vendors will be selling everything from plants, local honey and candles to soap, handmade jewelry, and more. It’s a great time to pick up something to decorate your home this holiday or to give away. Noon to 6pm.
  • 2023 Houston Women’s Polo Championship at Houston Polo Club | Sunday, November 19 – The fall season comes to a close at Houston Polo Club, where two top teams compete for a special trophy in one of the largest women’s polo tournaments in the world. Expect a fun atmosphere with live music, bites from David Cordúa’s The Lymbar, and a Champagne divot stomp at halftime. $18 and up. 1:30pm.

Many More Things to Do in Houston

Save on Houston Museum & Brewery Passes


Don’t Miss Out on Tomorrow’s Fun!

Subscribe to our free Weekend Guide newsletter and receive a round-up of great things to do every weekend in Houston, hitting your inbox on Thursday.

Don’t want to miss anything? Opt in for our Daily Updates to discover new things happening in Houston and receive special updates and offers, every weekday.


Previous articleTop 18 Live Shows & Concerts in Houston This Week: November 13 to 19, 2023
Next articleGet a Nightlife This Week: November 13 to 19, 2023
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.