Get a Nightlife This Week: December 4 to 10, 2023

A DJ performing for a crowd while light shines off a disco ball
Stereo Live hosts Eptic for a DJ Set on Friday | Courtesy of Stereo Live Houston

Find the can’t-miss events in Houston with our Day + Nightlife Guide from Monday, December 4 to Sunday, December 10, 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: December 4-10, 2023

Ongoing

  • Comedian Big Jay Oakerson at Houston Improv | Thursday to Saturday – From the Gathering of the Juggalos to Bonnaroo, the crude comedian has delivered laughs for crowds across the country. Now, he’ll stake out the Spring Branch stage for five shows across three nights. $50 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • Mistletoe Market at Baldwin Park in Midtown | Friday & Saturday | FREE – The annual market takes to the shady oaks of Baldwin Park for two days of art shopping, live music and free DIY workshops that help kids and adults alike craft that perfect gift from the heart. Workshop sessions are limited in space, so advance RSVP is strongly encouraged. Friday 5pm to 10pm; Saturday 10am to 4pm.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Katherine Blanford at Rudyard’s Pub | Friday & Saturday – The Atlanta-based comedian swings through the Montrose pub for two nights of laughs, following up her debut comedy album, Salt Daddy. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • Tomball German Festival Christmas Market in Old Town Tomball | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Do as the Germans do and celebrate Christmas with plenty of food, beer, and wine, as well as live music on three stages, a petting zoo, and a holiday market featuring more than 150 vendors with antiques, arts and crafts, souvenirs, and more. Times vary.
  • Texas Bred Holiday Market at Saint Arnold Brewery | Saturday & Sunday | FREE – More than 50 brands will be on hand at this final holiday market from American Field. Shop goods for the hard-to-gift folks on your list, sip craft brews from the Saint Arnold taps, and learn about new products coming soon. 11am to 5pm.

Monday, December 4, 2023

  • Dwarves in Concert at Last Concert Cafe – The Tex-Mex haunt north of Downtown hosts Dwarves, who bring their unique blend of punk, garage, thrash and experimental music to the Last Concert stage. $20. 7pm.
  • Shaun Cassidy in Concert at House of Blues – The singer-songwriter, actor, producer, multi-platinum recording artist, and pop cultural icon Shaun Cassidy is bringing his signature charisma to the stage once again when he comes through Houston as part of a limited engagement of seven dates over the 2023 winter season. $39.50 and up. 7pm.
  • Stand With Texas starring Sandra Bernhard at the Heights Theater – Actress and storyteller Sandra Bernhard hosts this evening event in the Heights, joined by local Texas organizations, drag artists, musicians and other surprise guests to raise awareness on student education, LGBTQ+ and bodily autonomy issues. $59 and up. 8pm.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

  • Missio in Concert at the Secret Group – The Austin-based electronic duo headline a night at the EaDo space, performing songs from their two 2023 EP releases and more. $40 and up. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Woodz in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – Known for his captivating performances and diverse musical prowess, the K-Pop phenom Woodz promises to deliver a memorable show that transcends genres when he comes through Sugar Land with music from his newest EP, OO-Li. $94 and up. 7:30pm.
  • A Very Sinatra Christmas Special at Marriott Marquis Houston – Enjoy a tribute of holiday tunes from one of NYC’s best jazz vocalists, Frank Sinatra, accompanied by stunning city views and dazzling lights from the rooftop at Marriott Marquis’ Texas Winter Lights. $45 and up. 8pm.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

  • Yvie Oddly Live at House of Blues – The drag queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner comes to the Downtown stage for a fabulous live performance. $30. 7pm.
  • This Way: A Houston Group Show Opening Reception at CAMH | FREE – Contemporary Arts Museum Houston hosts a night on the plaza celebrating its latest exhibition, which showcases 12 Black artists that center their work around the histories and present realities of the historic Houston Freedmen’s Town in Fourth Ward. An expressive performance by Hasaan Olu highlights the evening, and guests can enjoy complimentary beer and food for purchase from Gumbo King. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Il Boro Wine Dinner at Rosalie Italian Soul – Enjoy a guided five-course meal with offerings such as Rigatoni with Porcini and Nepitella to Wild Boar Cacciatore and Polenta. Each course will be paired with a unique wine profile. $120 per person. 7pm to 9:30pm.
  • Christmas Movie Trivia at Houston Toy Museum – Test your knowledge of the most iconic and nostalgic holiday films with six rounds of trivia at the Heights museum for classic and vintage toys. Guests are welcome to bring their own beer, food and snacks. $10; includes museum admission. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Martini Theater presents Scrooged Movie Screening at Daiquiri Time Out | No Cover – The Galveston hot spot for frozens carries on with their holiday movies series, screening the Bill Murray 1988 comedy classic, Scrooged. Plus, for the month of December, Daiquiri Time Out is one of three Miracle pop-up destinations, featuring extensive holiday decor and special themed cocktails. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Brett Goldstein: The Second Best Night of Your Life Tour at Smart Financial Centre – Writer, actor and comedian Brett Goldstein, best known for his role as Roy Kent in Ted Lasso, makes his Texas debut when he brings the Second Best Night of Your Life Tour to the Sugar Land stage. Ages 15+. $82 and up. 8pm.

Friday, December 8, 2023 

  • Lights in the Heights Social Bike Ride at Eureka Heights Brewing Co.| FREE – Cruise along a slow-paced bike ride through the decorated neighborhoods with Eureka Heights, ahead of Saturday’s big Lights in the Heights event. 6pm.
  • Izzy Holiday Art Market at Daiquiri Time Out | No Cover – Shop local vendors for unique finds at this marketplace from the minds behind La Izquierda Music Festival in Galveston. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Cheap Date: $25 Artwork at Hardy & Nance Studios | FREE – Just in time for the holidays, you can shop local artwork on a budget with the return of Cheap Date to the near Downtown art studios. Browse hundreds of pieces, all priced at $25. Even more, a pop-up merch area will be selling prints, stickers, shirts, zines and more for $10 or less. 7pm to 11pm.
  • Noche de Cumbia at Axelrad | No Cover – The Midtown beer garden hosts a huge cumbia party to send off 2023. The 21+ party brings rhythms across two stage, featuring live sets from Money Chicha, Cucucuy, D-Fi Logic, and more. 7pm to 1:30am.
  • K-Pop Night: Christmas Edition at White Oak Music Hall – This holiday edition of the popular K-Pop dance night brings the hits of bands like BTS, Black Pink and more to the White Oak stage. $17 and up. 8pm.
  • Classic Numbers Salute to 1984 at Numbers Nightclub – The Montrose nightclub spins it back to 1984, offering a night of new wave, punk, electronic, goth and more from ’84. Cover charge at the door. 9pm to 2am.
  • Azzeca DJ Set at Bauhaus – The Downtown EDM venue welcomes the Chicago-based house and techno artist for her Houston debut. $10. 10pm.
  • Cascada in Concert at Rise Rooftop – The German dance music artist brings her hits like “Everytime We Touch” and other early 2000s jams to the Midtown rooftop, joined by DJ Riddler and DJ Playboy. $20 and up. 10pm.
  • EPTIC DJ Set at Stereo Live – The Belgian DJ and producer hits the decks at the West Houston venue for EDM. $7 and up. 10pm to 2am.
  • Feminine Friday Burlesque at Social Beer Garden | FREE – The Midtown beer garden opens up the outdoor patio for a night of tantalizing burlesque performances from talents like Gia Vaughna, Ramona Rose, Fox Monroe and Nikki Knockout. 11pm.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 

  • 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off at Little Woodrow’s Midtown | No Cover – The Midtown outpost of the popular drinkery hosts its annual chili-cook off with cash and gift card prizes up for grabs. Sign up to compete or show up to sample the spoils. 10am to 6pm.
  • The Muttcracker 2023 at Equal Parts Brewing | No Cover – Furrever Doggies hosts a day of pup-friendly vendors along with Santa and Grinch photos, doggy crafts, puppacinos, and more at the East End brewery. Noon to 6pm.
  • Misha Penton: “Earthshine” Music Video Release Party at Silver Street Studios | FREE – Held in conjunction with Second Saturdays in Sawyer Yards, artist Misha Penton hosts a free party and reception to celebrate the release of her music video, “Earthshine.” Check out the new work and enjoy sparkling wine and light bits, as well as live mini performances by Penton and friends. 2pm to 4pm.
  • Elevated Intersections Art Exhibit at the DeLuxe Theater – Artists Andrea Venson and Jatziri Barron join forces for this exhibition and cultural experience that highlights the best of Black and brown communities at the intersection of art, dance and music. The night will feature performances by Aztec dance group Itzcoatl Tezkatlipoka and Nia’s Daughters Movement Collective. $15; free for ages 12 and under. 4pm to 8pm.
  • Gingerbread Stout Private Tasting at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company – BuffBrew is hosting an exclusive tasting of its Vintage Gingerbread Stouts, featuring a vertical sampling of various vintages, small bites pairings, a private tour of the brewery, and a special gift to take home. $50; seating is limited. 7pm.
  • Comedian Shane Gillis at Smart Financial Centre – After releasing his second live comedy special on Netflix, Shane Gillis: Beautiful Dogs, the comedian makes a stop in Sugar Land for a highly anticipated show. Tickets are sold out, but you may find hard-to-get seats on the online resale market. 7pm.
  • That Mexican OT in Concert at Home Run Dugout – The Bay City, Texas rapper best known for his single “Johnny Dang,” That Mexican OT plays a live show at the Katy bar, venue and batting practice diamond, following up his charted summer debut album, Lonestar Luchador. $42. 8pm.
  • A Fistful of Soul at Big Top Lounge – The award-winning soul dance party returns for one-night only at Big Top in Mid-Main. Join Stewart Anderson and crew for a throwback night spinning all original 45s in Motown-era soul, R&B, funk and boogaloo. $5. 9pm to 2am.

Sunday, December 10, 2023 

  • Fall Picnic at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center – The final picnic of the fall season arrives for an afternoon at the Arboretum. The experience includes a picnic basket with waters, plates and utensils, along with a choice of sandwiches or charcuterie selection, plus a six-pack of Saint Arnold beer. $75 for 2, with add-on options available. 11:30am to 1pm.
  • Holiday Cookie Decorating Class at Urban South HTX – Hit up the Arts District brewery and learn how to ice a variety of holiday-shaped cookies, and enjoy a chocolate chip cookie and free drink during the class. $30; $15 for kids. Classes at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
  • Obscure Oddities Market at Numbers Nightclub – The Oddities Market returns to the iconic Montrose nightclub, offering a chance to shop all manner of odd and bizarre goods, like taxidermy, wet specimens, antiques, art and more. $10. 1pm to 8pm.
  • Croce Plays Croce in Concert at Bayou Music Center – A.J. Croce performs a night of classics by his late father Jim, as well as some of his own tunes and songs that influenced both father and sun. $89 and up. 8pm.

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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.