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Plan Your Weekend: February 8 to 11, 2024

Asia Society hosts a free Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday | Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center

Updated on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 9am

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, February 8 to Sunday, February 11, 2024.

This weekend, Lunar New Year and Mardi Gras are in full swing, plus you can take in Black History Month celebrations and hit up watch parties for Sunday’s Big Game.

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  • Houston Symphony presents Perlman Conducts Tchaikovsky 5 at Jones Hall | Thursday, Saturday & Sunday – World-renowned violinist Itzak Perlman leads the symphony in Tchaikovsky’s beloved work. The concert also features music from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and George Walker’s deeply moving Lyric for Strings. $34 and up. Thursday and Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2:30pm.
  • Stomp at Smart Financial Centre | Friday & Saturday – For back-to-back nights, Stomp brings its international sensation to Sugar Land, letting audiences feel the pulse of rhythmic percussion across a stage full of everyday objects. $30 and up. Times vary.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents J.C. Currias at Rudyard’s Pub | Friday & Saturday – A Miami native, Currais boasts a unique brand of humor mixing his larger-than-life stage persona with a high energy performance style. He’s performed on Last Call with Carson Daly, FOX’s Laughs, Conan, and more. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • Comedian Shawn Wayans at Houston Improv | Friday & Saturday – A member of the legendary comedic brothers, Shawn Wayans take the Spring Branch stage for back-to-back nights of hilarity building on his storied film and comedy career. $110 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • AnimeVerse Fest at NRG Center | Friday to Sunday – Join fellow fanatics for a weekend of anime-fueled fun. Meet voice actors from beloved animes, shop one-of-a-kind goods from local vendors, plus take in panels, cosplay contests and more at this inaugural show. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • HTX Mardi Gras Bash at Urban South HTX | Friday to Sunday | No Cover – This three-day celebration of Mardi Gras at the Arts District brewery features a limited amount of pairings with Pint & Slice and Dong Phuong King Cake, plus frozen hurricanes, live music, trivia, kid-friendly activities and more. Times vary.
  • The Rink: Rolling at Discovery Green | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – Rolling through Sunday, March 31, Discovery Green’s Kinder Lake transforms into an outdoor roller rink. Lace up and roller skate under the Houston skyline, with features including a rubber subfloor for increased comfort and bright colors perfect for family photos. $12, including skate rental. Times vary.
  • 113th Annual Mardi Gras! Galveston in Downtown Galveston | Friday to Sunday – The Island wraps up the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country with parades, live entertainment, street food vendors and much more. Stay for the entire weekend and collect your beads for bragging rights with all the partygoers while enjoying the party atmosphere. $14 and up; free for ages 12 and under. Multi-day packages and VIP Balcony Party options available. Times vary.
  • Galentine’s Waffle Stack Brunch Special at State Fare Kitchen & Bar in Memorial City, Sugar Land & The Woodlands | Saturday & Sunday – Treat yourself to a delicious treat strawberry shortcake waffles stacked and served with fresh strawberries, vanilla infused whipped cream and puréed strawberry drizzle for $17 on the weekends. 10am to 4pm.
  • Otaku Lunar New Year Food & Anime Festival at Karbach Brewing Co. | Saturday & Sunday | FREE – More than 100 vendors will set up for two days at the Spring Branch brewery, offering up all manner of goods and gourmet foods, along with lion dances, anime cosplay and artists, a sumo tournament, and more. Saturday noon to 10pm; Sunday noon to 4pm.
  • I Went to the Dance Movie Screening at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Saturday & Sunday – Explore the world of Cajun culture and Zydeco in this Les Blank documentary from 1989 that recounts the history of the toe-tapping music and includes appearances from legends like Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil, Clifton Chenier, and many others. $9. Saturday 7pm; Sunday 5pm.
  • Catastrophic Theatre presents It Is Magic at MATCH | Saturday & Sunday | Ongoing – Deb and Sandy are auditioning Tim for the role of the Wolf in a production of The Three Little Pigs. But there’s a mysterious haze in the basement of the Mortier Civic Playhouse that, in addition to interruptions from the director of ‘the Scottish play’ that’s having its opening night upstairs, is making things difficult. Then, the mysterious Liz shows up throwing the room into utter chaos, revealing the deep, ancient evil at the heart of the community theater audition process. Tickets are pay-what-you-can; suggested price of $35. 8pm.

Mardi Gras, Lunar New Year & Other Destinations

  • Mardi Gras Events in Houston & Galveston – Make your party plans with our guide to some of the best Mardi Gras celebrations and other events taking place in Greater Houston and Galveston through Fat Tuesday, February 13.
  • Lunar New Year Celebrations in Greater Houston – Throughout the month of February, you’ll find plenty of Year of the Dragon action taking place at community centers, parks, restaurants and more.
  • Black History Month in Greater Houston – Celebrate the lives, legacies and contributions of African Americans with our guide to 35+ events in Houston, including concerts, performing arts, food and drink, and much more.
  • Valentine’s Day Events in Houston – Leading up to V-Day and on the day itself, we’ve got 30 fun date night ideas to celebrate love on this year’s Valentine’s Day.
  • Best Date Night Ideas in Greater Houston – Check out 10 unique date night ideas in Houston, plus nearby places where you can explore the local food and drink scene for a complete night out.
  • Flower Shops in Houston Neighborhoods – We’ve picked a dozen local shops in Houston neighborhoods where you can get your orders in now for the upcoming Valentine’s Day.
  • Rodeo Houston Concerts on the Way – Tickets are on sale now for Houston’s biggest event of the year, and you can grab a seat to one of the star-studded shows happening during three weeks of Rodeo fun.
  • Best Bars near Rice University – From a hidden spot on campus to stiff drinks in the Museum District, we’ve got you covered for the new semester with our favorite picks near Rice University.
  • Happy Hours in East End – Close out your workdays with some of the best food and drink specials to be found in the East End neighborhood.
  • The Best Things to Do This Month – Zoom out and make your plans for February at our picks for the best things to do all month long.

February 8, 2024

  • Shadow Puppet Theatre presents Dinosaur Mardi Gras at the Woodlands Children’s Museum – Explore the story of some very hip dinosaurs who join in the celebration during carnival time in New Orleans. This event for children and their caregivers will shine a light on this beloved tradition, and show that even dinosaurs can be part of the fun. $9. 11am.
  • Here & Now: Cultural Expressions at Community Artists’ Collective | FREE – Catch the opening of this exhibit, featuring works from the Collective’s permanent collection and other enduring Houston contemporary artists Ann Johnson, Gail P. Mallory, Shani Crowe, Earlie Hudnall, Delita P. Martin, Aesha Lee, Mark Francis, Dominic Clay, Ricardo Francis, Latonia Allen, Jo El Mercer, Ibraim Nascimento and Bert Long. Noon to 5pm.
  • On Set/Off Set Opening Reception at Sawyer Yards | FREE – Meet Nathan Lindstrom, the artist behind this photographic exhibition that explores the juxtaposition between art created for commercial endeavors and his personal fine art exploration. 5pm to 8pm.
  • Cookies & Cocktails at the Wildcatter Saloon – This beginner-friendly, hands-on Valentine’s Day cookie-decorating class lets you put your personal spin on six different cookies to give to your sweetheart. All you need, including frosting, piping bag, sprinkles and more, is provided. You’ll also get a box and gift bag for your creations. $40. 6:30pm.
  • Author Jenny Hollander at Murder by the Book | FREE – The author discusses her debut novel, Everyone Who Can Forgive Me Is Dead, with Crime by the Book’s Abby Endler. The story of a magazine editor who was once described as a “witness” to a horrific crime, who now finds herself back in the crosshairs, Town & Country called the book “A twisty, thrilling story you won’t be able to put down.” Free to attend; books for signing must be purchased from the bookstore. 6pm.
  • Brovia Wine Dinner at Ostia – Ostia will host its first-ever Wine Dinner, featuring legendary producer Brovia Winery. The evening will begin with light bites and bubbles in Ostia’s dining room, followed by a four-course family-style menu curated by Chef Travis McShane. A representative from Brovia will expertly guide guests through each wine pairing. $180 per person. 6:30pm.
  • Rom Com Movie Trivia at Houston Toy Museum – Think you know your Four Weddings & A Funeral from When Harry Met Sally? Grab your friends, form a team and head to the Heights to square off against other rom com movie buffs. BYOB and snacks welcome. $10; includes museum admission. 7pm.
  • Adam Hood in Concert at Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar – Southern singer-songwriter Adam Hood heads to the Heights stage, showcasing his personal brand of blues, folk, country and rock. Heather Rayleen and Susan Hickman open the show. $25 and up. 7:30pm.
  • The Movement in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – The alt-reggae band, fresh off the release of their new album, Always With Me, comes to Houston to perform live. $28 and up. 8pm.
  • Rolling Stones Tribute at Post Houston – The Downtown gathering spot’s rooftop becomes the stage for Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show, a global act that keeps the Rolling Stones music alive. You can’t always get what you want, but this concert will help make sure you get what you need. $20 and up. 8pm to 10pm.
  • Lydia Loveless in Concert at the Continental Club – The singer-songwriter comes to the Midtown club, offering selections from their newly released Nothing’s Gonna Stand in My Way Again. With a style that blends pop music, classic country, honky tonk and punk rock, Loveless calls their music “singing about emotions.” Jason Hawk Harris opens. $25 and up. 9pm.

February 9, 2024

  • Sewing 201: Mending & Alterations at the Ion – The Ion Prototyping Lab has partnered with HTX Sewn Goods to bring you a 2.5-hour workshop where you can dive deeper into the art of sewing with a focus on mending and alterations. This interactive session will cover essential skills to mend, repair, revitalize and upcycle your favorite garments, allowing a sustainable and stylish wardrobe. Bring a piece of clothing that needs mending or alteration. All sewing levels welcome. $80. 10am to 12:30pm.
  • Fish Fry Friday Buffet at Moody Gardens Golf Course’s Pelican Grille – This first of several weekly fish fry dinners offers delicious bites like fried fish, mac and cheese supreme, hush puppies, and more, served alongside beautiful views of the water. $21; $15 for ages 11 and under. 5pm to 7pm.
  • Love You to Death at Hardy & Nance Studios | FREE – This annual art show tackles the themes of love and loss in all its forms, seen through a variety of media. The show includes complimentary beverages from City Orchard, Bad Astronaut, Equal Parts Brewery and Eureka Heights, as well as the studio’s own love potion cocktail, along with wine options. A food truck vendor will be onsite. 7pm.
  • New Moon Yoga at the Orange Show – Grab water, a yoga mat and a pen and head to one of Houston’s most intriguing spaces for this evening of yoga, sound bath and meditation. Activities are suitable for all fitness levels, and this evening of reflection will help you focus and set goals for the coming year. Donate-what-you-want (suggested $20). 7pm to 8:30pm.
  • Valentine’s Swan Boat Ride at Riva Row Boat House – Boo up in the Woodlands and enjoy an idyllic winter’s evening on the water with an enchanting swan boat ride where you can enjoy delicious non-alcoholic drinks and treats. $40. 7pm to 8:30pm.
  • DaCamera presents Elias String Quartet at Hobby Center – The vibrant, critically acclaimed classical ensemble joins DaCamera’s Sarah Rothenberg for a performance of Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34. The concert also features the rarely performed Three Pieces for String Quartet by Stravinsky. $41 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Time for Three at Wortham Center – Melding the genres of Americana, modern pop and classical music, this Grammy-winning trio bring their latest album, Letters for the Future, to the Downtown concert hall. $19 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Mardi Gras Masquerade Party at House of Blues – Laissez les bon temps rouler in the Downtown club’s exclusive Foundation Room, where you’ll enjoy live music, drinks and more at this festive party. Masks optional. Reservations required. 8pm to 1am.
  • Lemonparty Podcast with Ben Avery! at the Secret Group – The Los Angeles–based comedy podcast hits the road and comes to Houston to record the show live. $20. 8pm.
  • Matisyahu in Concert at Warehouse Live – The singer, known for blending reggae, hip-hop, alt-rock and boldly inventive pop comes to Houston to perform live in Midtown. His eagerly anticipated new EP, Hold The Fire, is due out this month. $24 and up. 8pm.
  • Celebrating Burt Bacharach at Dosey Doe The Big Barn – Houston’s finest musicians gather at the Woodlands venue to perform classics by the iconic composer known for hits like the theme to The Blob, “Walk On By,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” and other classics from the 1960s to the 1980s. $68 and up. 8:30pm.
  • Blake Harlow Band at the Rustic Downtown | No Cover – The Houston-based singer-songwriter brings his country act to the Rustic stage, singing songs of love, heartbreak and everything in between. Grab a drink, order some food and enjoy this up-and-comer’s act. 9:30pm.
  • Hannah Wants DJ Set at Bauhaus – The British house music DJ comes to Houston, spinning her signature eclectic sound, guaranteed to make you get up and dance. Give her an H-Town welcome in her Bauhaus debut. $15 and up. 10pm.
  • Laidback Luke: Lunar New Year at Noto Houston – The Dutch Filipino DJ and music producer who’s worked with artists such as David Guetta, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and more brings his show to East End. $10 and up. 10pm.
  • Eli Young Band in Concert at Mardi Gras! Galveston – Get ready to party as Texas’ very own Eli Young Band, famous for their chart-topping hit “Crazy Girl,” takes the stage to wrap up the headlining concert series at the 113th Mardi Gras! Galveston.
    Concerts and entertainment are included with Mardi Gras! Galveston general admission, starting at $14 per day; free for ages 12 and under. Multi-day packages and VIP Balcony Party options are available. 10:45pm.

Things to Do on Saturday, February 10 & Sunday, February 11, 2024

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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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