Plan Your Weekend: March 21 to 24, 2024

An outdoor market under the shade of a large tree
Take a stroll through Downtown and shop artwork at the 52nd Bayou City Art Festival | Courtesy of Bayou City Art Festival

Updated Friday, March 22, 2024 at 4:30pm

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 24, 2024.

The spring festival season is on full display this weekend, offering a chance to celebrate global cultures; art in Pearland, Sugar Land and Downtown; plus early Easter fests and plenty of family gatherings.

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  • 8th Houston Latino Film Festival at MATCH | Daily – The annual film festival promoting Latino culture among Latinos and other communities has culled nearly 500 worldwide submissions down to an exciting festival lineup that features more than 60 short and feature-length films. Across MATCH’s several stages, the film festival will screen throughout five days, with several screenings accompanied by the filmmakers and directors in attendance. Single screenings are $14; all access passes are $60, $40 for students. Times vary.
  • Spring Plant Sale at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Friday & Saturday | No Cover – A variety of Texas natives will be featured, including perennial and annual wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees—perfect for attracting butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to your yard or garden while helping to conserve water, reduce mowing, protect the soil, and save money on fertilizer and pesticides. Plants are $4.50 and up. 9am to 2pm.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Andy Haynes at Rudyard’s Pub | Friday & Saturday – The Seattle native, writer, stand up comedian and actor comes to Houston for three shows. He’s appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Comedy Central Presents, Pete Holmes Show, and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • Tomball German Heritage Festival in Old Downtown Tomball | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Tomball’s annual German Fest fills the streets with more than 200 vendors rocking antiques, arts and crafts, and more; plus cultural music, street performances, a Heritage Center, and tasty German fare, festival eats, and beer and wine. Times vary.
  • Houston Symphony presents Tragedy & Triumph Festival: Mozart & Beethoven’s Eroica at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – From the dramatic opening chords to the triumphant conclusion, Beethoven’s groundbreaking Eroica symphony has captivated audiences for centuries. Hear it alongside Mozart’s exquisite Piano Concerto No. 25. $34 and up. Times vary.
  • UNICEF USA’s Heart Strings: Creating Connection to the World’s Children at Post Houston | Opens Friday | Ongoing – This multi-sensory exhibition, on view through April 7, invites guests of all ages to travel the globe in just 45 minutes through the universal language of music. Eight interactive zones help guests create a global, ever-evolving song and use their voices to have a lasting impact on the lives of children. $23 and up. Times vary.
  • Katy Home & Garden Show and Barndo Expo at the Katy ISD Ag Center | Saturday & Sunday – DIYers and professionals alike will find something to discover at this expo dedicated to home improvement, decorating and interior design, landscapes, and outdoor entertainment. Come ready to be inspired to transform your space. $9; free for ages 12 and under. Times vary.
  • Bayou City Art Festival in Sam Houston Park | Saturday & Sunday – Artists from around the world come Downtown, bringing with them a collection of hand-crafted artworks, including sculpture, painting, jewelry, leatherwork, fabric crafts and more. It’s an opportunity to meet creators and purchase original items. $18 and up. 10am to 6pm.
  • Ghibli Fest Art Market at Karbach Brewing Co. | Saturday & Sunday | No Cover – More than 30 artists unveil their creations inspired by every Miyazaki film, from the magical world of Spirited Away to the whimsical adventures of My Neighbor Totoro. It’s a chance to see unique works and talk with the artists who created them. Saturday 11am to 8pm; Sunday 11am to 6pm.

Holi, Spring Fests, Crawfish & Other Destinations

Thursday, March 21, 2024

  • Recovery Playbook Live: Hot Topics in Addiction at the Health Museum | FREE – Join Dr. Daryl Shorter and Ryan Leaf as they discuss relevant recovery topics. This discussion explores what’s new in substance-use recovery today, sticking points that affect relationships, coping with adversity, and breakthroughs in treatment and policy matters. 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
  • Throwback Thursday Workout at Midtown Park | FREE – Appropriate for all fitness levels, this class blends cardio, balance, flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome. All your fave throwback hits are on the playlist, with tunes from the ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s. Neon attire and leg warmers are highly recommended. Attendees who bring the most friends to class or dress in their best retro workout gear will have a chance to win prizes. 6:30pm.
  • Art & Architecture in Renaissance Florence at Italian Cultural and Community Center – Join University of Houston humanities professor Dr. Dustin Gish for a fascinating look into some of Renaissance Florence’s most notable artworks. This lecture will broaden your knowledge about some of art history’s most famous works, and others you may not know about. $10 and up. 7pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls at Toyota Center – Come out and cheer for the hometown basketball team as they welcome visitors from the Windy City. It’s Marvel Superheroes Night and the first 3,000 guests receive a Tari Eason bobblehead inspired by Spider-Man. $18 and up. 7pm.
  • Salsa Night at Post Houston | FREE – Head Downtown to learn Salsa, Bachata and other Latin dance styles. Love Dance HTX instructors will teach you how to move with the music, and social dancing follows the class. Reservations required. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes at Hobby Center – The Broadway legend and three-time Tony Award winner performs a selection of songs from her storied career along with melodies that are touchstones across her life. $44 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Shotgun Willie in Concert at Warehouse Live Midtown – Come hear the tunes of legendary country artist Willie Nelson when Shotgun Willie brings a tribute set to Midtown. $7.50 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Mariachi Pumas in Concert at Moores Opera House – University of Houston’s Mariachi Pumas take the stage for a night of traditional Mexican songs live on campus. $20. 7:30pm.
  • Barbie Movie Screening at Trebly Park | FREE – Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the ambiance of Downtown while catching this screening of the hit movie. It tells the story of Barbie and Ken, who are living a seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. When they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans. 8pm.
  • Laura Pausini in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – The Italian singer brings multi-cultural music to Sugar Land, performing in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English and French. $74 and up. 8pm.
  • Juanes in Concert at 713 Music Hall – The Colombian musician makes a stop in Houston on his North American Tour. The winner of 26 Latin Grammy Awards, he’s among the most popular Latin artists of all time. His music blends cumbia, salsa, vallenato and the rural Antioquian genre known as guasca. $53.45 and up. 8pm.
  • Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks Album Release Party at Continental Club – Three-time inductee into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and a seminal figure in Texas punk, Jon Dee Graham brings his explosive performing presence to the Midtown club. $13 and up. 9pm.

Friday, March 22, 2024

  • Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at Menil Collection | FREE – Armed with resources of the Menil Library, this communal gathering will seek to update Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism, including gender non-binary artists and activists. Beginner Wikipedians are welcome and you’ll receive drinks and snack during the session. Registration required. 3pm to 7pm.
  • Electrafine Art at Bisong Art Gallery | FREE – This collaboration between contemporary fine artist Deborah Argyropoulos and classic neon artist KC Loveless will explore the interplay between neon light and traditional painting elements, resulting in thought-provoking compositions. 5pm to 8pm.
  • Elemental Movie Screening at Helix Park | FREE – Grab a blanket or lawn chair and come out to the Texas Medical Center park for a screening of the Disney movie about a city where fire, water, land, and air residents live together, and how two of them learn what they have in common. 6pm.
  • French Cultures Festival at Discovery Green | FREE – This kick-off event is part of a multi-city celebration of France leading into the Olympic Games in Paris this summer. There will be a free film screening on the lawn and a friendly soccer competition organized in partnership with Paris Saint-Germain Academy. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Gulf Coast Reading Series at Lawndale Art Center | FREE – Join authors Allegra Hyde, Madeleine Gaudin, El Williams III and Pritha Bhattacharyya as they read from their latest works. Please note masks will be required for this indoors event. 7pm.
  • Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz & Jaheim in Concert at Toyota Center – The Love Hard tour is coming to Clutch City and the legendary Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling, singer-songwriter Keyshia Cole is at the helm, headlining with multi-platinum R&B icon Trey Songz and Jaheim in tow. $104 and up. 7pm.
  • Mariah the Scientist in Concert at House of Blues – The Downtown concert venue welcomes the R&B and alt-pop singer-songwriter for a live performance. The Atlanta native’s latest album, To Be Eaten Alive, came out last year. $32.50 and up. 7pm.
  • Meet Me in St. Louis Movie Screening at MFAH – The 1944 film starring Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien is a heartwarming musical set in the time leading up to the 1904 World’s Fair. It features classic songs such as “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” $9. 7pm.
  • Stay Tooned: A Tribute to ‘90s Cartoons at Hardy & Nance Studios | FREE – This art show features the work of more than 40 local artists, paying tribute to the cartoons of the 1990s. Expect work inspired by an era of cartoons that so many of us grew up with and remember for their smart presentation and bizarreness. 7pm to 11pm.
  • Music on the Square: Nightbird at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Bring a blanket to vibe out to legendary hits from Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac like “Dreams,” “Rhiannon,” “Landslide,” and more at this tribute concert in Sugar Land. 7:30pm.
  • An Evening with Squirrel Nut Zippers at the Heights Theater – The music from New Orleans’ Back O’Town neighborhood comes alive in this concert that transports audiences to the birthplace of jazz. Expect an evening of music from the late 19th century through the Roaring 20s performed in era-appropriate attire. $28 and up. 8pm.
  • Bobby Rush in Concert at Continental Club – The blues legend and three-time Grammy winner comes to the Mid-Main venue for an intimate show of roots music. $25 and up. 8pm.
  • DaCamera presents Danil Trifonov at Wortham Center – Experience the artistry of the pianist the Times of London called “Without question, the most astounding pianist of our age.” $46 and up. 8pm.
  • Jaret Ray Reddick at Dosey Doe: the Big Barn – Best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the rock band Bowling for Soup, Jaret Ray Reddick comes to Tomball to perform live. $18 and up. 8pm.
  • Voz Veis in Concert at 713 Music Hall – The Venezuelan vocal sextet with seven studio albums to its credit comes to Houston for a live set. They’ve got three Latin Grammys and legions of fans. $80 and up. 8pm.
  • Fatima Hajji DJ Set at Bauhaus – The Spanish DJ returns to the Downtown venue for an evening of her signature electrifying and fun performance style. Blending her Spanish and Arab roots into her techno grooves, she’s been lauded for “her strong and energizing approach” by The Groove Cartel. $15 and up. 10pm.
  • Nora En Pure DJ Set at Stereo Live – The Swiss-South African DJ and deep house producer who’s a household name in EDM brings her energetic sound to Houston for a live set. She “has a way of weaving a groove that you cannot resist moving along to,” said the Detroit Metro Times. $24.99. 10pm.

Things to Do on Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24, 2024

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Holly Beretto
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'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.