Plan Your Weekend: March 21 to 24, 2024

Saturday, March 23, 2024

  • 2nd Annual Hatchling Hustle at Babe’s Beach – This 5K run and one-mile fun run at Babe’s Beach in Galveston is designed to help educate the public about the endangered sea turtles of the Gulf of Mexico, and bring awareness to the upcoming sea turtle nesting season, which occurs all along the Texas Coast from April through July. $40 and up. 7am.
  • 52nd Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta | FREE – Launching from Buffalo Bayou at San Felipe and Voss and finishing at Allen’s Landing, kayakers and canoeists compete in this long-standing tradition. A post-race party starts at 11am, with music, food and more, followed by an awards ceremony at 1:30pm. The regatta is free to watch, but those wishing to race must register; $55 and up. 8am to 2:30pm.
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration at Urban Harvest Farmers Market | FREE – In addition to the market’s usual Saturday showcasing more than 100 vendors from around the Houston area, expect a special schedule of activities for all ages from 9am to 11am, including starter plant giveaways, a chef demo by James Beard Award-winning Chef Benchawan “G” Jabthong Painter of Street to Kitchen, face painting, a caricature artist, free tote bags for the first 200 people and more. 9am to 11am.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Hike for Hope at McGuire Dent Rec Center | FREE – This 5K walk along the seawall in Galveston starts at McGuire Dent Rec Center. There will be live music, a kids corner, and 30 vendor booths, including food trucks, at the pet- and kid-friendly event. Free; $150 fundraising goal suggested. 9am to 1pm.
  • Big Art Day at Pearland Town Center | FREE – The Pearland shopping and community hub has a big art day blowout with live chalk art demonstrations, student artwork, DIY make-and-takes, performances, DJs, door prizes and more. 10am to 2pm.
  • 10th Annual Heights Kids’ Day of Music Festival at Love Park | FREE – This annual Heights festival returns with three stages of music, more than 30 arts organizations and musical immersion with an instrument petting zoo, a singing station and a drumming tent. 10am to 2pm.
  • International Art & Kite Festival at Crown Festival Park | FREE – The Sugar Land park hosts this family fun day, featuring art cars, chalk art, food trucks, performances and plenty of kite flying. Think your kite skills are killer? Enter the kite flying competition to show your stuff. 10am to 3pm.
  • Rosenberg Day at Rosenberg Library | FREE – The oldest, continuously-run library in Texas celebrates Rosenberg Day with an event that includes a library book sale, live music from DJ Bill and Galveston’s The LineUp, food trucks, face painting, lawn games and other family-friendly fun. 10am to 4pm.
  • Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra: Musical Stories Family Concert at Stude Concert Hall | FREE – This family-friendly performance is an excellent way to introduce newcomers of all ages to classical music, as well as offering devotees a great concert, featuring selections from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Meet the instruments and Shepherd School student musicians in the foyer before the concert. 11am.
  • 2nd Annual Spring Fest at Houston’s First Baptist Church | FREE – This day of family fun in Downtown includes a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt for kids in preschool through 5th grade, rides on a trackless train, rock wall climbing, a video game truck, dodgeball games for all ages and other activities. Pizza, snacks and sweet treats will also be available. 11am to 2pm.
  • Frida Love Market at the Esplanade at Navigation | FREE – Dedicated to Frida Kahlo, this festive market returns to the heart of the East End. Look for live performances, giveaways and other fun. Costumes and Frida attire are encouraged. 11am to 4pm.
  • Crawfish Boil at Truck Yard | No Cover – Head to EaDo for this celebration of the beloved mudbug. Cocktails and other alcoholic drinks, as well as food trucks offering cheesesteaks and nachos, are part of the festivities. 11am to 2am.
  • 11th Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival in Fifth Ward | FREE – The 11th annual edition of this festival celebrates the history, art and culture of Houston’s Fifth Ward. Expect stages playing authentic blues, hip-hop, rock and gospel, plus down-home cooking, soul food, Creole cuisine and BBQ. This family-friendly festival also features an Easter egg drop by helicopter, where kiddos can scramble for tens of thousands of goodie-filled eggs. Noon to 5pm.
  • Texas Champions Day & Astronaut Run at Sam Houston Race Park – Come out and watch the best thoroughbred horses in Texas compete in seven-stakes races for more than $575,000 in purse money. Plus, everyone is welcome to sign up for the 2nd Annual Astronaut Run, where you’re encouraged to dress like an astronaut and pound some pavement. $5 and up. 1pm.
  • Houston Thrillers Panel at Murder by the Book | FREE – Four Houston area–based authors discuss their work and process in this panel celebrating our local writing talent. Kristen Bird (Watch it Burn), Chris Cander (The Young and Other Animals), Nishita Parekh (The Night of the Storm) and Alison Wisdom (The Burning Season) talk about their work and process, and will sign copies of their books. Free to attend; but books for signing must be purchased from the bookstore. 3pm.
  • The Simon & Garfunkel Story at the Grand 1894 Opera House – This immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Relive all your favorites, such as “Mrs. Robinson,” “Cecilia,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Homeward Bound,” “The Sound of Silence” and others. $38 and up. 3pm.
  • Thorn & Moon’s Spring Equinox Festival at St. Arnold Brewery | FREE – Celebrate the springtime with dozens of local vendors doling out goods and wares in the strange and occult, along with tarot readings and delicious food and brews from St. Arnold’s. 6pm to 11pm.
  • Easter After Dark at Westminster United Methodist Church | FREE – This popular all-ages flashlight egg hunt in the dark is complemented by music, entertainment, food trucks and more. Egg hunts are broken out by age group. Bring your own flashlight. Registration requested. 6:30pm. 
  • Laura Jane Grace in Concert at Warehouse Live – Best known as the founder, lead singer, and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!, Laura Jane Grace comes to Houston for a live show. She’s been called “the fiercest punk singer of our time” by Rolling Stone. $29.50. 7pm.
  • Ultimate Sports Trivia at Houston Flying Saucer | No Cover – More than $500 in prizes are on the line as the Downtown brew destination hosts its most challenging trivia game yet. Expect three dozen questions and challenges, designed to test your sports knowledge. You can go it alone or grab friends and form a team. 7pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz at Toyota Center – Teachers Night at the Rockets game presents a special ticket offer that nets you a seat and a “Teacher’s Apple” travel cup as the squad takes on Utah with the season entering its final stretch. $25 and up. 7pm.
  • Opening Day: Houston Dash vs. Racing Louisville FC at Shell Energy Stadium – Come celebrate with the ladies of the Houston Dash as they take the pitch for their 10th season home opener in EaDo. $12 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Agatha Christie’s The Stranger at the Company Onstage – In this taut mystery, Enid rejects her fiancé for newcomer Gerald and moves to a remote country cottage with him—where a dark and terrible climax takes place. $10. 8pm.
  • Mercury presents Dvorák’s America at Wortham Center – The composer’s iconic String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 “America” headlines this concert, which also includes Anna Clyne’s “Within Her Arms,” Missy Mazzoli’s “Dark with Excessive Bright” and Frank Proto’s Sonata 1963 (arr. Bibeau). $25 and up. 8pm.
  • Underworld’s Gothic Beauty Pageant at Numbers Nightclub – The annual event returns, bringing with it an evening of dark elegance and enchanting beauty. Contestants show off their fierce personalities and individual gothic style, vying for the titles of Gothic Beauty King and Queen. Cover charge at the door. 9pm to 2am.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

  • Understanding the Air You Breathe at Houston Botanic Garden – Come to the garden for this insightful discussion that explores exactly what is in the air we breathe in Houston—and what we can do to make it the best it can be. $10. 10:30am.
  • Holi Festival at Hindu Temple of the Woodlands | FREE – Celebrate Holi with an afternoon of free family fun in The Woodlands. The Hindu Temple there will host a colorful bash with live music and dancing, food vendors, and a Holi color run. Packets of color and water guns will be available for purchase. 11am to 3pm.
  • Bark in the Park & Open Air Market at Evelyn’s Park | FREE – For this one day of the year, dogs are welcome at Evelyn’s Park. Expect cool dog vendors and rescue organizations that you and your furry friend will love. There’s an artisan market, and Los Tios will have a pop up. Stick around for the “Canine Catwalk” at 2pm, with prizes handed out to best strutting mutt. Noon to 4pm.
  • Super Happy Toy Show & Art Market at Saint Arnold Brewing Company | FREE – This all-ages event at Saint A’s offers a chance to browse and take home vintage and collectible toys and artwork, while getting to also celebrate Easter a little early. Enjoy a special Easter egg hunt and be ready to snap a photo with the visiting Bunny. Noon to 6pm.
  • Heavy Metal Market & Oddities at Brash Brewing Company | No Cover – Come together to shop merch, records and more at this heavy metal vendor showcase held at the unapologetic brewery near Garden Oaks. 1pm to 7pm.
  • Not-Your-Grannies Easter Bonnet Workshop at MarMo Plaza Cafe – Swing by the Galveston cafe for a fresh take on a seasonal celebration where you’ll channel your creativity to craft headdresses while sipping cocktails. $50. 2pm to 3:30pm.
  • 15th Annual Nowruz Festival at Bayou City Event Center – Musical guest Kamyar, joined by host Ardavan Mofid, highlights this afternoon festival, which also features Persian folkloric dance performances by Louchia and more. $30 and up; free for ages 9 and under. 3pm to 9pm.
  • Lego Night at North Shepherd Brewing – Come out and build your Lego masterpiece on North Shepherd. Choose from eight different sets and get to building while you sip on brews in the taproom. Pro tip: pre-order to reserve the set you want. $14.99 and up. 4pm.
  • Music in Context presents Original Romantics at Rice University’s Duncan Recital Hall – This concert includes Robert Schumann’s First Trio and Johannes Brahms’ Second Quartet, both treasured icons of chamber music, and played on the ensemble’s Viennese Bösendorfer piano of 1852 and original string instruments. Also included are piano gems by the gifted Elizabeth von Herzogenberg. $35. 4pm.
  • Caetano Veloso in Concert at Hobby Center – The Brazilian superstar and winner of 13 Latin Grammys and two Grammy Awards makes his Houston debut. This concert draws from his current album, Meu Coco, along with songs from throughout his storied career. $45 and up. 7pm.
  • Comedian Jim Norton at House of Blues – The stand up comedian, radio personality, bestselling author and actor, and co-host of Sirius XM’s The Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show comes to Houston for a live set. Expect an evening of refreshingly unapologetic humor. $41.75 and up. 7pm.
  • 20th Jewish Film Festival Opening Night at Evelyn R. Rubenstein JCC – Marking its 20th anniversary, the festival opens with a showing of June Zero, a Hebrew-language drama capturing Adolf Eichman’s 1962 trial as seen through the eyes of a precocious Libyan immigrant boy, a Moroccan prison guard and a Polish Holocaust survivor. A discussion prior to the film celebrates the festival’s milestone year. $15 and up. 6:15pm. 
  • Moe Bandy in Concert at Main Street Crossing – The Tomball live music venue welcomes the Texas native, former bull rider and hitmaker behind songs like “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life,” “Till I’m Too Old To Die Young,”  “Americana,” “It’s A Cheatin’ Situation” and more. $75 and up. 8pm.

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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.