Plan Your Weekend: April 18 to 21, 2024

Kids climbing uphill in an expansive park space
Evelyn's Park celebrates 7 years and Earth Day on Saturday | Courtesy of Evelyn's Park

Updated Friday, April 19, 2024 at 2:45pm

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, April 18 to Sunday, April 21, 2024.

Get out and enjoy the spring weather with a busy slate of activities across Houston this weekend.

From Earth Day celebrations and performing arts debuts to top-notch food festivals and 4/20 parties, there’s no shortage of ways to fill your upcoming calendar.

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All Weekend Long

  • The Chevron Championship at the Club at Carlton Woods | Daily – Head to the Woodlands to see some of the best female golfers on the links. The first major event of the LPGA season makes a great opportunity to catch the action and check out additional experiences like food and wine, interactive displays, merch and more. $25 and up. Times vary.
  • 22nd Annual FeatherFest Birding & Nature Photography Festival | Daily – FeatherFest is a fun four days of excellent birding and nature photography field trips. Serious and aspiring watchers and photographers, lovers of the outdoors, and those curious to learn more about birds are all welcome. Registration is $25; activities range from free to a separate fee. Times vary.
  • TUTS presents The Cher Show at Hobby Center | Daily | Ongoing – Called “slyly fabulous” by the Hollywood Reporter, this show examines the life of the incomparable Cher, who’s dominated music, movies and more across her six-decade career. Bonus: every one of those iconic Bob Mackie outfits are recreated for the stage. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Symphony presents Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles at Jones Hall | Thursday & Friday – Hear more than two dozen of the Beatles’ greatest hits, transcribed note-for-note and performed as originally recorded, with four musicians who look and sound just like the original Fab Four. Expect “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section, “Yesterday” with acoustic guitar and string quartet, and more. $55 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Tay Butler: A Friendly Game of Basketball at Lawndale Art Center | Thursday to Saturday | Ongoing | FREE – This solo multi-media exhibition presents Butler’s research of, and art engagement with, basketball’s racial history and contemporary anti-Black issues. Through installation, painting, drawing, photography, collage, music and performance, Butler creates a multi-sensory environment which mirrors basketball’s pre-, post- and in-game play. 11am to 5pm.
  • Mercury presents Boleros: Songs from Latin America at Multiple Locations | Thursday, Saturday & Sunday – Part of the ConocoPhillips Neighborhood Series, the ensemble heads to locations across Houston with a program that features singer Cecilia Duarte performing Latin American romantic songs from the 20th century. Stops include MATCH on Thursday, MFAH on Saturday, and Dosey Doe in the Woodlands on Sunday. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • Houston Art Gallery Associations’ Spring Celebration & Open Galleries at Multiple Locations | Friday & Saturday | FREE – For two days, visitors can explore 16 member galleries of the Houston Art Gallery Association, touring curated artworks and exploring distinct facets of contemporary art across the city. Noon to 5pm.
  • Comedian Anthony DeVito at the Riot Comedy Club | Friday & Saturday – With appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Comedy Central Stand Up Presents, the New Jersey native blends New York City club-style comedy with storytelling and punchy standup. He’s in Houston for three shows across back-to-back nights. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • The Garden Theatre presents Reefer Madness at MATCH | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – With lyrics by Kevin Murphy and music by Dan Studney, this musical is based on the 1936 exploitation film, originally titled Tell Your Children. It follows the exploits of a high school drama group telling the story of Jimmy, a fine and upstanding All-American boy whose life fell apart because of the evil reefer. Expect satire and hilarity. And yes, of course, there are performances on 4/20. $28. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents Don Giovanni at Wortham Center | Friday & Sunday – Mozart’s epic story of an arrogant Spanish womanizer and his descent into hell comes to life on the Wortham Center stage, with charismatic Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, an international superstar, in the title role. $25 and up. Friday 7:30pm; Sunday 2pm.

4/20 Bashes, Art Car Museum & Other Destinations

  • Final Days: Art Car Museum in the Heights | Daily | FREE – Closing at the end of April, the Art Car Museum offers few remaining chances to explore the legacy of one of its founders in its final exhibition, The Creative Era of Ann Harithas. Free, available to tour by appointment. Same-day appointments available. 11am to 5pm.
  • 4/20 Concerts, Markets & More in Houston | Friday & Saturday – Go beyond our favorite picks in the Weekend Guide and find more spots around town where you can enjoy live music, mingling and more for the cannabis culture holiday.
  • The Best Spring Markets in Greater Houston | Ongoing – Take to pop-up events this spring across the city of Houston where you can shop local goods, artwork, plants and much more from small businesses while enjoying seasonal fun.
  • 50+ Spring Festivals in Greater Houston | Ongoing – Pack your spring with 50+ of the city’s signature festivals that celebrate the worlds of art, music, culture, film and much more, all season long.
  • Best Places for Crawfish in Greater Houston | Daily – Dig into mudbugs with our guide to more than 50 restaurants, breweries, bars and other spots where you can find delicious crawfish this season.
  • Things to Do in Montrose | Daily – Check out the jam-packed neighborhood at the heart of Houston with our picks for the best things to do throughout Montrose.
  • Happy Hour in the Museum District | Daily – Take advantage of tasty happy hour specials at some of our favorite spots in the Museum District.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

  • ZaZa’s Cocktail Showdown: Botanical Edition at Hotel ZaZa Memorial City – Houston’s top bartenders go head-to-head to claim the title for the best floral spring cocktail creation. Sample a variety of delicious cocktails, enjoy live music, light bites and a lively atmosphere. Ages 21 and up. $40. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Author Margot Douaihy at Murder by the Book | FREE – The writer talks about the newest book, Blessed Water. The second in the series featuring the unconventional, chain smoking, tattooed New Orleans nun, Sister Holiday, the books finds her determined to take her permanent vows to the order of the Sisters of the Sublime Blood. But then the body of a priest turns up in the Mississippi River, and Sister and Magnolia Riveaux set out to solve it. Free to attend; books for signing must be purchased from the store. 6:30pm. 
  • Spectrum Fusion presents Sip & Support: Tequila Tasting for a Good Cause at Chancellors Center – In honor of Autism Awareness Month, come out and support this fundraiser, where you can enjoy pairings of Mexican-inspired dishes with premium, artisanal spirits and tequilas. $100 and up. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • Studio Menil presents Alphabet Soup at Richmond Hall – This creatively themed, annual spring party includes colorful cocktails, amusing hors d’oeuvres and an artfully presented seated dinner, all accompanied by live music. The fundraiser directly supports the Menil’s programming. $1,250 and up. 7pm to 11:30pm.
  • Concerts Under the Stars: A Tribute to Sinatra at Marriott Marquis Houston – The Houston skyline is the backdrop, the timeline songs of Sinatra are the soundtrack. Head up to the hotel’s sixth floor for this evening of music, drinks and bites. $45 and up. 8pm.
  • Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears in Concert at Main Street Crossing – The Tomball stage hosts a night of blues jams from guitarist and singer-songwriter Black Joe Lewis, backed by the Honeybears.$40 and up. 8pm.
  • Garth Brooks Tribute Concert at Post Houston – This Garth Brooks tribute band plays all your favorite hits by the country music megastar, in a concert under the Houston skyline. Come early to enjoy food and drink from restaurants in the Post’s food court. $20 and up. 8pm.
  • Disney’s WALL-E at Trebly Park | FREE – Grab a blanket or lawn chair, gather the family and friends, and come out to this Downtown park for a screening of the Pixar film, WALL-E. On an abandoned Earth, a determined robot continues his waste-collecting work. But then he embarks on a journey that could change the future of mankind. 8pm.
  • The Tortured Poets Department Listening Party at McIntyre’s Downtown – DJs will play the entirety of Taylor Swift’s new record alongside the rest of her discography and some other pop bangers. Expect tasty Taylor-inspired cocktails and performances from favorite local drag queens. Dressing up and sharing friendship bracelets are highly encouraged. $17. 9pm.
  • Bigfoot Rave at Warehouse Live Midtown – Come dressed as a bigfoot, fairy, alien or whatever else you believe in at this costume-themed dance party in Midtown. $15. 9pm.
  • Girls on Deck at Bauhaus – Come out and show your love for some girl power as a slate of all-female DJs showcase their house and techno talents. There will be music in the lounge and on the patio, with Danielle Simeon, Madison Parks, Honey T, Leilani and more providing the tunes all night long. $15. 10pm.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Things to Do on Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21, 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 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.