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Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston: January 23 to 29, 2023

Costumed performers in skeleton suits dance with a main performer at a circus
"Kooza" from Cirque du Soleil returns to Houston this weekend | Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, January 23 to Sunday, January 29, 2023.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our 15 picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Scroll below to find great things happening in Houston from Monday, January 23 to Sunday, January 29, 2023.

Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Comedian Atsuko Okatsuka at Houston Improv | Tuesday, January 24 – The comedian and writer, most recently seen in her HBO stand-up special The Intruder, swings through the Spring Branch comedy venue for a side-splitting night of her observations and personal tales. Tickets are sold by the table; $40 for 2, and up. 7:30pm.
  • Houston Auto & Boat Show at NRG Center | Wednesday, January 25 to Sunday, January 29 – Two big annual H-Town events return to NRG in the same weekend, with five days of the latest and best vehicles available on land and sea. $15 in advance; $20 at the door; free for ages 4 and under. Times vary.
  • Cirque du Soleil presents Kooza at Sam Houston Race Park | Wednesday, January 25 to Sunday, January 29 | Opening Weekend – Returning to Houston for the second time in 10 years, the thrilling circus arts of Cirque du Soleil excite under the big top in Northwest Houston, featuring acrobatics, daredevil performances, laughter and wonder. $49 and up. Times vary.
  • Difference & Diaspora: Transnational Asian Identity in Art Panel Discussion at CAMH | Thursday, January 26 | FREE – Artists Anh Hà Bùi, Matt Manalo, Diane Severin Nguyen and Preetika Rajgariah join Rice professor Dr. Alden Sajor Marte-Wood for a discussion on transnational Asian identity formation and representation, free at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. 6:30pm to 8pm.
  • Amy Winehouse: Jazz Under the Stars at Post Houston | Thursday, January 26 – Take in the views from atop Post’s Skylawn at this tribute to the iconic songstress, Amy Winehouse. $55. 8pm to 9:30pm.
  • Drunk Shakespeare at the Emerald Theatre | Thursday, January 26 to Saturday, January 28 | Opening Weekend – Five professional actors assemble on stage to perform one of the great plays of Shakespeare with a catch—one actor downs five shots of whiskey prior to the performance and the other actors strive to keep the script on track. $39 and up. Times vary.
  • Intertwined, Wined & Dined at Houston Botanic Garden | Friday, January 27 – Enjoy an exclusive after hours sunset tour of the Houston Botanic Garden and its newest exhibition, Steve Tobin’s Intertwined: Exploring Nature’s Networks. Then, take a seat around the courtyard for an immersive 5-course pop-up dinner and wine pairing from Chef Thomas Stacy. $260. 5pm to 8:30pm.
  • Houston, We Need a Title Opening Reception at Reeves Art & Design | Friday, January 27 | FREE – In Montrose, Reeves brings together the works of more than 25 Texas artists in a showcase that spans multiple styles and eclectic tastes. Take a moment in the week leading up to submit your title idea for the show and it just may be announced as the winner at the opening reception. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Honor by Suzanne Bocanegra & Lili Taylor at Moody Center for the Arts | Friday, January 27 | FREE – Houston artist Suzanne Bocanegra presents an original “artist talk” performed by film and television actor Lili Taylor, accompanied by vocalists from Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. 8pm to 9pm.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Gazillion Bubble Show at Jones Hall | Saturday, January 28 – The young and young-at-heart will be mesmerized by bubbles filling the air at this one-day only show that also features high-impact special effects, laser lighting, interactive performances and audience participation. $29 and up. 11am and 3pm.
  • 2023 Lunar New Year Festival at Asia Society Texas Center | Saturday, January 28 | FREE – Welcome in the Year of the Rabbit with cultural performances, arts and crafts activities and globally-inspired foods at Asia Society in the Museum District. While free to attend and enjoy the festival, performances from the Huaxing Arts Group Houston are ticketed and cost $10. 11am to 4pm.
  • ’80s Winter Prom Night at William Price Distilling | Saturday, January 28 – Grab your best polyester for a throwback prom night in Garden Oaks that features cocktails, photo ops and the crowning of the prom king and queen. $25; $40 for 2. 7pm to 11pm.
  • Comedian Jo Koy at Toyota Center | Saturday, January 28 – One of today’s premiere stand-up acts, Jo Koy offers a uniquely relatable blend of comedy that pulls inspiration from his colorful family and delights audiences at sold-out arenas around the world. $59.50 and up. 8pm.
  • Galveston Museum Day in Galveston | Saturday, January 28 & Sunday, January 29 – Score tickets at discounted rates to nearly a dozen of Galveston Island’s museums, including the Railroad Museum, Moody Mansion, Bryan Museum, the Grand 1894 Opera House, and more. Prices and times vary.
  • Lunar New Year Festival & Fried Rice Cook-Off at The Phoenix on Westheimer | Sunday, January 29 – Try a wide array of interpretations of fried rice, pulling from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, at this 6th annual cook-off in Montrose. Plus, try your hand at games to win a red envelope, enjoy face painting and money trees for the kiddos, a ping pong tournament, and more. $25 and up. Noon to 5pm.

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Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston: January 9 to 15, 2023

Mezclada Dance Company unveils their new performance at MATCH on Thursday & Friday | Courtesy of Mezclada Dance Company

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, January 9 to Sunday, January 15, 2023.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our 15 picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Scroll below to find great things happening in Houston from Monday, January 9 to Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Galveston Restaurant Weeks in Galveston | Monday, January 9 | Ongoing – Happening throughout the month of January and until Sunday, February 5, the annual Galveston Restaurant Weeks offers diners a chance to try top dishes from dozens of the Island’s best eateries on prix-fixe breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus at very pocketbook-friendly prices. Two- or three-course dinners range from $20 to $60; two-course lunches from $10 to $30; and brunches from $10 to $40. Prices, times and locations vary.
  • ROCO presents Beer and Brass at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. | Wednesday, January 11 – The annual brewery event returns with musicians offering a host of great brass ensemble playing while you sip craft brews. Grab a VIP pass and take home a ROCO souvenir glass. $50 and up; $15 for ages 12 and under. 6:30pm.
  • NCT 127 in Concert at Toyota Center | Wednesday, January 11 – The K-Pop phenomenon debuts at Downtown’s Toyota Center while touring the globe on their latest, chart-topping album, 2 Baddies. $59 and up. 8pm.
  • Winter Sound Series: Nick Gaitan at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston | Thursday, January 12 | FREE – Co-founder of Tejas Got Soul, storied renaissance man and Houston-native Nick Gaitan will take you on a journey through decades of Chicano music. Umbrella Fellas will also be on hand, slanging their signature burgers and dogs throughout the night. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Candlelight Flamenco: The Passion of Spain at Lone Star Flight Museum | Thursday, January 12 – Take in the sounds and sights of Spanish flamenco dancers and musicians by candlelight among the vast hangar of planes at LSFM. $45 and up. 7pm and 9:15pm.
  • Harry Potter Trivia & Inspired Drinks & Menu at King’s BierHaus | Thursday, January 12 | No Cover – The German-inspired Heights beer garden hosts a trivia night with themed food and drinks, decor, prizes and costumes for fans of the Harry Potter universe. Teams are allowed eight members max. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Mezclada Dance Company presents All of the Above at MATCH | Thursday, January 12 & Friday, January 13 – Take in a new dance work from Mezclada Dance Company, which features a range of dance techniques from breakdancing and contemporary to salsa, hip-hop and more, all set to tunes that include funk and Latin jazz, salsa and classical melodies. $25. 7:30pm.
  • Sketch ‘Em All: A Pokemon Art Show at Hardy & Nance Studios | Friday, January 13 | FREE – Houston artists pay homage to the expansive kingdom of Pokemon in the return of this art series at Hardy & Nance, after a pandemic hiatus. Kids and dogs are welcome at this event that also will be serving Eureka Heights brews, wine and cocktails. 7pm to 11pm.
  • Comedian Jay Pharaoh at Houston Improv | Friday, January 13 to Sunday, January 15 – Known for his hilarious impressions and six-season run as cast member on Saturday Night Live, Jay Pharoah works the room for five shows across this weekend. Tickets are sold by the table; $60 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • William Shatner & Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at Smart Financial Centre | Saturday, January 14 – Captain Kirk himself will be in attendance for a screening of the 1982 classic, Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan, followed by a discussion of the film and his career, and then audience questions. $42.75 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Half Marathon in Downtown Houston | Sunday, January 15 – Now in its 51st year, Houston’s signature run event lines up registered runners for a meandering course that takes them through the city’s districts like Montrose, Medical Center, the Galleria, Memorial Park and back again to finish at Avenida de las Americas. While it’s too late to lace ’em up if you missed registration, you can still celebrate thousands of runners across the city along the marathon course. 7am to 2:30pm.
  • 70th Annual Charity Cat Show at Hilton Houston North | Saturday, January 14 & Sunday, January 15 – Feline fanatics rejoice at the Houston Cat Club’s 70th Annual Charity Cat Show, where cats abound are judged on their smarts and agility throughout the two-day show. Make sure to check out the cat costume contests, shop vendors at the Meow Mall, and stop by cat rescue groups if you’re in search of your own feline friend. $15; $10 for ages 5 to 12; free for ages 4 and under. Saturday 9am to 5pm; Sunday 9am to 4pm.
  • Hop Topic World’s Annual Chili Cook-Off at Equal Parts Brewing | Sunday, January 15 –Taste through chilis and enjoy Equal Parts craft beers at this annual chili cook-off, held in Second Ward off Harrisburg. General admission includes unlimited chili samples, a swag bag for early bird tickets, and a token for voting. $18. Noon; judging begins at 2pm.
  • 6th Annual Family Fun Day at MATCH | Sunday, January 15 | FREE – Back again after a two-year hiatus, the free annual tradition returns with an afternoon of kid-friendly performances and opportunities to explore the arts as a family. In addition to arts performances, kiddos will have the chance to have their face painted, hop into bounce houses, and enjoy balloon artists, stilt walkers and more, all afternoon long. 1pm to 5pm.
  • 2023 Annual MLK Birthday Observance at Rothko Chapel | Sunday, January 15 – Inspired by the MFAH’s current exhibition Gordon Parks: Stokely Carmichael and Black Power, panelists share their work and perspectives on how photographers and journalists shape narratives around social justice movements and leaders. Pay-what-you-can; suggested donation is $5 to $20. 3pm.

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Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston: January 2 to 8, 2023

Runners take off from a starting line
Pound some pavement at the Art Car IPA 5K from Flying Saucer Downtown | Courtesy of Art Car IPA 5K

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, January 2 to Sunday, January 8, 2023.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our 15 picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Scroll below to find great things happening in Houston from Monday, January 2 to Sunday, January 8, 2023.

Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center | Monday, January 2 – Don’t miss your final chance this season to see MVP candidate Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavs when they make one last stop in Houston. $19 and up. 7pm.
  • Broadway Across America presents Pretty Woman at Hobby Center | Tuesday, January 3 to Sunday, January 8 – The 1990s rom-com movie gets a Broadway makeover in this feel-good show based on a book from the film’s legendary director Garry Marshall. $35 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Basics Houston Fun Shops at Children’s Museum Houston | Thursday, January 5 | FREE – This first of five free workshops from Houston Health Department invites parents to learn how to build an early foundation for their children to be able to read, speak, solve problems, do well in school and have positive relationships later in life. This night’s bilingual workshop is about helping to strengthen emotional health and cope with stress to provide a loving and safe environment for your child. 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
  • An Evening with Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at House of Blues | Thursday, January 5 The five-time Grammy nominee and part-time zen monk, Ottmar Liebert, will be back in town at HOB with his band Luna Negra to perform an intimate and sultry set of what Liebert calls “nouveau flamenco.” $20 and up. 7pm.
  • Magical Winter Lights Closing Weekend at Houston Raceway Park | Thursday, January 5 to Saturday, January 7 – Catch the final days of the spectacular holiday attraction decked out in more than 6 million lights across seven dazzling themed displays, held in Baytown’s Houston Raceway Park. $25; $17 for ages 3 to 12 (additional fees for circus and carnival admissions). Times vary.
  • If It Don’t Feel Like ’90s: R&B HTX Edition at House of Blues | Friday, January 6 – Vibe to music from Brandy, Boys 2 Men, Monica and more at this ’90s R&B party at House of Blues. $25 and up. 9pm to 2am.
  • The Riot presents Cipha Sounds at Rudyard’s Pub | Friday, January 6 & Saturday, January 7 – On back-to-back nights, the comic featured on Chappelle’s Show, TruTV’s Laff Tracks and as an MTV VJ takes the upstairs stage at Rudz for four shows of laughter. $17 and up. 7pm and 9pm.
  • 6th Annual Fade to Black Reading Series at MATCH | Friday, January 6 to Sunday, January 8 – Returning for its sixth year, this festival celebrates new plays by Black playwrights, where you can be among the first to hear these new works. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Times vary.
  • Houston Symphony presents The Music of Elton John & Billy Joel at Jones Hall | Friday, January 6 to Sunday, January 8 – The piano and vocal virtuoso Michael Cavanaugh—who was handpicked by Billy Joel to recreate the Broadway musical Movin’ Out—puts his talent and performing prowess on display in Downtown Houston, playing the hits from two iconic rock legends, Billy Joel and Elton John. $39 and up. Times vary.
  • Japan Junction: Oshogatsu 2023 at Levy Park | Saturday, January 7 | FREE – Usher in the Year of the Rabbit early when Japan America Society of Houston hosts this afternoon celebration that teaches Kakizome (the first Japanese calligraphy of the year), and lets kids play traditional Japanese new year games, make a daruma goal-setting doll, and pound mochi. 11am to 2pm.
  • 14th Annual BowiElvis Fest at the Continental Club | Saturday, January 7 – This annual festival returns to Mid-Main, honoring two music legends with a shared birthday; David Bowie and Elvis Presley. Catch tribute tunes from bands across multiple stages, face painting, Bowie and Elvis games, a costume contest, prizes and more. $25 and up. 6:30pm.
  • Future & Friends in Concert at Toyota Center | Saturday, January 7 – Pioneer of the melodic trap rap style and everybody’s favorite feature, Future is bringing the party to H-Town on his One Big Party tour with friends Trippie Redd, EST Gee, Boston Richie, and more. $55 and up. 7pm.
  • Stargazing Saturdays at the George Observatory | Saturday, January 7 – Make your way to the upper deck of the George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park for a night of stargazing with the pros. Amateur astronomers will guide you along the way to see night sky constellations, planets in our solar system and deep sky objects out in space. $10 (must be purchased online). 7pm to 10pm.
  • Bowie All Night at Numbers Nightclub | Saturday, January 7 – The Montrose nightclub spins Bowie music all night long to celebrate the Thin White Duke’s birthday, along with visuals guaranteed to have you dancing. Cover charge at the door. 9pm to 2am. 
  • Art Car IPA 5K at Flying Saucer Downtown | Sunday, January 8 – Begin your Sunday with a 3.5-mile run, culminating in brews and a breakfast courtesy of Texas Tamale Company. $35. 8am to 11am.

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Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston: December 26 to January 1, 2023

An aerial artist suspends herself in the air from a hoop
"A Magical Cirque Christmas" closes out the holiday season in Sugar Land | Courtesy of A Magical Cirque Christmas

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, December 26 to New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2023.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our 15 picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Scroll below to find great things happening in Houston from Monday, December 26 to New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2023.

Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • TaxAct Texas Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech at NRG Stadium | Wednesday, December 28 – Houston’s annual featured bowl game returns to NRG, showcasing top teams from the Big 12 and SEC to cap off another year of college football. $75 and up. 8pm.
  • Comedian Ms. Pat at Houston Improv | Wednesday, December 28 to Saturday, December 31 – The Atlanta native comedian and author who can most recently be seen in her 2022 Netflix special, Y’all Wanna Hear Something Crazy?, comes to the Improv for several shows leading up to New Year’s. Tickets are sold by the table; $50 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • A Magical Cirque Christmas at Smart Financial Centre | Thursday, December 29 – The Guardian of Time manages the changing of the seasons with his giant magical clock. A magical Christmas fairy played by comedic magician Lucy Darling helps him get into the Christmas spirit. $39.50 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Los Skarnales in Concert at Heights Theater | Friday, December 30 – Hometown heroes, Los Skarnales, are reppin’ la cultura and are ready to party in the Heights on the eve of New Year’s Eve. $18 and up. 8pm.
  • Tobe Nwigwe in Concert at 713 Music Hall | Friday, December 30 – The Alief native headlines a homecoming show at Post Houston’s music venue, capping off a year that includes a Grammy nomination, a co-starring role in Netflix’s Mo, and the release of his LP, moMINTs, dripping with legendary Houston features. $22 and up. 8pm.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents René Vaca at Rudyard’s | Friday, December 30 & Saturday, December 31 – A co-winner of the 16th Annual StandUp NBC competition, René Vaca takes his latest material to the Riot Comedy Club for three New Year’s Weekend performances. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash at the Children’s Museum Houston | Saturday, December 31 – Bring the kiddos out to the Rockin’ New Year’s Noon, a family-friendly end-of-year bash that rings in the new year at the stroke of noon with a parade and shimmering ball drop at the Children’s Museum of Houston. $15 for ages 1 and up. 10am to 3pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks at Toyota Center | Saturday, December 31 – The Rockets’ New Year’s Eve tradition continues, with an early tip-off against the New York Knicks ahead of evening festivities. $20 and up. 6pm.
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration at Post Houston | Saturday, December 31 | FREE with RSVP – This all-ages celebration invites the public to the rooftop Skylawn for a New Year’s countdown, multiple bars throughout, live DJs and stellar skyline views. Plus, you can take in the final days of Winter Wonderlawn at Post. 8pm to 2am.
  • The Suffers, Fat Tony, Dem Roots in Concert at Last Concert Cafe | Saturday, December 31 – A trio of Houston acts come together for a New Year’s Eve bash at a longtime Houston staple, just north of Downtown. The Kam Franklin-led Gulf Coast Soul group The Suffers headlines the evening, which also includes performances by the Exotica rapper from Third Ward, Fat Tony, and nu-reggae outfit, Dem Roots. $50 and up. 9pm to 12:30am.
  • The Homecoming: SoberEve HTX at Railway Heights Market | Saturday, December 31 – DJs spin tunes while you enjoy a light show, mocktails and coffee bar, and an epic midnight confetti drop. $20 in advance; $30 day of. 9pm to 1am.
  • Resolution Run Houston at Bayou Place | Sunday, January 1 – Seize your first opportunity of the year to make good on that resolution to get in shape with a 5K, 10K and family 1-mile run that follows the Bayou west from Downtown and back. Registration starts at $50 for the 5K; $60 for the 10K; $40 for the Family 1-miler. 8am to noon.
  • Lucky Smokehouse New Year’s Day Bites & Fun at J-Bar-M Barbecue & Beer Garden | Sunday, January 1 | No Cover – The family- and dog-friendly acclaimed barbecue joint in EaDo opens up on New Year’s for a day of delicious dishes, drink specials, NFL on TV, and more. Dig into a special smoked whole hog plate with black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread. Prices vary. 11am to 6pm.
  • Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium | Sunday, January 1 – A long and trying season for the Texans comes to a close in Houston when they face division rivals from Jacksonville for the final home game of the year. $59 and up. Noon.
  • 26th Annual Townes Van Zandt Wake at Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe | Sunday, January 1 | FREE – In Galveston, the storied singer-songwriter venue hosts their annual wake for Texas folk legend Townes Van Zandt (whom recorded one of his iconic albums at the Old Quarter). Longtime patrons and newcomers alike will take turns playing the tunes of Van Zandt, as well other favorites. 5pm.

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Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston: December 19 to 25, 2022

"Cirque Dreams Holidaze" offers a circus spectacle on the Jones Hall stage | Courtesy of Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, December 19 to Sunday, December 25, 2022.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our 15 picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Scroll below to find great things happening in Houston from Monday, December 19 to Sunday, December 25, 2022.

Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

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You can find more fun in our interactive event calendar and 365 Weekend Guides.

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Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston: December 12 to 18, 2022

A crowd waves at a truck carrying a giant menorah
Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at a lighting event in Uptown | Courtesy of Chabad of Uptown

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, December 12 to Sunday, December 18, 2022.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our 15 picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Scroll below to find great things happening in Houston from Monday, December 12 to Sunday, December 18, 2022.

Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • 4th Annual Hometown Holidays & Trail of Lights at Silver Sycamore | Daily – The fourth edition of this holiday celebration on the beautiful, old west grounds of Silver Sycamore in Pasadena keeps lighting up the night with its signature trail of holiday displays, appearances by Santa Claus, live performances, market shopping and more. $23; $15 for ages 3 to 12; free for ages 2 and under. Times vary.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns at Toyota Center | Tuesday, December 13 – Devin Booker, ex-Rocket Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns make an appearance at center court in Downtown. $20 and up. 7pm.
  • Superspectra Opening Reception at Laura Rathe Fine Art | Thursday, December 15 | FREE – The fine arts gallery near Uptown presents its final exhibition of the year, featuring new and original works from more than 30 artists that each explore color, material and style in their own ways for an immersive exhibiting experience. Light refreshments will be provided and a number of the artists will be in attendance. On display through Thursday, January 12, 2023. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Shaft Movie Screening at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Thursday, December 15 – MFAH pulls a rare 35mm print of the iconic ’70s film starring Richard Roundtree and directed by Gordon Parks. Houston ethnomusicologist and DJ, Flash Gordon Parks, will introduce the film and participate in a post-screening discussion with MFAH’s Jazz on Film guest programmer, Peter Lucas. $9. 7pm.
  • Comedian Steve Byrne at Houston Improv | Thursday, December 15 to Saturday, December 17 – The established comedian known for making rounds at some of NYC’s most fabled comedy clubs, Steve Byrne brings his latest material to the Improv for four shows heading into the weekend. Tickets are sold by the table; $40 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • All A’s Asian American Appreciation Comedy Show at Rec Room Arts | Friday, December 16 – Come out to the Downtown arts venue for a night of Asian American stand-up, featuring local comics like Peng Dang, Son Tran, Connor Carter, Victor Tran and more. $15 and up. 8pm.
  • Serve! Legends Only Drag Show at Warehouse Live | Friday, December 16 – Head to EaDo for an eleganza extravaganza featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty; the legendary Monét X Change, Symone, Willam, and Queen of the Universe’s, Aria B Cassadine. Joining in on the fun are Houston icons Blackberri, ONDI, Luna of the Lilies, Norvina DuBois, and Adriana LaRue. $55 and up. 8pm.
  • Christmas Horror Market Pop-Up at Raven Tower | Saturday, December 17 – Check out local vendors dealing in handcrafted and vintage horror goods, snap a photo with Krampus, and meet horror celebrities from film franchises like The Return of the Living Dead, Creepshow, Halloween, and more. $5 in advance; free for ages 12 and under. Noon to 7pm.
  • Willow’s Texas Craft BBQ Pop-Up at Urban South HTX | Saturday, December 17 | No Cover – The two-time winner of the Golden Cleaver Award at the Butcher’s Ball Festival will set up shop, dishing out that delicious ‘que at the Arts District brewery. Menu prices vary. 1pm ’til sold out.
  • The Tejano Jingle Jam at Arena Theatre | Saturday, December 17 – Gather for a holiday evening concert that celebrates Tejano culture with performances by Solido, Jay Perez, La Sombra de Tony Guerrero and Stefani Montiel, with appearances by Frankie J and Lisa Marie Golden. $30 and up. 8pm.
  • Numbers Christmas Party at Numbers Nightclub | Saturday, December 17 – Head to the iconic Montrose nightclub for the annual Christmas party, featuring a gigantic prize giveaway headlines by a Samsung 65″ 4K TV, a Classic Numbers Night Lifetime Pass, $500 in El Tiempo gift cards, and more. Cover charge at the door. 9pm to 2am.
  • 2022 World Cup Final Watch Party at Social Beer Garden | Sunday, December 18 | No Cover – After a full month of more than 60 games, the World Cup Final arrives at one of Houston’s headquarters for the Beautiful Game. Take to the Midtown’s indoor and outdoor spaces for the final match on the big screen and on 20 TVs throughout, plus enjoy drink specials and more festivities. 9am.
  • Super Happy Sunday Fundays at Eureka Heights Brewing Co. | Sunday, December 18 | No Cover – Shop at this monthly pop culture event, just in time for the holidays, which features vintage toy and art vendors, craft brews, movie screenings, food trucks and more. 11am to 4pm.
  • Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium | Sunday, December 18 – One of the top teams of the NFL pay a visit to the Texans in Houston’s second-to-last home game of the season. $82 and up, but you may find cheaper or better seats on the online ticket resale market. Noon.
  • Chanukah in the Snow in Uptown | Sunday, December 18 | FREE – Light up the Post Oak menorah with 10,000 pounds of snow awaiting, plus enjoy Chanukah crafts, doughnuts, latkes, drinks, and a dreidel prize wheel. 4:30pm.

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Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston: December 5 to 11, 2022

Hit the streets of Old Town Tomball for a German Christmas Celebration | Courtesy of Tomball German Festivals

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, December 5 to Sunday, December 11, 2022.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our 15 picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Scroll below to find great things happening in Houston from Monday, December 5 to Sunday, December 11, 2022.

Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Harry Potter: A Yule Ball Celebration at Paraiso Maravilla | Daily – Immerse yourself in a whimsical wintertime ball honoring the iconic Triwizard tradition, complete with amazing performances, photo opps, themed food and drink to purchase, dancing, and more. Costumes and/or cocktail attire encouraged. Times vary.
  • ASID Texas Gulf Coast Show House 2022 in West University | Daily – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Texas Gulf Coast presents a chance to tour its stunning 2022 Show House by Sugar Creek Homes in Houston’s West University neighborhood. The house showcases the work of 14 of Houston’s top interior designers, all of whom are ASID members with space designed by select interior design students. $35; $15 for ages 12 and under. 10am to 5pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers at Toyota Center | Monday, December 5 – Philly lands in H-Town, bringing Joel Embiid and a potential appearance by James Harden, who’s slated to return from injury in a homecoming game. $20 and up. 7pm.
  • Houston Latin Philharmonic presents Latin Christmas at Hobby Center | Wednesday, December 7 – Led by maestro Glenn Garrido, the Houston Latin American Philharmonic returns for their traditional concert of seasonal works from the world of Latin American music. This year, the Phil will be joined by special guest artists Diveana and Robert Gonzalez, known as the Queen and El Gallito. $30 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Catastrophic Theatre presents They Do Not Move at MATCH | Thursday, December 8 to Saturday, December 10 | Final Weekend – Imagine a future where American democracy is vanquished and monarchist forces roam the land seeking out waifs and strays. Descending into the absurd, this play features a beauty pageant, a sitcom, and is full of references to horror movies, Texas law and other pop culture nods. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Times vary.
  • The French Farm Open Warehouse Sale in the Heights | Friday, December 9 & Saturday, December 10 | No Cover – The popular online retailer opens its doors in the Heights for this annual sale of European gourmet food and housewares. Look for olive oils, honey, jams and more from France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, to name a few. 10am to 5pm.
  • Candlelight Christmas at Washington on the Brazos | Friday, December 9 & Saturday, December 10 – Costumed interpreters at the historic site northwest of Houston offer guests insight on the roots of favorite holiday traditions. There’s musket firing, music, dancing and more at this family-friendly celebration. $10; $5 for ages 6 to 18. 4:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • Tomball German Festival Christmas Market at Tomball Depot | Friday, December 9 to Sunday, December 11 | No Cover – 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.
  • 3rd Annual Winter Festival at Urban Harvest Farmers Market | Saturday, December 10 | FREE – Houston’s popular Saturday morning farmers market offers a series of holiday-themed goods, music and more. Come out and support local growers and producers and get into the holiday mood. 8am to noon; Santa Claus and complimentary cookie-decorating from 9am to 11am.
  • Houston Plant Market at Houston Botanic Garden | Saturday, December 10 – Shop for local plants, crafts and art, and grab a bite from food vendors. There are also workshops, yoga and more at the South Houston gardens. $15. 10am to 3pm.
  • Human Rights Day at Holocaust Museum Houston | Saturday, December 10 | FREE – In honor of the global Human Rights Day, HMH opens their doors to the public with a day of programming, including arts and crafts, bilingual story times, a Survivor Talk with Dr. Anna Steinberger, a children’s magic show, and more. Plus, stop by from 10am to 1pm and you can see and take a photo with the Astros’ World Series trophy. Free with ticket registration. 10am to 5pm.
  • College Basketball: Houston Cougars vs. Alabama Crimson Tide at Fertitta Center | Saturday, December 10 – Ranked nationally at No. 1, the Coogs will face their stiffest test of the season thus far when the Top 15 Alabama rolls through campus. Tickets are sold out at the venue, but you may find hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 2pm.
  • Lights in the Heights 2022 in Woodlands Heights | Saturday, December 10 | FREE – Stroll through the beautifully decorated streets of Woodlands Heights during one of Houston’s biggest holiday events, Lights in the Heights. Every year, the neighborhood streets are closed off, allowing pedestrians to roam freely as they admire the gorgeous homes, which host private parties that sometimes feature musical performances on the porch. After admiring the festive scenery, make your way to area bars and restaurants for tons of after-party fun. 6pm to 9pm.
  • 9th Annual Islamic Arts Festival at Masjid Al-Salam | Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11 | FREE – The two-day festival returns to Northwest Houston, bringing together artists and their work from across the nation, as well as offering a weekend of interactive art sessions, Islamic art and culture programs, traditional cuisines, live demonstrations and much more. 10:30am to 5pm.
  • Ugly Sweater Parties at True Anomaly Brewing & The Rustic | Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11 | No Cover – It’s that time of the year to don your best worst sweater and head out on the town. This weekend, celebrations take place at True Anomaly’s annual Tacky Sweater Christmas Party, and both locations of the Rustic host concerts and contests for best ugly sweater. Times vary.

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Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston: November 28 to December 4, 2022

A City Hall square filled with tents and shoppers
The 12th Annual Katy Old Fashioned Christmas returns to Downtown Katy with 200+ vendors and more | Courtesy of Katy Market Days

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, November 28 to Sunday, December 4, 2022.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our 15 picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Scroll below to find great things happening in Houston from Monday, November 28 to Sunday, December 4, 2022.

Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Judas Priest with Queensryche in Concert at 713 Music Hall | Tuesday, November 29 – The heavy metal wizards are back “defending the heavy metal faith,” and will be wrapping up their 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour with a live performance at the 713 supported by their heavy metal progeny, Queensryche. $59 and up. 8pm.
  • Winter Sound Series & Film Screening: Hydeheart & Mija at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston | Thursday, December 1 | FREE – Enjoy DJ tunes from Hydeheart and catch a screening of the acclaimed 2022 documentary film, Mija, which follows two daughters of immigrants from Mexico that navigate their careers in the music industry. 5pm to 8pm.
  • Energy Corridor’s 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Hyatt Regency Houston West | Thursday, December 1 | FREE – Oh come all ye Christmas lovers to the annual tree lighting event that features the district’s 50-foot tree powered with renewable energy. It will also kick off the District’s 12 Days of Christmas donations and feature Santa Claus photo ops, plus more than 20 local vendors offering hand-crafted, unique gifts and goodies along Candy Cane Lane. 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • Latina Podcasters Posadas Live at Ronin Harrisburg | Friday, December 2 – Enjoy a cultural holiday event from Texas’ Latina Podcasters in the East End. Participate in fireside chats with top Latina podcasters, plus enjoy holiday spirits, a Latina-owned vendor market, posadas and carols, and more. 7pm to midnight.
  • 49th Annual Dickens on the Strand in Downtown Galveston | Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4 – The holiday tradition returns with family programming, live entertainment, special events and more. The weekend festival features parades, non-stop entertainment on four stages, new additions like Tiny Tim’s Play Land, Shopkeeper Skills Village, and roaming characters throughout the festival. Free on Friday evening. Saturday and Sunday tickets are $18; $13 for ages 7 to 12. VIP options are $75; $30 for ages 7 to 12. Times vary.
  • 13th Annual Trafigura Run for the House at Sam Houston Park | Saturday, December 3 – Kicking off in Downtown, this annual 5K and 10K run helps to raise money and awareness for the Ronald McDonald House of Houston. $40; $20 for ages 7 and under. 8am.
  • 12th Annual Katy Old Fashioned Christmas in Historic Downtown Katy | Saturday, December 3 | FREE – The Katy Old Fashioned Christmas returns in a big way, bringing 200 vendors to the open-air market that also includes food trucks, an appearance by Santa, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. 10am to 5pm.
  • The Great Yōkai Adventure at Asia Society Texas Center | Saturday, December 3 | FREE – Asia Society hosts an experience that includes exploring the exhibition, Yōkai: Scenes of the Supernatural in Japanese Woodblock Prints, creating your own art and completing tasks for yōkai and other characters. Family-friendly anime films will also be screened throughout the program and costumes are encouraged. Free with registration. 11am to 2pm.
  • Christmas in the Square at Sugar Land Town Square | Saturday, December 3 | FREE – Enjoy a day of ice skating, food and drinks from Town Square restaurants and appearances by the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who and Mrs. Claus. There will also be the pop-up Boho Market, a special dance performance, live music, and—if rumors are to be believed—snow. 11am to 4pm.
  • Houston Margarita Festival at the Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park | Saturday, December 3 – The 10th annual festival returns to Buffalo Bayou, offering a day of drink tasting and revelry. Pour up a wide range of flavored margs while you enjoy live music, DJs, dancing, food vendors and more. $15 in advance; $30 day of. Noon to 10pm.
  • Book Signing with Letitia Huckaby & Earlie Hudnall, Jr. at Art League Houston | Saturday, December 3 | No Cover – Both artists, who are featured in their individual installations at Art League Houston, will be in attendance to sign their exhibition catalogs the day before both exhibits close. Letitia Huckaby is the 2022 Texas Artist of the Year and features in her exhibition, Bitter Waters Sweet; while Earlie Hudnall, Jr. presents a survey of his photography work in Drawn to Communities, in which the artist also received Art League’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts. Free to attend; books are available to purchase for $54.13 each. 2pm to 3:30pm.
  • Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular at City Hall | Saturday, December 3 | FREE – Join Mayor Sylvester Turner at City Hall for Houston’s annual holiday extravaganza, which features live entertainment (including a headlining performance by Gloria Gaynor), fireworks, a tree lighting, a visit from Santa and other family-friendly activities. 5pm.
  • Channel 5 Live with Andrew Callaghan at the Heights Theater | Saturday, December 3 – Known for his deadpan humor and unfiltered reporting on complex social and political issues via his YouTube channel, Andrew Callaghan brings his Channel 5 live to the Heights. $40 and up. 7pm and 9pm.
  • Opera in the Heights presents The Elixir of Love at Lambert Hall | Saturday, December 3 & Sunday, December 4 | Opening Weekend – Nemorino is infatuated with Adina. Dr. Dulcamara sells him a phony love potion. Hijinks ensue in this beloved operatic comedy by Donizetti, which opens the Opera in the Heights season at their home of Lambert Hall—recently saved from development by a coalition of community members and organizations. $42.50 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Sazon Latin Food Festival at Karbach Brewing Co. | Sunday, December 4 | FREE with RSVP – Taste all the best flavors from the Caribbean, Central, and South America as a dozen different Latin food vendors set up at the Sazon Latin Food Festival. 11am to 6pm.

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Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston: November 21 to 27, 2022

The annual lighting celebration brings lights, fireworks and festivities to Uptown | Courtesy of Uptown District

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, November 21 to Sunday, November 27, 2022.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our 15 picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Scroll below to find great things happening in Houston from Monday, November 21 to Sunday, November 27, 2022.

Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin performs Suspiria at Warehouse Live | Monday, November 21 – Legendary horror film soundtrack composer Claudio Simonetti and his critically acclaimed band, Goblin, perform the soundtrack to the 1977 horror classic, Suspiria, at Warehouse Live. $45 and up. 8pm.
  • 73rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Downtown | Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24 | FREE – Get into the holiday spirit at the 70th Annual H-E-B Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade, a showcase of sensational floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands, artistic entries, and live entertainment through the streets of Downtown. 9am to 11am.
  • 34th Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting on Post Oak Boulevard | Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24 | FREE – The annual Uptown Holiday Lighting kicks off the holiday season with the illumination of Uptown’s 300 custom, 20-foot tall holiday trees along Post Oak Boulevard with live fireworks, holiday shopping, street entertainment, and appearance by Santa Claus, and more. 4pm to 7pm.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Live Laugh Love on Thanksgiving at Rudyard’s Pub | Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24 – Local comic talent and headliners join forces to share heartbreak stories and perhaps give you a little something to feel thankful for. $15 and up. 7pm and 9pm.
  • 62nd Annual AutoRama at George R. Brown Convention Center | Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24 to Sunday, November 27 – Kicking off on Thanksgiving, the AutoRama offers four days of automotive spectacle with showcases of beautiful, customized muscle cars, lowriders, hot rods and other chromed-out vehicles. $23; $4.99 for ages 6 to 12; free for ages 5 and under. Times vary.
  • Cistern Illuminated Opening Day at Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern | Friday, November 25 – The latest installation at the Cistern offers a winter display, designed by local artist and engineer Kelly O’Brien and featuring undulating lights that provide a unique perspective on one of Houston’s “underground” gems. $10. 11am to 7pm.
  • World Cup Watch Party: England vs USA at Social Beer Garden | Friday, November 25 | No Cover – One of the biggest matches of the early stage of the 2022 World Cup will see England and the United States duking it out on the pitch. The Midtown beer garden, which hosts every match of the World Cup (yes, even at 4am) will have live DJs, giveaways and other special goodies. Noon to 5pm.
  • Peppa Pig Live: Peppa Pig’s Adventure at Bayou Music Center | Friday, November 25 – Featuring life-sized theatrical puppets performed live on stage, Peppa Pig’s Adventure sees the beloved Peppa taking an exciting camping trip in the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. Along with Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends embark on a 60-minute live musical adventure, full of singing, dancing, games and surprises.. $32 and up. 6:30pm.
  • Comedian Zahid Dewji Farewell Show at the Secret Group | Friday, November 25 – A founding member of the Secret Group and a stand-up comic who has toured and opened for comedians Whitney Cummings, Mo Amer and Dusty Slay, Zahid Dewji performs a farewell show in his goodbye to Houston. A roast of the comic will follow at 9pm. $10. 7pm.
  • Black Friday Holiday Flea at Silver Street | Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27 – Ditch the crowds at big box retailers and opt for some Black Friday shopping from more than 75 local vendors and artisans doling out leather goods, handmade jewelry, gourmet foods, home decor and more. $5; free for ages 12 and under. 10am to 5pm.
  • We So Houston Art Show at Saint Arnold Brewing Company | Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27 | No Cover – Held at the Saint A beer hall throughout the weekend, Houstonians can learn about the city’s rich history and culture through art, food and local beer. Times vary.
  • BLCK Market Pop-Up: Small Business Saturday at East River | Saturday, November 26 | FREE – Get a head start on your holiday shopping at BLCK Market’s Small Business Saturday edition, which provides an assortment of Black-owned, local businesses, vendors and creators to shop from. 1pm to 5pm.
  • Holiday Tree Lighting & ArtWalk in Downtown Galveston | Saturday, November 26 | FREE – Head to Saengerfest Park in Galveston’s Strand district for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree, plus see Santa and participate in the Galveston Art Center’s ArtWalk where you can tour local galleries and enjoy live entertainment throughout Downtown. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Tejas Got Soul: Avizo in Concert at Discovery Green | Sunday, November 27 | FREE – The Grammy-nominated Tejano band from Houston, Avizo, hits the stage in Discovery Green for the next installment of the Tejas Got Soul concert series. 5pm to 7pm.
  • An Evening with Nigella Lawson at Wortham Center | Sunday, November 27 – The internationally renowned chef and food writer comes to Downtown to talk her latest book, Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes and Stories. Brazos Bookstore will also be on-site for book purchases. $29 and up. 6:30pm.

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Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston: November 14 to 20, 2022

Social Beer Garden opens up for World Cup matches starting Sunday, throughout the tournament | Courtesy of Social Beer Garden HTX

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, November 14 to Sunday, November 20, 2022.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our 15 picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Scroll below to find great things happening in Houston from Monday, November 14 to Sunday, November 20, 2022.

Top 15 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Pearland Restaurant Weeks at Multiple Locations | Daily – Ongoing through Sunday, November 20, restaurants across Pearland offer special fixed-price menus and offerings, letting you sample the culinary scene while raising money to support Pearland Neighborhood Center. $20 to $35. Times vary.
  • The Moth: Leftovers at Warehouse Live | Tuesday, November 15 – Houston storytellers get on-stage to tell true, 5-minute tales along a theme. This month’s is “Leftovers” and features stories that center on what remained—from feelings or dinners to lingering guests and much more. $15. 7:30pm.
  • The 1975 in Concert at 713 Music Hall | Wednesday, November 16 – The indie pop band from across the pond are bringing their very best with them as they roll through Houston with music from their fifth studio album, Being Funny in a Foreign Language. $64 and up. 7pm.
  • College Basketball: Houston Cougars vs. TSU Tigers at Fertitta Center | Wednesday, November 16 – As part of the Cougar Classic invitational tournament, these two Third Ward colleges will square off at center court. Tickets are sold out at the venue, but you may find hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
  • 2022 Come and Take It Comedy Festival at the Secret Group | Thursday, November 17 to Sunday, November 20 – Headliners including Rory Scovel, Doug Benson, Amy Miller, Jenny Zigrino, Billy D. Washington and more take part in this four-day comedy extravaganza featuring indoor and outdoor stages at the EaDo venue. Individual show ticket prices vary. $140 for a weekend pass. Times vary.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center | Friday, November 18 – The Rockets hit the court to take on the Pacers, while celebrating the legendary Elvin Hayes on his Jersey Retirement Night. $20 and up. 7pm.
  • Magical Winter Lights at Sam Houston Raceway | Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20 | Opening Weekend Get into the holiday spirit with these seven illuminated displays featuring more than six million lights in Baytown. Walk through a winter circus, grub on festival foods and more. This event is ongoing through Saturday, January 7, 2023. $25; $17 for ages 3 to 12 and 65+. Times vary.
  • Sugar Land Holiday Lights at Constellation Field | Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20 | Opening Weekend – More than three million lights create a sparkling winter wonderland at the home of the Sugar Land Space Cowboys. There’s also a holiday market, themed displays, a carnival and visits with Santa Claus. This event is ongoing through New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2023. $15; $12 ages 4 to 12. Times vary.
  • Houston Plant Market at Houston Botanic Garden | Saturday, November 19 – Shop more than 40 local plant, craft, art and food vendors at Houston Botanic Garden in South Houston. Visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in educational workshops, yoga and art therapy sessions. $15. 10am to 3pm.
  • Celebr8ion 9 at 8th Wonder Brewery | Saturday, November 19 | No Cover – The EaDo brewery celebrates nine years with the 713 Night Market Food Festival and plenty of vendors, live music from the Selfless Lovers, and more. Noon to 11:45pm.
  • Inspire Film Festival presents Thunder Soul Movie Screening at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, November 19 | FREE – This 2010 documentary recalls the influential jazz collective, Kashmere Stage Band, of Houston’s Kashmere High School, and it’s legendary director, Conrad O. Johnson. The Kashmere Reunion Stage Band will perform live after the film. 6:30pm.
  • Otaku’s Big Fat Thanksgiving Feast at B-52 Brewing Co. | Saturday, November 19 & Sunday, November 20 | No Cover – Head to Conroe for a family-friendly food and anime event. Food vendors will offer tastes from all over Asia on an a la carte basis, plus you can shop an Anime Village with more than 20 vendors. Noon to 8pm.
  • World Cup Headquarters at Social Beer Garden HTX | Sunday, November 20 | No Cover – The Midtown beer garden hosts every game of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including those early eye-openers at 4am. Games are shown in English and Spanish through 20 indoor TVs and a large outdoor screen. Enjoy drink specials, coffee and breakfast for the early games, wifi, and more. Kids and pets welcome. 10am to 1pm.
  • Wonderful Indonesia Festival at Sugar Land Town Square | Sunday, November 20 | FREE The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia presents this day-long celebration of Indonesian culture. Look for food, colorful crafts, a fashion show, music and more. 11am to 4pm.
  • 2022 Houston Women’s Polo Championship at Houston Polo Club | Sunday, November 20 Take in the action presented by Don Julio and QR Jets, as the top two teams of the largest women’s tournament in the country compete, and close out the fall season of Houston polo. $35; $15.50 for ages 12 and under. 1:30pm.

Many More Things to Do in Houston

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