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Top 15 Festivals & Events This Week in Houston: May 20 to 26, 2024

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Explore the Comicpalooza show floor and see cars, Full Steel Combat and more | Photo: Michelle Bradbeer; courtesy of Comicpalooza

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, May 20 to Sunday, May 26, 2024.

This week’s highlights include the three-day convention known as Comicpalooza, plus a new Broadway show, marketplaces across Greater Houston, and the last vibes of spring.

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

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

  • TUTS presents Disney’s Newsies at Hobby Center | Tuesday, May 21 to Sunday, May 26 | Ongoing – The wildly popular musical tells the story of a band of newspaper boys and their allies, who stand up to some of New York City’s most powerful publishers. This new production of the crowd-pleasing show should be a family favorite. This production runs through Sunday, June 2. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Idles in Concert at White Oak Music Hall | Wednesday, May 22 – The Bristol rock band is super fresh off the release of their fifth studio album, Tangk, and will bring it to the White Oak crowd when they stop by on their Love is the FING tour. $40 and up. 5:30pm.
  • Ghosts: Do You Believe? at House of Blues | Wednesday, May 22 – Diving deep into the world of paranormal occurrences, Dustin Pari shares ghost stories through an interactive journey of encounters, mind-boggling phenomena and first-hand accounts. $30 and up. 7pm.
  • Dancin’ in the Street: Motown & More Revue at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25 | FREE –Groove to the Motown sounds of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner and the best classics of the ’60s through ’90s. 8:15pm.
  • Apollo Chamber Players presents Muted at Rice University | Friday, May 24 – Critically and internationally acclaimed, the Apollo Chamber players close out their season with a concert comprised of three works for string ensembles, including the world premiere commission Forgotten Dutch Melodies by Netherlands-based composer Joey Roukens. $35; $10 for students with ID. Q&A at 7pm; concert at 7:30pm.
An outdoor scene under shady trees with people sitting at tables and shopping market stalls
Take in live music and farm fresh produce at the final week of Market Square Park Farmers Market | Courtesy of Market Square Park
  • Comicpalooza at George R. Brown Convention Center | Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26 – Get decked out in your favorite hero costume and head Downtown for a weekend of cosplay, autographs, and all-things-comics. Enjoy family-friendly activities, listen in on live panel discussions, shop from local creators, browse pop culture memorabilia, and much more. Single day passes range from $43 to $64, depending on day; weekend passes start at $90. Times vary.
  • Market Square Park Farmers Market in Downtown | Saturday, May 25 | FREE – Shop for produce, baked goods, artisan-made products and more in the heart of Downtown at this final spring market that brings vendors from around the region to the Bayou City. Family- and pet-friendly, the market also offers live music performances by local artists on the Turnip the Beet stage. 10am to 2pm.
  • 45th Annual Pan African Cultural Festival at S.H.A.P.E. Community Center | Saturday, May 25 | FREE – Join the S.H.A.P.E. Community Center in Third Ward for a day filled with vibrant performances, delicious food, art from across the African diaspora, and the celebration of Pan African culture. 11am to 5pm. 
  • Market in the Garden at B-52 Brewing | Saturday, May 25 | No Cover – This first-time market brings a slate of artisan vendors into the shade of the Conroe brewery’s towering trees. Browse handcrafted goods while you sip on suds direct from the tap. Noon to 5pm.
  • Adult Owl Prowl at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Saturday, May 25 – The final owl prowl of the season offers an up-close encounter with live owl ambassadors, plus nighttime trail hikes and light snacks, Saint Arnold’s beer, coffee and hot chocolate. Ages 16 and up. $50. 7pm to 9pm.
Jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant performs with her band
Jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant takes to Discovery Green for one of the last Jazzy Sundays | Photo courtesy of Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Pawtraits for a Cause at Axelrad | Sunday, May 26 – Two years since it was last held, this event creates a beautiful family portrait of your furry bestie. Head over with your pet (on a leash), and help raise funds for Heart of the Underdog. $35. Noon to 4pm.  
  • Black Queer Book Fair & Day Party at Kindred Stories | Sunday, May 26 | FREE –Kick off Pride festivities at this inaugural event welcoming the LGBTQIA+ community with authors, books and more at the Third Ward book shop. 1pm to 5pm.
  • Jazzy Sundays: Cécile McLorin Salvant in Concert at Discovery Green | Sunday, May 26 | FREE – Lose yourself in the passionate music of the award-winning jazz artist who bridges musical genres at another edition of Jazzy Sundays in Downtown. 5pm.
  • USPA Congressional Cup at Houston Polo Club | Sunday, May 26 – Enjoy a big day of horse polo with all the bells and whistles, including a polo trivia contest, player parade, champagne divot stomp and trophy presentation. $18 and up. 5pm. 
  • Tomorrow X Together in Concert at Minute Maid Park | Sunday, May 26 – The immensely popular K-Pop band has been building their hit list since 2019, and is set to deliver some of their latest material, including the theme of the 2024 anime television series, Solo Leveling. $49.50 and up. 7:30pm. 

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Top 20 Festivals & Events This Week in Houston: April 15 to 21, 2024

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Midtown Art in the Park returns to celebrate jazz and local artists | Courtesy of Midtown Art in the Park

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, April 15 to Sunday, April 21, 2024.

Houston is buzzing this week with plenty to fill your free time in the city.

Check out early week delights like a big Astros series and Amy Sedaris, then celebrate anything from Earth Day to 4/20, plus the 100th anniversary of MFAH.

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

Top 20 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves at Minute Maid Park | Monday to Wednesday – The ‘Stros search for some stability in the early goings of the season, facing the top team from Atlanta in a cross-league clash at Minute Maid. The series kicks off on Monday with Jackie Robinson Day at the ballpark. $24 and up. Times vary.
  • TUTS presents The Cher Show at Hobby Center | Tuesday to Sunday | 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.
  • An Evening with Amy Sedaris at Wortham Center | Wednesday, April 17 – The prolific actress, author and comedian from shows like Strangers with Candy comes to Downtown for a night of conversation and audience Q&A. $39 and up. 7:30pm.
  • The Tortured Poets Department Listening Party at McIntyre’s Downtown | Thursday, April 18 – 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.
  • Tomar & the FCs’ Backyard Bash in Concert at the Continental Club | Friday, April 19 – The high energy group brings deep soul and funk grooves to the backyard stage at the Mid-Main spot. $10 and up. 7pm to 10pm.
Artists paint graffiti on walls surrounded by a crowd of people
Bad Astronaut in Northside hosts a psychedelic art showcase ahead of 4/20 | Courtesy of Bad Astronaut Brewing
  • Up In Smoke Psychedelic Art Show at Bad Astronaut Brewing | Friday, April 19 | No Cover – Celebrate 4/20 Day with a psychedelic art showcase, a black light graffiti battle, a vendor market, live DJs and more. Bring along friends to sample the brewery’s offerings and chill out as you kick off the weekend. 7pm to 11pm.
  • Chinese Folk Tales: Wit & Wisdom of the Ancestors at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, April 19 | FREE – Forty dancers, 10 actors, film, music and eye-popping costumes bring to life classic Chinese stories about people, animals and mythical creatures in this unique performance. It’s family-friendly and presents timeless lessons about family, life and the humanity we all share. 8:15pm.
  • 13th Annual Walk With Me at Houston Zoo | Saturday, April 20 – Participants can walk, roll, or stroll through the zoo while raising crucial funds for programs that serve veterans, service members, children and adults with all types of disabilities and their families. Following the walk, there will be an after-party at the Masihara Pavilion inside the zoo with children’s activities, music, food, drinks and more. $50. 8am to 10:30am.
  • Midtown Art in the Park at Midtown Park | Saturday, April 20 | FREE – Stop by Midtown Houston for back-to-back days of art celebration at this family-friendly event with local vendors, performers, and limited ArtJam activities where you’ll craft some take-home keepsakes. This year’s theme celebrates National Jazz Month and the 125th anniversary of Duke Ellington’s birth. 10am to 4pm.
  • The Grand Kids Festival in Downtown Galveston | Saturday, April 20 | FREE – Hosted in the Cultural Arts District of Downtown Galveston, this family festival from the Grand 1894 Opera House features a full day of fine arts for kids, along with hands-on projects, dance performances, shows, inflatables, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. 10am to 5pm.
Kids climbing uphill in an expansive park space
Evelyn’s Park celebrates 7 years and Earth Day on Saturday | Courtesy of Evelyn’s Park
  • Final Boss: Buds & Brews at Eureka Heights Brewery | Saturday, April 20 | FREE – The Heights brewery celebrates 4/20 with an all-day bash, kicking off with vinyl and free donuts, plus a kolache pop-up with Deckle and Hide. Later in the day, shop local goods at a marketplace, enjoy free pinball, and catch an evening screening of Pineapple Express. 10am to 10pm.
  • Picnic in the Park: Earth Day Celebration at Evelyn’s Park | Saturday, April 20 | FREE – The Bellaire park space celebrates Earth Day and its 7th anniversary with a free seedling giveaway to the first 5,000 visitors, crafts, bubble demonstrations, food trucks, face painting, educational vendors, and more. Noon to 4pm.
  • Earth Day Celebration & Water Works Festival at Discovery Green | Saturday, April 20 | FREE – One of Discovery Green’s signature events, the annual family-friendly festival returns with a full afternoon of interactive exhibits and educational experiences, plus live music, art installations, face painting, crafts and activities. Noon to 5pm.
  • Karbach Reggae Fest at Karbach Brewing Company | Saturday, April 20 | FREE – The Spring Branch brewery hosts a family-friendly Reggae Fest with a day of good vibes, local vendors, and music by artists like Mellow Mood, Dem Roots, the Katastrophics, Soulfiya, and more. 2pm to 11pm.
  • Third Eyeland Party ’24 at Galveston Island Brewing | Saturday, April 20 – This popular event returns to Galveston Island Brewing for the fifth year, with two stages of live music, light show visuals, art installations, a vendor market, food pop-ups, and other fun. $30. 4pm to 10pm.
A woman in a purple coat and Prince t-shirt dances to a band
Lucille’s hosts an all-day Prince celebration at Eldorado Ballroom | Courtesy of Lucille’s
  • Houston Dynamo FC vs. Austin FC at Shell Energy Stadium | Saturday, April 20 – The 290 rivalry gets another installment when Austin takes to the Dynamo pitch for a spring clash in the evening. $16 and up. 7:30pm.
  • 23rd Annual Noche Caliente with David Sánchez at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, April 20 | FREE – Come out to Hermann Park for an incredible evening of music celebrating the different cultures of the Hispanic community. David Sánchez is recognized around the world as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation. His mastery of the instrument is undeniable, and his sound is unmistakable. 8:15pm.
  • Lucille’s presents Prince Day Market & Concert at the Historic Eldorado Ballroom | Sunday, April 21 – Celebrating the iconic musician, this day of activities includes a market with local vendors offering a variety of goods, along with a Prince tribute concert in the afternoon. The market is free to attend; concert tickets are $35 and up. Noon to 7pm.
  • 2024 Spring Festival at Museum of Fine Arts Houston | Sunday, April 21 | FREE – This annual festival helps celebrate MFAH’s centenary with free admission to the museum and its galleries, plus festivities held outdoors in the Cullen Sculpture Garden and around the Glassell School of Art. Enjoy live performances, art-making projects led by local artists, and activity tables form community organizations. 1pm to 5pm.
  • Douglas Elliman Classic at Houston Polo Club | Sunday, April 21 – With prizes from Douglas Elliman real estate, a costume contest and more, this is a great time to come out to the polo grounds. Enjoy a player parade, live music, expert announcing, champagne divot stomp at halftime and special trophy presentation. The Lymbar is the onsite concession, serving delicious menu choices and a premium bar menu. $18 and up. 5pm.

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Top 20 Festivals & Events This Week in Houston: April 1 to 7, 2024

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Take in a dazzling spectacle at the annual Night Light along Buffalo Bayou | Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, April 1 to Sunday, April 7, 2024.

April kicks off with a packed week of exciting fun taking place across the city of Houston.

Watch as the Warriors come to town with the NBA season on the line, laugh along to more than 50 comedians at a Montrose comedy festival, take flight with the return of the Hermann Park kite fest, and find much more below to fill your week.

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

Top 20 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Table to Stage with Chris Shepherd: Aaron Franklin at Stages | Monday, April 1 – This intimate one-on-one conversation series featuring Chris Shepherd returns with special guest Aaron Franklin of the celebrated Austin-based barbecue legacy. Together, they’ll discuss Aaron’s work and the industry, followed by an audience Q&A. $150. 7:30pm.
  • Queen of the Night: A Tribute to Whitney Houston at Bayou Music Center | Wednesday, April 3 – A dazzling vocalist and full band celebrate the life, legacy, and countless hits of the legendary vocalist Whitney Houston when Queen of the Night takes over the Downtown arena. $35 and up. 8pm.
  • Urban Harvest Secret Supper Club: Harvest of Her at Secret Location | Thursday, April 4 – This sixth annual dinner held at a surprise location features a five-course dinner with wine pairings, created by featured women chefs, including Ana Garcia of Cuchara, Emily Trusler of Culinary Khancepts, Jane Wild of Jane Wild Studios, and Jessica Madamba of Nancy’s Hustle. Tickets include welcome cocktails by Carly Baitz of Riel. $300. 6pm to 8:30pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center | Thursday, April 4 – One of the Rockets’ final home games of the season is also one of the most important matchups of the year. The Warriors and Rockets will take center court with both teams vying for a ticket to the postseason, but just one final play-in spot remaining—and a narrow window to make the cut. $48 and up. 7pm.
Dillon Brooks dribbles a basketball while guarded by Steph Curry
The Rockets and Warriors battle it out with the season on the line | Courtesy of Houston Rockets
  • The Riot Comedy Festival at Rudyard’s Pub | Thursday, April 4 to Sunday, April 7 – More than 50 comedians descend on the Montrose pub for a weekend of comedy across three stages, plus a street carnival, beer and cocktails and tasty eats. Headlining talent includes Rocky Dale Davis, Robert Kelly and Kim Congdon—not to mention a slate of Houston’s funniest comics, podcasters and more. Individual shows start at $25; $159 for all-access, early bird discounts available. Times vary.
  • Comedian Gary Owen at Houston Improv | Thursday, April 4 to Sunday, April 7 – The beloved comic was proclaimed as “Black America’s Favorite White Comedian” by Ebony magazine, and now returns to the Spring Branch laugh house for the first of two weekends of laughs. $90 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • Open Dance Project presents Alice at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, April 5 | FREE – The dance company brings its unique stamp to the story of the little girl who falls down the rabbit hole and winds up in Wonderland, navigating a host of unusual events with a cast of unusual characters. The performance features aerial silks, acrobatics, and clever choreography that is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike. 8pm.
  • Galveston Steampunk Festival at Galveston Railroad Museum | Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7 – Fans of the steampunk aesthetic will assemble for this three-day fest celebrating the sci-fi subgenre that crosses Victorian-era tech with retrofuturism. Throughout Saturday, fans can take in live music and special performances, participate in a costume contest and enjoy games like archery, axe throwing and more. Then, on Sunday, festival goers can stroll through home and history tours of the Galveston area, plus an evening walking ghost tour. $25 and up; $15 for kids. Saturday festival is 11am to 11pm; other activities vary by time.
  • Catastrophic Theatre presents Cleansed at MATCH | Friday, April 5 | Ongoing – Sarah Kane’s play is a fever-dream fable of unimaginable brutality and miraculous beauty. An exploration of the threat to the bodies and lives of those of us who look, live, or love beyond the confines of conservative ‘norms,’ it feels as contemporary now as it did when it was written 26 years ago. Pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • Pearland Holi Extravaganza at Pearland Town Center | Saturday, April 6 – A huge Holi celebration descends on Pearland to kick off April, complete with plenty of color play, DJs, games, kids activities, and a market featuring food, shopping and local vendors. No ticket required for festivities; $7 for admission to color play zone. 11am to 5pm.
An outdoor festival of people strolling by stalls with the Downtown skyline in the background
Shuck and slurp on tasty chef creations using the humble oyster at the Houston Oyster Festival | Courtesy of Houston Oyster Festival
  • Houston Oyster & Seafest at Buffalo Bayou Park | Saturday, April 6 – The Galveston Bay Foundation hosts this annual event, featuring more than 15 Houston restaurants, each offering up dishes where the oyster is the star. There’s also music, cocktails, exhibits and more. $35 and up. 11:30am to 2:30pm.
  • 5th Annual Crawfish Cook-Off at Cactus Cove | Saturday, April 6 – The Heights bar and grill hosts its 5th edition of the crawfish cook-off, featuring a day of cold beer, games and live music. Tickets include tastings of all crawfish teams, plus a drink ticket and special drink prices the rest of the day. $40. 1pm to 6pm.
  • Empty Bowls Exhibit Opening reception at Archway Gallery | Saturday, April 6 | No Cover – Be among the first to see these exquisite creations. More than 30 finely crafted bowls of all shapes and sizes will be on display and available for purchase, with proceeds going to the Houston Food Banks. This is a chance to support local artists and a good cause. Artists will be at the event for you to meet and chat with them. 5pm to 8pm.
  • 360 Allstars at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, April 6 | FREE – Helping to usher in the new Miller Outdoor season, 360 Allstars brings a cast of World Champion and World Record–holding artists and athletes for a spectacle that features BMX, basketball, breakdancing, acrobatics, drumming and more in a production seen around the world. 8pm.
  • Night Light 2024 at Tony Marron Park | Saturday, April 6 | FREE – Check out a night of video art along the Buffalo Bayou East waterfront in this annual evening of site-specific projections and artwork made possible by a collaboration between Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Aurora Picture Show. This year’s featured artists include Violette Bule, Ronald Llewellyn Jones, Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin. 8pm to 10pm.
A wide shot of families and children on the Hermann Park Hill with dozens of kits in the air
The annual Kite Festival returns to the Hermann Park hill | Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
  • Spring Local & Indie Author Fair at Copperfield’s Books | Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7 | FREE – Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Spring book shop with a two-day author fair, featuring more than 50 local and indie authors catering to all age groups and genre. Plus, enjoy free refreshments, giveaways and raffle prizes. 10am to 5pm.
  • BalletForte presents Don Quixote at Stafford Centre | Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7 – The Fort Bend ballet company brings to the stage the classic Spanish tale by Miguel de Cervantes. The family-friendly performance includes all the love, illusion, daring and adventure from the novel in an exciting production teeming with humor and fun. $17.50 and up. Saturday 7pm; Sunday 2pm.
  • Annual Kite Festival at Hermann Park | Sunday, April 7 | FREE – One of Hermann Park’s signature events of the year, the Kite Festival at the Hermann hill offers a day of kite flying and fun, with other activities like live music, DJs, interactive games, face painting and more. 10am to 3pm.
  • Spring Cup at Houston Polo Club | Sunday, April 7 – The Houston polo season returns with a Spring Cup opener and plenty of ponies hitting the pitch. Held near Memorial Park, this is your chance to take in exciting polo action along with tasty concessions from David Cordúa’s The Lymbar, live music, Champagne divot stomps at halftime, and more. $18 and up. 5pm.
  • Jazzy Sundays at Buffalo Bayou Park | Sunday, April 7 | FREE – The annual Jazzy Sunday series moves to Buffalo Bayou Park with four Sunday outdoor concerts open to the public. Catch Ghost Note with Monterey Jazz and the TSU All-Stars (April 7); Free Radicals with Hot Box (April 14); R&D Lab with Lolade (April 21); and cap it off with Chief Adjuah and Sal Capone (April 28), before the series moves to Discovery Green for the month of May. 5pm to 7pm.

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