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Things To Do This Weekend in Houston: August 12-15, 2021

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Updated Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 4:18pm.

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, August 12 through Sunday, August 15, 2021.

This weekend, take a time machine to an age where we walked among the dinosaurs, witness the mesmerizing music of a 4-time Grammy Award–winning pianist under the stars in Hermann Park, see the Houston Dash take on Washington during a showdown on the pitch at BBVA Stadium, laugh yourself silly at one of the many stand-up comedy events happening around the city, and much more.

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Things to Do All Weekend

  • Houston Restaurant Weeks 2021 | Daily – Kick off another month of specially-priced menus from almost 200 participating restaurants around town during the largest annual fundraiser for Houston Food Bank. The event will span Greater Houston through Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021. Menu prices are expected to be $20 for lunches and brunches; $35 or $45 for dinners. Prices, times, and locations vary.
  • Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Albuquerque Isotopes at Constellation Field | Daily – Get all the minor league baseball action you can handle when the Sugar Land Skeeters return to their home field for a six-game series against Albuquerque. $8 to $60, but you may find better, cheaper or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. Times vary.
  • Damon Wayans at Houston Improv | Daily – From In Living Color to My Wife and Kids and 3 seasons on Fox’s Lethal Weapon television series, the beloved stand-up comedian, actor, and writer makes a stop in H-Town while on his Just Sayin’ tour for four nights of outrageous comedy. Tickets start at $90 for two people. Times vary. 
  • Closing Week: Dr. Seuss Experience at George R. Brown Convention Center | Daily Catch your final chance to meet characters and explore the magical world of Dr. Seuss before it closes this weekend. At this imaginative, interactive, immersive exhibit, you’ll get a chance to ride on a carousel, meet the Cat in the Hat, get grumpy with the Grinch, and more. Tickets start at $23; free for ages under 2. Times vary.
  • Mildred’s Umbrella presents Lady Grey (in ever lower light) Streaming Online | Thursday & Friday | Virtual – Catch the final days of Will Eno’s play that looks at marriage, life, and expectations—both our own and those of the people around us—through the lens of a woman in an almost-happy marriage. Performed onstage and filmed for a streaming audience, the show is the final installment of Mildred’s Umbrella’s digital projects. Tickets are free, although pay-what-you-can donations are appreciated.
  • Jurassic Quest at NRG Center | Friday to Sunday  Walk among the dinosaurs at this indoor event that sends visitors through the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic periods to get up close to realistic, true to life–sized, animatronic dinos. Plus, go fossil digging, enjoy baby dinosaur shows, and get into crafts, face painting, and much more. Prices and times vary.
  • Catastrophic Theatre presents Tamarie Cooper’s Golden Jubilee | Friday to Sunday | Virtual – The incomparable Tamarie Cooper is 50 and that calls for a celebration in a way that only she can deliver. Riffing on all things 50, from 50 bad dates to that 50 pounds that won’t leave, this wild summer extravaganza features original songs, dances, and adorable pet appearances. Tickets are pay what you can.
  • The Riot Comedy Show presents Gianmarco Soresi at Rudyard’s | Friday & Saturday – The New York-based comedian, actor, and writer takes to touring his new material, making a two-night stop at the Montrose British pub. Tickets start at $15. 7:30pm and 10pm both nights.
  • Music Box Theater presents 10 Year Anniversary Show | Friday & Saturday – Catch the final nights of this celebration for Music Box’s re-opening of its cozy Colquitt Street home and its 10th anniversary at this cabaret featuring a musical tribute to favorite songs and funny moments from the last decade. Seating is limited to 60% capacity. $35; $48 for reserved seating. 7:30pm.
  • The Big Show 2021 at Lawndale Art Center | Ends Saturday | FREE – The annual open-call juried show closes at Lawndale, offering visitors a chance to view works from local and regional artists that practice within a 100-mile radius of Houston. This year’s edition, curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, features 212 artworks by 182 artists, culled from more than 500 submissions. 11am to 5pm.
  • Current Temporary Museum Exhibits & Art Installations on View Around Greater Houston | Daily | Many FREE – Explore the many striking, stunning, and diverse exhibits exploring history, science, art, culture, and creativity around the Greater Houston metro area.
  • Outdoor Markets & Pop-Up Shopping Events Around Houston | Daily | Many FREE – Browse, explore, and shop at one or all of Houston’s outdoor markets, many with live entertainment, food trucks, and other distractions.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

  • Row House Pop Up at Evelyn’s Park | FREE – Channel your Olympic spirit at this rowing pop-up taking place on the lawn at Bellaire’s Evelyn’s Park. 11:30am.
  • Lyons Ave. Night Market at Saint Arnold Brewing Company | No Cover – From the mind behind Freedman’s Town Farmers Market comes a Thursday evening market in collaboration with Saint Arnold Brewing Company, elevating Black-owned small businesses and vendors along Lyons Avenue in Historic Fifth Ward. 5pm to 9pm.
  • Summer Twilight Boat Tours on Buffalo Bayou – Escape the summer heat as you glide along the Buffalo Bayou while on a 30-minute boat tour, checking out native plants and wildlife like herons, fish, turtles, and the occasional alligator. $7; $5 for ages 4 to 12; children under the age of 4 are not permitted on boat tours.  5:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • Children’s Story Time at CityPlace | FREE – Bring the kiddos in your life to hear tales from characters like Tinker Bell and other fairy friends when CityPlace in Spring hosts a Children’s Story Time. 6pm.
  • MFAH presents Virtual Lecture: Artist Vik Muniz via Zoom | FREE | Virtual – Tune in for a virtual conversation between artist Vik Muniz and photography curator Malcolm Daniel, when Museum of Fine Arts, Houston hosts an event online via Zoom. 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
  • Samba Dance Class at Midtown Park | FREE – Get outdoors in the heart of Midtown while learning a popular Brazilian dance style with instructors from the Brazilian Arts Foundation at Midtown Park. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Brewery Bingo at Eureka Heights Brew Co. | No Cover – Throw back a pint or two while pairing your beer with six fun-filled rounds of bingo at Eureka Heights Brew Co. in Shady Acres. 7pm to 8:30pm.
  • The Mountain Goats at White Oak Music Hall – On the heels of releasing their 20th studio album, Dark in Here, the indie folk band known as the Mountain Goats find their way to the downstairs stage at White Oak. Tickets are $28, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
  • Rise Against, with Descendents, the Menzingers at Bayou Music Center – Fresh off the June release of Nowhere Generation, Rise Against brings their punk rock melodies to Downtown along with Descendents, who themselves released 9th & Walnut in late July 2021. $45, but you may find better or cheaper tickets using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7:30pm.
  • Bat Walk and Watch at Lost Lake Visitor Center in Buffalo Bayou Park – Stroll to Waugh Drive Bridge at Buffalo Bayou Park with bat specialist Suzanne Jurek to see the bat colony up close. $5 for ages 12 and up; free for ages under 12. 7:45pm to 9:15pm.
  • Edie Brickell & New Bohemians in Concert at the Heights Theater – Catch an energetic live performance from Dallas-based rock band, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, when the Heights Theater hosts the band for an evening of music. $28. 8pm.
  • Distillery After Dark: A 2nd Round at William Price Distilling | No Cover – Spend your evening at a dance party with live DJs, a craft cocktail menu, a food truck and more, when the Department of Dance and William Price Distilling team up to bring you a summertime monthly event that turns the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest distillery into a club. This event is for ages 21 and up. 8pm.
  • Bewitched Houston presents EBM Night at Etro Lounge – Dance the night away in the heart of Downtown to techno, industrial and more, at the EBM (Electronic Body Music) Night at Etro Lounge. 9pm.

Friday, August 13, 2021

  • Black to the Future: An Afrofuturist Affair at Winter Street Studios | No Cover – Wear your favorite costume or Afrofuturism-inspired getup to watch the Catastrophic Theatre’s presentation of 30 Ways To Get Free, a series of three Afrofuturist micro-films that position abolition and liberation through the lens of science fiction, at Winter Street Studios. 7pm.
  • Houston Dash vs. Washington Spirit at BBVA Stadium – A week after women’s soccer closes at the Olympics, the Dash will host a Spirit side that’s hungry to get back into the playoffs. $12 to over $50, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7:30pm.
  • Fonseca & Cepeda at Bayou Music Center – Towering figures in the world of Latin Pop, the Colombian singer-songwriters Fonseca and Andrés Cepeda team up for the Compadres tour that brings them through Downtown’s Bayou Music Center. $49 to more than $129, but you may find better or cheaper tickets using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • Tune-Yards, with Salami Rose Joe Louis at White Oak Music Hall | Friday, August 13 – Catch a high-energy performance by Tune-Yards as they come through White Oak while touring their fifth studio album, Sketchy. Tickets range from $30 to $32, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • The Flamin’ Hellcats in Concert at Rockefeller’s – Tap your toes to the upbeat sound of local rockabilly band the Flamin’ Hellcats, along with special guests Hard Luck Revival, at Rockefeller’s on Washington Ave. $10 to $13. 8pm.
  • Fea in Concert at Dan Electros – Catch a live set from the bombastic San Antonio-based punk rock band, Fea, at Dan Electros in the Heights. Branagan and Quinn The Brain open the show. $10. 8pm.
  • Psycho Movie Screening at Market Square Park | FREE – Get your Hitchcock fix during a screening of the 1960 psychological thriller, Psycho, in the heart of Downtown at Market Square Park. 8:30pm.
  • Silambam Houston presents Sharing Stories at Miller Outdoor Theater | FREE – Take in cross-cultural traditions when Indian classical dance and Spanish folk meet for a captivating, high-energy dance performance, followed by an original Indian dance-theater production, Chakryavyuh: Battle Against the Odds. A livestream of the performance will be available on Miller Outdoor’s YouTube channel. Limited, free tickets for the covered seating are available online, two days before the event. Seating on the hill is open to the public. 8:30pm.
  • Friday the 13th Movie Screening at City Acre Brewing Co. | No Cover – Get scared silly while sipping on delicious local suds during an outdoor screening of the 2009 slasher movie, Friday the 13th, at City Acre Brewing Co. in North Houston. 8:30pm.
  • George Navarro in Concert at the Rustic Downtown | No Cover – Tap your toes to the catchy tunes of Mexican-born country singer, George Navarro, when the artist stops through the Rustic in Downtown for a live performance. Free with RSVP. 9:30pm to 11pm.
  • A-Trak at Rise Rooftop – Dance your evening away when Canadian DJ, A-Trak, spins a set filled with high-tempo hits at Rise Rooftop in Downtown along with opener, DJ Riddler. $20. 10pm.

Things to Do on Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15, 2021.

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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn’t recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.