Weekend events planner

Here are the top 7 things to do in Houston this weekend

Here are the top 7 things to do in Houston this weekend

Houston, BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures, December 2017
Get a first look at BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures at a Lights in the Heights Pop-Up. Courtesy rendering
Houston Symphony presents Magical Musical Morning
Gather the kids and head to the Briar Club for Houston Symphony's Magical Musical Morning. Photo courtesy of CatchLight Group
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra bring their Christmas Rocks! Tour to Arena Theatre. Photo courtesy of AT&T Performing Arts Center
Houston, BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures, December 2017
Houston Symphony presents Magical Musical Morning
The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Your work week is almost history, and it’s time to look ahead to the weekend. Expect some fun, seasonal events around town — from a gingerbread competition, to brunch with Santa — plus some seasonal songs to get you in the holiday spirit.

We've rounded up your top seven things to do in Houston this weekend. For more options, check out the full CultureMap Events Calendar.

Sing your heart out
Friday, December 8

Break out your festive holiday attire, warm up your voices and head downtown to MKT Bar for the Family and Friends Karaoke Party, featuring rare Karbach beers and seasonal brews and bites. (9 pm to 2 am; tickets: free admission)
1001 Austin St.; 832-360-2222

Gingerbread throwdown
Saturday, December 9

The Architecture Center Houston Foundation presents the Gingerbread Build-Off competition at City Hall's Hermann Square. Expect an edible battle among dozens of teams, using entirely consumable building materials. There will also be  food trucks, hot chocolate, caroling, and photos with Saint Nicholas at the family-friendly event. (10 am to 4:30 pm; tickets: free admission)
900 Smith St.

Cheers
Saturday, December 9

Saint Arnold Brewing Co.’s World Famous Pub Crawl begins in Rice Village at Under the Volcano with stops at Kelvin Arms Scottish Pub, Little Woodrow's, Rice Village, The Gorgeous Gael, The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, The Gingerman, and Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Your prize for making all the stops is a Saint Arnold Pub Crawl pint glass. (2 to 6pm; tickets: free admission)
2349 Bissonnet St.; 713-686-9494

Bright lights
Saturday, December 9

Pedestrian-friendly neighborhood Christmas festival, Lights in the Heights, boasts a parade, carolers, hot beverages, carriage rides, and dozens of beautifully decorated houses. (6 to 9 pm; tickets: free admission)
Houston Heights: Bayland Ave. and Woodland St. between Studewood and Beaucham; Norhill St. between Highland and Euclid.

Sneak peek
Saturday, December 9

Get a first look at BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures, the sister concept of Bosscat Kitchen and Libations, during a Lights in the Heights Pop-Up. Expect hot chocolate, bacon butter popcorn, and other festive snacks. BCK is slated to open in January 2018. (5:30 pm; tickets: free admission)
933 Studewood St.

Kiddie wonderland
Sunday, December 10

Gather the kids and head to the Briar Club for Houston Symphony's Magical Musical Morning, complete with brunch, photos with Santa, arts and crafts stations, and lost more. (11 am to 1 pm; tickets: $150 per adult; $75 per child)
2603 Timmons Ln.; 832-531-6701

Jump, jive and wail
Sunday, December 10

Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra bring their Christmas Rocks! Tour to Arena Theatre. Setzer is known for adding his own blend of gunpowder and rockin’ style to two forgotten genres: rockabilly and swing. (8 pm; tickets: $39.50 to $65 per person)
7326 Southwest Fwy.