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

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

Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Gear up for Monster Energy AMA Supercross at NRG Park. Photo courtesy of Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Carla R. Stewart (Shug Avery) and Adrianna Hicks (Celie) and the North American tour cast of The Color Purple
BBVA Compass Broadway presents The Color Purple: The Musical at the Hobby Center. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Chevron Houston Marathon banners runner
Show your support for the Chevron Houston Marathon on Sunday.  Chevron Houston Marathon/Facebook
Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Carla R. Stewart (Shug Avery) and Adrianna Hicks (Celie) and the North American tour cast of The Color Purple
Chevron Houston Marathon banners runner

You’ve been working hard all week, so let loose this weekend with our picks for the best things to do in Houston. We've rounded up seven can’t-miss events, happening Thursday through Sunday. Head to a special happy hour featuring a limited-offer brew. Catch a musical. Or, sip some stellar wines at a downtown steakhouse. For more options, check out the full CultureMap Events Calendar.

Happy hour fiesta
Thursday, January 11

Sip the latest member of Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s special Icon series, Icon Blue – Chocolate Milk Stout, during happy hour at Hugo’s. Available only for a three-month period, the brew features Mexican chocolate tablets made by James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega. The event also includes samples of beer cocktails by sommelier Sean Beck, a masa-based food demonstration, and beer-based Mexican street foods. (5:30 to 7:30 pm; tickets: $25 per person)
1600 Westheimer Rd.; 713-524-7744

Musical evening
Thursday, January 11 to Sunday, January 14

BBVA Compass Broadway presents The Color Purple: The Musical at the Hobby Center. The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival is a re-imagining of the Pulitzer Prize-winning story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South, with a score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues tunes. (Various times; tickets: $35-$165 per person)
800 Bagby St.; 713-315-2525

Moving strings
Thursday, January 11 to Saturday, January 13

Head to Jones Hall for a performance of Bartók’s masterful Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, featured in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, as conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada leads the symphony, including multifaceted pianist Kirill Gerstein who returns to the stage for a performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. (8 pm; tickets: $23-$120 per person)
615 Louisiana St.; 713-315-2525

Special sips
Friday, January 12

The Guided Master’s Wine Tasting at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Downtown offers a taste of some of the most prized gems on the Pappas Bros. wine list, presented by master sommelier Jack Mason. Your ticket also includes a chef’s selection of hors d’oeuvres. (6 pm; tickets: $300 per person)
1200 McKinney; 713-658-1995

Shop away
Saturday, January 13

Shop for more than 100 varieties of fruit trees, adapted to grow in Houston climate and soils, at Urban Harvest’s fruit tree sale. You can also expect a Green Thumbs Education Pavilion with nutritional and environmental activities for kids, live music, food trucks, and a drawing for a free tree. (9 am to 1 pm; tickets: admission is free)
5601 W. Loop S.; 713-880-5540

Race day
Saturday, January 13

Gear up for Monster Energy AMA Supercross at NRG Park. Motorbike racers compete on a dirt track with daring obstacles and gravity-defying jumps. (6:30 pm; tickets: $30-$136 per person)
One Reliant Park; 713-629-3700

Take your mark
Sunday, January 14

Show your support for the Chevron Houston Marathon by cheering on participants. The marathon and half-marathon wheelchair start time is 6:45 am, while the marathon and half-marathon begin at 7 am. For course info, click here.