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Here are the top 10 things to do in Houston this weekend

Here are the top 10 things to do in Houston this weekend

Houston, top things to do this weekend, April 18 2017, Damian’s spaghetti and meatballs
Chefs from some of Houston’s most popular eateries are set to compete in the Meatball Brawl at Damian's restaurant.  Courtesy photo
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Party like it’s 1999 at Lucille’s as the restaurant pays tribute to legendary artist, Prince. 
Southwestern Paso Fino Horse Association presents Fandango Tejas 2017
The Fandango Tejas horse show features champion mares and stallions   Photo courtesy of Southwestern Paso Fino Horse Association
WorldFest Houston presents 49th Annual International Independent Film Festival
The 50th WorldFest Houston independent film festival showcases 200 new indie movies from 43 countries. Photo courtesy of WorldFest Houston
AVON 39 The Walk To End Breast Cancer
Help stomp out breast cancer by being part of Avon Breast Cancer Crusade’s two-day, 39-mile walk.  Photo courtesy of AVON
Houston, top things to do this weekend, April 18 2017, Damian’s spaghetti and meatballs
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Southwestern Paso Fino Horse Association presents Fandango Tejas 2017
WorldFest Houston presents 49th Annual International Independent Film Festival
AVON 39 The Walk To End Breast Cancer

Now that the work week is almost history, it’s time to look ahead to the weekend. There's a ton of great stuff to do around town, from a meatball throwdown to an international film fest, and we’re giving you a guide so you can make the most your time. Here are the top 10 things to do in Houston this weekend.

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Shop 'til you drop
Thursday, April 20
Shop, sip and stroll at "Third Thursday" in the Heights, where the merchants of 19th Street not only extend their hours, but also serve up complimentary cocktails. (5-9 pm; tickets: free)
339 W. 19th St.; 713-869-5885

Purple rain
Friday, April 21
Lucille’s restaurant in the Museum District goes purple with a tribute to Prince on the one-year anniversary of the legendary singer's death. Don your purple attire, dig into a buffet of delicious fare, enjoy sips from a cash bar, and party like it’s 1999 to tunes by a Prince cover band. Reservations required. (7 pm; tickets: $35 per person)
5512 La Branch St.; 713-568-2505

Get the Led out
Friday, April 21

Rock out at the The Music of Led Zeppelin concert as the ​The Houston Symphony, accompanied by a band and vocals by singer Randy Jackson, performs hits songs by the English group at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. (8 pm; tickets: free for lawn and mezzanine seating; $20 per person for orchestra seating).
2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands; 281-363-3300

International film fest
Friday, April 21-April 30

The 50th WorldFest Houston independent film festival showcases 200 new indie movies from 43 countries, including 34 premieres. For a full schedule of films, click here. (Various times; tickets: $7.50-$750 per person)
AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale Rd.; 888-262-4386

Walk for a cause
Saturday, April 22

Help stomp out breast cancer by being part of Avon Breast Cancer Crusade’s two-day, 39-mile walk. (6:30 am; tickets: $50 per person)
1031 Stude St.; 888-426-9255

Celebrate Earth Day
Saturday, April 22

Join nonprofit Recipe for Success Foundation in celebrating Earth Day and the opening of Hope Farms. Score organically grown fresh produce for sale and tours of the farm. Food trucks and kids activities are also part of the fun. (10 am; tickets: free)
10401 Scott St.; 713-520-0443

Party on the bayou
Saturday, April 22

Spend the afternoon down on the bayou at Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s Bayou Bash. Expect crawfish, live music, libations, lawn games, a silent auction, pontoon boat rides, and more. (Noon; tickets: $25 per person for Bayou Buddies members; $30 per person for non-members).
105 Sabine St.; 713-752-0314

Horsing around
Saturday, April 22

The Fandango Tejas horse show features champion mares and stallions from the Southwestern region, competing in categories from bella forma to fino gait and scored by Paso Fino judges. (2 pm; tickets: free)
9055 Airport Rd., Conroe; 832-349-5445

Mama mia
Sunday, April 23

Chefs from some of Houston’s most popular eateries, including Brennan's of Houston, Antone's Famous Po' Boys, Nobie’s, and Weights and Measures, compete for first place in the Meatball Brawl at Italian mainstay Damian's restaurant. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation and The 100 Club. (1-4 pm; tickets: $55 per person)
3011 Smith St.; 713-524-2800 

Carnival fun
Sunday, April 23

Montrose’s Underbelly restaurant celebrates its five-year anniversary with carnival-themed blowout, boasting delectable globally-inspired street fare. The lineup also includes games (think ring toss and dunk tank), cotton candy, and snow cones made with house-made shrubs. (1-4 pm; tickets: $45 per person for five food tickets and three game tickets; kids under 12 years are free).
1100 Westheimer Rd.; 713-528-9800