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Here are the top 8 things to do in Houston this weekend

Here are the top 8 things to do in Houston this weekend

ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar comes to Houston’s Toyota Center in support of his album, DAMN. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Hyde Park Bar & Grill french fries 2015
Celebrate National French Fry Day at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Hyde Park Bar & Grill/Facebook
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond performs at the Toyota Center Sunday night. Photo courtesy of Neil Diamond
Houston, shark, July 2017
Shark weekend launches at The Downtown Aquarium Saturday. Courtesy photo
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Kendrick Lamar
Hyde Park Bar & Grill french fries 2015
Neil Diamond
Houston, shark, July 2017

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 and we’re giving you a guide so that you can make the most your time. From some amazing concerts to a tequila fest, here are the top eight things to do in Houston this weekend.

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A side of fries
Thursday, July 13

In honor of National French Fry Day, the kitchen at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. is slinging up hand-cut frites, the perfect match to its roster of thirst-quenching brews. Pile it on: A side bar will offer toppings from pulled pork to habanero ketchup and to truffle oil. (6 pm; tickets: $25 per person)
2000 Lyons Ave.; 713-686-9494

Vive la France
Friday, July 14

March to Bastille Day at French eatery Bistro Provence. Enjoy a special a la carte menu featuring items inspired by the colors of the French flag (red, white and blue) including: heirloom tomato carpaccio with blue cheese ($10); chateaubriand with white bearnaise sauce, plus roasted potatoes and green beans ($29); and coq au vin rouge in red wine sauce ($19). (6 pm; tickets: prices are a la carte)
13616 Memorial Dr.; 713-827-8008

Tacos and tequila
Friday, July 14

Head to the second annual Viva El Tequila Festival at Cadillac Bar and sample tequila pours, signature cocktails, and beer along with tacos from Cadillac Bar’s own food truck, Taco Me Crazy. (7 pm; tickets: $40-$60 per person)
1802 Shepherd Dr.; 713-862-2020

Throwback band
Friday, July 14

The '90s rock band Third Eye Blind hits the stage at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in support of its latest EP, We Are Drugs. They will be joined by alternative rockers Silversun Pickups. (7 pm; tickets: $25-$228.60 per person)
2005 Lake Robbins Dr.; 281-363-3300

Shark frenzy
Saturday, July 15-Sunday, July 16

Shark Weekend launches at The Downtown Aquarium, with fun facts from a team of shark divers, an interactive dive show, and an arts and crafts station. (10 am; tickets: $12.99 per adult and $9.99 per child to enter The Aquarium)
410 Bagby St.; 713-223-3474

Music and film
Saturday, July 15

Houston Cinema Arts Society’s seventh annual Julydoscope at Discovery Green boasts a saxophone quartet concert by Musiqa, a family-friendly compilation of CineSpace short films, trivia, giveaways, and more. Bring your own picnic basket or pick something up from a selection of food trucks at Discovery Green. (7 pm; tickets: free)
1500 McKinney St.; 713-429-0420

Concert fun
Saturday, July 15

Rapper/songwriter Kendrick Lamar comes to Houston’s Toyota Center in support of his album DAMN. Also performing are rappers/songwriters D.R.A.M. and Houston-born Travis Scott. (7:30 pm; tickets: $129.50-$179.50 per person)
1510 Polk St.; 713-758-7200

More concert fun
Sunday, July 16

Grammy Award-winning artist Neil Diamond performs at Toyota Center as part of his 50th Anniversary World Tour. Diamond has sold over 125 million albums worldwide and has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. His hit songs include “Hello Again,” “Sweet Caroline,” America,” and “Solitary Man.” (7 pm; tickets: $39.50-$150 per person)
1510 Polk St.; 713-758-7200