At last, it's fall in Houston (we think), with the promise of cooler weather and plenty of happenings to choose from. Outdoor events, musical acts, and lots of festivals are on tap this weekend (with many brisker weekends to come).
We've come up with 10 favorite things to do this weekend, but there are a lot more options on the CultureMap Events Calendar.
Thursday, October 20
Rather than sit in Houston traffic, Central Market invites shoppers to stop by and say, "Cheese." Get your grocery shopping done for the weekend while you sample an array of cheeses, including Grana Padano, Les 3 Comtois Comte, One Year Aged Manchego, Camembert, and more.
Houston’s most diverse comedy festival features 10 shows with more than 90 comedians performing improv, sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, performance art, variety shows, and more over the next four nights. Headliners include stand-up comedian Michelle Wolf, a correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and 3Peat, one of Chicago’s most exciting improv troupes, featuring Second City and iO Theater-based performers and instructors.
The Asia Society's annual Night Market offers plenty of local vendors providing products, food, clothing, and Asian-inspired activities for all in the family to enjoy.
Saturday, October 22
Get a taste of the Caribbean at this festival in downtown Houston. Salsa star Jerry Rivera will headline an homage to the musical, cultural, and culinary heritage of the Hispanic Caribbean.
Bamboo on The Bayou wraps up its first annual Tiki Week with The Bamboo Bash at Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge. Guests are asked to dress in their finest vintage Tiki togs, with live music, DJs, an art market, Tiki-themed contest, and tropical cocktails at the Big Top bar, plus The Pachinko Hut out in the backyard.
Sunday, October 23
State of Grace celebrates its first anniversary with a big party. Chef Bobby Matos will serve up Tex-Mex bites and Ronnie Killen's BBQ and Raz Halili's Prestige Oysters are part of the lineup. Live music, specialty cocktails and Texas beers are also on tap. Tickets are $50, with proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank.