It's Halloween weekend, but there are a lot of other events going on around town that have nothing to do with goblins, witches or scary pumpkins. Concerts, festivals, and home tours are a few of the many activities that Houstonians can partake in without an overt Halloween theme.
Here's a roundup of nine events that are definitely worth adding to your weekend plans. For a full list of all that's happening around town, check out the CultureMap Events Calendar. And check back on CultureMap Friday for our Procrastinator's Guide to Halloween Parties and Happenings.
Friday, October 28
The original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, makes her way to Houston (sans invisible plane) to tackle a different type of villain than her superhero character. Her "powers" are now aimed at championing charitable causes. She will join The Council on Recovery as the speaker for their 2016 Fall Luncheon. The goal of The Council is to help overcome the epidemic of addiction in Houston and provide support to all in need; quite a great initiative for Wonder Woman to be a part of.
A favorite childhood pastime is running around with a bubble wand trying to make the most awesome bubble creations (and the biggest). The Society for the Performing Arts is presenting an interactive experience that all the family will enjoy. The Underwater Bubble Show uses cutting-edge laser technology, optical illusions, theatrical fog, and soap bubble tornadoes to create an experience like no other. What a fun way to embrace your inner child!
IFFH 2016 kicks off Friday with a cocktail reception, entertainment, and film screenings. The festival showcases documentaries, shorts and feature films, along with Q&A sessions with directors and actors. The closing night program on Saturday includes screenings with Q&A sessions, award distribution, and a cultural entertainment program.
Saturday, October 29
The Washington Avenue Arts District plays host to MECA's annual festival. It reflects the traditional customs and practices around Dia de los Muertos through live performances, customary face painting, Texas & Latin American delicacies, and artisan goods. It takes place Saturday and Sunday.
The annual AIA Houston Home Tour highlights nine homes selected by industry experts that showcase the best in new architecture. Selected based upon design, quality and craftsmanship, innovative design solutions and materials, and sustainability, these homes are sure to inspire awe and aaah's. Join the tour on Saturday or Sunday.
Prepare to fist bump and party into the night at the festival headlined by popular DJ's Diplo and Hardwell as attendees jam to body-moving electronic hits on Saturday and Sunday. Revel in the moments as more than 40 bands take the the stage and deliver hauntingly good performances.
24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault is the latest work from the legendary singer who kicked off this tour a few nights ago in Phoenix. Nicks will be joined by The Pretenders as she takes the stage at the Toyota Center to perform.
Sunday, October 30
Tamales and beer are a match made in food heaven; at least it's a match that I can get behind. Live music, a costume contest, $3/pint brews, and ALL YOU CAN EAT tamales are definitely worth the drive to Katy. We are responsible for the Tamale coma you may experience afterward. No Label Brewing and the Texas Tamale Co are the hosts.
No Reservations (see what I did there) are needed for the Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown - Houston watch party. Axelrad Beer Garden will host as viewers watch Bourdain showcases what makes the Bayou City special. Himalaya (appears in the episode), Harlem Road Texas BBQ, and Plant It Forward Farms are featured and will be dishing out bites. Since no party in complete without music, JeReeCe and Sherita Perez will provide live entertainment.
Enjoy these events and we would love to hear about your experiences!