Thursday night, more than a thousand food fans will pack Silver Street Studios in the Heights for the Tastemaker Awards. The biggest, hottest food event of the year sees the city's best in the restaurant and bar world vie for awards. Oh, and the bites and sips are amazing. Tickets are gone, but plan ahead for next year.
Meanwhile, a new hat store will be christened by People's Champ Paul Wall, folks will race for The Dome, and beer-based fun awaits around town.
Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.
Thursday, April 13
National Peach Cobbler Day at Any Mini Dessert Cakes
Any Mini Dessert Cakes, a family-owned, premium Houston dessert bar known for their cakes and cobblers, is celebrating National Peach Cobbler Day Thursday with a buy-one-get-one-free deal on their delicious, homemade mini peach cobblers. Peach cobbler lovers will be able to pick up a mini version of the popular Southern staple for just $5 per cup and get a second mini cobbler free. Their cobbler is made from a family recipe handed down and perfected through generations, with sweet, juicy peaches and creamy, fluffy, cakey deliciousness served in perfectly portioned “mini” individual cups. Noon.
CultureMap Tastemaker Awards
The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is the annual celebration of Houston's top restaurant and bar talent, as selected by their peers. The mission is to shine a spotlight on the people making the local restaurant scene special and honor their innovation, energy, and creativity. The Tastemaker Awards features a signature tasting event and awards ceremony. Guests can celebrate all of the nominees while sampling bites and sipping specialty drinks along the way. 7 pm.
Moores Opera Center presents Ainadamar (Fountain of Tears)
Through the memories of actress and muse Margarita Xirgu, Ainadamar (the Spanish pronunciation of the Arabic name “Ayn al-dam,” meaning “The Fountain of Tears”) explores the life and work of playwright and poet Federico García Lorca, whose anti-fascist stance and open homosexuality led to his death in 1936 at the hands of Franco’s Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War. The new production combines classical singing with flamenco dance and song. 7:30 pm (2 pm Sunday).
Friday, April 14
Lids Hat Drop Houston Grand Opening
Starting this Friday, the Lids Hat Drop store will officially open to the public and release a limited quantity of new exclusive hats each Friday. Lids will be hosting a grand opening event to welcome the newly opened, retail store. Rapper and Houston native Paul Wall will also be in attendance. Located at the Galleria, the store is 1,318 sq. ft. and will feature digital screens showcasing Lids’ own content, including new hat drops, dedicated spaces for drops, and an area for apparel and merchandise. 11 am.
Caress Dreamland Pop Up at POST Houston
Caress, the leading brand of indulgent, affordable shower products, is launching an immersive experience in Houston this weekend. Packed with vibrant, playful stations that delight smell, taste and more, Houstonites can participate in the three-day, scent-sational soiree free of cost and explore the brand’s refreshed packaging and three newest fragrances: Rejuvenating Mango & Almond Oil, Soothing Aloe Vera & White Poppy Body Wash, and Refreshing Raspberry & Pink Pepper Body Wash. Noon.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership presents "Ripple Effect:" A Collective Exhibition
This collective exhibition is organized by local artist Anna Hazel and benefiting Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Works inspired by Buffalo Bayou from over 25 artists will be on display for one night only, and a percentage of sales from every piece sold will support BBP and their mission to create and steward welcoming parks, trails, and unique spaces along the city’s most significant natural waterway. BBP Members will receive 10 percent off food and beverage, and a special block print by Hazel. 4 pm.
Eureka Heights Brew Co. presents 713 Pils-a-Palooza Weekend
Eureka Heights Brew Co. is kicking off the release of 713 Pilsner, its newest year-round brew, with one heck of a weekend. It starts on Friday night with a free concert from country punk legends Holy Hell. Suplex yourself into Saturday with the hysterical, high-flying Doomsday Wrestling. And, finally, laugh away the Sunday scaries with Pils and Punchlines, featuring Houston comics Bob Biggerstaff, Andy Huggins, Andrew Youngblood, Neal Rosen, Keisha Hunt, and more. 8 pm (8:30 pm Saturday; 2 pm Sunday).
Saturday, April 15
The Astrodome Conservancy presents 3rd Annual Race for the Dome
The Astrodome Conservancy will host the 3rd annual Race for the Dome. Participants will race around the iconic Astrodome with hundreds of Dome-lovers and fans, in support of a bright future for the Eighth Wonder of the World. Participants can come dressed in vintage gear or their best Dome wear, and stay around to party after the race to celebrate the Astrodome’s 58th birthday. Awards are given for the top three male and female overall competitors, and the top three kids finishers. Proceeds benefit the Astrodome Conservancy. 8 am.
The Candlelighters’ Young Professional Group presents 15th Annual Margarita Taste-Off
Grab some friends to come sip, sample and vote on top-notch margs from some of Houston’s best restaurants. The event will feature a tequila tasting station, a DJ and a silent auction. Light bites and drink tickets for beer and wine are included with purchase of tickets. All proceeds benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, a local organization that provides emotional, educational and practical support to children with cancer and their families receiving treatment at the Texas Medical Center. 1 pm.
Karbach Brewing presents Love Street Music Fest
Love Street Music Fest is back! Spoon, Jukebox the Ghost, and Mind Shrine will rock the biergarten and it will be a show you won't want to miss. VIP tickets include a separate VIP entrance, a VIP area with optimal view, indoor restrooms, three beers of your choice, access to special beer tasting, and buffet by Karbach Restaurant + Patio. Tickets are not needed for children under age 12 when accompanied by a parent with a ticket. Please, no pets. 5 pm.
Sawyer Yards and Spring Street Studios presents "Art Tells a Story" opening reception
Sawyer Yards and Spring Street Studios present this group exhibition of select Spring Street artists. All art tells a story. Literature is the most obvious example of art that tells a story whether through a book, a short story or a poem. Music also tells a story through its lyrics or the music itself - like the invocation of nature in Beethoven’s Pastoral. Linger with each work in the exhibition. Does it pull you in? Why? What is the story (or stories) you can imagine here? Is it something that will still intrigue you next year and the years after? Through Saturday, July 8. 6 pm.
Sunday, April 16
No Kid Hungry presents Taste of the Nation
Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry returns to Houston this weekend. Join them for a must-attend afternoon featuring exceptional food, craft cocktails, and delectable desserts from the city’s top culinary talents and renowned No Kid Hungry chef supporters from across the country. Guests will enjoy bite-sized fare, entertainment, and more. 100 percent of event proceeds benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in Texas and across the U.S. 1 pm.
Citywide Yom HaShoah Observance
Join the Yom HaShoah Steering Committee and Holocaust Museum Houston in observance of Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for the six million Jewish people who lost their lives during the Holocaust. During this annual commemoration, they will mourn the loss of all who perished, honor those who survived and come together as a community to remember and reflect. You can also livestream the event. 3 pm.
Wooster's Garden presents 8 year Anniversary Celebration
Wooster’s will celebrate their 8-year anniversary with live music by Brittani Washington, DJ Brandon Airlines and various vendors showcasing their unique products. Local vendors will nclude Crescent Therapeutic Massage, Brazos Soap Supply, Enclave Jewelry, Bonbon Jewelry, Raises Plants & Home Decor, Nissa Crafts, Gold Plated Jewelry, Enchant Madison Candles, The Plant Project Boutique, and Bodhi Love plant-based skincare. There will be giveaways and more surprises throughout the night. 4 pm.