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Here are the top 11 things to do in Houston this weekend

Here are the top 11 things to do in Houston this weekend

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Unleash your inner gladiator at a massive group workout this weekend.  Photo courtesy of Camp Gladiator

We're living in stressful times right now, so maybe it's time to enjoy some big-ass balloons with Big Ass Balloons.

We're not being cheeky: This is the name of the outfit that's putting on The Balloon Room, a pop-up exhibit that will be filled with different balloon installations, at The Revaire this weekend. Hopefully, the room will also have balloons that you can pop out of frustration over, well, everything.

That's just one thing that's happening this weekend. Here's what else is poppin' all over town: 

Thursday, August 23

Get ready for a lot of beat drops with Gent & Jawns 
If you go to their Soundcloud page, Gent & Jawns have a track on there called "Club Sound." Now, we don't know if this three-minute collection of eardrum-rattling, bugnuts-crazy, EDM beats is supposed to be a winking commentary on the manic music that comes out of clubs these days, or they simply made a tune that they know will drive the kids crazy on the dance floor. Either way, it's certainly a reflection on how intense and infectious these guys' music can be. DJs/producers/best buds Billy the Gent and Long Jawns have shared the stage with such EDM stars as Diplo, Dillon Francis, Die Antwoord, and others. So, expect them to bring the noise — both figuratively and literally — when they come to perform. 10 pm-2 am. 

Friday, August 24

Footaction goes interactive with No One Way
Footaction (aka the sneaker store you're forced to spend an hour at when you're with your sons) has been putting on events in several major cities called No One Way, where they get together with some creative folk in each city and have them curate an "exclusive interactive experience" in one of their stores. Footaction linked up with Cary Fagan, a local photographer and visual artist who has done collabs with Kanye West, Solange, and A$AP Rocky. There will also be a photo pop-up studio, a back-to-school giveaway, a Q&A with Fagan and live music from "multidisciplinary being" — that's what it says in his Twitter bio — 9th Sage. 4-7 pm.

Karbach welcomes back Tour de France cyclist Lawson Craddock 
Houston cyclist Lawson Craddock has had one hell of an experience competing in the Tour de Force. On the first day, he received injuries that included a fractured scapula and a cut that required stitches. Even though he eventually came in last, Craddock won over a lot of folks, especially the people over at Karbach Brewing Co. The brewery awarded Craddock a lifetime supply of Weekend Warrior Pale Ale after he was photographed with a can. Karbach is also sponsoring a welcome-back celebration for Craddock, which will also include racing, a meet-and-greet, autograph and photo opps, and a raffle benefitting the Lawson Craddock Youth Cycling League. Alkek Velodrome, 19008 Saums Rd.; 5-11 pm.

Liquor up in luxe style at the Downtown Houston Bar Crawl 
According to the press release, the Downtown Houston Bar Crawl will be the first luxury bar crawl that'll be happening in that area. The spots that will be taking part in this crawl are Part & Parcel Courtyard Patio Bar, Main Kitchen 806 Lounge, Bardot Bar, and Bayou & Bottle —which, by the way, are all hotel bars. A Ambassador Limousine and Transportation will provide rides to and from each location, and the $25 entry fee will include one drink and light appetizers at each spot. There will also be a raffle to win weekend getaways and more. And hey, if you find yourself too tipsy to Uber, at least you won't have a problem finding a room. 6-10 pm.

Take the party to new Heights at the Sawyer Series Summer Series 
The Sawyer Yards Summer Series has been a nice way to get to know emerging artists from all around the city. For the last Friday of the last two months, studios around the area have been open and artists have put out their finest works (along with snacks and a good bottle of wine or two), in the hopes that people will come in and make a purchase. This final one this weekend is being called "The After Party," where there will be a lot more than people showing and selling their pieces. Expect live music, food trucks and summer cocktails, a few nice additions to the paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography, mixed media, jewelry, and other items that will be for sale. But, above all else, it's a great reminder that the art scene is alive, well, and still popping in Houston. 6-10 pm.

Saturday, August 25

Head to Minute Maid Park for a massive group workout
For the past month, fitness company Camp Gladiator has been taking over stadiums and ballparks across the country, in celebration of its tenth anniversary. So, of course, Minute Maid Park is one of the sporting venues on the list. On Saturday morning, the ballpark will be free and open to the public, as well as open to all ages and fitness levels. The day will be programmed around a trainer-led group workout. The events will either be a “dash” event, where the participants will be released in waves to run between 10 workout stations held throughout the park, or a “Mega Workout,” where participants will complete the 10 workout stations as a large community workout. Either way, you'll be getting one hell of an exercise regimen. 7 am-noon.

Honor Harvey heroes at Children's Museum of Houston
A year after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the Children’s Museum of Houston will share stories of how hometown heroes who went out of their way to make our city and communities a better place. Kids can watch stories about people’s impressive drive to make a difference during the final days of the museum's “Super Powered Summer.” Look for a fun story time with ABC13 anchor Melanie Lawson. The first 200 children to arrive will receive free inspirational bookmarks. The learning starts at10 am.

Enjoy food with soul at the Black Food Truck Festival 
Last Saturday, the Houston Food Fest had food trucks lined up around Hermann Square Park, offering up one delicious item after another. This Saturday, a similar food-related event will happen, but with a slightly different theme. Over in southeast Houston, The Blacklist Association will present the second annual Black Food Truck Festival. This food-truck fiesta (which, coincidentally, will take place near a Fiesta market) will have various food trucks serving up some soulful, down-home meals. There will also be vendors selling skincare items, perfume oils, African-American memorabilia, handmade jewelry — and there just might be a homeless dude there selling alternators. You're gonna have to check it out to make sure. Noon-7 pm.

Cactus Music goes to War (literally)
Who doesn't love the music of War? Even if you've never heard of this funk band full of Long Beach players, you've certainly grooved to one or some of their '70s classics at some point. "Low Rider"? Yeah, that's them. "The Cisco Kid"? You better believe that's War. "Spill the Wine"? They recorded that back when The Animals frontman Eric Burdon was the lead singer. Local music journalist Bob Ruggiero has written a biography on the band, called Slippin' Out of Darkness: The Story of War, and he will be at Cactus to discuss the book and sign copies. There will also be a live performance from founding member Howard E. Scott, who will also deliver the word with a post-performance interview and Q&A. 3 pm. 

Cottonmouth Club celebrates Robert Plant's 70th birthday 
Robert Plant turned 70 on Monday — and, yes, we're just as surprised as you are. As the hard-drinking, hell-raising lead singer of the iconic, British rock band Led Zeppelin, we're sure many of you (especially those who were around during Zeppelin's unbeatable, '70s peak) thought dude might go the live-fast-die-young-leave-a-pretty-corpse route. But, thankfully, the man is still around, and the Cottonmouth Club is celebrating his 70 years on this planet with a birthday bash that will include cocktails inspired by Zeppelin songs. (We can't wait to try Two-Bit, No Good Jive, inspired by "The Lemon Song" from Led Zeppelin II.) A painting of Plant, done on a decoupaged bar sandwich board, will also be auctioned off during the evening. 4 pm-2 am

Sunday, August 26

Serious swag at the Deep End Records Punk Rock Garage Sale 
Walter's Downtown may have shut down in February, but some of its long-standing events still live on. One of those events is Deep End Records's Punk Rock Garage Sale, which will now happen at Insomnia Gallery. About 20 vendors will be around to offer up a bevy of items: music equipment, toys, zines, DVDs and VHS tapes, albums and cassettes, clothing, and more. But, more importantly, if you're a middle-aged parent who remembers the good ol' days of going to see Black Flag, The Dead Kennedys, or Suicidal Tendencies whenever they came to town — or you used to frequent long-gone punk spots like Raul's, The Axiom, Rock Island/The Island or Cabaret Voltaire, come to this sale and stroll down memory lane. 1-5 pm.