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Here are the top 9 things to do in Houston this weekend that aren't Halloween related

Top 9 things to do in H-Town this weekend without a Halloween theme

Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown-Houston watch party will be held at Axelrad Sunday. Anthony Bourdain/Facebook
AIA Houston Home Tour 517 Winslow
Get design inspiration on the AIA Houston Home Tour Saturday and Sunday. Benjamin Hill Photography
Society for the Performing Arts presents Underwater Bubble Show
The Underwater Bubble Show creates a unique experience with cutting-edge laser technology, optical illusions, theatrical fog, and soap bubble tornadoes. Photo courtesy of Society for the Performing Arts
MECA presents Día de los Muertos Festival
Dia de los Muertos Festival is presented by MECA Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Pin Lim
Lynda Carter
Wonder Woman Lynda Carter will be the speaker for The Council on Recovery 2016 Fall Luncheon Friday. Photo courtesy of The Council on Recovery
Anthony Bourdain
AIA Houston Home Tour 517 Winslow
Society for the Performing Arts presents Underwater Bubble Show
MECA presents Día de los Muertos Festival
Lynda Carter

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 Council on Recovery 2016 Fall Luncheon with Lynda Carter 

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. 

Society for the Performing Arts presents Underwater Bubble Show 

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!

Asia Society Texas Center presents Indian Film Festival of Houston 

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

MECA presents Dia de los Muertos Festival

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.

AIA Houston presents 2016 Home Tour 

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.

Something Wicked Music Festival

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. 

Stevie Nicks & The Pretenders 

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

Tamale Fest III

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.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown - Houston Watch Party 

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!