weekend event planner
Here are the top 14 things to do in Houston this weekend
This weekend presents a mix of art and food fun, as a vaunted steakhouse from Tilman Fertitta celebrates 20 years, and four OGs of graffiti get their due. Some cool comedians come to town, while Discovery Green makes STEM fun in a free event.
Also look for erotic psychodrama at Houston Grand Opera with a world-class production, jazzy events, and a festive Eid event at Asia Society.
Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.
Thursday, April 27
The annual Latin Wave series provides the opportunity for Houstonians to see new films from Latin America, and to meet internationally acclaimed filmmakers. The nature of the festival allows audience members to interact with the filmmakers in Q&A sessions and informal conversations. These dialogues enrich the understanding of contemporary filmmaking in Latin America. Screenings will take place in both the Brown Auditorium Theater and the Lynn Wyatt Theater. 5 pm (7 pm Friday; 1 pm Saturday and Sunday).
Rosebud Baker is a New York-based comedian, writer, and actress. Her intensely personal, remorselessly dark brand of humor has not only made her a favorite on the comedy scene, but a sought-after TV writer. She’s currently a writer for both Saturday Night Live and That Damn Michael Che. Along with having a standup special, Whiskey Fists, she also has a recurring role on Amy Schumer’s Hulu series Life & Beth. She’s also gonna be a mom real soon! 7:30 pm.
For the past two seasons, stand-up comic and Emmy-nominated writer Sam Jay was having a grand ol’ time on her HBO show Pause with Sam Jay. Unfortunately, HBO canceled it in February. She also has a sitcom on Peacock she stars and co-created, titled Bust Down, that’s now up in the air since co-star/co-creator Zak Knight tragically passed away last year. Nevertheless, the comedian charges on, ready to do several shows at the Riot this weekend. 9 pm (7 and 9 pm Friday and Saturday).
Friday, April 28
AAMA – founded as the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans – will be celebrating this celebration (aka “Day of the Child”) at its main campus at 6001 Gulf Fwy. AAMA is the one of the longest-standing, Latino-operated nonprofit organizations in the city of Houston, this year celebrating its 53rd anniversary. Its programs and services reach 10,000 individuals annually in the state of Texas. This one-day family celebration is free, open to the public, and will include games, music, prizes and more for the entire family. 3:30 pm.
Houstonians are invited to join Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse as they celebrate its 20th anniversary with a champagne toast, craft cocktails, live music, exceptional food, as well as private barrel wines from Angel’s Envy and Whistlepig and opening up the cellar for 2003 vintage wines. Attendees will also receive an exclusive swag bag including an invitation to La Griglia’s grand opening party, a 'Weekend Staycation' special rate at The Westin, a pair of etched wine glasses, and a signature chocolate box. 5 pm.
The biennial David B. Warren Symposium addresses different aspects of the theme “American Material Culture and the Texas Experience” before 1900. The symposium was established in honor of David B. Warren, founding director emeritus of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. The presentations explore the ways images that were created in and of Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest constructed, represented, dismantled, or concealed the identity of the people who lived there. 6:30 pm.
Strauss’s erotic psychodrama returns to HGO with the U.S. premiere from Spanish director Francisco Negrin, who makes his company debut with this gripping production. Based on the scandalous play by Oscar Wilde, the opera recounts the story of a deeply disturbed princess who has fallen in love with Jokanaan (also known as John the Baptist). After he denies her advances, she performs the infamous and seductive Dance of the Seven Veils for King Herod, in exchange for John’s head. 7:30 pm (2 pm Sunday).
Saturday, April 29
Saint Arnold Brewing Company presents "12oz. OGs," a live painting exhibition featuring Houston graffiti art veterans GONZO247, Colors, Article, and Skeez181 at this live graffiti show at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. They spent their early years getting doors slammed in their faces, getting called gang members, doing work for free, still getting devalued, brushed aside at times. Now, they’re awarded with presence, love, and appreciation, because the scene has changed. Look for a cool art market during the five-hour event. 11 am.
Family-owned restaurant Skeeter's Mesquite Grill has been serving locals with its mesquite grilled burgers, salads and Tex-Mex favorites since 1988. To commemorate its 35 years of deep-rooted Houston history and community support, both Skeeter’s locations at West University and Kingwood are hosting an all-day celebration, where family and friends can take part in happy hour ($5 house margs, $1 off beer + wine), and complimentary servings of the signature chips and queso. 8 am (West University); 11 am (Kingwood; 9 am Sunday).
Jazz enthusiasts can groove to the sound of local artists at Grand Central Park during Jazz Fest. Boomtown Band, Raquel Cepeda, and Bayou City Funk will take the stage during the festival, which also features food trucks, a balloon artist, face painters, and more. The first 100 families to attend will receive a free picnic blanket. Guests will also have an opportunity to tour Grand Central Park’s nine model homes. 1 pm.
Discovery Green Conservancy welcomes back Houston organization Nia’s Daughters Movement Collective for this free, family-friendly event, which will showcase dance, film, STEM, and more with cultural awareness. Stacey Allen of Nia’s Daughters has curated a selection of diverse local filmmakers and creatives, making positive and empowering work for families to enjoy. The films feature stories that local families and children tell about themselves. 6 pm.
Sunday, April 30
Cool Bus will host a Houston brewery tour, visiting three Houston destination breweries: Eureka Heights Brewery, Frost Town Brewing, and Holler Brewing. The tour covers transportation on the Cool Bus, complimentary beer on the bus, one pint at each brewery, giveaways, and behind-the-scenes tours and visits with each brewery's staff. In addition to the complimentary beers on the bus, guests can BYOB. 1 pm.
Asia Society Texas and the National Arab Orchestra will celebrate Eid al-Fitr during Arab American Heritage Month, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is an occasion for peace, joy, and festivity. The event highlights the richness and beauty of the Arab world, where guests can enjoy a curated art show, as well as a ticketed reception and concert from the National Arab Orchestra Takht Ensemble, featuring vocalists Abdul Salaam al-Najjar and Hela Melki. 4 pm.
CARA, Matt Manalo, and Erika Mei Chua Holum are teaming up to host an Asian American and Pacific Islander art exhibition featuring AAPI artists. The exhibition draws on storytelling, myth-marking, and survival strategies of South and Southeast Asian artists in Houston to consider forms of connected knowledge in the Global South, such as warm-weather solidarities and tropical futures as a way to preserve and elevate artistic practices located within and along cultural and political peripheries. Through Sunday, May 21. 7 pm.