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Here are the top 14 things to do in Houston this Thanksgiving weekend
This week, millions across America will gather with friends and family to feast and give thanks. Here in Houston, that means starting the day with the popular annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Parade downtown, which stars 50 Cent, Bun B, and the esteemed Dr. Peter Hotez.
After Turkey Day, your weekend includes World Cup watch parties, art shows, plays ad performances, an appearance by Baby Shark (really), a cruelly intentioned '90s musical, and a visit by an internationally renowned food writer, journalist, and TV cook.
Enjoy, stay safe, and have a Happy Thanksgiving: Here are your best bets for the long weekend.
Thursday, November 24
It looks like this year’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade will be hip-hoppy as heck. The parade’s 2022 Grand Marshal is Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and Mayor Turner, 2021 Grand Marshal Dr. Peter Hotez and H-E-B will lead the parade on the iconic Tom Turkey float. The parade will include a special performance by Houston rap icon Bun B, who made history at the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with his H-Town Takeover.There will also be high-stepping marching bands, drill teams, musical performances, and more. 9 am.
The 2022 Blinksgiving Turkey Trot 5K
Before you get your turkey & stuffing on, you might want to head over to your nearby Blink Fitness for a morning run/jog/walk 5k with the Blink fam. This event is free and open to the public. Members can bring a friend for free, and non-members are welcome to join in on the fun too—no fee or membership required. For anyone who prefers to run on a treadmill, this event will be taking place indoors at all Blink locations. It is first come, first serve until the treadmills are at full capacity. 9 am.
Kick off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving feast at Bloom & Bee. The three-course meal ($75 per person) includes traditional offerings with a five-star twist. Turkey Roulade with dried figs and cranberry sauté in calvados are the stars of the menu and paired with traditional cornbread stuffing and buttermilk mashed potatoes. Top it off with black truffle gravy and cranberry relish. Thanksgiving is never complete without desserts, and their award-winning pastry chef has included pies to cap off the meal. Noon.
Friday, November 25
Arabia Shriners will present a new holiday tradition, featuring a forest of beautifully decorated Christmas trees sponsored by different Houston-area businesses or organizations. Each artificial will be raffled off to the public. Each tree winner will receive not only their own uniquely decorated tree, but also all the gifts contained on or under the tree. Children will have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s knee and have their photo taken with him. In addition, there will be a holiday market, Christmas cookies, and other Christmas-themed activities. 10 am.
Drift, one of Houston’s biggest sports bars, is teaming up with Apollo Media for a special watch party for the USA vs. England 2022 World Cup match. Specials will include a red, white & blue cocktail, along with $15 Bud and Bud Light buckets, $18 Stella and Estrella Jalisco buckets and $4 Karbach drafts until 4 pm., plus Happy Hour until 8 pm. Apollo Media – the upstart content creators behind the popular “H-Town vs. Everyone” shirts and other merch, blogs and podcasts – is designating Drift as its official World Cup headquarters for the game. 1 pm.
The classic Brothers Grimm tale gets a Panto twist, as Snow White finds herself banished by the Evil Queen and her high-tech, virtual assistant mirror. As she fumbles through Silicon Valley in search of help, she finds a team of dorky hackers. Together, they overthrow and out-code the forces of tech tyranny using brains, algorithms, and some Panto magic. And did we mention Buttons gets a reboot as he is reinvented as head of tech support for the Evil Queen? Perhaps he’ll find redemption in the end … Through Saturday, December 24. 7 pm (2 pm Sunday).
This Thanksgiving weekend, the Houston Symphony will treat families to the classic that’s captivated generations - Walt Disney’s Fantasia (aka the 1940 classic that combined old-school animation with classical music). Stunning animation fills the giant screen while the Symphony brings the soundtrack to life, including favorites like Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Pomp and Circumstance, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and, of course, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. 8 pm (2:30 pm Sunday).
Saturday, November 26
BARC, the city’s animal shelter and adoption center is once again offering Houstonians a chance to help our furry friends find a home with the annual, holiday-themed adoption and wellness campaign. Special adoption pricing will be available on select days in November and December, thanks to the sponsorship of Proler Industries and the Bissell Pet Foundation. On Saturday and Sunday, over at 3300 Carr, there will be reduced adoption fees for all pets five months or older. There will also be an offsite adoption event at the Saint Arnold beer garden at noon. 11 am.
War’Hous, Super Happy Incredible Toys, and White Cup Entertainment are giving thanks this year with a Houston-focused art show and vendor market. At this free, two-day, family-friendly event (held in Saint Arnold’s beer hall), Houstonians will have a chance to learn about the city’s rich history and culture through art, eat award-winning food and enjoy local craft beer. If you would like to exhibit your Houston-themed work, or sell your locally made wares, you can find more information here. 11 am.
Here’s something for the parents who want their kids to leave ‘em alone for a couple hours. This one-of-a-kind immersive experience will have fans of all ages dancing in the aisles as they join Baby Shark and friends for adventures into the jungle and under the sea to explore shapes, colors, numbers, and more. Songs in this kids spectacular include “Baby Shark” (of course!). “Five Little Monkeys,” “Wheels On The Bus,” and “Monkey Banana Dance,” as well as such holiday classics as “Jingle Bells” and more. 2 pm.
The Garden Theatre will present the Houston premiere of this musical, based on the 1999 film starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe, and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The show pulls audiences into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Fueled by revenge and passion, the diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster’s daughter, Annette Hargrove. 2 and 8 pm (2 pm Sunday).
Sunday, November 27
Discovery Green will present the final night of this concert series, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.
From the 1960s, when Houston’s Chicano musicians, inspired by the soul, blues, and zydeco traditions of Bayou City, crafted a “brown-eyed soul” sound that influenced the Conjunto and Tejano groups that followed, Houston’s Chicano music legacy is distinctive. AVIZO will be the band for this show. 5 pm.
Internationally renowned food writer, journalist, and TV cook Nigella Lawson is the bestselling author of 12 books, which have sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Her latest book, Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes, and Stories, is a gratifying addition to her beloved collection. Performing Arts Houston presents this evening, as she shares the rhythms and rituals of life spent in the kitchen and reflects on how the process of cooking, eating, and repeating embodies the story of her life. 6:30 pm.
Let’s end this Thanksgiving weekend on a sexy, soulful note. Three of the finest. sultriest male troubadours in contemporary R & B will be together for one night only, ready to make ladies swoon all over the place. First, we got Raheem DeVaughn, the love king himself. Then, we have Eric Roberson, who’s been dropping album after album independently for the past 20 years. Veteran crooner Rahsaan Patterson will be the special guest opener. 7 pm.