weekend event planner
Top things to do in Houston this weekend: Greek Fest, Red River Showdown, Oktoberfest, and more
This weekend will have a bevy of events popping off, including a soft opening of a new nightclub, a 5K zombie run, a good ol’ fashioned Oktoberfest, and a chance to meet an Asian pop sensation at the Korean Festival downtown.
But don’t forget about the Zorba the Greek Fest Post Fest, happening at Echoes on Thursday and Friday. It’ll be a Greek Festival (happening this weekend) afterparty with Greek music, food, and drinks, along with soundtracks by Mikis Theodorakis.
Also, if you’re a Bank of America cardholder, you will have free access to The Children’s Museum of Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Saturday and Sunday. It’s all part of the bank’s Museums on Us program.
Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.
Thursday, October 5
The Original Greek Festival, a beloved Houston institution, is back for its 56th year. Expect more than 40,000 Houstonians to descend Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Montrose for three days of mouthwatering Greek food, traditional Greek dancing, must-buy shopping at the agora, and an opportunity to learn more about the Greek Orthodox faith and culture. Ridesharing is advised as is patience: expect long lines for the delicious Greek fare. Enjoy live music, Greek wines and beers, kid activities, and enchanting cathedral tours. $5 for adults; children under 12 admitted free; free admission between 11 am-3 pm on Friday.
Fighting: Ukrainian War Photographers is an exhibition featuring images captured by sixteen Ukrainian artists and photojournalists who are documenting the invasion of their country by Russia. Organized for the U.S. by FotoFest and curated by Jan Pohribný and Igor Malijevský, with support from the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers, this exhibit offers a firsthand, in-depth view into the efforts of Ukrainian citizens and military to preserve their sovereignty. Through Saturday, November 18. 6 pm.
This month, Mid Main Houston's First Thursday Block Party will benefit non-profit BioHouston. Make a $10 donation to this worthy organization for an all-access wristband to the biggest block throwdown in the Bayou City. There will be DJs like Avery Davis and live music from such acts as Western Bling and Houston’s A.S.S. Two art shows will be at MId Main Lofts Art Gallery and Sig’s Lagoon. Also, you can buy from local vendors, drink half-off frozen cocktails at Double Trouble, and get some face painting at The Fashion Time Machine. 6 pm.
The folks of Gabriela’s Group will open the doors of Mala Vida Paradise, their latest nightclub/bar, in downtown Houston. The new space will serve as another sister concept complimenting the group’s existing nightclubs located in Austin. Clubgoers will be treated to a multi-level, fluorescent wonderland and weekend escape for local dance-lovers, while offering a rotating selection of DJs from across Texas spinning reggaeton, cumbia, perreo, corridos, hip-hop, and more. 9 pm.
Friday, October 6
The growth of Houston back at the turn of last century was unbridled. Opportunity could be found around every corner of the Bayou City. The photographs featured in the exhibit showcase the best of the best of commercial photography and photographers during the 1920s and 1930s. Using huge cameras that created an 8 x 10 inch, black and white negative, these skilled craftsmen captured day-to-day life in and around Houston with amazing clarity. Through Saturday, November 4. 6:30 pm.
Apollo Chamber Players' 16th season begins with a musical commentary on the “reasoning” behind book censorship and control, with nods to notable books that have been banned historically. Genre-fusing composer and flutist Allison Loggins-Hull, current Composer Fellow for the Cleveland Orchestra, and Houston-based composer Mark Buller join Apollo for a program all-too resonant with the current social and political moment. 7:30 pm.
SIx-time Grammy nominee Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 40 years. His newest collaboration doubles up on the bass and drums for a hard-hitting ensemble. Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is a jazz musician, and his new ensemble includes Frisell and the grooving New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley. His broad expressive palette will be showcased here as he paints new musical pictures with an ensemble. 8 pm.
Fifty women have fled to a villa on the Italian coast to avoid having to marry 50 of their cousins in this modern adaptation of Aeschylus’ Greek tragedy The Suppliants. Big Love brings a contemporary (and comedic) sensibility to one of the oldest plays in the Western tradition. When the 50 would-be husbands arrive to claim their resistant brides, the women create a shocking plan to fend off the men’s full-on, amorous onslaught and escape their ill-fated marriages. Through Sunday, October 15. 8 pm (2 & 8 pm Saturday; 2 pm Sunday).
Saturday, October 7
Zombie Run is a family-friendly run/immersive experience. Runners are not running against a clock — they are running from brain-hungry, virus-spreading, bloody zombies. Before the race, participants will be given a flag belt, very similar to flag football. These flags represent health. The zombies want to take flags and maybe eat brains; if a participant loses all his or her health flags, then he or she will receive the "Infected" medal at the finish line. If he or she finishes with a flag, then he or she will receive the "Survivor" medal at the finish line. 9 am.
Patterson Park, the dog-friendly, Heights-area patio bar boasting a 5,000-square-foot outdoor deck and treehouse vibes, is back with the popular college football Tailgate Party series. This week heats up with the Red River Showdown (the annual UT vs. Oklahoma matchup) meaning the bar will open at 10:30 am. Early arrivals (before kickoff) will receive a Roxor Gin Bloody Mary made with a carrot juice mix to fit the theme (and stay orange). Jump on a raffle for 2 tickets to the UT/Texas Tech game (November 24 in Austin) which include one free night at the Barton Creek Resort. (Raffle will be drawn at the end of the game; participants must be present to win.) Game Day Specials will be running all day $5 Bloody Marys & Mimosas until 5 pm plus big drink discounts all day. Feast on State Fair-style grub (po boys, corn dogs, churros, mozzarella sticks, cheese fries, fried pickles, and more).
This weekend, join Houston Center for Contemporary Craft to experience the captivating world of balloon-character sculpting, inspired by the inflatable sculptures on view in the new exhibition, RIPSTOP. Unleash your creativity, and explore various shapes and designs by inflating and twisting your own balloon, and bring your balloon characters to life. The event will also feature an outdoor bouncy house for visitors between the ages of 3 and 12. 11 am.
M-K-T Heights will be in a very caliente mood this weekend, with the in-person event known as Poder Hispano. Join them for a day filled with fun, music, delicious food, local vendors, and much more. This event is the perfect opportunity to connect with other members of the Hispanic community and celebrate Hispanic culture and traditions that you won't want to miss. Come and join the party at Poder Hispano. Noon.
Sugar Land Town Square's annual Oktoberfest will feature Bavarian music and dancing, beer, authentic German food, games & prizes, and more. Flying Saucer Biergarten will feature 50 different brews and The Boho Market will have local makers with vintage and handcrafted goods. There will be main-stage entertainment with a mix of traditional and modern tunes, sing-alongs, and dance-alongs. Oktoberfest games and contests include stein races, stein holding contests, and a bratwurst-eating contest. 4 pm.
Sunday, October 8
In 1955, two photographers received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation for U.S. survey projects: Robert Frank and Todd Webb. Frank’s cross-country trip by car would result in the celebrated book The Americans. Webb was awarded a grant to walk, boat, and bike across the United States to depict “vanishing Americana, and the way of life that is taking its place.” Robert Frank and Todd Webb: Across America, 1955 brings together both 1955 projects for the first time. Through Sunday, January 7. 12:30 pm.
Over at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH, for those in the know), Korean American Society of Houston will host a fan meet with Korean Festival artist June. For those not fully immersed in the Asian pop world, this solo R&B singer is Korean by birth, but he mostly does Japanese music and soundtracks for anime. Guests will get the chance to play games with the artist, participate in a Q&A session, take group photos, and even get a hi-touch experience. Noon.
The Moores School of Music’s Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band will hold a concert that will showcase the pinnacle of standard and new concert band literature. The Moores School of Music Symphonic Winds is the University of Houston’s second concert ensemble, conducted by Cameron Kubos. The Symphonic Band is the University of Houston’s third concert ensemble, conducted by Sean Phelan. 7:30 pm.