weekend event planner
Here are the top things to do in Houston this weekend
This weekend, locals are invited to sweat it out — but in the confines of an innovative new gym. Film fans can flock to a classic outdoor thriller screening at Buffalo Bayou Park, while the city celebrates hip-hop's 50th anniversary downtown.
Look for art shows, a horror movie fest, a celebration of reggae and more. And those looking to bloom can hit Houston's hottest plant shop for prosecco, partying, and of course, that plant life.
Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.
Thursday, August 10
Body Fit Training — River Oaks, is celebrating its grand opening with a slew of free classes from Thursday through Sunday. More than a cheesy promo to lure customers, BFT's brass consider this a chance for newbies to see what all the BFT hype is all about: the muscle-building workout mixes lifting, advanced sports recovery, high-intensity cardio, lifestyle coaching, and more. BFT River Oaks co-owner Wesley Canivel says he's offering the free classes for folks who are interested in true fitness to drop in, work out, and learn more without high-pressure sales tactics or weird, competitive, ogling gym vibes found at other spots. Book a free class online. Thursday-Sunday,
At the three-day, Best Friends National Conference, attendees will learn how to make an impact in their communities from presenters from different backgrounds and organization types, including leaders in animal welfare, marketing, DE&I, government relations, and more. There will be opportunities to connect with fellow animal welfare volunteers and staff members from across the country during the conference. 7:30 am.
Houston-based abstract artist Lia Rodi draws on her many years of experience as an architect and outdoors woman in her construction of bold, striking, psychological spaces. In her search for immersive and imaginary places of the physical and mental Wild, she creates beautiful, visited, and make-believe places where processing life and sensing the unseen intersect. Rodi’s work summons elements of Trompe-l'œil, abstract expressionism, surrealism, and biomorphism. Through Wednesday, October 4. 6:30 pm.
The Friends of River Oaks Theatre and Buffalo Bayou Partnership co-present a free screening of Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1963 thriller on the Buffalo Bayou Big Screen. Bring your lawn chairs and settle in for a film that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when ferocious fowl suddenly begin to attack people. With a pre-film, cinematic chamber music performance of scores from Hitchcock and other films, performed by W7 Duo—Dr. Christoph Wagner and Ben Sieben. 7:30 pm.
Friday, August 11
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Houston Music Advisory Board will have a mini-concert at Houston’s City Hall. Enjoy special musical performances live from Nosa of BXXNG, Blaze x Black, and DJ Good Grief. The show will be Hosted by Houston Music Advisory Board members Flash Gordon Parks and G-Dash. If you can’t attend the event, the whole show will be livestreamed here. Noon.
Horror fans – it is officially time to get your freak on. The Houston Horror Film Fest will be going down this weekend. This three-day film festival and expo will include over 70+ horror films, celebrity special guests, and special Q&A Panels. We’re talking Billy Zane, Kristy Swanson, Adrienne Barbeau (!), and a 45th anniversary Halloween cast reunion. There will also be over 100 vendors, artists, horror memorabilia, filmmakers, apparel, authors and so much more. 5 pm (11 Saturday and Sunday).
The Glassell School of Art presents a two-day event celebrating the vibrant art and culture of Oaxaca, Mexico. Three exhibitions will be presented, each covering a different floor. A dynamic cultural program will be hosted on the second day in the auditorium. It will feature artist talks, book signings, and captivating, Oaxacan dance performances by Danz Art Folklore. The English program starts at 11 am, while the Spanish program is at 1 pm. Both programs will require an RSVP. 6 pm (11 am Saturday).
Legendary guitar virtuoso and multiple Grammy-winning artist Andy Summers will be in town for his The Cracked Lens + A Missing String theater tour. Summer will incorporate his collective works into an insightful evening spanning his career, where he will play guitar and improvise to several sequences of his photography shot worldwide, read excerpts from his book of short stories Fretted and Moaning, share insights on his music and photography, and perform selections from his extensive solo catalog. 8 pm.
Saturday, August 12
Fresh off her second, blooming Plantchella festival (a must-attend, three-day celebration), plant princess Bree Iman Clarke is back with her buzzy Plants & Prosecco party. The name says it all: Head to the thriving Plant Project Houston space in Montrose Collective for light bites, refreshing pours of prosecco, and boss beats spun by DJ SuperJay. As the Plant Project is all cultivating community, visitors are encouraged to mix, mingle, shop, and get their green thumb on in a lush shop full of good vibes. Noon to 3 pm.
The sixth annual Houston Reggae Fest is set and ready for more vibes. Held at Hermann Square and Tranquility Park in downtown Houston, the festival will have two full days of music, fun and culture for you to enjoy. Mykal Rose, Eek-A-Mouse, Yemi Alade, Jemere Morgan, Warrior King, and Maga Stories will be a few of the artists performing on multiple stages. There will also be food trucks, local vendors, and art activities for the whole family. Noon.
The Red Bull Batalla USA Championship will visit Houston for its first-ever Batalla event with this Regional USA Qualifier taking place at Metropolis, one of Houston’s most popular Latin music clubs. This year’s Texas showdown will feature sixteen dynamic lyricists. Half of the competitors hail from Texas, with MCs representing Austin, El Paso, San Antonio, and Houston, although all sixteen are hoping to snag their spot at the National USA Final in Dallas later this year. Fans are encouraged to RSVP and reserve their spot in advance. 2 pm.
Calling all art lovers! This monthly event, co-hosted by Winter Street Studios artists Los-Twins DeLa Parra, is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Houston's thriving art scene. Discover the incredible talent of local artists and support your city's creative culture. And guess what? It's free for everyone. So, grab your friends & family and head over to Bad Astronaut Brewing for a day filled with fun, creativity, and community. 2 pm.
A cultural oasis of culinary and retail in the middle of beautiful Garden Oaks, the Stomping Grounds is a place for neighbors, families and culture-seekers to gather, celebrate and connect. The 8,000-square-foot offers an expansive outdoor space to play, relax and gather with your neighbors for curated arts events, artisan markets, fitness classes, concerts and more. This weekend, Karina Nistal & the Cosmic Cats will perform at this special “Groove on the Green” performance. 6 pm.
Sunday, August 13
Welcome to the ultimate wedding expo that embraces diversity and inclusivity like no other. This extraordinary celebration of love showcases a curated selection of vendors who specialize in catering to the unique needs and desires of BIPOC couples. From breathtaking fashion trends to captivating decor inspirations, this event promises to be a treasure trove of wedding planning ideas, all while actively promoting empowerment and support for underrepresented communities. 1 pm.
Bungalow Downtown Dining will present a captivating dining event in honor of National Filet Mignon Day and National Prosecco Day. The special combines an exquisite rosemary parmesan crostini, succulent black angus filet mignon, cheddar mornay, aromatic black truffle, and delicate herbes fines, with a prosecco flight featuring 2 oz. pours of carefully selected Italian prosecco varieties. And it’s all for the astonishing price of just $26. 4 pm.
The Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston (ICCC) invites film aficionados and foodies to the Milford House for a film screening, accompanied by pizza and soft drinks in celebration of la Festa di Ferragosto. This 2019 comedy takes place in a small University in the south of Italy, where the dean allows corruption to run rampant. None of the students seem to be able to overturn such a situation, until Roberto, the dean’s son and the biggest string-puller of them all, decides that it is time to change things. 5:30 pm.