weekend events planner
Here are the top 17 things to do in Houston this weekend
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This weekend is jam-packed with events for lovers of sights, sounds, stage, sea, and street. The Houston AutoBoative Show combines — yes — the Auto Show and Boat Show into one massive showcase at NRG Center for the sea and street crowd.
Enjoy the sights at the Houston Art Fair, where more than 40 rising stars will be featured in a must-attend for art lovers and collectors.
Houston Grand Opera and jazz superstar Joshua Redman provide plenty of choice sounds, while an all-male Golden Girls cast and Les Misérables at the Hobby Center stage a weekend of fun.
Enjoy; here are you best bets for the weekend.
Thursday, January 25
Performed by an all-male cast, Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue brings Miami’s sassiest seniors to the stage for one more hurrah. Sophia is out on bail after being busted by the DEA for running a drug ring for retirees. Blanche and Rose have founded CreakN, a thriving sex app for seniors. And Dorothy is trying to hold it all together with help from a new (much) younger, sex-crazed lover. This show allows audiences to relive the heartfelt hilarity of the four ladies who never stopped being best friends. 3 and 7:30 pm (3 and 8 pm Saturday; 2 and 8 pm Sunday).
Enjoy samples of cuisine in The Woodlands and surrounding areas during this annual event. Mouth-watering appetizers, entrees, and desserts at dozens from the area's finest establishments will be sure to have any foodie happy. Adults: $45 prepaid; $50 at the door. Includes two alcoholic drink tickets and unlimited samples, water, and soda. Children (ages 5-11): $25 prepaid; $30 at the door. Includes unlimited samples, water, and soda. Children 4 and under are free (no strollers). 5 pm.
From slow sad songs to dizzying dance-floor dusters, Ralphie and the Reverse Cowboys chime in with the most carefully curated and crafted country cuts. Dust off your boots, grab your dance partner and head to the Mid Main Houston's Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge (3714 Main St.). Enjoy $5 Honky Tonk bangers and drinking ballads. Doors open at 8 pm.
Ralphie and the Reverse Cowboys rock Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge.Photo by Emily Jaschke
Friday, January 26
Cameron Mackintosh presents the acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony-winning musical phenomenon Les Misérables. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, the production tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. The epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. 7:30 pm (2 and 8 pm Friday and Saturday; 1:30 and 7 pm Sunday).
The inaugural Brazos Home & Garden Show provides attendees with everything they need to solve their home and garden projects under one roof. Guests can browse the latest in kitchen, bath and flooring, speak face-to-face with home building professionals, sample the newest home technology, envision the outdoor oasis of their dreams, shop home essentials, save money with show-only discounts, have fun with activities for the whole family, and more during the one-weekend event. 2 pm (10 am Saturday & Sunday).
Reeves Art + Design will be the destination for the Houston Art Fair, a three-day artistic extravaganza that kicks off on Friday with a collector preview night. One of the core tenets of the fair is inclusivity and accessibility, not just for artists, but for buyers as well. Recognizing that art collecting can often be an expensive endeavor, this fair aims to bridge the gap, offering pieces that cater to collectors of all price points. 6 pm (Noon Saturday and Sunday).
The Houston Art Fair showcases more than 40 rising stars. Photos courtesy of various artists shown.
The hilariously dark-hearted comedian Anthony Jeselnik comes to Houston as part of his 2024 Bones and All Tour. He currently hosts The Jeselnik and Rosenthal Vanity Project, alongside co-host Gregg Rosenthal, for All Things Comedy. His most recent stand-up special, Fire in the Maternity Ward, premiered on Netflix. Jeselnik was also the creator, host and producer of the Comedy Central shows Good Talk and The Jeselnik Offensive. 7 pm.
Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists on the scene today. Following DACAMERA appearances with his Still Dreaming Quartet and 3×3 Trio, Redman returns with a quintet featuring vocalist Gabrielle Cavassa, pianist Paul Cornish, bassist Philip Norris, and drummer Nazir Ebo. He'll play his latest work, Where Are We, which he describes as both a celebration and critique of America. 8 pm.
Sax superstar Joshua Redman jazzes up your weekend. Photo via of joshuaredman.com
Saturday, January 27
Ventures Endurance presents the annual Hot Chocolate Run 5k, 10k, 15k, and 2-Mile Fun Walk. The race will be preceded by the Hot Chocolate Expo on Friday. Race participants can pick up their runner’s kit, indulge in chocolate, gear up on Hot Chocolate merchandise, and visit with vendors. Funds will be raised for critical Special Olympics programming while giving friends, families, and communities a chance to connect and have fun, encouraging others through the power of sports and programming in education, health, and leadership. 7:15 am.
On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Soviet troops. In 2005, the UN General Assembly designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Every year on this day, admission at Holocaust Museum Houston is free, so that all may come and remember the six million Jews and other innocent victims of the Holocaust and honor the survivors’ legacy. 10 am.
The Rado Market, the eatery that’s located inside the iconic Eldorado Ballroom, will host a special Saturday pop-up market highlighting vendors around the Third Ward community. The market will focus on showing love to local businesses and will have a DJ, beer, and mimosas available. Vendors include Slate Skin, V’s Brownies, The Lady Painting, Madame Joli, I Love 3rd Ward, Sweetheart Stem, Bodine Clean, Ambrosia & Nectar Candles and more. Noon.
At the 5th Annual Gumbo Cook-Off, there will be live music, 22 gumbo teams, face painting, a mechanical bull, and food and drink deals all day long. There will also be special guest judges, 790 sports talk radio, and appearances from 94.5 the Buzz. Tickets include tastings from all of the gumbo teams and a chance to vote for the best. The event is a fundraiser for two local charities - Friends For Life and the 100 Club of Houston. 1 pm.
In the Lone Star Wars State promises an unforgettable experience for all attendees. This documentary is a love letter to all the Star Wars fans we know and love. San Antonio filmmaker Alejandro Cabrera takes us on a fascinating journey, delving deep into the Star Wars fandom in Texas. This epic, inspiring story introduces us to several Texans, sharing their personal experiences and intimate stories of fandom. Cabrera will also be around for a post-screening Q&A. 6 pm.
Sunday, January 28
For the third year, the Houston Auto Show and the Houston Boat Show are bringing land and sea lovers together for the ultimate surf and turf event. Visitors can get revved up and float their boat with the latest vehicles, boats, and outdoor activities for just one ticket. Discover the latest in automotive and marine innovation with a vast array of vehicles and boats on display. The show has something for every enthusiast, from sleek electric cars to robust trucks and luxurious boats. Look for more than 200 outdoor-type vendors. All weekend. $20.
The Houston Auto Show runs all weekend. Photo courtesy of Houston Auto Show
Katie: Strongest of the Strong is the true story of Katie Sandwina, a circus strongwoman who defied cultural expectations of women and was instrumental in the U.S. suffrage movement in the 1900s. Featuring an all-female cast, the HGO original commission (which will be at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston) is an engaging way for students and families to learn about the importance of equal rights. 2 pm.
The 24th Annual Hear the Future Invitational Choral Festival brings together 11 area school choirs over two days to sing and learn together. Three of the region’s finest choirs will be showcased: Bay Area Youth Singers, conducted by Nicole Daniel; Cook Middle School, conducted by True Hernandez; and Bridgeland High School, conducted by Christopher Fiorini. The public is invited to discover that the future has never sounded so good. 4 pm.