weekend event planner
Here are the top 14 things to do in Houston this weekend
This weekend, fans across Texans and the nation — as well as haters everywhere — will be watching our beloved Houston Astros face off against the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series at Minute Maid Park for Game 1 and Game 2 (Friday and Saturday).
Oh, and it's also Halloween.
Aside from the scarily good times this All Hallow's Eve, this weekend sees our first-ever CultureMap Tailgate party, just in time for the Word Series. Speaking of the World Series, fans can catch an watch party at a downtown food hall. Nature beckons on Saturday, and a festival celebrating Fifth Ward rocks the block.
Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.
Thursday, October 27
Join CultureMap Houston for the launch of our newest signature event. In Texas, tailgating is more than a party in a parking lot — it’s a lifestyle. CultureMap is celebrating the fall season of sports with an all-out celebration of sports and the fans who cheer them on. This event combines the best parts of tailgating with the elevated-but-playful experience you've come to expect of a CultureMap event. As part of our celebration, we will shine a spotlight on sports-related nonprofit organizations, their impact on the community, and the inspiring athletes who support them. 7 pm.
Czech Center Museum Houston presents the Apollo Chamber Players, in their sixth annual musical celebration of Czech Heritage Month. The program includes the American premiere of solo piano works by contemporary Czech composer Katarina Pinosova, along with music by Josef Suk, and Dvorak’s folk-infused Piano Quintet in A Major. UH Moores School of Music professor Tali Morgulis joins Apollo for this festive jubilee of Czech music both past and present. BTW, the show is free and open to all ages. 7 pm.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft will conjure up the return of one of Houston’s favorite fundraisers with a chilling, yet enchanting WitchCraft theme. The evening takes place under the crescent moon, where guests will enjoy artist-made glassware and decor, cocktails, bites, a Garden of Fortunes, a Magic Mirror photo booth, and witchy vibes from Houston’s own DJ Sun. Guests are encouraged to participate in the party’s theme by wearing their most creative costume or headwear, from pointy hats to hoods, to win a prize in the costume contest. 7 pm.
Friday, October 28
The Ensemble Theatre is producing and presenting a dynamic, fully immersive, and utterly creative theater arts festival that will feature mounted plays, play readings, education workshops, African-centered and African American cultural experiences, networking events and entertainment-laden receptions. The fest will feature four selected playwrights: Cris Eli Blak (“It Happened on Jefferson Square”), Kaylin Jones (“A Beautiful Death on 34th and Fifth”), Britany Rickett (“The Secret Life of Avatars”) and M.D. Schaffer (“Southern Seeds). Ensemble also welcomes Tony winner Roshunda Jones-Koumba, who is directing “Beautiful.” 4 pm (8 am Saturday; 12:30 pm Sunday).
Finn Hall, Houston’s premiere downtown food hall, will host World Series watch parties this weekend for fans to cheer on the Houston Astros as they (hopefully) go to work on the Philadelphia Phillies. The 10,000 square-foot food hall consists of eight independently operated eating establishments and a fully elevated central bar. The beautiful, open Art Deco space will feature giant screens for game viewing. Along with culinary creations by up-and-coming chefs, drink specials from Finn Hall’s Swallow’s Nest include $5 Crawford Bocks and $15 buckets. 7 pm.
Gaston has been living in a psychiatric hospital for the past 15 years, having suffered amnesia during the First World War. Without an identity, he has not been able to collect his disability pension, which is worth a small fortune. The lure of money will push several families to claim that he is one of theirs, missing in action. Inspired by the real story of an amnesiac soldier who was claimed by over a dozen families, Jean Anouilh has written a powerful play on the themes of memory, the past, bourgeois society, nostalgia for purity and childhood. 8 pm.
Local fans of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are gonna be in heaven this weekend. Renowned conductor Jane Glover and the Houston Symphony will present a treasure trove of Mozart magic, including the graceful and high-spirited Haffner Symphony and the exquisite Sinfonia concertante, spotlighting the orchestra’s Yoonshin Song and Joan DerHovsepian. 8 pm (2:30 pm Sunday).
Saturday, October 29
Headlining Bridgeland's 14th annual festival will be Jungle Jordan, a renowned zookeeper and wildlife educator whose mission is to inspire younger generations and encourage diversity and inclusivity in conserving and repairing the animal world. Jordan uses humor to engage and advocate for wildlife, making it fun to learn about the animal world. Children and adults alike can have fun learning about the joys of nature through pony rides, a petting zoo, nature exhibitions and other roaming entertainment. 10 am.
Rich autumn colors and fanciful designs emerge in quilted fabric for the Community Artists’ Collective annual quilt show. Quilts from 12 talented quilters will be on display. Quilt designers include Leslie Abrams, Sean Casey, Laura Casmore, Carolyn Crump, Lady Trish Henderson, Gabriel Martinez, Shavon Morris, Sakeenah Mubashshir, Hastie Murray, Phyllis Simpson, Rose Southall, and Daniel Williams, Jr. The exhibition is in collaboration with CERCL (Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University). 2 pm.
I Love the Nickel Block Party, a block party giving back to the Fifth Ward community, will return for its second year. In honor of Fifth Ward community member Elnora White and Louis White Grocery, the block party will help tell their newly unburied story while celebrating the launch of the non-profit Urban Healing HTX. Elnora and her husband were a Black power couple in the ‘40s that owned several properties, including Louis White Grocery. No longer serving the community as a grocery store, the now-vacant building will now be restored as both a weekday space for local nonprofits and a weekend event venue. 3 pm.
Contralto Alexandra Gravas will interpret a variety of evocative and famous songs in tribute to a figure of modern Greek music, Zorbas' composer Mikis Theodorakis (1925-2021). Gravas was a student and long-term friend of Theodorakis. She will be accompanied on the piano by Mexico-based Józef Olechowski, while Alex Kalamarides will introduce the composer and recite. 6:30 pm.
Sunday, October 30
Wild Oats, the Texas-inspired, family-friendly restaurant in the Houston Farmers Market, will host an Oktoberfest-themed brunch. This German spread will boast a variety of sausages made by RC Ranch, including currywurst, bratwurst, schweinshaxe (pork knuckle), as well as brezen (pretzels), kasespatzle (cheese noodles), reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), German potato salad, braised red cabbage, and sauerkraut. In the spirit of Oktoberfest, Wild Oats will also be breaking out some of Hay Merchant’s cellar beers as well as Saint Arnold’s Pumpkinator and their regular lineup of Texas and Mexican beers. 11 am.
The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency, a nonprofit providing Houston-area women and girls with the tools needed to be advocates for their health, along with luncheon co-chairs Laura Davenport and Luba Bigman, are hosting a “Girls Who Rule the World”-themed luncheon. ABC13’s Gina Gaston will emcee and welcome guests, along with girls and women who participate in The Women’s Fund’s Health Education programs, to a fun-filled afternoon featuring The Women’s Fund advisory board member/fashion designer/entrepreneur/author Elaine Turner as the keynote speaker. 11:30 am.
Blue’s Clues & You!LiveOn Stage is a brand-new theater production based on the hit preschool television series. Featuring all the beloved characters from the series, this musical adventure will have kids of all ages singing and dancing in the aisles. Featuring an story crafted by Blue’s Clues co-creator Angela C. Santomero, this features an array of distinctive puppets and puppetry techniques, as well as an intricate scenic design utilizing LED video screens to transport audiences through moments and worlds unique to Blue and her friends. 2 pm.