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This weekend features a host of cultural celebrations, from Latino performing arts, a popular NPR political podcast, a milestone moment for the symphony, Hispanic heritage, jazz, and more.

Meanwhile, movie fans who want to also enjoy the weather can enjoy outdoor screenings downtown, while music fans can take in cool jazz and a meaningful Ukrainian benefit show. A local sports bar hosts a purr-fect pet and animal fundraiser, and a famed boutique hotel mixes in some cocktail classes.

Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.

Thursday, September 15

The Alliance presents United We Dine
The Alliance will host an international food and culture celebration that will highlight Houston’s diversity, while highlighting the important work the organization does to help refugees and underserved individuals in the community. Local restaurants will provide food sampling to give attendees the opportunity to virtually transport themselves to the countries and regions. During the event, attendees will also have the opportunity to watch live performances from the finest artists, representing various cultures from around the globe. 6 pm.

Arte Publico Press presents Showcase of Latino Performing Arts
Arte Público Press is celebrating 40 years of promoting literacy and reading through publishing excellence. In honor of the 40th anniversary, the nonprofit will host a showcase of Latino performing artists. This show will be a collaborative effort bringing together outstanding artists from the opera, symphony, ballet, and other performing groups to highlight the vibrant influence of Latin-American and Latino cultures. 6:30 pm.

NPR Politics Podcast Live
After a two year hiatus, the NPR Politics Podcast is headed back to the stage, featuring a panel of your favorite NPR voices: Ashley Lopez, Asma Khalid, Domenico Montanaro, Susan Davis and Tamara Keith. This all-star cast will dig into local and national midterm races, the big political news and issues in Texas and what they just cannot let go of. Join them for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the podcast is made, and a chance to put your questions to the pod squad. 8 pm.

Friday, September 16

Houston Art Gallery Association presents Fall Art Gallery Celebration
Join Foto Relevance and the Houston Art Gallery Association (HAGA) for this two-day, city-wide inaugural celebration. HAGA is composed of the finest art galleries in Houston, each with their own distinct programming, representing the most outstanding artists in Texas and around the world. This weekend, enjoy extended hours at many participating galleries across town. Foto Relevance will be open late on Friday. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 11 am.

Alley Theatre presents Lend Me A Soprano
Ken Ludwig (The Three Musketeers, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express), America’s preeminent comedic playwright, debuts a “revisal” of his classic hit with women in the leading roles. This play is set in 1934 as Mrs. Lucille Wiley, General Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is ready to welcome world-famous soprano Elena Firenzi for her one-night only starring role in Carmen. Through Sunday, October 9. 8 pm (2:30 and 7:30 pm).

Houston Symphony presents Juraj Valčuha Inaugural Weekend: Verdi Requiem
For his first concerts as Music Director Designate, Juraj Valčuha shares a towering masterpiece from Italian opera master Giuseppe Verdi. Traversing a sweeping emotional arc from fiery anguish and grief to radiant joy and ultimate peace, this live performance is moving and cathartic, captivating and euphoric, poignant and profound. The concert will feature the Houston Symphony Chorus and vocalists Ana María Martínez, Marina Prudenskaya, Jonathan Tetelman, and Dmitry Belosselskiy. 8 pm (2:30 pm Sunday)

The Rustic presents Jungle Fire
The Rustic is kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month with the Los Angeles-based TropiFunk juggernaut Jungle Fire, for a night of dancing and live music. With a focus on Afro-Caribbean and West African rhythms, the diverse, musical and cultural backgrounds of Jungle Fire’s members reflect LA's unique international and multicultural mix of beats, sounds and flavors. The event is free with an RSVP, but guests are encouraged to arrive early as the event is majority standing room only. 8 pm.

Saturday, September 17

10th Annual Anita Sabedra Team Hope Walk
The Huntington's Disease Society of America's (HDSA) Greater Houston Area Affiliate will be hosting this annual walk, at Middlebrook Greenbelt Park. Team Hope is HDSA’s largest, national grassroots fundraising event, which takes place in over 100 cities across the U.S. and has raised more than $20 million for Huntington's disease. Thousands of families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and communities walk together each year to support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington's disease and their families. 9 am.

Memorial Trail Ice House Octobeerfest 2022
It’s Octobeerfest time over MTIH, with several breweries participating in this event. Also, Cortlandt & 9th will be serving up pretzels, bratwursts with sauerkraut, and schnitzels. Bayou City Horn Band will perform; more fun comes with a brief break for a stein holding competition. Wristbands for this event can be purchased for $25 (day of event), $20 (pre-order). Each wristband purchase guarantees 10 beer sample tokens, as well as tokens to vote for “Best Brewery” and “Best Octobeerfest Beer.” 11 am.

Second Annual Pitmaster Party Wildgame Edition
Dozier’s BBQ in Fulshear will host this event devoted to making dishes with smoked wild game. Pitmaster Jim Buchanan has invited 14 top Texas pitmasters, starting with two of the top five in Texas Monthly’s list of the state’s 50 best barbecue joints: John Bates of Interstellar BBQ (Austin) and Ernest Servantes of Burnt Bean Co. (Seguin). A portion of proceeds benefits the Fulshear Police Foundation. Tickets are $75 and include samples from the participants and live music by Morgan Obenhaus (beverages purchased separately). 11 am.

Craft Cocktail Class at La Colombe d'Or
Raise a glass to end summer and enjoy happy hour on the 10th floor of the La Colombe d’Or Tower, with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, followed by a private cocktail masterclass with Bar No. 3 chief bartender Patrick Dougherty. At the cocktail workshop experience, you will learn the fundamentals and expert tips & tricks of cocktail making. Work closely alongside Dougherty with carefully curated ingredients and hand-selected bitters, seasonings and mixers. Tickets are $90 per person. There will also be a pop-up, open-air cinema screening of The Breakfast Club (including a three-course dinner with dishes from celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme) at 8 pm on Sunday. 4 pm.

Be a 9th Wonder Foundation presents Lucky9 Casino Royale
Ex-professional basketball player and entrepreneur Remi Yusuf, the founder and global director of Be A 9th Wonder Foundation, presents this inaugural event of glitz and gambling. All proceeds benefit the Foundation’s future 9th Wonder Community Center, which will feature a gym and weight room that supports adaptive fitness for individuals with special needs, and other Houston-area events. Projected events will be hosted for individuals within the special needs community, youth in underserved communities, and adolescents transitioning to career and college readiness programs. 6 pm.

Discovery Green presents Screen on the Green
Discovery Green recently announced the fall schedule of Bank of America’s Screen on the Green. As part of the 15th anniversary programming, this season’s monthly lineup celebrates the diverse ages, interests, and cultures of visitors with family-friendly movies Selena, Monster House, and The Mitchells vs. The Machines. First up, it's that 1939 Judy Garland classic The Wizard of Oz. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are encouraged. 7 pm.

The Houston Jazz Collective presents The Houston Jazz Festival
As part of the Houston Jazz Festival, the Houston Jazz Collective presents The American Masters Series, featuring the hardbop supergroup The Cookers, who will perform from their new record, Look Out!. Opening for the Cookers will be Nellie McKay, a soulful jazz musician, pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger who will perform from her album, Sister Orchid. The evening will also include the artwork of acclaimed artist Jack Whitten. 8 pm.

Sunday, September 18

Pet-a-Palooza at George Country Sports Bar
Join The Diana Foundation for fun, festivities, a selection of gourmet lunches (prepared by Picnic On The Green), and cocktails. Show your support through a variety of one or more options. Purchase a purple "Pet-A-Palooza Dog Tag Pendant" for $25, buy raffle tickets for an opportunity to win one of the multiple prizes, or bring a donation of essentials such as kitty litter, dog and/or cat food. All proceeds will benefit two fantastic pet charities: Friends For Life Animal Shelter & The Pet Patrol. Friendly, leashed pets are welcome. 11 am.

Mid Main Micro Marathon
The Mid Main Micro Marathon has taken the “run” out of running and left little more than the start and finish. The course, measuring a grueling 0.26 miles, can be hard on the system, so obviously participants will need a break or two (with breakfast tacos, dance parties, coffee, and more) to refuel as they make their way around the Mid Main complex. Finishers along with family and friends will be treated to beer and music by Allen Oldies Band, Brooklyn Twang, and more. The event benefits Animal Justice League. Noon.

Candlelight x UNHCR Presents Ukrainian Benefit Concert For Peace Fundraiser
Candlelight presents a two-show series of benefit concerts in favor of refugees by collaborating with UNHCR, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, with the objective of benefiting Ukrainian citizens affected by the humanitarian crisis, and the refugees who were forced to flee their country as a result of the war. All proceeds from this Candlelight series will be allocated to help refugees affected by this conflict. 6:30 and 9 pm.

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Here are the top 15 things to do in Houston this weekend

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This weekend's welcoming weather sees a ton of fun. Look for some hot concerts, one featuring Mr. Worldwide. An edgy comic hits downtown, and speaking of downtown, Friday at Minute Maid Park sees a chance to score a jersey of a red-hot Astros star and Nancy's Hustle fan.

Families and kids can enjoy a free video event on the grass, and our beloved Orange Show invites fans to get crafty at a local park.

Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.

Thursday, September 8

Off The Wall Gallery presents Mackenzie Thorpe: "A World of Love" opening weekend
This exhibit features new original paintings, sculptures, and limited editions by the celebrated British artist. One of the world's most collected and sought-after contemporary artists, Thorpe's works speak to one's imagination; and are a powerful expression of the human spirit's hope, kindness, and endurance. Thorpe will be on hand for special events on Friday and Saturday. Through Saturday, September 24. Noon (5 pm Saturday; 1 and 5 pm Sunday).

Giveon in concert
On his recently released debut album Give or Take, Long Beach soul singer Giveon is seriously going through it. The artist, who has collaborated with such pop giants as Drake and Justin Bieber, spends most of Give singing about heartbreak (“Unholy Matrimony,” the final track, is one heart-wrenching tale of an aborted wedding day), with Giveon also having a heart-to-heart with his moms on the phone. Get ready for a night of sad, soulful songs when he comes to Houston to perform this weekend. 8 pm.

Friday, September 9

River Oaks District presents FotoFest Exhibit opening day
The posh shopping/dining/entertainment hub is partnering with contemporary arts organization FotoFest in the District’s latest art exhibition. The two-week-long presentation, located next to Veronica Beard, will feature a powerful collection of contemporary fine print photography from a bevy of acclaimed international artists; each piece in the exhibition is thoughtfully selected by FotoFest’s dedicated team, with special attention being paid to skill and cultural impact. 10 am.

Bridgeland presents Friday Night Bites
Bridgeland, one of the top-selling, master-planned communities in the Greater Houston area from The Howard Hughes Corporation, celebrates the return of Friday Night Bites. Enjoy an evening under the stars, featuring an assortment of Houston-area food trucks and field games. Guests can enjoy a diverse line-up of savory dishes from Houston favorites, and entertainment will be provided by the lively local band Nervous Rex. 6 pm.

Bill Burr (Slight Return)
When it comes to telling jokes that tick off people on both sides of the aisle (watch his latest Netflix special, Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks and see that we’re not lying), Bill Burr is a master. A Grammy-nominated comedian, Burr is one of the top comedic voices of his generation, achieving success in TV and film as well as on stage. Burr sells out venues internationally and his Monday Morning Podcast is one of the most downloaded comedy podcasts. As we reported, he makes his slight Houston return at Toyota Center. 7 pm.

Houston Ballet presents Peter Pan
Choreographed by Trey McIntyre, this reinterpretation of Sir James M. Barrie’s classic tale is told through the eyes of a child, with spectacular flying sequences, swashbuckling sword fights, giant puppets, and, of course, a little pixie dust. Set to a soaring score by Sir Edward Elgar, arranged by Niel DePonte, with elaborate sets by Thomas Boyd and colorful, punk-fashion inspired costumes from Broadway great Jeanne Button, this magical ballet is sure to mesmerize audiences of all ages. Through Sunday, September 18. 7 pm (7:30 pm Saturday; 2 pm Sunday).

Mexico en el Corazon at Discovery Green
Here, guests can immerse themselves in the colors, artistry, and music of Mexico with Mariachis, folkloric ballet, and more. This showcase of traditional Mexican culture features more than 50 performers in stunning traditional costumes as part of the second North American tour presented by NAIMA. Local performers and a live presentation of El Grito create a magical evening of culture and community. 7 pm.

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels
The Astros open up a three-game series with the Angels, with the first 10,000 fans scoring a throwback Justin Verlander 1990s Astros jersey. Aside from giving away the jersey of a potential 2022 Cy Young winner, the night also celebrates 60 years of Major League Baseball in Houston. The familiar Friday Night Fireworks features music and spectacle (weather permitting), and fans who show up early can partake in Pregame Happy Hour presented (5 pm-7 pm). Game starts at 7:10 pm.

Saturday, September 10

Roots Semi-Annual Wine Sale
Over at Roots this weekend, vendors will showcase a hand-selected medley of wines that offer variety and completeness at a significant discount, while providing information on the wine and samples. You don’t want to miss out as they may even have a “secret” offering. At the sale, customers can simply fill out a form, pick their preferred wines and make a payment. The wines will be available for pick-up the following week. The sale is free to attend, but bottle prices will vary. Noon.

Community Artists’ Collective presents “Every Body” reception and artist talk
Shani Crowe, an interdisciplinary artist from Chicago’s South Side, celebrates the diversity of women’s bodies and interconnectedness in this exhibition. Crowe, who received her BFA in film production from Howard University and has collaborated with Solange Knowles, centers her work on traditional African coiffure, beauty ritual and how African aesthetics can be re-contextualized to foster connectivity and unity among people of African descent. Through Saturday, October 22. 1 pm.

The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art presents The Craft Project
Join The Orange Show and 2022 Craft Project co-chairs Jackie Wallace and Katelyn Wallace for the beloved, annual community crafting day. Each year, we invite the public to help create hand-made centerpieces for the Orange Show's annual gala. Bring the family out to beautiful Smither Park and get crafty. Guest creations will be featured at REPSYCHEDELIC: The Orange Show's 41st Annual Gala on November 5th. Also enjoy beer sampling from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, bites and margaritas available for purchase from El Patio, and tunes from Blue Heron Yacht Club. 1 pm.

14 Pews presents The Automat
Producer/director Lisa Hurwitz’s menschy, 2021 documentary tells the 100-year story of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, the inspiration for Starbucks, where generations of Americans ate and drank coffee together at communal tables. From the perspective of former customers entertainer Mel Brooks, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Horns, the Hardarts, and key employees, audiences will watch a business climb to its peak success and then grapple with fast food in a forever-changed America. 7 pm.

Hope Stone presents “smART breaks”
Hope Stone, Inc. will be giving parents and kids a robust digital arts library of music, theater, and dance classes that combines social and emotional learning competencies to motivate a child’s engagement and joy. This video library of arts education and mindfulness classes can be useful with parents at home or for teachers in the classroom. Blending the arts and mindfulness have proven to inspire creative thinking, ignite the brain, and bolster academic success. Read more here. 7 pm.

Sunday, September 11

Obscure Houston Oddities Market at Numbers
Creep through Numbers Nightclub and marvel at the mystifying and macabre offerings of our 30 unique vendors. Offerings will include wet specimens, taxidermy, antiques, live exotic mantises, one-of-a-kind toys and collectibles, found art, original works, artisan products, skulls, bones, and so much more! We will have performances from a one-man band and sideshow act, along with a drag show. This event is family-friendly and all ages are welcome. 1 pm.

Pitbull in concert with Iggy Azalea
Pitbull, Mr. Worldwide himself, will be showing up and getting loco at The Woodlands this weekend, as part of his Can’t Stop Us Now Tour. (Let’s hope he’ll be pouring out some of that vodka he created awhile back for everybody!) He’s touring in support of his new album, Timeless. Joining him on this tour is Iggy Azalea, Miss I’m-So-Fancy herself. So, expect a ton of booty-shaking will be going on at this show. 8 pm.

13 best Labor Day weekend events to kick back in Houston

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Hard to believe, but September is here, which means the start of more holidays like Labor Day. For some, it means a chance to fire up the grill and chill. For others, it means a quick road trip.

For those staying in town, the weekend offers a host of events (more here), a chance to catch first-run movies in the theater for only $3, or an opportunity to add a furry friend to the family. Other events include a colorful (literally) party, a slabfest, a foamy fest, soaring fun at the flight museum, water sliding at Bobcat Teddy's, and a pool party at Clé.

Relax, kick back, and stay cool; here are your best bets for Labor Day.

Saturday

Gemma’s Boutique in Pasadena will have a Labor Day market. This spot is filled with art, crafts, home decor, clothing, glassware, purses, totes, candy, etc. So, you’ll be able to find something good. 10 am.

The Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation will present the Harris County Labor Day Celebration, over at the Pasadena Fairgrounds. There will be a silent auction, a raffle and a petting zoo, as well as entertainment, games and activities for the whole family. 10 am.

The Avenue Apartments will have something called a Labor Day color party. It’ll be a fun and unique theme that celebrates happiness, colors, and the spirits of all happiness. This will be a kid-friendly event. 5 pm.

Sunday

Taylor’s of Houston is looking for all slabriders to show up to its Labor Day Weekend Slabfest. Lowriders, slingshots, bikers and jeeps are also welcome to the party, which will have food, vendors and live performances. 4 pm.

The Dive will have what they call a “Blunted Session” the day before Labor Day. Special guest McPullish will come in and play reggae, dub and dancehall music for the deep listeners and dance floor groovers. 5 pm.

Amazonia Discotheque will get real foamy with a Labor Day foam party. Enjoy the best Latino music as you get all lathered up in non-toxic foam — the way God intended! 9 pm.

Monday

Lone Star Flight Museum will say goodbye to a plane-amazing (ya get it?) summer with a day of Labor Day goodies. A $10 admission will get you a free hot dog, chips and a drink, as you check out all the cool things they got. 10 am.

Cheeky Monkeys in Sugar Land will have a Labor Day Safari for the kiddies. For $19.99 per kiddo, they’ll be doing such fun stuff as face painting, balloon bending, crafts and an animal freeze dance party. 11 am.

Bobcat Teddy’s Ice House will have its annual Labor Day party. Hot dogs and burgers will be on the grill, Chris Goodwin will be providing the music, and it’ll be your last chance to water-slide the day away. Noon.

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice of Pearland will be slinging out the ices for a Labor Day fest. They will have games of the patio, music & dancing, some swag giveaways, limited-time flavors like Melon Fresca Italian Ice and so much more. Noon.

Texas Leaguer Brewing Company will have a good ol’ Labor Day BBQ at its beerpark. Boot Shooters BBQ will be sending its food truck over there to serve up scrumptious barbecue for people to consume while guzzling down some Texas Leaguer ales. Noon.

Clé Houston will once again throw a “Supa Soca” Labor Day pool/day party. It will be the ultimate Afro-Caribbean throwdown, complete with soca music, hip-hop and R&B jams spinning all day long. 2 pm.

Therapy Lounge will have an all-white, Labor Day party. There will be live music from Angelica, zydeco band Raa-Raa and other special guests. The cover is $10, and it’s BYOB. Don’t worry — there will be hookahs! 2 pm.

Here are the top 17 things to do in Houston this weekend

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This weekend is packed with events ranging from a new fall market, intriguing art openings, cool concerts, and a tailgate event.

Meanwhile, a booming 'burb celebrates the Caribbean, a Montrose bar toasts a birthday, and a local rapper hosts a weekend picnic. Another red-hot rapper/entertainer hits town, locals can scale a building for a good cause, and a golf tourney channels the epic Catalina Wine Mixer (!).

Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.

Thursday, September 1

The Ion Fall Market
Come out for the brand new, night market series at the Ion property— aka the 266,000-square-foot structure that’s designed to bring Houston’s entrepreneurial, corporate, and academic communities together into collaborative spaces and programs. Sip, eat, stroll, and shop every first Thursday this fall, with night markets also going down in October and November. Bring your family, your friends, your pets and relax, shop, and jam to live music. 5 pm.

Fall Tasting Series at Hotel ZaZa Museum District/Memorial City
Hotel ZaZa Museum District and Memorial City are kicking off their fall tasting series this weekend at Monarch and Tipping Point, running through December on select Thursday evenings. The season-long soiree features four beverage samplings curated by ZaZa’s f&b team, accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and tasting notes. Each evening follows a different theme, where guests can relax, savor and enjoy fine wine, bubbles or spirits while getting inspiration for the upcoming holiday season. First up: white wine. 6 pm.

Sicardi Ayers Bacino presents Oscar Muñoz: "Intentos / Attempts" opening reception and Reynier Leyva Novo: "Solid Void" opening reception
"Intentos" features a selection of works from Oscar Muñoz's Intentos [Attempts] series, video works that Blanton Museum of Art curator Vanessa K. Davidson says "make visible the customarily invisible experiments that precede finished works." Through Thursday, November 3. "Void," Reynier Leyva Novo's first solo, U.S. exhibition, features an installation of 500 plaster-cast interiors of vessels and a coordinating wall installation comprised of embossed prints made from metal casts of the plaster sculptures. Through Thursday, October 20. 6 pm.

Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe presents Adam Hood
For more than two decades, Adam Hood has left his mark onstage and in the writing room, carving out a southern sound that mixes soul, country, and American roots music into the same package. He'll be making a couple of Texas stops this weekend, in support of his latest album, Bad Days Better, recorded at Capricorn Studios in Macon, Ga. with the help of members of Blackberry Smoke. (He'll also be at Billy's Ice at New Braunfels on Friday.) 8 pm.

Friday, September 2

Peter Hook & The Light in concert
Peter Hook & The Light will present Joy Division: A Celebration, in which the group will perform Joy Division’s seminal two albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer. In addition to the albums, the concerts span the entirety of Joy Division’s rich but short career, including early Warsaw material, tracks from the compilation LP Still to the final songs “Ceremony” and “In a Lonely Place,” which were merged to later become the first single for spinoff group New Order. 7 pm.

Improv Houston presents Desi Banks
Apart from being the creator of one of our favorite pieces of stand-up anti-comedy, Desi Terrell Banks, Jr. is an actor, comedian, and digital genius on the path to becoming one of his generation’s top rising stars. His quick rise to fame has solidified him as one of the most influential influencers of his time. Desi’s innate ability to relate to audiences has contributed to his fan base exceeding more than 4 million followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter combined. 7:30 and 9:45 pm (7 and 9:30 pm Saturday; 7:30 pm Sunday).

Arooj Aftab in concert
Asia Society Texas presents a concert featuring this Grammy-winning singer and songwriter. Aftab’s hauntingly beautiful music has been rapturously praised across the globe. A Brooklyn-based Pakistani vocalist, music composer, and producer, Aftab works in various musical styles and idioms including jazz, minimalism, and neo-Sufi. She is the first-ever Grammy-winning Pakistani female artist, winning Best World Music Performance for her song “Mohabbat.” 8 pm.

The Garden Theatre presents While Childhood Slept
This heart-wrenching original musical follows the true story of the boys of Home Number One in Terezin, a Nazi concentration camp. Originally announced as a full production, The Garden Theatre and the writers have decided that they will instead produce a staged reading/public workshop of the show. The reading will be performed this weekend at MATCH, and will conclude performances with a special free performance at Holocaust Museum Houston on Wednesday, September 7. 8 pm (2 and 8 pm Saturday; 2 pm Sunday).

Saturday, September 3

The Moran CityCentre presents Over The Edge
Houstonians are invited to be fearless leaders by taking the first step Over The Edge of The Moran CityCentre. This year’s event will allow 76 community members the fun and unique chance to rappel down the side of the hotel. The annual event benefits Impact A Hero, which strives to make a positive impact in the lives of veterans, active service members and their families through advancing leadership and personal development, strengthening community and encouraging esprit de corps. 9 am.

Petco Love presents Houston’s Second Mega Adoption Event
Mega-adoption events have saved thousands of lives in other cities across the country. The first Houston event in 2019 placed 1,450 homeless pets with families in two days. More 1,000 furry companions will be looking for their forever home – big dogs, small dogs, senior pets, puppies, and kittens. The adoption fee is just $35, and visitors can take their new family member home the same day. All animals will be spayed/neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations. 10 am.

City of Dickinson presents Red, White & Bayou Texas Music Festival & Tailgate
This two-day, city-sponsored country music festival returns after a five-year break brought on by Hurricane Harvey. It will feature performances by Jake Worthington (star of The Voice) on Saturday and Muscadine Bloodline on Sunday. The music festival features local bands throughout the day, a tailgate and cookoff competition, a vendor market, and family activities, including kids' crafts and a kid zone. 11 am (2 pm Sunday).

Drink of Ages presents Paul Wall's Labor Day Weekend Picnic
Paul Wall — aka The People's Champ — will be over at SpindleTap Brewery, headlining a Labor Day show that'll most likely have a lot of slabs in the parking lot. Along with Wall, there will also be performances by Termanology, Bad Child and Friends, cobishinobi, and more. And, for those who are fans of this tasty beverage, Wall will also show off the latest beer collab he's doing with SpindleTap. 5 pm.

G Spot Gallery presents Garland Fielder: "Bunker Melodies" opening reception
Bunkers represent several architectural types simultaneously. These images and sculptures, coming to us courtesy of Houston-born artist Garland Fielder, depict one of mankind’s most striking architectural forms, suggesting an unfortunate relationship between the current zeitgeist and a building strategy necessitated by a total war economy. Improvisational quartet Phil Spectral will be performing. Through Saturday, October 15. 6 pm.

Kid Cudi and Strick at Toyota Center
Rapper/singer/performer Kid Cudi is blowing up these days, with an Ariana Grande collab on the song “Just Look Up” for Netflix’s Don’t Look Up and a starring role in the horror film X. He will also debut Entergalactic, an animated music series he created with Netflix in September, which accompanies the new Entergalactic album. Get there early for opener Strick, a veteran and corporate executive turned hip-hop artist who is also making big moves. 7 pm.

Sunday, September 4

Catalina Wine Mixer at Cypresswood Golf Club
It appears the folks at Cypresswood Golf Club must be big Step Brothers fans, since a Catalina Wine Mixer will be going down there this weekend. This four-person scramble offers a round of golf with friends at $95 per person, plus everything players need for a great day out on the links. Entry includes your green fee, golf cart, range balls, ice cold drinks, lunch, and the Prestige Worldwide Challenge! 8 am.

5th Annual Taste of the Caribbean Festival
Head over to Crown Regal Park in Sugar Land for an all-day celebration of the food, the music, the arts, the entertainment, and the overall culture of the Caribbean, presented by event website mysoulrebel.com. Enjoy the succulent, spicy, and savory flavors along with live reggae, soca, salsa, reggaeton, and other musical styles at this one-of-a-kind party. General admission is $20, but $30 will get you admission along with vouchers to be redeemed at select food vendors. 2 pm.

Poison Girl 18th Anniversary Party
It's been more than a minute since the Montrose area's most beloved dive bar threw an anniversary bash. For the newest, Alien Eyelid and Body Fat will be in the back (next to the big Kool-Aid pitcher, most likely), providing live music. There will also be country music spun by the Hard Times DJ Crew, drink specials courtesy of Jim Beam, snow-cones from Yeti Sunshine, and more. 5 pm.

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Here are the top 15 things to do in Houston this weekend

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This weekend seems a bit cooler (or are we imagining it?), which means a perfect time to get out to some hot events. Look for some engaging discussions, art events, and an emo take on Hot Girl Summer at The Rustic (seriously).

Some cool music acts hit town, as does a hysterical comedy tour, and speaking of comedy: a gloriously silly British film favorite makes a royal run. A beloved Houston restaurant with a penchant for giving back celebrates a big anniversary, and our beloved Top Chef star hosts a culinary showcase.

See? Pretty cool, right? Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.

Thursday, August 25

Holocaust Museum Houston presents Book Talk: By Any Means Necessary by Henriette Mutegwaraba
Holocaust Museum Houston will host a special presentation by Rwandan genocide survivor Henriette Mutegwaraba, who’ll be reading from her memoir, By Any Means Necessary — Healing and Forgiveness After Genocide. A book for government leaders, peace and human rights activists, young people, and anyone else who has ever felt “different” because of how God created them, By Any Means Necessary follows Henriette on her harrowing journey to escape a violent death, help rebuild a broken people, and ultimately, learn to forgive those who killed everyone she loved. 6 pm.

PDC Works presents Take Root
Dance ensemble PDC Works, in collaboration with UH faculty member Rob Smith, presents a view underneath the forest floor through live music and dance. The program features choreography by PDC Works director Sophia Torres, music by Rob Smith, performances by local musicians and dancers, and a root sculpture by set designer Keith Epperson that will hang above the performance space, the main lobby of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design. The audience is encouraged take advantage of this unique venue by walking around the lobby during the performance to experience the program from a variety of vantage points. 6:30 pm (7:30 pm Saturday).

Sad Girl Summer at the Rustic
Forget hot girl summer: Dust off the skinny jeans, slap on the eyeliner, and bring those swooped side bangs, as Sad Girl Summer hits The Rustic. Pop punk band Cartel will headline the free show, as part of their Hello Gone Days tour. The famous restaurant and live music venue is inviting guests to unleash their inner emo selves in an interactive experience with classic music video clips, fun photo ops, best-dressed prizes – and a DJ playing everyone’s favorite emo hits. 8 pm.

Friday, August 26

Clutch City Cluckers Montrose Grand Opening
Clutch City Cluckers will celebrate the grand opening of its fourth H-Town location. On Saturday and Sunday, the first 100 people in line will get free meals, everyone can get 50 percent off the entire menu all day, and guests will have a chance to win a PS5 and iPhone 13 Pro in a raffle. On Sunday, guests can get 50 percent off the entire menu all day and enter a raffle for a PS5 and iPhone 13 Pro. 10 am.

Creative Movement Practices presents Gideon and the Blundersnorp
Gideon is a stableboy who yearns to be a Royal Cavalier. Alanna is a young viscountess who wants to be free. Thrown together by chance, the two must contend with bandits, a treacherous forest, and a giant monster that just wants to eat everyone. This family-friendly musical combines witty characters, pulse-pounding excitement, and a rousing cinematic/medieval-folk score. Underlying the fun is a positive message: aspiration is fueled by personal character, not social class. Through Saturday, September 10. 7 and 9 pm (1:30, 3:30, 7 and 9 pm Saturday; 2 and 4:30 pm Sunday).

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Monty Python and the Holy Grail
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, satirical search for the Holy Grail, encountering many silly obstacles along the way (not to mention, shrubbery). The comedic quest played out in this beyond-insane 1975 comedy has kept audiences around the world laughing for almost 50 years. The original Python sextet of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin star. Catch it glorious 35mm — the way the troupe intended. 7 pm (5 pm Sunday).

Dallas Burrow at the Continental Club
A Texas-born Americana artist rooted in the tradition of his home state's songwriting heroes, Dallas Burrow built a career on both sides of the Atlantic with his 2019 debut, Southern Wind. His second album, 2021's Dallas Burrow, marks both a symbolic and literal homecoming for the songwriter, who recorded the new material with modern-day legend Bruce Robison in the rural Texas countryside. It's a record about embracing maturity and the responsibilities of family life, sung by Burrow in a voice that bears both the road-worn weariness of a lifelong highwayman and the fierce fire of a man reborn. 9 pm.

The Wheel Workers album release show at White Oak Music Hall
Longtime Texas underground indie collaborative (they've boasted some 15 members) The Wheel Workers are dropping a new album, Harbor. Rather than drop it in their originating town of Austin, the purveyors of catchy indie rock have chosen Heights-area venue White Oak Music Hall for the release party. Opening acts include A Sundae Drive and Houston's Accordion Super Stars. Doors open at 7 pm; headliners The Wheel Workers take the stage at 10 pm.

Saturday, August 27

D’USSE Day Party at Sekai Houston
D’USSÉ Cognac is hosting its fourth VIP day party experience at Sekai Houston. The party (hosted by former 106 & Park host Terrance J) will be providing guests with a day filled with games, live entertainment, specialty cocktails/popsicles, merch, and more. If you’re the type of person who likes to get twisted off some yak, this party has your name all over it. Entry is limited to a 100-person capacity and for guests aged 21 and older. Note: RSVP does not guarantee entry. 3 pm.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents "In Residence: 15th Edition" tour
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft curatorial fellow Cydney Pickens will host this tour, along with current and former resident artists. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the artists in the exhibition and how their practices were shaped by the Artist Residency Program here at HCCC. The Artist Residency Program has supported artists working in the field of craft for more than two decades by providing artists with resources and studio spaces for a period of three-to-twelve months. 3 pm.

Lucille’s Anniversary Celebration
Chef Chris Williams and the Lucille's team will celebrate 10 years in business with an anniversary bash equipped with food, cocktails, and live entertainment. Lucille’s will celebrate the past decade with a patio party that includes a buffet of classics, alongside a fleet of cocktail specials and live entertainment via a DJ and band. The ticket is $19.13 — all of which will benefit the restaurant’s non-profit organization, Lucille’s 1913 — and includes access to all featured food, live entertainment, and a celebratory champagne toast led by Chef Chris at 8 pm. 6 pm.

Asia Society Texas presents Homegrown Houston: A Tasting Tour With Chefs Evelyn García and Henry Lu
Evelyn García and Henry Lu of KIN HTX have curated a selection of stand-out, innovative chefs who are each presenting a dish that showcases their stories as chefs and, in turn, reflects the diversity and ingenuity of the Houston food scene. In addition to the tasting tour of Houston - featuring Thai food, West African dishes, Filipino-inspired desserts, and more — the evening also features performances and access to the project Artists on Site Series 3. 7 pm.

Sunday, August 28

Frasier Sterling @ LoveShackFancy River Oaks
Sunday is the last day to check out the Frasier Sterling Jewelry pop-up, happening this weekend at LoveShackFancy's River Oaks location. Visitors can shop a selection of Sterling's best-selling custom pieces — from freshwater pearl chains to playful charm hoops and huggies. The celebrity-loved brand (Hailey Bieber is a big fan!) will offer on-site customizations in a floral-filled experience you won't want to miss. Noon.

Beyond the Barrel Dinner Series: Feges BBQ x Treaty Oak
Join Feges BBQ for a family-style five-course dinner paired with cocktails from our friends at Treaty Oak Distilling. The dinner will feature a whiskey tasting with Treaty Oak's chief operating officer Robert Jacob Lerma, and every guest will receive a bottle of Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon to take home. Among some of the dishes: grilled peach & feta panzanella salad with summer herbs; charred seasonal vegetables with chimichurri sauce; and crispy skin hog terrine with roasted fennel, sunchoke, and hogfat cornbread crumble. $130 per person. 5 pm.

The Legendary Tour with Earthquake
Comedian/actor/voice artist Earthquake made his way into the households and hearts of his loyal fanbase in the 90’s at the height of television programming (Def Comedy Jam, ComicView, etc.) for the urban comedian. And, now, he’s coming to H-Town to perform some side-splitting stand-up. He’ll be joined by Donnell Rawlings, best known for his appearances on Chappelle’s Show and The Breakfast Club. Expect both these comics to act a dang fool onstage. 7 pm.

Here are the top 14 things to do in Houston this weekend

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This weekend brings a chance of rain and with that, a chance of cooler temps. That may affect an athletic, multi-sport showdown at Texas' largest Crystal lagoon. Those who choose to stay indoors can opt for a staged version of Tina Fey's hilarious examination of mean girls. Also downtown, a beloved draught house celebrates 22 years with an epic blowout.

Art lovers can take in a summer show opening, a showcase of Texas parks imagery, a cutting-edge dance show, and a visit by a jazz superstar.

Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.

Thursday, August 18

Amazon’s Adopt-A-Shop 2022 at Independence Heights Park
Amazon has teamed up with HISD to host its annual back-to-school event to support thousands of HISD students in need. Amazon is donating backpacks, school supplies, hair-cut vouchers, mani/pedi vouchers, career guidance and more. This two-day, family-friendly event will 6,500 pre-filled backpacks, 800 haircut vouchers and 500 mani/pedi vouchers to Houston’s underprivileged youth. There will also be a live DJ, snow cones, games, food trucks and more. Noon.

Foltz Fine Art presents The Art of Texas Parks reception
Foltz Fine Art is currently hosting an exhibition and benefit sale benefitting Texas state parks, through a partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The exhibition and sale will present a preview of thirty selected works from the upcoming and long-anticipated Art of Texas Parks publication. Many of the artists and authors involved with the project will be in attendance. Through Saturday, August 27. Reception today at 5:30 pm.

Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center: Mean Girls
The hilarious hit musical (based on the 2004 hit comedy) has an award-winning creative team, including writer Tina Fey (who wrote the movie), composer Jeff Richmond, lyricist Nell Benjamin, and director Casey Nicholaw. Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies. 7:30 pm (2 pm and 8 pm Friday and Saturday; 2 pm and 7:30 pm Sunday).

Friday, August 19

Stardust Entertainment, LLC presents Delta H Con
Assembling fans near and far, this three-day, anime and gaming convention will inspire con-goers to embrace their inner hero, among a community of fellow pop-culture aficionados, for a weekend of anime, gaming, literature, cosplay, and more. Fans will have plenty to do with cultivated programming covering an array of fandoms and topics; unique local and national exhibitors sharing their diverse collection of handmade goods, art and collectibles; and panels featuring some of the stars in the industry. 9 am.

Summer Science Shakedown at Children's Museum Houston
Kids are going back to school, but Children’s Museum Houston is not done with summer just yet. Join them as they celebrate one last summer hurrah with interactive activities that will shake things up as kids and parents both wind down for school. There will be a live demonstration where you can float a beach ball, blast cereal across the room and launch toilet paper 20 feet into the air. You can also explore sound vibrations and learn how earthquakes make our planet jiggle. 11 am.

Summertime Art Show & Sale at Spring Street Studios
Come out for a hot summer night of art, live jazz music, food, and drinks. Meet new artists and shop an array of paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media, jewelry, and more. Make your way through the building playing the Passport Game, and get a chance to win door prizes donated by the artists. Ronnie Davis & Friends will provide the music, while Treebeard's will provide the red beans and rice, chicken gumbo, and butter cake. 5 pm.

The Riot Comedy Show presents Kelsey Cook
Kelsey Cook is the daughter of an international yo-yo champion and a professional foosball player, which made for a humor-filled life at a young age. She made her late-night debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, followed by other television appearances, including Comedy Central’s This is Not Happening. She has spent the last six years touring in over 60 cities across the country, splitting her time between Los Angeles and New York. 7 pm (7 pm and 9 pm Saturday).

NobleMotion Dance presents An Intimate Act
This heartfelt performance features the return of Photo Box D, the company’s seminal collaboration with light artist Jeremy Choate. Other collaborations include a climbing sculpture made by Jared Doster, an original music composition by Travis Lake, and an innovative film made in collaboration with Jeremy Stewart and A.I. technology. NobleMotion’s trademark physicality and innovation are palpable as the audience sits right on top of the action in a black box setting. 8 pm (4 and 8 pm Saturday).

Saturday, August 20

Lagoonfest Texas presents Lago Mar Multisport Festival
At this two-day, multi-sport estival, racers of all ages can participate in a 5K or 10K road race along the streets of Lago Mar on Saturday. Also happening Saturday is a youth triathlon. Those ages 6 to 10 will compete in a 75-yard swim, 2-mile bike ride and three quarter-mile run. On Sunday, youth and adults can compete in an aquathon. The full course consists of a 200-yard swim and 5K run and is for adults and youth age 11 or older. 6 am.

DACAMERA presents Houston SUMMERJAZZ: Joshua Redman 3×3
Jazz superstar Joshua Redman’s latest project is a celebration of the power of three – the music of three iconic jazz composers interpreted in the classic trio format of saxophone, bass, and drums. The music is drawn from the works of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Wayne Shorter, each of whom Redman considers “not just relevant but foundational” for today’s musicians; and the setting returns to a format that he has excelled in throughout his career. 7:30 pm.

Viva Mexico at Wortham Center
Fill your heart with pure feeling and sing along to your most beloved songs at the greatest concert of Mexican music, for the first time in the U.S. Enjoy the most beloved, Mexican music with two of the greatest Mexican singers, Fernando de la Mora (tenor) and Olivia Gorra (mezzosoprano), along with the PanAmerican Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariachi Champaña Nevin, a grand choir and the Anita Martinez folkloric ballet, under the baton of Héctor Guzmán. 7:30 pm (2 pm Sunday).

Sunday, August 21

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium 22-Year Celebration
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium will celebrate 22 years in downtown Houston with an epic blowout. They will tap 30 local, national, and internationally renowned beers, many of which have never been tapped before. Bingo begins at 2 pm with prizes from Eureka Heights, Duvel, Saint Arnold, Great Heights, and more. Swag giveaways will be given throughout the day, while food specials and commemorative cups and apparel will be available for purchase. Dine-in and patio dining is available. 11 am.

Nerd Market at B-52 Brewing
Over in Conroe, B-52 Brewing has teamed up with The Adventure Begins Comics, Games, and More for a super awesome, super geeky market for all ages to enjoy. Multiple nerdy vendors will be around, including Arcadeology, HTX Nitro Creamery and others. There will also be face painting, themed frozen drinks, a Mario Kart tourney, a costume contest and cosplay characters (word on the street is Doctor Strange & the Scarlet Witch will be roaming around). Noon.

True Crime Obsessed's Patrick Hinds and Friends
True Crime Obsessed is a true-crime/comedy podcast featuring hosts Gillian Pensavalle and Patrick Hinds, who recap true crime documentaries with humor, sass, heart, and just the right amount of snark. In this live show, Patrick will be joined by friends Maggie, Lance, and Tim to present their hilarious take on the absurdities of true-crime characters and storylines, tearing into a true-crime documentary using video clips, music, and their signature garbage bell. 8 pm.

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'Ridiculously' big Houston freeways drive comedian crazy in viral TikTok video

"It's got spurs!'

Try as we might to explain to Newstonians how ridiculously large the Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land region is (our fave: it’s literally larger than the state of New Jersey in square miles), few truly understand until they navigate our highways and freeways.

Comedian/actor/filmmaker Kevin Fredericks, known professionally as KevOnStage, has taken to social media to announce what we already know: Houston is ridiculously big.

In a TikTok video boasting more than 55,000 likes and more than 3,000 comments, Kev (who lives in equally sprawling Los Angeles) hilariously sums up our freeway system with declarations like, “Houston has interstates. Four of them!”

He goes: “It’s got toll roads, it’s got loops, it’s got spuuuuurs!”



Perhaps our favorite:

"Houston is so big….that its freeways have a Wikipedia page. Look. At. This!"

Kev then marvels at our farm to market roads: “That means you live on a farm, this road take you to the market!”

He just can’t stop on the Wikipedia page, as he bellows: “It’s got: Planned. Future. Freeways! More. Freeways!”

Sheesh, Kev, no need to shout.

Scratch that: Kev should absolutely shout (as many of us do daily) when his rant turns to our traffic and construction. “It’s too much. If you wanna drive across Houston, you might as fly to Dallas — it’s the same amount of time.”

We’re having trouble spotting any lies told here. Bravo, Kev. We can’t wait for your next rant when you navigate the ongoing and always fun 610/69 construction closures.

Homey new art installation moves into Discovery Green this fall

Welcome Home

Remember the playful, larger-than-life spinning tops that took over Discovery Green in 2015? The team behind that public art installation is back with another unique, interactive exhibit.

Called Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0, it features 16 glowing, house-like play structures on the Sarofim Lawn that create a space for Houstonians to sit, swing, relax, and come together as a community.

The installation from Mexican designers Esrawe + Cadena is inspired by the mercados of Latin America — lively street markets where human connections are made every day.

The goal is for visitors to make new friends, try new activities, dance to music, and enjoy the city’s diverse cultural and art experiences for the duration of the exhibit, which runs October 8-November 14, 2022.

But that's not all. To help bring Houstonians together, there will be public art programming inspired by the installation and sponsored by Houston Association of Realtors, starting with a big opening night celebration.

On October 8 from 6-10 pm, get ready for:

  • Two evening performances of Lifted by Mimbre, an all-woman acrobatic dance group from the United Kingdom on their first U.S. tour.
  • Houston artist Ange Hillz live-painting the newest President's Mural: Discovery Green from A to Z. Hillz will paint accompanied by DJ Monstaa and pianist DJ Pee Wee from The Too Laid Back Band. The painting will be on view through January 29, 2023.

"During the past two years, many Houstonians have felt isolated in their homes and have missed the opportunity to be part of a community," says Jennifer Wauhob, chair of the Houston Association of Realtors, which is sponsoring the public art programming. "Our 49,000 Realtors know how important community connection is and Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 creates a space where strangers can become friends in the comfort of an exhibit that feels like home."

Here's what else you can enjoy throughout the installation's six-week run:

  • Listen to a “Houston Strong” playlist courtesy of ROCO while enjoying the Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 art installation.
  • Catch two more performances of Lifted on October 9 at noon and 2:30 pm.
  • Watch the Houston Pride Band’s SaxWorx and Brass Tax quartet perform on October 14 from 7-9 pm.
  • Enjoy traditional Indonesian music from Gamelan of the New Moon performed live on October 21 from 7-9 pm.

And especially for children:

  • On Saturday, October 8, from 1:30-3 pm, kids can create a mini casa using toothpicks and gumdrops with the help of Girlstart STEM.
  • On Saturday, October 15, from 1:30-3 pm, kids can sing and dance along with Encanto characters Isabela, Mirabel, and Dolores.
  • On Saturday, October 29 from 1:30-3 pm, they can enjoy cultural crafts created by exhibitors visiting from different parts of Mexico.

Discovery Green is a 12-acre park that features sprawling lawns, a one-acre lake, an interactive fountain, a playground, public art installations, gardens, and an allée of century-old live oaks. Since opening in April 2008, the park has welcomed more than 20 million visitors.

As Discovery Green prepares to celebrate its 15th birthday party, Houstonians are invited to “discover themselves” at the park with free concerts, entertainment, relaxation, and more. More info at www.discoverygreen.com.

Photo courtesy of Creos

Esrawe + Cadena's Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 is on display October 8-November 14, 2022.

RodeoHouston reveals Conroe-born country star Parker McCollum as 2023 Opening Day headliner

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A familiar face will headline the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s wildly popular Opening Day performance. Conroe native and country star Parker McCollum will take the NRG Stadium stage on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, the rodeo announced.

Individual tickets for McCollum’s Opening Days show start at $25, plus a $4 convenience fee and are on sale at 10 am on Thursday, October 6 via rodeohouston.com. As always, an Online Waiting Room will open at 9:30 am; customers who join the Waiting Room from 9:30 to 9:59 am will be randomly selected to purchase tickets at 10 am. (A place in the Waiting Room does not guarantee tickets.) Customers can purchase a maximum of eight tickets.

McCollum, who boasts more than 3.3 million followers on Spotify with favorites such as “Pretty Heart,” “To Be Loved by You,” and “Hell of a Year,” has won fans with his mix of Americana and country, infused with a bit of blues, soul, and folk rock. Currently touring with country crooner Thomas Rhett, McCollum is a natural choice to open the 2023 RodeoHouston concert series, as the singer-songwriter drew a crowd of 73,243 at last year’s rodeo, marking the fourth-highest paid rodeo/concert attendance in 2022.

Fittingly, custom-designed caps commemorating Opening Day and McCollum’s return to RodeoHouston will be available for purchase online.

New for 2023, a special Opening Day celebration will feature a performance by a local band on the Stars Over Texas Stage before McCollum’s show. Special giveaways will include 10,000 custom-made Howdy bobbleheads for early arrivers that morning (starting at 10 am). Visitors can expect a host of activities including an Opening Day Parade at NRG Park.

As for the highly anticipated 2023 RodeoHouston entertainer will be announced at a later date, plus more Opening Day details, per the rodeo.

“Everyone looks forward to the upcoming Rodeo season all year long, and we hope all Rodeo fans will circle Opening Day on their 2023 calendars, as this will be a day you won’t want to miss,” Chris Boleman, rodeo president and CEO, noted in a statement. “February 28 will truly be a Houston-themed celebration, as we kick off the 2023 Rodeo season with Houston’s-own country music star Parker McCollum closing out the day with another unforgettable RodeoHouston performance.”

The 2023 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and all RodeoHouston performances are scheduled for February 28–March 19, 2023 at NRG Park.