Issues To Do This Weekend in Houston: August 19-22, 2021

Movie screenings on the lawn | Courtesy of Discovery Green

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, August 19 through Sunday, August 22, 2021.

This weekend, overhaul your makeup selection at a cosmetics convention, get tickled to laugh-out-loud lyrics during a musical comedy in the heart of Deer Park, see the Houston Astros take on Seattle in a three-day showdown at Minute Maid Park, get all your laughs out at one of the many stand-up comedy events happening around the city, and much more.

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Things to Do All Weekend

  • Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers at Constellation Field | Daily – Get all the minor league baseball action you can handle when the Sugar Land Skeeters return to their home field for a six-game series against Oklahoma City. $8 to $60, but you may find better, cheaper or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. Times vary.
  • Comedian Bryan Callen at Houston Improv | Thursday to Saturday – Give a warm welcome to actor, comedian, and podcaster Bryan Callen, known for his recurring role as Coach Mellor on ABC’s Schooled and The Goldbergs, plus as one of the original cast members of MadTV, when the Houston Improv hosts Callen for five live standup shows in H-Town. $50 for two people to $150 for six people. Preferred tables that are closer to the stage range from $70 for two to $210 for six. Showtimes vary. 
  • The Riot Comedy Show presents Jourdain Fisher at Rudyard’s British Pub | Friday & Saturday – Fall out of your chair laughing to a stand-up set from comedian, writer and actor Jourdain Fisher, known for his writing on Viceland, 50 Central on BET, The Tonight Show and more, when the Riot Comedy Show welcomes Fisher for three shows upstairs at Rudyard’s British Pub in Montrose. $10. Showtimes vary.
  • Art Park Players present Women of a Certain Age: The Musical in Deer Park | Friday to Sunday – Experience infectious songs and laugh-out-loud lyrics when the Art Park Players presents Women of a Certain Age: The Musical, a brand new show in Deer Park about three best friends that won’t accept their rejection from a hit television singing competition, taking over a next door bar’s karaoke night to take back the spotlight. $20. Showtimes vary.
  • DaCamera presents SummerJazz 2021 at Multiple Venues | Friday to Sunday – This three-day program features some of the best artists in global jazz, including the powerful vocals of Dianne Reeves, the Latin groove of the Grammy-winning Dafnis Prieto Big Band, and breakout trumpeter Marquis Hill, along with other family concerts and after parties. Passes available by the show or for the entire weekend. Tickets start at $37.50; some events are free. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park | Friday to Sunday – This three-game weekend series includes giveaways to the first 10,000 fans such as a Kyle Tucker Batting bobblehead, Zack Grienke bobblehead, or an Alex Bregman replica jersey. $15 to more than $175, but you may find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplace. Times vary.
  • Re-Entry Weekend at Station Improv & Sketch Comedy Theater | Friday & Saturday – The First Ward improv spot on Houston Avenue reopens with a weekend of comedy shows, sketches, and introductory classes. Both nights feature several programs and sketches, such as Friday’s Supernova Improv & Storytelling which will feature special guest, Dr. Peter J. Hotez. $12 per show. Showtimes vary.
  • The Makeup Show at Hilton Houston Post Oak | Saturday & Sunday – Up your cosmetics game when the Makeup Show returns to Houston, featuring artist appearances, hands-on classes, and deep show-exclusive discounts from some of the biggest beauty brands in the world. Advance tickets are $45 for one day; $58 for both days. Tickets purchased at the door are $55 for one day; $68 for both days. Discounts are available for students, Local 484 union members, and groups of 15 or more. 9am to 5pm both days.
  • Houston Restaurant Weeks 2021 | Daily – Dine on specially-priced menus from almost 200 participating restaurants around town during the largest annual fundraiser for Houston Food Bank. The event will span Greater Houston through Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021. Menu prices are expected to be $20 for lunches and brunches; $35 or $45 for dinners. Prices, times, and locations vary.
  • Catastrophic Theatre presents Tamarie Cooper’s Golden Jubilee | Daily | Virtual – The incomparable Tamarie Cooper is 50 and that calls for a celebration in a way that only she can deliver. Riffing on all things 50, from 50 bad dates to that 50 pounds that won’t leave, this wild summer extravaganza features original songs, dances, and adorable pet appearances. Tickets are pay what you can.
  • Current Temporary Museum Exhibits & Art Installations on View Around Greater Houston | Daily | Many FREE – Explore the many striking, stunning, and diverse exhibits exploring history, science, art, culture, and creativity around the Greater Houston metro area.
  • Outdoor Markets & Pop-Up Shopping Events Around Houston | Daily | Many FREE – Browse, explore, and shop at one or all of Houston’s outdoor markets, many with live entertainment, food trucks, and other distractions.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

  • Lyons Ave. Night Market at Saint Arnold Brewing Company | No Cover – From the mind behind Freedman’s Town Farmers Market comes a Thursday evening market in collaboration with Saint Arnold Brewing Company, elevating Black-owned small businesses and vendors along Lyons Avenue in Historic Fifth Ward. 5pm to 9pm.
  • Alta Marfa Wine Tasting at Feges BBQ Spring Branch | No Cover – Sip on delicious wine to start your evening when Alta Marfa winemakers Katie Jablonski and Ricky Taylor host a tasting event at Feges BBQ Spring Branch where they will present and discuss their 2020 selection. Food and drinks are on you. 5pm to 7pm.
  • Summer Twilight Boat Tours on Buffalo Bayou – Escape the summer heat as you glide along the Buffalo Bayou while on a 30-minute boat tour, checking out native plants and wildlife like herons, fish, turtles, and the occasional alligator. $7; $5 for ages 4 to 12; children under the age of 4 are not permitted on boat tours. Tours are available from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park – Shout “bingo!” while lounging out on lawn chairs or blankets and enjoying a night out filled with music, fun, and prizes. $10, includes a packet of bingo cards, which are good for nine games. 6pm.
  • Flow Arts at Discovery Green | FREE – Play with toys and props in an effort to decrease stress and increase physical activity and coordination when Discovery Green in Downtown hosts Flow Arts. 6pm to 7pm.
  • Onward Movie Screening at Kings Harbor | FREE – Bring out the whole family to watch an outdoor screening of the 2020 Pixar movie, Onward, about teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley who embark on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father, at Kings Harbor in Kingwood. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • Seafood with Hatch Chiles at Central Market Cooking School – Pick up tips from experts as you learn how to accent a variety of fresh seafood with the distinctive flavor of Hatch chiles at Central Market. $75 per person. 6:30pm.
  • Wood Flower Workshop at 8th Wonder Brewery – Learn how to dye your own custom, wooden flower centerpiece when Brico Craft Studio hosts a workshop at 8th Wonder Brewery in EaDo. $35. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Orin Swift Cellars Wine Tasting at Bar Boheme – Stop through Montrose for an evening filled with delicious wines from Orin Swift Cellars when Bar Boheme hosts the winery for a tasting. $25 per person. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Brewery Bingo at Eureka Heights Brew Co. | No Cover – Throw back a pint or two while pairing your beer with six fun-filled rounds of bingo at Eureka Heights Brew Co. in Shady Acres. 7pm to 8:30pm.
  • The Wailers in Concert at Scout Bar – Longtime backing band to Bob Marley and legendary reggae performers, the Wailers, find their way to Scout Bar’s stage in Clear Lake. Tickets range from $26 to $50. 7:30pm.
  • Bat Walk and Watch at Lost Lake Visitor Center in Buffalo Bayou Park – Stroll to Waugh Drive Bridge at Buffalo Bayou Park with bat specialist Suzanne Jurek to see the bat colony up close. $5 for ages 12 and up; free for ages under 12. 7:45pm to 9:15pm.
  • Laughs & Liquor: Brass Tap After Dark Comedy Show | No Cover – Check out some of Houston’s brightest and funniest up-and-coming comics when the Brass Tap in Midtown hosts a comedy night featuring drink specials, $1 wings, and more. 8pm to 11pm.
  • Bewitched Houston presents EBM Night at Etro Lounge – Dance the night away in the heart of Downtown to techno, industrial, and more at the EBM (Electronic Body Music) Night at Etro Lounge. 9pm.

Friday, August 20, 2021

  • Business and Brews: August Networking at Urban South HTX Brewery | No Cover – Sip on delicious brew and raise a glass to fellow local professionals while networking and trying craft beer at Urban South. Drinks are on you. 3pm to 5pm.
  • Shunyata Fusion Dance at Red Dwarf HTX – Hit Midtown for an over-the-top show featuring Fusion Bellydance, Raqs Sharqi, and other cultural and theatrical fusion dances at Red Dwarf HTX. $15 to $100. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Food Truck Fridays & Movie Series at Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land | FREE – Settle in for a film, food, and fun at the City of Sugar Land’s Food Truck Friday. A variety of sweet and savory food trucks will be on-site and a screening of A Dog’s Journey will be projected at the Oyster Creek amphitheater. 6pm.
  • Paint Your Pet Night at Eureka Heights Brew Co. – Aubrie Williams of HeARTworks will lead the way in a beer-fueled Paint Your Pet Night at Eureka Heights. Send in a photo of your pet and you’ll arrive to a pre-sketched color-by-number style canvas to fill in as you sip your favorite suds. $55, includes an 11″x 14″ wrapped canvas, personalized paint palette, all the materials you’ll need to create your masterpiece, and your first brew on-the-house. 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • Dan Cummins at the Secret Group – After a pandemic delay to his 2020 Toxic Thoughts tour, the popular comedian and podcast host of Timesuck takes to the EaDo stage for 2 performances. $27 in advance, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm and 9pm.
  • Brewery Bingo at 4J Brewing Company – Show up and show out while playing a few socially distanced rounds of bingo where you can win beer and cash prizes at 4J Brewing Company in West Houston. $5 for a bingo card to play. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Latin Beats at Downtown Aquarium | No Cover – Learn from the pros when Texas Salsa Congress shows you the 1-2-3s of Salsa music at the Downtown Aquarium. No cover, but food and drinks are on you. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Adrian Michael in Concert at Vintage Park | FREE – Relive the magic of singing competition while watching a live performance from singer-songwriter and American Idol contestant, Adrian Michael, when he takes to the stage at Vintage Park. 8pm to 9pm.
  • Family Movie Night featuring The Sandlot at CityPlace | FREE – Hang out with the kids of The Sandlot for a family-friendly movie screening at CityPlace in Spring. Pick up some snacks at adjacent dining spots, lay down a blanket, and enjoy the show. Free to attend, RSVP encouraged. 8pm.
  • Dianne Reeves in Concert at Wortham Theater Center – Witness Grammy award–winning jazz when DaCamera presents a concert from vocalist, Dianne Reeves, at the Brown Theater at Wortham Center. $42.50. 8pm.
  • Indian Performing Arts Samskriti presents Incredible India: Bhoomi at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – See climate change through the lens of Indian philosophical thought when Miller Outdoor Theatre and Indian Performing Arts Samskriti present Incredible India – Bhoomi under the stars at Hermann Park. A livestream of the performance will be available on Miller Outdoor’s YouTube channel. Limited, free tickets for the covered seating are available online, two days before the event. Seating on the hill is open to the public. 8:30pm.
  • Classic Numbers at Numbers Nightclub – Travel back to the ’80s with hits from the Smiths, the Cure, Blondie, and more every Friday night at the always-eclectic Numbers Nightclub in Montrose. Cover charge at the door. 9pm.
  • Chromatica Rave at Warehouse Live – Tiptoe on the “Edge of Glory” while dancing to songs like “Rain on Me” and “Stupid Love” at the Lady Gaga-themed dance night, Chromatica Rave, at Warehouse Live in EaDo. $12 to $15. 9:30pm.
  • Dr. Fresch at Stereo Live | FREE – Dance your evening away to the music of artist Dr. Fresch, when he takes to the stage at Stereo Live nightclub. Free with RSVP; $7 for express entry. 10pm.

Things to Do on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22, 2021.

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