Issues To Do This Weekend in Houston: August 26-29, 2021

Heights House Hotel, which hosts COMMUNE Preview events this week | Courtesy of Heights House Hotel

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, August 26 through Sunday, August 29, 2021.

This weekend, sports legends arrive for autographs and photos, dinner pop-up events hit the Heights, a neon blacklight art show opens up for the weekend, James Harden returns to H-Town, and much more.

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Things to Do All Weekend

  • Third Ward Special at Community Artists’ Collective | Thursday to Saturday | FREE – Take a tour of Houston’s iconic Third Ward neighborhood through the lens of 6 local artists and photographers with deep roots in the area. Featured artists include Marc Furi, Flash Gordon Parks, Rabéa Ballin, Risky Cereal, Brian Ellison, and Derrell Boson. This exhibit will be on display through Saturday, September 25, 2021. Noon to 5pm.
  • Indie Chefs Collaboration Dinner at Heights House Hotel | Thursday, Friday & Sunday – With plans for its two-week, 200+ chef COMMUNE Food Festival pushed to March 2022, this preview weekend offers a chance to enjoy 12-course meals from world reknown chefs ahead of the big show next year. Tickets are $225 per person. 6:30pm each night.
  • 2021 Autograph Show of Texas at Pasadena Fair Grounds Campbell Center | Friday to Sunday – Bring some of your favorite memorabilia for autographs and snap a photo with huge figures in the sports world including Mike Tyson, Rudy Tomjanovich, WWE’s Kane, Dennis Rodman, Julio Cesar Chavez, Andre Johnson, Ric Flair, and much more. Admission is $10; free for ages under 12. Autographs and photos are separate costs per guest. Times vary.
  • Art Park Players present Women of a Certain Age: The Musical in Deer Park | Friday to Sunday – Experience the final evenings of 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.
  • Galveston Island eSports Summit at Galveston Island Convention Center | Friday to Sunday – Immerse yourself in a weekend of competitive gaming filled with cosplayers, panels, eSports celebrities, virtual reality experiences, gaming stations, and an exhibit hall filled with gaming publishers and developers, local crafts and artisans, and much more. Day passes start at $40 and vary by day; weekend passes are $135. Friday 10am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm.
  • FreshArts & Intersection Arts presents The Women Have Something to Say at MATCH | Friday to Sunday | Virtual Option – Told through a series of monologues and songs, this powerful production explores the stories of women musicians finding their voices. These interwoven pieces showcase the creativity, resilience and solidarity of individual women as they discover they have something to say. Please note this show contains adult themes and language. Tickets are $25; $10 for the virtual livestream of Friday’s performance. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 2pm.
  • Texas-Louisiana Zydeco Fest at BH Ranch | Saturday & Sunday – This two-day festival brings a stacked line up of Zydeco masters that will get you finding the Creole groove. The event features 9 Zydeco bands across 2 days, plus food trucks, vendors, and a kids area. Tickets are $40 for a 2-day pass; $30 for a single-day pass at the gate. $5 for kids. Saturday 2pm; Sunday 3pm.
  • Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical at MATCH | Daily – The Houston premiere of this intimate musical pays tribute to the talent and personality of Rosemary Clooney as she rose to Hollywood stardom in the 1950s. Many of her songs are included throughout, such as “Hey There (You with the Stars in your Eyes),” “Tenderly,” and “Come On-A My House.” Tickets are $30. Times vary.
  • 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 26, 2021

  • 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.
  • Candlelight Ballet: Songs from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker & More at Sanman Studios – The Listeso String Quartet joins with ballerinas from Ad Deum Dance Company for an evening of intimate performance by flickering candlelight, featuring songs from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and others. Tickets are $55. 6:30pm.
  • Showgirl Bingo at Warehouse Live | FREE – Daub up for a night of Showgirl Bingo, a burlesque-themed game night, with hosts Kitty Corvair and featuring Gia Vaughna and Bambi La Bamba. 7pm.
  • 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.
  • Salsa & Bachata After Work at Sambuca Downtown – Clock out and head over to Sambuca for a night of salsa and bachata to the sounds of Orquesta Salmerum. Instructors will be on hand for classes that help you learn the steps. Classes are available for singles ($10 for one class; $15 for two) and couples ($15 for one class; $20 for two). 7:30pm.
  • Toy Story Movie Screening on the Lawn at the Woodlands Mall | FREE – Join up with Buzz and Woody for a classic animated adventure in Disney’s Toy Story, showing outdoors as part of the Movies on the Lawn series at the Woodlands Mall. Blankets and chairs are encouraged. 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.
  • Comedian Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh at the Secret Group – Fresh off an appearance in 2021’s America’s Got Talent, the touring funnyman hits the stage in EaDo for a night of laugh-out-loud hysterics. Tickets are $12; $15 at the door. 8pm.
  • Hannah Berner at Houston Improv – After bursting onto the comedy scene through social media, Hannah Berner went on to feature for multiple seasons in Bravo’s Chat Room and Summer House. Now, she hits the road to deliver her comic chops at the Improv stage. Tickets are sold by the table and range from $40 for 2 people to $120 for 6 people. Preferred tables that are closer to the stage range from $60 for 2 to $180 for 6. 8pm.
  • 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.
  • Texas Hill in Concert at Dosey Doe: the Big Barn – Blending gospel sounds, rootsy rasps, and blue-eyed soul, this trio finds their way to the stage in the Woodlands for an evening of toe-tapping tunes. Tickets range from $68 to $108 and includes a three course meal. 8:30pm.
  • Late Night Pop-Up: Lucky Danger with Tim Ma and Andrew Chiou at Heights House Hotel – As part of the COMMUNE food festival preview, Chefs Tim Ma and Andrew Chiou bring their spin on Americanized versions of classic Chinese dishes by using more traditional ingredients and techniques. Tickets are $40, which covers the first $40 of food or beverages, and are good for ticket holder and a guest. Additional costs will be payable by credit card. 9pm to midnight.

Friday, August 27, 2021

  • Summer Backyard BBQ at Pinstripes – Bocce, bowling, beer, and bbq are on the docket for Pinstripes’ last Summer Backyard BBQ of the season. Guests can enjoy a grilled feast of pesto chicken, bbq ribs, mini cheeseburgers, parmesan chips, mac & cheese, Brussels sprouts garden salad, watermelon, and cookies and brownies, plus brews from 8th Wonder. Tickets are $40 per person and sales will end the day before the event at 6pm. Doors open at 5pm. 
  • Summer Concert Series: John Egan at William Price Distilling Co. | FREE – The Garden Oaks/Oak Forest distillery opens its doors for another round of the Summer Concert Series, this time welcoming singer-songwriter John Egan to the stage. 5pm.
  • 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 Doolittle will be projected at the Oyster Creek amphitheater. 6pm.
  • Baggin’ & Braggin’ Cornhole Tournament at Southern Star Brewery – Battle it out with other teams to reign supreme at this cornhole tournament in Conroe. Payout is awarded to the top 2 teams. $20 per team. Registration begins at 6pm; tournament starts at 7pm.
  • Downtown Neighbors’ Hangout, with Swimwear Department and Henry Invisible at Discovery Green | FREE – The Downtown centerpiece park space hosts a neighborly hangout with beer from Saint Arnold Brewing Company and live music from Swimwear Department and Henry Invisible. 6:30pm.
  • 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.
  • Near Dark 2: Black Light Art Show at Hardy & Nance Studios | FREE – Presented by Insomnia Gallery, this show features work from local artists that are black light sensitive, bringing out neon colors and pops of highlights in a darkened room. Food trucks will be on hand and Eureka Heights Brew Co will provide free beer alongside seasonal cocktails. 7pm to 11pm.
  • Town Square Tribute: Van Halen at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Relive the 80s with a tribute to hair metal masters, Van Halen, featuring some of their greatest hits and deep cuts. 7:30pm.
  • The Fab 5: The Beatles Tribute in Concert at House of Blues | No Cover – Sing along to the greatest hits of the Beatles when this Texas-based tribute band takes the stage at the House of Blues Restaurant & Bar. No cover, but food and drinks are on you. 8pm.
  • Rod Wave at Bayou Music Center – After the March 2021 release of his Billboard No. 1 album, SoulFly, Rod Wave heads out on tour in what is one of the most anticipated shows of the month. Tickets range from $43 to more than $200, but you may find better or cheaper tickets using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • Land Mark Land Scape Short Film Screenings at Menil Collection | FREE – In conjunction with the Menil Drawing Institute’s latest exhibition, Dream Monuments: Drawings in the 1960s and 1970s, this screening of short films from the same era delves into the artists associated with the Earthworks movement and whose work engages with themes of landscape, monumentality, and the politics of land use. 8pm.
  • Washed Out (DJ set) at Axelrad | No Cover – The Atlanta-based indie producer swings by the outdoor stage at Axelrad in Midtown to play a chill-worthy set. 8pm.
  • 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.
  • David Penn in Concert at Bauhaus – The Spanish House DJ, recently ranked as one the Top Artists of 2020 by Traxsource, arrives at the Downtown Houston venue for an evening of pulse-pounding electronica. Tickets are $20. 10pm.

Things to Do on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29, 2021.

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Justin Jerkins covers sports, concerts, destinations, and breweries in Houston, while serving as Editor of 365 Things to Do in Houston.

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