Events

Everything You Need to Do in Houston This Weekend

Updated On 08/09/2018 at 03:54PM EST Updated On 08/09/2018 at 03:54PM EST
Friday - Sunday
Aug 17-19
Museum District
The Asia Society Texas Center will host Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery all weekend long, as they meticulously place millions of grains of sand during this mystical multi-day ritual. The sand is meant to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants. Seating is not guaranteed at high-traffic times. Viewing hours are Friday and Saturday 10am to 6pm; and Sunday 10am to 3pm.
Cost: Events are offered free to the public, except for Saturday's Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing performances, which are ticketed ($15 members, $25 for non-members)
Kings Biergarten & Restaurant
Kings Biergarten & Restaurant
Friday - Sunday
Aug 17-19
Heights (& Pearland)
German brat and stein enthusiasts King’s BierHaus (Heights) and King’s Biergarten (Pearland) are celebrating August the only way they know how: by offering up all-you-can-eat weenies for their month-long Wurstfest. All you need to do is show up, pick your brats and wursts, and pay your bill. You’ll start with three sausages of your choice, from traditional “scharfe kase wurst” (hot cheese sausage) and German pork bratwurst to plant-based options and exotic varieties filled with elk, wild boar and rattlesnake. Finish those three and select three more, then rinse with a bier and repeat until you can no longer feel your face.
Cost: $9.95 for traditional or $12.95 for a mix of exotic, traditional and vegan
Friday - Sunday
Aug 17-19
All over Houston
The 2018 Houston Restaurant Weeks is still going strong, offering prixe fixe meals for a cause now through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. The annual, citywide charitable effort has raised over $10 million for the Houston Food Bank since its inception in 2003. This year is set to be another great one, with 250+ restaurants participating. And since you probably want to spend your weekend eating instead of working through each menu on the list, we’ve narrowed it down to this year’s best meals and deals for you.
Cost: Dinner menus will run $35 to $45, with lunch and brunch for $20
Friday
Aug 17
Downtown
Set amongst the live oaks in the beautiful Discovery Green, The Grove is opening up its private treehouse deck for a summer happy hour. Beat the heat with $3 select beers, $6 cocktails, and $5 rosé, then dig into bar bites like shrimp corn dogs, beet hummus, and truffle fries. Happy Hour series runs from 4 to 7pm. If you can’t make happy hour Friday, check out The Grove’s Sunder Supper on we bet you’ll never guess which day.
Cost: A la carte
Friday
Aug 17
Galleria
Beaver’s West is hosting a lavish dinner party paired with 8th Wonder beers. Start with Hopston and a stacked mezze platter; sip Haterade with shrimp, oyster and redfish campechana; get down with a Boss Beer and lamb barbacoa street taco; enjoy a Procrastinator alongside spicy and smoky oxtail fried rice; and finish with a Vietnamese coffee-infused Rocket Fuel and Beaver Balls brownie milkshake. Dinner runs from 6:30 to 9:30pm.
Cost: Tickets are $59+
The Houston Food Fest
The Houston Food Fest
Saturday
Aug 18
Downtown
Bao, pizza-in-cone, and ice cream tacos are ALL on the menu at this Hermann Square Park food festival. Over 70 vendors are expected, including local favorites like Waffle Bus, Yo Yo Hot Dogs, Snow Topi, Burger Joint and Foreign Policy -- all alongside a lineup of live bands. The fest runs from noon to 10pm.
Cost: Early bird general admission tickets are $5, with $25 VIP Patio passes available
Saturday
Aug 18
Saint Arnold’s famous pub crawl is taking over the North Heights once again. Pick up your punch card at Wicklow Heights between 5 and 6pm. Next, drink Saint A brews and hop between Cedar Creek Bar & Grill, Bungalow Heights, Hubcap Grill and The Boot until 9pm, when you’ll make your way to the final stop, McIntyre’s. Those who complete the crawl will earn a sweet pint glass, but those who don’t can still enjoy the after-party.
Cost: Free to attend, bring $ for booze
Saturday
Aug 18
Downtown
Head to Discovery Green for Flea By Night, the monthly flea market where you’ll discover offbeat finds, kitsch and vintage items, mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed goods, and rare crafts by local artisans and designers. The market runs from 6 to 10pm.
Cost: The event is free to attend and open to the public
Sunday
Aug 19
Downtown
Help Flying Saucer celebrate 18 years in Downtown Houston with an ‘80s-themed birthday bash. Some of the fun lined up? Free ‘80s karaoke; donut and beer pairings from Houston's finest including Hugs & Donuts, Morningstar and Shipley Do-Nuts; prizes for best costume; and an epic tap list featuring Jester King Brewery, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, B-52 Brewing The Bruery, Real Ale Brewing Company and a whole lot more. 11am to 9pm.
Cost: Free to attend, with a la carte purchases
Beta theater
Beta theater
Sunday
Aug 19
Midtown
If you’ve been meaning to try your hand at improv but have been putting it off for, oh, just your entire life, now’s your chance to whet your whistle. BETA Theater is offering an 8-week Level 1 Improv crash course, starting this Sunday and running on Sundays from 5 to 8pm at Milk + Honey Vintage. The classes cover the foundations of scenic improvisation, and students will practice supporting each other with agreement, building creatively by listening for patterns, and making choices on stage with confidence. It all ends with a recital at week eight. Break a leg!
Cost: Tuition is $200
Sunday
Aug 19
Montrose
Camerata GM Chris Poldoian is running the Berlin Marathon in September, and he’s raising funds and awareness for OAR: The Organization for Autism Research before the big race. His bar is getting in on the action, too, with a Riesling for Research wine tasting fundraiser. Camerata will be featuring alternative grapes of Germany, “from the ethereal Spätburgunders (Pinot Noir) from Ahr to the luscious Scheurebe of the Pfalz.” From 2 to 3pm, you’ll taste six different wines and get a charcuterie and cheese backer courtesy of the Houston Dairymaids.
Cost: Tickets are $50