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Everything Fun You Can Do in Houston This Weekend

Bill, Ted, and a whole boatload of BBQ.

Armadillo Palace
Armadillo Palace | Photo Courtesy of Armadillo Palace
Armadillo Palace | Photo Courtesy of Armadillo Palace

Houston’s year-round patio weather (outside of the hurricanes, we’re not talking about those right now) makes it a little easier to dip your toes into some IRL socializing again, which is exactly what you can do this weekend. Start by getting in an al fresco, early morning yoga sesh, then continue the relaxing vibe with a locally-crafted picnic in the park. Now that you’ve slowed your heart rate down a healthy notch, pick up the energy by two-steppin’ to live country music, sipping craft beers by the bar, and throwing bags and smashing BBQ. Not ready to step out yet? That’s cool… there’s a virtual wine class calling your name. Here’s how to make the most of this weekend in Houston.

Eat, shop, and help put a stop to AAPI hate

Sunday, April 25
East End
The crew at upcoming East End bar Night Shift has teamed up with local organizations as well as fellow bars, restaurants, and small businesses to host the inaugural "Stop the Hate" fundraiser, a chef-fueled tailgate party, cooking competition, and outdoor market that seeks to fight racism and bring some positivity to the community. Vendors like Dumpling Haus, Ninja Ramen, and Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, among others, will be serving four-ounce cocktails and food pairings with 100 % of the proceeds going to Stop AAPI Hate - CAA and OCA-Greater Houston.
Cost: Ticket packages range from $20 to $100 per person 

Ease into the weekend with sunrise yoga

Friday, April 23
Buffalo Bayou Park
Down-dogging against the sweeping Houston skyline isn’t the only way to start your weekend, but it just may be the most calming. Find your zen this Friday with a 45-minute session over by the Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park. Bring your own mat and reusable water bottle.
Cost: Admission is free but $10 donations are suggested (no cash, text ‘BAYOUYOGA’ to 41444 to make a donation to the Buffalo Bayou Partnership)

Pick a park and have a picnic

Friday, April 23
Various locations
Consider skipping the laptop lunch and getting outside for a picnic this Friday—which, conveniently, just so happens to be National Picnic Day. A bunch of local restaurants are getting in on the #HtownPicnicDay action, curating special take-out menus perfect for enjoying al fresco on a red checkered blanket, if you’re fancy like that. Snag BOH’s prosciutto di parma and fresh mozz ciabatta, Common Bond’s smoked salmon croissant, some good ol’ fried chicken and biscuits from La Lucha, or other offerings from participants like Frank’s Americana Revival, Loch Bar & Ouzo Bay, Ouisie’s Table, Picnic on the Green, Pondicheri, Postino Wine Café, Safina Mediterranean, The Blind Goat, The Grove, and Xin Chao. Proceeds from the promotion will go towards the Buffalo Bayou Partnership.
Cost: Menu prices vary

Watch a throwback cult classic under the stars

Friday, April 23
Eastex/Jensen
City Acre Brewing’s next movie night takes you back to 1988, and then back to 1805, and then the 15th century, and finally all the way up to 2688 with a free screening of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Seating opens at 6:45 pm and expect a whole bunch of food and beverage options to keep you entertained before and during the movie, which kicks off at 7:45 pm.
Cost: Admission is free; Advance reservations run $5 for a chair and $20 for a table (food and drink vouchers included) 

Pair BBQ with a round of cornhole

Saturday, April 24
Garden Oaks/Oak Forest
The inaugural HTX Old Smokey Cookoff & Cornhole Tournament will be going down at Wakefield Crowbar this Saturday. The day opens with live music at 11:30 am followed by the cornhole tourney at 2 pm and culminating with a cookoff awards ceremony at 3 pm, and the whole shebang benefits the American Legion Park Revitalization Project.
Cost: Tickets run $10 per attendee and $60 per competing cornhole team

Get your fill of all-you-can-eat crawfish

Saturday, April 24
Upper Kirby
The good times will be rolling at Goode Company Armadillo Palace this Saturday, where you’ll find live tunes and all-you-can-eat mudbugs from noon to 4 pm. Tickets get you access to the party and as much crawfish, corn, and potatoes as you can suck down. And as if you needed more incentive, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Young Professionals in Energy and its many community outreach initiatives.
Cost: Tickets run $45 per person 

Get down at Eureka’s 5th annual Hootenanny

Saturday, April 24
Heights
We may have missed the Houston Rodeo this year, but Eureka Heights Brew Co. will be getting into the cowboy spirit this Saturday at their fifth annual Hootenanny. Two-step to live music from Libby Koch and The Dealers, then smash some smoked deliciousness from Korean-Texas fusion spot Kortex. And of course, the beers will be flowing to keep you quenched throughout the event.
Cost: Admission is free; Menu prices vary

Hit the boardwalk for a craft beer fest

Saturday, April 24
Kemah
Sure, you can spend your time down in Kemah taking thrill rides on the Boardwalk Beast, but you can also spend your time sampling 70-plus craft beers from 24 local and national breweries at Kemah’s annual Craft Beer Fest. Or maybe you should do both? Wristbands get you beer samples, access to brewery giveaways, plus a bratwurst. What could go wrong?
Cost: Tickets run $44.95 per person in advance ($49.95 at the door)

Find your new favorite wine at a virtual tasting

Saturday, April 24
Virtual
Agricole Hospitality will be showcasing the generational wines of Marchesi Antinori, an Italian wine company with roots all the way back to 1385. Set up your Zoom and sip through six four-ounce pours with the team while pairing your vino with Revival Market snacks. The program begins at 4 pm and tasting kits can be picked up at Revival Market earlier that day.
Cost: Tickets run $65 per tasting kit

Crush craft beers while shopping local

Sunday, April 25
Midtown
Local creatives will be showing off their wares at a pop-up market over at Axelrad Beer Garden this Sunday. Shop ‘til you proverbially drop all afternoon, then wind down with some Boombox Tacos or a slice from next-door pizza joint Luigi’s plus craft brews and cocktails and, if you’re lucky, a sweet hammock to enjoy it all in.
Cost: Free admission; Menu and item prices vary

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Brooke Viggiano is a Houston-based writer who suddenly has a ton of weekend plans. Follow her journeys on IG @brookiefafa or on Twitter @brookeviggiano.
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