Everything Fun to Do in Houston This Weekend

Get festive with holiday markets, a Christmassy ball pit for adults, and more.

Women Dancing at Houston Margarita Festival
Houston Margarita Festival | Houston Margarita Festival
Houston Margarita Festival | Houston Margarita Festival

Things are getting real festive over here in Houston, and we don’t know about you, but we love every damn second of it. This weekend, you can get spirited at a pop-up holiday market, snag awesome deals on perfect-for-the-season wines, play in a life-sized Christmas-themed ball pit for adults, and take down your weight in two Houston holiday essentials—margaritas and tamales. Here’s how to make the most of this spirited time of year:

All weekend long
Southwest Houston
There’s a new interactive Christmas themed pop-up in town, and it features over 80,000 balls. The Naughty Or Nice Ball Pit Bar will transform Vibe 713 into an adult-sized Christmas-themed ball pit, complete with holiday photo-ops, s’mores, holiday karaoke, Christmas tinctures, snacks, and other festivities. Hours are 6 pm to 2 am daily through Christmas Eve. Opening day is Friday.
Cost: Tickets are sold in two-hour time slots for $26 per adult.

Saturday, December 3
Buffalo Bayou Park
Big marg fan? Then you definitely want to hit up this bayouside Margarita Festival, taking place under the Houston skyline at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park from noon to 10 pm. The all-day fest will showcase the classic drink in 17 flavors—from jalapeno and cucumber to raspberry and peach-mango—plus fun stuff like live bands playing Latin, Salsa, ‘80s covers, R&B, and Rock.
Cost: Tickets start at $10.

Saturday, December 3
East End
Head to the heart of the historic East End, Navigation Esplanade, to eat all the tamales you can comfortably handle as the 11th annual Tamale Festival Houston takes over the streets from 11 am to 7 pm. You can expect good music, good drinks, good times, and a ton of tamales.
Cost: Tickets start at $9.99.

Sunday, December 4
Or just get both! Tenfold Coffee’s annual holiday market will feature a badass selection of local goods and vendors, along with seriously good coffee, tasty wine, and food pop-ups from some of the city’s hottest purveyors. Hit it from 10 am to 3 pm.
Cost: No cover, prices vary by vendor.

Sunday, December 4
Spring Branch
Head to Karbach Brewery for a day of brews, DJ music, and tasty Latin food. Festival goers can expect dozens of Latin food vendors, with flavors spanning the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The fest runs from 11 am to 6 pm.
Cost: Free to attend, prices vary by vendor.

People Practicing at Ascent Yoga
Ascent Yoga | Ascent Yoga

Sunday, December 4
Shady Acres
As Houston welcomes Ascent Yoga, the exercise gurus will be hosting a free stretch sesh at Eureka Heights brewery every first Sunday of the month. That means this Sunday, you can join the Ascent crew for some namaste action from noon to 1 pm, followed by some $2 off draft beers after class.
Cost: Free to attend.

Sunday, December 4
Shady Acres
13 Celsius is back with its highly-anticipated annual holiday wine sale and customer appreciation event. Guests can enjoy tastings as they shop through a massive stable of seriously good wines at wholesale prices. The fun runs from 1 pm to 6 pm.
Cost: Tickets are $13 per person.

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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.