April 14 - 18
Since it was founded by restaurateur Chris Shepherd, The Southern Smoke Foundation has raised more than $1.3 million for food and beverage industry professionals in crisis and charities like the MS Society. This year, the annual Southern Smoke Spring fundraiser brings the same heat and passion as usual, via a series of dinners and steak nights throughout the city, culminating in a Finale Dinner with James Beard Award winner Jamie Bissonnette at One Fifth Mediterranean.
Cost: Ticket from $200 per person
Old school meets new school and East meets Central meets Southeast Texas-style barbecue at this annual smokeout and festival, held at the Humble Civic Center Arena Complex. This year’s badass lineup of pitmasters includes top spots like Ray's BBQ Shack, Blood Bros BBQ, Gatlin's, CorkScrew BBQ, Killen's Barbecue, Harlem Road Texas BBQ, Feges BBQ, Tejas Chocolate & BBQ, and two of Central Texas' most famous ‘q purveyors, Louie Mueller Barbecue and Southside Market & BBQ. Come hungry, from 1pm to 4pm.
Cost: Tickets (limited) include unlimited sampling and are $60 for general admission ($50 for early birds), and $120 for VIP.
As iconic heavy metal band Led Zeppelin celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Houston Symphony will pay tribute by covering a set list of all their most beloved hits. The show will be amplified by a full rock band, with the evening going down at Jones Hall beginning at 7:30pm.
Cost: Tickets start at $25
Bring your blankets and boxes o’ wine to Miller Outdoor Theatre for a free outdoor screening of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. As always, seating on the hill is open, with ticketed (but still free) seating available by reservation at the box office. 8:15pm.
Houston’s biggest dog party brings everything pup-centric to Market Square Park. Expect 50+ dog industry vendors, businesses and creatives, plus plenty of dogs for your four-legged pal to play with. 10am to 2pm.
Discovery Green will be the backdrop for this one-day festival, showing off the rich cultural tapestry, sounds of music and gourmet food of the world. 10:30am to 5pm.
Cost: Free and open to the public
The hilarious Chelsea Handler takes over Revention Music Center for a sit-down comedy show at 8pm. Every ticket comes with a copy of Handler’s new book, Life Will Be the Death of Me.
Cost: Tickets start at $68.25