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Things To Do This Weekend in Houston: July 15-18, 2021

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Find the perfect things to do in H-Town with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, July 15 through Sunday, July 18, 2021.

This weekend, don your best superhero costume for two days of comic book and pop culture celebrations in Downtown, fall out of your chair laughing to stand-up comedy from a raunchy television host, learn how to make tamales like a pro at a fun-filled cooking class, catch an outdoor movie screening of one of the many classic films playing around town, and much more.

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Things to Do All Weekend

  • Stages presents Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill | Thursday to Saturday | Virtual Option – Billie Holiday is at the end of her career, performing at a Philadelphia dive bar and sharing stories about her iconic life. This knock-out Tony winner includes more than a dozen Billie Holiday hits like “Crazy He Calls Me,” “Easy Living, ” and “Strange Fruit.” Livestream is available via Overture+. $25. Times vary.
  • Comedian Nicole Byer at Houston Improv | Friday to Sunday – Welcome the raunchy and hilarious actress and comedian, Nicole Byer, known as host of Netflix’s baking show Nailed It and her podcast, Why Won’t You Date Me, when she stops through the Houston Improv for five shows. $50 for two people; $100 for four people; $150 for six. Showtimes vary.
  • ComedySportz Family-Friendly Improv Show at Preston Theater | Friday & Saturday – Laugh out loud with the family when ComedySportz Houston presents their fast-paced improv comedy show that’s suitable for the whole family, now performing at Preston Theater in EaDo. Two teams will battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games, and songs on the spot with audience participation. $20, but limited discounted $10 tickets are available for all shows. 8pm both evenings.
  • Music Box Theater presents 10 Year Anniversary Show | Friday & Saturday – Celebrating both the re-opening of its cozy Colquitt Street home and its 10th anniversary, this cabaret features a musical tribute to favorite songs and funny moments from the last decade. Seating is limited to 60% capacity. $35; $48 for reserved seating. Performances at 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays; 2pm on select Sundays.
  • 13th Annual Juried Exhibition at Archway Gallery | Daily | FREE – Explore prize-winning works and original creations from area artists at one of Houston’s best-known artist-owned spaces at Archway Gallery in this juried exhibition judged by artist, Wayne Gilbert. The exhibition will be on display through Thursday, August 4, 2021. Times vary.
  • Comicpalooza 2021 at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday & Sunday  Get decked out in your favorite hero costume and head Downtown for a weekend of cosplay, autographs, and all-things-comics. Enjoy family-friendly activities, listen in on live panel discussions, shop from local creators, browse pop culture memorabilia, and much more. One-day adult passes are $61 for Saturday; $54 for Sunday. Children’s passes are $5 and good for the whole weekend (ages 12 and under). Times vary.
  • Break Free Day Market at Pasadena Convention Center | Saturday & Sunday | No Cover – Shop small during a two-day market featuring local art, vintage items, food vendors, and more when Shop Local hosts the Break Free Day Market at the Pasadena Convention Center. 11am to 6pm both days.
  • The Freedom Walk Challenge in Galveston | Daily | FREE – Explore five historic locations in Downtown Galveston, including the Juneteenth Marker and Site of Union Headquarters, the 1859 Ashton Villa, and more, that trace the history of Juneteenth and emancipation on the island through the Freedom Walk Challenge on the Visit Galveston mobile app. After guests have checked in at all five locations, stop by the Visitor Information Center on Mechanic Street to pick up a special souvenir prize. The Freedom Walk Challenge and app download are available for free, daily throughout summer 2021.
  • Welcome Aboard Exhibit at Lone Star Flight Museum | Daily – Take flight for Lone Star Flight Museum’s latest exhibit, Welcome Aboard, which highlights the colorful history of commercial flight with vintage aircraft, early industry inflight amenities and more. $15; $13 for ages 12 to 17 and 65+; $10 for ages 3 to 11; free for ages 2 and under and for museum members. Times vary.
  • 5 Must Do Things in the East End | Daily – Check out this bustling historic neighborhood boasting a bevy of restaurants, markets, parks and more with our hit list of five East End must-dos. Times, prices and locations vary.
  • 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.
  • More 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, July 15, 2021

  • Kids are Key to Tree ID at Mercer Botanic Gardens | Thursday, July 15 | FREE – Recommended for ages 9 to 12, this program at Mercer Botanic Gardens near Spring helps kids learn how to identify the most common trees and understand all the good things they provide for us. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Free with registration. 9am to 10am.
  • Miller Virtual Series: Express Children’s Theatre presents Rhyme & Reason | FREE | Virtual – Learn about Black history from ancient Africa to today with this virtual program that features music, dance, and poetry from Houston Poet Laureate emeritus, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, and members of her slam poetry team. Houston Ballet’s Lauren Anderson, one of the world’s first African American prima ballerinas, will also make a special appearance. The program can be watched via livestream on Miller’s websiteYouTube Channel, and Facebook page. 10am.
  • Steak & Pint Night at Lucky’s Pub West | No Cover – Get your fill of delicious steaks when Lucky’s Pub West hosts its Steak & Pint night with an option of steak and fries for lunch or ribeye and 2 sides for dinner. Drink specials include $5 wine as well as $3 and $4 Houston drafts all night. Food and drink prices vary. 11am to 11pm.
  • 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.
  • Distillery After Dark at William Price Distilling | No Cover – See the distillery in Greater Oaks/Oak Forest turn into a dance party at this monthly summertime event featuring live DJs, a craft cocktail menu, and a food truck. Ages 21+ only. 6pm.
  • Opening Reception of Vladimir Frumin: The Magnificent Illusion at Russian Cultural Center | FREE – Sip on tasty wine and get a chance to meet the photographer who’s work will be on display in this exhibition that examines connections with people from all walks of life. There will be complimentary wine during the opening. 6:30pm.
  • Demo & Dine: Meatless & Mole at Central Market Cooking School – Throw on your chef’s hat and learn how to make a traditional mole served over roasted seasonal squash, plus a colorful salad, a dessert, and more at Central Market. $40 per person. 6:30pm.
  • Brewery Bingo at Eureka Heights Brew Co. | No Cover – Throw back a pint while enjoying six rounds of bingo and sipping on tasty local suds at Eureka Heights Brew Co. in the Heights. 7pm to 8:30pm.
  • Opening of Cauleen Smith: We Already Have What We Need at CAMH | FREE – Contemporary Arts Museum Houston hosts the opening reception of its latest exhibition, We Already Have What We Need, which features work by the acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist, Cauleen Smith, that weaves together themes of historical erasure, and loss from one’s native culture. 7pm to 9pm.
  • 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.
  • Ashlynne Grey in Concert at the Rustic Downtown | No Cover – Welcome Kansas country recording artist, Ashlynne Grey, to the stage for a set filled with twangy hits when the Rustic Downtown plays host to the songwriter on their outdoor patio stage. Food and drinks are on you. 8:30pm to 10pm.
  • Trolls World Tour Movie Screening at Kings Harbor | FREE – Bring the kiddos, your blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy a family-friendly outdoor screening of the 2020 animated movie, Trolls World Tour, at Kings Harbor in Kingwood. 8:30pm.
  • Tyler McCollum in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Tap your toes to the Americana musings of singer-songwriter, Tyler McCollum, when he takes to the stage at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck for a late show in Upper Kirby. $30 to $240. 9:30pm.
  • Karaoke Every Thursday at the Secret Group | No Cover – Show off your singing skills by performing whatever your heart desires when the Secret Group hosts its Thursday karaoke night. Drink specials all night. 10pm.

Friday, July 16, 2021

  • Jurassic Park Movie Screening at CityPlace | FREE – Step into a prehistoric world when you bring the family out to CityPlace in Spring for an outdoor screening of the 1993 timeless Spielberg movie, Jurassic Park, about a real life world of dinosaurs gone wrong when a theme park experiences a power outage. Free with RSVP. 8am.
  • Date Night Cooking Class at Brennan’s – Executive chef Matt Staph will lead an interactive dine-in, in-room cooking demonstration in this special Date Night Cooking Class in Midtown. $150 per couple and seating will be communal. 6:30pm.
  • WWE Friday Night Smackdown at Toyota Center – Rey Mysterio, Roman Reigns, Sasha Banks, and other Smackdown superstars return to Houston in a Friday Night event televised live on Fox. $20 to $120, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 6:45pm.
  • Big Smile in Concert at the Secret Group – Nod your head to Ohio-based rock band, Big Smile, when they headline a show in EaDo at the Secret Group, with special guests Halfway Atlantic. Local support openers include Help! I’m Alive, Blake Brake, and Mariana Frias. $10 in advance; $13 at the door. 7pm.
  • Big Trouble In Little China Movie Screening at Eureka Heights Brew Co. | No Cover – Experience John Carpenter’s 1986 fantasy– martial arts classic, Big Trouble in Little China, starring Kurt Russell, while celebrating the 35th anniversary of the timeless film with trivia and raffles. 7pm.
  • Band on the Run in Concert at the Continental Club | No Cover – Rock out to songs by the Beatles, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon at an energetic in-person set when the Continental Club in Mid-Main hosts tribute act, Band on the Run, for a rock ‘n’ roll concert. $10. 7pm.
  • Banda MS at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Mexican Banda from Mazatlán smashed through the Billboard charts five years ago, racking up awards for their 2016 release, Qué Bendición, and now find their way back to the stage for a night to celebrate their deep catalog of hits. $39.50 to $299.50, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • Paul Thorn in Concert at the Heights Theater – Get your Southern rock fix while listening to the catchy tunes of beloved blues singer-songwriter, Paul Thorn, when he takes to the stage for a live concert at the Heights Theater. $26. 8pm.
  • The Gentlemen of Hip Hop at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE | Virtual Option – Watch incredible dancing under the stars when Fly Dance Company brings their unique fusion of theatrical hip-hop, street dance, and classical music to the stage at Miller Outdoor. A livestream of the performance can be viewed on Miller Outdoor’s YouTube channel. Covered seating requires a free ticket that can be reserved online. Seating on the hill is free and does not require a ticket. 8:30pm.
  • Gary Morris in Concert at Dosey Doe: the Big Barn – Head to the Woodlands to kick off your Friday with the country music stylings of singer-songwriter Gary Morris when he performs live at Dosey Doe: the Big Barn. $78. 8:30pm.
  • 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.
  • Friday Night Karaoke at Lucky’s Pub West | No Cover – Sing your heart out as Lucky’s Pub West hosts a Friday Night Karaoke event with drink specials that include $3 White Claws, half-priced select beers, and a shot of the day. 9pm.
  • The Steel Woods in Concert at Goode Company Armadillo Palace – Two-step to the Southern sound of Nashville-based country music band, the Steel Wood, when they perform live at Goode Company Armadillo Palace in Upper Kirby. $15 in advance; $18 at the door. 10pm.

Things to Do on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18, 2021.

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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn’t recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.

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