As a resident of Houston, ya’ll know that people like to complain saying, “There’s nothing cool to do.” Well kids, this is not one of those times. This is one of those rare weekends in Houston where there isn’t a special holiday, but there is still simply TOO MUCH going on in the city. That’s a good thing though! There’s something for everyone: festivals, concerts, dance parties, fundraisers, art shows, etc, etc…Times like this I wish I had a clone so I could attend everything.
Since I know you’ll be at the AudioCampus Launch Party tonight, here are some other awesome things to do in Houston on Saturday and Sunday!
UPDATE: UNTAPPED FESTIVAL HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO OCTOBER 11TH
Where: Discovery Green Park (1500 McKinney St.)
Saturday, September 20th, Saturday, October 11th from 2:30 pm-10 pm
Admission: Tickets start at $30. Purchase here.
200 + Beers from 65+ breweries, food vendors and a lineup of your favorite indie bands, all in one cool little park in downtown Houston. Untapped Festival has returned for a second time to Discovery Green with a plethora of craft beers to wet your whistle while you rock out to big names like The Toadies, Robert Ellis or locals favorites like The Suffers or BLSHS. Although they boast having over 200 types of beers to sample, the festival organizers value quality over quantity so only craft and import breweries are allow. There will be a designated lawn chair area if you wanna bring one and yes, dogs are allowed since it’s at Discovery Green. Tickets range from $30 for general admission to the $64 VIP package which includes beer samples, keepsake Untapped cup, early entry, access to rare tappings, merch discounts and in & out privileges. Sounds like a pretty chill festival to me. Keep the fun going at the free Official Untapped Houston After Party Karaoke Showdown at MKT Bar (1001 Austin St) hosted by Kam Franklin of The Suffers and Robert Ellis.
Where: Last Concert Cafe (1403 Nance St.)
When: Saturday, September 20th, from 2 – 11 pm
Admission: Tickets start at $30. Purchase here.
If you love to be surrounded by beautiful people and happy vibes, this is the festival for you. Praia Urbana, meaning urban beach in Portuguese, is a local festival/block party in downtown Houston which has been named one of URB Magazine’s top 10 parties of the summer. The festival combines underground electronic music, live drums, and art all together in a beach style, yet urban outdoor location. This edition will be featuring music from Pirupa, Gonzalo Menoyo, Ape Drums and Alex Sibley. Go before it gets too cold to don a bikini and flower crown!
Where: Stafford Centre (10505 Cash Rd, Stafford, Texas 77477)
When: September 20th, 11 am – 6 pm. and September 21st, 12 pm to 5 pm.
Admission: $10 for adults, FREE for kids 12 & under.
The weather may be getting cooler in Houston but they’re keeping it burning hot at the Houston Hot Sauce Festival! At this fun event, you’ll get access to 100’s of award winning products around the U.S from the mild to the wild. Get a taste of various hot sauces, salsas, dips, seasonings, marinades, jams, jellies, snacks and more. In addition to a variety of vendors, you’ll get to enjoy live music, fire juggling, children’s booths, free face painting and food concession stands with cold drinks and your favorite festivals eats. Fans of Guns N’ Roses, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal will be at CaJohn’s booth with his award winning hot sauces so don’t miss out on your chance to meet him! I attended the Hot Sauce Festival a few years ago and had such a fun time sampling everything and watching people react to their super hot sauces! One of the best (and inexpensive) festivals in Houston in my opinion!
Where: TC Jester Park (4201 W TC Jester Blvd.)
When: Saturday, September 20th, from 7 am-12 pm
Admission: $30 registration fee for adults, $20 for kids 12 & under. Register here.
Dog lovers, this one is for you and for your fur baby. Partake in this leisurely fundraising dog walk and fun run with your dog and then enjoy a doggie-themed festival afterwards that includes contests, grooming tents, Paw & Pals custom keepsakes, photobooths and Ask-a-Vet or Ask-a-Trainer booths to answer your pet related questions. There will also be fun for humans including live entertainment, vendors and food. Kids can enjoy a yoga session with Earth Kids Yoga and be sure to visit the Best Friends Save Them All tent to learn about the largest no-kill animal sanctuary and win prizes! Whether you register as an individual walker or join a team, all proceeds will be going towards helping homeless pets from local animal welfare groups Best Friends’ local No More Homeless Pets Network partners and for Best Friends Animal Society’s Save Them All. If you can’t make it to the event, help them reach their goal of $225,000 by donating here.
Time to get cultured! The fourth edition of the Houston Fine Art Fair (HFAF) will be happening this weekend at NRG Center (formerly Reliant). HFAF aspires to reflect Houston’s sophisticated and diverse collecting practices, where art enthusiasts will encounter an international cross-section of works in all media-from past to present. This art fair will feature modern and contemporary masters, mid-career and emerging artists from around the world. Go peruse galleries of paintings and view memorable on-site installations, special projects, and sit in on panel discussions designed for both novice and experienced collectors. The Bees went yesterday for the opening night preview and had a great time looking at all the beautiful galleries. I highly encourage you to early to try and see it all.
Where: El Rincon Social (3210 Preston )
When: Saturday September 20th, 8pm – 1am
A mural unveiling! Open art studios! What a wonderful selfie opportunity! No, but seriously, go support Darwin Arevalo and his large scale painting that he worked really hard on. Also, you’ll get to take a peek at some other cool art by other local artists while you sip beer from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company. Come hungry because Houston’s beloved after hours BBQ man, Mr. OMG Boogie’s BBQ, will be there serving up good eats and I heard there will be sno cones as well! Come early too because there will be gift bags to the first 50 peeps.
Transported + Renewed Buffalo Bayou Silos Series: “Silos 1: Houstonality & FutureMind”
Where: Houston Makerspace (100 Hutcheson St.)
When: Saturday September 20th, 7:30pm – 10:30PM
This is gonna be beautiful! The rain won’t stop this show. Previously planned to be at the Buffalo Sayou Silos, the show will now be held at Houston Makerspace but I’m sure it’s still going to be an awesome event. Visual artist Pablo Gimenez Zapiola with sound artist Carlos Pozo will weave together language, video and photography to produce a visual art environment on the Buffalo Bayou Silos as part of the 3 month long”Transported + Renewed” art series. Performance spectacles by FrenetiCore Dance, Cirque La Vie, MDSO Flow Arts and Punk Rock Hoops and live music will be presented by our friends over at Lunaface Promotions with Yello Echo. Sip on drinks from East End’s own Voodoo Queen and munch on the something from Ladybird Food Truck.
WHEW! That’s a lot of choose from. I definitely will be having a hard time picking out which ones I’ll be attending. Readers, will I be seeing you at any of the events?