Things To Do This Weekend in Houston – October 21-24, 2021 | 365 Houston – 365 Things to Do in Houston

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Updated Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 1: 20pm.

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, October 21 through Sunday, October 24, 2021.

This weekend, get your holiday shopping done early at a 3-day event celebrating all things holidays, bring out your little ghouls and goblins to the Zoo for plenty of Halloween fun, celebrate German and Texas culture in one fun-filled Downtown event, watch the Rockets take on Oklahoma city in an all-out battle at Toyota Center, and much more.

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Things to Do All Weekend

  • Halloween 2021 Events in Houston | Daily – Slip on your costume and head out for a night on the town at one of the 35+ parties, concerts, and celebrations happening in Houston for Halloween 2021. Times, prices and locations vary.
  • Kids & Family 2021 Halloween Events in Houston | Daily – Grab the kiddos and show off your costumes at nearly 30 sweet—and a few scary—family-friendly Halloween events taking place around Houston in 2021. Times, prices and locations vary.
  • Cristela Alonzo at Houston Improv | Thursday to Saturday – Most recently found on her Netflix stand-up special Lower Classy, Cristela Alonzo can also be heard lending her voice to Cruz Ramirez in Cars 3 and read in her 2019 memoir, Music to My Years. $50 for two to $210 for six. Times vary.
  • Hollydays Market of Rosenberg at Fort Bend County Fairgrounds | Friday to Sunday – Home for the Holidays Gift Market presents Hollydays Market of Rosenberg, featuring three full days of vendor shopping from more than 100 merchants selling hand-crafted items, festive goods, decor, photo booths, appearances by Santa, food and drink for sale, door prizes and more, across three indoor buildings at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. $6 admission, valid for re-admission on both days; there will be two special ticketed VIP events. Times vary.
  • Oktoberfest Houston at the Water Works at Buffalo Bayou | Friday & Saturday – The 9th annual Oktoberfest Houston returns to Buffalo Bayou, showcasing German and Texas culture in one fun-filled event. Guests can expect steins of beer, polka music, German eats from brats to kraut, and the Oktoberfest Olympiad Games. Single-day tickets are $25; $100 VIP. Times vary.
  • 39th Annual Galveston Oktoberfest at First Lutheran Church of Galveston | Friday & Saturday | No Cover – Back again in 2021, the Galveston Island Oktoberfest offers up special beer and wine tasting events, festive dancing, live music, children’s rides, arts and crafts, games, and delicious German food and drink. Times vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents Carmen at Wortham Center | Friday & Sunday – One of the most enduring operas of all time, Bizet’s Carmen is the story of obsessive love and a jealousy that will ultimately destroy it. $20. Times vary.
  • 2021 Oktoberfest Events & Celebrations in Houston | Friday & Saturday – Strap on your Lederhosen and toast your favorite brews at one (or more) of our picks for 2021 Oktoberfest celebrations, parties and events taking place around Houston. Times, locations and prices vary.
  • A Golden Girls Murder Mystery Dinner at Creative Learning Society | Friday & Saturday – Join Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia as they solve a murder mystery at this weekly event in Rosenberg. This interactive dinner theatre show invites the audience to complete challenges, find clues and become part of the show. $35; dinner tickets are $59. 7pm both evenings.
  • Diva Royale: Drag Queen Show at Buddy’s | Friday to Sunday – Experience incredible impersonations of household names like Madonna, Beyoncé, Dolly Parton and more, while enjoying a drag and dinner (or brunch) show in Montrose. $20. Showtimes vary.
  • Zoo Boo at the Houston Zoo | Daily – Bring the little ghouls and goblins to the Houston Zoo for some age-appropriate Halloween fun. Visit the Giant Pumpkin, ride a spooktacular Scary-Go-Round, find more than 10 different photo ops throughout the Zoo, walk the new Lantern Tunnel between the lion and tiger exhibits, and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Included with general admission; ticket prices vary based on day of the week. 9am to 5pm daily.
  • 2021 Guide to Houston-area Pumpkin Patches & Fall Festivals | Daily – The weather is cooling and pumpkins are ripe for picking at farms and patches around Houston this season. All autumn long, you can find places offering up the colorful gourds along with Fall Festival fun and family-friendly farm attractions like rides, slides and animal encounters. Days and times vary.
  • Sweat at Alley Theatre | Daily – An enduring friendship among factory workers is strained amid layoffs and picket lines, and three women find themselves pitted against each other as they struggle to meet the challenges. $41. Times vary.
  • Darwin in Malibu at Main Street Theater | Daily – This comedy about God and science finds Charles Darwin chilling on a Malibu beach, more than a hundred years after his death. His resting in peace is disrupted by the arrival of his friend Thomas Huxley and the bishop of Oxford. $36. Times vary.
  • A.D. Players presents Dear Jack, Dear Louise at the George Theater | Daily – This Houston premiere is the story of U.S. Army captain Jack Ludwig, who begins writing to aspiring actress Louise Rabiner during World War II. Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig mined his family’s history to create a heartwarming story of wartime courtship. $36. Times vary.
  • 4th Wall Theatre presents A Doll’s House Part 2 at Studio 101 | Daily – This Tony-nominated play continues where the classic A Doll’s House left off and audiences will find its commentary on gender roles, love and responsibility are just as sharp and insightful as in Ibsen’s groundbreaking original story. $17. Times 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.
  • 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, October 21, 2021

  • Mindful Mornings at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center – Engage in mindfulness during this outdoors event inspired by the “Forest Bathing” movements in South Korea and Japan, where visitors will participate in a guided meditation before being given time alone on the trails to soak in the benefits of nature. $15 for nonmembers; $10 for members. 9: 30am to 10: 30am.
  • Hess Houston Corporate Run 5K at Memorial Park – Promote wellness and team building when Houston’s “Largest Office Party” returns in person at Memorial Park featuring a fun 5K run or walk with your co-workers, an exciting outdoor happy hour with refreshments and live entertainment at the Hospitality Village, an added virtual option and more. All levels of runners and walkers are encouraged to participate on their “Company Team.” Registration ranges from $40 to $45. 4pm to 6: 30pm; the Hospitality Village is open until 7: 30pm.
  • Flow Arts at Discovery Green | FREE – Play with toys and props in an effort to decrease stress and increase physical activity and coordination when Discovery Green in Downtown hosts Flow Arts. 6pm to 7pm.
  • 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.
  • Fall Concert Series: Mango Punch at Market Street | FREE – Head to Market Street in the Woodlands to catch Houston Press‘ six-time winner of Best Latin Pop Band, Mango Punch when they take to the stage for an evening show as part of the Fall Concert Series. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Hamilton Leithauser and Kevin Morby in Concert at the Heights Theater – Tap your feet to the beat of indie singer-songwriters, Hamilton Leithauser and Kevin Morby, when they co-headline a concert at the Heights Theater with special guest opener Jess Williamson. $28. 7: 30pm.
  • Andrea Bocelli with the Houston Symphony at Toyota Center – The legendary tenor released his 17th studio album in late 2020, entitled Believe, and will arrive in Houston to perform some of those songs accompanied by the Houston Symphony. $80 to $360, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7: 30pm.
  • The Doobie Brothers in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Experience the iconic vocal harmonies when soft rock band, the Doobie Brothers, performs for their 50th Anniversary Tour at Cynthia Woods Pavilion in the Woodlands. Michael McDonald opens the show. $22 to $350. 7: 30pm.
  • Don Toliver at Bayou Music Center – The Houston rapper books back-to-back nights at Downtown’s Bayou Music Center, supporting his latest release, Life of a Don, which dropped in early October. $39.95. 8pm both nights.
  • Meet The Artist at Discovery Green | FREE – Mix and mingle with the artists behind the popular eARTh Day Murals, with music by Demola and seasonal cocktails available for purchase at Discovery Green in Downtown. 8pm.
  • Vince King: Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra Tribute in Concert at Main Street Crossing – Witness Rat Pack greatness when Main Street Crossing in Tomball welcomes local tribute musician, Vince King, for a performance featuring songs by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. $15 to $22. 8pm.
  • David Bisbal at Arena Theatre – With multiple chart-topping albums and a slate of smash hit singles, the Spanish singer-songwriter arrives in Houston to support his 2020 release, En Tus Planes. $36 to $98, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.

Friday, October 22, 2021

  • Author Visit with Monica Eaton at the Woodlands Children’s Museum – Teach your kiddos about financial responsibility when author Monica Eaton reads from her newly published book Money Plan, which introduces young children to the concepts of money, saving, budgeting, and working hard. Admission is included with general admission; $7 for ages 1 and up; free for ages under 1. 11am.
  • Fright Night at Houston Art Center – This family-friendly community festival in Park Place sends visitors through its haunted house, plus you can enjoy an interactive art zone, games, a vendor market, or dive into the pumpkin patch. Stick around for a VIP art show after the event for 21+ only. $15; $10 for ages 13 to 17; free for ages 12 and under. VIP tickets start at $30. 4pm to 9pm; VIP art show from 9pm to midnight.
  • Boo on the Boardwalk: Freaky Friday at Kemah Boardwalk | FREE – Bring the kiddos out to Kemah Boardwalk for a live concert by Boogie Man Band as well as a family-friendly Halloween movie screening of 2020 flick, Scoob! 6pm to 10pm.
  • Friday Night Music at Evelyn’s Park | FREE – Enjoy some Friday night music when local singer-songwriter Nick Serena takes to the stage at Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire for a performance. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Día de los Muertos 12th Annual Group Show & Night Market at Hardy & Nance Studios | FREE – East End Studio Gallery takes over the space at Hardy & Nance Studios for an exhibition that remembers and honors loved ones who have passed. On this special reception night, a night market will also be assembled, featuring an outdoor bar, food truck and local vendors. The exhibition closes Saturday, October 23. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at Toyota Center – The Rockets’ home opener of the 2021-22 season will see Kevin Porter Jr., Christian Wood, and Houston’s top draft pick, Jalen Green, squaring up with the Thunder. $15 to $800, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
  • Stephen Lynch at House of Blues – The comedian and musician is well known for his laugh-out-loud songs that date back to the early 2000s, though he has ventured deeper into musicianship most recently with his 2019 studio album, My Old Heart. Still, his lyricism can deliver a laugh among his blend of folk rock and Americana. $40. 7pm.
  • Hayes Carll in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Tap your toes to the catchy country sound of Hayes Carll, when McGonigel’s Mucky Duck welcomes the Woodlands native and singer-songwriter for two live performances. $75. 7pm and 9: 30pm.
  • Ariana Reines Poetry Reading at Menil Collection | FREE – Join Menil Collection for an intimate reading with renowned and award-winning poet and performance artist Ariana Reines when she reads from her recent work, Inside the Empress, along with a selection from her poetry collections. 7pm to 8pm.
  • Trivia Night at 4J Brewing Company | No Cover – Test your smarts on random facts while throwing back delicious local suds at when 4J Brewing Company’s hosts a trivia night in Spring Branch. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Mon Laferte in Concert at Bayou Music Center – Sing along when Latin Grammy–winning Chilean singer-songwriter and artist makes a stop in Downtown to perform songs from her latest release, Seis, and other pop rock fan faves. $39.50 to $99.50, but you may find better or cheaper tickets using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • Men I Trust in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – Vibe to the catchy grooves of Canadian indie pop band, Men I Trust, when they take to the stage at White Oak Music Hall for a concert in the Heights. $18 in advance; $22 at the door. 8pm.
  • Sue Foley in Concert at Rockefeller’s – Head to Washington Ave for a fun-filled concert when Rockefeller’s welcomes Canadian blues guitarist and singer, Sue Foley, for her record release concert. John Egan opens the show. $18 to $32. 8pm.
  • Firefall in Concert at Dosey Doe: the Big Barn – Get a dose of ’70s country goodness when Dosey Doe: the Big Barn in the Woodlands welcomes the country-rock band, Firefall, for a live performance. $98 to $158. 8: 30pm.
  • Jon Wolfe in Concert at Goode Company Armadillo Palace – Watch a live show from country music artist Jon Wolfe when he headlines a show at Goode Company Armadillo Palace in Upper Kirby. $15 in advance; $17 at the door. 9: 30pm.

Things to Do on Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24, 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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