Houston’s Weekend Happenings October 11th, 12th, 13th

  October 11th     Second Annual oktoBrew Festival WHEN:  Friday 9:00am WHERE: Fifth Ward Jam, 3705 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS:  Council Member Jerry Davis hosts the second annual oktoBrew festival in the historic Fifth Ward. With 100 percent of the event proceeds benefitting after-school programming in northeast Houston, this festival features live music performances from local acts Joe Carmouche, Adrenaline, DJ Monstaa, and Emcee Chicken Mike. Guests can enter a raffle for the chance to win travel packages from United Airlines, Houston sports memorabilia and restaurant gift cards. Turkey legs, kabobs and locally brewed beer from Anheuser-Busch, Saint Arnold and Spindletap breweries will be available for purchase. Guests can screen-print their own tote or t-shirt at TXRX’s vendor booth and experience some of the same hands-on activities that will be offered to local students in after-school programs. RSVP is not required to attend this event. INFO:  https://best.aliexpress.com/?lan=en&dp=c8f99bc85ad767679da8de0cdc02bb87&af=630324&cv=47843&afref=&mall_affr=pr3&dp=c8f99bc85ad767679da8de0cdc02bb87&af=630324&cv=47843&afref=&mall_affr=pr3&aff_platform   October 11th, 12th, 13th         41st Houston Italian Festival WHEN:  Friday 11:00am, Saturday 11:00am, Sunday 11:00am, WHERE:  The Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford St, Houston, TX 77006, Get Directions > COST:  $5 – $25 DETAILS:  The Italian Cultural & Community Center will host the 41st Houston Italian Festival, which was founded with the mission of celebrating Italian culture and heritage in the city of Houston. The festival welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life to join together for a weekend connected by a love for Italian culture,

Houston’s Weekend Happenings October 4th, 5th, 6th

October 4th, 5th, 6th       National Museum of Funeral History presents Haunted House WHEN:  Friday 10:00am, Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 12:00pm WHERE:  National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Dr, Houston, TX 77090-5918, Get Directions > COST:  $3-$5 DETAILS:  The National Museum of Funeral History is celebrating everyone’s favorite spooky holiday during the full month of October (and into the beginning of November). Get in to the Halloween spirit all month long and be “scared to death” at this family-friendly haunted house. The Haunted House is rated PG-13 and is recommended for children ages 12 and up. Children under 12 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. INFO:  http://www.nmfh.org/   October 4th, 5th     14th Annual Houston Heights Bicycle Rally and Scavenger Hunt WHEN:  Friday 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am WHERE:  Eureka Heights Brew Co., 941 W. 18th St, Houston, TX 77008, Get Directions > Marmion Park, 1802 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008, Get Directions > COST:  $10-$50 DETAILS: At the 14th annual Houston Heights Association Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt on October 5, starting and finishing in Marmion Park, riders of all ages can select from a three-mile or 15-mile ride. Participants will ride through the Heights looking for and solving clues along the way as well as making stops and collecting rally stamps from local merchants who are part of the Houston Heights Association. Various prizes will be awarded to the most successful riders. The new Bikes, Bites and Beer Kick-Off party on October 4 at Eureka Heights

Houston’s Weekend Happenings September 27th, 28th, 29th

   Introducing Realogy Military Rewards We know how important serving the military is to you and your business. To ensure you have the programs to exceed your clients’ expectations and keep you ahead of the competition, we are pleased to announce the launch of Realogy Military Rewards, an exciting new real estate program for active military personnel, veterans and their extended families. Through Realogy Military Rewards, eligible customers can earn up to $7,500* when they buy and/or sell a home with an approved agent. For additional program details, click here. More information will be provided in the weeks ahead, including an upcoming media campaign and a number of print and digital marketing assets to showcase how your business can help military personnel, veterans and their extended families achieve the American Dream. In the meantime, please reach out to Bruce Nicholson if you have any questions about the program. *The cash back bonus is offered in most states. In some states, a gift card or commission reduction at closing may be provided in lieu of the cash back bonus. The cash back bonus is only available with the purchase and/or sale of your home through the use of a program-introduced real estate agent. The actual amount you receive is based on the purchase and/or sale price of your home. All real estate commissions are negotiable. Other terms and conditions may apply. This is not a solicitation if you are already represented by a real estate broker. Please check with a program coordinator for details.

Houston’s Weekend Happenings September 20th, 21st, 22nd

September 20th           Simpson Galleries presents Art & Antiques Auction Preview Exhibition WHEN:  Friday 10:00am WHERE: Simpson Galleries, 6116 Skyline Dr, Houston, TX 77057, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS: The Fine Art and Antiques preview exhibition at Simpson Galleries will feature over 600 lots of quality art and antiques on exhibition for viewing. INFO: http://www.simpsongalleries.com/   September 20th         Harris County Improvement District 18 presents Springwoods Village Family Nature Weekend WHEN:  Friday 5:00pm WHERE:  Nature Preserve, 23153 Springwoods Village Pkwy, Spring, TX 77373, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS: The Family Nature Weekend at the Springwoods Village Nature Preserve will feature family-friendly activities such as archery and have animal guests from the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and a fishing clinic with Fishing Future. Guests will also explore the forest after dark with Trails as Parks guides, stargaze and have delicious s’mores by the fire at the Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Springwoods Village. There will also be a sunrise nature walk, nature arts and crafts, net dipping, a scavenger hunt, and more. Meet carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs through real fossilized specimens, while exploring the special characteristics that distinguish dinosaurs from other animals with Dinosaur Discovery from the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Marvel at dinosaur bones, horns, claws, teeth, and skin right in the Nature Preserve. The first 100 children to RSVP will get nature swag bags. Guests must RSVP how many children are included in the tickets reservations. INFO: 713-904-7582,

Houston’s Weekend Happenings September 13th, 14th, 15th

  September 13th         Riverstone presents Bite Nite Fridays WHEN: Friday 5:30pm WHERE: Riverstone Club, 18353 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77478, Get Directions > COST: Admission is free DETAILS:  Nibbles, noshes, and all manner of munchies are on the menu at Riverstone when Bite Nite Fridays returns to Riverstone. Music and children’s activities will add to the event. Leashed dogs are allowed. While most food trucks accept credit cards, some may be cash only. INFO:  https://www.riverstone.com/   September 13th       Houston Center for Photography presents Daniel Gordon: “Hue and Saturate” opening reception WHEN: Friday 5:30pm WHERE:  Houston Center for Photography, 1441 W. Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006, Get Directions > COST: Admission is free DETAILS:  “Hue and Saturate” brings together 11 works from New York-based artist, Daniel Gordon, for his first solo exhibition in Houston. Often described in the style of Matisse’s cut-outs or Cezanne’s still lifes, Gordon’s work uses shape, color, and size to playfully disrupt our ideas about medium-specificity, artifice, and photography in the age of the internet. Born in 1980, Gordon is squarely positioned in a pre and post-internet world. His tableaus break down classical objects found in still lifes into constructed forms and in some cases trace references, shadows, and pixels of flora, fauna, produce, and tableware. This emphasis on the digital construction of the image has a hide-and-seek characteristic throughout this show, alternating between explicitly revealing itself and tucking itself into painterly compositions of paper objects. While Matisse or Cezanne’s

Houston’s Weekend Happenings September 6th, 7th, 8th

  September 6th       “Call Me Optimistic” – An Interactive Art Experience WHEN:  Friday 5:00pm WHERE:  Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77010, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS:  CultureMap and Frost Bank will be on hand at Discovery Green for opening night of the latest GONZO247 Optimism Lounge. There will be Call Me Optimistic interactive chalkboards, a poet writing personalized haikus, juices from JuiceLand, swag, and more. The Texas Optimism Project and Houston artist GONZO247 are launching a series of pop-up Optimism Lounges across downtown Houston. From August-October 2019, colorful Optimism Lounges will be installed at Jones Plaza, Discovery Green, and Market Square. Each lounge contains unique messages of optimism and encourages Houstonians to explore downtown and take breaks for a more optimistic view on life. The Texas Optimism Project is a sponsored partnership between Texas Monthly and Frost Bank’s Opt for Optimism initiative. INFO:  713-400-7336   September 6th         Anya Tish Gallery presents Vincent Falsetta: “Sensing the Pulse” opening reception WHEN: Friday 6:00pm WHERE:  Anya Tish Gallery, 4411 Montrose Blvd. , Houston, TX 77006, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS:  In “Sensing the Pulse,” Vincent Falsetta continues his investigation of abstract gesture, process, and expression, creating paintings that are equally object and illusion, deliberately planned and spontaneously improvised. Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until October 19. INFO:  713-524-2299, http://www.anyatishgallery.com/content/vincent-falsetta-0   September 6th         Discovery Green presents Silent Film/Live Music WHEN:  Friday 7:30pm

Houston’s Weekend Happenings August 30th, 31st, September 1st, 2nd

  August 30TH, 31ST & Sept 1st       10th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival WHEN:  Friday 7:00pm, Saturday 2:00pm, Sunday 11:30am WHERE:  Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554, Get Directions > COST:  $25-$85 DETAILS:  Toast to the end of summer at the 10th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival. The BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is an immersive multi-day event where craft beer fans flock to Galveston Island in the pursuit of hoppiness and a craft beer experience unlike any other. With hundreds of craft beers, rare “Taste it First” selections, beer education seminars, and a Brew-B-Que to boot, the three-day event offers endless opportunities to meet and learn from the men and women behind the craft. INFO:  https://www.brewmastersbeerfest.com/   August 30th       Miller Outdoor Theatre presents Classic Albums Live: The Who – Who’s Next WHEN:  Friday 8:00pm WHERE: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS:  Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live takes the greatest albums and recreates them live on stage – note for note, cut for cut. As one of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Who’s Who’s Next is considered to be one of their best albums, and among the greatest albums of all time, with beloved hits like “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Released in August on 1971, this timeless rock & roll album is a favorite for new and old fans alike. This is a

Houston’s Weekend Happenings August 23rd, 24th, 25th

  August 23rd, 24th, 25th       Big Ass Balloons presents The Balloon Room WHEN:  Friday 8:00am, Saturday 9:00am, Sunday 9:00am WHERE:  The Revaire, 7122 Old Katy Rd., Houston, TX 77024, Get Directions > COST:  August 23: $60 for private sessions. August 24-25: $20; free for kids 2 and under DETAILS:  The Balloon Room is a badass annual balloon exhibit put on Big Ass Balloons. The exhibit is a walk-through experience filled with over-the-top, awe-inspiring, and just straight up “extra” balloon installations. The exhibit features different seasons, worlds, and backdrops, all made entirely out of balloons. There will be one hour time slots for Private Sessions between 8 am-7pm on August 23. For general admission on August 24 and 25, there are three time slots to select from: 9 am-12pm, 12-3 pm, and 3-6 pm. INFO:  https://www.bigassballoons.com/the-balloon-room/   August 23rd         Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents “In Residence: 11th Edition” opening reception WHEN:  Friday 5:30pm WHERE:  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St., Houston, TX 77002, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS:  “In Residence: 11th Edition” celebrates HCCC’s Artist Residency Program, which has supported makers for almost two decades. Featuring artwork made from clay, fiber, metal, wood and mixed media, the exhibition includes works by 2017 – 2018 resident artists, Corey Ackelmire, Daniel Garver, Hiromi Iyoda, Molly Koehn, Hannah Oatman, Angel Oloshove, and Liz Robb. The Artist Residency Program at HCCC provides resident artists with a space for creative exploration, exchange, and collaboration

Houston’s Weekend Happenings August 16th, 17th, 18th

    August 16th, 17th, 18th       Houston Glass Club presents Vintage Glass and Antiques Show and Sale WHEN:  Friday 2:00pm, Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 11:00am WHERE:  Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 TX-36, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Get Directions > COST:  $6-$10 DETAILS:  The Houston Glass Club Show will feature 30 of the nation’s leading glass dealers displaying rare and hard-to-find pieces as well as popular patterns and items. There is also a general line antique show in the second building including furniture, linens, estate and costume jewelry, silver, quilts, and a myriad of other items. There will be a vendor on site to repair damaged glass, silver, and costume jewelry items. INFO:  281-240-0382, http://www.houstonglassclub.org/   August 16th         Riverstone presents Bite Nite Fridays WHEN:  Friday 5:30pm WHERE: Riverstone Club, 18353 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77478, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS:  Nibbles, noshes, and all manner of munchies are on the menu at Riverstone when Bite Nite Fridays returns to Riverstone. Music and children’s activities will add to the event. Leashed dogs are allowed. While most food trucks accept credit cards, some may be cash only. INFO:  https://www.riverstone.com/   August 16th, 17th, 18th           District One Inc. presents Playhaus HTX Pop Up Art Gallery WHEN:  Friday 10:00am, Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 10:00am WHERE:  Playhaus HTX Pop Up Art Gallery, 2409 Commerce St., Houston, TX 77003, Get Directions > COST:  $25 for kids 3-12, $38 for adults; free for kids 2 and

Houston’s Weekend Happenings August 9th, 10th, 11th

August 9TH         The Italian Cultural & Community Center presents Come Wine with Us: Amazing Sangiovese WHEN:  Friday 7:00pm WHERE: The Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford St., Houston, TX 77006, Get Directions > COST: $60-$65 DETAILS: The Italian Cultural & Community Center will host a wine tasting as part of its wine tasting series Come Wine with Us, which debuted in June 2016. This guided wine tasting will highlight five Sangiovese based wines paired with bites from Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar. The tasting will be led by Philip Cusimano. INFO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/come-wine-with-us-amazing-sangiovese-tickets-63455836114?aff=PressRelease   August 9th         The Gatlin Brothers in concert WHEN:  Friday 8:00pm WHERE:  The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, TX 77550, Get Directions > COST: $31.50-$65 DETAILS: The Gatlin Brothers have released 17 albums in their career, including 2015’s The Gospel According to Gatlin​. INFO:  409-765-1894, https://tickets.thegrand.com/online/default.asp   August 9th, 10th, 11th           University of Houston, Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts presents Houston Shakespeare Festival WHEN: Friday 8:15pm, Saturday 8:15pm, Sunday 8:15pm WHERE:  Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030, Get Directions > COST:  Admission is free DETAILS: The Houston Shakespeare Festival 2019 will feature the following productions: As You Like It (August 9 & 11) – Adventure! Romance! Mistaken identity! Rivalry! Comedy! An escape to the Forest of Arden takes lovers and madcaps on a hilarious journey in Houston Shakespeare Festival’s production of As You Like It. INFO:  281-373-3386, https://www.uh.edu/shakespeare/   August 10th