Michael De Feo's Crosstown Traffic: Gallery Talk and Luncheon
Graffiti artist Michael De Feo has been creating street art for the past two decades, defacing painting anything from bus stop advertisements to Citi bikes with whimsical floral motifs throughout New York City. (His Instagram The Flower Guy has more than 14k followers.) Now he's bringing his genius handywork to Rice Gallery this weekend as they launch De Feo's exhibit Crosstown Traffic as part of their Summer Window series. This Saturday, have lunch with the acclaimed artist and hear him discuss his unconventional canvases. (Houston billboards: Get ready!)
Saturday, June 11 at noon. Free. Rice Gallery, Sewall Hall, 6100 Main St. ricegallery.org. The exhibit runs until August 28.
Carnival Houston Festival and Street Parade
Move over New Orleans—Houstonians know how to host one hell of a party. Downtown Houston will come alive this Saturday with a lively street parade boasting colorful costumes and parade troupes. When the spectacle comes to a close, cross the street and enjoy the festival's live performers, local food vendors and activities for kids (limbo contest, anyone?). Be sure to checkout the assortment of wares and crafts from Brazilian and Caribbean artists. Psst: Don't forget a lawn chair and beat the Texas heat by parkin' it in the shade.
Saturday, June 11. Parade: from 1 pm – 3pm; free admission. Festival: from 12 pm – 8pm; $5 for children, $10 for adults. 1150 La Branch St. carnivalhouston.com
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal: Book Signing and Reading
Bookworms and aspiring chefs: You're in for a sweet treat. J. Ryan Stradal—author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest—visits Blue Willow Bookshop on Friday for a book signing and reading from his witty and heartwarming new novel. Every chapter tells the story of a single dish and character, embracing the nuances of the Midwest and the many ways food helps create a sense of community. A must read and see this weekend (even if you're not from Iowa!)
Friday, June 10 at 7 pm. Free. Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Dr. bluewillowbookshop.com
Sips, Suds and Tacos
Corral your gaggle of taco-loving buds and head to the 12th annual Wine and Food Week's top event this Friday night. After warming up with wine and craft beer tastings, eat and judge inventive tacos from some of Houston's top restaurants. Who will take home the Taco Takedown Trophy? Cast your votes Friday night!
Friday, June 10 from 6 pm – 10pm. $20 advance tickets, $25 at the door. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel, 601 Lake Robbins Dr. www.wineandfoodweek.com