NCAA South Regional Tournament
Houston will host the NCAA Men's Final Four in 2016, but you can get a taste of March Madness this weekend when the penultimate rounds of the college basketball tournament—the Sweet 16 and Elite 8—come to NRG Stadium for two action-packed days of basketball. Four teams will come to Houston—UCLA, Gonzaga, Duke and Utah—but only one will advance to the Final Four in Indianapolis.
March 27 & 29. $150–250. NRG Stadium, One NRG Pkwy. 877-622-2849. ncaa.com/march-madness
Houston Children's Festival
Founded in 1988, the Houston Children’s Festival now claims to be the largest such affair in the United States, and has even been named “one of the world’s 300 unmissable events” by Frommer’s Travel Guides. This year’s installment features six stages of live music, appearances by Disney and Nickelodeon celebrities, and plenty of other fun activities. And it’s all for a good cause—over the years, the festival has raised over $5 million for Child Advocates.
March 28 & 29 from 10:30–6:30. $10–12. Downtown Houston. 713-529-1396. houstonchildrensfestival.com
Over the Rainbow: A Musical Tribute to the Artistry of Judy Garland
When Judy Garland was cast as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the tender age of 16, she likely had no idea how big a celebrity the film would make her. Her rendition of “Over the Rainbow” launched a career that included star turns in Meet Me in St. Louis and A Star Is Born, as well as private battles with addiction and depression. In this musical tribute, celebrated cabaret artist Hilary Kole performs Garland’s signature hits.
Stupid F***ing Bird
Aaron Posner says that his Off Broadway hit is “sort of adapted” from Chekhov’s The Seagull, meaning that it’s set in Hollywood and includes postmodern touches like characters who ask the audience for plot suggestions. The comedy, first produced to acclaim by Washington’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, later played LA, where a local paper declared it the best Chekhov adaptation in decades.
Thru April 12. $19–51. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy., Ste. 101. 713-527-0123. stagestheatre.com
Bayou City Art Festival
This biannual art festival is one of the city’s most popular events, drawing tens of thousands of people downtown each fall and tens of thousands more to Memorial Park each spring. This month’s festival features 450 participating artists, as well as live entertainment, plenty of food and drink, and a children’s play area. If you’re looking to buy handcrafted art by local and regional artists, there are few better opportunities.
March 27–29. $10–15. Memorial Park. 713-521-0133. artcolonyassociation.org