The Best Fests

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, May 18–20

Mariachi, BBQ, the return of Love Street, and more.

By Morgan Kinney May 17, 2018

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You can finally check out the rooftop view from the new Glassell School at Sunday's community day.

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna

Thru May 20 | Houston Grand Opera

When this HGO original premiered in 2010, the mariachi opera—the title of which translates as To Cross the Face of the Moon—drew international praise as a timely tale of familial bonds tested by the invisible and tangible forces of the U.S.–Mexican border. Catch it while it's back in town for three days only.

Tickets from $15. Resilience Theater at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. 713-228-6737. More info and tickets at

The Great Texas BBQ Fest

May 19–20 | Post HTX

Some folks were pretty bummed when severe weather pushed the two-day festival of music and meat back an entire month, but, really, it might have been for the best now that the location has switched to the spacious, air-conditioned Post HTX venue familiar to any Day for Night attendee. Strap in for the International Barbeque Cookers Association-sanctioned barbecue contest featuring 20 of the state's top talents, and sit back for music from acts ranging from Dawes to the The Suffers. Be warned: Organizers prohibit "politics," "bad attitudes," and "Morrissey T-shirts" from entering the festival.

Tickets from $20. Post HTX, 401 Franklin St. More info and tickets at

Minefaire: The Ultimate Minecraft Experience

May 19–20 | NRG Center

The largest convention for the most popular video game is back in town to fill NRG Center for a weekend of VR experiences, meet and greets with top Minecraft YouTube talent, and the requisite costume contest—so put the final touches on your Creeper getups.

Tickets from $29. NRG Center, 1 NRG Park. 832-667-1400. More info and tickets at

Opening Day at the new Glassell School of Art

May 20 | Glassell School of Art

We were impressed by the ambitious public spaces adjacent to (and on top of) the new, doorstop-shaped Glassell School of Art, and Sunday's community day hopes to serve as a proof of concept with a full slate of art activities, poetry buskers, live jazz, Ballet Folklórico, and more. Just make sure to get a selfie with the plaza's mirrored Cloud Column sculpture and climb to the top of the landscaped, walkable roof for one of the best views in Houston.

Free. Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd. 713-639-7300. More info at

2nd Annual Love Street Music Fest

May 20 | Karbach Brewing Company

The Love Street Light Circus Feel Good Machine, or simply Love Street, was the hippy-dippy, psychedelic music club opened by Houston artist David Adickes in 1967 (located in the former Sunset Coffee Building at Allen's Landing, the space now serves as HQ for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership). Karbach revives the tradition with its second annual Love Street Music Fest that summons national favs such as Bleachers and Cold War Kids to perform alongside local superstars like The Tontons. There will be beer.

Ticket from $30. Karcbach Brewing Company, 2032 Karbach St. 713-680-2739. More info and tickets at

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