August 24–September 8 | MATCH
This Pulitzer-nominated play focuses on the assassination of a prominent Cleveland shock jock—a particularly timely topic given the crop of Alex Joneses and Rush Limbaughs and Dan Patricks bullying their way into the national conversation.
Tickets $25. Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. at MATCH, 3400 Main St. 713-521-4533. More info and tickets at matchouston.org.
August 24 | Rudyard's British Pub
Rudz, the venerable Montrose pub/venue/hangout spot, has stood watch as countless onlookers declared the neighborhood dead, as massive town home farms were erected on all sides, and as flood after flood tried to return the city to swampland. And it's still here! Celebrate 40 years with special performances from Vodi, The Wheel Workers, and Jealous Creatures. We'll be honoring the occasion with some tater tots.
Free. Rudyard's British Pub, 2010 Waugh Dr. 713-521-0521. More info at rudyardspub.tunetub.com.
August 25 | East Beach
To '90s kids, this is the real-life incarnation of the glorious Rocket Power Ocean Shores Sandcastle Competition; to everyone else, it's one of the biggest, toughest amateur sandcastle competitions to grace a beach anywhere. Known to attract more than 20,000 spectators—and this year moved up from June—past iterations have birthed scenes of Smurfs battling dragons and dinosaurs attacking Dr. Seuss characters.
Free. East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Dr. 713-520-0155. More info at aiahouston.org.
August 26 | Theater District
The season is back in full force starting this weekend, with the downtown Theater District throwing open its doors to provide Houstonians a peek at what's to come. There will be acting, singing, playing, dancing, free Saint Arnold's root beer, and a piano art installation stretching an entire city block.
Free. Various Locations. More info at theaterdistrictopenhouse.com.
August 26 | Miller Outdoor Theatre
If you need a reason to bask in the glory the Queen of Pop (resurrected here by Belinda Davids), you might need to sit yourself down and reassess your priorities.
Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 713-487-7102. More info and tickets at milleroutdoottheatre.com.