5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, April 5–7

Astros, author talks, and light and art festivals await.

By Morgan Kinney April 4, 2019

BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer)

April 5 | Menil Collection

It's back! The annual partnership between the Menil Collection and Aurora Picture Show invites a dozen or so artists to use the exterior of the Montrose museum as a canvas to project films, video games, light art, and whatever else they can accomplish with a projector. The weather looks like it'll hold out for Friday, but there's an April 12 rained-out date. Plan your picnics accordingly.

Free. The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. More info at

Astros Home Opener

April 5 | Minute Maid Park

New season, new Astros beer, new shot at taking home a World Series title. Catch back-to-back series against the Athletics and Yankees and reacquaint yourself with the wonders of baseball season.

First-party tickets from $132. Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St. More info and tickets at

52nd Annual WorldFest Houston Film Festival

April 5–14 | Memorial City Mall

A beloved dinosaur in the world of film festivals, WorldFest boasts a list of marquee names—think Spielberg, Lucas, and Coen—from its half-century-plus history, and this year's edition will unleash more than 200 films from local and international filmmakers. Our pick? Don't miss Elle Fanning strive for European pop stardom in Teen Spirit.

Tickets from $7.50. Memorial City Mall, 310 Memorial City Mall. More info and tickets at

An Evening with Margaret Atwood

April 6 | Jones Hall

Acclaimed author of The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood has enjoyed an unexpected resurgence as her 1985 dystopian novel spawned an all-too-timely Hulu series and countless post-2016 Halloween costumes. She'll stop in Houston Saturday to discuss politics, her writing, and social activism.  

Tickets from $35. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. 713-227-4772. More info and tickets at

Nuit Blanche

April 6 | Downtown

The Paris-born light and art street festival unspools across downtown Saturday for an all-night experience. Says Laura Matesco, the festival's director: “It combines beautiful works and beautiful settings, and the way the festival is designed, you are free to explore it in your own way, at your own pace.”

Free. Multiple Locations. More info at

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