Summertime is here

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, May 31–June 2

Birthday parties, comedy, accordions, and more await.

By Morgan Kinney May 31, 2019

Keep Houston Rolling BCycle Fundraiser

May 31 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Houston's bike sharing program, BCycle, has attracted national press for its huge popularity and continued expansion, with 90 stations and counting. This first-ever fundraiser will build community and help support the nonprofit endeavor as it helps Houstonians "bask in the glory of car-free transit."

Free (donations encouraged). Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave. 713-686-9494. More info via Facebook.

Heartmade Art Market

June 1 | Main Street Square

There are a million art markets hawking a million things you probably don't want to buy, but this semi-annual event handpicks several dozen jewelers, visual artists, craftspeople, and more. Booth fees go to Artists for Artists, a local nonprofit supporting artists experiencing personal emergencies.

Free. Intersection of Main and McKinney St. More info at

Accordion Kings & Queens

June 1 | Miller Outdoor Theatre

The squeezebox is a big deal here in Houston, as this 30th annual festival corrals conjunto outfit Los Aztex alongside a zydeco, Cajun, and polka stylings of other acts. Kam Franklin and Joe Nick Patoski emcee the evening.

Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 832-487-7102. More info at

Walt Whitman Birthday Party

June 1 | Brazos Bookstore

How do you follow a summer of Jane Austen and Herman Melville programming? The 200th anniversary of poet Walt Whitman makes it a no-brainer, and Brazos Bookstore is pulling out all the stops with a summer series of scavenger hunts, poetry readings, parties, film screenings, and more. Saturday's birthday party brings champagne and "a durational reading of Leaves of Grass."

FreeBrazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St. 713-523-0701. More info at

Hannah Gadsby: Douglas

June 2 | Jones Hall

After a summer of near-universal praise (and pointed dissent) for her 2018 Netflix comedy special Nanette, Gadsby returns to the stage with a decidedly conventional routine. Don't worry, though—toxic masculinity will still be on full blast. 

Tickets from $44.75. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-227-4772. More info and tickets at

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