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5 Things You Must Do in Houston This Weekend, June 19-21

We've got a weekend of events connected to Black Lives Matter, Pride, and Juneteenth.

By Emma Schkloven June 19, 2020

Juneteenth Vibes concert

The Emancipation Park Conservancy’s virtual Juneteenth celebration concludes with an Instagram live concert featuring longtime Houston DJ Flash Gordon Parks, who will be spinning a mix of tunes curated by the Houston Museum of African American Culture. There’ll be some blues, a bit of jazz, a touch of soul, and, of course, a note of hip-hop (we are Screwston, after all).

June 19. Free. Online. Watch the concert on HMAAC’s Instagram.

We Stand Up Together comedy shows

The saying goes “laughter is the best medicine,” and while a little humor can’t fix everything that’s going on in our world, EaDo comedy club The Secret Group is harnessing that power of hilarity for three benefit shows to raise money for Black Lives Matter. Each show will feature a different lineup of local and nationally-touring comics (they’re keeping the exact lineups under wraps), so you’ll get to see fresh routines if you choose to stick around all night. And since this is a benefit event, all proceeds from the shows, as well as bar sales, are being donated. Be sure to read up on The Secret Group’s safety measures before heading out.

June 19. $20. The Secret Group, 2101 Polk St. More info and tickets at thesecretgrouphtx.com.

National Arts Drive Houston

Hop in your car, grab your bike, or slip on your most comfortable running shoes 'cause Houston artists will be performing and displaying their talents in public spaces all around the city. The artists are raising awareness and financial support for local arts programming as part of the RAW Artists National Arts Drive fundraising campaign. They’ll be in driveways and windows and on balconies, front stoops, and sidewalks across the city. According to organizers, about 83 Bayou City artists and organizations plan to participate, including Houston Symphony, Buffalo Bayou Park, the Institute of Contemporary Dance Houston, and the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. To receive an emailed map with the artists’ locations Saturday morning, RSVP on the drive’s website.

June 20. Free. All over Houston. More info at nationalartsdrive.com.

Juneteenth Third Ward Bike Tours

Spend your Saturday exploring Houston’s Third Ward on a Black History in the Making Bike Tour, a music-themed guided bike tour that will take you by some of the neighborhood’s most historic and iconic landmarks. More of a night owl? Check out the Juneteenth Night Light Bike Rides from June 19-21, which feature “music that expresses the concept of black liberation, history, and our future in America,” and bikes with LED lights.  

Thru June 21. From $12.99 for day ride and from $9.36 for night ride. Third Ward, 2301 Elgin St. More info and tickets at letsdothishouston.com.

Reel Pride

Pop some popcorn, and cuddle with your couch for a day of queer cinema with the annual Reel Pride LGBTQ+ film festival. Normally held in person, this year’s movie event will let you stream all 11 films from the comfort of your home. There’ll be both local and international films, some shorts, some documentaries, and a few festival picks.

June 20. $10. Online. More info and tickets at eventbrite.com.

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