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5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Oct 9–11

So much art. So little time.

By Emma Schkloven October 9, 2020

A painted bike and a mural.

A bike painted by artist Daniel Anguilu and his East End mural that inspired it. 

We’d planned to open this week’s 5 Things with Iliza Shlesinger’s drive-in comedy show, but it’s running low on tickets (seriously, the first show is completely sold out). Felipe Esparza’s sets at Houston Improv are too—we clearly are in need of some laughs right now. 

So, here’s five other things to do this weekend, just in case.

Bayou City Art Virtual Experience

Satisfy you visual arts itch this weekend at Bayou City Art Virtual Experience. The event replaces this year’s fall, in-person art fair with a slew of online programming, including interviews with artists and art officials, cocktail demonstrations, and behind-the-scenes looks at various artistic studios and processes. And, of course, you can buy a new showstopper to fill that bare wall you’ve staring at for the past six months.

Thru Oct 11. Free. Online. More info at 

Songs on the Water

As part of its five-year Artful Anniversary celebration, Buffalo Bayou Park is hosting the Houston Grand Opera for Songs on the Water. During this free, digital performance, HGO singers will perform from the park’s BBP pontoon boat-turned stage.

Oct 10. Free. Online. More info at 

Unicorn Bike Show

Anything can be a work of art—even your bike. This weekend nonprofit bike sharing program Houston BCycle is proving that with its Unicorn Bike Show at Sawyer Yards. Local artists have hand-painted 10 bikes, using public murals they had previously painted in the city as inspiration. All the bikes, along with large-scale photography of the original murals, will be showcased together at this outdoor exhibition during this month’s Second Saturday at Sawyer Park. The event is free, but face masks are required.

Oct. 10. Free. Online. Sawyer Yards, 2010 Winter St. More info at

Viva Latin America

Houston Latin American Philharmonic is closing out Hispanic Heritage Month with its Viva Latin America. This year, though, the annual concert is being held virtually as a free livestream. During the show, Maestro Glenn Garrido will lead the Latin Phil through “some of the most iconic songs from most countries in Latin America,” according to the organization. And in case you didn’t know, the Latin Phil just happens to be the only full-sized orchestra in the U.S. dedicated to traditional, Latin-American music.  

Oct 11. Free. Online. More info and tickets at Houston Latin Phil’s Facebook page.

A Night at Jacob’s Pillow

We might not be able watch Houston Ballet’s dancers float across the stage just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy any of their performances. The Ballet is making footage of its 2018 return to the Jacob’s Pillow stage available this weekend. Among the numbers in this special show, which marked the company’s first appearance at the famed summer festival in 40 years, is the world premiere of Just, featuring edgy choreography from the Ballet’s Artistic Director Stanton Welch and music by American contemporary composer David Lang.

Thru Oct 18. $20. Online. More info at