Get outside in the sunshine

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, June 11–13

Save your dying flower beds, dance your tail off, then fly away. 

By Brittany Cristiano June 11, 2021

International Gem and Jewelry Show at NRG Park

Whether you’re looking to add a new piece of bling to your collection, searching for an engagement ring for a special someone, or even just daydreaming of stunning display cases, head to the International Gem and Jewelry Show, which is in Houston this weekend. Rows and rows of local vendors, international sellers, and manufacturers will line the halls of NRG Center; there will be tons of beads, gemstones, jewelry, and accessories to choose from. Be prepared for your money to burn a hole in your pocket.

Noon to 6 p.m. June 11; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 12; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13. $8. NRG Park. More information here.

Welcome Aboard—Colorful Nostalgia of Commercial Flight

Now that we’ve seen the history of beach fashion, why not take a look back at the vibrant history of commercial flight? The Lone Star Flight Museum’s new exhibit Welcome Aboard starts Friday and will feature vintage aircrafts like a Douglas DC-3 and a Howard 250. While these planes may be enough for your gawking, don’t forget to peruse the displays of groovy flight attendant uniforms. Lastly, see how in-flight service has changed over the years, including “sampling” some in-flight activities, like playing cards.

June 11–Aug 29. $15 adults, $10 children. Lone Star Flight Museum, 11551 Aerospace Ave. More information here

'How to Help Your Lawns and Gardens Thrive All Summer Long' Class at Buchanan’s Native Plants

Ah, summer in Houston. Rain? No rain? Who knows. That said, it's typically dry right now, and we all know that means a brown, crunchy lawn and dead flower beds. This year you can avoid the yard embarrassment at summer parties, or the pain of planting and replanting, if you stop by OHBA president and local garden guru Mike Serant’s summer lawn and garden care presentation Saturday morning at Buchanan’s Native Plants. If you’d like to attend, RSVP before showing up.

10:30 a.m. June 12. Free. Buchanan’s Native Plants, 611 E. 11th St. More information here.

Rethinking Your Neighborhood: A Collaborative Experience 

Since last December, art installations have been popping up in each of Houston’s 11 council districts. This public art project called Insta11ations features one artist in each district and was created by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Art, plus Art League Houston. This weekend it's District H’s turn. Houston artist Violette Bule will unveil her latest interactive installation, Rethinking Your Neighborhood: A Collaborative Experience, in Irvington Park, which will be on display through the fall. It is said that Bule’s installation will inspire neighbors to engage in a collective dialogue amongst themselves. 

2 p.m. June 12. Free. Irvington Park, 1000 Cavalcade St. More information here.

Virtual Latin American Dancing Presented by MFAH

Before you head out to Sunday brunch with the squad, hop online with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Yuri Amor Perez for a quick workout. This free class taught by Perez will have you moving to high-energy music with dynamic Latin American dancing. The class will be done by noon, so you won’t need to worry about missing the rest of Sunday funday.

11 a.m. June 13. Free. Online. More information here.

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