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Things to Do in Houston This Week

Van Leeuwen Charity Scoop Night, Flea by Night Market, and the Sugar Land Space Cowboys versus the Oklahoma City Dodgers are highlights this week.

By Shelby Stewart and Houstonia Staff

Flea by Night is happening at Discovery Green.
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August has already produced scorchingly hot days and rainy nights. But the month is still brimming with fun-filled events for everyone. Make a visit to the Children’s Museum with the kids for entertaining science lessons, and dig into a sweet scoop of praline butter cake at Van Leeuwen’s ice cream shop afterward. Visit Flea by Night at Discovery Green to discover new small local businesses, or fill up on dollar hot dogs spectating the Space Cowboys versus the OKC Dodgers. Whatever you fancy, enjoy summer while it’s still here.

 

We've rounded up the best things to do in Houston this week. Start here: 


 

Business  

Business Social Network Houston

Every Wednesday of the month | 3–4:15 p.m. | The Cannon 

The Business Social Network Houston is looking to expand! Join them for this series of networking events to get in touch with some of the best professionals in Houston. The opportunity to grow your business through referrals is one you won’t want to pass up.

Small Business Symposium

Thursday, August 18 | 2–3:15 p.m. | 1001 West Loop South | Free

There’s so much to know about owning a business, and this symposium is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs learn all about income protection. Best-selling author Salangi Legacy is offering this free series to educate and share useful business knowledge with attendees. 

Office Hours

Friday, August 19 | 10–11:30 a.m. | The Ion | Free registration 

A hub for entrepreneurial spirits, The Ion invites innovators and business owners to learn more about the resources, programs, and events they offer. Representatives from the Service Corps of Retired Executives, or SCORE, and the Small Business Administration will also be in attendance to help business owners with the execution of their ideas and goals.

 

Concerts

Electric Foam ft. LIONE

Friday, August 19 | 10 p.m.–2 a.m. | Stereo Live Houston | Free

Stereo Live Houston’s signature Electric Foam party is back, this time with a performance by Los Angelesbased DJ and producer LIONE. Attendees can look forward to the party’s giant foam cannons and beats like “Revive” and “Leave This Place.”

SEVENTEEN: Be the Sun World Tour

Saturday, August 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Toyota Center | Tickets start at $59.50

Korean boy band SEVENTEEN will be performing at the Toyota Center as part of the North American Leg of their Be the Sun World Tour, promoting their newest album, Face the Sun. It will be the band's first tour in two years, and fans can look forward to hearing hit songs “Ready to Love” and “Moonwalker.” 

 

Eat & Drink

Xochi Game Day Specials for the Astros

All Houston Astros home games | Xochi

In order to cheer your favorite team to a win, you have to do so on a full stomach, and Xochi has got you covered. The award-winning Oaxacan restaurant, from renowned chef Hugo Ortega and H Town Restaurant Group, is introducing a new Game Day special crafted for Astros fans: Tlayuda de Res with your choice of beer! This street-food dish consists of large, thin Oaxacan tortillas that are topped with grilled steak, string cheese, and beans, all cooked to perfection over a wood oven. Game Day specials are priced at $22 plus tax and gratuity.

Capital Grille Summer Wine Tasting 

Through September 4 | All day | Capital Grille

Learn all there is to know about wine at Capital Grille’s Summer Wine Tasting series. Through September, this event will spotlight six wines by the Antinori family that date back to 14th-century Tuscany. For $32, wine enthusiasts of all levels will receive dinner and a wine pairing to take home.

Supper Club 

All summer long | 810 p.m. | Trez Bistro and Wine Bar 

Enjoy a delicious dinner, rich wine, and performances by local artists all summer long with Trez Bistro and Wine Bar’s Supper Club. Pair one of the Trez’s various boards with their boutique wines, or try their flatbreads and specialty cocktails.

Frank’s Italian Summer Holiday

All month long | Dinner only | $49 | Frank’s Americana Revival

Frank’s Americana Revival in River Oaks is giving back to the community this month with their “Italian Summer Holiday.” All month long, the restaurant is offering a new menu that draws inspiration from the Italian families who moved into the Post Oak neighborhood during the first half of the 20th century. Enjoy traditional dishes with a modern twist, like the pork chop Milanese and gnocchi marinara. The best part? For each meal ordered from Frank’s limited-time dinner menu, $5 will go toward nonprofit organization No Kid Hungry. 

Whitney Mercilus + Van Leeuwen Charity Scoop Night

Wednesday, August 17 | 6–8 p.m. | Rice Village Scoop Shop, 2565 Amherst St | Prices vary

Previously ranked as one of Houstonia’s 16 favorite ice cream shops, Van Leeuwen is partnering with former Texans star Whitney Mercilus and his WithMerci Foundation to host a charity scoop night at the Rice Village location. Bring a friend to get a nice serving of honeycomb or toasted marshmallow s’mores, served from both Van Leeuwen cofounder and CEO Ben Van Leeuwen and Mercilus.

 

Family Friendly

Wild Art Wednesdays

All month long | 24 p.m. | Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts

Visit the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts to create an exciting art project inspired by the museum’s upcoming exhibit No Limits: The Artistry of Bricks. Based around Lego bricks, the exhibit will feature more than 20 works that create contemporary artwork out of the classic toy brand.

Children’s Museum Houston Summer Science Shakedown

Friday, August 19 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m. | Children’s Museum Houston | $15

Get your little ones hyped for the return to school with Children’s Museum Houston’s Summer Science Shakedown. Kids will spend the day immersed in the world of science, from creating slime to watching science demonstrations. Plus, they’ll learn everything they need to know about earthquakes and sound vibrations.

Family Art Fest – Science Lab

Saturday, August 20 | noon–5 p.m. | Primary Paint Party | Free registration

Visit Primary Paint Party to create fun, scientific art projects as part of their Science Lab Family Art Fest. Attendees will create colorful science-themed paintings to take home with them once the event is done.

 

Health & Wellness

Free Booster Shots for Kids from the Houston Health Department

Now available | Various hoursFree

As Texas, and the rest of the nation, experience a slight surge in COVID rates, the Houston Health Department is offering free booster shots for children ages 5 to 11. The vaccine and boosters provide strong protection from the virus. The shot will be available at all four of the department’s health centers and at several multiservice centers that do not require insurance. For more information on locations and schedules, visit HoustonHealth.org.

Salsa Night at POST Houston

Thursday, August 18 | 7:30–9 p.m. | POST Houston | Free registration

Join POST Houston and LoveDance HTX for a salsa night you won’t forget. Grab a partner, sign up for the Latin dance lesson, and show off your best moves. Then, cool down with margs and make way for a professional Latin dance performance. 

Pilates at Discovery Green

Thursday, August 18 | 6–7 p.m. | Discovery Green | Free

Head out to Discovery Green for a free pilates class, welcoming all skill levels. Led by trainer Michelle Furcho, the class will have you working hard on your muscles and flexibility, so don’t forget a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated!

 

Performing Arts

Mean Girls

August 16–21 | Various times | Hobby Center | Starting at $40

Now is the time to dive into your closet and pull out the best pink outfit you can find. The hilarious musical based on the hit movie Mean Girls is back on stage from Broadway to relive those nostalgic moments. That is so fetch! 

Justice by the Dozen

August 17–20 | 7:30 p.m. | Hobby Center | Tickets starting at $25.05

For over 30 years, local lawyers have been taking the Hobby Center stage to educate Houstonians about the law, fundraise for Houston-area legal charities, and show off their comedic acting chops. The hilarious performance will include a mix-up of past musical hits, like “Metro Train to Downtown” and “Cell Block Tango.”

The Purple Xperience Featuring Marshall Charloff

Friday, August 19 | 8:15 p.m. | Miller Outdoor Theatre | Free

Hailing from Minneapolis, The Purple Xperience is traveling to the Bayou City to perform the greatest and most authentic production of Prince and The Revolution’s hit songs. This five-piece group includes celebrated producer and recording artist Marshall Charloff, who recorded with the late Prince for the funk group 94 East.

 

Readings & Lectures

Emily Wolf at Brazos Bookstores

Tuesday, August 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Brazos Bookstore | Free

Houston-based author Emily Wolf will be dropping by Brazos Bookstore to discuss her debut novel, My Thirty-First Year (and Other Calamities), with award-winning sports reporter Brooke Bentley Gust. Attendees will hear more about Wolf’s process and the book’s themes surrounding young womanhood.

 

Shopping

 

Flea by Night

Saturday, August 20 | 6–10 p.m. | Discovery Green | Free

We love to shop a good sale or purchase items when there are additional discounts attached to it. Who doesn’t love a good bargain? Although flea markets were prominent in Houston culture, they seemed to disappear overnight—but now they have made a return. One Saturday each month, Houstonians can shop locally from small businesses selling vintage, handmade, or recycled items. 

Future Retro Market

Sunday, August 21 | noon–6 p.m. | POST Houston | Free

This free fest is extending the invitation for you to come and buy, sell, or trade anything your heart desires. The best curators of streetwear and vintage items will all be under the same roof to help you find some hidden gems.

Frasier Sterling x LoveShackFancy Pop-Up Shop

Saturday, August 27 & Sunday, August 28 | noon5 p.m. | LoveShackFancy, River Oaks | $48–$66

Frasier Sterling, the popular jewelry brand worn by the likes of Hailey Bieber, will host a pop-up at the end of the month at River Oaks LoveShackFancy. Shoppers can purchase a wide selection of some of the brand’s best-selling pieces, including charm hoops, pearl chains, and more. Additionally, the pop-up shop will offer on-site, personal customizations of all jewelry pieces. 

 

Special Events

 

Couples Therapy 

Wednesday, August 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Houston Improv | Tickets starting at $20

Are you and your partner not in the best space? Have you tried every option to make it better? Well, couples therapy might be the solution to your problem—in comedy, that is. For a night out on the town, join comedian Alan Adams and his friends with some killer comedy relationship advice.

 

Sports

 

Houston Astros vs Chicago White Sox

Thursday, August 18 | 1:10 p.m. | Guaranteed Rate Field | Tickets starting at $9

Having dethroned the New York Yankees as the number one team in the American League and all but secured a playoff spot, the Astros are still making waves to hold the number one spot rounding out August. Following a six-game homestand, they are on the road to take on the Chicago White Sox in a four-game series. Show your support by tuning into the game at home, watching on any mobile device, or visiting your local sports bar. 

Sugarland Space Cowboys vs Oklahoma City Dodgers

Wednesday, August 17 | 7:05 p.m. | Constellation Field | Tickets starting at $12

The end of the minor league season is nearing, but the Space Cowboys are still going strong. Returning to Sugar Land, they’ll battle against the Oklahoma City Dodgers in a sixe-game home stretch. This Wednesday-night game will feature $1 hot dogs and will also be Goodwill Wednesday, where fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used clothing items to their local Goodwill and receive a voucher for any Wednesday-night game. You can also choose to bring your items to a Wednesday-night home game and receive a general admission ticket for that night! 

Houston Texans vs Los Angeles Rams

Friday, August 19 | 9 p.m. | SoFi Stadium

We’ve waited patiently for football season to make its return to our TV screens. Preseason is underway, meaning only three more weeks until the race for the Lombardi Trophy begins. Following their first-game victory against the New Orleans Saints at NRG Stadium, the Texans are traveling to the West Coast to take on the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Los Angeles Rams. Fans will be able to watch the game live on the NFL Network. 

 

Visual Arts

FreshArts Summit 

Friday and Saturday, August 19 & 20 | Silver Street Studios | $125 

Register now for the fourth annual FreshArts Summit, a two-day conference for practicing artists in Texas and the Southern region to convene. This year’s theme of building community will include a variety of learning and resource-filled opportunities. Weekend passes are available to access all panels, workshops, and events. 

Baseera Khan: Weight of History 

On view through August 27 | Hours vary | Moody Center for the Arts | Free

Born in Texas and based in New York, Baseera Khan is a multidisciplinary artist who works in sculpture and performance-based installations. The main gallery is filled with a sweep of video and textile works, including a newly commissioned sculpture that brings elements of public outdoor monuments into the gallery.

 

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