Budlight's All You Can Eat Crawfish Festival is the place to be this weekend.
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May is heating up, leading us into the summer, so now is the ideal time to take advantage of the outdoors before the heat becomes unbearable. If you like your mudbugs boiled in cajun seasonings, the all-you-can-eat crawfish festival has your name written all over it; or like your crustaceans alive instead? The reptilian nation expo is back at NRG this weekend too. Begin your spiritual healing journey while enjoying the openness of the outdoors with the Nurture by Nature at the Houston Botanic Garden. If that's not enough to get you relaxed, hit Social Beer Garden for a puff and pass while networking with fellow professionals.

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

 

Business 

Houston Open Coffee

Tuesday, May 17

Houston's newly opened Ion in Midtown is shaping up to be a resource for budding creatives and entrepreneurs. On Tuesday, the Ion will host an open coffee chat for entrepreneurs who want to learn more about having successful businesses. 

9 - 10 a.m. Free.  


 

Cinema 

2022 Italian Contemporary Film Series

Wednesday, May 18

To bring awareness to Italy's contributions to contemporary film, The Italian Cultural and Community Center of Houston's monthly series arrives this week on Wednesday, showing Una Notte da Dottore, or Doctor on Call. The film will show in Italian with English subtitles. 

7 - 9 p.m. Tickets start at $10 for ICCC members and $15 for non-members. 


 

Concerts 

Notorious RBG in Song

Wednesday, May 18

The Holocaust Museum Houston will host a musical performance by composer Patrice Michaels to remember her late mother-in-law, Justice Ruth Badger Ginsburg. The concert is in partnership with the exhibition Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as this will be its only stop in Texas. The nine-song cycle will take audience members through critical points of Justice Ginsburg's life, including letters, court opinions, and conversations through the gift of song. 

7 - 8:30 p.m. $20 for members and $25 for non-members. 

New Kids On The Block Live In Concert

Thursday, May 19

Boston boy band New Kids On The Block, is reviving the nostalgia of their glory days with their "Mixtape Tour 2022." The group will perform at the Toyota Center for one night of hits, alongside Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley, and En Vogue. 

7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $28. 

Carla Morrison Live in Concert

Friday, May 20

Carla Morrison's El Renacimiento Tour to Houston, at the Ballroom at Warehouse Live. The Mexican indie-pop singer will be performing hits from her El Renacimiento album, which translates to "the renaissance" in English. Morrison will also bring along fellow Spanish singers Irene Diaz and Mariangela for the one-night show. 

Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. 

Krewella, The Body Never Lies Tour

Saturday, May 21

Illinois electronic band Krewella will perform Saturday night, playing some of their best hits from their 2022 effort, The Body Never Lies. The sister duo made up of Jahan, and Yasmine Yousaf will hit the stage at Stereo Live for an electric night that will get you on your feet. 

10 p.m. Tickets are $29.  


EAT & DRINK 

Try the BBQ Ramen at Ramen Tatsu-Ya

All week long

Monday marks National BBQ Day, and while the city has plenty of diverse barbecue offerings, Ramen Tatsu-Ya's is reviving its trendy dish for the "holiday." While the restaurant has made barbecue ramen in the past, this unique plate (or bowl) is made with a slab of brisket and soaked in a yummy pork bone broth. The savory ramen only comes out once a year, so get it while you can!

11 a.m. - 10 p.m. $16. 

Celebrate Mimosa Day at Daily Gather

Monday, May 16

Nothing tops off a charcuterie board better than a good mimosa. Monday marks National Mimosa Day, and Daily Gather offers mimosas, available by the glass, carafe, or flight. The bubbles will be available in grapefruit, orange, cranberry, or pineapple. 

All-day. Mimosas prices start at $6. 

Local Winery Dinner at Brennan's

Tuesday, May 17

Fourth Ward's Brennan's will host its first wine dinner on Tuesday. The five-course meal will feature bottles from Nice Winery, and Ryan Levy will co-host the French-inspired dinner. Guests can expect escargot bordelaise with garlic bread pudding and American roasted lamb chop with a caramelized beef filet. 

6:30 - 9:00 p.m. $175 per person. 

Bud Light Presents: Suck The Head All You Can Eat Crawfish Festival

Saturday, May 21

The annual Suck The Head Crawfish Festival is back in the Bayou City this weekend. The all-day party will feature all-you-can-eat crawfish from top Houston AND Louisiana crawfish vendors, 10 DJs spinning all the tunes, and unlimited beer. Hurry, though – tickets will sell out.  

Noon - 10 p.m. Free until 4 p.m. All-access passes start at $19.99. 


Family Friendly 

Two Capybara Pups Born at the Houston Zoo

Now on view

The Houston Zoo has welcomed Bruno and Pepa, two capybara pups born in April at the wildlife park. The new baby pups are named after the Disney film Encanto, and the latest additions mark the third capybara litter the zoo has had in the past ten years.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets prices vary by day. 

May Fest 

Saturday, May 21

This month, the Czech Center Museum Houston invites everyone to come out, learn and partake in the Czech culture here in the city. This is the perfect event to bring the entire family to feast, participate in contests, try new cuisines, play games, and have fun in the sun. And of course, there'll be flower crowns! 

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free. 

Dog Fest

Saturday, May 21

The dog days of summer are just arriving, and the outdoor dog fest is the perfect event to kick it off. Bring your family and pup for a day filled with dog-themed events such as the "Goodest Dog" Competition judged by local and pup celebrities and free dog training. Hosted by Powder Keg, pet owners can enjoy craft beverages and food trucks. 

2 - 6 p.m. Free, but registration is suggested. 


 

Health & Wellness 

State of Black Women Health Forum

Wednesday, May 18

The Young Women's College Preparatory Academy will host its second State of Black Women Health Forum, where African-American health experts can answer some of the most pressing questions regarding Black women's mental, emotional and physical health needs. Additionally, those who attend will be able to receive health screenings, free COVID-19 and Flu vaccinations, massages, and door prizes. 

5:30 - 9 p.m. Free, but registration is requested. 

Nurtured by Nature: Wellness Flourishes Outdoors

Saturday, May 21

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Houston Botanic Garden and the Feel Good Group are getting in the spirit with "Nurtured by Nature." The organizations are firm believers that the great outdoors can provide much spiritual healing. Nature lovers will enjoy the outdoors and health and wellness events such as sound bathing, yoga, pilates, and cooking and gardening demos. 

The retreat begins at 9 a.m. Tickets are $15. 


Performing Arts 

Black Violin: Impossible Tour 

Tuesday, May 17

Led by classically trained string players Wil B. on viola and Kay Marcus on violin, this tour has been put in place to spread the message of determination and never to give up on your dreams and goals. Advocating for educational outreach, the group encourages the significance of disbarring stereotypes and breaking cultural barriers to unite through music. 

7:30 p.m. at Jones Hall. Tickets start at $39.  

The Houston Grand Opera Presents: Romeo & Juliet

May 20-21

The Houston Grand Opera is taking its talent to Miller Outdoor Theater for two Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet performances this weekend. The opera troupe will present the play as an opulent French opera, with soprano Elena Villalón and tenor Ricardo Garcia playing two star-crossed lovers. 

8 p.m. Free. Tickets are available starting May 19. 

Houston Symphony Presents: Juraj Valčuha Conducts Beethoven 9

May 20-22

Jones Hall is playing the classical sounds of Beethoven's 9 over the weekend, with the composition led by the Houston Symphony's Music Director, Designate Juraj Valčuha. Valčuha is the newly appointed music director for the symphony, succeeding Andrés Orozco-Estrada, who spent eight years with the company. 

Times vary by evening. Tickets start at $29. 

Pretty Things Live at the Houston Ballet

May 20-29

The Houston Ballet’s program of Pretty Things will be an amalgamation of works from Houston choreographers Jorma Elo, Christopher Bruce’s Hush, and Trey McIntyre’s Pretty Things, which will be a dance accompanied by songs from the late David Bowie. 

Times vary by night. Tickets start at $25. 


 

Shopping 

Wedding & Quinceiniera Expo Extravaganza

Sunday, May 22

Are you looking for just the right dress for your wedding or quinceanera celebration? Find everything you need at the Hilton Houston Plaza Medical Center's wedding and quince expo. With rooftop views overlooking the city, speak to planners and find just the right decor for your special day. 

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, but registration is suggested. 

Shop Kendra Scott's New Summer Collection

Available now

If you're looking for new jewelry to add to your summer lineup, head to Texas' favorite jewelry brand Kendra Scott. Inside their newly released Summer Collection, the island-inspired batch is full of dainty necklaces, stackable bracelets, and statement earrings that are a must for the vacation-filled season. Visit their latest location in MKT to shop for the newest release. 

10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Prices start at $30. 

Christy Lynn & Inclán Studio Spring Collection Pop Up

May 19 - 20

Womenswear lines Christy Lynn Collection and Inclán Studio join forces to present their spring collections. During the two-day pop-up, shoppers will browse and purchase exclusive pieces like Inclan's monochromatic basics and Christy Lynn's floral-filled frocks while enjoying colorful cocktails. 

Thursday, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Prices may vary. 


 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Songwriter Symposium

Thursday, May 19

Since its inception in February, musician Joseph Crumb has hosted the Songwriter Symposium at the AvantGarden. The symposium is live music meets podcast-storytime and features some of Houston's best local musicians. Songwriters will be highlighted and will take turns playing their songs and host a Q&A about their writing process. This Thursday, 22-year-old Sofia Jarrard will hit the stage. Since she was three, Jarrard has been a songwriter, singing about her exes and their heartbreak. 

The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. $5 cover charge to attend. 

We CANna Be Professional

Friday, May 20

Last month, we celebrated the unofficial smoker's holiday on April 20, but did you know this Friday marks Cannabis Freedom Day? To celebrate the holiday — and break the stigma surrounding cannabis, Social Beer Garden is hosting a networking power hour for those whole love cannabis and don't want to feel judged for it. Feel free to blaze up among good company. 

6 - 9 p.m. Free, but registration is suggested. 

Reptilian Nation Expo

May 21-22

NRG is where you should be this weekend if you're a fan of reptiles. The annual Reptilian Nation Expo will commence starting on Saturday, where you'll get to observe everything from snakes and spiders to frogs and crustaceans. 

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $15. 


Sports 

Sugar Land Space Cowboys vs. Round Rock Express

Tuesday, May 17

Last week the Space Cowboys hit a franchise record with seven home runs against the Albuquerque Isotopes in a 20-1 blowout, and the minor league team is looking to keep their winning streak alive against the Round Rock Express. Watch our hometeam batter up on the diamond at Constellation Field on Tuesday. 

7:05 p.m. Tickets start at $7. 

All Elite Wrestling

Wednesday, May 18

TNT's All Elite Wrestling will make its Houston debut with Dynamite/Rampage at the Fertita Center on Wednesday night for an evening of explosive martial arts. The promotion will also tape the edition of Rampage. 

6 p.m. Tickets start at $50. 

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers

Thursday, May 19

The Lone Star series is heating up this week, with the Astros going up against the Texas Rangers. The 'Stros are leading the Rangers in a 3-1 lead, and they plan to widen the gap Thursday night at Minute Maid Park. 

7:10 p.m. Tickets start at $15. 


Visual Arts 

Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks

Opening at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston on May 26.

Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo is known for his vivid and attentive portraits of Black figures. In his first museum solo exhibition organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, Boafo meditates on a critical text by sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois. Boafo and curator Larry Ossei-Mensah will lead a conversation ahead of the exhibition opening on Wednesday, May 25.

7 - 9 p.m. Free. 

Collection Close-Up: Bruce Davidson’s Photographs 

On view at the Menil Collection through May 29. 

In this stunning blast from the past, the Menil Collection spotlights the 350 works by American visionary Bruce Davidson. He is most known for capturing New York City in the mid-20th century and his emphasis on the people of Harlem. Black-and-white framed photographs fill the gallery walls. Clusters of images are grouped together salon-style, each with a cinematic and striking resonance. 

Free. 

The Obama Portraits 

On view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through May 30.

Perhaps one of the MFAH’s most-visited exhibitions of the year, the Obama Portraits are in town for just a few more weeks before their next stop on the nationwide tour. The exhibition opens with a soft blue wall perfect for photographs and leads viewers in with timelines and didactics that amp out the significance of the Obama era and the conception of the paintings by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald. Once you leave the show, stop for a pose at either of the backdrops drawn from themes in the portraits. If you’re still in the mood for more portraiture, be sure to catch the closing of Dawoud Bey: An American Project while you’re on campus.

Hours vary by day. Tickets start at $19. 

 

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