Giving Thanks

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, November 18-21

The holidays are here once again.

By Shelby Stewart November 18, 2021


The second annual City Lights at Avenida Houston kicks off this weekend. 

Image: Visit Houston

As we inch closer and closer to Thanksgiving, the city is lighting up with festive illuminations, to make room for the season. The many festivals kicking off this weekend include the 39th annual Lighting of The Doves in The Woodlands, and the Tejano Music Festival at Kemah Boardwalk. In addition, enjoy the holiday themed week with family-friendly happening at the City Lights at Avenida Houston and the Reptilian Nation Expo at NRG. 

Below, find five things to do in Houston this weekend. 

Reptilian Nation Expo at NRG

While the phrase normally goes, "lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!" Houstonians can experience the same intrigue this weekend with thousands of reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, isopods, and other critters at the Reptilian Nation Expo at NRG. The exhibition, which holds the title as the largest in Utah will make its way to Houston this weekend. 

Reptilian Nation Expo, 1 NRG Park. Saturday, November 20 through Sunday, November 21. General admission starts at $15. For more information, visit the website.

Tejano Music Festival at Kemah Boardwalk

Revel in the very best Tejano Music at Kemah Boardwalk during the Tejano Music Festival. The show, free to the public, includes a stellar lineup of acts such as The Riffs, Monico Cortez featuring Chris Q and Sunny Sauceda y Todo Eso. Additionally, attendees can get two-step dance lessons, and kids can play in a craft corner from 2-5 p.m.

Tejano Music Festival at Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah, Texas 77565. Saturday, November 20, starting at 2:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook Page. 

Famous Drag Show Brunch at Boheme

Sunday Funday in Houston is a weekly holiday in Houston, and it's worth spending at Boheme this weekend. The mainstay bar will host its famous drag show Sunday, with delicious food, a live DJ, and an eclectic drag show you don't want to miss. 

Boheme, 307 Fairview. Sunday, November 21, times may vary. For more information, visit Boheme's website. 

39th Annual Lighting of the Doves Festival 

Enjoy The Woodland's longstanding tradition of the Lighting of the Doves this weekend. The family-friendly ceremony symbolizes peace during the holidays and features traditional and international performances, Santa’s arrival, the lighting of the doves, and fireworks.

The lighting of the Doves Festival, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380. Saturday, November 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit The Woodland's Township

2nd Annual City Lights at Avenida Houston

Houston First Corporation will kick off the holiday season with a bit of magical wonder at the second annual City Lights. The celebration will transform Houston into a winter wonderland with designer-decorated trees to elves on skates. There will be ice skating at Discovery Green, holiday lights upon the Marriott Marquis' Texas-shaped lazy river, and a decadent chocolate display in the Hilton's lobby with a life-size replica of The Nutcracker.  

Avenida Houston, 1001 Avenida de la Americas. Thursday, November 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., through January 2. Admission is free. For more information, Visit Houston.

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