You can never explain Houston by just one thing. Living in Houston means accepting the city in all of its glory: new restaurant openings, live stage plays at every turn, and of course, bumper-to-bumper traffic. That's because the festivities never end in the Bayou City 一 and this week, like so many others, is a good example of why.
Our dining scene has great offerings, with the Eat Drink HTX kickoff and the Urban Harvest Beer & Beefsteak Fundraiser. H-Town’s arts and culture scene is also popping with Midtown Arts & Theater Center’s premiere of Wonka! on Friday.
For those cinephiles out there, the ReelAbilities Film Festival is underway. And if you’re looking for just the right combination of music, food, and culture, head down to Galveston's Mardi Gras celebration.
For the full take, here are the five things we think you should check out in Houston this weekend:
Eat Drink HTX
The Cleverly Stone Foundation, known for hosting Houston Restaurant Weeks, is back with an all-new foodie celebration: Eat Drink HTX. The two-week-long festival is catered to casual, and fast-casual dining spots in the city, and proceeds will benefit the Houston Food Bank and The Star of Hope. Eat Drink HTX has a long list of restaurants to choose from, including Ambrosia, Craft Pita, and Shoot The Moon.
Eat Drink HTX, through February 28. For a list of restaurants, visit the website.
ReelAbilities Film Festival
Celebrate the power of diversity and inclusion this weekend at the ReelAbilites Film Festival. Created to shed light and shift the perception of the disabled community, the film festival is giving Houstonians free, virtual access to 16 award-winning films to help bridge the gap for people with disabilities.
ReelAbilities Film Festival, virtual. February 16 through 24. For the full list of films, and to register, visit the website.
Immersive Frida Kahlo Exhibit
Following the major success of the Immersive Van Gogh exhibition in Houston, residents can now learn about the life and legacy of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, through the riveting lens of digital artist Massimiliana Siccardi, and composer Luca Longobardi. The exhibit will feature some of her best-known works, including The Two Fridas, and Without Hope.
Lighthouse ArtSpace Houston, 1314 Britmoore Rd., runs Thursday, February 17 through April 17. Tickets start at $39.99. For more information and tickets, visit the website.
Urban Harvest Beer & Beefsteak Fundraiser
Chefs Graham Laborde, Jess Timmons, and Ryan Savoie are starting a tradition gleaned from a beloved dish: Beefsteak. This weekend, Urban Harvest will host its first-ever Beer & Beefsteak Fundraiser. The star of this show will no doubt the sliced beef and jus sourced from the Farm at Bald Hill. Beer from Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company will be on hand to wash it all down. Artisana Bread will also be available to soak up all the tasty broth.
Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave. Sunday, Feb. 20, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets start at $150. To purchase tickets, visit the website.
Wonka! At MATCH
Feel the sweet magic this weekend with Wonka! at the Midtown Arts & Theater Center. The play is the Open Dance Project’s interpretation of Roald Dahl’s coming-of-age tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Most of us already know the tale of Charlie Bucket searching for a golden ticket, and how the love for confections turns sour for a group of children touring a candy factory.
Wonka!, 3400 Main Street. Friday, February 18 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, and Sunday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit the website.