Houston is a multicultural metropolis. As one of the most diverse cities in the country, we get the opportunity to experience the world without ever having to leave home. With that comes events and celebrations that honor different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
This weekend, learn a Brazilian martial art in Midtown Park, honor the Holi Festival at Railway Heights or enjoy the vibrance of West Indian culture at the Caribbean Craft Market.
Music lovers will have a fun weekend ahead with the second annual Texas Smoke Break Festival coming back to White Oak Music Hall and featuring such A-list acts as DJ Drama, 2 Chainz, and Dom Kennedy. It’s also the final weekend of the rodeo, with George Strait and Ashley McBryde closing out this year’s event.
Below, we’ve rounded up five things to do in Houston this weekend:
Family Capoeira Class
If you’re looking to learn a new skill this weekend, Midtown Park is the place to be with a family-friendly capoeira class. Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that establishes discipline, coordination, strength and rhythm, is perfect for all ages and skill levels to learn. Classes are provided by Houston’s Brazilian Cultural Institute.
Midtown Park, 2811 Travis St. Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m. Free. More information here.
Texas Smoke Break Music Festival
Get ready to kick back and relax with some psychedelic vibes at the second annual Smoke Break Music Festival happening at White Oak Music Hall. Festival organizers created an event that is bigger and better this year, with a riveting lineup, including emcees 2 Chainz, DJ Drama and Dom Kennedy.
White Oak Music Hall, 2915 N. Main St. Saturday, March 19, at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $79. More information here.
Caribbean Craft Market
The Caribbean Craft Market is back! On Saturday, enjoy all things Caribbean at the outdoor market in South Houston. Eat authentic "cookshop" cuisine, enjoy the lively sounds of Caribbean music, and shop until you drop.
Saint Philip Neri Church, 10960 Martin Luther King Blvd. Saturday, March 19, at 12 p.m. Tickets start at $5. More information here.
Texas Holi Fest
Celebrate the Festival of Colors at the Texas Holi Fest. Holi is an ancient celebration of the eternal and divine love of the Goddess Radha Krishna. The celebration is commonly marked by “drenching" participants in colored water or powder. Hosted at the Railway Heights Market, the observation will include dancing, live music, plus Indo-Pak cuisine.
Railway Heights, 8200 Washington Ave. Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $10. More information here.
George Strait Live in Concert
The Houston Rodeo’s 90th anniversary return has proven to be a stellar celebration. Cody Johnson’s opening performance garnered the third-highest opening night paid attendance with 70,554 rodeo-goers, expanded food options, and it made history with Bun B’s rodeo debut in front of a crowd of more than 73,250. To close out the annual festival, Texas native and country singer George Strait will perform alongside Ashely McBryde on Sunday night.
Houston Rodeo, 1 NRG Parkway. Sunday, March 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $112. More information here.