Houston Japan Festival, Houston Barbecue Festival: 8 things to do in Houston this weekend, April 12-14

Houston Japan Festival will take place this weekend, April 13-14, at Hermann Park.

Houston Japan Festival will take place this weekend, April 13-14, at Hermann Park.

It may be a rainy weekend in Houston, but there are plenty of events and activities to enjoy. Here are a few:

April 12
Learn about Korean papermaking
The Asia Society Texas Center will host Korean papermaking artist Aimee Lee, who will discuss her work in hanji, or Korean paper, and how it is made and how it is used. This presentation is part of “The Magic of Korean Papermaking” workshop at the Glassell School of Arts. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10 (nonmembers), $5 (members, students and seniors). 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston. 713-496-9901. www.asiasociety.org

April 12
See a movie at the Space Center
Space Center Houston will host a screening of the blockbuster drama film, “Apollo 13”. This is part of the Space on Screen series, which features documentary and classic space film screenings in the Space Center Theater, one of the largest 4K theaters in Texas. 7 p.m. $8 (non-members), $5 (members). 1601 E NASA Parkway, Houston. 281-244-2100. www.spacecenter.org

April 12-14
Go to a jewelry show

The International Gem & Jewelry Show will feature a large collection of fine jewelry, designer watches, gemstones, pearls engagement rings and bands, beads, accessories, and minerals. noon-6 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). $8 (at the door), $6 (online). NRG Center, One NRG Park, Houston. 301-294-1640. www.intergem.com

April 13
Take your pups to Mutt Strut

The Mutt Strut event will take place at Cross Creek Ranch. Activities include a costume contest, a pup peanut butter-eating contest, a bounce house, a costume contest and a photo booth as well as pet adoptions. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (donations requested). 6450 Cross Creek Bend Lane, Fulshear. 281-949-6417. www.crosscreektexas.com

April 13-14
Go to a crawfish festival

The Kemah Boardwalk will host its annual Kemah Crawfish Festival. There will be over 10,000 pounds of boiled crawfish, festival food, beer, vendors and live music. 1-10 p.m. (Sat.), noon-9 p.m. (Sun.). Free. 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah. 877-285-3624. www.kemahboardwalk.com

April 13-14
Celebrate Japanese culture

Houston Japan Festival will take place at Hermann Park and will feature Japanese food, tea ceremonies, martial arts, traditional music and dance as well as origami, bonsai and Ikebana flower arrangements. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.) Free. 6001 Fannin St., Houston. 713-963-0121. www.houstonjapanfest.org

April 13
Shop at a farmers market

Harvest Green Village Farm hosts a farmers market every week on Saturday. There will be vendors with locally-grown fruits and vegetables, eggs, meats and cheeses, as well as honey, preserved foods, flowers and plants. There will also be performances by local musicians. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. 8939 Harlem Road, Richmond. www.hgvillagefarmblog.com

April 14
Enjoy a barbecue festival

The seventh annual Houston Barbecue Festival will be hosted at Humble Civic Center Arena, and will feature barbecue from smokehouses, such as Blood Bros. BBQ, CorkScrew BBQ, Feges BBQ, Harlem Road Texas BBQ, Killen’s Barbecue, Pinkerton’s BBQ, Ray’s BBQ Shack and Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue, as well as live music and a craft beer bar. 1-4 p.m. $60 (general admission), $120 (VIP). 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble. 832-454-6106. www.houbbq.com



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