Barbecue cook-off, fish fry and a crawfish festival: 12 things to do in the Greater Houston area this weekend, April 26-28

The Texas Crawfish Festival will take place this weekend in Old Town Spring.

The Texas Crawfish Festival will take place this weekend in Old Town Spring.

Here are a few ways to spend time in the Greater Houston area this weekend, April 26-28.


North Houston

1. Lone Star Pony Express barbecue cook-off
April 26-27
The public is welcome at the 15th annual Lone Star Pony Express barbecue cook-off with auctions benefiting nonprofit Roundup for Autism. Noon-7 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.). $10. Winch Ranch, 28693 FM 1097, Montgomery. 281-974-6948. www.lonestarponyexpress.org





2. Conroe Kidz Festival
April 27
The Conroe Kidz Festival features games, train rides, face painting, food and live entertainment. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Conroe, 101 Metcalf Street, Conroe. 936-522-3911. www.cityofconroe.org





3. Nature Fest
April 27
Bridgeland’s 12th annual event features stage performances from animal trainer Dave Salmoni, Birds of Prey, Crocodile Encounter and Wild Things Zoofari. Family-friendly activities include crafts, outdoor laser tag and pony rides. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Oak Meadow Park, 17730 House & Hahl Road, Cypress. 281-304-5588. www.bridgeland.com/naturefest





4. Chicks and Hogs BBQ and Brew-off
April 27
The 10th annual Chicks and Hogs BBQ and Brew-off event includes a barbecue competition as well as a silent auction, a kid zone, live music and a beer garden featuring three local breweries. The event also benefits nonprofit Family Promise of Lake Houston, which provides programs and services to address the underlying causes of homelessness. 2-7 p.m. Free. Harley-Davidson of Kingwood, 111 Northpines Drive, Kingwood. 281-441-3754. www.fplh.org





5. Tomball Fish Fry
April 27
The Tomball Rotary Club hosts its 50th annual fish fry and inaugural Big Show, a multiperformer concert. The 2016 winner of “The Voice,” Sundance Head, will perform. The event also includes food trucks and a raffle. Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 214-241-0408. https://portal.clubrunner.ca/3956





6. Texas Crawfish Festival
April 27-28
Old Town Spring hosts its annual Texas Crawfish Festival. The event includes country and zydeco music, a petting zoo, zip lines, a carnival and plenty of crawfish. Gator Country, an alligator park and sanctuary, showcases reptiles. Noon-11 p.m. (Sat.), noon-6 p.m. (Sun.). Free-$12. Preservation Park, 130 Spring School Road, Spring. 832-674-3284. www.texascrawfishfestival.com





7. Houston Comicon
April 27-28
The event includes vendors, music and on-site personalities signing autographs. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free ($4 parking). Traders Village, 7979 N. Eldridge Parkway, Houston. 281-890-5500. www.tradersvillage.com





South Houston

8. Katy Wild West Brewfest
April 26-27
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Katy, this event kicks off with a launch party on Friday night. Beer tastings, live music and food from popular food trucks occur on Saturday. 7-10 p.m. (Sat.), 3-9 p.m. (Sun.). $35-$85. Katy Mills, 5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy. www.wildwestbrewfest.com





9. Food Truck Festival in the Heights
April 27
The Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce hosts its third annual food truck festival, featuring dozens of trucks, including Breaking Bao, Mobile Bai’s, Houston Gypsy Wagon and Southern Slider Company of Texas. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$10. Northwest Mall, 9500 Hempstead Road, Houston. 713-861-6735. www.heightschamber.org





10. Katy Sip N Stroll
April 27
The biannual Katy Sip N Stroll is hosted at Villagio Town Center. It includes wine, beer and food sampling from Katy-area restaurants, local craft vendors and live music. There will also be a silent auction and a cork-pulling event to benefit The Ballard House, a 24 guest-suite hospitality house for medical patients. 6-9 p.m. $35-$65. 22754 Westheimer Parkway, Katy. 713-557-5732. www.sipandstroll.com





11. Pearland Earth Day Celebration
April 27
The city of Pearland is partnering with Keep Pearland Beautiful to host Pearland’s 23rd annual Earth Day Celebration. This year’s celebration offers live performances, educational booths, family games, inflatables and food vendors. The outreach program for all ages aims to educate the community about environmental responsibility. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Southdown Park, 2150 Countyplace Parkway, Pearland. 281-412-8900. www.pearlandtx.gov





12. Sugar Land International Arts Festival
April 27
The city of Sugar Land’s International Arts Festival showcases the diverse cultures within the community. Activities include booths, performances, food and a kite-making workshop and contest. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Crown Festival Park, 18355 Hwy. 59, Sugar Land. 281-275-2825. www.sugarlandtx.gov


By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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