Learn about craft beer, celebrate Houston's anniversary: 12 things to do around Greater Houston over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 2

A variety of events and celebrations will be taking place around Greater Houston over Labor Day weekend in 2019.

A variety of events and celebrations will be taking place around Greater Houston over Labor Day weekend in 2019.

If you're sticking around for the long weekend, there are plenty of things to do and see in the Houston area from Aug. 30-Sept. 2, including concerts, food events and historical celebrations.


1. Hear Trevor Noah speak
Aug. 30
Trevor Noah, comedian and host of The Daily Show, will speak during the first night of the Islamic Society of North America's annual conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center. 8-10 p.m. $15-$250. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston. 281-804-1456. www.isnacon.com





2. Go on a Tomball food tour
Aug. 30
Copan Coffee Roasters and Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue restaurant will offer a culinary tour experience, featuring information on coffee roasting and truffle making. A demonstration with Tejas' owner is included as are a coffee sample and a barbecue lunch. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $53.99. 22111 Hufsmith-Kohrville Road, Tomball. 832-761-0670. www.experience.visithouston.com





3. Take in a free concert at Discovery Green
Aug. 30
Pop singer-songwriters Alec Benjamin and MAX will perform a free summer evening concert at Discovery Green downtown. Food, drinks and giveaways will also be offered. 6 p.m. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston. www.axs.com/alecbenjaminbbva





4. Attend a 'Star Wars' movie screening
Aug. 30
The Levy Park Conservancy will screen "Solo: A Star Wars Story" for its monthly family movie night. Attendees are invited to dress up in Star Wars gear and bring their own blankets or park chairs for a movie on the lawn. 8-10 p.m. Free. Levy Park Event Pavilion, 3801 Eastside St., Houston. 713-224-9115. www.levyparkhouston.org





5. Browse through used Russian books
Aug. 30
The Russian cultural center Our Texas will host its ninth annual used book fair, featuring fiction and nonfiction books in Russian and English. Biographies, literature, cookbooks and children's reads will be available. 12-4 p.m. Free. Russion Cultural Center Our Texas, 2337 Bissonnet St., Houston. 713-395-3301. www.ourtx.org





6. Learn about Pablo Picasso's art
Aug. 30-Sept. 1
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will present a screening of Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic art documentary "The Mystery of Picasso" for a unique look at the painter's artistic process. Fri.-Sat. 7-8:15 p.m., Sun. 5-6:15 p.m. $9. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston. 713-639-7515. www.mfah.org/calendar/mystery-picasso





7. Listen to classic Queen hits
Aug. 30
Baroness, a Queen cover band, will play a tribute concert to the British rock band at Sugar Land's Town Square. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land. 281-242-2000. www.sugarlandtownsquare.com/event/town-square-tribute-queen-cover





8. Sample dozens of craft beers
Aug. 30-Sept. 1
The 10th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival will allow beer aficionados to taste and learn from more than 70 breweries. Tasting events, new beer releases and a variety of food will all be on tap. Fri. 7-10 p.m., Sat. 2-6 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $165 (weekend pass); daily event prices vary. Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston. 281-415-0673. www.brewmastersbeerfest.com





9. Learn about Houston history for the city's anniversary
Aug. 31
Attend a celebration of the city of Houston's 183rd anniversary in Sam Houston Park. The Heritage Society's museum and historic homes in the park will be open during the event, and complimentary food, cake and Saint Arnold beer will be served. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will be in attendance to cut the birthday cake. 4-8 p.m. Free. The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby St., Houston. 713-655-1912. www.heritagesociety.org





10. Celebrate Labor Day the old-fashioned way
Aug. 31
Traditional Labor Day festivities will be held at the historic George Ranch House, including old-fashioned games, music and food. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10-$15 (adult), free (children 3 and under). George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762, Richmond. 281-343-0218. www.georgeranch.org





11. Eat at neighborhood food trucks
Sept. 1
Bring your family to take in array of local food trucks and vendors along with music from a live DJ at the second annual Southeast Houston Food Truck Festival. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. 10739 Gulf Freeway, Houston. www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-south-east-houston-community-food-truck-festival-tickets-57844369065





12. Try a new eatery during Houston Restaurant Weeks
Ends Sept. 2
The annual monthlong fundraiser benefiting Greater Houston food banks will enter its last weekend of 2019. Try out specialized brunch, lunch and dinner menus from more than 250 restaurants around the Houston area before the event's conclusion on Labor Day. $20-$45. www.houstonrestaurantweeks.com


By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 and is a reporter for The Woodlands edition.


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