Live music, horse racing, gospel music and more: 13 events to do in the greater Houston area this weekend, July 13-15


With everything from concerts to horse barrel racing to a gospel festival, the greater Houston area has plenty of events going on this weekend across the city.

Friday, July 13
Watch horse barrel racing

The Magnolia Community Horse Club hosts the Firecracker Barrel Race Jackpot this Friday. Pre-entries open and must be paid one hour before the event. Books open at 5:30 p.m., and the exhibition is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10 per rider, $35 for 5D open race, $25 for 3D youth race. Magnolia Horse Arena, 31245 Friendship Drive, Magnolia. 936-788-8325.

See Paramore in concert

Grammy Award-winning and American rock band Paramore comes to The Woodlands this Friday as part of the After Laughter summer tour. Openers include Foster the People and Jay Som. 7 p.m. Standard tickets $35.50-$89.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-364-3010.

Visit Sugar Land’s version of Grand Ole Opry

Sugar Land Town Square invites Houston residents to its Opry on the Square event, featuring country music from all decades. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land. 281-276-6000.

Watch “Clue” at Alamo Drafthouse

Join Colonel Mustard, Wadsworth, Miss Scarlet, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, Mr. Green and Professor Plum to see who committed the murder in the screening of the film “Clue” at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. 7:15-9:15 p.m. $14.07. 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. 281-492-6900.

Saturday, July 14
Celebrate Christmas in July

The city of Tomball sponsors family-friendly movie nights every second Saturday of the month—and this month, its showing the movie “Arthur Christmas.” Free games and activities also provided. 6 p.m. Free. Tomball Depot, 201 South Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484.

Watch live bands for a charity

Conroe’s Fire Up the Bands benefit concert takes place this Saturday at Pacific Yard House. All proceeds go toward the Conroe Firefighters Foundation, a local nonprofit organization that participates in causes such as Coats for Kids, cancer charities and the Montgomery County Livestock Show and Auction. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. $20. 101 Metcalf St., Conroe. 936-648-3248.

Bring country to the city

The Hitchin Post Summer Celebration rides into Richmond this weekend, hosted by Hitchin Post Ponies. World famous pink and rainbow ponies will be available for rides. Train rides, old western stagecoach rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, carnival games, mini golf, a photobooth and more also available. Country music artist Doug Supernaw performs live and a fireworks show concludes the event. 3-10 p.m. Hitchin Post Ponies, 10119 Hidden Lake Lane, Richmond. 281-788-6604.

Support local pubs

The St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band hosts and performs at the Bagpipes on Draft pub night benefit this Saturday at The Gorgeous Gael. Five raffle prizes—a beer basket, a wine basket, a whiskey basket, a tech basket and an Astros World Series prize bag—are available for those who purchase a raffle ticket. $10. 7-9 p.m. Free. 5555 Morningside Drive, Ste. 100, Houston. 832-667-8321.

Learn basic CPR, first aid

Get CPR/AED and/or first-aid certified with Front Range CPR this weekend at Bass Pro Shops in Pearland. This program is designed for individuals who are not health care providers or professional rescuers but desire to be certified. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $10 deposit, $35-$50. 1000 Bass Pro Drive, Houston. 979-997-3855.

Celebrate Pearland Town Center’s anniversary

Pearland Town Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this Saturday. The Pearland farmers market, bounce houses, face painting, yard games, character appearances by Paw Patrol and PJ Masks and an outdoor showing of “Coco” are included in this event. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. 11200 Broadway St., Pearland. 713-340-0712.

Attend Texas’ largest Airsoft event partnered with High Ground Airsoft to host Airsoft Palooza, the largest Airsoft event in Texas. The event includes raffles, celebrities, vendors, Airsoft guns, food, obstacle courses, shooting competitions, sales and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Evike Outpost at High Ground Airsoft, 100 Cypresswood Drive, Ste. 1302, Spring. 281-771-3126.

Sunday, July 15
Buy local groceries at a farmers market

More than 30 vendors are coming to Cypress’ farmers market at The Boardwalk Towne Lake, bringing fresh fruits, vegetables, farm fresh eggs, bread and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 9945 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 281-256-2772.

Celebrate gospel music

Houston Gospel Fest returns to India House this Sunday showcasing gospel music acts from all over the world. This event raises funds to feed the homeless. 3-7 p.m. $5-$40. 8888 West Bellfort Blvd., Houston. 713-929-1900.

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Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.
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