Attend a free fitness expo, check out ice sculptures: 6 things to do in Houston this weekend, July 13-14

The Houston Barbecue Festival and Saint Arnold Brewing Co. host the inaugural Tex-Mex BBQ Block Party this weekend.

The Houston Barbecue Festival and Saint Arnold Brewing Co. host the inaugural Tex-Mex BBQ Block Party this weekend.

From a bridal extravaganza to Shark Day at the Downtown Aquarium, there's plenty to do in the Greater Houston area this weekend.


1. Cool down at Houston Zoo's Ice Fest, July 13
With the purchase of a general admission ticket, zoo attendees can watch ice-carving artists carve large animal pieces as well as take photos with an ice throne and animal sculptures. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org





2. Plan your wedding at the Bridal Extravaganza Show, July 14
The Bridal Extravaganza Show comes to Houston with 400 vendors in 700 display showcases. Vendors will showcase a variety of items and services, including flowers, wedding cakes, banquet facilities, bridal registries, photography, hair, makeup and photo booths. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15 online, $20 at the door. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston. 800-427-4697. www.bridalextravaganzashow.com





3. Attend a free fitness expo, July 13-14
Attend the American Fitness Expo to meet with celebrities in the fitness industry, try out new workouts and sample products. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Sat.), 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). Free. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston. www.afitnessexpo.com





4. Shark Day at Downtown Aquarium, July 14
Learn about sharks from experts, interactive booths and activities. Activities inside the exhibit are free to attend with the purchase of an exhibit pass. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby St., Houston. 713-223-3474. www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumhouston





5. Drink beer and eat barbecue at local festival, July 14
The Houston Barbecue Festival and Saint Arnold Brewing Co. host the inaugural Tex-Mex BBQ Block Party. Tickets include entry into the event, unlimited samples from all barbecue vendors and Saint Arnold beer. 1 p.m. $60. Saint Arnold Brewing Co., 2000 Lyons Ave., Houston. 713-686-9494. www.eventbrite.com/e/tex-mex-bbq-block-party





6. Check out The Heights Morning Market, July 14
Shop for local clothing, gourmet goods, jewelry, arts and crafts and home goods at the weekly morning market. 10 a.m. Free. Onion Creek, 3106 White Oak Drive, Houston. 713-880-0706. www.facebook.com/heightsmorningmarket


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By Eva Vigh

Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.


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