1. Participate in early voting
Early voting for the May 4 election runs from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 26-27, 1-6 p.m. April 28 and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 29-30. Voters can cast their ballot at any polling location in Harris County during the early voting period. For more information on the May 4 election, click here.
2. Enjoy a four-course meal, champagne
The Black Sheep Bistro hosts its fourth wine dinner of the year, partnering with The Prisoner Wine Company. The restaurant shuts down at 6:30 p.m. Friday night to prepare the food inside its 100-year old cottage. A champagne reception and four-course dinner are provided, and reservations are required. 7:30 p.m. $120. The Black Sheep Bistro, 326 Main St., Spring. 832-616-3035. www.theblacksheepbistro.com
3. See “Comic Potential” at Playhouse 1960
Playhouse 1960 performs “Comic Potential,” a romantic science fiction comedy that is set in a television studio in a future when androids have replaced actors. 8-10:30 p.m. $18-$21. Playhouse 1960, 6814 Gant Road, Houston. 281-587-8243. www.playhouse1960.com
4. Cook chili to support college scholarships
Conservatory at Champion Forest holds its annual chili cook-off for education. The competition includes a silent auction, and proceeds benefit Lone Star College scholarships. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Conservatory at Champion Forest, 8215 Cypresswood Drive, Spring. 281-370-3102. www.conservatoryseniorliving.com
6. Go international at the Barbara Bush Branch Library
The Barbara Bush Branch Library hosts an international festival, during which participants can pick up a boarding pass and passport at the children’s desk and visit various countries represented by local community members. The festival will also feature a special dance performance by the Houston Northwest Chinese Association at noon. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Barbara Bush Branch Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring. 832-927-7800. www.hcpl.net
6. Eat crawfish at annual Texas Crawfish and Music Festival
Old Town Spring holds its annual Texas Crawfish and Music 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 (depending on age). Preservation Park, 130 Spring School Road, Spring. 832-674-3284. www.texascrawfishfestival.com
7. Get a sneak peak of Six Flags Hurricane Harbor SplashTown
This weekend is season pass holder and membership weekend at the newly rebranded Six Flags Hurricane Harbor SplashTown, during which all Six Flags season pass holders and members are invited to visit the rebranded waterpark for an exclusive, early-access park preview. Attendees can bring one friend per pass holder or member for $15. Noon-6 p.m. Hurricane Harbor Splashtown, 21300 I-45, Spring. 281-355-3300. www.wetnwildsplashtown.com
8. Shop for tax-free emergency preparedness supplies
As hurricane season approaches in Texas, state Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced a statewide sales tax holiday this weekend on emergency preparedness supplies. For more information on what items qualify, click here.