Looking for something to do in the Houston area this weekend? Check out this weekend's guide!

April 14: Listen to a music ensemble at the park

The city of West University Place is bringing back its outdoor event series with an ensemble performance by the Houston Brass Quintet. The Houston Brass Quintet will perform at Colonial Park Pavilion with songs attendees can sing along and dance to.
  • 7-8 p.m.
  • Free
  • Colonial Park Pavilion, 4130 Byron St., West University Place
  • 713-662-7420. www.westutx.gov
April 14-16: Listen to music at a festival

The Conroe Crossroads music festival is back for its four-day event that will feature eight venues and 40 shows. Performing artists include Dirty River Boys, Zac Wilkerson, and Mike & Moonpies. Venues include 202 Main, 219 Social House, the Owen Theater and The Table at Madeley.April 14: View a lantern festival

This spring, City Place will be home to Houston's Magical Winter Lights, the largest lantern festival of its kind featuring vibrant elements of flora and fauna. The display will be located near City Place's waterfront and will be illuminated nightly at dusk.April 14: Attend Friday Night Bites

Bridgeland is set to host "Friday Night Bites," an event that will showcase an array of Houston-area food trucks and safari-themed, family-friendly activities. Attendees can participate in a scavenger hunt, with top winners receiving prizes, and enjoy life-sized dinosaur characters, lawn games and live entertainment from Nervous Rex. Additionally, Teddy Bear Mobile will be available on-site for children interested in building their own stuffed animals.
  • 6-10 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • Lakeland Village Center, 10519 Fry Road, Cypress
April 14-16: See local arts on display

Fidelity Investments The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival features an outdoor, jury-selected arts show with more than 200 local and national artists. The event includes live music, entertainment and food.
  • 1-5 p.m. (April 14),10-6 p.m. (April 15), 10-5 p.m. (April 16)
  • $11-$16 (daily), $28 (weekend)
  • The Woodlands Waterway and Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
  • www.thewoodlandsartscouncil.org
April 14: Enjoy Houston cuisine; see zoo animals

More than 30 Houston restaurants are participating in Feast with the Beasts, an evening of live music, a variety of different cuisines and interactions with animals at the Houston Zoo.
  • 6-10 p.m.
  • $149
  • Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston
  • 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org
April 14-May 31: Try local eats

The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce is bringing back Tastefest on April 13 with a launch party at the Lone Star Convention Center to kick off the weekslong event. The kickoff will include tastings from local caterers, private country clubs and vendors as well as music and a photo booth. Attendees can use the TastePass through May 31 at participating restaurants.
  • 5-8 p.m. (April 13)
  • $25-$40
  • Locations vary for tastings. Lone Star Convention Center, 9055 Airport Road, Conroe
  • 936-756-6644. www.conroe.org
April 14-June 3: Explore AAPI stories at the library

The Houston Public Library is showcasing an exhibit that documents the history, lives and contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Greater Houston. The “Our Vibrant AAPI Community” exhibit offers a panoramic view of Asian immigrants and their descendants.
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Tue.-Sat.)
  • Free
  • Julia Ideson Building Gallery, 550 McKinney St., Houston
  • 832-393-1313. www.houstonlibrary.org
April 15: Sip and stroll through Katy

The 25th annual Katy Sip N Stroll event gives attendees access to food, dessert and beverage stations. The event also features live music, a wine pull, a raffle and vendors. Proceeds benefit The Ballard House, which provides rooms for patients and their caregivers undergoing treatment for life-threatening illnesses.
  • 6-9 p.m.
  • $75-$125
  • The ARK by Norris Event Center, 21402 Merchants Way, Katy
  • 713-557-5732. www.sipandstroll.com
April 15: Attend a barbecue cookoff

The VFW Post 8905 is hosting a barbecue cookoff for more than 35 teams. The event also includes silent and live auctions, live music, and an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. This event is open to the public, and proceeds will benefit veterans.
  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • VFW Post 8905, 21902 Hwy. 290, Cypress
  • 281-469-6632. www.vfw8905.org
April 15: Attend a gala

The Montgomery Christian Academy is hosting a gala, which will include live music by Josh Masters and be emceed by Judge Wayne Mack. Other activities include a silent auction, a live auction and a dessert auction. Child care will be available.April 15: Walk through a craft fair

Caring Corner is hosting a craft fair that will feature a variety of vendors selling handmade wares, such as soaps, candles and monogrammed items. Attendees will also be able to purchase snacks and baked goods.April 15: Add to your book collection

Community members can shop for books donated by the local Bellaire community at a used book sale hosted by Friends of the Bellaire Library. Proceeds support the library’s summer reading program.
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Free
  • Bellaire Fire Department, 5101 Jessamine St., Bellaire
  • 713-662-8160. www.bellairetx.gov
April 15: Attend a spring fling

Magnolia Apostolic Tabernacle is hosting its annual Spring Fling event with a car show, vendors, food, a live auction and games for children. Attendees can expect classic and modern vehicles in the car show.April 15-16: Check out Houston Comicon

The 2023 Houston Comicon event features on-site autographs, workshops, vendors and music.
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Free (admission), $5 (parking)
  • Traders Village, 7979 N. Eldridge Parkway, Houston
  • 281-890-5500. www.tradersvillage.com
April 15-16: Attend a spring market

The Katy Merrell Center will host its 15th annual spring market made up of 130 small businesses. This shopping event will include handmade crafts, home decor, jewelry, holiday accessories, children’s gifts and clothing boutiques.
  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.)
  • $5
  • Leonard E. Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy
  • 281-396-2562. www.katyisd.org/LMC
April 15: Learn about Friends of Texas Wildlife

At an open house, attendees can tour the nonprofit’s intake center, walk through the eagle flight enclosure and meet the organization’s education ambassadors, which are live nonreleasable animals.
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • $5, free (age 3 and younger)
  • 29816 Dobbin Hufsmith Road, Magnolia
  • 281-259-0039. www.ftwl.org
April 16: Shop for spring

Peruse more than 80 local artisans at Vibe Artisan Markets’—formerly Texas Artisan Markets—annual spring market. The dog- and child-friendly event will feature live music, spring photo opportunities, food trucks and craft beer.April 16, 23 & 30: Hear live music at Jazzy Sundays

Through a grant from the Kinder Foundation, three city parks are hosting a weekly free jazz series called Jazzy Sundays. For April, this series will be hosted at Discovery Green, and each concert will feature a different lineup of jazz musicians.April 16: See a live butterfly release

The annual Butterfly Family Festival features a barbecue lunch, a silent auction and games. Proceeds will provide scholarships for Chrysalis preschool.
  • Noon-3 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • Messiah Lutheran Church, 11522 Telge Road, Cypress
  • 281-890-3013. www.messiahlc.org