5 things to do in Houston this weekend, March 17-19

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In addition to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Greater Houston area residents can enjoy festivals, performances and service opportunities this weekend.

Thursday, March 16 through Sunday, March 26
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
The multi-week event features food, concerts, rodeo events and children’s activities. This weekend’s headlining performers include Luke Bryan (Thursday), Fifth Harmony (Friday), Willie Nelson (Saturday), Banda El Recodo (Sunday) and Siggno (Sunday). Weekend performers take the stage around 5:45 p.m., following each evening’s rodeo events. Before heading to the rodeo, find parking information, ticket prices and event times here. Times vary. $5-$10 (general admission), $18-$350 (rodeo and concert events). NRG Stadium, NRG Parkway, Houston. www.rodeohouston.com 

Friday, March 17-Sunday, March 19
‘The Producers’
Presented by Stageworks Theatre, the Broadway musical comedy by Mel Brooks has received a record 12 Tony Awards.  7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sun.). $17 (students), $24 (seniors), $28 (adults). The Garza Mainstage, 10760 Grant Road, Houston. 281-587-6100. www.stageworkshouston.org/the-producers

Saturday, March 18
Family fun fest
Houston Area Shows presents The Woodlands Family Fun Fest at Town Green Park. The family-friendly festival features rides, games, live performances, food vendors, a reptile ranch and a free children’s workshop. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. www.houstonareashow.com

Saturday, March 18
Volunteer work day
Buffalo Bayou Partnership hosts a community-wide volunteer work day at Buffalo Bayou Park. Volunteers—groups and individuals—will help with tasks, such as trash pick-up, mulching and weed removal, to clean up the park. The BBP provides all necessary tools, but volunteers should bring work gloves. To participate, volunteers must complete an online volunteer waiver. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Free. The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine Street, Houston. 713-752-0314. http://buffalobayou.org

Saturday, March 18
Houston Zydeco Fest
The one-day festival showcases Zydeco music from Texas and Louisiana. Food and drink vendors are also available. $15 (general admission). 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana Street, Houston. www.houstonzydecofest.com

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Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.

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