Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market @ NRG Center
Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1 NRG Park
Get your holiday shopping done early (and get a taste of some of the best treats around) at this festive holiday market. The NRG Center will be packed with around 300 merchants, including Ala Carte Alice, featuring chef inspired gourmet entrees, soups, and grilling glazes; Blue Cattle Truck Mexican Vanilla, offering the finest Mexican vanilla and gourmet baking mixes; and Farm Pac Kitchens, featuring mouthwaterings meats, nuts and sauces. Discount tickets (good for one day) may be purchased at Houston-area Randalls for $18 or online at Ticketmaster. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $20. Half-price admission is available daily 3 hours prior to closing. Children under 5 are free.
Houston Turkish Festival @ Jones Plaza
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This 24th Annual Turkish Festival offers two days of live music and dance performances, a grand bazaar, plenty of family activities and delicious, authentic Turkish fare. Hit it to stuff yourself with doner, tantuni rice and beans, kokorec, kebabs, and baklava, among other traditional delights.
Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale Pub Crawl: North Village Edition
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The granddaddy of all Pub Crawls - the one that started them all – turns 21 this year. The North Village Edition of Saint A’s Christmas Ale Pub Crawl stops at Kay's Lounge, 2324 Bissonnet, Kelvin Arms, 2424 Dunstan, The Big Easy, 5731 Kirby, Under the Volcano, 2349 Bissonnet, and the final bar, Hans Bier Haus, 2523 Quenby. As usual, the open house crawl allows you to visit the first four stops in any order, and you'll get your ticket at whichever stop you decide to visit first. Tickets will be handed out between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The prize for making all five stops will be a beautiful Saint Arnold pint glass. Remember to bring cash and be ready for a great time.
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TACOLANDIA @ The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park
Saturday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Our inaugural taco sampling event is here (for real this time)! Get a taste of UNLIMITED TACOS, ranging from urban contemporary to authentic street style, from local hotspots, including El Real, Moderno Tacos & Tex Mex, Tacos A Go-Go and Roost. Just be sure to your tickets soon ($30 advanced purchase and $40 day of), because once it's sold out, it's sold out. VIP tickets are available for $75 and include early entry at 3 p.m., complimentary booze and fancy VIP bathrooms. Expect great eats, live music and a cash bar. Guests must be 21 or older. This event is rain or shine. See you there!
Houston Corks and Forks @ Prohibition Supperclub & Bar
Sunday, 5 p.m. (4 p.m. VIP)
Enjoy an evening of evening of food, fun and fundraising at this charity event, hosted by the American Cancer Society and Chef Ben McPherson, Culinary Directo of Prohibition Supperclub & Bar. Alongside wine and champagne pairings, a silent auction and big ticket raffle, and superior entertainment, guests will have the opportunity to savor an array of bites as Chef McPherson and Executive Chef Matt Womack engage in some friendly culinary competition with Killen's Steakhouse's Chef de Cuisine Chris Loftis, Hubble & Hudson's Executive Chef Austin Simmons, and chefs Matthew Lovelace and Greg Lowry of Pour Society. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite chef throughout the evening and the winning chef will be announced at the conclusion of the event. Tickets are $125 for general admission and $250 for VIP.