Christmas in July makes us think of cold weather, which we really miss right about now, warm drinks and those undeniably lovable sweaters that are so ugly they're cool. Bring them out early for a Pub Run around town and check out the rest of this weekend's Best Bets for your best weekend in July:
Houston World Series of Dog Shows at NRG Center
Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
One NRG Park
Nothing quite brings out the best in the world like a dog show. Take a tour of the houstondogshows.com. $22.. Everything canine is on display in puppy boutiques, agility course demonstrations, multiple breed-specific cuddle opportunities and, of course, a parade of the finest breeding to be seen. Dogs are welcome if they are older than six months, have all appropriate vaccinations and are not on flexible leashes. For information, visit
The Big Show 2017 at Lawndale Art Center
Friday, noon to 6 p.m.
Toby Kamps formerly of the Menil Collection and now with the Blaffer Art Museum, has taken into consideration the work of 549 local artists for this year's Big Show. Curating it down to a 200 piece collection of photography, installations, sculpture and paintings. The selected works will be on view now through select dates in August. For information, call 713-528-5858 or visit lawndaleartcenter.org. Free.
Hemingday! at Brazos Bookstore
Friday, 2 p.m.
Bring out the birthday cake and warm up your pipes, because it's Ernest Hemingway's birthday! Whether in high school reading the classic Old Man and the Sea or in that philosophy class you took in college, Hemingway is the literary staple that most have dissected and thought about. Celebrate it with Brazos Bookstore where they'll have refreshments, witty conversation and beard making (for the novices.) For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit brazosbookstore.com. Free.
Hot Mistletoe Pub Run starting at Fuego's Saloon
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Haul out the holly and get ready for Christmas in July, because the thedriven.net. $45.is here. We believe this pub run is sponsored by the number five, because it’s a 5K covering five beers over the course of five bars. Organizers have also planned a hide-and-seek adventure, hiding Christmas ornaments at each bar for people to seek during the jog. For information, visit
94.5 The Buzz - Bud Light Weenie Roast at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
2005 Lake Robbins
At this point, most of us know what to expect when local rock station 94.5 The Buzz puts on one of its music festivals. Personally, there’s something to festivals like the Bud Light Weenie Roast. They provide mainstream bands like Chevelle, Blue October and 10 Years, that — contrary to many naysayers — have actually put out some pretty top quality music over the years. So brave the heat and have a little fun. For information, visit ticketmaster.com. $9.45 to $65.
Razzle Dazzle: A Tribute to the Genius of Bob Fosse at EaDo Playhouse
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Last month the talented songbirds over at EaDo Playhouse delivered the best from Sir Elton John's songbook and now they're back with the next offering in their 2017 Summer Concert Series: eadoplayhouse.com. $20.. Odds are that Luke Hamilton, Colton Berry and company are going to cherry pick the best of the best from Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Pippin, Chicago and All That Jazz. For information, visit
Colombian International Fest at Sam Houston Park
Sunday, 11 a.m.
Colombians have been relocating to the Houston area for decades now, bringing with them the country’s flavors in the form of delicious empanadas and the almost too-perfect salsa moves of bandeja paisa. For 14 years Houston’s Colombian community has celebrated themselves with the colombianfest.com. $25., an all-day event packed with food, arts, crafts, kid-friendly activities and plenty of music on the main stage. For information, visit
Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps at the Alley Theatre
Sunday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
An ordinary man gets caught up in intrigue and a manhunt that takes him all over the place after a woman is mysteriously murdered. Sounds like the plot of a classic Alfred Hitchcock movie, which this is — sort of. Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of alleytheatre.org. $26 to $81.is back at the Alley Theatre, with familiar names Todd Waite, Elizabeth Bunch and director Mark Shanahan from the Alley's 2010 production. For information, call 713-220-5700 or visit
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Godspell at The Jeanette & L.M. George Theater
Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
With the Good Book serving as the plot, there are no spoiler alerts about the fate of Jesus in A.D. Players’ adplayers.org. $15 to $68.. Instead, the twist comes in the setting. Director Justin Doran explains, “Our disciples and Jesus are all inmates. It’s a modern-day interpretation. The script isn’t any different, but we’re using a different setting than you might be accustomed to," changing the environment, and not the story. For information, call 713-526-2721 or visit
Sam Byrd, Margaret Downing, Clint Hale, Jef Rouner, Vic Shuttee, Camilo Hannibal Smith and Susie Tommaney contributed to this post.