We're officially counting down the days until a much-deserved three-day weekend, but that's no excuse to hole up and binge watch Netflix. There's too much fun to be had in and around the Houston area: Dog lovin' sports fans can bring their pup to the Astros game on Sunday, Wet’n’Wild SplashTown is holding a luau with fire dancers on Monday and it's our last weekend to experience MFAH's "Big Bambú" and the amazing "Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel" exhibits. We've also got food and fireworks in Galveston; read more and then chart your course for party.
It's not a sports equinox, but still any weekend where we've got our choice of football, baseball and soccer is a good one. On September 1, the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Ole Miss Rebels go head to head at NRG Stadium for the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, plus we can catch the broadcast when Houston Dynamo goes into the final leg of the Texas Derby in an away game against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium. There's a trifecta with the Houston Astros with September 1-2 games against the Los Angeles Angels (first 10,000 fans on Saturday get an Alex Bregman "Walk-Off Hit" bobblehead, and it's bring your pooch day on Sunday). After Monday's game against the Minnesota Twins, kids will be able to burn off some energy by rounding the bases.
Last year's Labor Day Luau at Wet'n'Wild SplashTown was a wash-out, no thanks to a certain uninvited guest by the name of Harvey. But it's another year and the Hawaiian luau performers are ready to shake their stuff on September 3, along with face painting (noon-2 p.m.), balloon artists (2-4 p.m.) and fire dancers on the Wild Wave Pool Stage (1-4 p.m.). The Summer Sessions pool parties at Clé are — wait for it — legendary. There's something about music, alcohol and a club atmosphere swimming pool that brings out the debauchery in just about everybody. Alan Walker ("Faded" and "Alone") is serving up the sounds on September 2, so be there or be square.
It's the last hurrah for Galveston Island's free fireworks program. They're closing out the summer with a beachfront fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico on September 2 beginning at 9 p.m.; find your vantage point near Seawall Boulevard and 37th Street. While on the Island, don't miss the 9th Annual Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival at Moody Gardens; the August 31-September 2 event features a Texas Brewery Tasting Tour, a sampling of new releases, and a chance to learn more on the Beer University Seminar Stage. Closer to home, everybody talking about the Taste of the Caribbean Festival with music from Imani Ray and Grupo Latitude, and samplings of succulent jerk chicken, curry from Tobago and Cuban roast pork.
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Don't say we didn't warn you. It's the very last weekend to see a couple of amazing exhibits right here in H-Town. There's the precarious — but in a good way — bamboo adventure over at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston with "Mike + Doug Starn: Big Bambú." Wear flat shoes, throw your fear of heights into the wind, and experience the thrill of traversing a labyrinth of sticks lashed together with colorful lanyards and not much else. The spectacular "Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition" exhibit was extended, courtesy of Telemundo Houston, allowing Spanish-speaking audiences one last chance to witness the miracle of the touring "La Capilla Sixtina de Miguel Ángel" exhibition. If large dance-music productions right out of Bollywood are your thing, then be sure to park yourself on the hill at Miller Outdoor Theatre on September 2 when Samskriti Bollywood Blast takes the stage.
[Edit: The Bring Back AstroWorld Party has been rescheduled for September 30.] I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... AstroWorld. Wax nostalgic at this Bring Back AstroWorld Party on
September 2, presented by Alternative Houston. Nosh on funnel cakes, take a selfie against a theme park backdrop and even try your hand at the dunking booth or rock climbing wall. It's all going down at New Potato near downtown. For a little chill time with the fam, be sure to stop by Discovery Green on September 2 as it kicks off its season of Sundays in the Park. There's live music (September 2 features Adrian Michael), lawn games from "Rocket Dog" the art cart, and more.