If pumpkin spice lattes have arrived, then that means so has fall and so has the scare and creep factor ScreamWorld brings with it this weekend on opening day. It's open for 28 days straight to anyone interested in zombies, clowns and a mind-numbing array of dots that will play tricks on your eyes and give you the frighteningly dizzy effect of vertigo. Sounds like a good time to us! Keep reading for more of this weekend's best bets.
Karbachtoberfest With Grupo Fantasma at Karbach Brewing Co.
Friday, 6 p.m.
You've heard the expression, "It's five o'clock somewhere." Oktoberfest is already happening in Munich, so why not join the party? Karbach Brewing Co. kicked off its popular Karbachtoberfest with a German-influenced menu, special glassware and local legends Trae the Truth and Bun B taking the stage in the Biergarten along with Heapin' Helpin' and The Suspects. So put on your lederhosen and dirndls because the party continues all month long with seasonal pours plus our favorites brews Love Street, Hopadillo IPA, and of course the brew named after the festival itself- the Karbachtoberfest. For information, call 713-680-2739 or visit karbachbrewing.com. Free.
Luke Bryan at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Friday, 7 p.m.
2005 Lake Robbins
Say what you want about Luke Bryan, but he’s arguably the biggest country presence in the game today since Garth Brooks ruled the roost some 20-plus years ago. Bryan is a born performer, and his songs carry a certain weight with them. Did he write all of those songs? No, but then again, neither did George Strait, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and numerous others who have carried the country mantle in recent years. Simply put, Luke Bryan, whether you like it or not, is the face of country music, and this concert will sell out. Plus, “Drink a Beer,” penned by the great Chris Stapleton, is one hell of a track. For information, call 281-363-3300 or visit woodlandscenter.org. $38 to $76.75.
ScreamWorld Opening Day at ScreamWorld
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
2225 North Sam Houston Parkway West
Four and half acres of clowns, snakes, mazes and zombies. It's a hodgepodge of almost all major phobias and the place that a few may turn away from, but that nearly 30,000 Houstonians run to for a bit of scream therapy. Scare scenarios on hand take you from Jake's Slaughterhouse to the Clown Asylum Maze and to the brink of insanity in the Dot Dungeon; that's seemingly tame but don't let the name fool you. Dot Dungeon envelopes you in a sea of dots with blinding strobe lights and booming air cannons; how's that for a distraction from Harvey? For information, call 713-914-1313 or visit screamworld.com. $17 to $32.
Sam Houston Race Park Food Truck Festival at Sam Houston Race Park
Saturday, 1 p.m.
7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West
The question of which food truck to choose is always a tough one. Do you go with The Crepe Machine for something sweet, something with Nutella, can't go wrong there; or do you go with new Houston fave Bowl'd Up? Striking while the poke-loving iron is hot, Bowl'd Up offers up fresh Instagram worthy bowls of poke and more, so stress no more about which food truck you want and the one you passed up. Plenty of Houston's tastiest food trucks will be at the Sam Houston Race Park Food Truck Festival this weekend, corralling them all in one place for you to pick at like fish in a barrel, or fish in a poke bowl. For information, visit shrp.com. Free to $25.
Bodies in Motion at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
When Tony Brandt, artistic director of Musiqa, reached out to Annie Arnoult of Open Dance Project about the possibility of collaborating on a concert, there was no question that musiqahouston.org. $11 to $58.would happen. “Both organizations are champions of interdisciplinary performance and the composition process,” she says. The program includes the world premiere of Three Pieces for String Quartet by Marcus Maroney, with choreography by Arnoult; and Lonely Suite for violin by Lera Auerbach, with choreography by Hope Stone’s Jane Weiner. Bodies is also an opportunity to experience an excerpt of the acclaimed Stalemate, which was created out of Arnoult’s frustration with the current political climate but takes on new meaning after Hurricane Harvey. For information, call 713-524-5678 or visit
The Winners at Beacon Theatre
Saturday, 8 p.m.
What would you do if you won $337 million? Cassie and Kurt, the middle-aged couple who hit the jackpot in David L. Williams’s conemanrunning.com. $15 to $20., hire an escort, but their night of fantasy fulfillment quickly takes a dark turn. Director Lindsay Boyd says though the play is a warning against letting money go to your head, it’s also commentary on people’s tendency to be blinded by insignificant things, which allows them to treat others poorly. “I want people to leave feeling like this is something that exists, this is a problem that exists that people aren’t paying attention to, that people just let slide because they’re Southern, or they’re white, or that’s just how they were raised.” For information, cal 281-972-5897 or visit
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Mayerling at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, 2 p.m.
Let’s see. There’s sex, violence, drugs, obsession and insanity — all set to the powerful choreography of Sir Kenneth MacMillan with music by Liszt. tells the story of Crown Prince Rudolf, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his 17-year-old mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera. The couple’s deaths in 1889, an apparent murder-suicide pact whose causes were first covered up, later scandalized the world and have been the subject of speculation for years. Houston Ballet will perform the three-act ballet’s North American debut, with Principal Connor Walsh dancing the physically demanding lead role on opening night. Because of hurricane-related damage to the ballet’s home stage at the Wortham Theater Center, there were fears Mayerling would be canceled, but the Hobby Center opened its doors and the dancers will be onstage at Sarofim Hall. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit houstonballet.org. $30 to $135.
Adam Castaneda, Natalie de la Garza, Margaret Downing, Clint Hale and Susie Tommaney contributed to this post.