Things To Do

Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Crawfish, Whiskey & Food Truck Eats

Kemah Crawfish Festival @ Kemah City Parking Lot Friday - Sunday 604 Bradford

The 5th Annual Kemah Crawfish Festival is taking place all weekend long. Enjoy live music, dancing, drinks, and plenty of $2.99 per pound crawfish on Friday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 (kids under 12 are free).

Haute Wheels Houston - THE Food Truck Festival @ Houston Community College West Loop Campus Saturday - Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 5601 West Loop South

Head to the Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival for two days of gourmet food truck eats, fine wines, ice-cold beer, artisan goods, and live music. This year, over 34 skilled chefs will be preparing their haute cuisine. Tickets are $16 (plus fees) per person for Saturday or Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

2nd Anniversary Block Party @ 8th Wonder Brewery Saturday, 3 p.m. 2202 Dallas

This awesome EaDo brewery, who unveiled a brand new tap room earlier this year, is celebrating its 2nd birthday this Saturday. Head there for live music, tasty brews, and a sure to be good time. General admission tickets ($35) will get you a 16 oz plastic stadium cup and 4 beverage tickets to use on your choice of 4 beers on tap, including a specialty, new release brewed just for the Celebr8ion. VIP tickets ($125) include private access to brewery and taproom, a VIP viewing area of stage plus meet and greet with The Suffers, a collector's pint glass and poster, open bar access to all beers available in the taproom (including specialty casks), and gourmet eats from Eatsie Boys.

Lighten Up Y'all Cooking Class @ Central Market Saturday, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 3815 Westheimer

Food Network Star Virginia Willis is stopping by Houston while on a multi-city tour for her newest cookbook, Lighten Up Y'all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome. Join her for a cooking class and dinner, where you'll learn about and sample dishes like cider-braised pork loin with apple thyme jus, makeover broccoli mac and cheese, and cream cheese swirl brownies, at Central Market. Tickets are $70 per person.

Houston Whiskey Festival @ Bayou Event Center Saturday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (6 p.m. for VIP) 9401 Knight Road

Tonight, the second annual HWF kicks off with a VIP dinner ($110) at Mr. Peeple's Seafood & Steak, 1911 Bagby, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. But on Saturday, the real fun begins. Enjoy whiskey sampling, live music, seminars from whiskey masters, and a cigar and whiskey sipping lounge, and more. General admission tickets ($65) include whiskey samples, a buffet of hors d'oeuvres, and entrance to seminars, among other fun things. VIP tickets ($125) include all of that plus admission to the Grand Tasting room a full hour prior to regular admission and access the VIP lounge.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
Contact: Brooke Viggiano