Hoppy Hour @ MKT Bar Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 1001 Austin
Get hoppy with us at MKT Bar tonight during the Houston Press Hoppy Hour. Start your weekend with flights of beer from 8th Wonder Brewery and scrumptious bites to eat from MKT Bar for $14; purchase select drafts for $4 or a glass of wine for $5. The fun begins at 4 p.m.; stick around for live music from Chas Hamblin and The Rustabouts beginning at 5 p.m., followed by tunes from DJ DNCSxWLVS, "Dances with Wolves," from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.
BrewFest @ Silver Street Station Saturday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 1501 Silver Street
If you haven't purchased tickets to BrewFest yet, then what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now to taste a variety of craft beers more than 35 local and national breweries. General admission tickets can be purchased online today until 11:59 p.m. for $35 ($45 on Saturday) and include a sampling card for eight 3-ounce beer, wine or liquor samples as well as entrance into the event; all food offered from food trucks is an additional purchase. VIP tickets cost $60 ($70 on Saturday) and include the sampling card for eight 3-ounce beer, wine or liquor samples, entrance into the event, and access to the VIP room featuring special brews and complimentary food. All guests must be 21 years and older.
40th Anniversary Party @ Ragin' Cajun Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 4302 Richmond
This Sunday, Ragin' Cajun will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a, drum roll please... crawfish boil! Head to the location on Richmond from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. to feast on crawfish, corn and potatoes, then wash it all down with a beer or specialty drink. Louisiana-boiled crawfish will be available for $5 by the pound. If you're feeling hungrier, purchase 1.75 pounds of crawfish plus one piece of corn and one potato for $10, or 3.5 pounds of crawfish with two pieces of corn and two potatoes for $18. Domestic, import, bottle and draft beers will be available for $3 each, along with $5 frozen hurricanes and Bloody Marys. And if you're not so into crawfish, Ragin' Cajun will serve $5 shrimp Po-boys. Keyun & Zydeco Masters will perform from noon until 2 p.m., followed by Chris Ardoin and the Nustep Zydeco band from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
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Whole Pig Smoke @ Witchcraft Tavern and Provisions Co. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 1221 West 11th Street
American Craft Beer Week will come to a close on Sunday, so what better way to end the week-long festivities than with a whole pig smoke at Witchcraft Tavern & Provisions in the parking lot? Karbach Brewing Co. and 8th Wonder Brewery will serve up beer during the pig smoke. The fun begins at noon, then at 2:30 p.m., Witchcraft will start carving the little piggy to serve. End your weekend and American Craft Beer Week with local craft beer and some scrumptious pork.
7th Annual Niko Niko's World Gyro-Eating Championship @ Houston Greek Fest Sunday, 2 p.m. 1100 Eldridge Parkway
Houston Greek Fest takes place this weekend, and on Sunday, Niko Niko's will host the Greek Gyro Eating Contest to find out who can eat the most gyros in ten minutes. So, after you tour the St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church and nosh on souvlaki, spanakopita and baklava, head over to the Gyro-Eating Championship; after seeing these competitors shove gyros down their throats as quickly as they can, you might lose your appetite, so we suggest eating before. Tickets to enter the Houston Greek Fest cost $3 for adults and are free for children 10 and under.