Seven (Mostly Free) Activities to Make the Most of This Beautiful Weekend

Fitness in the park, photo courtesy of Katya Horner

MOBILE MARKET REVS UP AT BERING'S Today is the first day that Hope Farms — the seven-acre urban farm operated by Recipe for Success — is bringing its Rolling Green Market to Bering's on Westheimer. Each Thursday from noon until 2pm, score farm-fresh produce, fresh flowers, honey and more at the pop-up farmer's market, which has already been a hit on Fridays at Tootsies. Free.


SOAK UP SENSATIONAL WINTER WEATHER AT KINGWOOD MARKET Yesterday's front made way for a lovely January day — perfect for hitting up the Kingwood Farmers Market, tonight from 3pm-7pm. Stock up for the weekend with grass-fed beef and chicken, savory Indian food, baked goods and more. Free.

CATCH A 'WONDER'FUL FLICK AT MOONSTRUCK The drive-in trend of 2020 isn't going anywhere — and that's more than okay with us. This weekend brings screenings of Wonder Woman 1984 (6:30pm, Fri.-Sun.) and News of the World (10pm, Fri.-Sat.) at Moonstruck Drive-In at East River. Standard movie snacks are available, and a rotating roster of food trucks ensures the whole fam will find something to enjoy (wine and beer are available, too!). $30 per car.

STRETCH YOUR STUFF AT DISCOVERY GREEN If exercise was a New Year's resolution for you, then check out Discovery Green's weekly Saturday yoga classes. The park halted its in-person fitness programming due to Covid, but has recently resumed socially distant, open-air classes — free to all. For Saturday's one-hour Hatha class at 9am, each yogi should bring his or her own towel, water and yoga mat, and will be assigned a circle painted on the grass, all spaced eight feet apart. Free.

GROW A GREEN THUMB — VIA ZOOM! If you feel like you haven't gotten out enough during quarantine, bring the outdoors in! On Saturday at 9:30am, Urban Harvest livestreams a "Square Foot Gardening" tutorial for those who may have gardening-space constraints. The one-time Zoom class will teach viewers how to use limited materials and space to their advantage, and specifically aims to instruct how to care for plants in Houston's heat and climate. Be sure to pre-register with enough time to receive confirmation. $20.

BROWSE BEAUTIFUL LOCAL ART AT SAWYER YARDS Support local artists via Sawyer Yards' market held on the second Saturday of each month, from 11am-5pm. This week's featured artists will display homemade candles, soap, jewelry, tea, chocolate, paintings and more. Whether browsing or stocking up, the open-air market — and delicious prepared food aplenty! — is a must-hit on a beautiful Saturday. Free.

VISIT THE FAR-OUT VINTAGE FEST Shop for vintage clothes at Houston's Vintage Street Fest on Sunday — '80s and '90s clothes are a guaranteed find, but scour the racks for some outrageous gems. There will also be food vendors, locally made art, live jams, and refreshing brews courtesy of Karbach. Masked required. Free.

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SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED Italian shoe line Concetto Limone will make its Texas debut at a cocktail reception at Valobra Master Jewelers (2150 Westheimer Rd.) on Thursday, April 29 from 5-7pm. The evening of "All Things Italian" will transport guests immediately to the coast of southern Italian as they sip on Italian wines, Aperol Spritzes, Negronis and Limoncellos while feasting on an assortment of Italian hors d'oeuvres from Houston's beloved Tony's. Invited guests will have the first glance in Texas on the Concetto Limone line and the opportunity to purchase unisex styles on Thursday evening and all day Friday at a trunk show at Valobra.

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Abbie Preston Edmonson gives a special presentation this weekend

DESPITE SOME APRIL showers, there's still plenty of fun to be had! From art-centric and Earth Day activities to family-friendly fests, check out a rundown of the weekend's best bets.

LEARN FROM AN ARTIST Tune in tonight for an hour-long talk by ceramicist and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft resident artist Abbie Preston Edmonson about her creative process. She'll give a virtual presentation about her work and a special demonstration in her studio space.

Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez (photo by Kimberly Park)

TAKE A VIRTUAL PAINTING LESSON OR COOKING CLASS Be inspired by the great state of Texas during a virtual painting lesson hosted by Honey Art Cafe on Friday night. For only $20, stream a two-hour virtual lesson and make a series of stylized mini paintings inspired by West Texas and Big Bend National Park. Honey Art Cafe also has supply kits available for purchase for beginners or artists low on supplies.

And if painting isn't quite your speed, see what you can cook up in the kitchen! Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez leads a "date night" cooking lesson for couples on Friday at 6:30pm. Hosted at the restaurant, the socially distanced demonstration, which costs $150, includes a reception, followed by an interactive demonstration and seated dinner.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY! Join the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center from 10am-4pm on Saturday for a fun- and information-filled day! Explore informative booths, nature hikes, fun displays in the Discovery Room, and Earth-friendly take-home activities. Or join Discovery Green on Sunday from 12-5pm, when the park will screen a series of short films about Houston's environment, host a panel about February's freeze, and showcase a live painting demo by local artists working on murals to decorate the park.

GO ON AN OUT-OF-THIS WORLD ADVENTURE Fifty-one years ago, the Apollo 13 crew splashed down safely back on Earth after their famously harrowing mission to the moon and back. Space Center Houston is celebrating that anniversary on Saturday, hosting two livestreamed panel discussions with current NASA experts as well as Apollo-era legends.And now through May 2, local NASA and Apollo 13 fans can check out the center's new spring exhibition, titled "Apollo: When We Went to the Moon," that looks at the legacy of the Apollo era through the lens of the engineers and astronauts who actually lived the experience.

FIND FUN AT THE INTERNATIONAL KIDS FEST Traders Village hosts Kids Fest on Sunday, with games, activities, interactive shows, live music, acrobats, magicians, clowns and more. Parking is $5, but the event itself is free, sure to keep the whole family entertained from 12-4pm.

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