This Weekend: Beat the Heat with a Barbie Brunch, Harry Potter Party, and More!

This Weekend: Beat the Heat with a Barbie Brunch, Harry Potter Party, and More!

Barbie Brunch at B19

BEFORE HEADING INTO the dog days of summer (a.k.a. August), dash out of the house for one of these fun, food-centric events. Channel your inner Barbie, gnaw on BBQ ribs, sip Peruvian cocktails, indulge in cult desserts, or pop a top to Harry Potter!

Barbie Brunch at B19

On July 30, come decked out in your brightest Barbie pink for Brasserie 19’s Barbie-inspired Sunday brunch. Anticipate Barbie-themed cocktails to be flowing alongside French-kissed specials, photo ops, and DJ beats. Sip on the Cosmo Barbie or Beyond the Pink, a blend of gin and orange-hibiscus syrup, while nibbling a pink Madeleine — just like Barbie would. Reserve online here.

Dessert and Wine Pairing at Fluff Bake Bar

Rebecca Masson

July 27 promises to be a sweet time as mother-daughter duo Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar and Dodie Wilson of Dodie’s Beer and Wine Shoppe host “Drop like it’s Hot: An Evening of Savory, Sweet & Wine.” The dessert and wine pairing will take place at Fluff Bake Bar with two seatings – 6PM and 7:45PM ($125). Wines will be presented by Benjamin Samacoïts of French Country Wines. In addition to the five highly creative desserts paired with different French wines, hors d'oeuvres of small savory bites and a cheese course will be served before the dessert menu. Think ‘Nduja pop tart, mushroom/gruyere quiche, pimento cheese and biscuit, and Gougeres paired with Domain Gayard Syrah.Purchase tickets here.Oui!

Fiestas Patrias at Pacha Nikkei

Pacha Nikkei

On July 27, Pacha will usher in Peru’s Independence Day (Fiestas Patrias holiday) with a five-course Caravedo Pisco Dinner ($130) accompanied by live music. Each delectable course will be paired with a pisco cocktail and reservations are required.

Pizzitola's Anniversary Bash


This venerable Heights area smokehouse will celebrate 88 years with anniversary week starting today, July 26. Throughout the week, stop by for gratis samples of its legendary banana pudding, smoked brisket meatballs and award-winning BBQ ribs.

Potterfest at Urban South Brewery HTX

The Houston taproom will host its free Potterfest celebration in honor of Harry Potter’s birthday July 28-29. The event will take place over two days, beginning with a Harry Potter-themed Trivia Night on Friday, July 28. Urban South’s Butterbeer draft and slush will be on offer in regular and non-alcoholic pours as well as two craft cocktails. Throughout July, fans of Harry Potter can enjoy a Hogwarts House Beer Flight and Friday Night Flicks featuring the first three Harry Potter films. Expect live entertainment, face painting, a bounce house, a Diagon Alley vendor market, and more.

Murder Mystery and More at Warehouse 72

Warehouse 72

On Thursday, July 27, Warehouse 72 will host a three-course Murder Mystery Dinner ($79) with a cast of celebrity impersonators like Austin Powers and Marilyn Monroe. On July 28, the restaurant will host a five-course wine dinner showcasing Vintage Select wines with celebrity speaker coach Wade Phillips ($109). Chef Jaime Salazar will put on a spread including venison tenderloin, sweet corn souffle, spinach and béarnaise sauce, whole grain crusted Iberia pork, foie gras torchon and more.

Chapman & Kirby Launches Free Concert Series for Spring

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