Artisan markets, classic film: 7 events to check out in Heights, River Oaks, Montrose in August


A number of events are taking place across the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose area in August, including several indoor and outdoor markets, a Japanese pop culture convention and a free screening of a classic Alfred Hitchcock film.

Aug. 10: See a Hitchcock classic at Buffalo Bayou Park

Friends of River Oaks Theatre and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership team up to host a free screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” The show will be preceded by a chamber music performance of music from Hitchcock and other films by the W7 Duo. The event will also feature a photo booth, a guest speaker expert to discuss the role of birds in the film, and concessions available for sale.

  • 7:30 p.m. (concert), 8:30 p.m. (screening).
  • Free (admission).
  • The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine St., Houston.

Aug. 10-13: Explore anime and Japanese pop culture

Anime Matsuri, an annual anime and Japanese pop culture convention, comes to the George R. Brown Convention Center. Activities include a formal dance, cosplay contest, sumo slam, karaoke battle and concerts, among others.

  • 4-11 p.m. (Aug. 10), noon-4 a.m. (Aug. 11), 10 a.m.-4 a.m. (Aug. 12-13).
  • $45-$375, free admission for children 5 and younger.
  • 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston.

Aug. 12: Support local artists at indoor market

The First Saturday Arts Market and The Market at Sawyer Yards combine for a one-day, indoor market called BAM! Art Market. The markets will feature work from local artisans across multiple genres and styles, including fine art, oil, acrylic, watercolor paintings, ink work, jewelry, photography, ceramics, soap, candles, metal arts and woodcraft as well as cottage food items, such as infused teas, chocolate and jams.

Aug. 16-19: See an all-lawyer theatrical performance

Night Court, an all-lawyer theater company, performs the group’s annual, original musical comedy. The show “The Law Files” will include themes and characters from “The X-Files,” “Stranger Things,” “Men In Black” and “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” and feature the greatest hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Proceeds go toward Houston nonprofits, including Houston Volunteer Lawyers. Read more about the event and the director here.

  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $45-$49.
  • The Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St., Houston.

Aug. 19: Stop by the Vibe Artisan Markets

Texas-based Vibe Artisan Markets hosts a market featuring products from more than 120 local artists, creatives and makers. The event also features music by DJ Lifted, an art gallery with work from local artists and a professional photo booth. Guests can also enjoy complimentary cocktails and food from more than 15 restaurants.

Aug. 19: Hunt for local treasures

Attendees can support local artisans and small businesses at Discovery Green’s Flea by Night. Visitors can buy vintage, handmade and recycled goods while enjoying live music and food trucks at the open-air market. It is located on the Grace Event Lawn.

Aug. 31: Learn about becoming a docent

Learn more about becoming a docent for the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center at an informational breakfast. Prior experience is not required to be a volunteer docent, who will be trained to engage with visitors of the trails.

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