Between the fifth annual JJ Watt Charity Classic, a Midtown Mother’s Day Market and the seventh annual Houston Pet Expo, there are plenty of ways to stay busy in Houston this Mother’s Day weekend, May 12-14.
Midtown Mother’s Day Market
This inaugural event will feature 10 vendors and artists selling a variety of gift items perfect for Mother’s Day, from stained glass and handmade paper art to jewelry and lavender-based products. KICPOPS, a rolling pop cart, will also be at the event. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free (admission). Bagby Park, 415 Gray St., Houston. 713-526-7577.www.midtownhouston.comJJ Watt Charity Classic 2017
This fifth annual event hosted by The JJ Watt Foundation features a home run derby, a softball game between the Houston Texans’ offensive and defensive players, a silent auction and raffle. Since the inaugural event in 2013, the annual fundraiser has raised more than $2.8 million for The JJ Watt Foundation. 4 p.m. (gates open), 6 p.m. (home run derby), 7 p.m. (softball game). $5-$200 (per ticket), free (children 2 years old and younger). Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St., Houston. 877-554-8399. www.jjwfoundation.orgAsia Fest 2017
This third annual event celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month with a family festival featuring community performances, fusion cuisine, a vendor market, artwork and activities for all ages. Parking is available onsite for $5. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free (admission). Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston. 713-496-9901.www.asiasociety.org/texasBeyond the Pints Craft Beer and Music Fest
Hosted by Inspire Productions, this beer and music festival will offer a line-up featuring 10 local and national touring artists between two stages and more than 40 breweries and nine food trucks. A photo booth, corn hole, Jenga, inflatables, a cooling station and other children’s activities will also be available. 1:30 p.m.-11 p.m. $20 (general admission). Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 713-594-3165.www.beyondthepints.comHouston Pet Expo
This seventh annual event will feature exhibitors, live entertainment, obedience demonstrations, author readings, book signings and costume and talent contests for pets. The expo will also feature giveaways, adoption opportunities through a variety of rescue groups, discounted vaccinations, heartworm and flea preventatives, free nail trims and veterinarian Q&As. Attendees are encouraged to bring their pets as long as the pet is on a fixed leash or in a carrier with proof of age-appropriate vaccinations. Parking is available for $12, cash only. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (May 13), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (May 14). Free (admission). NRG Stadium, 1 NRG Pkwy., Houston.www.houstonpetexpo.com‘Madame Butterfly’
The Houston Ballet presents its interpretation of Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly, a two-act ballet set in 19th century Japan that depicts the love story between geisha Cio-Cio San and American naval officer Lieutenant Pinkerton. The production first premiered in 1995 by The Australian Ballet and has since been performed by ballet companies across the world. Free tickets are available at the box office from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. the day of the performance. 8 p.m. Free (admission). Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 832-487-7102. www.milleroutdoortheatre.com