The annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta will be 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Brooks Lake at Fluor Campus, 1 Fluor Daniel Drive in Sugar Land.
Free for spectators, the races feature boats that are 40 feet in length and weigh 500 pounds . In addition to the races, the regatta also includes martial arts demonstrations, children’s activities and plenty of Asian fare.
As part of the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, the R-rated “The Talented Mr. Ripley” will be screened for free at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Market Square Park, 301 Milam. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged and refreshments will be available.
While on the subject of outdoor screenings, Houston’s Two Star Symphony has teamed up with director Andre Perkowski for “Shadow of the Bat-Man,” an original short film. Two Star Symphony, who scored the film, will perform the soundtrack live and in sync with the visuals.
The film started as a series of YouTube shorts, but Perkowski was able to expand the product into an hourlong feature with help from a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. The free screening is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Discovery Green.
Get down to downtown’s Sabine Promenade 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday for KBR Kids Day on the Bayou. Festivities for the family-friendly and free event include boat rides and kayak demonstrations, a Halloween costume contest and parade, musical entertainment and folk dance. The Sabine Promenade is at 150 Sabine between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive.
The history of Mexico unfolds with live music of Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández. The event begins 7:30 p.m. Friday at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Hermann Park and is free to the public.
A half-dozen arts nonprofits also hope to reap benefits through the fair’s ongoing MRKTworks Auctions, which have been posted online since Oct. 4 and will close at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The Art League Houston, Aurora Picture Show, Artbridge, Blaffer Art Museum, DiverseWorks and Lawndale Art Center are offering artwork or experiences with starting bids of $750 at www.art-mrkt.com/mktworks-texas.
The Texas Contemporary Art Fair is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday in Hall A, George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. Tickets are $20 daily or $35 for all three days; available at the door or at www.txcontemporary.com/texas. The preview party at 6 p.m. Thursday benefits the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. A $100 donation gets you in and includes daily fair admission.
Ever wonder what science and skateboarding have in common ? Well, you can find out at Skatestock from noon-9 p.m. Saturday at Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark.
New England-based Cirque Imagination, which includes an international cast of circus artists, will perform three shows Friday and Saturday at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets start at $20; performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Stafford Centre.
If you are looking for something different (like really different) you can take a graveyard tour . The tour begins at 1.p.m. on Sunday and departs from he Orange Show, 2402 Munger.