It's fall, but this week has sure felt like summer with muggy temperatures in the 80s, and forecasters are predicting a soggy weekend. So, escape the outdoor elements and head indoors for some cool entertainment – from Disney's Frozen on ice to a quilt festival indoors and some afternoon jazz at a cool club. And the Nutcracker Market is guaranteed entertainment, even if you hate shopping.
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Event: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen. Join Anna's adventure as she searches for her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an endless winter. Watch Olaf, Kristoff and Sven struggle through wintry conditions and encounter trolls as they race to resurrect summer – all this on ice.
When: Friday, 10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 pm., 5:30 p.m.
Where: NRG Stadium, 1 Reliant Park
Getting there*: METRORail: Red Line, exit Stadium Park/Astrodome Station
Bus: 84 Buffalo Speedway, 60 Cambridge
Event: Nutcracker Market. This annual fundraiser offers unique stocking stuffers and handmade gifts. Dazzle your senses as you wander through this signature event that kicks off the holidays here in H-town. You'll find home décor, food, toys, accessories and more. Proceeds from each ticket ($20 admission), plus 11 percent of everything you buy, goes to the Houston Ballet Foundation, so you can shop without guilt. On a budget? Tickets are half-price starting three hours prior to closing.
When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: NRG Center, 1 Reliant Park
METRORail: Red Line, exit Stadium Park/Astrodome Station
Event: International Quilt Festival. This is not your grandma's quilt show. The largest annual quilt show in the nation, this festival features more than 1,600 quilts, along with unique works of textile art. There's also plenty of shopping at more than 1,000 booths, plus 550 classes and lectures for all experience levels.
When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas
METRORail: Green or Purple Lines, exit Convention District Station
BUS: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk
Event: Bayou City Jazz Series: Jazz Fusion All-stars. Groove to the beat of this jazz fusion event as you enjoy the music of Eric Marienthal, Gerald Veasley, Lao Tizer and Chieli Minucci. Doors open at 4 p.m. You can also reserve a table to dine at the House of Blues restaurant while you catch some tunes.
When: Sunday, 4 p.m.
Where: House of Blues, 1204 Caroline
METRORail: Red Line, exit Bell Station
Bus: 137 Northshore Express, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 51 Hardy-Kelly, 52 Hardy-Ley, 6 Jensen/Greens
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