Like a Local
Galveston Mardi Gras– February 2 – 13 is the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, attracting more than 300,000 attendees annually. The two-week celebration is best known for its lavish parades held on the streets of the city’s historic downtown and beachfront. Top entertainment headliners include Everclear, LaMafia with special guest Alianza, Salute To Texas: Kevin Fowler, Jason Cassidy, Mad Monster and more. Tickets for general admission start at $11.50 plus taxes and fees. For information on the festivities and tickets, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, February 27 – March 18 at NRG Park
Get your boots & cowboy hats out, it’s rodeo season! The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a two-week event each spring at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Rodeo Houston includes championship rodeo action, concerts by top musicians, a livestock show, and a giant fair. Tickets range from $18-$300. Visit www.rodeohouston.com for tickets and details.
Cirque du Soleil: CORTEO – March 8-11, 2018 at the Toyota Center. Corteo, which means “cortege” in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy, and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. For tickets, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/corteo.
From a local Houstonian perspective, I enjoy exploring the historic and artsy pockets of Houston. It doesn’t matter where you go in Houston, you will discover a diverse ethnic population that makes Houston one of the most remarkable places to visit.
Here are my favorite things to do in Houston:
- The Museum District: Make a day to wander through an array of museums nested closely in one area. Some of the featured museums include: Children’s Museum of Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Holocaust Museum of Houston, Menil Collection, Menil Rothko Chapel, and the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston. For details go to www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org.
- Hermann Park and the Medical Center: Houston is known for it’s medical center and serves as an international medical treatment hub. Around the corner from the Medical Center is Houston’s famous Hermann Park. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day enjoying the outdoors and the sites. Attractions include: Miller Park Outdoor theater, the Houston Zoo, the Hermann Park Railroad, the Japanese Garden, Marvin Taylor Trail, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Buddy Carruth Playground. Some of my fondest memories as a child were spent at Hermann Park.
- Houston Historic Districts: Explore Houston’s history by car to see of some of Houston’s most remarkable areas. A few of my favorite areas include the Houston Heights, First Montrose Common, and Old Sixth Ward. In these areas are Houston’s best art galleries and restaurants. Do your research and plan for an adventure! For details of the historic districts, visit www.houstorian.org.
- The Warehouse District: Shop for art while sipping wine and browsing through studios by attending an art event in the Warehouse District. Various galleries offer open houses and art exhibits to promote Houston’s local artists. The vibe is strong and the talent is fierce. So if you are looking to expand your art collection, look no further because you will find a treasured piece here. Art Crawl Houston provided a summary of the galleries in the area. For details, go to www.artcrawlhouston.com.
- Houston’s Bike, Hike and Jog Trails: Need a break from the concrete jungle? Escape to one of Houston’s trails for a little recreation to work out the stress: Buffalo Bayou Bike and Hike Trails, Cullen Park, George Bush Park, Memorial Park, Rice University Loop and Terry Hershey Park.
One thing for sure, you won’t go hungry while visiting Houston. There are a number of great restaurants to choose from as listed on the Houston Chronicle’s Top 100 Restaurants in 2017 by Allison Cook. Here are a few of my personal favorite places in Houston to help get you started on your Houston food adventures:
- Backstreet Cafe– Offers great food in a quaint, romantic setting.
- B&B Butchers and Restaurant– Steakhouse with a NYC vibe.
- Coltivare– Exceptional food that is worth the wait. Go on a weekday.
- Common Bond Cafe & Bakery– Excellent baked goods & coffee.
- Down House– Try the Fried Chicken or Shrimp & Grits.
- Gatlin’s BBQ
- Hugo’s– Mexican Sunday Brunch
- Killen BBQ– Best Beef Ribs in Houston!
- Kuu Restaurant– The BEST sushi in Houston! Creative and fresh… sheer art.
- Mala Sichuan Bistro– Spicy Chinese food, it’s so good!
- The Revival Market
- Tony’s – Italian fine dining with exceptional wines, service, and ambiance.
- Vallone’s– Steaks, Seafood and Homemade Pasta
Here are few links to see what’s happening in Houston!
- City of Houston Calendar of Events
- Culture Map Houston Events
- Downtown Houston Events
- Houstonia Magazine Events
- Houston Press Calendar
- Visit Houston Texas Events
Got kids? Check out the Big Kid Small City blog for kid friendly Houston activities.