Looking for things to do in Houston in January? Here is a hand-picked list of events and activities that you will enjoy:
Sunday, January 21, 2018
- Gospel Brunch at House of Blues (1:30 pm) – Experience both traditional and contemporary Gospel songs during brunch time at House of Blues. Treat yourself to an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast favorites plus tender carving stations, southern specialties and mouth-watering desserts ($42).
Saturday, January 20, 2018
- Volunteer Workday at Buffalo Bayou Park (8:30 pm) – Houstonians, ages 9 and up, are invited to join Buffalo Bayou Partnership for community-wide volunteer days at Buffalo Bayou Park. Volunteers will help with a variety of tasks, including but not limited to trash pick-up, mulching and weed removal. Your efforts will lead to a healthier environment and a more aesthetically pleasing amenity for all to enjoy (Free).
- I Can Show You Better Than I Can Tell You: Black Vernacular (4:30 pm) – Art League Houston is pleased to present ‘I Can Show You Better Than I Can Tell You: Black Vernacular’ a performance by Nathaniel Donnett in conjunction with the artist’s exhibition ‘In One Form or Another; Verse One’ currently on view at Art League Houston. Donnett will present a vignette of performances as a metaphorical EP (extended playing record) and a simulacrum of Black American music to form open-ended poetic forms through sound, movement, imagery, and video allowing the audience to make their own connections regarding the ideas explored. Donnett will explore concerns of identity, memory, Black American vernacular and expression, the binary of language in contemporary art and the commons, including the perceptions of black bodies, spirit, and the imagination (Free).
- 10″ x 10″ Art Show at The Hardy & Nance Studios (5:00 pm) – This is one of Hardy & Nance Studios’ biggest shows of the year. For the past 2 years, it has drawn a crowd up to 1000 people. All artwork is 10″ x 10″ and priced at $100 or less. It’s the perfect chance to collect affordable art from your favorite artists, or even begin your art collection (Free admission)
- Dru Hill and Avant in Concert (7:00 pm) – Dru Hill ruled the late ’90s with massive R&B anthems, including seven Top 40 hits, including “In My Bed,” “Never Make a Promise” and “How Deep Is Your Love.” Joining them is multi-platinum American R&B singer-songwriter Avant, best known for hits like “Separated,” “My First Love” and “Karma” (Tickets start at $39.50)
Friday, January 19, 2018
- Ruth B in Concert (6:30 pm) – Canadian singer-songwriter Ruth B will perform her hits at House of Blues (Tickets start at $15).
Thursday, January 18, 2018
- The Disappearance of Eartha Kitt (7:30 pm) – This production, based on singer and actress Eartha Kitt’s life, explores what happened during the 10 years she was blacklisted for her outspoken stance on the Vietnam War. The event runs through 01/28/18 ($20).
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
- 5-Course Wine Dinner benefiting Napa Valley Disaster Relief Fund (7:00 pm) – In honor of all the California vineyards affected by the devastating wildfires, join Lucille’s for a 5-course dinner featuring unique dishes paired with Napa Valley wines from the affected areas. A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Napa Valley Disaster Relief Fund through the Napa Valley Community Foundation ($75)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
- Zeta Phi Beta Founder’s Day Celebration (6:00 pm) – Come out and celebrate this event commemorating 98 years of finer womanhood (Free admission)
Monday, January 15, 2018
- 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Scholarship Breakfast (8:00 am) – The North Houston Frontiers Club hosts its 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Breakfast at the George R Brown Convention Center ($50)
- The 40th Annual “Original” MLK, Jr.Parade Celebration (10:00 am) – The Black Heritage Society Organization presents the 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade at Minute Maid Park in Downtown (Free)
- 24th Annual MLK Grande Parade (10:00 am) – During The 24th Annual MLK Grande Parade, 300,000 Spectators are expected and has a Viewing Audience of more than 4,000,000. The parade consists of 15 Parade floats and 30 Marching bands. The MLK Grande Parade is the third largest Parade in the U.S. behind The Rose Parade and The Macy’s Day Parade (Free).
- Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at Rothko Chapel (7:00 pm) – To honor of the life and work of Dr. marting Luther King Jr., Rothko Chapel will hold a lecture and conversation exploring the power of symbols in society today. Speakers include artist Ed Dwight, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, and Texas Southern University Art Historian and Curator Dr. Alvia Wardlaw. The event will be moderated by ABC13’s news anchor Melanie Lawson. Throughout the day, the Rothko Chapel will play audio clips from Dr. King’s life. Times include: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm (Free).
- Neil deGrasse Tyson “Cosmic Collisions” (7:30 pm) – Award-winning astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to Houston with a new lecture, “Cosmic Collisions,” at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. The lecture will cover asteroid and comet collisions how the impact the universe (Tickets start at $69).
Sunday, January 14, 2018
- 17th Annual MLK Battle Of The Bands Competition (4:00 pm) – This Spectacular Event will feature more than 20 nationally acclaimed marching bands from across the country, including the best high school marching bands from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas ($12).
- Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr (5:00 pm) – Come celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at CMCH’s 35th Annual M.L.K. Jr. Tribute Concert at St. Mary’s United Methodist Church (Free admission).
- Poetry Extravaganza “Red Bottoms” (6:00 pm) – The Poetic Den presents: “Red Bottoms,” a tribute to the independent confident professional woman. Come experience 7 of Houston’s hottest poets, hosted by Phenix Fire & DJ Rheamarkable ($10)
Saturday, January 13, 2018
- Annual MLK Youth Parade (12:00 pm) – The 12th Annual MLK Youth Parade honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and will feature 10 parade floats and 20 marching bands (Free)
- Houstonia’s 5th Annual Gumbo Smackdown (12:00 pm) – Houstonia Magazine’s annual Gumbo Smackdown presented by Sugar Land Town Square will feature live entertainment as well as endless amounts of gumbo from many Houston restaurants ($50).
- Pearland MLKCC Celebration of Unity Festival (3:00 pm) – The Pearland MLK Celebration Committee presents the 1st Annual Martin Luther King, Kr. Celebration of Unity at Pearland Town Center. Enjoy cultural performances, live music, kid’s activities, food, speakers, and more (Free admission).
Friday, January 12, 2018
- Bettye LaVette in Concert at The Heights Theater (7:00 pm) – Three-time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette sings classic R&B, soul, and blues. She gets inside of a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. Don’t miss this show by one of the pioneers of soul music (Tickets start at $22).
Thursday, January 11, 2018
- Happy Hour Art Show at Rockstar Gallery (5:00 pm) – Join artists Gabriel Agave, Rodney D. Butler, and Vena Ashley for a Happy Hour Art Show (Free admission)
- Black Lines Poetry (7:00 pm) – Come out for high-level poetry from top poets – Anthony McPherson, RJ Wright, Ayokunle Falomo. There will also be a Dance/Poetry Trio dance set, that is sure to leave you in awe ($10)
- Fusion Fashion (7:00 pm) – The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Houston Community College team up for a professional fashion show inspired by the exhibition The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta. “Fashion Fusion” features garments created by student designers in HCC’s award-winning fashion program (Free General Admission).
- Clint Coley Live at Joke Joint Comedy Showcase (8:00 pm) – From All Def Digital and The D.L. Hughley tour, Comedian Clint Coley headlines a night of comedy in Houston (Tickets start at $5)
- BLING ST. in Concert at Leon’s Lounge (9:00 pm) – Recently named one of the Top 10 Houston albums of the year by Houston Chronicle, BLING ST. is an act that you certainly do not want to miss (Free admission).
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
- Eric Gales in Concert at Rockefellers (7:00 pm) – Check out Eric Gales at Rockefellers with special guestThe Sonnier Brothers Band and Cody Jasper (Tickets start at $12)
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
- Slam Houston Bout 5 Featuring Tony McPherson (7:00 pm) – Poet Tony McPherson headlines the event at Rudyard’s British Pub and Grill ($7)
- The Color Purple at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (7:30 pm) – Based on Alice Walker’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple is an epic story about a woman’s journey to love, the lavish new production incorporates jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues tones. Runs through January 14th (Tickets start at $35)
Monday, January 8, 2018
- Sword Fighting Class (7:30 pm) – Sword to Sword is an inclusive martial art and fitness school that teaches medieval sword fighting with modern training exercises. This class will teach you the fundamentals of fighting with a longsword, the weapon used by knights ($10)
Sunday, January 7, 2018
- New Year’s Comedy Blowout at Houston Improv (2:00 pm) – Kick off the New Year with a performance from Ms. Shirleen and comedian Mal Mallucci at the Houston Improv (Tickets start at $25).
Saturday, January 6, 2018
- Classic and Exotic Cars in the Park (8:30 am) – Calling all car enthusiasts! Come out a view the Classic and Exotic Cars at Evelyn’s Park (Free).
- First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights (11:00 am) – Browse fine art and eclectic goods at the free monthly First Saturday Arts Market. There will also be live music and food trucks (Free to attend).
- Mardi Gras Indian Celebration at Houston Museum of African American Culture (6:30 pm) – Let the good times roll or laissez les bon temps rouler, for those who prefer French, at this Second Line party to kick off the New Year (Free).
- Big Freedia in Concert (8:00 pm) – Join the party as New Orleans Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia, takes the stage at White Oak Music Hall (Tickets start at $20).
Friday, January 5, 2018
- Salsa In the Park at Discovery Green (6:00 pm) – Enjoy an evening of Latin dance lessons and Latin music with the Houston Salsa Dancers (Free).
- Michael Jackson Night Light Vibe Bike Ride (7:00 pm) – At this themed event, 3rd Ward Tours is looking for riders to experience a cruise around the city streets on brand new Dutch Bikes equipped with multicolor LED lights. Riders will be vibing to the sounds from the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and cruising the city streets with breaks at Hermann Park, Discovery Green or MidTown Park (Tickets start at $10).
- Indie Chefs Week Dinner (7:30 pm) – At this dinner, 10 chefs will feature one dish per chef to show off their skills. Participating chefs include Jillian Bartolome (Aqui), Ryan Lachaine (Riel), Erin Smith and Patrick Feges (Feges BBQ) and Lyle Bento (Southern Goods). The event benefits NoKid Hungry and runs through 01/07/18. (Tickets start at $150).
Thursday, January 4, 2018
- The Telling and The Told – Works on Paper by David McGee at HMAAC – This survey of McGee’s works on paper underscores the depth of McGee’s love for poetry; his image to the history of painting; while it also journeys into his perpetual investigation of topics that have fascinated him boyhood-imagery, politics, race, class, pop culture, and their intersections. McGee is known to incite, confuse or arrest his audiences; expect no less from him in this exhibition. Exhibition runs through 01/12/18 (Free).
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
- The Southern Star Comedy Showcase (8:30 pm) – Enjoy brews and laughs featuring some of Houston’s funniest comedians. Tonight’s lineup includes Grady Pruitt, Roxxane Haze, Colby Taylor, and Spike Miller (Tickets $20).
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
- Time Warp Tuesdays on The ICE at Discovery Green (7:00 pm) – Skate to the tunes of decades past during Time Warp Tuesdays in The ICE at Discovery Green (Tickets $14).
Monday, January 1, 2018 – HAPPY NEW YEAR
- The Original Monday Night Jazz Jam at Café 4212 (8:00 pm) – Cafe 4212 hosts this weekly jazz jam session featuring spirited and brassy New Orleans-style jazz. A weekly institution since 1953, it’s the longest-running jazz music series in Texas (Free admission).