Things to do In Houston

Things to Do in Houston – February 2018

Looking for things to do in Houston in February? Here is a hand-picked list of events and activities that you will enjoy.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

  • 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).

Sunday, February 25, 2018

  • Jazz Cubano in Concert (6:00 pm) – Jazz Cuban is a group of Cuban musicians with a varied and extensive list of achievements. They will perform an original Latin Jazz repertoire of arrangements and songs infused with Afro-Cuban beats and rhythms at Axelrad (Free admission).
  • Chans Thomas in Concert (8:00 pm) – Cafeza welcomes the Chans Thomas, a Houston native singer/songwriter with Neo-soul and jazz fusion sound who believes in creating music with good vibes and quality content (Free admission)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

  • HLSR Rodeo Run (9:00 am) – Join over 10,000 runners for the 2018 edition of the Rodeo Run which includes a wheelchair race, 10K, and 5K run/walk. Proceeds from the event go towards the HLSR Educational Fund ($35).
  • Flea at Silver Street: Spring Market (10:00 am) – Shop a curated market of one-of-a-kind collectibles, jewelry, vintage, art, mid-century modern furniture. There will also be music and food (Admission $5)
  • Houston Creole Mardi Gras Festival (12:00 pm) – The mission of the Houston Mardi Gras Festival and Parade is to preserve and celebrate Mardi Gras history; including its unique fusion of African, French, Native American and Spanish cultures. Celebrate Creole culture at this Mardi Gras festival at the Budweiser Brewery (Tickets start at $10).
  • Space City Slam Series (12:30 pm) – Hosted by Writers in the Schools (WITS), the Space City Slam Series is the largest youth poetry slam competition in Texas. Winners from each preliminary slam will advance to semi-finals and compete to make it to the Grand Slam this spring (Free admission).
  • Ambassador Robin Reneé Sanders Book Signing (2:00 pm) – Ambassador Sanders is the former Ambassador to Nigeria and The Republic of the Congo. She is a leading advisor on African policy and a sought-after speaker on African art and business development. Ambassador Sanders will be signing copies of her books, “The Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria” and “The Rise of Africa’s Medium Size Enterprises” (Free admission).
  • Closing Reception West African Film Festival (3:00 pm) – Celebrate the art of West African Film’s and their impact on the industry (Free admission).
  • The MEET UP – February JAM (6:00 pm) – This curated market and social event at ARKA Art features choice vintage and designer goods, local artists and makers, and DJs and musicians (Free admission).
  • Houston “Rising Star” Awards (7:00 pm) – Salute the legacy of the talented African-Americans who captivate audiences through our TV screens, radio stations and media outlets at the 2018 Houston Rising Star Awards at Houston Community College West Loop campus (Tickets start at $23)

Friday, February 23, 2018 – Go Texan Day

  • Friday Night Street Night (7:00 pm) – Come on out and burn some rubber at Houston Motorsports Park. Anyone with a drivers license can race (Admission $10)
  • Praise & Punchlines: We’ve Only Just Begun! (7:30 pm) – New Faith Church presents Praise and Punchlines “We’ve Only Just Begun” Featuring Gospel Recording Artist, Fred Hammond and the Hilarious Gospel Comedian, Akintunde Warnock Hosted by Marcus Wiley ($20)
  • Fetch Clay, Make Man at The Ensemble Theatre (7:30 pm) – Fetch Clay, Make Man tells the fascinating story of the unlikely friendship between boxer Muhammad Ali and actor Stepin Fetchit ($30).
  • Lalah Hathaway and Calvin Richardson in Concert (8:30 pm) – Join R&B Singers Lalah Hathaway and Calvin Richardson for a night of sweet, soulful sounds at the Arena Theatre (Tickets start at $39.50)
  • IF You Have to Ask in Concert (9:00 pm) – IF You Have to Ask (IFYHTA) is a Houston Based Funk Machine that injects elements of Jazz and Hip Hop in their music. The band will perform at Cafeza (Free admission).

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

  • Project Row Houses 2018 Fellows Talk (6:30 pm) – Join 2018 CASE-PRH Fellows Regina Agu and Eyakem Gulilat as they talk about their previous work and their guiding questions for the upcoming fellowship year (Free admission).
  • Kermit Ruffins in Concert (7:00 pm) – The legendary New Orleans trumpeter Kermit Ruffins will be performing his unique style of jazz, rhythm and blues at Axelrad (Free admission).
  • Alii Michele in Concert (8:00 pm) – Alii Michele performs live with a talented and expressive group of musicians at Alley Kat ($5).
  • Xavier Wulf in Concert (8:00 pm) – Memphis Hip-hop artist, Xavier Wulf, takes the stage at Warehouse Live for his East Memphis Manic Tour (Tickets start at $25)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

  • “Death by Delivery” Screening (6:00 pm) – “Death By Delivery” documents award-winning journalist Nelafar Hedayat’s awakening journey across the country to investigate why African American women are dying during childbirth , or shortly afterward delivery, at four times the rate of all other women in the United States (Free admission).
  • Memphis the Musical (7:30 pm) –  Memphis tells the true story of the forbidden love between Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ, and Felicia Farrell, a black R&B singer in 1950s Tennessee. Together, the couple faces numerous obstacles, both in romance and in Huey’s mission to become the first DJ to spin music by black and white artists on the same station. This show runs through Match 4, 2018  (Tickets start at $30)

Monday, February 19, 2018

  • 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).

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

  • First Saturday Art Market in The Heights (11:00 am) – Browse fine art and eclectic goods at the free monthly First Saturday Arts Market in the heart of the Houston Heights. This event was rescheduled from Saturday, February 3, 2018 (Free admission).
  • Certified Funny Saturdays Comedy Show (7:00 pm) – Hosted by local stand-up star Lil Darrel, the Certified Funny Saturdays Comedy Show at Grooves of Houston is a laugh-out-loud night of comedy (Tickets start at $20)

Friday, February 16, 2018

  • Marvin Gaye Night Light Vibe at 3rd Ward Tours (7:00 pm) – Cruise the city streets on bikes while grooving to songs by Marvin Gaye (Tickets start at $10).
  • BluMoon in Concert (7:00 pm) – The alternative R&B band from San Marcos, TX, BluMoon plays at Axelrad (Free admission).
  • Esther & Jonah (7:30 pm) – Produced in collaboration with Bach Society Houston as part of the 2018 Houston Early Music Festival, this program comprises two concise music dramas from opposite ends of the 18th century: G. F. Handel’s Esther and Samuel Felsted’s Jonah (Tickets start at $39).

Thursday, February 15, 2018

  • G. Love & Special Sauce in Concert (7:00 pm) – With their special blend of “Streetside Blues” and hip-hop, G. Love & Special Sauce celebrate their 25th anniversary with a stop at White Oak Music Hall (Tickets start at $27.50).
  • G-Eazy in Concert (8:00 pm) – Multi-platinum rapper/producer and G-Eazy brings his The Beautiful & Damned Tour to the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land. Special guests include Trippie Redd, Phora, and Anthony Russo (Tickets start at $39.50).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Valentine’s Day

  • Singles Mixer at The Gite Gallery (7:00 pm) – Mingle with mature, professional, single men and women while enjoying food, drinks, and fun activities. Dating coach Tera Stidum will provide dating tips for the new year and wine expert Carl Chargois will give advice on choosing the right wine for any occasion (Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at door).
  • Valentine’s Day Battle of the Sexes Comedy Show (7:30 pm) – Comedian Rich Williams brings his 6th Annual Valentine’s Day Battle of the Sexes Comedy Show at The Secret Group featuring Anna Sankaran, Lady Kaye, MC Lottgo, Marcus Bowers, Bryan Biggio and Larry Goodwell (Tickets start at $20)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

  • Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Celebration at The Address (4:00 pm) – Celebrate Fat Tuesday with drinks, food, beads, masks, and music. Sounds By: DJ Mr Rogers, DJ Young Streetz, DJ Havoc, Stevo Supreemo (Free entry until 6:00 pm. $5 and up afterward).

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

  • Eado Vintage Fest: 2nd Sundays (12:00 pm)  – Browse vintage clothing, antique furniture, decor, and handmade goods at this monthly festival in East Downtown (EaDo) (Free admission).
  • Bayou City Jazz Series (2:00 pm) – Listen to live performances byAlthea Rene, Jeanette Harris, Jonathan Fritzen, and Javier Colon at The House of Blues (Tickets start at $65)
  • A Night of Romance (7:00 pm) – 2k poetry presents a night of romance at The Library Coffee and Wine House. This event is hosted by Rain and Jody Summers (Tickets start at $20).

Saturday, February 10, 2018

  • Blood Drive at The Gite Gallery (11:00 am) – Blood types O and B, the blood types of about 70 percent of African-Americans, are the most in demand. Your blood donation can help African-Americans suffering from diseases such as sickle cell anemia, cancer, and heart disease. Make an appointment at and enter sponsor code: GITE. We will also take walk-ins. Everyone who donates blood will receive a FREE lunch from A Fork in the Road (FREE).
  • Missouri City Black History Month Celebration (11:30 am) – Visit The “Show Me City” and participate in the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Visitors Center and the commemoration of the Fourth Annual Black History Month Celebration of Culture & Music (Free admission).
  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide (2:00 pm) – Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking “choreopoem” is a spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives about and performed by Black women. Capturing the brutal, tender and dramatic lives of contemporary Black women, For Colored Girls… offers a transformative, riveting evening of provocative dance, music and poetry (Tickets start at $25).
  • Dutchman by Amiri Baraka, directed by Thomas Meloncon (7:00 pm) – Dutchman, written by award winning playwright, poet, jazz critic, and activist Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), is a two-character confrontation on a New York subway between a middle class sharply dressed black intellectual (Clay) and a sensuous, flirtatious, a bit older, white woman.

Friday, February 9, 2018

  • The West African Film Festival Kick-Off Reception (6:30 pm) – The West African Film Festival will present films that are either from the region, by West African artists, or are about the life and culture of West Africa. It is a journey to West Africa, through the voices and talent of its people. Join us for a kick-off reception at The Gite Gallery to learn more about the festival (Free admission).
  • PAUSE with Kam Franklin  + Lisa E. Harris (6:30 pm) – Musicians Kam Frankin (The Suffers) and Lisa E. Harrus fuse song and spoken word in this interactive performance at the current winter art installation Hello Trees at Discover Green (Free admission).
  • Sha Davis & the 1990’s in Concert (9:00 pm) – Cafeza is proud to present Sha Davis & the 1990’s. Recently nominated as Houston’s Best New Artist by New Houston Music, Sha Davis & the 1990’s is an R&B  band that uses live vocal and instrument loopers, and other equipment to create an echoed and hauntingly full cinematic sound (Free admission).
  • Saxophonist Andre Cavor in Concert (9:30 pm) – Martini Blu Jazz Cafe presents a soulful performance by saxophonist Andre Cavor (Tickets start at $20)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

  • Houston Sports Awards (4:30 pm) – The Houston Sports Awards celebrates the most accomplished athletes, coaches, teams, contributors and moments in the Houston Sports Community. This will be the most exciting star-studded red carpet event in the city of Houston (Tickets $600)
  • Texas Monthly Whiskey Affair (6:00 pm) – Texas Monthly presents their 2018 Whiskey Affair, an event that will highlight up to 50 brown spirits and celebrate the whiskey lifestyle with delicious chef pairings, couture cocktails, and live music provided by Doc Watkins (tickets $95)
  • Fetch Clay, Make Man at The Ensemble Theatre (7:30 pm) – Fetch Clay, Make Man tells the fascinating story of the unlikely friendship between boxer Muhammad Ali and actor Stepin Fetchit ($30)
  • The Waxaholics Present: Six Years Of Wax (8:00 pm) – The Waxaholics celebrate 6 years and host a night of DJing their all vinyl movement and at the Alley Kat Bar & Louge (No cover charge).
  • MET Dance DUO (8:00 pm) – MET Dance (formerly Houston Metropolitan Dance Company) presents this intimate evening of duets that merges sensitivity with physicality at the Rec Room. Featuring premieres by Houston dancemakers; Jane Weiner, Laura Harrell, Jennifer Mabus, Emily Schoen, Josh Manchulich, Alvin Ailey’s own Sean Carmon and Los Angeles-based Christian Denice (Tickets start at $22)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

  • The Southern Star Comedy Showcase (8:00 pm) – Laugh out loud at this comedy hour featuring comedians T. Victor Tran, Drew Hollway, and Orlando Villareal at Southern Star Brewing Company. Come early for dinner and a special photo-op with the comedians! (Tickets $20)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

  • 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).

Sunday, February 4, 2018 – SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

Saturday, February 3, 2018

  • The 107th Celebration of Mardi Gras Galveston (11:00 am) – This is Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration. The lineup of festivities includes elaborate parades, headliner performances and concerts, balcony parties, elegant masked balls, an official 5K run, family events, and plenty of feasting (Various prices events).
  • 8th Annual Wine Walk at Winter Street Studios (3:00 pm) – Houston Boxer Rescue will be hosting its 8th Annual Wine Walk, offering a taste of 10+ wines from Spain alongside live music, tasty snacks, and local art from the artist workshops of Winter Street Studios ($35)
  • ARBORDAITOSHI: Isosceles Krew Winter Art & Design Exhibition (5:00 pm) – This exhibition will showcase the collaborative artwork of SEIYGE ZELLEZ and Corathao of the Isosceles Krew. The artwork will reflect a fascination of the world around us and the subsequent degradation of these structures transitions in a post-human world ($5 in advance, $8 at door)

Friday, February 2, 2018

  • First Friday Happy Hour at the Gite Gallery (5:00 pm) – Network with Houston’s top professionals while enjoying the collection of original fine art by African and Cuban artists. This month’s theme is Mardi Gras (Free admission).
  • Katt Williams Live at NRG (8:00 pm) – Katt Williams brings his hilarious Conspiracy Theory Tour to NRG (Tickets start at $75).

Thursday, February 1, 2018

  • Twenty-Five: An Interactive Dance Theatre Experience (7:00 pm) – Presented by the Pilot Dance Project, the Houston premiere of Twenty-Five: An Interactive Dance Theatre Experience is a thought-provoking evening of art that tells universal stories of the “new normal” of American incarceration. Performances run through Saturday, February 3rd ($20).
  • Fetch Clay, Make Man at The Ensemble Theatre (7:30 pm) – Fetch Clay, Make Man tells the fascinating story of the unlikely friendship between boxer Muhammad Ali and actor Stepin Fetchit ($30)
  • The Wiz Movie Screening Party at Alamo Drafthouse (7:30 pm) – Strap on your dancing shoes and warm up your pipes for an interactive showing of The Wiz, featuring musical giants Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Lena Horne ($12.99).
  • Devvon Terrell in Concert (8:00 pm) – R&B and hip-hop artist Devvon Terrell comes to town for his Weird Nights Tour at Walter’s Downtown ($15)

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