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31st Annual Art Car Parade

The 31st Annual Art Car Parade took place this weekend. The morning started cool and rainy, which seemed to have prevented some normal spectators from coming out to the parade. However, the day shaped up to be one of the most beautiful afternoons ever in Houston. 

The crowd at the Art Car parade is much different than any other parade or mass city event. Everybody is in such great spirits, filled with huge smiles, laughter, and dancing. 

The participants in the parade interact with the crowd, and the crowd shows love back. Mark down the next event: April 19, 2019!

“Cloud Column" by Anish Kapoor

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston so kindly invited me to a sneak peak of Anish Kapoor's creation, "Cloud Column". This structure is 32 feet tall, and weighs over 21,000 pounds. This art piece is a precursor to Chicago's "Cloud Gate", even though it hasn't been revealed until now. 

This new art is being installed at the new Museum of Fine Arts campus, set to open next month. Below is a rendering from MFAH, as well as more photos snapped during my sneak peak of this new exhibit. #MFAHAfterHours



April Events in Houston

Time has been flying by this year, and I'm a little late to write about cool things happening this month. I hope you had a nice Easter / Pass Over / Pretty Weekend, and are planning on going to The Art Car Parade (Saturday, 4/14) and lots of outdoor activities for Earth Day (4/22). 

As always, please add to the list by leaving a comment at the bottom! People read these posts, and your contribution helps get people out to cool things in Houston. Spread the love. 


Week 1: April 1-7

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 07:00PM
Quinn XCII, Chelsea Cutler
Downstairs Room at White Oak Music Hall
More Info

Wednesday, April 4
Bermuda Triangle featuring Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes), Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser
@ Heights Theater
More Info

Wednesday, April 4
Station Houston’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration!
More Info

Thursday, April 5
Happy Hour @ MFAH (Every Thursday)
More Info

Cultured Cocktails @ Boheme, 5-8pm
More Info

Friday, April 6
Mixed Media at MFAH
More Info

Bring Your Own Beamer, April 6
More Info

April 6-May 13
Small Ball at The MATCH
More Info

Saturday, April 7, 11am
Urban Harvest Farmers Market, 8-11am
Richmond @ East Side

Rooftop Yoga with Haley B & Fitness in the Loop
More Info

Midtown Art in the Park, 10am-6pm
@ Baldwin Park

Heartmade Spring Market, 11am-6pm
@ Main Street Square (900 & 1000 blocks of McKinney between Travis to Fannin)

First Saturday Sketch at The Riezni
More Info

Market Noir at Post HTX, 5-10pm
More Info

Serge Devant at Cirque Noir, 9pm-6am
More Info

John Evans and Lew Card, 7pm
The Mucky Duck
More Info

April 7-15
US Men’s Clay Court Championship at River Oaks Country Club
More Info


Week 2: April 8-14

Sunday, April 8, 10:30am
Blue Field Market with Yoga, Live Music, and Mimosas
Gibson is teaching Yoga at HTX Sports Creek
More Info

Sunday, April 8, 12pm
US Women’s National Soccer Team vs. Mexico
@ BBVA Stadium
More Info

Sunday, April 8, 5pm
Houston Polo Club - Van Conover Member Cup Final
More Info

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 07:00PM
The Oh Hellos, Wildermiss, Jaylon Ashaun
Downstairs Room at White Oak Music Hall
More Info

Tuesday, April 10th
Menu of Menus at Silver Street
More Info

April 10-15
Counter Current Festival
More Info

Wednesday, April 11
Farmers Market Downtown at City Hall

Thursday, April 12, 5-8pm
Cultured Cocktails at Magpie & Peacocks
More Info

Friday, April 13, 2018, 08:00PM
Downstairs Room at White Oak Music Hall
More Info

Friday, April 13
The Legendary Art Car Ball
More Info

Saturday, April 14
Urban Harvest Farmers Market, 8-11am
Richmond @ East Side

Saturday, April 14, 9am
The Do-Nuts Dash
More Info

Saturday, April 14, 11am-5pm
The Market at Sawyer Yards
More Info

Saturday, April 14, 11am
The 31st Annual Art Car Parade
More Info


Week 3: April 15-21

Sunday, April 15, 8am-4pm
Kayak Rentals Return to Buffalo Bayou
More Info

Sunday, April 15, 5pm
Houston Polo Club - Spring Classic
More Info

Tuesday, April 17, 11:30am
Greater Houston Partnership Council on Harvey Arts Recovery Program
More Info

Tuesday, April 17, 8pm
Grown Up Story Time at Rudyardz
More Info

Wednesday, April 18
Farmers Market Downtown at City Hall

Saturday, April 21
Urban Harvest Farmers Market, 8-11am
Richmond @ East Side

Puppies for Breakfast at Market Square Park
More Info

Saturday, April 21
The Suffers & over 20 bands @ The Great Texas BBQ Festival
More Info

Saturday, April 21, 2pm
Houston Dynamo vs. Toronto FC
More Info


Week 4: April 22-28

Sunday, April 22 — Earth Day
Gibson teaches Yoga at HTX Sports Creek, 10:30am

Sunday, April 22, 12-4pm
Cigna Sunday Streets - 3rd Ward
More Info

Sunday, April 22, 5pm
Houston Polo Club - Officers Classi
More Info

Tuesday, April 24, 11:30am
Greater Houston Partnership Council: The Business of Baseball
More Info

Tuesday, April 24, 5:30pm
HYPEx Speed Networking at WeWork
More Info

Wednesday, April 25, 12pm
Farmers Market Downtown at City Hall

Wednesday, April 25, 7pm
HAIM at Revention Center
More Info

Game Night at The Mucky Duck (every wednesday)
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Thursday, April 26
Jack Johnson at The Woodlands Pavilion
More Info

Thursday, April 26
Buffalo Bayou in Bloom with Bayou Buddies
More Info

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 08:00PM
Baths, No Joy, Sasami Ashworth
Upstairs Room at White Oak Music Hall
More Info

Saturday, April 28
Urban Harvest Farmers Market, 8-11am
Richmond @ East Side

Saturday, April 28, 2:30pm
Houston Dash vs. North Carolina Courage
More Info


Anything Missed?

Let me know in the comments!

My First Kayak Experience on Buffalo Bayou

After years of being envious of kayakers on the bayou, I finally set out to cross “Kayak Buffalo Bayou” off of my bucket list, and it sure wasn’t easy. 

I started by doing some research on kayak rentals in Houston. It’s easy to discovery Bayou City Adventures, however, they aren’t in operation! Unfortunately, it seems that Houston doesn’t have a rental kayak business that operates consistently out of Buffalo Bayou. This was a pretty big bummer, and I hope Houston can fix this and make kayaking more accessible for people. 

Instead, I did some research for kayaks. I first went to one of my favorite clients, Academy Sports + Outdoors, and looked for a good bayou cruiser. I ended up going with an inflatable kayak because I’m limited on space at my home. Many people are sketched out to kayak the bayou, and even more sketched out to have an inflatable kayak on the bayou. 

However, the day was beautiful. I saw many turtles, birds, and other wildlife. I was surrounded by nature including beautiful wild flowers and tall oak trees. 

This is my new favorite way of exploring Houston, all while catching a tan. 

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Horse Races in Houston

With the 2018 Triple Crown races just around the corner, I want to make it a point this year to cross off "See a Horse Race" off my Houston bucket list. I only know of Sam Houston Race Park (near Willowbrook) and Houston Polo Club (near Memorial Park). Here are some of the best events this Horse Racing season. 

There's opportunity for horse races every Sunday (HPC), Monday (SHRP), Friday (SHRP), and Saturday (SHRP). 

Houston Polo Club

Spring Season: Every Sunday Apr 1, 2018 - Jun 10, 2018

Sun Apr 1 - Bluebonnet Cup - 5:00PM
Sun Apr 8 - Van Conover Member Cup Final - 5:00PM
Sun Apr 15 - Spring Classic -  5:00PM
Sun Apr 22 - Officers Cup - 5:00PM
Sun Apr 29 - St. Regis Classic) - 5:00PM
Sun May 6 - Land Rover Houston Central Cup - 5:00PM
Sun May 13 - Ponies & Petals Cup (MOTHER'S DAY) 5:00PM
Sun May 20 - USPA Southwestern Regional Classic - 5:00PM
Sun May 27 - Milagro Cup - 5:00PM
Sun Jun 3 - Vaquero Classic - 6:00PM
Sun Jun 10 - Western Challenge Cup/ USPA NYTS Junior Tournament - 6:00PM

Get Tickets for 45% off using Groupon:

Location: 8552 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024


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Sam Houston Race Park

Saturday, 3/31 — Dollar Days
Programs, Sodas, Coffee, Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, and Beer all just $1! Sponsored by US Army!

Every Friday, Starting 4/6
Every Friday night has 50¢ beer, $2 wine, and live Quarter Horse racing. 

Saturday, April 28: Pat Green + Horse Racing
Hear Texas-favorite Pat Green sing Wave On Wave & watch horses race. More info

Friday, May 4: May The Fourth Be With You- Star Wars Night
Dress up as your favorite character & watch horses race. 50 cent beers, and the first 1000 people get a free light saber.

Saturday, May 5: Kentucky Derby Day
Watch & wager on live horse racing. There's also a hat More info.

Location: 7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, Texas 77064
Find out more:



Triple Crown Race Dates

And in case you missed it, here are the dates for the 2018 Triple Crown Races:

The Kentucky Derby - Churchill Downs - May 5, 2018
The Preakness Stakes - Pimlico - May 19, 2018
The Belmont Stakes - Belmont Park - June 9, 2018

Nice Weather Activities in Houston
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The sun is shining, it's not a million degrees, and the mosquitos are still embryos— the perfect combination to get outside in Houston (provided you took Zyrtec last night). This weekend is Easter / Passover and many organizations prepare events around this weekend. 

So, last weekend was jam packed with In Bloom, Bayou City Art Fest, The Kite Festival, and lots of charity events. The organizations that appeal to the masses all happened last weekend, so this weekend is stuffed with Easter Egg-stravaganzas. Since I don't have kids (and am weirded out by the oversized creepy bunny), I try to stay away from those places. If you do have kids (bless you), visit 365Houston for things to do with your kids this weekend. If you're an empty nesting hipster, read on. 


Coffee & Cars
Gateway Classic Cars in Cypress, TX, 9am
Check out over 250 exotics cars and talk with car enthusiasts over coffee. This event happens every Saturday, and you have to go at least a couple times. Every week has new cars to check out. More Info.

Urban Harvest Farmers Market, 8am
Every Saturday located at Eastside and Richmond (near River Oaks / Kirby / Lamar HS), Urban Harvest provides Houston's largest Farmers Market. Get there as early as possible as the good produce goes fast. There's live music, lots of food trucks, and really good people + puppy watching. It's located in the same parking lot area as Kirby Ice House. You can stop by there after and tell them "the guy that made your website sent me". I don't think it gets you a free drink, but maybe? Thanks anyways!

First Saturday Arts Market
Wake up, wake up, wake up, It's the First of the Month! - Bone Thugs
Get to 19th street in the Heights for live music, vendors, crafters, artists, and much more. Enjoy a nice stroll down 19th street. There's lots to see and eat! More info.

Wine Festival
Brenner's on the Bayou, 4-7pm

Brenner's hosts this event every year, allowing Houstonians to sample lots of award winning wines. Brenner's provides a beautiful, picturesque view, or the bayou. Lots of wine will make the view even better. Zero kids in sight. More info

Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution
BBVA Compass Stadium, 7:30pm

I don't know much about futbol/soccer, but do know every seat at BBVA Soccer Stadium provides a great experience. EaDo (where the soccer stadium is located) is the hottest place in town right now and has several cool places to check out before the game. Grab a drink and go to the top of Kings Court next to the stadium, visit 8th Wonder Brewery & see their new We <3 Houston Sign, or visit one of my new favorite restaurants, Nancy's Hustle. Cheer on Houston's soccer team. The fans will let you know when to cheer. More info

Beauty & The Beast
Discovery Green, 8pm
So, I know I talked about avoiding little kids this weekend, and this is probably the worse place for something like that. If you love Beauty & The Beast, however, you might want to go for a little bit, sing some songs, go Roller Skating, get some food and then peace out. More info

Shrek the Musical!
Miller Outdoor Theater, 8pm

This is probably super-kid friendly, but it's also one of the first shows at Miller Outdoor Theater of the year. This is one of the best venues in Houston because the hill provides a beautiful view of the Medical Center, and it's always free. Pack a cooler, snacks, and anything else you want to bring (not glass bottles), and enjoy a musical outside. More Info

$3 beers & Astros at Hay Merchant
In celebration of the Astros 2018 season opener, Hay Merchant is open all day with $3 beers. If you love craft beer & the Astros, this is a great place to enjoy some Astros baseball all weekend!



More Things to Do All Weekend Longs

  • Catch a light show during sunset at Rice University's Turrell Light Exhibit
  • Look for bluebonnets along White Oak Bayou
  • Visit the Contemporary Arts Museum
  • Go to The Menil Collection
  • Go on a Street Art Tour
  • Kayak the Bayou: BONUS, you get to hear the music from In Bloom
  • Take a picnic and go to the Water Wall
  • Visit the Zen Gardens next to the Zoo
  • Look at Azaleas in River Oaks or Bayou Bend
  • Bike through Glenwood Cemetery 
  • Take a stroll through nature at the Arboretum
  • Walk, run, jog in Memorial park
  • Bring a deck of cards and play your favorite game in Memorial Park

Did I Miss Anything?

If I missed listing a cool event happening in Houston this weekend, let me know in the comments! I'd be happy to add it. 

Guide to In Bloom Houston

I've been to every music festival at Eleanor Tinsley since they started in 2009 (shout out to The Eastern Sea!). I've learned a lot throughout the years for how to make the best of the music filled weekend. Apparently the organizers have also learned a lot, hence moving it from Summer to Spring (even though the move was much more complicated than just picking a different date). 

Being a veteran to the Houston-music and festival scene, I wanted to offer some advice: 

  • Pack a Camelback. Outside in Houston always means there's a chance to sweat. Be prepared by taking an empty camelback to the festival. You can fill it in once you're there. 
  • Bring/wear sun screen: Once again, you'll be outside all day in Houston. Wear sunscreen so you can participate Sunday, also.
  • Do the morning yoga: You're going to be standing, drinking, slouching, and not doing great things with your body throughout the day. Start the day with a little zen, stretching, and good vibes. It'll go a long way and help you throughout the day. 
  • Moderate your drinking: It's definitely cool to throw back a beer or two, but you're going to end up being exhausted by the time the closer gets on at night. My general rule (in life) is to not drink when the sun is out. 
  • Show your pride: this festival is all about HOUSTON. Wear your favorite Astros hat, Rockets Jersey, Gallery Furniture Tshirt, or anything else to show your Houston pride. 
  • Plan your schedule: take a moment to note some "must not miss" acts this year. Maybe it's Sylvan Esso, maybe it's lil dicky. Whoever you want to see, make a plan to see it. 
  • Take advantage of the art installations: every year at FPSF, the art is out of this world! I hope In Bloom can keep up with past events and also have knockout installations. 
  • Ride Your Bike / Walk / Uber. Whatever you do, do NOT drive to this event. Traffic is horrible before and after, and there isn't much room to park since the festival is so big. If you do have to drive to get close, I'd still recommend bringing a bike or renting a BCycle. You'll be waiting a long time for an Uber after the festival if that's your option. 
  • Find a new band! Explore the festival. Find a new act that you've never heard of and give them a listen! I've found many great bands this way. If you haven't seen/heard Say Girl Say, carve out some time Saturday to find a new favorite ukulele band. 


Gibson's In Bloom Schedule

In Bloom Festival Day 1 at Eleanor Tinsley Park
11:30am: Yoga with Black Swan at Bud Light Stage
2pm: Say Girl Say at Ostara Stage
3:40pm: MELVV at Ostara Stage
6:30pm: Grizzly Bear at Bud Light Stage
9:30pm: Beck on Bud Light Stage, Incubus on Flora Stage

In Bloom Festival Day 2: 
11am: Black Swan Yoga at Bud Light Stage
4pm: Houndmouth at Fauna Stage
4:40pm: Sylvan Esso at Bud Light Stage
5:40pm: Twin Shadow at Fauna Stage
6:30pm: Explosions in the Sky at Flora Stage
7:45pm: Gramatik at Ostara Stage
8:30pm: Queens of the Stone Age at Flora Stage

What to do in Houston this Weekend: March 23-25
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This weekend has so much excitement going on and it's been such wonderful weather outside lately, I just had to make a blog post to share and make some event recommendations. If you don't have plans for the weekend already, I suggest getting out a spreadsheet to figure out how you're going to cram all of this in: 

All Weekend Long


In Bloom Music Festival: 2-day music festival happening all day Saturday and Sunday at Eleanor Tinsley Park. Check out my In Bloom guide for some tips to make the most of your weekend. Some acts I'm most looking forward to: Grizzly Bear, Say Girl Say, Explosions in the Sky, Sylvan Esso, Houndmouth, Twin Shadow, and of course, Yoga by Black Swan starting at 11am. More info.

Bayou City Art Festival: the largest art festival in Houston which only happens twice a year with over 300 artists. Every fall, the event is hosted downtown. Every spring, the event is hosted at Memorial Park. The event is both Friday-Sunday and you can find discount tickets at Randalls for $10. More Info



Mark Austin’s Birthday Party: One of Houston’s most influential music people is turning a year older, and throwing a birthday party and concert to celebrate. There will be performances by: Los Skarnales, Buxton, Vodi, Wrestlers, & John Allen Stephens. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to LifeGift, which offers hope to the thousands of people in Texas and beyond who need lifesaving organ transplants. The event is Friday night at Heights Theater on 19th. More info + tickets


Bayou City Art Festival Day 2 at Memorial Park, 10am-6pm

In Bloom Festival Day 1 at Eleanor Tinsley Park
11:30am: Yoga with Black Swan at Bud Light Stage
2pm: Say Girl Say at Ostara Stage
3:40pm: MELVV at Ostara Stage
6:30pm: Grizzly Bear at Bud Light Stage
9:30pm: Beck on Bud Light Stage, Incubus on Flora Stage

Free Yoga at Rothko Chapel: get your zen on at one of the most calm and inviting places in Houston: Rothko Chapel. Yoga starts at 9am and is brought to you by Bayou Bliss Yoga. More info.

Free Yoga at HTX Sports Creek: join @Fitnessintheloop every Sunday for Free Yoga at HTX Sports Creek. Enjoy yoga on the blue soccer field, tacos by Tierra Caliente, and mimosas after yoga. Also, mark your calendars for 4/8 and 4/22 because Gibson will be teaching free yoga at HTX Sports Creek those days! More info.

The Lemon Climb at Chase Tower: For the first time in years, you can go to the top of Chase Tower and get a stunning view from the top of Houston’s tallest skyscraper. The only catch is that you have to climb your way to the top, while raising awareness and money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Fund: a national childhood cancer foundation that raises money for research into new treatments and cures for children fighting cancer. (Shout out to Meredith for making this impact and event!) Register here.



Bayou City Art Festival Day 3 at Memorial Park, 10am-6pm

In Bloom Festival Day 2: 
11am: Black Swan Yoga at Bud Light Stage
4pm: Houndmouth at Fauna Stage
4:40pm: Sylvan Esso at Bud Light Stage
5:40pm: Twin Shadow at Fauna Stage
6:30pm: Explosions in the Sky at Flora Stage
7:45pm: Gramatik at Ostara Stage
8:30pm: Queens of the Stone Age at Flora Stage


5th Annual Kite Festival: This event is great for kids, and not so great if you don’t like kids. There are kids and kites everywhere. The scene is surreal, and worth checking out if you’ve never been. Biking is strongly encouraged so you don’t have to worry about parking. This event is 10-5 at Hermann Park. More Info.

Bayou City Outdoors Graffiti Art & Bike Ride at Market Square Park: Bike around the city and explore some of the best street art Houston has to offer. Meet Sunday at Market Square Park at noon and ride around with other art-loving bikers. This event is 12-4pm. More info.


More Ideas for the Weekend: 

  • Catch a light show during sunset at Rice University's Turrell Light Exhibit
  • Look for bluebonnets along White Oak Bayou
  • Visit the Contemporary Arts Museum
  • Go to The Menil Collection
  • Go on a Street Art Tour
  • Kayak the Bayou: BONUS, you get to hear the music from In Bloom
  • Take a picnic and go to the Water Wall
  • Visit the Zen Gardens next to the Zoo
  • Look at Azaleas in River Oaks or Bayou Bend
  • Bike through Glenwood Cemetery 
  • Take a stroll through nature at the Arboretum
  • Walk, run, jog in Memorial park
  • Bring a deck of cards and play your favorite game in Memorial Park

Did I miss anything?

If I missed listing a cool event happening in Houston this weekend, let me know in the comments! I'd be happy to add it. 

#HOUSxSW 2018

2018 was my 6th annual trip to Austin for #SxSW. There's quite a few things I've learned in past years that made this year a success. Here is a round up of advice I've heard in the past, and how it helped me this year.

1. Bring an Extra Pair of Shoes because you do a LOT of walking. Very true! The first year of SXSW involved so much walking that I actually wore through the soles of my sneakers. This year, I averaged 12,043 steps/day. 

2. Bring / Rent a Bike. If you checked out the #SxSW map, you noticed that many of the events are downtown, but separated by a few blocks. Bringing a bike has been extremely valuable during my trips. Not only does it make commuting to/from home base a breeze, but also helps you with Tip #1 because you don't have to walk so dang much. If you can't bring a bike to Austin, rent a bCycle for the week!

3. Prepare for ALL Weather. During my short week at #SxSW, I experienced a freeze (literally wore gloves 1 day), followed by beaming heat the next day. I caught a pretty nice farmer's tan from waiting in line so long. Bring a spray bottle, umbrella, and sunscreen for when it's way too hot. Bring an extra sweater, gloves, and scarf for when it gets too cold. Be prepared for just about anything: rain, snow, sleet, sun, etc. 

4. Go analog as much as possible. SXSW was filled with technology and made for tech nerds like you and me. However, spending all day and all week in a digital world is exhausting. Instead of spending your time waiting in line staring at your phone, start up a conversation. If you visit talks and get distracted on your laptop, put it away and take analog notes. SXSW is so much about networking and making connections. Don't miss the opportunity because you're staring at your phone!

5. Stock up on FREE things! It's easy to find free things at SXSW including Tshirts, Koozies, Hankerchiefs, Protein Bars, Energy Drinks, and much more. Whenever you find something free that you might like, grab it. Vendors give away so much free stuff and want people to actually use it. Think about your friends, coworkers, family back home that don't get to go to SXSW. Bring them back a little something, especially if there's no cost to you. 

6. Be prepared to abortIs the line way too long and you don't think you can get in? Abort. Is the speaker or talk less exciting than you thought it would be? Abort. Are you hungry and can't pay attention to the talk? Abort. Are you just following friends and not making your own plan? Abort. There's too much going on at SXSW to just sit around and wait. Create your own destiny, and don't be afraid to get up during a talk. 

7. Find a place to relax. Mental breaks are a great way to charge during the day. Find some place where you can take some time to review your notes, drop your new friends a message, or do some yoga. SXSW moves pretty fast, but it's great to find time to take care of yourself amongst the mayhem. 

8. Monitor your drinking. Every event at SXSW seems to give away free booze. There were talks in the morning that included beer with breakfast. This always seems great at the time, but remember a lot of the great connections happen early in the morning. Having a wild night on Saturday usually leads to a very slow Sunday. It's ok to have fun, but don't have so much fun that you ruin the rest of your trip!

9. Bring a Portable Phone Charger. Even though I mentioned going analog as much as possible, there will be opportunities where you'd like to use your phone. Some days at SXSW are very long and you don't have enough time to run home for a quick nap. For those days, make sure you have a spare phone charger. Even if you don't use it, a friend of yours might seriously thank you for thinking ahead! 

10. Bring business cards and make connections. Austin is full of out of towners during SXSW, looking to make genuine connections. Be better prepared by having a 10 second elevator pitch and updated business cards ready for whenever you meet someone who's first question is always, "so, what do you do?". Make it interesting so they remember you!


#HOUSxSW Ambassador's Preview to #SxSW2018

What's it mean to be a #HOUSxSW Ambassador? 

This year, I'm teaming up with Houston Exponential and Station Houston to represent Houston in Austin during SxSW 2018. A group of entrepreneurs are getting together for the week of SxSW Interactive (the time devoted to tech, apps, nerds, etc). 

I'm really looking forward to hearing from leaders from some amazing brands like Pinterest, Gatorade, Etsy, Bumble, DropBox, Kendra Scott, Instagram, and many more. The sessions I'm looking forward to the most are around Branding, Marketing, Design, and Innovation. 


What is Houston Exponential and Station Houston?

Both organizations are helping propel Houston forward through innovation and entrepreneurship, which is something I am 100% behind. Station Houston is Houston's hub for innovation, located in downtown, and was founded by my former co-Pilot & Ukulele jam-mate @GraceRodriguez


Where I'm headed in Austin

The Map Above has places available to Interactive Badge holders and are deemed "Highly Likely to Give Out Free Swag like Tshirts". 

SxSW Pro Tip: Bring a Bike or At Least 2 Pairs of Shoes. There's a LOT of Walking. 


About #HOUSxSW

The #HOUSxSW campaign aims to position Houston as a leader in creativity and innovation, building recognition and relationships with technology founders, investors, experts, influences and startups that may not have previously considered working with Houston startups, doing business in Houston, or taking advantage of all the talent and resources Houston has to offer.


About Houston

Houston is the most welcoming and diverse city in America: nearly 1 in 4 residents are foreign-born, and over 145 languages are spoken here.  

Houston is the #1 City for minority entrepreneurs: They can leverage our diverse workforce, and their dollars go farther with our lower cost of living!

From space travel to healthcare to energy to enterprise, Houston is where the world convenes to solve the problems that matter!


March 10

Mar 10, 2018
9:30am – 10:30am
JW Marriott
Salon D
110 E 2nd St.

Mar 10, 2018
9:30am – 10:30am

Mar 10, 2018
3:30pm – 4:30pm
JW Marriott
Salon D
110 E 2nd St.

Mar 10, 2018
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Mar 10, 2018
7:00pm – 8:30pm
The Hideout
617 Congress Ave.

March 11

Mar 11, 2018
11:00am – 12:00pm
Four Seasons
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
Mar 11, 2018
11:00am – 12:00pm

Mar 11, 2018
11:00am – 12:00pm

Learning UX from Board Games

presented by Capital One
Mar 11, 2018
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Mar 11, 2018
2:00pm – 3:00pm
JW Marriott
Salon D
110 E 2nd St.

Mar 11, 2018
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Four Seasons
Ballroom AB
98 San Jacinto Blvd.


#HOUSxSW #TeamHouston

Chef Fest 2018

I was invited to the inaugural Chef Fest, hosted at Loam Agronomics in Richmond, TX. We spent the day at the farm, eating delicious food prepared by some of Houston's best chefs. 

The Chefs (and their instagrams) included:
Matt McCallister (@mattft33), Monica Pope (@chefmonicapope), Andrew Wiseheart (@contigoaustin), Adam Brick (@adambrick), Ned Elliott (@foreigndomestic), Robert Lyford (@patinagreen), Rebecca Masson (@fluffbakebar@sugarfairy), Jill Bartolome (@billjartolome), Ara Malekian (@aramalekian), Chris Zettlemoyer (@rkcfoodtruck), Stephanie Hoban (@ripecuisine), Little Kitchen HTX (@littlekitchenhtx). 

The 83rd Annual Azalea Trail by River Oaks Garden

It was my first time ever buying a ticket for River Oaks Garden Club's annual Azalea Trail festival. It's been happening for 83 years, and the tour even gave a glimpse of what life what like for some (very wealthy) Houstonians during that time. 

The tour included the Rienzi, Bayou Bend, and 4 private homes that were amazing. We weren't allowed to take photos inside the private houses, but they were incredible to see and loved hearing the stories from everybody participating from River Oaks Garden Club. 

There was too much to see in 1 day, and look forward to another amazing tour next year!

Let it (Vir)G🌝! New month, new moon.

Let it (Vir)G🌝! New month, new moon.

@mysticmamma writes: 🌕 FULL MOON 🌕 in Virgo (3/1) on the Pisces axis calls us to ground our roots deep into Mother Earth to anchor ourselves through the emotional seas that have been surging. The more we open up, the more we feel, and the more attuned we become to the suffering of others and our dear planet Earth. The injustices and the tragedies are numerous and we are all aching for change. Virgo is the healer within, reminding us to embody our Spirit so we can bring forth real change in our lives for the benefit of all. Her medicine is love in service, and her practical magic helps us streamline our directive so we can focus on how best to be in service of our collective healing. 🌝

Let’s make this a great month.

The Blue Trees Are Back in Houston

Houston's very own Parks & Rec department is making the city better by giving these Crepe Mertles new color near Waugh and Memorial. A post from the City of Houston's website

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department will be painting the crepe myrtles at the traic cloverleaf at Memorial and Waugh to bring attention to the plight of pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. The Natural Resources Program has been regularly hosting community events to seed areas, with wildflowers, as well as prairie habitat restorations, which provide food and habitat for these species. The wildflowers, which bloom around March, will stand out against the brilliantly colored tree trunks.
What to do in Houston in March 2018

3/1 — Last Concert Cafe — Live Music
Perpetual Groove

3/2 — House of Blues — Live Music
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

3/2 — Revention — Live Music
Steve Aoiki

3/2 — Entrepreneurship
Coffee & Conversation with The Houston Advisory Board. More info.

3/2 — Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo — Live Music
Leon Bridges

3/2-25 — Roller Skate at Discovery Green
Monday (cheap nights), Sundays (skate with St. Arnolds), Thursday (throwback)

3/3 — House of Blue — Live Music
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

3/3 — Black Swan Yoga — Art Show
"And They Walked Hand By Hand, Side By Side" More info.

3/3 — Neil Hilborn — Performance Art
@ Secret Group. More info

3/4 — Yoga
Black Swan Yoga Returns to Raven Tower. 10am. More info

3/4 — Chef Fest 2018
Harvest Green Farmers Market. 

3/7 — Yoga
7pm Conscious Wednesday by Conscious Houston. More Info

3/9 — The Secret Group — Comedy
Jeff Rosenstock

3/9 — Waynes World
7pm, Market Square Park. More info

3/9 — Festival
French Festival at Discovery Green, 6-9pm. 

3/10 — 46th Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta
Houston Fun! More Info

3/11 — Bike Ride
Ride with Black Swan at 3210 White Oak, 10am Yoga + Ride after.

3/13 — How to Start Ideating — Entrepreneurship
With Grace Rodriguez @ Station Houston. More Info. 

3/14 — Yoga
7pm Conscious Wednesday by Conscious Houston. More Info

3/16 — The Heights Theater — Live Music
Paul Thorn

3/17 — St. Patrick's Day — Live Music
@ Market Square Park

3/19 — Toyota Center — Live Music

3/19 — White Oak Downstairs  — Live Music
Sylvan Esso

3/20 — House of Blues — Live Music
Dashboard Confessional

3/21 — Yoga
7pm Conscious Wednesday by Conscious Houston. More Info

3/21 — White Oak UpstairsLive Music
The Weeks

3/23 — Live Music
Mark Austin's Birthday Party & Charity Concert. More info

3/23 — Performance Art / Comedy
Doomsday Wrestling @ Market Square Park. More Info

3/23-25 — Art Show
Bayou City Art Festival. More Info

3/23-25 — Yoga
Texas Acro Weekend. More Info

3/24 — Entrepreneurship
The Lemon Climb (up to the top of Chase Tower). More info

3/24 — House of Blues — Live Music
Led Zeppelin 2

3/24 — The Heights Theater — Live Music
The Band of Heathens

3/25 — Eleanor Tinsley — Live Music
In Bloom Music Festival

3/28 — Yoga
7pm Conscious Wednesday by Conscious Houston. More Info

3/29 — The Heights Theater — Live Music
Brian Fallon

3/29 — Mucky Duck — Live Music
Whitney Rose

3/29 — Orange Show — Live Music
Robert Ellis

3/30 — Continental Club — Live Music
Southern Culture on the Skids

3/30  — CezanneLive Music
Jazz Warriors Reunion

3/31 — House of Blues — Live Music

3/31 — Movie
Beauty & The Beast @ Discovery Green

3/31 — Smart Financial Center (Sugar Land) — Live Music

Visiting Colorado for Skiing in Beaver Creek
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February Houston Guide

February's Featured Events

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • 1
  • 2
    Mardis Gras Begins
    Everclear is Headlining
  • 3
    Yoga + Hops
    8th Wonder
  • 4
    Super Bowl
  • 5
  • 6
    Live Music
    The Mucky Duck
  • 7
    Free Yoga @ Athleta
    6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • 8
    Live Music: Wild Child
    The Heights Theater
  • 9
    Winter Olympics
    Opening Ceremony
    Kam Franklin
    @ Disco Green
  • 10
    John Evans + Emily Bell
    The Mucky Duck
  • 11
    Rockets vs Mavericks
  • 12
  • 13
    Gin Blossoms
    @ House of Blues
  • 14
    Ventine's Day
    Yoga, Beer, Rockets
    Toyota Center
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
    Rice University
  • 18
    @ White Oak Music Hall
  • 19
  • 20
    Rodeo Roundup
    City Hall
    Grown Up Story Time
  • 21
  • 22
    Rodeo BBQ Cook Off
    All Weekend
  • 23
    Go Texan Day
  • 24
    Rodeo Parade
  • 25
    Winter Olympics
    Closing Ceremony
  • 26
  • 27
    Rodeo Begins
  • 28
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

February 2018

1/29/18 - 2/3/18 — Art
Live Theater, Well. More Info

2/1/18 - 2/18/18 — Art
Live Theater, Holes, @ Main Street Theater. More info

2/1/18 — Comedy
Tony Hincliffe @ The Secret Group. Tickets

2/2/18 — Live Music
Darcy Malone & The Tangle @ Mucky Duck. Tickets

2/2/18 — Event
The Crystal Ball Gala by Fresh Arts. Tickets

2/2-13/18 — Event
Mardis Gras Galveston

2/3/18 — Yoga
Yoga & Hops @ 8th Wonder. More Info.

2/3/18 — Live Music
Everclear is Headlining Mardis Gras

2/3/18 — Art Market
First Saturdays Art Market in the Heights. More Info

2/3/18 — Live Music
The Wind & The Wave @ The Secret Group. More info

2/3/18 — Live Music
Dawn & Hawkes @ Mucky Duck. Tickets.  

2/4/18 — TV
Superbowl 5:30pm

2/6/18 — Live Music
Best Bluesman: Johnny Nicholas @ Mucky Duck. Tickets

2/6/18 — Entrepreneurship
Open Project with Sketch City @ The Black Sheep Agency. More info.

2/7/18 — Yoga
John Tran Yoga + Singing Bowls @ Athleta

2/7/18 — Live Music
Sleigh Bells @ White Oak Music Hall. Tickets.

2/8/18 — Events
Texas Monthly Whiskey Affair @ Silver Street Studios. Buy Tickets

2/8/18 — Live Music
Wild Child @ The Heights Theater. Tickets.

2/9/18 — Rockets
vs Nuggets 7pm. More info

2/9/18 — Live Music
Buenos Diaz @ Mucky Duck. Tickets

2/9-25/18 — TV
Winter Olympics

2/9/18 — TV
Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

2/9/18 - 3/4/18 — Live Theater
Leap and the Net Will Appear @ The MATCH. More info

2/9/18 — Performance
Kam Franklin @ Discovery Green for "Pause", 6-9pm. More info.

2/10/18 — Live Music
John Evans + Emily Bell @ Mucky Duck. Tickets

2/10/18 — Live Music
Lana Del Ray @ Toyota Center. Tickets

2/11/18 — Rockets
vs Dallas Mavericks 6pm. More info

2/13/18 — Entrepreneurship
Tax Workshop for Artists. More info.

2/13/18 — Live Music
Gin Blossoms @ House of Blues. Tickets

2/14/18 — Rockets
vs Sacramento Kings 7pm. More info

2/14/18 - 3/8/18 — Theater
Ann (Story of Ann Richards) @ Stages Theater. Tickets and more info.

2/14/18 — Live Music
Pedro the Lion @ Rockerfellers. Tickets and more info.

2/14/18 — Yoga
Yoga, Beer, Rockets. More info.

2/15/18 — Live Music
The Expandables @ White Oak Music Hall. Tickets.

2/15/18 — Live Music
G. Love & The Special Sauce @ White Oak Music Hall. Tickets.

2/15/18 — Live Music
10,000 Maniacs @ The Heights Theater. More info.

2/15/18 — Live Music
Big Gigantic @ House of Blues. Tickets

2/16/18 — Live Music
Sister Morales @ Mucky Duck. Tickets

2/16/18 — Live Music
Shovels & Rope @ The Heights Theater. More info.

2/17/18 — Entrepreneurship
TEDxRiceU @ Rice University. More info.

2/17/18 — Art Show
"We love Houston" benefit art show + free beer. More info.

2/17/18 — Live Music
Lights @ White Oak Music Hall. Tickets.

2/17/18 — Events
Wine on the Green @ Water Works. More info.

2/18/18 — Live Music
Sunday Brunch with Boomtown Brass Band @ MKT Bar. More Info.

2/18/18 — Comedy
Open Mic w/ 8th Wonder @ The Secret Group. More info

2/18/18 — Live Music
Emancipator @ White Oak Music Hall. Tickets.

2/18/18 — Live Music
ARJ @ House of Blues. Tickets

2/20/18 — Rodeo
Rodeo Roundup @ City Hall 11am. More info

2/20/18 — Live Theare
Grown Up Story Time @ Rudyardz. More info.

2/22/18 — Live Music
Hayes Carll @ Mucky Duck. Tickets

2/22/18 — Live Music
Rebelution @ House of Blues. Tickets

2/23/18 — Live Music
Hippie Sabotage @ Warehouse Live. Tickets

2/23/18 — Rodeo
Go Texan Day

2/23/18 — Live Music
Reggie & The Full Effect @ White Oak Music Hall. Tickets.

2/22-24/18 — Rodeo
BBQ Cookoff

2/23/18 — Rockets
vs Timbervolves 7pm. More info

2/23/18 — Event
Critical Mass @ Market Square Park

2/23-24/18 — Live Theater
Ben Jackson Live @ La Colombe d'Or. Tickets

2/24/18 — Rodeo
Rodeo Parade 10am

2/24-25/18 — Events
Lunar Festival

2/27/18 — Live Music
Of Mice & Men @ White Oak Music Hall. Tickets.

2/27/18 — 3/18/18 — Rodeo
Houston Livestock Show + Rodeo 

2/28/18 — Live Music
Turtle Island Quartet @ The Match. Tickets.


All Month Long: 

Oscar De La Renta @ Museum of Fine Arts. More Info. Free on Thursdays. 

Sundays Art Market at HTX Sports Creek. More Info.


Free Yoga Classes in February: 

  • Saturdays, 10am @ Belle Station
  • Saturdays, 10am @ Project Row Houses
  • Sundays, 10am @ HTX Sports Creek
  • Sundays, 10am @ Levy Park
  • Sundays, 11am @ Spring Street Beer and Wine
  • Sundays, 11am @ Lululemon
  • Tuesdays, 6pm @ Cafe Brasil
  • Tuesdays, 6pm @ Levy Park
  • Thursdays, 6pm @ Levy Park
  • Various Sundays, Wednesdays, Saturday @ Athleta


Any other events?

If there's an event you know about that isn't on this list, feel free to email me or leave it in the comments and I'm happy to add it!

Where to Find the Dankest Breakfast Tacos in Houston?
 26/49 respondents said "HECK YES!"

26/49 respondents said "HECK YES!"

Using the words taco and deli in the same sentence makes my mouth water. I'm ok rocking a Doña Stache. Jess, Otto, and El Popeye are all my friends. If you don't get these references, chances are you haven't taken a breakfast taco tour in Houston, YET. 

For the last 10 or so years, every single trip to Austin has included a trip to Taco Deli. I was super stoked to learn they were opening up their first location in Houston last year, and even more excited that it opened just down the street from me on Washington Avenue. 

I go there a lot... but I also eat breakfast tacos just about every day. I'll share another post sometime about my homemade bfast taco recipes, but this guide is all about eating out. 

I asked my Instagram friends if Taco Deli is the best breakfast taco in town, and 53% of the 49 responders said "HECK YES!". The others all provided lots of bacon-and-eggselent suggestions. Below is a list of my favorite spots, as well as some of my friends TOP recommendations. 

Starting with my top pick, Taco Deli delivers. I recommend The Otto + Add Egg + Flour, with a cup of coffee. If you love queso, I'd recommend getting that on the side. Their sauces are lined up from mildest to most spicy and the Doña is right in the middle. This place isn't open for dinner, so your best bet really is to go for breakfast. 

This spot was my taco-jam when I was living in the Heights. If you go too late in the morning, you might be waiting in a line that's going out the door. Their tortillas are made in house and absolutely delicious. The place is really spacious and has a back room that nobody really ever sits in, but plenty of seating despite the line out the door. Breakfast is served all day, so that statement alone means it's the best thing on the menu. @cateliza87 swears the green sauce at Chilosos is the best thing in the world. 

Laredo Tacqueria
This recommendation came from my fellow yoga teacher, @poopsbuds, who said "All the real Mexican places" are better than Taco Deli. She recommends all of the tacos, but especially likes the eggs + potatos. 

Tierra Caliente
Thanks to my former coworker and PR extraordinaire, @theycallmemimidiez, for sharing that Tierra Caliente now offers breakfast tacos! Tierra Caliente is a food truck, always across the street from West Alabama Ice House and was named 10 Best Foodie Spots in Houston in USA Today. The owner's daughter passed away unexpectedly 2 years ago, and the community came together to exceed the fundraising goal by over $7,000. Tierra Caliente loves their tacos, and their taco eaters love them back. 

Tacos a Go Go
There are a few Tacos A Go Go's in town, and I've been there plenty of times for lunch, dinner, and margaritas.. but I really had no idea they even served breakfast tacos until @sarah_fitz42 recommended them as her favorite breakfast taco spot in town.  

You might not really think of a hipster coffee shop as having the best tacos in town, but think again! Siphon makes their tacos in house, and they are absolutely delicious. It's nice that you can also get a really good cup of coffee with the tacos. 

Greenway Coffee Company has drastically improved Houston's coffee scene, and now also treats us to delicious breakfast tacos. Morningstar is more known for their sugar-coma donuts, but I was able to try one of their tacos for the first time when they sponsored Free Yoga at Raven Tower with Black Swan. Since that "wait..did you say tacos?" exchange, I've been to Morningstar about a dozen times to get their tacos and super delicious coffee. 

Revival Market
This is the 3rd realllly good coffee + realllly good tacos spot on the list. I've been going to Revival Market for breakfast tacos for years. It's not a traditional Mexican breakfast taco, but it's dang good. Everything at Revival Market is sourced within 90 miles of Houston, and they're using the highest quality ingredients to make their tacos. They're tacos are literally so good that the owners of Revival Market opened up a dedicated taco joint called 8th Row Flint. These folks know tacos. Insider tip: Revival Market gives away free coffee every Monday until 10am, so go there on Mondays, try a taco and get a free drip coffee. 

Another Houstonian favorite, Brothers Tacos is located on the East Side of town. They have a buffet style, so even if the line is out the door, you're still going to get through the line relatively quickly and your food is going to be ready right away. And yes, there's usually a line out the door because it's really that good. 


Closing Thoughts?
Do you have another taco joint that should be on the list? Let us know in the comments below!