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Depressed Cake Shop by The Montrose Center
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This was my first time to the Depressed Cake Shop. Loving people donated cakes and treats that are somber grays, blues and black to “signify the gray cloud that can descend over a beautiful world when someone is struggling with mental help issues.” The event was by Name Walks Greater Houston and Montrose Center. 

How beautiful are these cakes below?

Things to Do in Houston in August 2018

August 12

8/14 Cocktails with Creatives at Boheme https://www.facebook.com/events/268652020386855/

8/16 Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park http://www.marketsquarepark.com/

8/16 Welcoming the DNC Convention Downtown (avoid downtown) https://www.facebook.com/events/1861485070563782/

8/18 Houston Food Fest at City Hall Downtown https://www.facebook.com/events/127364017971223/

8/18 Flea Market at Discovery Green https://www.facebook.com/events/157179055140364/?event_time_id=157179058473697

8/18 Street Art Show at Hardy & Nance Studios  https://www.facebook.com/events/2026552930943401/?active_tab=about

 

August 19

8/22 Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at Hobby Center

https://365thingsinhouston.com/calendar/lyle-lovett-and-his-large-band-in-concert-at-hobby-center/

8/22 Beauty and the Beast (movie) at Miller Outdoor Theater 8-11pm https://www.facebook.com/events/198379117492521/

8/23 Bands with Beto at Warehouse Live https://www.facebook.com/events/244355589626289/

8/24 Sawyer Yards Summer Series 6-10pm https://www.facebook.com/events/465604293895289/

8/25 Galveston Sandcastle Competition https://www.visithoustontexas.com/event/32nd-annual-aia-sandcastle-competition/55923/

8/25 Yoga and Hops at 8th Wonder https://www.facebook.com/events/930632717139354/

8/25 Arm Balance Workshop at Black Swan Yoga https://www.facebook.com/events/637365426650591/

 

August 26

8/26 Theater District Open House 12-5pm  http://www.theaterdistrictopenhouse.com/

8/27-29 Athletics vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park

8/30 Texans vs Cowboys @ NRG Stadium

8/30-9/2 Angels vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park

 

Sept 2

9/3-5 Twins vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park

9/6 Alina Baraz @ Warehouse Live

July Events in Houston

Week 1: July 1-7

Sunday, July 1
Free Yoga @ Raven Tower with Black Swan

Sunday, July 1
Slightly Stoopid + Pepper @ WOMH

Tuesday, July 3
Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy @ BBVA Stadium

Wednesday, July 4
Beats Antique @ Eleanor Tinsley

Friday, July 6
Say Girl Say @ Continental Club

Saturday, July 7
Wild Moccasins @ WOMH

Saturday, July 7
Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United FC @ BBVA Stadium

 

Week 2: July 8-14

Wednesday, July 11
Chocolate Meditation Watercolor @ WASH

Thursday-Friday, July 12-13
The Suffers @ Heights Theater

Saturday, July 14
H-Town on Tap Beer Fest

 

Week 3: July 15-21

Tuesday, July 18
Grown Up Storytime @ Rudyardz 8pm

Friday, July 20
MFAH Mixed Media Nights 

Friday, July 20
Summer Concerts @ Four Seasons

Saturday, July 21
Quest for the Press Workshop @ Black Swan

Saturday, July 21
Energy Work & Crystal Therapy @ Define

Saturday, July 21
Roller Derby @ Revention Music Center

 

Where I look for Events in Houston

There are so many great websites curating things to do in Houston, but there's a catch-22 situation where Houston doesn't have 1 central hub for all things Houston, based on your style. I believe this is true because each market has its own unique culture, shaping the events that look fun for you. 

I like exploring Houston and being broad in my experiences. A lot of what interests me relates to art, yoga, eating, markets, special events, and new experiences (at least once). 

To find out about cool events in Houston, I like to visit the following sites and then create a monthly events list. 

 

Website Event Curators

There are a few great websites in Houston trying to curate lists of things to do around Houston. However, since Houston is so diverse with so many offerings, it's hard for any site to be the catch-all for all of Houston's events. My blog is just another curation, pulling events from the following sites: 

FreshArts.com — great for local art shows

ArtsHound.com — another great resource for local art shows

365ThingsToDoInHouston.com — some highlights of the week, usually has free events

PollStar.com — great for concerts

CultureMap — little bit higher end events

Houston Press — has maybe too many listings on their site. 

Zyoga.Info — Free Yoga Related Events

FitnessInTheLoop — Free Fitness Related Events

Facebook — about 50% of the events I find out about are through Facebook! Check out what your friends are going to and see if you could go together!

 

Venues

Now all venues post on the websites mentioned above, and sometimes not all of the shows get moved over. For that reason, I like to check out my favorite venues to see about upcoming concerts, art shows, performances, and special events. 

Discovery Green

House of Blues

White Oak Music Hall

Rudyardz

Mucky Duck

The MATCH

Stages Theatre

 

Where else should I look? 

Is there another website that helps share cool events in Houston that I haven't mentioned above? Know somebody who is awesome at curating events but doesn't know how to make a website? I'd love to help!! Let me know in the comments!

 

Houston, What to Do in The Loop in June 2018
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June 2018

Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. Presents The Graduate at MATCH, through June 9, More Info

Carlos Cruz-Diez @ The Cistern, More Info


Week 1: June 1-9

Friday, June 1
The Strangerer @ MATCH, [performance art] More Info

Saturday, June 2
Vegandale Fest, 11am-7pm @ Sam Houston Park Downtown, [festival, music, food, vendors, all Vegan] More Info

Minus the Bear @ White Oak Music Hall, More Info

Black Joe Lewis @ Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark, Free! [party, live music, food, skating] More Info

The Accidentals @ Mucky Duck, More Info

Sunday, June 3, 10am
Free Yoga @ Raven Tower [yoga] with Black Swan Yoga

Sunday, June 3, 2:30pm
The Strangerer @ MATCH, [performance art] More Info

Tuesday, June 5
Chad Valley @ White Oak Music Hall, [live music] More Info

Thursday, June 9, 7-9pm
Live Music @ Discovery Green, More Info

Friday, June 8
Ghost House Shivers CD Release @ Mucky Duck, More Info

June 8-10
Play @ Jones Hall, [live ballet] More Info

June 8, 7:30pm
Penn & Teller @ Jones Hall, [magic & performing arts] More Info

Saturday June 9-10, All Day
St. Arnold’s 24th Anniversary Party, [live music, games, fun] More Info

Sunday, June 10, 5-9pm
Canned Acoustica (live music) @ Discovery Green, More info


Week 3: June 10-16

Thursday, June 14
The Glitch Mob @ White Oak Music Hall, [live music] More Info

Hayes Carll @ Mucky Duck, [live music] More Info

Thursday, June 14, 7-9pm
Live Music @ Discovery Green, More Info

Friday, June 15
The Get Up Kids @ White Oak Music Hall, [live music] More Info

June 15, 7:30pm
Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert @ Jones Hall with the Houston Symphony, More Info

June 15-16, 7pm & 9pm
Ben Jackson, Live Magic! @ La Colombe D’or, [magic & comedy] More Info


Week 4: June 17-23

Tuesday, June 19
Grown Up Story Time @ Rudyardz, [performing arts]  More Info

Thursday, June 21, 5:30-7:30pm
108 Sun Salutations for Summer Solstice @ Black Swan, [yoga]  More Info

Thursday, June 21
Buxton @ Mucky Duck, [live music]  More Info

Thursday, June 21, 7-9pm
Live Music @ Discovery Green, More Info

Saturday, June 3-July 1
Swan Lake @ Jones Hall, [ballet] More Info

 

Week 5: June 24-30

Thursday, June 28, 7-9pm
Live Music @ Discovery Green, More Info

Friday, June 29
Shakey Graves @ White Oak Music Hall, [live music]  More Info

The Tamarie Cooper Show - Field Trip! Opening Night, [live theater]  More Info
 

Houston Weekend Guide: May 11-13
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Why this Guide? 

Through Instagram, I often get messages asking how I find out about cool events after the event has happened. The city has many great resources, but somehow, time after time, cool events go unheard or overlooked. There's way too much going on in this city to go to the same bar, restaurant, or stay inside and watch TV (even if it's sports). Make the most of your time living in the 4th biggest city in the United States.

View the full list.

Some of this weekends highlights include: 

Saturday Afternoon Texas Festival Downtown @ City Hall: the event includes over 15 live bands, lots of food including: Burgers, BBQ, Tex Mex, Tx Crawfish (not even sure..), over 10 local breweries and Texas liquors (vodka). The event has a mechanical bull, arcade games, corn hole, & is fun for the whole family. Tickets are only $10! Did you even hear about this thing??

BuffBrew is having their annual Spring Carnival. It tends to be (very) weird, but LOTS of fun. There's BBQ, live music, "naught balloon twisters", and "carny goodness". It's Saturday night. You'll want to Uber there.

Yoga and Fitness: If you love yoga, or just want to get started, there are plenty of opportunities this weekend. BEYOGA is opening in the Heights Saturday, @FitnessInTheLoop has free & donation based classes Saturday & Sunday. And you can check me, Gibson, out at Black Swan this weekend because I'm subbing a few classes (Saturday: 1:30pm @BSY White Oak, 4:30pm @BSY Kirby, & Sunday 7pm @BSY White Oak). If you haven't been to Black Swan Yoga and want to take my class, the first one will be on me. Just show up with a water bottle. 

Mother's Day! I couldn't forget about this special day (Hey mom, if you're reading this I love you!). Give your mom a call, and better yet, share this new music video by The Suffers with her! (Upworthy article).

View the full weekend calendar list.

 
 

Friday, May 11

8pm
Don Quixote
by Houston Ballet @ Miller Outdoor Theater. More info

8pm
Hamilton
at The Hobby Center. More info.

8pm
Final Weekend to see Small Ball
at The MATCH. More info.

8pm
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
@ Alley Theater. More info

 

Saturday, May 12

8-11am
Urban Harvest Farmers Market
on Eastside at Richmond. 

All Day
#CisternInColor is open at Buffalo Bayou!

10am
Donation Yoga
with Nicole Peralta / Fitness In The Loop @ Belle Station

10am-12pm
Be Yoga
Grand Opening! More Info.

11am-5pm
The Market at Sawyer Yards
/ Second Saturdays. More info.

12pm-11pm
"Texas Fest"
 with many bands and beer @ City Hall. More info.

2pm
Hamilton
at The Hobby Center. More info.

2:30pm
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
@ Alley Theater. More info

6-9pm
Buffalo Bayou Spring Carnival
with "carnival games, a naughty balloon twister, and a dunk tank". More Info

7:30pm
An Evening with Ira Glass from This American Life @ Jones Hall. More Info

8pm
Final Weekend to see Small Ball
at The MATCH. More info.

8pm
Hamilton
at The Hobby Center. More info.

8pm
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
@ Alley Theater. More info

8pm
Don Quixote
by Houston Ballet @ Miller Outdoor Theater. More info

 

Sunday, May 13

10am
Donation Based Yoga
with Val @ HTX Sports Creek

11am
Free Yoga
at Spring Street Beer & Wine Garden by Fitness In the Loop

2pm
Hamilton
at The Hobby Center. More info.

2:30pm
Final Time to see Small Ball
at The MATCH. More info.

5-9pm
Canned Acoustica
with Clay Melton Band, Andrew James, Blaze X Black, Second Lovers and Miers. More info

7pm
Dr. Dog
and Son Little at White Oak Music Hall

7:30pm
Hamilton
at The Hobby Center. More info.

7:30pm
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
@ Alley Theater. More info

8pm
Don Quixote
by Houston Ballet @ Miller Outdoor Theater. More info

 

 

 

Looking forward to these events next week

Rockets VS Warriors @ home - Monday and Wednesday

Tuesday, May 15
SGWomen Celebrating Texas Female Entrepreneurs
. More Info

Tuesday, May 15
Grown Up Storytime
. More info.

Thursday May 17 — Sunday June 3
The Strangerer : A story of George W. Bush, Jim Jehrer, and John Kerry. More info

Thursday, May 17 - June 9
"Wanda, Daisy and the Great Rapture" @ Obsidian Theater. Half off tickets

Friday, May 18
Dave Matthews Band
at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Friday, May 18
Houston Astros
vs. Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park

Friday, May 18
Neon Party Dance Party
@ Art League Houston. More Info.

Friday, May 18
Bike to Work Day. More Info

May 19
Color HTX
More Info

Saturday - Sunday, May 19 - May 20
Plus Fest : Houston Festival that merges Poetry, The Arts, and Music together. 1-10pm.  More Info.

May 19-20
The Great Texas BBQ Festival
in Downtown with Robert Earl Keen, Dawes, and more. More info

May 20
Love Street Music Fest
— Karbach Brewing Company with Bleachers, Cold War Kids, Everclear, The Tontons and more. More Info.

 

Cinco De Derby Weekend: May 5-6 Events & Happenin's
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Hello Houston! There's so much going on this weekend! I hope you go out, have fun, and keep exploring new things in Houston. 

 

Saturday, May 5

8:30-11am
Urban Harvest Farmers Market

8:30am-4:30pm
Houston Dragon Boat Festival along Buffalo Bayou. 
More info

9am
First Saturdays
 Art Market in The Heights

10am-2pm
Piñatafest
2018 in EaDo "Piñatafest celebrates the ancient cultural tradition of piñata-making" More Info

12pm
Cinco de Mayo Houston
at Navigation Esplanade. More info.

12pm
Cinco De Derby
@ Wicklow Heights. Live music, tacos, realllly good Julep & Margaritas. More info.

12pm
The Texas Taco, Tequila and Margarita Festival
at Preservation Park in SPRING, TX with Gio Chamba and lots of tacos. More info

2-6pm
Julep & Taco Bar
@ Julep on Washington. More Info

5-8pm
Downtown Houston presents Los Skarnales
@ Market Square. More info

5-8pm
Climb de Mayo
@ Momentum Indoor Climbing. Free Margaritas, Chips, Queso, Shoes, and Discounts on everything. More info.  

5-10pm
Market Noir by Post Flea @ Post HTX
- Free night market featuring shopping, art, food, and lots of interesting sights. Stay for the after party, if you can stay up that late. More info.

7:30pm
Houston Dynamo
vs. Los Angeles Galaxy at BBVA Compass Stadium

8pm
Small Ball at The MATCH - only 5 shows left!! More Info.

8pm
Hamilton
at The Hobby Center. More Info.

9pm-5am
Who Made Who Live at Cirque Noir
@ Post HTX. This event cannot be described, but must be experienced. It's an all night art show made of visual and experiential art. More info.

 

Sunday, May 6

All day: Lemonade Day! Encourage kids to be entrepreneurs by stopping and getting lemonade anywhere you see them Sunday!

8:30am Santo de Mayo 5K at Saint Arnold Brewery. - Drink Beer & Run More info. 

10am - Free Yoga at Raven Tower - Black Swan Yoga with Haley Bowen, Saumil and John Tran. 10am

10am - Free Yoga at HTX Sports Creek - @FitnessInTheLoop with Jordan & Austin / @rasta.brogis 

11am - Free Yoga at Spring Street Beer & Wine Garden

2pm
Small Ball at The MATCH - only 4 shows left!! More Info.

2pm
Hamilton
at The Hobby Center. More Info.

6pm
Rockets
play @ Utah

6:30pm - Musical Madness - Play / music show at MATCH in Midtown. 6:30pm More info

7:30pm
Hamilton
at The Hobby Center. More Info.

 

Houston Guide: May 2018
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Ongoing this Month:

Hamilton is playing at The Hobby Center. Tickets start around $200.

The Rockets are in the 2nd Round of the Playoffs! Games: April 29, May 2*, May 4, May 6, May 8*, May 10, May 14*. *Home Games.  Buy Tickets

Small Ball "A Basketball Musical" by Catastrophic Theater @ MATCH. Now - May 13. Learn More.

West Side Story by Houston Grand Opera @ George R Brown. Now - May 6 More info.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical @ Stages Theatre. Now - July. More Info.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile @ Alley Theater. May 11-June 3. More info

Shakespeare in Vegas by 4th Wall Theatre Company. May 18-June 9. More info

 

Week 1: April 29 — May 5

Tuesday, May 1
Yoga on the Pitch
@ BBVA Soccer Stadium  More Info

Wednesday, May 2
Vance Joy
in Concert at Revention Music Center. Tickets.

Wednesday, May 02
Oh Wonder
@ White Oak Music Hall

Thursday, May 3
University of Houston Graphic Design Senior Exhibition : Featuring work from twenty-three designers. Grand Opening is Thursday 4:30-7pm, and the show goes on until Saturday. More info.

Thursday, May 3
Urban Green’s Urban Derby
at Hermann Park. More info.

Thursday, May 3
Mid Main
First Thursday Fundraiser for Bike Houston. More Info 

Saturday, May 5, 8:30am
Houston Dragon Boat Festival. 
More info

Saturday, May 5
Houston Dynamo
vs. Los Angeles Galaxy at BBVA Compass Stadium

Saturday, May 5
First Saturdays
in The Heights

Saturday, May 5 - May 6
Houston's Women's Expo @ George R. Brown. More Info

 

Cinco de Mayo: 

Celebrate at The Houstonian. 3 Margaritas for $10. You can also join The Houstonian's pool & fitness facilities with a summer pass. More info

Saturday, May 5
Piñatafest 2018 in EaDo More Info

Saturday, May 5, 5-8pm
Downtown Houston presents Los Skarnales
@ Market Square. More info

Saturday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo Houston
at Navigation Esplanade. More info.

The Texas Taco, Tequila and Margarita Festival at Preservation Park in SPRING, TX with Gio Chamba and lots of tacos. More info

 

Week 2: May 6 — 12

Sunday, May 6
Musical Madness More info

Sunday, May 6
Santo de Mayo 5K
at Saint Arnold Brewery. More info. 

Wednesday, May 9
Houston Dash
vs. Portland Thorns FC at BBVA Compass Stadium. More info

Wednesday, May 9
HYPE:
Five Steps to Startup Success. More Info

Thursday, May 10
Eado Comedy Show. Tickets

Thursday, May 10
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
@ Discovery Green  More info

May 11-13
Don Quixote
by Houston Ballet @ Miller Outdoor Theater. More info

Saturday, May 12
The Market at Sawyer Yards
/ Second Saturdays. More info.

Saturday May 12
"Texas Fest" with many bands and beer @ City Hall. More info.

Saturday, May 12
Buffalo Bayou Spring Carnival with "carnival games, a naughty balloon twister, and a dunk tank". More Info

Saturday, May 12, 7:30pm
An Evening with Ira Glass from This American Life @ Jones Hall. More Info

Sunday, May 13
Dr. Dog
and Son Little at White Oak Music Hall

Week 3: May 13 — 19

Sunday, May 13, 5pm
Canned Acoustica
with Clay Melton Band, Andrew James, Blaze X Black, Second Lovers and Miers. More info

Tuesday, May 15
SGWomen Celebrating Texas Female Entrepreneurs
. More Info

Tuesday, May 15
Grown Up Storytime
. More info.

Thursday, May 17
Urban Reads:
Michael Emerson presented by Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. More Info

Thursday May 17 — Sunday June 3
The Strangerer : A story of George W. Bush, Jim Jehrer, and John Kerry. More info

Thursday, May 17 - June 9
"Wanda, Daisy and the Great Rapture" @ Obsidian Theater. Half off tickets

Thursday, May 17
Eado Comedy Show. Tickets

Friday, May 18
Dave Matthews Band
at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Friday, May 18
Houston Astros
vs. Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park

Friday, May 18
Neon Party Dance Party
@ Art League Houston. More Info.

Friday, May 18
Bike to Work Day. More Info

May 19
Color HTX
More Info

May 19
Jumanji
@ Discovery Green. More info

Saturday - Sunday, May 19 - May 20
Plus Fest : Houston Festival that merges Poetry, The Arts, and Music together. 1-10pm.  More Info.

May 19-20
The Great Texas BBQ Festival
in Downtown with Robert Earl Keen, Dawes, and more. More info

May 20
Love Street Music Fest
— Karbach Brewing Company with Bleachers, Cold War Kids, Everclear, The Tontons and more. More Info.

May 20
Beatles vs. Stones:
A Musical Showdown at The Hobby Center. More info

May 20
Sunday Streets
in Montrose

Week 4: May 20 — 26

Wednesday, May 23
Houston Dash
vs. Seattle Reign FC at BBVA Compass Stadium. 

Wednesday May 23 and Friday May 25
Justin Timberlake at Toyota Center

Thursday, May 24
Eado Comedy Show. Tickets

Friday, May 25 - Saturday, June 9
"The Graduate" at The MATCH. More info

Friday, May 25
Houston Dynamo
vs. New York City FC at BBVA Compass Stadium

May 25-26
Ben Jackson Live!
Magic, Music, & Mayhem at La Colombe d'Or Hotel. More info.

Saturday, May 26
Caesar : Moments of Wonder @ The Match : "That is some crazy shit" - 50 Cent More info.

Week 5: May 27 — June 2

Wednesday, May 30
Matisyahu & Steven Marley
@ White Oak Music Hall Lawn

Thursday, May 31
Houston Astros
vs. Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park

 

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Did I miss something? 

People read these things! Keep us updated in the comments. 

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
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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

 @MFAHouston

@MFAHouston

April Events in Houston
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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

Matt and Kim, CRUISR, TWINKIDS
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)
More Info

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!

Horse Races in Houston
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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: 
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Location: 8552 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024
Visit: http://houstonpoloclub.com/

 

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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 contest...so.. More info.

Location: 7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, Texas 77064
Find out more: https://www.shrp.com/events

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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. 

Saturday

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!

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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
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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

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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

 

Friday

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

Saturday

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.

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Sunday

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

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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. 

Chef Fest 2018
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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.
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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.