Grab a partner and two-step down to City Hall steps tomorrow for Houston’s 2009 Rodeo Roundup on February 24. This FREE event kicks off the 2009 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo season. Take an extended lunch and enjoy live music, food, games, and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mayor Bill White and County Judge Ed Emmett will officially proclaim Go Texan Days. Come back here often to Houston on the Cheap as I post how to do the Houston Rodeo on the Cheap!
Did you know next Tuesday is National Pancake Day? It is in IHOP’s world! IHOP is giving away free pancakes (one short stack per customer) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on February 24 — also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. IHOP asks customers to consider making a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network to help reach its $1 million goal for this charity.
Ten IHOPs are located throughout Houston. Click here for the nearest one.
Experience a bit of Mardi Gras right here in Texas… Indulge your pooch in the 11th Annual Krewe of Barkus and Meoux (a.k.a. Mardi Gras Pet Parade!) this Sunday, February 22 at 1 p.m. in Galveston. Pets and their humans are encouraged to dress in their Mardi Gras finest for the costume contest beginning at noon. Costume winners will lead the parade–which begins at 27th Street and Seawall. Staffers from the Houston SPCA will be honored as the parade Grand Marshalls as a thank you for their support during Hurricane Ike rescuing 1,800 animals.
The $25 entry fee supports a great cause–Galveston Island Humane Society–and attendance helps Galveston folks start feeling like their city is coming alive. Info: (409) 740-1919 — (photo courtesy Galveston Island Humane Society)
Enjoy getting good deals at Houston area restaurants? Here’s one at T.G.I. Friday’s, thanks to my friend, Anna. T.G.I. Friday’s is offering Buy One Entree, Get One Free. Just print this coupon off the Friday’s Web site and bring it in to your nearest Friday’s. Click here to find the Houston location nearest you. This offer expires March 1.
Looking for a place to buy local within Houston? ( Sometimes it’s hard to find living in the ‘burbs!) I’ve discovered new-to-me Bayou City Farmers Market offering locally produced seasonal vegetables and fruit, coffee, grass-fed meats, honey, baked goods, cage-free eggs, and more. Bayou City Farmers Market, operated by Urban Harvest, is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The market is a great way to support local, small-scale produce growers as well as family farms. Live music and cooking demonstrations are regular weekly events. While “buying local” may not always be cheaper, it’s great for the local economy–and your health.
Urban Harvest is a non-profit group that promotes gardening education by building gardens in schools and neighborhoods. It also offers organic gardening classes, a community gardens program, and school and youth garden programs.
Bayou City Farmers Market–3000 Richmond between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway, 713-880-5540
President’s Day in Houston means one thing — FREE admission to the Houston Zoo! With Houston Zoo ticket prices now at $10/adults and $6/kids, this is a great bargain if you’re willing to navigate the huge crowds it attracts. Zoo hours for free admission on February 16 are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park near the Texas Medical Center and Museum district. Contact: 713-533-6500
Enjoy the outdoors today for free Family Day at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Family Day is held the third Sunday of each month from September to May. February’s program features “Glorious Gardens,” an opportunity to enjoy blooming trees, azaleas, and nature-inspired crafts. Be sure to check out the petting zoo and create your own flowers and crawly creatures.
This spectacular home features American antiques and art collected from Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg. It’s now one of the nation’s largest collections of American decorative arts from 1620 to 1870. Hogg donated the home to Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts in 1957.
Location: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 1 Westcott Street at Memorial, 713-639-7750
Need some last minute ideas to do “for cheap” tonight on Valentine’s with your sweetie? Stubdog offers half-price tickets to many of Houston’s top performances including, comedy, theater, and ballet. Seats are limited for these opportunities, so don’t wait too long to decide!
Here is a quick sample for tonight’s listing for Valentine’s:
- ComedySportz 19th annual Battle of the Sexes Match — 8 p.m. ($8, $16 regularly)
- “The Odd Couple” @ Texas Repertory Theatre–8 p.m. ($17.50; $35 regularly)
- Laff Stop Comedy Club with Jamie Lissow–7 p.m. ($7.50; $15 regularly)
- “Love Letters” @ Stage Right Theatre in Conroe (a little of a drive, but it’s related to LOVE!)– 8 p.m. ($11; $22 regularly)
- “Taking Flight” @ Stages Repertory Theatre–8 p.m. ($15; $30 regularly)
Browse the Stubdog Web site for other options tonight — and dates into March and April. It’s great for last-minute folks who want a bargain on Houston entertainment! Plus, they give 10% of their profits back into the Houston community…