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Martin Luther King Day in Houston 2022 – Image Credit: Black Heritage Society Facebook Page

Observed every year on the third Monday of January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. With a long weekend ahead of us, we’ve rounded up some ways to celebrate in Houston.


Martin Luther King Day Parade in Houston

44th Annual Original MLK Day Parade

Black Heritage Society

Image Credit: Black Heritage Society Facebook Page

The 44th annual Original Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Houston has been announced. This year’s parade will be held in person, according to Mayor Sylvester Turner. After last year’s event was held remotely due to the outbreak, it was a significant concern.

“Be a Drum Major for Justice” is this year’s theme. Expect to witness marching bands, colorful floats, and other events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and Houston’s status as the nation’s fourth most diverse city. After the parade, there will be a festival downtown, which will include a Hall of Fame induction and awards banquet, as well as a Gospel Extravaganza.

Cost: Free
Timing: Monday, Jan 17, 10 am.
Location: Downtown Houston near City Hall.


28th Annual MLK Grande Parade

Welcome to the MLK Grande Parade in Midtown Houston, which is celebrating its 28th year and is one of the biggest single-day multicultural events in the United States. The Annual MLK Grande Parade, remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., attracts millions of people via television, social media, and viewership. A wide range of dignitaries, dance as well as cheer teams, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, College, School marching bands, floats, and corporate and civic groups from around the nation attend this event. “Social Inclusion” is this year’s theme.

Cost: Free
Monday, Jan 17, 10 am.
Where: Midtown Houston on San Jacinto Street & Elgin Street.


MLK Day Activities

26th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Children’s Museum Houston

Children's Museum Houston

Free Museums Houston – Image Credit: Children’s Museum Houston Facebook Page

It was established in 1980 and is situated in a building built by Robert Venturi. The museum provides a variety of creative exhibitions and bilingual learning activities for children from newborn to twelve years.

Ticket Cost: $5 Per Person
Saturday, Jan. 15 from 11 am – 2 pm.
Where: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004, United States


Houston MLK Festival

The Houston MLK Festival begins immediately after the procession and runs until 5 p.m. Live musical performances, kid-friendly activities, art, craft vendors, marketing booths, delicious cuisine, and more will be included. The event is open to the public and is free to attend. You’re going to have a great time! MC Lewis JM Johnson delivers his lineup at the Festival.

Cost: Free
Jan. 17, 2022, starts immediately after the parade until 5 pm.
Where: Downtown Houston near City Hall.


Songs for Justice: A Series Exploring Music in Social Justice Movements – 2022 Annual MLK Birthday Celebration

Rothko Chapel

Image Credit: Rothko Chapel Facebook Page

On the occasion of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, the Rothko Chapel offers Songs for Justice, a series of performances and discussions examining the role of music in advancing social justice movements and addressing today’s imbalances and injustices.

Ticket Cost: Pay-what-you-can with registration.
Saturday, Jan. 15 at 3 pm.
Location: This show will be live-streamed.


34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Breakfast 

The Greater Houston Frontiers Club (GHFC) and KHOU 11 are teaming together to bring you a virtual version of the club’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Breakfast. The breakfast is a fundraiser for the club, which supports educational scholarships, diversity celebrations, and community service.

Cost: Free.
Monday, January 17, 2022, from 9 am – 9:30 am.
Where: This show will be live-streamed.


Other Events to Enjoy This MLK Day Long Weekend in Houston

5K Run at Splahway Waterpark & Campground

Splashway Waterpark & Campground

Image Credit: Splashway Waterpark & Campground

Take advantage of the long weekend and sign up for a Family Fun Color Run at Splashway Waterpark. Bring something you don’t mind getting covered in bright colors, of course!

Cost: $35 in advance, $40 on the day
Saturday, January 15th, at 7:30 a.m.
Location: 5235 2nd St, Sheridan, TX 77475


Chili Cook-Off at Holler Brewing Co.

This weekend, get ready for some serious heat at the Hot Topic World’s Annual Chili Cook-Off 2022. The event opens at noon for tasting and the judging will begin at 2 p.m. Try as much chili as you want, then you can cast your vote for whichever one you think is the best. There will also be giveaways, and of course, plenty of beer.

Cost: $18
Sunday, January 16th, at noon
Location: 2206 Edwards St, Houston, TX 7700


Geocaching at the Arboretum

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Image Credit: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Learn all about geocaching, a free, real-world treasure hunt. There are over 2 million geocaches in the world, and in this class, you’ll learn about what to look for and what the rules around geocaching are. Then, you’ll get a chance to go searching for hidden caches on the Arboretum trails. GPS will be available for you to use, but you can also use a free geocaching app on your phone.

How Much: $40 (per family of 4)
Saturday, January 15th, from 10 a.m. to noon
Located At: 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024


Sunday Drum Jam at Levy Park

Come out and enjoy this informal jam session. Bring your preferred instrument along–all ages and skill levels are welcome.

How Much: Free
Sunday, January 16th, at 3:30 p.m.
Where: 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098


For a complete list of fun events and activities happening this weekend, check out Things to do this weekend in Houston.

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