things to do mlk day

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 this weekend.

Don’t Miss the MLK Day Parade Online

The MLK Day Parade will march on for the 43rd year, but it will be online this time. As the virtual parade takes place online, a drive-thru donation drop-off site will be staged at MacGregor Park (5225 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77021). Event starts at 10 am on Monday, January 18.


Volunteer in the Houston Area

With the purpose of MLK Day as a national day of service, AmeriCorps encourages all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Below are just a few opportunities that you and your family can volunteer for in the Houston area:


Attend the Rothko Chapel’s MLK Day Celebration Online

Rothko will be hosting an online discussion on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The talk will be presented by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an Assistant Professor in the Department of African-American Studies at Princeton University, and a Q&A session will follow. Event takes place Friday, January 15 at 6 pm CT. 


Visit Houston-area Museums

This weekend, infuse a little culture into your life! Looking for a discount? The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers discounted tickets for $11.50. Not ready to head to a museum in person yet? The Children’s Museum of Houston Online is a free, great online resources and events going on, like 3D Virtual Field Trips to live online courses and chats with experts and more. Into more of an art exhibit? The Color Factory‘s interactive exhibit


Visit the Houston Morning Market Company

On Friday night, visit Houston’s Friday Night Lights market! Enjoy live music, food, and drinks as well as opportunities to support local artists and vendors. Not available Friday? the market runs weekly and local farmers, craftsmen, artists, and artisans gather to sell the wonderful goods they make and create with love and care.


Get Outdoors with a Hike at a Texas State Park

After being cooped up inside all week, take the family for a hike/walk at a Texas State Park. For a more in-depth list of these state parks, please visit Lone Star Travel Guide’s website. Many State Parks are operating at a limited capacity, so before visiting, it’s recommended that all guests reserve a day pass in advance.


DIY Charcuterie Workshop

There’s nothing cheesy about this event. In this workshop, learn how to sand, stain, build, and paint your own farmhouse tray. Afterward, you’ll also have all the things to learn how to style the perfect charcuterie tray.


Go Ice Skating at Discovery Green

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you have to stop with the winter activities. Take the family to Discovery Green for a day of ice skating. Tickets are $15 and include skate rentals and must be purchased online given COVID-19 guidelines.