Things to do this week in Houston sponsored by YMCA

Here in Houston, there’s a lot of great things to do this week (January 17-23)!!

Our top free and cheap picks include MLK Grande Parade Midtown, Galveston Restaurant Week, The Lifespan of a Fact at 4th Wall Theatre, High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest at the Alley Theatre, and more!

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Plan ahead for this one – Mardi Gras Party With a Galveston Twist!

Menardi Gras People Dressed Up

Celebrate Mardi Gras 2022 at the Michel B. Menard House, the site of the island’s inaugural Mardi Gras celebration in 1853! Menardi Gras is a night of food, fun, music, and frivolity hosted by the Galveston Historical Foundation at Galveston’s oldest mansion.

Get more information about the 2022 Mardi Gras Celebration in Galveston

When: Friday 11 February, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where:
Menard House located at 1605 33rd St, Galveston, TX 77550.
How Much: $65 per ticket, $110 for couple’s reservation. Book your Menardi Gras fun today

Things to do this week in Houston 

Things to do this week in Houston – MONDAY

MLK Grande Parade Midtown

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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., come watch the 28th annual MLK Grande Parade, a multicultural event that unites people both virtually and in person. The parade will feature dance and cheer teams, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, marching bands, floats, dignitaries, and more.
When: Monday, January 17th, from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: San Jacinto St at Elgin St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: Free

44th Annual Original MLK Day Parade Downtown

The MLK Day Parade organized by the Black Heritage Society is back in person after going virtual last year. Honor the legacy of the civil rights hero at a long-running parade, then get ready to party at the festival that follows.
When: Monday, January 17th, at 10 a.m.
Where: Lamar and Smith Street, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Free

Houston MLK Festival in Hermann Park

After you watch the MLK Parade, you can immediately head over to Hermann Park for a festival complete with kid-friendly activities, live musical performances, great food, and local craft vendors.
When: Monday, January 17th, from the end of the MLK Day Parade to 5 p.m.
Where: 6001 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030
How Much: Free

 

Fool in the Fairytale: Niki de Saint Phalle Films at Menil

In association with the exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s, Menil has curated a collection of short films from the 1960s and ’70s, when Niki De Saint Phalle was experimenting as a filmmaker. The films capture the spirit and art of the decades in which they were created and demonstrate how the audience participates in creating the story behind a work.
When: Monday, January 10th-Sunday, January 23rd
Where: Online
How Much: Free

Galveston Restaurant Week

Galveston Restaurant Week things to do

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Fine food lovers are in for a treat this week because Galveston Restaurant Week is back for another winter. Like Houston Restaurant Weeks, it’s a several weeks-long event when you can enjoy two- or three-course meals for a fixed price. Just pick from the list of participating restaurants and enjoy a prix fixe meal. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support local charities.
When: Monday, January 17th-February 13th
Where: Various Galveston restaurants–list here
How Much: $10-20 for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and $20-$45 for dinner

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Things to do this week in Houston – TUESDAY 

This week, get ready for some fitness that brings together the whole family at the Children’s Museum Houston. Kids get to compete with friends in a fitness spinner craft, then give their brains a workout with a drawing exercise before coding their own Lego robots.
When: Tuesday, January 18th-Saturday, January 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: $12 (General admission)

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Things to do this week in Houston – WEDNESDAY

Dialogue of the Carmelites at the Wortham Center

A tragedy about life during the French revolution, this opera follows a young aristocrat who flees to a convent to survive the purging of the noble class. The nuns fight for their convent against the revolutionaries in a surprising show of fortitude. The lead, Blanche, is played by soprano Natalya Romaniw.
When: Wednesday, January 19th and Saturday, January 22nd, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Tickets start at $25

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Things to do this week in Houston – THURSDAY

“Calder-Picasso” Gallery Concert (Part 1)  at MFAH

Part 1 in a pair of concerts inspired by the artwork in The Museum of Fine Arts Houston exhibit “Calder-Picasso” will have two performances this Thursday, one at 6:30 and one at 7:30. Enjoy an arrangement of music performed by Da Camera Young Artists, including Bugles and Birds: A Portrait of Picasso” by Virgil Thomson, “Banalités” by Francis Poulenc, Three Pieces for Clarinet” by Igor Stravinsky, and more.
When: Thursday, January 20th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: 5500 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: Free

The Lifespan of a Fact at 4th Wall Theatre

A recent Broadway hit, come watch the musical story of an editor for a failing New York magazine and a writer with an essay that might just be able to save it as they argue about the ethics of facts vs. truth.
When: Thursday, January 20th-Saturday, February 5th (Thursdays-Sundays and Monday the 31st), 7:30 p.m. on weeknights and Saturday, 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Where: 1824 Spring St #101, Houston, TX 77007
How Much: Tickets start at $17

Things to do this week in Houston – FRIDAY

Listen to the powerful Piano Concerto No. 4 as performed by pianist Jan Lisiecki and Brahms’ symphony No. 1 as led by conductor Christoph Eschenbach. The concerts will be opened with a performance of Ibert’s Flute Concerto by Stathis Karapanos. Face coverings are required at the venue. There is a virtual viewing option available for the Saturday performance.
When: Friday, January 21st-Sunday, January 23rd, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. on Sunday
Where: 615 Louisiana St; Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Tickets start at $26–Livestream tickets for Saturday available for $20

High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest at the Alley Theatre

Don’t miss this uniquely Texan play developed in the 2020 Alley All New Festival, where high school seniors in a small suburban town try to come back from a devastating loss in a theater competition with a bold new choice of play that has their community buzzing.
When: Friday, January 21st-Sunday, February 13th, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. on Sunday
Where: 615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Tickets start at $30

Hit the Road (Jaddeh Khaki) at MFAH

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston is highlighting films from Iran. This movie, Hit the Road (Jaddeh Khaki) (2021), is a comic drama about a family of four bonding as they drive across the countryside.  The movie is in Farsi with English subtitles.
When: Friday, January 21st, from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Where: 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
How Much: $10

Things to do this week in Houston – SATURDAY

WWII Winter Encampment at George Ranch Historical Park

WWII Winter

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For fun and historical things to do this week, check out the George Ranch Historical Park, which is switching up from its usual Old West programming. This week, they’re giving guests a chance to see how WWII soldiers camped during the winter. You’ll get to see what they ate, how they slept, and even how they fought. Don’t miss the restored cars, army equipment displays, or plane spotting demonstrations. Guests will also be able to participate in hands-on activities at the war post office throughout the day.
When: Saturday, January 22nd, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where:
10215 FM 762 Rd, Richmond, TX 77469
How Much:
$10 for kids, $15 for adults

No Choice (Majboorim) at MFAH

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston is highlighting films from Iran. This movie, No Choice (Majboorim) (2020), is a contemporary legal thriller involving three women: a human-rights lawyer, a homeless teenager, and a gynecologist.  The movie is in Farsi with English subtitles.
When: Saturday, January 22nd, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
How Much: $10

 

Family Owl Prowl at the Arboretum

screech owl things to do this week

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Explore the trails at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center at night while on the lookout for owls. While you’re at it, enjoy light snacks, hot cocoa, coffee, and Saint Arnold Brewing Company beer. You’ll get to meet live owl ambassadors and learn all about them before going out on a hike to see these birds in their natural habitat.
When: Saturday, January 22nd, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024
How Much: $45 for adults, $20 for kids 5-12

Chess of the Wind (Shatranj-e Baad) at MFAH

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston is highlighting films from Iran. This movie, Chess of the Wind (Shatranj-e Baad) (1976), is a recently rediscovered murder mystery from Iran’s pre-revolution New Wave.  The movie is in Farsi with English subtitles.
When: Saturday, January 22nd, from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Where: 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
How Much: $10

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Things to do this week in Houston – SUNDAY

Art Car IPA 5k Social Run/Walk at Flying Saucer

Get a head start on those resolutions with a 3.5 mile run. Once you finish the run, you’ll receive a pint glass, three Saint Arnold’s brews, and a breakfast from Texas Tamale Company.
When: Sunday, January 23rd, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where:
705 Main Street, Houston, TX US 77002
How Much:
$30

Virtual Author Talk: “The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather was a War Criminal” at Holocaust Museum Houston

Silvia Foti things to do this week

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The Holocaust Museum Houston is hosting a virtual author talk with journalist Silvia Foti,who wrote The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather was a War Criminal, which details the story of how she found out that her grandfather, who she was always told was a hero, had actually been on the side of the Nazis in WWII.
When: Sunday, January 23rd, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where:
Virtually here
How Much:
Free

 

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