The month of March will usher in more than just warm temperatures. Major concerts (Miley Cyrus and Lorde), sporting events (Rockets vs. Trailblazers) and of course, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Robin Thicke and Usher).
Throw in a St. Patrick's Day festival complete with street performers and a foam-filled Spring Break 2014 celebration and you've got yourself a month chock full of fun. Check out what the month of March has in store for you when you read this events calendar.
This Friday, February 28th is Go Texan Day. It's the one day of the year where cowboy boots, hats and Wranglers are appropriate work and school attire. If you haven't planned your western get-up, be sure to stop by one of these western wear stores in Houston to show your Texan pride.
And get ahead of the game by securing your half-price Houston Rodeo 2014 passes. Passes can be purchased online or by mail and are completely worth the extra step, especially if you plan on attending the carnival with multiple children. Check out the 2014 concert lineup while you're at it.
Construction had begun on an official dog park on Buffalo Bayou at Allen Parkway and Montrose Blvd. The park is expected to include two dog ponds, a four-foot high wrought iron fence to keep animals safe, dog washing stations, shaded structures and safe and plentiful parking along Allen Parkway.
Along with the dog park, Buffalo Bayou's Eleanor Tinsley Park and Jane Gregory Garden will all be renovated later this spring. Exited about the dog park but need a dog? Stop by one of these local animal shelters to adopt one.
If you aren't able to make the trek to New Orleans for the original Mardi Gras festivities, there are plenty of beads to be gathered and King's Cake to be consumed right here in southeast Texas. For the closest resemblance, head out to Galveston island where the seawall and Uptown Entertainment District will be lined with purple and gold from February 21 to March 4.
If that's still a bit too much of a drive, Kingwood Town Center will host a free Mardi Gras festival featuring Fred Rusk and the Zydeco High Steppers from noon to 6 p.m. For more ways to celebrate the holiday, check this out.
On Tuesday, February 4th, a six-and-a-half foot 165-pound baby was born to parents Tyra and Mtembei. The male Masai giraffe raised the Houston Zoo herd's count to 9. The two-day-old newborn will likely grow to reach 17 feet and 3,000 pounds at adulthood. To see this most adorable creature and to vote on a name for the little guy, visit the Houston Zoo Blog.
And if you'd like to see more photos of sweet baby giraffes (who wouldn't?), check out these neat photos.
Today through Sunday, January 26, the Reliant Center will host the 2014 Houston Auto Show. If you've never been to one of these events in its 30 years of operation, now is the time. Be one of the first to get an up-close view of the most recent offerings from dozens of auto manufacturers.
Want more than a look? Jeep, Honda, Fiat, Scion and several other manufacturers will be available for on-site test driving. Be sure to have a Texas Drivers License and be ready to take a Breathalyzer test. Tickets to this event are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 6 to 12.
Another Valentine's Day is approaching and if you're a worthy spouse or significant other, you've already began plotting a way to outdo last year's gift. I don't think I know of anyone who doesn't indulge in a little internet flaunting from time to time, so give your love interest the perfect, envy-inducing photos of the two of you to plaster all over their feed/wall/timeline.
Locate a photographer or secure a camera and tripod and make your way out to either of these top 5 romantic places to photograph. Most require no fees or approval. If you know of any that should be added to the list, feel free to email me.
It's that time again, folks. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has announced its concert lineup. This season, a few of your favorite rodeo veterans like Reba, Keith Urban and Blake Shelton will be returning to the stage. Newcomers to the Houston Rodeo scene this year are Hunter Hayes, Florida Georgia Line and Easton Corbin.
And of course, if you love the rodeo but have less amorous feelings towards country music, be sure to visit the HLSR for either Usher (R&B/Pop), Robin Thicke (R&B/Pop), Selena Gomez (Pop), Banda MS (Tejano) or Pesado (Tejano). Find out more about the Houston Rodeo performers here.
In the most player move of all time, Beyonce unveiled a 14-track album without so much as a single tweet leading up to its release. The self-titled album was released exclusively on iTunes at midnight and songs will be available for purchase individually on December 20th. Included in the album are 18 videos featuring the artist herself along with Drake, Frank Ocean and Blue Ivy(!).
Queen Bey pays nods to her hometown by filming the video for "No Angel" right here in Houston. She even made it to one of our city's many strip clubs.