Spring is a great time of year for so many reasons: mild weather, a weeklong break to celebrate said mild weather and of course, Easter. To the young adult and single Houstonians, Easter may just be another reason for a day off work. But if you happen to be a parent, you know that Easter in Houston means candy, baskets, photos with bunnies and Easter egg hunts.
You can find everything you need to make this Easter a great one for the whole family with this list of Easter activities. Enoy!
Houston is home to one of the biggest music festivals in the country and if you haven't yet experienced it, this year is the year to do it. The 2014 Summer Fest lineup boasts artists like Wu-Tang Clan, Vampire Weekend, Lauryn Hill and The Deftones. And of course, in addition to these performers you'll see your favorite local bands like the Tontons, Bagheera and Los Skarnales.
The festival takes place at Eleanor Tinsley Park on March 31st and June 1st. Be sure to grab your tickets as soon as you can - the prices increase as festival day approaches. For everything you need to know about Free Press Summer Fest, read this. And to see the amazing lineup, click here.
The first week in April boasts much in the way of entertainment. The week kicks off with Earth Month and a great way to celebrate it. Georgia's Market will host Environmental Poetry and Puns - an evening of spoken word, stand-up comedy and light food and drinks.
Later in the week (Thursday), soak in all the glory of the Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens while sipping a "Flower Power" cocktail made with champagne. Whatever you decide, be sure to enjoy the weather at some point.
Think you've managed to hit every must-see spot in Houston? I'm willing to bet you'll find at least one unexplored attraction on this list of unique things to do in Houston. Take some time this week to visit the 1940's Air Terminal Museum and take a trip back in time to what Houston's original major airport terminal looked like the day it opened for business.
Or see an exciting reenactment of early life in Texas at the George Ranch Historical Park or Battleship Texas in LaPorte. A few of these places require no admission fee and the ones that do are quite affordable for families. Check out the list and if you know of any Houston hidden gems that should be included, feel free to email me.
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.