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11 things you must do in Houston this winter

Published On 12/17/2014 Published On 12/17/2014

Date

Event

Location

Dec 17-Feb 8

Bruce Munro’s Field of Light This trippy art installation – inspired by what we can only imagine was an even trippier trek through the red desert of central Australia – features 4500 glass spheres connected with illuminated optic fiber. It’s a sight not to be missed.

Discovery Green

Bruce Munro’s Field of Light Discovery Green This trippy art installation – inspired by what we can only imagine was an even trippier trek through the red desert of central Australia – features 4500 glass spheres connected with illuminated optic fiber. It’s a sight not to be missed.

Date

Event

Location

Dec 17-Feb 8

Outdoor Ice Skating It’s not often you get to ice skate outside in Houston, so take advantage of Discovery Green’s outdoor rink while you can.

The ICE at Discovery Green

Outdoor Ice Skating The ICE at Discovery Green It’s not often you get to ice skate outside in Houston, so take advantage of Discovery Green’s outdoor rink while you can.

Monster Jam

Date

Event

Location

Jan 3 Sat

Monster Jam begins The monster truck extravaganza hits NRG park for 3 days of redneck awesomeness this January. Check it out Jan 3, 17, or 31.

NRG Park

Monster Jam begins NRG Park The monster truck extravaganza hits NRG park for 3 days of redneck awesomeness this January. Check it out Jan 3, 17, or 31.

The Pastry War

Date

Event

Location

Jan 7 Wed

Bar top tastings begin at The Pastry War Every other Tuesday starting Jan 7, master mixologists Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta will guide 12 guests through a tasting of mezcal, tequila, and other agave spirits. The coveted spots are $55 and can be bought in advance at The Pastry War.

The Pastry War

Bar top tastings begin at The Pastry War The Pastry War Every other Tuesday starting Jan 7, master mixologists Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta will guide 12 guests through a tasting of mezcal, tequila, and other agave spirits. The coveted spots are $55 and can be bought in advance at The Pastry War.

Pelican Club

Date

Event

Location

Jan 10 Sat

Galveston Restaurant Week Now is the time to gorge yourself on Gulf coast seafood, as Galveston’s most excellent eateries are offering delicious prix-fixe menus for $10 to $40.

Galveston Island

Galveston Restaurant Week Galveston Island Now is the time to gorge yourself on Gulf coast seafood, as Galveston’s most excellent eateries are offering delicious prix-fixe menus for $10 to $40.

Date

Event

Location

Jan 16 Fri

Chili Quest & Beer Fest Get beer samples and all the chili you can eat at this 6th annual street fest, which also happens to feature live music, a washer-pitching tourney, a margarita contest, a jalapeño-eating contest, and a 5K fun run – because you’ll probably be needing that.

24th & Strand

Chili Quest & Beer Fest 24th & Strand Get beer samples and all the chili you can eat at this 6th annual street fest, which also happens to feature live music, a washer-pitching tourney, a margarita contest, a jalapeño-eating contest, and a 5K fun run – because you’ll probably be needing that.

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Date

Event

Location

Jan 18 Sun

Chevron Houston Marathon If you’re not going to be one of the 20k runners, at least be one of the 200k spectators... even if it is from the comfort of a bar.

Starting and finishing Downtown

Chevron Houston Marathon Starting and finishing Downtown If you’re not going to be one of the 20k runners, at least be one of the 200k spectators... even if it is from the comfort of a bar.

Date

Event

Location

Jan 20-Feb 8

The Book of Mormon When "the best musical of this century" (as its been dubbed by The New York Times) comes into town, you go see it. Seriously. Go see it.

Hobby Center

The Book of Mormon Hobby Center When "the best musical of this century" (as its been dubbed by The New York Times) comes into town, you go see it. Seriously. Go see it.

Mardi Gras! Galveston

Date

Event

Location

Feb 6-17

Mardi Gras Galveston The next best thing to getting blasted on Bourbon is right outside of Houston. Expect the Strand to be flooded with wild balcony parties, beads, and booze all throughout Carnival season.

Historic Downtown Galveston

Mardi Gras Galveston Historic Downtown Galveston The next best thing to getting blasted on Bourbon is right outside of Houston. Expect the Strand to be flooded with wild balcony parties, beads, and booze all throughout Carnival season.

The Ginger Man Houston

Date

Event

Location

Feb 7 Sat

Valentine’s Day Beer & Chocolate Tasting What’s more romantic than beer and chocolate? Nothing. The answer is nothing. This annual event – held the first Sat of Feb – sells out quick, so check out The Ginger Man’s Facebook page for ticket updates.

The Ginger Man

Valentine’s Day Beer & Chocolate Tasting The Ginger Man What’s more romantic than beer and chocolate? Nothing. The answer is nothing. This annual event – held the first Sat of Feb – sells out quick, so check out The Ginger Man’s Facebook page for ticket updates.

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Date

Event

Location

Feb 26-28

2015 Houston Rodeo Cookoff Try to secure a spot in a sponsored tent to enjoy ungodly amounts of smoked meat and booze at HLSR’s World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Cookoff. But if that fails, a GA ticket followed by live music and drunk two-stepping at The Hideout should do just fine.

NRG Park

2015 Houston Rodeo Cookoff NRG Park Try to secure a spot in a sponsored tent to enjoy ungodly amounts of smoked meat and booze at HLSR’s World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Cookoff. But if that fails, a GA ticket followed by live music and drunk two-stepping at The Hideout should do just fine.