Yaga’s annual Chili Quest & Beer Fest brings fiery chili and craft beer tastings to the island’s Historic Strand District. Sample chili from competing teams, tack on excellent suds, shop the vendors at the historical strand merchant walk-about, compete in a washer pitching tournament, taste the goods from the jackpot margarita contest, and pregame for it all with a 5K fun run. Chili teams will be serving from noon to 3pm, and the beer fest starts at 1pm.
Cost: Chili tasting tickets are $14 ($19 day of), with chili and beer tasting combos running $42
Race Weekend will be here before you know it, so if you plan on running the Houston Marathon (or Half Marathon), we hope you’ve started training. The 26.2-mile course begins on Congress Avenue in Downtown, making its way down major streets from Washington and Kirby to University, Post Oak, and Memorial before finishing back Downtown. Check out the course map if you plan to cheer on your favorite runners.
Cost: Registration costs $175 for the full, with charity entries available for the half
You’ll find Asian-style street foods, cultural performances, exhibits and workshops (including dragon and lion dance), vendors and crafts from Chinese calligraphy to lantern making, and free giveaways and games at the Chinese Community Center’s annual Lunar New Year Festival, held from 10am to 4pm.
Cost: Free admission and parking
January 25 - February 9
The 9th annual Galveston Restaurant Week takes over the island for two full weeks of dining out for a cause. Committed to help Access Care of Coastal Texas provide weekly lunches for persons with HIV or AIDS, this year’s list of participating restaurants includes local hotspots like Buck’s Barbeque, Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar, Gaido’s, Hearsay on the Strand, Porch Cafe, and Shrimp ‘n Stuff.
Cost: 2 and 3-course dinners are $20-$35; 2-course lunches, breakfasts, & brunches will cost between $10-20
The 13th Annual Saint Arnold One Pot Showdown invites cooking teams to throw down their best one-pot dishes in a gastronomic gauntlet. The only caveat is they have to use Saint Arnold beer in their recipes; and if you ask us, that’s a pretty good caveat. The brewery is currently calling for teams to sign up, with further details to be announced soon.
Cost: Ticket sales for the general public will be announced at a later date, but teams that want to compete can sign up for $110