They say good things come in threes. Although, they also say bad things come in threes—it’s really not clear who “they” is, but they need to get their story straight. Regardless, good is definitively the adjective of choice for the event offerings this upcoming three-day weekend. From Jerry Seinfeld making his way to the Lone Star State, to Houston’s MLK Parade—one of the biggest of its kind in the country—finding something worthwhile to do is as easy as one, two, three.
Find more exciting things to do using the Texas Highways Events Calendar database.
San Antonio: January: 11-15
Don’t be fooled by the name—yes this “conference” offers a bevy of interesting seminars, but it’s also a smashing soiree, all in the name of raising money for children’s charities through the celebration of craft cocktails. This year, the opening night celebration (Thursday, January 12) will be held at the DoSeum, San Antonio’s new children’s museum, featuring jugglers, balloon artists, stilt-walkers, and music.
Johnson City: Jan. 14
North Texas may have gotten snow flurries last week, but the rest of Texas certainly didn’t—hence the need to make it ourselves. Head to Johnson City for the second annual Snow Day at the Science Mill, where 20 tons of snow will transform the Hill Country park into a winter wonderland. Activities include an ice ball xylophone, snowball catapult launches, a mini snowman building contest, and snowball radar throws—you know, normal Texas winter activities.
MLK Day Parades
Houston, January 14, 16
It’s been almost 40 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s untimely death, and yet the world still yearns for peace, unity, and equality. Head to Houston for the MLK Youth Parade on Saturday and the MLK Grande Parade on Monday, and keep the civil rights leader’s words in mind when the parade route gets packed: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Grapevine: January 14-15
Renew your appreciation for pork and the time-intensive art of butchering at a Butchering and Curing Workshop at Nash Farm in Grapevine. In a story about the event, Texas Highways writer Matt Joyce says, “Attendees tend to be a mix of back-to-the-basics foodies, dedicated home cooks, hunters, and the occasional doomsday prepper.”
Sugar Land: January 14
Jerry Seinfeld fans should get in their car, pick up some coffee and drive to Sugar Land to see America’s favorite comedian perform stand-up—he’s the headliner for the Smart Financial Centre’s grand opening celebration. The facility is a $100 million newcomer to the city's live entertainment scene.
Sugar Land: January 15
While you’re in Sugar Land, Eagles founding member Don Henley performs at the Smart Financial Centre the next night, Sunday, January 15. Expect to hear your favorite Eagles tunes as well as the singer-drummer’s vast solo catalog, including some from his latest release.
Houston: Through January 15
The expiration date is fast approaching on this exhibition in which food is crafted out of wool, ceramic, sugar and other mediums. View work by six artists: Yuka Otani, Celia Butler, Joshua Kosker, Kazuki Guzmán, Aurelie Mathigot, and Rachel Shimpock.
Dallas: Through January 17
Just a few days remain until the January 17 closing of “Giant Gems of the Smithsonian,” where nearly 30 magnificent gems from the Smithsonian’s world-renowned National Gem Collection deliver some serious sparkle to the Perot Museum in Dallas.
Fort Worth: Through Feb. 4
Relive Cowtown roots with a visit to the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo — now 121 years young and featuring the world’s largest non-motorized parade on Saturday, January 14, at 11 a.m. The rodeo competition goes into full swing throughout the weekend at the Stockyards, with unique offerings like a celebrity goat milking contest on Saturday and a pigeon show on Sunday. Retired or active members of the U.S. military and their immediate families get in free later this month.