Looking for some weekend fun? We have a few ideas. This Friday, Super Bowl week kicks off in Houston with free concerts galore. On Saturday, it’s all about the rooster in Dallas at this year’s Chinese New Year Festival. And on Sunday, WWE’s Royal Rumble returns to the Alamodome in San Antonio for the first time in 20 years. All this and more is in our list of things to do.
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Richardson: Jan. 27
The artists and music that defined a generation have teamed up to take the show on the road. The American Bandstand reunion bring together Shirley Alston Reeves of the Shirelles (“Mama Said”), The Chiffons (“One Fine Day”), Johnny Tillotson (“Poetry in Motion”), Brian Hyland (“Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini”), and Merrilee Rush (“Angel of the Morning”) for an evening of nostalgia.
Denton: Jan. 27-29
Screening dozens of films in addition to music, art, and spoken word performances, the Denton Black Film Festival returns this weekend for its third annual installment. The three-day movie buffet kicks off the night before (Thursday, Jan. 26) with the Texas premiere of I Am Not Your Negro, which was recently nominated for a Best Feature Documentary Oscar and called “one of the best films you are likely to see this year” by the New York Times.
San Antonio: Jan. 27
A comfortably grown-up Joe Jonas—middleman of the Jonas Brothers—still has a grip on the hearts of young women everywhere, it seems. He leads this raucous foursome, known for their catchy single “Cake by the Ocean,” as they tour through Texas this weekend. If a Friday concert doesn’t fit into your plans, they head to Dallas on Saturday
Houston: Jan. 28-Feb. 5
Houston kicks off the tour de force of football with a free and family-friendly 9-day festival this Saturday. Expecting more than one million fans, Super Bowl Live takes over Discovery Green with concerts from artists like Blue October and The Tontons (both performing Saturday) and a 90-foot drop tower ride from NASA that simulates the experience of a launch into space. An expected 140,000 fans will head to NRG Stadium for the big game next weekend.
Houston: Jan. 28
Texas troubadours Dale Watson and Ray Benson (frontman of Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel) have been crossing paths on the country circuit for decades, but they’ve never recorded together—until now, that is. Hot off the release of their chummy new duet album, Dale & Ray, the duo combine in Houston at The Heights Theater to perform their new originals. You needn’t be familiar with their back catalogs to enjoy the evening; “The Ballad of Dale & Ray” will quickly bring you up to speed on why these kindred spirits have found a friendship in one another. Read more: Gone Ameripolitan
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Austin: Jan. 28-29
Celebrating 40 years, Austin’s legendary vintage market takes over Palmer Events Center downtown. The market will be available in the capital city nine weekends this year, but seasoned shoppers know there are new finds to be had each trip.
Dallas: Jan. 28
The Dallas Arts District is the place to be for experiencing all the festivities Chinese New Year has to offer. The Year of the Rooster rings in with lion and dragon dances, art-making activities, calligraphy demos, face paintings, fortune telling, kung fu demos, traditional Chinese dances and more. And the price is right: free. The all-day event, sponsored by the Crow Collection of Asian Art, culminates in a fantastic fireworks show.
San Antonio: Jan. 29
Every 10 years, San Antonio fans of World Wrestling Entertainment get to see the Royal Rumble—the first official stop on the road to WrestleMania—in their hometown. But it’s been 20 years since the Alamodome last hosted it, when more than 60,000 fans witnessed “Stone Cold” Steve Austin win his first Royal Rumble and where Shawn Michaels recaptured the WWE World Championship. You never know who will show up this year.