Japan Festival Houston


Now in its twenty-second year, Houston’s much beloved Japan Festival returns to Hermann Park on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015.   One of the most attended events of its type across the entire United States, this year’s Japan Festival brings about a reaffirmation of the Festival’s commitment to Japanese and Japanese American traditions, both old and new.

This free, family-friendly event will feature the Saturday Sushi Roll-Off, (a competition among some of Houston’s best sushi chefs,) children’s activities, anime and cosplay, arts and crafts, martial arts, traditional Japanese song and dance, cutting edge technology, and of course wonderful food!

For more information: www.houstonjapanfest.org

2nd Annual Hermann Park Kite Festival



Sunday, March 29, 2015
10 am – 5 pm
Miller Hill and Jones Reflection Pool

Join us for the Second Annual Hermann Park Kite Festival on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Everyone is invited to this free festival as kites in all shapes and sizes set sail in the spring sky on Miller Hill and around the Jones Reflection Pool. There will be entertainment for kids including kite making, friendly kite flying, face painting, and more!

Throughout the Park will be performers, ribbon dancers, musicians, jugglers, and more. Pedal boats will be available on McGovern Lake and the train will run throughout the day. Food trucks will be stationed around the park with creative culinary delights for all.

Click here to join the host committee and enjoy benefits such as reserved parking and access to the VIP tent.


Japan Festival Houston

March 11, 2015 by  
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Now in its twenty-second year, Houston’s much beloved Japan Festival returns to Hermann Park on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015.  One of the most attended events of its type across the entire United States, this year’s Japan Festival brings about a reaffirmation of the Festival’s commitment to Japanese and Japanese American traditions, both old and new.  This free, family-friendly event will feature the Saturday Sushi Roll-Off, (a competition among some of Houston’s best sushi chefs,) children’s activities, anime and cosplay, arts and crafts, martial arts, traditional Japanese song and dance, cutting edge technology, and of course wonderful food!

Saturday April 18: 10am-7pm
Sunday April 19: 10am-5pm
Hermann Park


March 11, 2015 by  
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Benefiting THE CENTER, making independent and productive lives possible for those with intellectual disabilities in our community.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 7:30 a.m. Sam Houston Park – Downtown

Race events include an individual 8K race, an 8K team competition, a one-mile children’s run (12 & under), and a one mile family walk. All events begin at Sam Houston Park and are open to the public.

7:30 a.m. One-mile children’s run
7:50 a.m. 8K wheelchair start
8:00 a.m. Individual 8K and team 8K start*
8:30 a.m. Non-competitive one-mile family walk

THE CENTER is a private, nonprofit United Way agency that provides education, job training, socialization, and health care to developmentally disabled persons. Over the past 29 years, the HBA Law Week Fun Run has raised more than $1,136,400 for THE CENTER.
Join the fun and support THE CENTER at the Houston Bar Association’s 30th John J. Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run, the only 8K race of its kind.
The post-event festivities in Sam Houston Park feature live music, refreshments, an awards ceremony honoring the winners, and drawings for prizes donated by local merchants. All participants will receive commemorative T-shirts.
Entry fees for individuals are $30 for the 8K run ($35 after March 12) and $18 for the one-mile children’s run and family walk. Three-person team entry fee is $300 ($330 after March 12).
Adopt a Walker from THE CENTER! Support the participation of residents from THE CENTER by paying the $25 entry fee for a resident to join the 1-mile walk, which includes a t-shirt, race packet and opportunity for the resident to win prizes in special drawings. Check the appropriate box on the entry form.
Registration is available online at www.lawweekfunrun.com or at one of these locations:

Thursday, March 19, 2015 (10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
Luke’s Locker
1953 West Gray – (713) 529-0786

Friday, March 20, 2015 (8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
3550 West Dallas / Cullen Residence Hall
(near Shepherd & Allen Parkway – call 713-759-1133 for directions)

Saturday, March 21, 2015 (6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.)
Race Day Registration at Sam Houston Park

* The 8K course is certified (TX02104ETM) and the 8K race is sanctioned by the GAAC. The 8K Run is an official Spring Series Race of the Houston Area Road Runners Association (HARRA) and a sanctioned Houston Corporate Athletics Association (HCAA) event.

Star Wars at Jones Hall

February 20, 2015 by  
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Music of legendary film composer John Williams to be featured in Star Wars and More
Pasadena-area high school marching band to make its debut with the Houston Symphony 


HOUSTON (February 19, 2015) – Houston Symphony Associate Conductor Robert Franz  leads the Houston Symphony in Star Wars and More, a family concert that will take audiences through the intergalactic music of the Star Wars film series, composed by five-time Academy-Award winner John Williams.

Williams’ striking orchestral compositions for this film are among the most recognizable in the film music history, from the recurring musical theme “Imperial March” that first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back film, to “Battle of the Heroes” fromRevenge of the Sith.

The family concert – which will take place on Saturday, March 6 – also features Tchaikovsky’s epic 1812 Overture and “Appian Way” from Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Franz and the Houston Symphony will share the stage with members of the Dobie High School Marching Band in their Houston Symphony debut.

The Family Concert Experience
The family concert experience includes lobby activities including the Instrument Petting Zoo, arts and crafts, and young musician performances. The 50-minute concerts are held on Saturday mornings with two start times, 10am and 11:30am.  Lobby activities take place prior to the 10am performance and immediately following the 11:30am performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit houstonsymphony.org or call the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center at (713) 224-7575, MondaySaturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Star Wars and More
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00am and 11:30am
Robert Franz, conductor
Dobie High School Marching Band
Tickets from $19

Jones Hall
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002

About Robert Franz
As Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony and Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony Orchestra and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Robert Franz is acclaimed by critics and composers.In increasing demand as a guest conductor, Robert debuted with the Phoenix Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina last season.

In Houston, he leads the Symphony in educational and family concerts. His work with students has led to a continuing relationship with Radio Disney. Last season, Robert conducted the orchestra’s 100th anniversary concert; led a family series concert with the Houston Grand Opera, Theater Under the Stars and the Alley Theatre; partnered in a concert for the Anti-Defamation League; and was on the podium for a side-by-side performance of Tchaikovsky’s 6th with the Houston Youth Symphony totaling 150 musicians.

ASCAP has recognized Robert for his advocacy in arts education. Under his direction, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (2008) and the Louisville Orchestra (2001) were awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming. He has addressed the Idaho Legislature on the importance of music in education and authored his first children’s book with a CD, Stella’s Magical Musical Tour of America. He received a master’s degree in conducting and a bachelor’s degree in oboe performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

About Houston Symphony
During the 2014-15 season, the Houston Symphony enters its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. This season also marks the inaugural year for new Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $29 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 286 performances for 300,000 people, including 82,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call (713) 224-7575.

Pay-What-You-Want screening of David Cross’ directorial debut HITS

February 8, 2015 by  
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One night only special Pay-What-You-Want screening of

David Cross’ directorial debut HITS in Houston at Sundance Cinemas February 12, 2015

WHAT:  David Cross’ new dark comedy HITS to play for one night only in special Pay-What-You-Want screening with special guest native Houstonian, Academy Award® winning and HITS producer Ryan Brooks. HITS is a dark comedy exploring the nature of fame in 21st Century YouTube America. The film takes place in a small town in upstate New York populated by people who trade in unrealistic expectations. It’s a story in which fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them. Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnG9w9nDST0

WHO:   Written and directed by David Cross, the film stars Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters and Wyatt Cenac along with Julia Stiles, David Koechner, Jessie Ennis, Amy Sedaris, Erinn Hayes, Michael Cera, Amy Carlson, Jason Ritter, and Kurt Braunohler.

WHEN:  Thursday, February 12, 7:30PM – Pay-What-You-Want Screening

Friday, February 13-19 – One week theatrical run

WHERE:  Sundance Cinemas, 510 Texas Ave, Houston, TX  77002, 713-223-3456, www.sundancecinemas.com

WHY:  The first feature film to be released on BitTorrent with special event pay-what-you-want screenings in over 50 markets. The film opens in theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Madison and Seattle on February 13 and will be available via BitTorrent as a Pay-What-You-Want release. The first film to collapse all windows and ask audiences to PAY-WHAT-THEY-WANT. Also, simultaneously releasing on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and others.

PRICE:        Pay-What-You-Want




5th Annual Sugar Land Home & Garden Show

January 17, 2015 by  
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Vendors representing the best of Sugar Land, Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Katy and Southwest Houston will be on hand to present their products and services to homeowners who have the desire to surround themselves with beauty, elegance and color. The goal of this popular one-stop home-improvement annual event is to provide all of the tools necessary from current trends in interior design to creating a burst of spring color, a tranquil greenspace or functional outdoor living area to help attendees define and design their personal space.
Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24 and 25, 2015; Time: TBD
Stafford Centre. 
Located at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford, the Centre boasts 20,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Ticket information will be available on the sugarlandhomeandgarden.com  website closer to event time.
Photo courtesy of Thompsons Landscape

Redneck Country Club Fall Concert Schedule

December 15, 2014 by  
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December 9, 2014 by  
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Here are just a few things to do around town this holiday season! We are sure these will get you into the Christmas spirit!

Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo


TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is back and more spectacular than ever this year – now with more than 2 million lights! There are new and exciting additions around every corner at this year’s most anticipated holiday tradition. From a completely lit-up African Forest with larger-than-life, glowing, rotating ornaments to a walk-in snow globe, TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights will be sure to delight the entire family. Bring your camera to capture all the special moments!

When: Friday, November 21, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015. Closed December 24 and 25.
Time: 6pm to 10pm daily; last entry at 9pm
Where: Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX ‎77003
Admission: Prices range from $10.95 to $14.95
Parking: Parking is very limited at the Houston Zoo.
Website: www.houstonzoo.org/zoolights/

Houston Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker


Journey with Clara as she dances on the arm of the Nutcracker Prince to the stunning Land of Snow and the delectable Kingdom of Sweets. There are so many reasons to delight in The Nutcracker: the giant Christmas tree, the dancing dolls, Mother Ginger and her adorable clowns, the lavish sets and the iconic Tchaikovsky score. Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker has entertained children and their grown-ups for more than 25 years.

When: Friday, November 28 through Sunday, December 28, 2014
Times: 2pm and 7:30pm performances on various nights. Click here to check exact times by date.
Where: Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
Parking: Paid garage and surface lots are available to the East and South of the theater
Admission: Tickets start at $55, but you may find cheaper or better tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale site.
Click here for full price tickets.


A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas

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Houston’s seasonal favorite is described by the Houston Press as having “Spectacular London sets … the inimitable Dickens’ tale – spiced with the usual fog and an unusual twist on the ghosts past, present and future.” A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmasreturns this year with a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season.

When: Friday, November 21 to Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Times: Tuesdays through Fridays 7:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays 2:30pm, 7:30pm
Where: Alley Theatre @UH, Wortham Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, 4116 Elgin Street, Houston, TX 77004
Parking: Click here for parking details at University of Houston.
Admission: Tickets range from $25 to $55.

Field of Lights at Discovery Green


Discovery Green is proud to host Field of Light, a dazzling art installation by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. The vivid, temporary, site specific installation is now on display along the Brown Promenade through Feb. 8, 2015 and it is illuminated from 3 to 11 p.m. daily. The prime viewing hours of the exhibit are after dusk.

When: Saturday, November 22, 2014 through Sunday, February 8, 2015
Times: Dusk to 11pm
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77010
Parking: Street, surface lot and garage parking are available.
Admission: Free

Frozen Bikini Bottom in Galveston


A skilled team of 31 internationally-acclaimed professional ice carvers from Harbin, China will dive into 900 tons of ice and transform them into majestic marvels featuring holiday scenes with the beloved Bikini Bottom inhabitants from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. Chilled and held at a temperature of 9 degrees, you can witness these works of art as Galveston makes its holiday transformation into a Winter Wonder Island.

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015
Times: Noon to 10pm
Where: Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554
Parking:  Free in designated lots
Admission: $26.95; $21.95 seniors; $15.95 children

Other Events

  • Sand Mandala at the Menil | FREE | Thursday through Saturday – Observe Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang monastery in South India create an intricate sand mandala in the Menil foyer.
  • Alley Theatre presents A Christmas Carol at UH | Daily – Follow the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by ghosts of the past, present and future in the Alley Theatre presentation of A Christmas Carol. Tickets range from $25 to $55. 7:30pm Thursday and Friday; 2:30pm and 7:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Hobby Center | Daily – Experience the Rockettes high kicks as New York City’s holiday special comes at the Hobby Center this holiday season. Tickets start at $40, but you may find cheaper or better tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 7:30pm Thursday; 8pm Friday; 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm Saturday; noon, 3:30pm and 7:30pm Sunday.
  • Campfire Christmas at George Ranch | Friday and Saturday – Escape the hustle and bustle of a modern Christmas and go on a festive journey into Christmases past at the George Ranch Historical Park’s annual Campfire Christmas. $50; $45 for ages 15 and under, seniors and groups of ten or more. 6pm to 10pm both nights.
  • Tomball German Christmas Market | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Celebrate the holidays the way the Germans do – with beer! Enjoy street vendors, biergartens, Gluhwein and Dutch Santa during this family friendly market. 6pm to 10pm Friday; 10am to 10pm Saturday; 10am to 6pm Sunday.
  • Houston Symphony presents A Very Merry Pops at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Enjoy a yuletide evening of traditional standards like “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Angels We Have Heard On High” and “O Holy Night. $25 to $135. 8pm Friday and Saturday; 2:30pm and 7:30pm Sunday.
  • Houston Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Wortham Theater Center | Friday to Sunday – For more than 25 years, the Houston Ballet has been telling the story of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they fight the Mouse King, travel to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Tickets start at $55, but you may find cheaper or better tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 7:30pm Friday; 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Kaleidoscope Theater | Friday to Sunday – Relive the classic Charlie Brown Christmas special with Snoopy, Schroeder, Linus, Sally, Lucy and, of course, Charlie Brown himself. $30; $20 ages 10 and under. 8pm Friday; 2pm and 8pm Saturday; 2pm Sunday.
  • Holiday Market at San Jacinto Mall | Saturday and Sunday | FREE to attend – Pick up some stocking stuffers at the Holiday Market booths near Santa’s Workshop at San Jacinto Mall. 10am to 9pm Saturday; 10am to 8pm Sunday.
  • Rice Village Flea | FREE – Find a unique treasure at the Rice Village Flea Holiday Market. 11am to 6pm.
  • Family Activities inside the Loop from BigKidSmallCity | Daily – Find events, recommendations and family-friendly activities from our favorite Houston mom-in-the-know Jill Jarvis of BigKidSmallCity.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

You could dance with the Rockettes

November 12, 2014 by  
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Aspiring Dancers Will Have The Opportunity To Learn The Rockettes Signature Precision Technique From The Stars of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

December 7 and 14, 2014 @ 8AM

Houston Metropolitan Dance Center

HOUSTON, TX (November 10, 2014) – MSG Entertainment announced today “Rockettes Experience – On The Road” will come to the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center on December 7 and 14, 2014. The Rockettes Experience offers a chance for aspiring dancers to learn the iconic eye high kicks and signature precision technique of the legendary dance company. The Rockettes Experience will be open to intermediate and advanced dancers ages 10 and up.

The Rockettes Experience is a unique two hour educational dance class in which the Rockettes will teach students the fine art of precision dance and expose aspiring dance students to the world of the Rockettes. At The Rockettes Experience, students will learn two numbers from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, running December 5 through December 30 at the Hobby Center in Houston.  The workshop will also feature a mock audition for the budding professional dancers, complete with a Rockettes Q&A at the end of the session. All dancers interested in the Rockettes Experience can register online at http://rockett.es/roxexptour.

In addition, aspiring dancers in Houston will have the opportunity to audition for the Rockettes Summer Intensive training program in New York City on December 21, 2014 at the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center. The Rockettes Summer Intensive offers aspiring dancers the unique opportunity to train under Julie Branam, the director and choreographer of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the Rockettes to learn the signature precision technique of the iconic dance company.  Acceptance into the Rockettes Summer Intensive is a crucial stepping stone for Rockettes hopefuls who aspire to one day kick alongside the Rockettes.

The Rockettes are a legendary dance company and have been a part of the fabric of New York City for more than 85 years. Since their debut in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in 1933, the Rockettes have danced into the hearts of millions and spread Christmas cheer to people of all ages. Their technique continues to be both deceivingly complex and entirely glamorous and their talent and athleticism is unrivaled.



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Christmas on the Brazos

November 10, 2014 by  
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The historic Christmas traditions of Texas in the 1800s will transport visitors into the past at the day-long Christmas on the Brazos celebration at the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site—the very spot Where Texas Became TexasonSaturday, December 13, 2014.  Free and low-cost holiday activities for all ages include period music, craft making, readings, food samplings and sale of artisan gifts, culminating in the park’s popular Candlelight Christmas event at the Barrington Living History Farm featuring vignettes of Texian frontier festivities with music, musket firing, dancing and a candlelit tour of the farm.

Many holiday activities occur throughout the day at the historic site, including:

  • Independence Hall: Christmas stories will be read in the Hall by staff in period clothing at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.,2 p.m., and 3 p.m.
  • The Star of the Republic Museum will host “make-and-take” period crafts in its Discovery Room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  (regular admission fees; no charge for the crafts); museum open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The site’s Visitor Center will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and will offer music, merchandise made by Texas artisans and samplings of local Texas fare.  In a nod to the 21st century, a Christmas tree and Santa Claus will be there for photo opps (all free).
  • Barrington Living History Farm will be open from noon until 4 p.m. and then will close for one hour to prepare for its Candlelight Christmas event that starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. (with the last tour leaving at 8 p.m.)

Candlelight Christmas at the Barrington Farm welcomes its guests into the 1850s and fills their senses with the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear against the backdrop of a star-filled night sky:  smoke and flames from the wood fireplace and bonfire in the field; flickering lanterns and candlelit paths; gunfire and cheers from a rowdy band of Texian revelers.   The evening includes a tour of the historic home of the last president of the Republic of Texas, Dr. Anson Jones, as interpreters recreate how that family would have enjoyed Christmas, including an 1850s Santa.  The slave quarters will also be decorated in typical style for the 1850s.  Each tour culminates in a barn dance where visitors are welcome to join in.

The Candlelight Christmas evening event consists of guided tours for small groups that each last approximately an hour, with tours leaving every 15 minutes starting at 5 p.m.; last tour leaves at 8 p.m.  Advance reservations are strongly recommended at Barrington.Farm@tpwd.texas.gov or 936-878-2214, ext. 246.  Regular admission fees will apply.  Visitors should dress appropriately for the weather and uneven walking surfaces since the event will take place throughout the farm.

Christmas on the Brazos” and Candlelight Christmas will be held Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Washington on the Brazos State Historical Park, 23400 Park Rd, Washington, TX – off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155 at Park Road 12.  Visitors are welcome to bring food and drink into the park, but no glass bottles or alcoholic beverages are allowed.  As always, parking is free.

Leashed pets are allowed in park, but are NOT allowed onto farm site or inside buildings.  Sites are accessible for the mobility impaired.   For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext 246. The park grounds open at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

The Perfect Sales Job

November 3, 2014 by  
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(Anyone can claim that, however from us it’s a promise)
H Texas is searching for a well seasoned sales professional offering an immediate position to assume a proven, active, well seasoned, aged account list. Position offers a base salary plus commission.
Employment is immediate and applicant must be available NOW. We want one incredible person who likes to make money and properly manage their accounts – this job delivers – that’s a guarantee.
Qualified persons must send resume detailing past experience in confidence to: publisher@htexas.com. Include time available for immediate interviews!

Flying Saucer’s BeerFeast – November 1st

October 23, 2014 by  
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Sugar Land Flying Saucer’s 3rd annual BeerFeast will feature over 40 breweries and 60 craft beers, all carefully selected by Flying Saucer’s resident beer gurus. In addition, very rare and limited-release beers will be tapped one at time throughout the fest. Once again a variety of Sugar Land Town Square restaurants will have food available for sale during the festival.

Tickets are $35, and can be purchased here or at the Saucer beginning at 10am CDT, Wednesday, July 16th . The day of the fest, tickets will be $45 at the door if still available. Ticket purchase includes admission to the festival, a tasting card that is good for choice of 12 samples of any of the 60 festival beers, and a 2014 commemorative BeerFeast tasting glass. There are also designated driver tickets available for $15, which includes admission to the festival and complimentary soft drinks. Additional taster cards will be available for purchase by all VIP and general admission ticket holders on the day of the festival for just $3.

In addition to general admission tickets, again this year a very limited number of VIP tickets will be available for purchase. They are expected to sell out quickly and will only be available for sale online only prior to the festival for $65. In addition to the taster glass and sampling session, VIP ticket purchase includes early admission to the festival at noon, food vouchers redeemable at any of the festival food vendors, a 2014 BeerFeast T-shirt and a BeerFeast Brew Caddy. Additionally, all VIP ticket holders will have access to the rare brew tapping VIP only line.

BeerFeast is a 21-and-up-only event and all guests must purchase a ticket to attend.
Purchase VIP Tickets Here!

For more information, call 281-242-7468. Or, click the link to visit our website.

K9s4COPs 4th Annual “Unleashed” Fundraising Event

October 16, 2014 by  
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k9copsTheme: Unleash Your Inner 80s Rockstar

Attire: 80s costumes are encouraged!

Date: October 28, 2014

Time: 6pm

Location: Hughes Hangar
2811 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Event Chairs: Kristi K Schiller & Jenna Jackson

Entertainment: The Spazmatics!

Tickets: $150 each
Can be purchased online or at the door
Direct link: https://k94cops.z2systems.com/np/clients/k94cops/product.jsp?product=1&

Special events: Custom leashes and collars designed by artists and celebrities will be auctioned off

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact info@K9s4COPs.org.

The Best Damn Food Truck Festival – November 15th

October 15, 2014 by  
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food truck

When: November 15, 2014
Location: 1902 Washington Ave.
Times: 2pm 8pm
Website: www.thebestfoodtruckfest.com

Live music, craft beer, and over 20 food trucks to choose from!

The ICE on Discovery Green, November 25th – February 8th!

Image courtesy of Discovery Green

Image courtesy of Discovery Green

The ICE at Discovery Green uses recycled water from Kinder Lake to create a 7,716 square-foot ice skating surface, making it the largest outdoor skating rink in the Southwest.The rink will return for another exciting winter season on Tuesday, November 25, 2014!

Last season, The ICE hosted a variety of Winter programming and amenities for skaters and spectators including outdoor movies, skating with Santa, live music and DJs, ice carvings, art installations, snack shop serving hot cocoa and Belgian waffles, and a special, toddler-friendly rink. Stay tuned for ICE events in winter 2014! Ice Skating at Discovery Green is a ticketed event.

ICE Rink Admission

  • $13 includes skate rental and tax. Skating time limited to 1.5 hours all school holidays and weekends. A portion of tickets sales goes to support Discovery Green Conservancy’s free year-round programming. Tickets are available for purchase in-person at the ICE.

Make a donation of $50 to Discovery Green Conservancy and get a free ticket to the ICE, redeemable Monday through Thursday. To donate, please visit discoverygreen.com/donate.

Bringing a group? The ICE is perfect for church groups, daycare and school field trips, scout outings, birthdays, and company parties. Advance reservations are required. To submit your group reservation, click here.  For more information about group sales, please contactdiscoverygreen@icerinkevents.com.

Learn a lifetime sport!
One-on-one instruction is available. Advance reservations are required. To reserve a private lesson, click here.

To learn more about the ICE, click here.

Ice Rink Events

Ice Rink Events, a Houston-based designer, manufacturer, installer, and operator of ice rinks around the globe, transforms Kinder Lake’s model boat basin into a holiday skating destination each winter season at the park. The expanded rink uses equipment that runs on renewable energy and even the ice rink border is made from recycled plastic materials.

The Houston Challenge Scavenger Hunt

October 13, 2014 by  
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Photo courtesy of The Houston Challenge 2014

Photo courtesy of The Houston Challenge 2014

Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Time: 2pm
Location: Begins and ends at Celtic Gardens, 2300 Louisiana Houston, TX 77006
Registration: $55 full price registration; $35 early bird registration until September 12, 2014. Discounted $25 registration is available for a limited time.

Grab a friend and don your most creative team costumes for a wild Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt through the streets of Houston. Teams of two or more will solve some tricky puzzles, figure out the best route and dash through H-town for their chance at hundreds of dollars in cash and prizes. After the race, enjoy some refreshments at the afterparty at Celtic Gardens. There’ll be food and drink specials for purchase, music and the always-entertaining costume contest. All race participants will also receive a T-shirt.


McGovern Centennial Gardens

October 6, 2014 by  
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Hermann Park Conservancy — the nonprofit dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park — is getting ready to celebrate the Park’s largest improvement project to date with the Grand Opening of the McGovern Centennial Gardens and the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion on Saturday, October 18. This spectacular addition to the Park will be yet another reason to visit this 445-acre urban oasis that over six million people enjoy annually.

The McGovern Centennial Gardens, designed by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects with White Oak Studio Landscape Architecture, is the Conservancy’s largest improvement project ever undertaken and will completely transform the 15-acre Garden Center site into a spectacular new attraction for Park visitors.

The Gardens will feature a Family Garden, Centennial Green, 30’ Garden Mount, Celebration Garden, Rose Garden, and the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, designed by architect Peter Bohlin of Bohlin Cynwinski Jackson, famed designer of the glass Apple stores worldwide. As you explore the Gardens you will come across 490+ new trees of over 50 different species, 760 hedge shrubs, 350 new roses in the Rose Garden, 106,875 other shrubs and perennials of 199 varieties, 115 new camellias and 650 new azaleas in the Woodland Garden and so much more.

Landscape Designer Doug Hoerr of Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects describes, “The McGovern Centennial Gardens stand alone as a setting for respite, refuge and education and fit into the larger historical footprint of Hermann Park. This civic project provides the citizens of Houston with a memorable place for the community to gather, for education, for beautification, gardening and growing food. The McGovern Centennial Gardens celebrate connecting people to the land.”

Jim Patterson of White Oak Studio Landscape Architecture adds, “Public gardens are an indispensable part of great cities all over the world.  The Garden Center has been a well-loved place to generations of Houstonians.  We are so pleased to be part of building a great public garden for this great city.

Presented to the City of Houston by George Hermann in 1914, Hermann Park is one of Houston’s most popular and historically significant public green spaces. Since its inception, the Park has served as a tranquil refuge from the day-to-day bustle of city life. A hundred years later, the original vision for the Park is finally being realized thanks to a Master Plan and a $123 million Centennial Capital Campaign conceived and executed by the Hermann Park Conservancy, a public/private partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.  The money raised has gone not only into making McGovern Centennial Gardens and Cherie Flores Pavilion a reality, but also into the rebirth of the beautiful Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool; the renovation and expansion of Lake Plaza and Hermann Park Railroad; and the restoration of the Parks’s exercise trails along with many other improvements that have transformed the Park into one of the most idyllic public green spaces in the country.

“McGovern Centennial Gardens is the culmination of a one-hundred-year vision that is finally getting its due. With the opening of the Gardens and the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, visitors will be able to experience this incredible new garden space for free, seven days a week,” said Doreen Stoller, executive director of Hermann Park Conservancy. “We are grateful for the rain. The trees in the Park are happy, but our construction progress has been slowed. After our grand opening celebration, we will close the Gardens for a few more weeks to complete the heavy work. Gardens are never a finished work and this one is just getting started,” explains Stoller. “This project is a labor of love and we are thrilled to be able to present McGovern Centennial Gardens to the City of Houston during Hermann Park’s 100th year.”

Though the Park’s Grand Gateway entrance from Mecom Fountain to the Sam Houston Monument will have to wait until 2015 for its unveiling because of construction delays, Hermann Park Conservancy’s mission to complete the Park’s Master Plan is one step away from being realized after 25 years of fundraising, planning, planting, and building one of America’s great municipal green spaces.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dedication Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. with:

Danny David, Emcee, Hermann Park Conservancy Board Chair 2014-2016

Mayor Annise D. Parker, City of Houston

Joe Turner, Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Doreen Stoller, Hermann Park Conservancy Executive Director

Kathrine G. McGovern, John P. McGovern Foundation

Phoebe Tudor, Centennial Campaign Chair

Jim & Cherie Flores, Garden Center Advisory Board

Ann Kennedy, Hermann Park Conservancy Board Chair 2010-2014

Activities and tours will take place throughout the day, including:

  • Free and open to the public – rain or shine
  • Children’s art and educational activities sponsored by Macy’s beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Talks and Garden tours include:
    • 11:00 AM      Talk with Peter Bohlin, Cherie Flores Pavilion architect, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
    • 12:30 PM      Talk with Doug Hoerr, landscape designer of The McGovern Centennial Gardens, of Hoerr Schaudt  Landscape Architects
    • 1:30 PM         Art talk and tour with artist Randy Twaddle
    • 2:30 PM         Sculpture Talk and Tour with Jimmy Castillo, Houston Arts Alliance


Founded in 1992, Hermann Park Conservancy is a nonprofit citizens’ organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park, one of Houston’s largest and most loved urban parks. Through a public-private partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the Conservancy has secured nearly $115 million toward a $123 million goal for the Centennial Campaign for Hermann Park, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Beyond raising millions of dollars toward capital improvements in the Park, the Conservancy oversees programs focused on visitor services, conservation and stewardship, and tree care. For more information on the Conservancy, visit hermannpark.org. Follow the Conservancy at facebook.com/HermannPark and twitter.com/HermannPark.


Original Greek Festival 2014

October 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Events



Dates: Thursday, October 2 to Sunday, October 5, 2014
Times: Thurdsay 5pm to 10pm; Friday 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm; Saturday 11am to 10pm; Sunday noon to 6pm.
Location: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
Admission: Tickets are $5 at the gate; kids 12 and under are admitted free.
Website: greekfestival.org

At Houston’s longest running Greek Fest you’ll find tents selling authentic Greek foods and pastries, Greek coffee, wine and beer.

Live Greek music and Greek folk dancing keep the four-day party going. Visitors are also invited to tour the cathedral itself and view religious artifacts and icons on display.

Kids ages 12 and under get in free and can explore the Athenian playground, with inflatable playscapes and mechanical rides.

Historic Montgomery Wine & Music Fest

September 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Events, Foodie Events


When: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Times: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Where: Historic Downtown  –  14420 Liberty Street Montgomery, TX 77356
Phone: 936-597-5004
Tickets: $25.00
Get Tickets HERE

Nestled in the heart of Historic Downtown Montgomery.
Discover Texas Wines while enjoying Great Texas Music!

$5 Alcohol Cover Charge with purchase of any package or tickets.

Sample wines from 16 Texas wineries.
Wine Tastings package includes 5 tastings and souvenir glass.
Additional tastings available for purchase at the gate.
Wine tents open at 11am.

Craft Beer Wall opens at 11am.
Sample tastings or 16oz pours available.

Vendors all around town for plenty of shopping.
Celebration Children’s Area has fun for the whole family!

Two Stages packed with fabulous entertainment.
Headliner for 2014 Main Stage:  Cory Morrow
More entertainment TBA.

For more information on our wineries, food, and entertainment line up visit our website at www.experiencemontgomery.com

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