January 2017 Calendar
JAN. 6: MARBLED STATIONARY DIY WORKSHOP, 7-9 p.m.
With its gorgeous swirls of color, marbled stationary is beautiful and easy to make. Everyone who takes this workshop will receive a set of eight envelopes, cards and letters to decorate, customized to fit their taste in colors.
JAN. 7: RICE UNIVERSITY WALKING TOUR
A treasure trove of great architecture, Rice University features designs by many locally and internationally renowned architects. From Lovett Hall to Brochstein Pavilion, this tour will look at some of the more unique buildings on campus. In addition to the architecture, the group will explore the context surrounding each building — the quads, courts and axes — and how these elements work together to shape a collegiate space. 713-520-0155,
JAN. 7: SUGAR LAND HERITAGE HIKE, 10 a.m.
On the second Saturday of each month, the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation hosts a historic walking tour of Old Town Sugar Land. The docent-led tour begins at the Contemporary Museum, 198 Kempner St., and covers a mile and a-half. You’ll see a home designed from blueprints in an old Sears & Roebuck catalog, walk across a historic bridge and much more.
JAN. 28-29: KATY HOME & GARDEN SHOW
DIY fans will have a chance to rub elbows with a celebrity at the Katy Home & Garden Show. Chris Lambton, who hosts “Yard Crashers” and appears with wife Peyton on HGTV's “Going Yard,” will be on hand to give gardening tips.
JAN. 28-29: SUGAR LAND HOME & GARDEN SHOW
Find new home products and resources for home projects at the Sugar Land Home & Garden Show. Featured speakers include Randy Lemmon, host of KTRH’s “GardenLine;” Lisa Giesler, author of the award-winning book, “My Life is a Mess: Organizing 101”; and John Johnston, president of Designer Kitchens.
UNTIL JAN. 8: DISCOVERY GREEN OUTDOOR ART, FIRMAMENT AND ENCHANTED PROMENADE
Discovery Green will again captivate downtown visitors with two art installations this winter: “Firmament,” a vibrant canopy of LED lights by acclaimed Burning Man artist Christopher Schardt; and “Enchanted Promenade,” towering colorful peonies by TILT, a French light art and design studio.
JAN. 8: SOUTHERN STAR FARMERS & ARTISAN MARKET, noon-4 p.m.
Enjoy your favorite brew while you shop a variety of locally grown, organic and handcrafted items. There will also be kids activities, a dog adoption fair by Montgomery County Animal Shelter Texas and a dog trainer giving Q&A sessions about pet behavior.
JAN. 12: SADIE GWIN BLACKBURN ENVIRONMENTAL SEMINAR, 10 a.m.
The River Oaks Garden Club welcomes Charles A. Birnbaum as the keynote speaker at its annual environmental seminar. Birnbaum, CEO and founder of the Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C., will talk about the rich cultural landscapes that make Houston special — how far the community has come, where it is now and what's on the horizon as the city aims to create and preserve its identity through unique landscapes.
JAN. 14: URBAN HARVEST FRUIT TREE SALE, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
In Rice University’s Greenbriar lot, gardeners of all skill levels can shop for more than 125 varieties of fruit trees at the annual fruit tree sale put on by Urban Harvest. There are selections suitable for large areas, small spaces and container gardening, and all are adapted to grow in Houston’s climate and soil.
JAN. 18: BAYOU CITY BLITZ
Houston is a city that thrives on football. A sold-out NRG Stadium and a lengthy waiting list for Texans season tickets are only the latest manifestations of a gridiron fixation that dates back more than a century. From the NFL to colleges, high schools and pick-up games in the park, Houstonians love the pigskin like few other cities in America. Visitors to the exhibit will explore Houston’s football past through iconic photographs and video, vintage equipment, trophies, uniforms, programs and other memorabilia.
JAN. 23: SUPER BOWL LI SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
Whether you’re a local or in town for the football festivities, this shopping experience includes cocktails, snacks, fabulous swag and discounts at every stop. Let the pros at Houston shopping tours show you some of the most unique boutiques and lifestyle concepts that Houston has to offer, nestled inside of one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city.
JAN. 28: HOUSTON PRESS ARTOPIA, 8-11 p.m.
An evening of culture, fashion, art, music and food, this one-night event features live music, fashion shows, dance and theatrical performances, along with galleries filled with works from local artists.
JAN. 28-29: BREW & VINOS, 1-5 p.m.
This craft beer and wine event will feature a shopping tent with artisan vendors, one-off kegs and a beer competition. There will be brews from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., No Label Brewing Co., Lone Pint Brewery, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Southern Star Brewing; and wines from Dionisio Winery, Braman Winery, Water2Wine Houston Winery and others.
Out of Town
JAN. 20-21: YAGA'S 8TH ANNUAL CHILI QUEST & BEER FEST, GALVESTON
Held at Saengerfest Park, Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest is a favorite event on Galveston Island. This year’s festival will consists of the ever-so-popular Chili & Beer tasting with a ton of added perks. Get ready for live music, a 5-K Fun Run/Walk, a washer pitching tournament, a jackpot margarita contest, vendors and a historical strand merchant walk-about.
JAN. 21-22: LE GARAGE SALE, AUSTIN, 10 a.m.
Le Garage Boutique Sale is a two-day shopping event that brings together Austin's coolest locally owned boutiques, designers and brands under one roof. Shoppers will find unbelievable markdowns on everything from shoes to handbags to jewelry to clothing for men, women and children, as well as home furnishings and accessories.
JAN. 27-28: WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW, ROUND TOP, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
If you just can’t wait for Round Top’s spring show, you’re in luck. The Big Red Barn will host a variety of vendors selling antiques and oddities you won’t be able to leave without.
FEB. 3: FRESH FLOWER CROWNS CRAFT CLASS, 7-9 p.m.
Make a gorgeous fresh flower crown at the February craft workshop by Pop Shop America. These art classes are a super fun way to spend a Friday night. Each workshop has a rotating menu of small bites provided by Greenhouse Catering Co. and light cocktails.
FEB. 4: TAILGATE PARTY
In honor of the big game, the Bissonnet location of Bering’s will host a Super Bowl tailgate party with food, fun and fantastic shopping.
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