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Houston Area Weekender: Lots Happening The Weekend Before Spring

HOUSTON, TX — Count your blessings that you don’t live in the snowy parts of the USA, because it will be beautiful spring-like weather this weekend, and perfect for getting outside and doing something fun.

If you’re into gardening and getting your hands dirty, plant sales are happening everywhere, and there are some places where you can browse hard to find plants.

But if you’d rather hire someone else to do the landscaping and yard work, there are plenty of activities that won’t have you sweating.

Of course, there’s also the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, with the biggest concert acts coming at NRG stadium until March 18.

Here are a few cool events in your community:
Friday

Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo| Houston’s NRG Stadium| Dust off your boots and get ready for the bull riding, barrel racing action this weekend. There’s also carnival rides, cook-offs, livestock shows, and concerts. Leon Bridges performs Friday night, with Kelsea Ballerini making her rodeo Houston debut. Get your tickets online. Avenida Houston’s Roller Rink Opening Party|Friday| Discovery Green| Houston’s first outdoor roller rink returns for a second season with a new and improved skating surface, colorful lighting and fun weekly programming. The rink opens on Friday, March 2 and will be open daily through Sunday, March 25. Admission is $8 per person or $10 for the online fast past, plus $4 for skate rental.Tour de Taco at Market Square| Houston| Friday 7-10p.m.| Pedal your way through Houston’s city scape, and get your grub on too. The event is free, but everyone goes Dutch for the grub.Taco Truck at Every Mosque| Friday 1:30-3:30 p.m.| Masjid Abu Bakr (Highway 3 Mosque) 8830 Galveston Rd, Houston, TX| Event to show solidarity between the Latino and Muslim communities and highlight the intersectionality of these two groups. Members of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, area residents, congressional candidates. The event is nonpartisan, and District 22 congressional candidates from all parties have been invited. Food at this event will comply with halal dietary requirements and standards.DA CAMERA| Houston’s Rice University|Da Camera’s 2017–18 season continues with Garrick Ohlsson Plays Beethoven. On Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m., the world-renowned pianist presents a program focused on the superlative brilliance and beauty of the classic composer’s sonatas at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall. Tickets start at $42.50. Click here for more information

Saturday and Sunday

Cultural Kite Festival| Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.| Sugar Land| Escape for a moment to witness vibrant kites ride the wind and decorate the sky at the annual Cultural Kite Festival at the Brazos River Park and the newly named The Crown Festival Park. The fun will include: kite contest, chalk art contest, cultural performances, kite-making workshop for kids, cultural food and beverages available for purchase. The event is free.
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Under the Radar Brewery | No Cover| It’s paradise! If you’re a guy shopping with your wife, you can ease the pain with a cold brew while you’re browsing. Lot of local stuff while your drinking that locally brewed beer. The market features handcrafted jewelry, handmade products, artwork, and vintage clothing on the first Saturday of every month at Under the Radar Brewery. 4pm to 10pm.The Woodlands Marathon|Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.|The Woodlands| The Woodlands Marathon event attracts hundreds each year and has activities for all family members that include a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5-kilometer race and 2-kilometer Fun Run/Walk. Click here to register.Heights Crawfish Festival|Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.| C’mon out and get you some mudbugs. The Heights Chamber of Commerce is kicking off crawfish season with a whole day of events, starting with a parade through 20th Street and ending with mudbugs paired with steaming hot corn and potatoes.

Gardening and Spring Planting Season|Community events listings all weekend| There are several gardening and planting events in the area, starting with:

Jesse Jones Park: NatureFest: Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.|Join volunteer bird guides Al Barr for a special Saturday morning bird walk to kick off NatureFest 2018. This guided walk provides visitors with a firsthand look at some of the overwintering and resident birds in the park as well as opportunities to see a few early migratory species. Ages 10 and up. Soil and Mulch Q&A: Landscapers Pride professionals will be at Houston Plant & Garden World to answer your soil and much questions. Saturday, March 3rd, 10 am to 12 pm.

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Learn about Invasive Plants @ Jesse H. Jones Park| Invasives Beware: Sunday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.| Join Jones Park staff and the Jesse Jones Park (JJP) Eradicator’s to assist in finding, documenting, and removing invasive plant and animal species as well as conducting other habitat management tasks in Jones Park. Closed-toe shoes required, gloves and long pants are recommended. Ages 16 and up or accompanied by adult. Growing Heirloom Tomatoes|Saturday| Cost: $35: Growing tomatoes in Houston’s climate can be a challenge to say the least. But, a consistent productive harvest is possible here. Come learn the basics about the heirloom tomato (planting times and varieties most suitable for Houston) and learn hands-on techniques for planting and trellising this popular garden fruit. Lastly, walk away with a few of La Finca’s farm grown heirloom transplants to get your home garden up and running for the spring!Instructor: Tommy Garcia-Prats is the co-founder of Small Places and Finca Tres Robles.

What Else Is Happening?

Concert In The Park|Sunday, 5:30=7:30 p.m.| The Woodlands Northshore Park| Admission is free, and blankets, lawn chairs, pets and coolers are permitted.Enjoy the sounds from Led Zeppelin cover band Black Dog.

Sporting Events: This weekend will have plenty with the Houston Cougars Basketball, Houston Sabercats, Houston Rockets and Houston Dynamo all taking the field. Click the links to find your tickets.AIDS Walk Houston 2018 at Sam Houston Park|Join with your friends and neighbors on Sunday at Sam Houston Park to honor those living with AIDS at the 29th annual AIDS Walk Houston. After the walk, enjoy a concert featuring local rappers Bun B and Paul Wall, rock band Los Skarnales, and DJ Gracie Chavez. 1pm to 5pm.Chimney Rock Market|Houston | FREE|Happens on the first and third Sunday of the month near Anderson Park, Chimney Rock Market showcases art, gifts, produce, artisanal food, and refreshments. Noon to 4pm.Couples Therapy Comedy Retreat|Houston Improv| Love life suck? Take a break and laugh about it. Five local comedians take the stage to poke fun at romance, relationships, and awkward family moments. And of that’s not enough, you could be invited to seek relationship help while you’re laughing. Sound fun? Tickets start at $15. 7:30pm.

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