Valentine’s Day activities, La Porte Mardi Gras festival: 12 things to do in the Greater Houston area this weekend, Feb. 14-17

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In a pinch for a Valentine’s Day date idea? Here are a few events happening around the Greater Houston area.

1. Relax on Valentine’s Day at the spa

Feb. 14-17
All is Well Massage & Spa is hosting a Valentine’s Day spa retreat. This event includes decorated rooms, refreshments, drinks, fresh roses and chocolates. 10 a.m-8 p.m (Feb. 14-16), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Feb. 17). Prices vary per package. 2001 Katy Mills Blvd., Ste. I, Katy. 832-603-4567. www.alliswellspa.com

2. Go salsa dancing on Valentine’s Day

Feb. 14
The Love Dance Houston dance studio is hosting a night of dancing for couples on Valentine’s Day. The event will include a 1-hour beginner-friendly dance class with 30 minutes of social dancing. The event is BYOB-friendly, and there will be food trucks. 8:30-10 p.m. $50 per person (pre-register), $60 per person (at the door). Love Dance Houston, 2206 Edwards St., Ste. B, Houston. 832-781-1735. www.lovedancehouston.com

3. Support Houston Children’s Charity at their gala

Feb. 15
Houston Children’s Charity is hosting their 22nd Annual Gala. They will be honoring donors Jana and Richard Fant, and the band Styx will be performing. Proceeds go to charity. Red attire is encouraged. 6:30 p.m. $1500-2000 per person. The Post Oak at Uptown Houston, 1111 Post Oak Blvd., Houston. 713-524-2878. www.houstonchildrenscharity.org

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The Houston Symphony will perform Dec. 31 at Cypress Creek FACE. (via Courtesy Cypress Creek FACE)

4. Enjoy a vintage jazz symphony

Feb. 15-17
The Houston Symphony will be performing the Ella Fitzgerald Songbook. 8 p.m. (Feb. 15 and 16), 7:30 p.m. (Feb. 17). $29-159 per person. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St., Houston. 713-238-1435. www.houstonsymphony.org

5. Celebrate Lunar New Year

Feb. 16-17
Asia Society will be hosting a lunar new year celebration at the Galleria. There will be family-friendly arts and crafts activities, games and performances. 12-5 p.m. Free. The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer Road, Houston. www.asiasociety.org

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A raised bed gardening class will take place Feb. 10 as part of Comal County’s DIY Saturday series. (via Courtesy Fotolia)

6. Learn to grow an edible garden

Feb. 16
The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service in Fort Bend County and the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners will teach a class on edible garden planning. 9-11 a.m. $15 per person. Bud O’Shields Community Center, 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. 281-341-7068. www.fbmg.org

7. Enjoy the La Porte Mardi Gras festival

Feb. 16
La Porte will be having its 5th annual Mardi Gras street festival. There will be live music, street performers, face-painters, craft beers, and food trucks. This is a family-friendly event. 4-9 p.m. Free. 302 W. Main St., La Porte. 281-470-5017. www.visitlaportetx.com

8. Celebrate Black History Month at a poetry slam

Feb. 16
The City of Missouri City will host a celebration of Black History Month. The event will include a poetry slam for high school and middle school students to participate in. 1-3 p.m. Free. Community Center, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City. 281-403-8500. www.missouricitytx.gov

9. Make your own candles

Feb. 16
Love & Make DIY shop will be hosting an interactive workshop on candle making. This is a BYOB-friendly event. 4-7 p.m. $45 per person. Love & Make Workshop, 6136 Village Parkway, Houston. 832-743-5210. www.loveandmake.com

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The group participates in the annual Go Texan parade. (via Photo courtesy Valerie Cranford)

10. Attend the Go Texan Parade in Conroe

Feb. 16
Conroe will be having its 54th annual Go Texan Parade. There will be horseback riders, decorative floats, marching bands, and more. 1 p.m. Free. 101 S Main St., Conroe. 936-522-3500. www.visitconroe.com

11. Enjoy a Valentine’s symphony concert in Galveston

Feb. 17
Galveston Symphony Orchestra will perform a Valentine’s concert. The program includes Tim Pence’s “Big Rocks on Steep Hills,” Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Op.85 and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.1, “Titan.” 4 p.m. $35 per person. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post Office St., Galveston. 409-765-1894. www.thegrand.com

12. Attend a film festival

Feb. 17-20
ReelAbilities Film Festival will screen 13 films, many of which feature an interactive event. ReelAbilities is a film and arts festival dedicated to presenting the works of people with disabilities to enrich Houston’s diversity. Times vary per film. Free. 3839 Weslayan St., Houston. 713-986-7808. www.reelabilitieshouston.org

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