Annual Conroe 10 race, inaugural Southern Star music festival, local Christmas celebration: 7 things to do in Conroe and Montgomery this weekend, Dec. 1-3


There are a number of festivities this weekend in Conroe and Montgomery. Here are seven things to do in the Lake Conroe region.

1. Conroe Art League event: 2 Girls, a Guy, and a Trailer
Dec. 1-3

Nonprofit organization Conroe Art League hosts the third annual Christmas Art Extravaganza: 2 Girls, a Guy and a Trailer. The three-day event features 18 artists with more than 600 pieces of art showcasing their work at three locations: Conroe Central Market Fine Art Gallery, Hillson’s Design Services and the Conroe Art  League Gallery. Friday’s opening reception introduces the artists, featuring live music, food, drinks and art give-a-ways. Saturday features a performance from Homerun Ministries Super Friday Chimes Choir and free art classes. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3. Free (admission). Conroe Art League, 127 Simonton St., Conroe. 936-756-9572.

2. Montgomery County Mistletoe Market
Dec. 2

The holiday shopping extravaganza returns to Conroe, bringing more than 170 local vendors to the city. The event features numerous gifts and holiday items, including boutique clothing, handmade jewelry, home and holiday decor, and gourmet food. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (admission). Lone Star Convention and Expo Center, 9055 Airport Road, Conroe.

3. Christmas festival and parade in Willis
Dec. 2

The city of Willis hosts its annual holiday celebration which features family-friendly activities, including inflatables, face painting, a visit from Santa and an elf that makes balloon animals. Festive crafts, jewelry and gifts are also available to purchase from local vendors. The “Sights and Sounds of Christmas” parade kicks off the event in the morning.  11 a.m. (parade); noon-4 p.m. (festival). Free (admission). Green space behind Montgomery County Annex Precinct 1, 300 S. Danville St., Willis. 936-856-4611.

4. Inaugural Southern Star Music and Arts Festival
Dec. 2

The Conroe Americana Music Festival partners with Southern Star Brewery to host the inaugural Southern Star Music and Arts Festival on Saturday. The event features live music, art, food trucks and craft brews. The festival’s live music lineup will perform from noon-10 p.m., and includes musicians like Caleb and the Homegrown Tomatoes, Folk Family Revival, The Great Trumpet and Stump Juice. Following the performances, musicians will perform acoustic sets until 11:30 p.m. Noon-Midnight. $15 (pre-order), $20 (admission). Southern Star Brewing Co., 3525 N. Frazier St., Conroe. 936-441-2739.

5. Conroe 10 brings inaugural Reindeer 5K Run
Dec. 3

The sixth annual Conroe 10 Miler returns to Conroe for the finale of the Texas 10 Series, which supports local volunteer organizations and charities. The event also offers the opportunity for participants to run 10 miles, five miles or children’s one-mile run. Grand Central Park sponsors the event’s first annual Reindeer 5K Run on Sunday morning. 7-10:30 a.m. $70 (10-mile), $60 (5-mile), $30 (5K Reindeer Run), $25 (Kid’s one-mile). Lone Star College-Conroe Center, 777 Conroe Park North Drive, Conroe. 936-588-9966.

6. Live Music

The Corner Pub
302 N. Main St., Conroe

Dec. 1 | Zach Aaron and Kayla Ray | 9 p.m.
Dec. 2 | Tyler Stuckey Band | 9 p.m.

The Red Brick Tavern
119 Simonton St., Conroe

Dec. 1 | Philip Griffin Band | 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 | Mandi Powell with Sam Watson | 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 | Jim Sloan Trio | 11:30 a.m.

Pacific Yard House
101 Metcalf St., Conroe

Dec. 1 | Josh Fuller | 9 p.m.

7. Live Theater

The Crighton Theatre
234 N. Main St., Conroe

Dec. 1-2 | “A Charlie Brown Christmas” | 8 p.m.
Dec. 3 | “A Charlie Brown Christmas” | 2 p.m.


Owen Theatre
225 Metcalf St., Conroe

Dec. 1-2 | “Little Women, The Musical” | 8 p.m.
Dec. 3 | “Little Women, The Musical” | 2 p.m.

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Kelly Schafler
Kelly Schafler is a reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition of Community Impact, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she joined Community Impact as a full-time reporter in June 2017, Kelly wrote business and dining features for CI as a freelance journalist.
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