1. Kick off the New Year with Fresh Fridays
Conroe Parks and Recreation Department hosts the monthly Fresh Fridays event where children ages 6 to 13 years old can participate in organized activities while parents can take the evening off. January’s theme is “Kicking off the New Year,” and pre-registration for the event is recommended, as there are only 150 spaces available. 7-11 p.m. $6 (residents), $8 (non-residents). Oscar Johnson, Jr. Community Center, 100 Park Place, Conroe. 935-522-3960. www.cityofconroe.org
2. Annual Go Texan fundraiser benefits local students
Go Texan fundraiser benefits local students The Metro Go Texan CWW Subcommittee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo hosts the annual Boots, Buckles and Books, Dinner, Dance & Auction fundraiser, featuring a barbecue dinner and live music. 7-11 p.m. $35 (admission). Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 9201 Airport Road, Conroe. 713-822-8648. www.eventbrite.com
3. Gun and knife show returns to Conroe
A two-day high caliber gun and knife show comes to Conroe on Saturday and Sunday featuring hundreds of gun and knife accessories. The event also offers opportunities for individuals to trade in their own items. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. $9 (adults), free (children 12 and under). Lone Star Convention and Expo Center, 9055 Airport Road, Conroe. 936-538-8000. www.texasgunshows.com
4. The Jazz Connection, a Night of Big Band Music
A jazz ensemble made of junior high and high school students from Conroe and surrounding districts performs music from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. 7 p.m. $10. The Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe. 936-441-7469. www.crightontheatre.org
5. Shop local, adopt a furry family member
Southern Star Brewery’s bimonthly event returns, bringing locally grown produce, hand-crafted items and adoptable furry friends. Proceeds from the market benefits A Chance to Bloom Dog Rescue, the nonprofit organization hosting the adoption fair on Sunday. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Southern Star Brewing Company, 3524 N. Frazier St., Conroe. 936-441-2739. www.southernstarbrewing.com
6. Live music
The Corner Pub
302 N. Main St., Conroe
Jan. 12 | Little Outfit | 9 p.m.
Pacific Yard House
101 Metcalf St., Conroe
Jan. 12 | Shea Abshier and the Nightowlers | 9 p.m.
Jan. 13 | Ryan Wilcox & the Sunday Shakes | 9 p.m.
The Red Brick Tavern
119 Simonton St., Conroe
Jan. 12 | Mack Abernathy and Debbie Glenn | 9:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 | Cody Wayne | 9:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 | Reverend Sleepy Ray | 11:30 a.m.