Galveston Mardi Gras celebration, Southern Star Texas Metal Fest: 8 things to do in the Greater Houston Area this weekend, Feb. 22-24

250 teams will compete in the Houston Rodeo's World Championship Bar-B-Que event.

250 teams will compete in the Houston Rodeo's World Championship Bar-B-Que event.

Need plans for this weekend, Feb. 22-24? Here are a few ways to spend your time in the Houston area.

Celebrate Mardi Gras
Feb. 22-24
Galveston will be hosting its Mardi Gras celebration. This event includes parades, performances, contests, a 5k run, food and family activities. Times and prices vary per event. 2300 Strand St., Galveston.

Eat some barbecue
Feb. 21-23
The Houston Rodeo will be hosting the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest as a pre-rodeo event. 250 teams will be competing, and there will be carnival rides and live stage performances. Times vary per event. $20 (adult entry), $5 (child entry). 1 NRG Park, Houston. 832-667-1000.

Enjoy some jazz music
Feb. 22-23

The Moores School of Music will host the 22nd Annual Moores School Jazz Festival. This event features middle school and high school jazz ensembles from around the state of Texas, and will include performances by the award-winning Moores School of Music Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Noe Marmolejo. 7:30 p.m. $15 (adult), $12 (alumni, senior and staff), $10 (student). Moores Opera House, 3333 Cullen Blvd, Houston. 713-743-3009.

Take your kids to a cooking class
Feb. 23

Chef Jon of Maggiano’s Houston will be hosting a children’s cooking class where participants will learn how to make calzones. Participating adults and kids will enjoy a Maggiano's breakfast buffet. 9:30-11 a.m. $35 (per child, one adult included), $20 (per each additional adult). Maggiano's Little Italy, 2019 Post Oak Blvd., Houston. 713-961-2700.

Rock-on at a metal festival
Feb. 23

Southern Star Brewery will host the Southern Star Texas Metal Festival. The lineup includes Surrender Stella, Devil’s Adversary, Spiral Eye, Reckless High, The Steve Satchel Band and Apothica. 2-11:59 p.m. Free. Southern Star Brewing Company, 3525 N. Frazier St., Conroe. 936-441-2739.

Go to a ball for date night
Feb. 23

Doyin Fash will host the Greater Houston Couples’ Ball. This event includes fine dining, live music, comedy and plenty of dancing. The dress code is black tie. Couples and singles are welcome. 7-11:55 p.m. $99 (per person), $175 (per couple). JW Marriott Galleria, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston. 832-278-8820.

Celebrate Black History Month
Feb. 23

Harris County Public Library will host Main Street Theater’s presentation of Speak of Me as I Am: a Celebration of African American Contributions to Shakespeare, to celebrate Black History Month. In this performance actors will share historic recounts, stories, scenes and speeches from Shakespeare. 2-3 p.m. Free. Parker Williams Library, 10851 Scarsdale Blvd., Houston. 832-927-7870.

See a Peter Pan kid’s play
Feb. 22-24

Inspiration Stage will present the play Disney’s Peter Pan Jr., a modern version of the classic children’s tale, at the Sugar Land Auditorium. $12-25. 7:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 3:30 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). 226 Lakeview Drive, Sugar Land. 713-302-5329.




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