Houston sports, gumbo cookoff: 7 things to do this weekend in Sugar Land and Missouri City this weekend, Jan. 12-14

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As the weekend approaches, neighbors and friends can make plans to socialize at one or more of these events taking place in Sugar Land and Missouri City.

Friday

Houston Astros Caravan Jam

Outfielder Tony Kemp and pitcher Brady Rodgers make an appearance at the Chick-fil-A near Missouri City’s Township and Ridgeview Park. Each fan who shows up during this time in Astros gear will receive a free chicken sandwich. This is not an autograph session. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A, 6124 Hwy. 6, Missouri City. www.mlb.com/astros/fans/caravan

Friday

Houston Astros Caravan Jam

Kemp and Rodgers stop in Sugar Land Town Square for a half-hour Q&A session. Fans can speak with the players while enjoying live music, inflatables food trucks, face painters and caricaturists. 5-7 p.m. Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land. www.mlb.com/astros/fans/caravan

Saturday

Gumbo Smackdown

Houstonia Magazine hosts its fifth annual Gumbo Smackdown event to benefit local charity Fort Bend Rainbow Room. Competitors include NOLA Poboys, Fish City Grill, Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys, The Rouxpour Restaurant & Bar and Main Kitchen. Tickets allow attendees to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Noon-4 p.m. $20-$55. Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land. www.houstoniamag.com

Saturday

P.A.W.S. Reading Program

Children of all ages are invited to spend time with and read to specially trained therapy dogs at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land. Readers can select a book from the museum’s collection or bring their own. The event is free for museum members. 10 a.m. $12 (nonmembers). Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land. 281-313-2277. www.hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land

 

Saturday

Farmers Market

The Farmers Market at Imperial moves to its new location at the Imperial Park Recreation Center. The same quality produce and unique artisan products will be available as this popular community event continues uninterrupted. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Imperial Park Recreation Center, 234 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. www.imperialfarmersmarket.com

Saturday

Historic Walking Tour

The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation conducts a historic walking tour, covering approximately 1.5 miles starting from the museum. Reservations are recommended but not required. 10 a.m. $5-$10. Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Museum, 198 Kempner Street, Sugar Land. www.slheritage.org

Saturday

Houston SaberCats

Major League Rugby team Houston SaberCats plays against the Vancouver Ravens during this exhibition season game at Constellation Field. Tailgate opens at 3 p.m., and activities include live music and a pre-game autograph session with SaberCat players at 5:30 p.m. Match kick-off, 7 p.m. $7.50-$75. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land. www.houstonsabercats.com

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Renee Yan
Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.
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