Tour the Azalea Trail, roller-skate at Discovery Green: 8 things to do in Houston this weekend, March 2-4

The Azalea Trails open in the River Oaks neighborhood this weekend.

The Azalea Trails open in the River Oaks neighborhood this weekend.

There are plenty of spring activities to do in the Houston area this weekend, including watching live musical performances, participating in a fundraiser walk, roller-skating at Discovery Green and touring the Azalea Trail. Here are eight things to do this weekend, March 2-4:


Watch live performances at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo March 2-4

In addition to livestock shows, rodeo events, carnival rides and a plethora of fried food, Houstonians can attend live performances from various singers and bands at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This weekend’s performers include Leon Bridges, Kelsea Ballerini and Alessia Cara. Click here to find more things to do at the 2018 HLSR. Performance tickets start at $18.  Noon-11 p.m. (Friday) 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Saturday) 3 NRG Stadium, Houston. 832-667-1080. www.rodeohouston.com





Walk the Azalea Trails for a limited time March 2-4

For the 83rd annual Azalea Trail, the River Oaks neighborhood invites Houstonians to enjoy the azalea gardens that scatter the neighborhood while the flowers are in full bloom. Tickets to the March 2-4 Azalea Trail allows visitors to tour seven different locations in the neighborhood, including four private homes and gardens, the Forum of Civics Building and Garden at the River Oaks Garden Club, the Bayou Bend Garden and the Rienzi museum.

Visitors can begin the tour and purchase tickets at any location along the trail, and a trolley will be available to take visitors to the different locations. Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $25 (all locations), $10 (single admission). River Oaks Garden Club, 2503 Westheimer Road, Houston. 713-523-2483. www.riveroaksgc.org/fifth-event





Roll down to Discovery Green’s outdoor roller rink on March 2

Friday is opening night for the outdoor roller skating rink, The Rink: Rolling at Discovery Green. The rink, presented by Avenida Houston, will be open March 2-25, featuring themed nights throughout the month. Houstonians can bring their own four-wheel or in-line skates or rent skates on-site. 5-10 p.m. (Mon.-Thur.), 5-11 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat. and school holidays ), 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sun). $8 (entry), $4 (skate rentals). Fondren Performance Space at Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney St., Houston. www.discoverygreen.com/rollerrink





Get your hands dirty at an annual crawfish festival on March 3

The annual Greater Heights Crawfish Festival returns to the community on Saturday, featuring a parade, vendor booths, food and beverages, a children’s area and plenty of crawfish. The family-friendly event is hosted by the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free (entry). Heights Professional Building parking lot, 411 W. 20th St., Houston. 713-861-6735. www.heightschamber.org/event/crawfish-festival-parade





Browse craft items from local artists on March 3

The Houston Center for Contemporary Arts hosts a Craft Community Day on Saturday, featuring Houston-area artist guilds. Attendees of the free event can watch craft demonstrations, shop handmade gifts and view the center’s current exhibitions—like the “Light Charmer: Neon and Plasma in Action” and “Treachery of Material: The Surrealist Impulse in Craft.” 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St., Houston. 713-529-4848. www.crafthouston.org





Shop local vendors at Karbach Brewing Company on March 4

Shop Local Market and Karbach Brewing Co. hosts a market for local crafters and creatives in the brewery’s beer garden on Sunday. The event will feature local artists, designers and foodies, as well as live music. Houston Pets Alive, a nonprofit organization, will also be on site with adoptable animals. Noon-5 p.m. Karbach Brewing Co., 2032 Karbach St., Houston. 713-680-2739. www.facebook.com/events/1799646216736778/





Listen to a free concert following fundraising efforts at AIDS Walk Houston on March 4

The 29th annual AIDS Walk Houston returns to Houston on Sunday, inviting individual participants and teams to fundraise in-person or online as a virtual walker. Roughly 10,000 Houstonians register for the AIDS Walk Houston each year, raising funds to support numerous benefiting AIDS agencies and HIV programs in the community.
This year, the event also features a free live concert following the 1.8-mile walk. The Rock the Walk concert showcases a lineup of Houston musicians like Bun B, Paul Wall, Los Skarnales and DJ Gracie Chavez. The first 1,500 people who take a free HIV test before the walk will receive a VIP wrist band for the concert. Noon (registration), 1 p.m. (walk), 2-5 p.m. (concert). Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St., Houston. 713-623-6796. www.aidswalkhouston.org





Attend the 2018 Winter Jam at the Toyota Center on March 4

The 2018 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular returns to Houston on Saturday evening, showcasing various Christian musicians. Headlining the event is the award-winning band Skillet, also featuring performances by Kari Jobe, Building 429, KB, John Crist and Jordan Feliz. 6 p.m. (doors open), 7 p.m. (concert starts). $15 (donation). Houston Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St., Houston. 713-758-7200. www.houstontoyotacenter.com/events


By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.



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