Play in the snow, attend a parade: 6 things to do in the Bay Area in January and February

Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in the months of January and February.

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Jan. 18
Hear some classic show tunes

Multigenre singer Kristen Hertzenberg, who’s best known for her role as Christine in the Las Vegas production of “Phantom of the Opera,” will take to the stage to perform opera, Broadway and blues songs. 7:30 p.m. $20 (adults), $13 (students). University of Houston-Clear Lake Bayou Theatre, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. 281-283-2065.

Jan. 18-19
Enjoy some fresh barbecue

The 23rd annual BBQ Cook-Off at the Pasadena Fairgrounds will feature beans, chili, chicken, ribs, brisket and more, including a live auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with awards to follow. Noon-midnight (Friday), 8 a.m.-midnight (Saturday). Free (admission). 7601 Red Bluff Road, Pasadena. 832-527-6904.

Jan. 21
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

The 25th Annual MLK Grande Parade Midtown Houston is one of the largest single-day multicultural celebrations in the nation and done in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. 1200 Holman St., Houston. 713-953-1633.

Jan 22.
Learn to manage your money

Participants of this seminar will learn 10 principles for solid investing and how to avoid common investment pitfalls. 6:30-8:45 p.m. Free. Helen Hall Library, 100 W. Walker St., League City. 281- 554-1111.

Jan. 26
Explore a winter wonderland

Join Asbury United Methodist Church for its Winter Wonderland Around the World event. The festival will include games, train rides, an animal show, crafts, face painting, food trucks and even 50,000 pounds of snow. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 5354 Space Center Blvd., Pasadena. 281-484-4814.

Jan. 31
Get a taste of space

The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will host an Epicurean Evening featuring “A Taste of Space.” Attendees will be able to be able to try food from over 40 area food establishments and enjoy musical entertainment from several performers. 6:30-9 p.m. $35 (adults), $10 (children), $50 (early entry). Space Center Houston, 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston. 281-488-7676.

By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.