Mardi Gras events, a romantic cruise: 11 things to do in the Bay Area in February, March

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FEB. 7: DANCE AT A FATHER-DAUGHTER EVENT

The annual League City Daddy Daughter Dance returns. Girls and their fathers can attend the event, which includes a sit-down dinner, goodie bags, opportunities for professional portraits and, of course, plenty of music and dancing. This year’s theme will be princesses. All ages are welcome. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $27.50 per person (residents), $41.25 per person (nonresidents). Hometown Heroes Park, 1001 E. League City Parkway, League City. 281-554-1180. www.leaguecity.com

FEB. 11: ATTEND A CHARITY GALA

Seabrook Rotary Club will host the Men Who Cook XXVI Annual Charity Gala. The gala will benefit the Seabrook Rotary Foundation and the Seabrook Police Officers Association. The event will include live music and a raffle. All ages welcome. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $50. Lakewood Yacht Club, 2322 Lakewood Yacht Club Drive, Seabrook. 281-413-3369. www.seabrookmenwhocook.org

FEB. 13: SHOP FOR A LAST-MINUTE VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT


The Boldthouse will host a Valentine’s Sip & Shop, with vendors on both floors selling items from baked goods and clothing to jewelry and makeup. Drink specials will include $3 sangrias, $3 champagne and $3 Shiner products. The restaurant and wine bar offers wines from around the world as well as craft beer. All ages welcome.v5-8 p.m. Free (admission). The Boldthouse, 2234 E. NASA Parkway, Seabrook. 281-942-9776. www.theboldthouse.com/events-cal

FEB. 14: ENJOY A ROMANTIC DINNER

Valentine’s Day diners can enjoy a three-course meal and open bar at the South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, with musical entertainment by local pop artist Cindy Thomas. 7-11 p.m. (dinner starts at 7:30). $89 per person. South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd., League City. Reservations can be made at 281-334-1000 ext. 2022. www.sshr.com/hotel-events

FEB. 14: SAIL INTO THE SUNSET

Pack a picnic dinner to bring on board and share champagne and chocolates with a loved one during a two-hour group sail hosted by the South Coast Sailing Club. Reservations are encouraged. Those interested can add a berth to their reservation and spend the night aboard one of the club’s boats. All ages welcome. 4:30 p.m. (check-in), 5-7 p.m. (sail). $95 per person or $180 per couple (nonmembers), $80 per person or $150 per couple (club members). South Coast Sailing Adventures, 502 Texas Ave., Kemah. 281-334-4606. www.southcoastsailing.com

FEB. 14-15: GO ON A CRUISE

Board a yacht and take in views of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay for either a family-friendly brunch or romantic dinner. Each cruise will include a DJ. All ages welcome. 7-10:30 p.m. (Fri.), noon-3 p.m. and 7-10:30 p.m. (Sat.). Tickets start at $49.99. Boardwalk FantaSea, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah. 281-538-9600. www.boardwalkfantasea.com/cruises-public.asp

FEB. 2: VISIT THE TEXAS GOURMET MARKET

The monthly pop-up market returns, featuring an array of local food and small-business vendors. The market aims to be a celebration of food, farm and family. All ages welcome. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (admission). Associated Credit Union of Texas, 1095 W. League City Parkway, League City. 281-910-7286. www.facebook.com/texasgourmetmarket

MARCH 1: LEARN THE BASICS OF KETTLEBELL TRAINING

The National Exercise Trainers Association will host an introductory course that teaches the basics of kettlebell training, including its history, safety techniques, body positioning, alignment and appropriate starting. All ages welcome, with parents’ permission for age 18 and under. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $199. University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. 800-237-6242. www.netafit.org/workshop/kettlebell-specialty-certification-houston-tx-3-01-20

MARDI GRAS EVENTS


FEB. 9: GET YOUR PARADE ON IN KEMAH

Krewe du Lac and the city of Kemah will host the 20 Years of Fun Mardi Gras parade beginning in the city of Kemah parking lot between Sixth and Seventh streets. T-Bone Tom’s will host a Mardi Pardi afterwards. All ages welcome. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. 281-334-1884. www.visitbayareahouston.com/events

FEB. 14-25: CELEBRATE IN GALVESTON

Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, is expected to draw more than 300,000 attendees for the 109th annual celebration. Activities will include concerts, parades, balcony parties and masked balls. All ages welcome. Tickets start at $15, children 12 and under are free. The Strand Galveston, 102 20th St., Galveston. www.mardigrasgalveston.com

FEB. 15: WATCH THE YACHTY GRAS BOAT PARARDE

Decorated boats will travel by the boardwalk to celebrate Mardi Gras in the country’s largest Mardi Gras boat parade. All ages welcome. 7-10 p.m. Free. Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah. 713-882-4040. www.yachtygras.com
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By Colleen Ferguson

A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.
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