Rodeo parade, short films and true crime: February events around Bellaire, Meyerland and West University

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo returns, with the downtown parade set for Feb. 29. (Courtesy Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo)

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo returns, with the downtown parade set for Feb. 29. (Courtesy Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo)

Mark your calendar with these community events in February. Find more or submit Bellaire, Meyerland and West University events at


07 through 14: Watch Oscar-nominated short films of the year

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will be the only venue in town to screen all of the short films nominated for the 2020 Academy Awards. 5 p.m. (Feb. 7 and Feb. 9), 2 p.m. (Feb. 8), 7 p.m. (Feb. 14). $7 (seniors), $9 (general admission), museum members receive a discount. 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston. 713-639-7300.

08 through 15: Catch a performance of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

The Company OnStage hosts weekend performances of the Edward Albee comedy-drama, which received the 1963 Tony Award for best play. Showtimes vary. $15 (seniors, students); $18 (general admission). 4930 W. Bellfort St., Houston. 713-726-1219.

08 through March 1: Watch a trilogy on multiple stages

Main Street Theater is partnering with Stages and Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company to produce Quiara Alegría Hudes’ “Elliot Trilogy,” which follows the story of a Puerto Rican Marine veteran. Part I “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue,” and Part III, “The Happiest Song Plays Last,” are performed at Main Street Theater in Rice Village. Times vary. $10-$43. 2540 Times Blvd. Houston. 713-524-6706.

09 Get a taste of winter

The Willow Water Hole Greenspace Conservancy and the Brays Oaks Management District host the Winter Fun event, bringing tons of snow, slides, hot chocolate and coffee. 3-5 p.m. Free. 5300 Dryad Drive, Houston.

12 Learn about sleuthing from a true crime author

Murder by the Book hosts author Kate Winkler Dawson, who will discuss her book, “American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI.” Dawson, a journalist and documentary producer, will be interviewed by Becka Oliver of the Writers’ League of Texas. 6:30 p.m. Free, books are $27. 2342 Bissonnet St., Houston. 713-524-8597.

14 through 16: Check out the annual Home & Garden Show

The 34th Annual Texas Home and Garden Show returns to NRG Center, offering 100,000 square feet of products, displays and services for home building, renovation, decor and more. 2-6 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). Free (children 12 and under), $8 (seniors), $10 (adults). 1 NRG Park, Houston.

20: Listen to a Texas Blues guitarist in concert

Blues guitarist Anson Funderburgh, a Texas native who has been performing since the late 1970s, will play a concert at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church as part of its Coffee House Live series.7-9 p.m. Free (donations encouraged). 5308 Buffalo Speedway, Houston. 713-667-1703.

29 Watch the Rodeo parade downtown

The 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade route begins at Bagby and Walker streets and travels from Travis to Bell and from Bell to Louisiana before turning on Lamar Street and ending at Lamar and Bagby streets. The 2020 Rodeo Run, which includes a wheelchair race, 10K race and a 5K run/walk, will take place before the parade. 9:10 a.m. (races begin), 10 a.m. (parade begins). $30 (race participation), free (spectators). 832-667-1000.


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