Art cars, azalea trails, crawfish and anti-Valentine's: February-March events in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose

Art Car Parade
An open workshop at the Houston Art Car Museum will offer advice to aspiring art car artists on Feb. 22. (Courtesy city of Houston)

An open workshop at the Houston Art Car Museum will offer advice to aspiring art car artists on Feb. 22. (Courtesy city of Houston)

Mark your calendar with these community events coming up in February and March. Find more or submit Heights, River Oaks and Montrose events at


08: Celebrate anti-valentine’s day

Montrose outpost Rudyard’s Pub hosts an “anti-Valentine Bash” in partnership with Defunkt Magazine, with poetry and prose readings, a musical performance and a local comedian serving as emcee for the evening. 8-11 p.m. Free. 2010 Waugh Drive, Houston. 713-521-0521.

07 Through 08, 14 and 15: Learn how to craft glass

The artist collective Juggernauts Glass hosts a two-hour glassblowing class at its Heights studio. Participants learn to make a heart-shaped glass pendant. Times vary. $75. 214 E. 27th St., Houston. 832-378-8842.

09: Learn from a Menil Collection curator

Edouard Kopp, the chief curator of the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Menil Drawing Institute, discusses Berlin artist Jordine Voight’s work titled “Vertical.” The wall drawing, produced in 2019, was inspired by the Gulf Coast landscape and resources. 3-4 p.m. Free. 1412 W. Main St., Houston. 713-525-9400.

15: Dance to Cuban music

Cafeza, a First Ward coffee shop and bar, hosts a Cuban tribute band to Santiago de Cuba, La Tribu Cubana. Limited seating is available, as dancing is encouraged. 9:30-11 p.m. 1720 Houston Ave., Houston. 832-203-8016.

22: Let the good times roll

Three Houston bar hot spots, downtown, Midtown and Washington Avenue host a pub crawl with drink specials, free beads and koozies. Tickets serve all three areas. 3-9 p.m. $3 (general admission), $8-$11 (VIP with T-shirt).

22: Learn the art of the Art Car

Ahead of the annual parade, art car artists host an open workshop at the Houston Art Car Museum and offer advice to aspiring art car artists. 1-4 p.m. Free. 140 Heights Blvd., Houston. 713-861-5526.

29: Kick off Rodeo season at the downtown parade

The annual monthlong Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off with its downtown parade featuring this year’s grand marshal, Houston Dash Capt. Kealia Ohai. 10 a.m. Free. Walker Street at Bagby Street, Houston. 832-667-1000.


04: Talk about life’s big questions at Human HQ

Local therapy practice Modern Therapy hosts monthly group discussions at its conversation-focused meeting place, Human HQ. Talks are facilitated by therapists on a variety of topics. The March session centers on finding purpose and contemplating life’s “big questions.” $28. 1404 Allston St., Houston.


06 Through 08: Celebrate 85 years of the River Oaks Azalea Trail

The River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail marks 85 years with tours of four private homes, the Bayou Bend Home and Garden, the Rienzi property and the Forum of Civics, which will host exhibits, food trucks and a marketplace. Proceeds benefit a variety of local nonprofits.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. $30. Multiple locations. 713-523-2483.

07 Head to the Heights Crawfish Festival

The Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual festival serving up fresh mudbugs courtesy of Nola Crawfish King of New Orleans, along with other food options, local vendors and live zydeco music. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free, but food tickets can be purchased in advance until March 1. 411 W. 20th St., Houston. 713-861-6735.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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