10 events and things to do in the Heights, Montrose and River Oaks areas this May

The annual Puppies for Breakfast event offers dog lovers an opportunity to bring their pet to an outdoor party with local vendors and food trucks. (Courtesy Puppies for Breakfast)
The annual Puppies for Breakfast event offers dog lovers an opportunity to bring their pet to an outdoor party with local vendors and food trucks. (Courtesy Puppies for Breakfast)

The annual Puppies for Breakfast event offers dog lovers an opportunity to bring their pet to an outdoor party with local vendors and food trucks. (Courtesy Puppies for Breakfast)

A number of events are being hosted across the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose areas in May, including a Mother's Day mercantile market, bicycle scavenger hunt and the Art Car Experience. Read more about events this month below.

May 6 13, 20 and 27: Children’s Bingo

Levy Park hosts these socially distanced bingo events for kids ages 4-12, a fun way for children to practice their letters and numbers while earning prizes. The Levy Park team provides all the materials needed, including bingo cards, markers and prizes. Blankets are requested for participants. 4:30 p.m. Free. 713-522-7275. www.levyparkhouston.org

May 7: NoTsuOh Coronation Gala

The Houston Heritage Society continues its annual revival of the NoTsuOh festival, a late 19th-early 20th century Houston tradition, with the coronation gala at The Ballroom at Bayou Place, which will recognize this year’s King Nottoc (“cotton” backwards) and Queen Ailongam (“magnolia” backwards), who are Justice Ken Wise and Sara Wise, respectively. Proceeds support the Heritage Society. 7 p.m. $250 (individual ticket). Table sponsorships available. 500 Texas Ave., Houston. 713-655-1912. www.heritagesociety.org

May 8: Puppies for Breakfast

The 10th annual event by Neue Creative offers dog lovers an opportunity to bring their pet to an outdoor party with local vendors, food trucks, a costume contest and a 2,500-square-foot dog play area. This year’s event is hosted at Midway’s 150-acre East River. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is requested to support the Freedom Fence Project, which provides dog enclosures for low-income households. 100 Clinton Drive, Houston. www.puppiesforbreakfast.com

May 8: Annika Chambers at the Mucky Duck

Houston-based soul and blues singer Annika Chambers performs a virtual and in-person show at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck. The virtual performance is streamed live through an exclusive YouTube link. 9:30 p.m. $30 (virtual); $120 (table for four at the venue). 2425 Norfolk St., Houston. www.mcgonigels.com

May 8: Heights Mercantile Mother’s Day Market

Dozens of vendors will be set up at the Heights Mercantile shopping center, offering a wide range of locally crafted gifts just in time for Mother’s Day, May 9, including plants, jewelry, clothing, home goods, pet treats and baked goods. Parking at the event will be limited, organizers said, so walking, biking and ride-sharing is encouraged. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 714 Yale St., Houston. www.facebook.com/heightsmerc

May 12: ‘J: Beyond Flamenco’ film screening

The Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston continues its “Our Music, More Than a Language” film series focused on musical themes with a presentation of “J: Beyond Flamenco,” a documentary by director Carlos Saura about la Jota, traditional dance and folk music from his homeland, the Aragon community in Spain. 8 p.m. Free. 3315 Sul Ross St., Houston. www.ihch.org

May 14-16: Art Car Experience

In lieu of the Art Car Parade, The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art will host three days and two nights of activities at its 5-acre campus. Day events offer family-friendly fare with 80 art cars on display, walking tours and children’s craft stations. At night, the venue offers live music, including The Suffers and Bayou City Funk; costumes; illuminated art cars; and food and drinks. Day: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 (adults), $5 (children). Night: 7-11 p.m. $40. 2334 Gulf Terminal Drive, Houston. www.artcarexperience.com

May 16: Rain barrel sale

Houston Public Works and the city’s Green Building Resource Center are accepting orders until May 16 for a semiannual sale on rain barrels. The first-come, first-served $52 barrels have sold out, but barrels priced at $72 can still be ordered, and residents can join a waitlist for future sale opportunities. The 50-gallon barrel’s retail price is $129. All rain barrels must be picked up in person May 22 at Houston Botanical Garden, 8210 Park Place Blvd., Houston. www.codegreenhouston.org

May 29-31: Heights Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt

The Houston Heights Association hosts its 16th annual bicycle scavenger hunt event with 15- and 5-mile route options. Participants receive a map and various clues to guide them through the route with completed entries submitted to the Houston Heights Fire Station by 5 p.m. May 31. $30 (15 miles), $20 (5 miles), early bird discount of $5 per ticket available through May 22. 107 W. 12th St., Houston. www.houstonheights.org

May 31: Memorial Day

Memorial Day, May 31, recognizes those who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. Visit one of these sites to learn about some of Houston’s fallen:

  • World War I Monument—1100 Bagby St., Houston

  • World War II Memorial—Heights Boulevard and 11th Street, Houston

  • Vietnam War Memorial—11360 Bellaire Blvd., Houston

  • Harris County War Memorial—3535 War Memorial Drive, Houston

  • Fallen Warriors Memorial—13703 Vintage Centre Drive, Houston


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