Beef, beer and bike rides: 10 events to check out this month in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose areas

The Health Museum's picnic and bike ride event is one of many taking place in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose this month. (Courtesy The Health Museum)
The Health Museum's picnic and bike ride event is one of many taking place in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose this month. (Courtesy The Health Museum)

The Health Museum's picnic and bike ride event is one of many taking place in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose this month. (Courtesy The Health Museum)

From a walk through the azaleas in River Oaks to the debut of a new arts festival on Spring Street, a number of events are taking place in February and early March around the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose.

Feb. 10, 17 and 24: Tune into Gregory School series for Black History Month

Join the Houston Public Library and the Gregory School for a series of events about “Black Health and Wellness” in the 52nd anniversary of Black History Month. The event is online, and guests must register to attend. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Virtual event.

Feb. 10: Stop by a ReelAbilities arts festival

Meek Studio & Gallery collaborates with the nonprofit Jewish Family Service Houston to bring the arts festival ReelArt Crawl. The event features more than 95 artworks on display, including works from artists from the ReelArt program, which seeks to empower artists with disabilities. The event also includes hor d-oeurves, wine, music and drawings for prizes. 6-9 p.m. Free. Meek Studio & Gallery, 1903 Spring St., Houston. 713-986-7808.

Feb 12: Celebrate Valentine's Day with a picnic and a bike ride

The Health Museum invites guests to a picnic in the park on Valentine's Day weekend. Attendees can access the museum and all of its exhibits while also enjoying a picnic and scenic bike ride on a BCycle bike. Ticket includes a picnic basket and BCycle vouches as well as admission cost to the museum. Noon-3 p.m. $50 (members, two people), $60 (nonmembers, two people). The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston. 713-521-1515.

Feb. 16: Celebrate Italian contemporary film

The Italian Cultural and Community Center of Houston continues its celebration of Italian movies with director Andrea Segre’s “Welcome Venice.” 6:45 p.m. $10 (ICCC members), $15 (general admission). Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston, 1101 Milford St., Houston. 713-524-4222.

Feb. 18: Catch an alternative folk concert

Singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter brings his laid-back and soulful vibes to Goode Company Armadillo Palace for a performance alongside his three-piece band. Opening performer Christina Holmes will deliver alternative folk anthems. 7 p.m. (doors open), 8 p.m. (opening act), 9:30 p.m. (headliner). $22 (in advance), $27 (at the door). Goode Company Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby Drive, Houston. 713-526-9700.

Feb. 20: Eat beef and drink beer for a good cause

Urban Harvest and Saint Arnold Brewing Company team up for an old-fashioned beefsteak fundraiser with all proceeds benefitting Urban Harvest, which supports local community gardening and farming efforts. Guests can enjoy beef and jus from Chef Graham Laborde while Saint Arnold will supply the beer. 4-6 p.m. $150. Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave., Houston.

Feb. 26: Hear a world premier from a local chamber orchestra

The full River Oaks Chamber Orchestra hits the stage with guest conductor Sarah Hicks, who will lead three world premiers. The performance includes "Earth" by Aaron Jay Kernis, "Neither man nor money validate my worth" by Leanna Primiani and "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Modest Mussorgsky. 5 p.m. $35 (suggested price). Sanctuary at St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd., Houston. 713-665-2700.

Feb. 26: Get ready for rodeo at kickoff parade

Celebrate the start of the 90th anniversary of Houston’s Livestock and Rodeo with a parade that takes place Feb. 26. The parade will start at Houston City Hall and travel around the downtown area before ending at the Houston Public Library on Lamar Street. The rodeo runs through March 20 and includes concerts, rodeo events and a barbecue cookoff.. 10 a.m. Free (parade). Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St., Houston 832-667-1000.

March 4-6: Walk through the azaleas in River Oaks

The River Oaks Garden Club hosts its 86th annual Azalea Trail event to celebrate the bloom of spring flowers. The Trail features the Bayou Bend Home and Gardens, Rienzi Home and Gardens, and four residential gardens. A ribbon-cutting will take place March 4 at the historic Forum of Civics Building. 10:30 a.m. (Fri. ribbon-cutting), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). Free. River Oaks Garden Club, 2503 Westheimer Road, Houston. 713-523-2483.

March 5: Join a local chamber for crawfish

The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a crawfish festival featuring vendors, crawfish, live music by Lucid Illusions and an Idol of the Heights contest. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free (admission), $20 (crawfish plate). Raven Tower, 310 North St., Houston. 713-861-6735.