Enjoy the rodeo, shop for home decor: 7 things to do in the Lake Houston area throughout January, February

The Humble Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off will be held Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 4-5, with the carnival open to the public from Jan. 26-Feb. 5. (Courtesy Humble Rodeo & BBQ Cook-Off)
The Humble Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off will be held Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 4-5, with the carnival open to the public from Jan. 26-Feb. 5. (Courtesy Humble Rodeo & BBQ Cook-Off)

The Humble Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off will be held Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 4-5, with the carnival open to the public from Jan. 26-Feb. 5. (Courtesy Humble Rodeo & BBQ Cook-Off)

Here are a few events and things to do in the Lake Houston area throughout the months of January and February. This list is not comprehensive.

Jan. 28-29, Feb. 4-5: Enjoy the rodeo

Visit the Humble Civic Center for the city’s annual Humble Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off, which has been a staple in the community since 1957. The cook-off will be held Jan. 28-29, while the rodeo portion of the event will be held Feb. 4-5. Both weekends will feature live music performances, food vendors and carnival rides. Entry prices and schedules vary throughout the two-weekend event. Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble. 281-641-8140. www.humblerodeo.com

Jan. 29: Learn the art of animal tracking

Visit Jones Park in Humble to learn the observant art of animal tracking using ancient and modern techniques while a staff naturalist demonstrates how tracks and signs can tell the stories of local wildlife. Online registration is required to participate in the event. 10 a.m. Free. Jones Park, 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble. 713-755-6444. www.hcp4.net


Feb. 2: Step back in time

Appreciate the conveniences of modern life by taking a step back in time to explore Jones Park’s historically accurate 1830s Redbud Hill Homestead and Akokisa-Ishak Village. Learn about two different ways of life by comparing the conveniences of life today to the requirements of living in the past. Self-guided interpretive brochures are available at the park’s Nature Center, so visitors can move at their own pace. 1-4 p.m. Free. Jones Park, 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble. 713-755-6444. www.hcp4.net

Feb. 18: Support high school drama

Support the Kingwood High School theater department at the school’s Boots and Broadway fundraising event. Hosted by the Kingwood High School Theatre Arts Booster Club, proceeds from the event will help provide meals for the cast and crew during productions, grants for graduating seniors and funding for the department’s annual Theatre Banquet in May. $50. Megaton Brewery, 808 Russell Palmer Road, Kingwood. www.kingwoodtheatre.com

Feb. 19-20: Shop for home decor

Visit the second annual Lake Houston Home & Outdoor Living Show to shop from more than 150 vendors providing decor items and advice on landscaping, patio furniture, spas, windows, roofing, mosquito prevention, concrete leveling, resurfacing, and closet and kitchen organizing. Food trucks will be available throughout the event. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Feb. 19), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Feb. 20). $7 (per person over age 12). Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble. 832-274-3944. www.texwoodshows.com

Feb. 24: Shop for fresh meat, produce

Stock the fridge and pantry by shopping at the Kingwood Harvest Market, where attendees can support local business owners and shop from a number of vendors selling grass-fed beef and chicken, fresh produce, local honey, yard-raised eggs, homemade salsa, pickles, jellies, Indian food and baked goods. 3-7 p.m. Free. Kingwood Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood. 832-915-1373. www.facebook.com/kingwoodfarmersmarket

Feb. 26: Support the local YMCA

Support the Lake Houston Family YMCA by participating in the nonprofit’s annual Bridge Fest event. Participants can register for a 1-mile walk or a 5K walk/run with races held for children, seniors and all ages in between. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s annual campaign, which helps to provide residents with opportunities to engage in programming offered by the nonprofit. Activities will be held in the parking lot following the race. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $65 (minimum registration fee). Lake Houston Family YMCA, 2420 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood. 281-360-2500. www.ymcahouston.org