14 events to attend in the Houston area this weekend, Jan. 28-30

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One event to attend this weekend is the Humble BBQ Cook-Off. (Courtesy Pexels)

One event to attend this weekend is the Humble BBQ Cook-Off. (Courtesy Pexels)

Looking for something to do in the Houston area this weekend? Check out this weekend guide!

Jan. 28-29: Humble BBQ Cook-Off

Humble's annual BBQ Cook-Off starts this weekend, a community tradition dating back to 1957. In addition to live music, food vendors and carnival rides, the cook-off will feature live music performances. 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. 28: Celebrate Cy-Fair

Celebrate Cy-Fair is an annual event hosted by the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, during which the Business of the Year finalists are announced. Light bites from local restaurants will be served, and there will be wine tasting samples, a DJ and dancing. Attendees must be 21 or older. 7-10 p.m. $75 (per person). Lindsay Lakes, 16536 Mueschke Road, Cypress. 281-373-1390. www.cyfairchamber.com

Jan. 28-30: Cirque Italia

Circus Gold by Cirque Italia is coming to Katy. The Gold Unit Water Show features acrobatics, hand balancing, contortionists and more surprise performances. The show includes a custom-designed water stage that travels from city to city and can hold 35,000 gallons of water. 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $10-$50. Katy Mills, 5000 Katy Mills Cirle, Katy. 941-704-8572. www.cirqueitalia.com

Jan. 28-30: Festival of Films from Iran

Houston's 29th Festival of Films from Iran is taking place at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Presented in Farsi with English subtitles, all films are made in Iran. 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. $10. MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston. 713-639-7300. mfah.org/calendar/series/festival-films-iran

Jan. 28: Free Fitness in the Plaza

Free Fitness in the Plaza happens every Friday at Sugar Land Town Square. The fitness classes include Boot Camp with Cida Fitness from 9-10 a.m., Mommy & Me with Inspired Fitness from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and Zumba with Cida Fitness from 10-11 a.m. Free. 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land. 281-242-2000.

Jan. 28: Crescendo 2022: Boots & Bling!

Dress in Western attire for the “Crescendo 2022: Boots & Bling!” fundraising gala for the Texas Master Chorale. Dinner, dancing, a silent auction and a raffle will be part of the evening's entertainment. A party bus will be available to shuttle attendees to the event, and the dress code is casual denim. Tickets and bus reservations must be made in advance. 5:30 p.m. (bus arrives at Barbara Bush Branch Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring); 7 p.m. (gala begins). $150. Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston. 281-351-9818. www.texasmasterchorale.org

Jan. 28: Soundwaves: Experiments in Art + Music

This Friday, the opening reception for Soundwaves: Experiments in Art + Music will kick off the public programming for Moody's fifth anniversary. In addition to sculptures, audio and video works, paintings, and performance, the exhibition incorporates both visual and acoustic elements. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to engage their senses in the exploration of a wide range of themes, including perception, memory, and the passage of time, our relationship to technology and the environment, and the fight for social justice. 6-8 p.m. Free. Moody Center for the Arts, 6100 Main St., Houston. 713-348-0000. moody.rice.edu/events/opening-reception-soundwaves-experimental-strategies-art-music

Jan. 28-29: Paletas Morelia grand opening

Paletas Morelia's grand opening will begin with free paletas. Sugar Land will now be able to experience the unique ice cream experience from the Miami-based concept. 1-9 p.m. Free. Paletas Morelia, 16155 City Walk, Sugar Land. www.paletasmorelia.com

Jan. 28-30: A.D. Players at The George Tackles Human Trafficking in Second

A.D. Players is kicking off its second world tour in 2022 with the Houston premiere of "No One Owns Me," a play that addresses human trafficking. The show will open at the end of January, coinciding with National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. No One Owns Me runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 20. $36-75. 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. The George Theater, 5420 Westheimer Road, Houston. 713-526-2721. adplayers.org/no-one-owns-me

Jan. 29: The Farmers Market on Grand Parkway

This farmers market features locally grown produce, locally raised meats, farm-fresh eggs, artisan crafts, handmade breads and baked goods, handmade soaps, jams and jellies, spices, snacks, herbs, flowers, plants, and more. 8 a.m.-noon. Free (admission). 1225 Grand Parkway, Katy. 832-878-9806. www.farmersmarketongrandparkway.com

Jan. 29: Arbor Day Celebration at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

A free Arbor Day celebration takes place at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Explore the center's trails and learn about trees at booths, make crafts to take home and more ways to learn about trees. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston. 713-681-8433. https://houstonarboretum.org

Jan. 29: Chili Challenge

ABWA Cy-Fair Express Network hosts its fifth annual Chili Challenge featuring blind judging, a people’s choice award and a team spirit award. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (admission), $5 (tasting). District 249, 23238 Hwy. 249, Tomball. www.cyfen.org

Jan. 29: Fly Girls of World War II

Lone Star Flight Museum unveils Fly Girls of World War II, a new exhibition that tells the stories of the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) who answered the call to serve during World War II. The exhibit will showcase the stories of the heroic women who changed the face of the U.S. military, as well as their original uniforms and other memorabilia. 11 a.m. $18 (adults), $15 (ages 12 to 17 and for ages 65+); $12 (ages 4 to 11), free (ages 3 and under). Lone Star Flight Museum, 11551 Aerospace Avenue, Houston. 346-708-2517. www.lonestarflight.org

Jan. 29: Dad-daughter dance

Attendees are invited to dress up in ball gowns and formal attire for an evening of dancing, sweet treats, petting zoos and confetti at the Dad and Daughter Dance. 4-6 p.m. $20 (dad and daughter pair), $10 (per additional daughter). Community Center, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City. 281-403-8637. www.anc.apm.activecommunities.com/missouricitytx/activity/search/detail/3588?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true

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