10 things to do in The Woodlands area in February and March: upcoming races, arts events and outdoor concerts

The Woodlands Marathon will be held March 6. (Courtesy The Woodlands Marathon)
The Woodlands Marathon will be held March 6. (Courtesy The Woodlands Marathon)

The Woodlands Marathon will be held March 6. (Courtesy The Woodlands Marathon)

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Arts in the Park is currently scheduled for March 13. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)
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Browse local vendors at The Woodlands Farmer's Market Feb. 27. (Courtesy The Woodlands Farmer's Market at Grogan Hill)
February

16


Celebrate Mardi Gras at the children’s museum

Guests can celebrate Fat Tuesday in traditional Louisiana style at The Woodlands Children’s Museum. Attendees can create their own masks and noisemakers. 10 a.m.- 1 p.m . $7. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, S te. 280 , The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

20


Learn about organic gardening online


Joe Masabni, Texas A&M Extension vegetable specialist, will share his vegetable research and lifelong gardening expertise. Attendees for the virtual session will learn strategies for managing soil, companion planting, organic pest management, and selecting and rotating plants. Registration is required to attend. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Online. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

20

Buy from local produce vendors on Saturdays


The Woodlands Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays. Visitors can shop from a variety of vendors who grow or produce their products. Profits from the market are returned to the Grogan’s Mill Village Association’s programs, including scholarships and community awards. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (to attend). Grogan’s Mill Village Center, 7 Switchbud Place, The Woodlands. 713-419-3388. www.woodlandsfarmermarket.com

25

Learn about the bay


The Woodlands Green holds a monthly lecture series via Zoom meetings. The February topic is “State of the Bay: A Report Card.” Erin Kinney of the Houston Advanced Research Center discusses the annual Galveston Bay Report and the effect waterways such as Spring Creek and the San Jacinto River have on the bay. 7 p.m. Free. Online event. 713-540-1964 . www.thewoodlandsgreen.com

26

Donate blood to the YMCA


The Woodlands Family YMCA is hosting a blood drive in support of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Donors will also receive a free COVID-19 antibody test for their participation. Registration prior to the event is encouraged, but walk-ups will be welcome. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Woodlands Family YMCA, 6 145 Shadow bend Place, The Woodlands. 281-367-9622. www.ymcahouston.org

27

Run a 5K race


The Woodlands Marathon’s 5K Fun Run will allow participants to run or walk a course that will go through the streets of Town Center and return to the finish line on the Woodlands Waterway. Awards will be given based on age group. 7:30 a.m. $40. The Woodlands Waterway, The Woodlands. www.thewoodlandsmarathon.com

March

06

Run a marathon


The Woodlands Marathon, a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon, is held along the streets of Town Center and The Woodlands Waterway. Participants can run for charities as well in the Charity Challenge. 7 a.m. $135. The Woodlands Waterway, The Woodlands. www.thewoodlandsmarathon.com

07 and 14

See an outdoor concert


The Concert in the Park series returns to The Woodlands this spring at Northshore Park. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, coolers and lawn chairs and practice social distancing while abiding by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for public spaces. Bulbo is the performer March 7, and Sound Warehouse will perform March 14. The series will continue in April. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

13

Father-Son Challenge


Fathers and sons can work together to complete challenges around the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, including kayaking, puzzles and races. Prizes will be awarded for team accomplishments. 11 a.m .-1 p.m . $45, $15 for each additional sibling. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348 . www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

13

See Arts in the Park


Attendees can bring lawn chairs to enjoy live performances at this year’s event, which features original artwork, children’s activities and live entertainment. 2-6 p.m. Free. Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov
By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.


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