10 spring things to do in The Woodlands area: Waterway Arts Festival and other outdoor and indoor activities

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival will be held April 10-11. (Courtesy The Woodlands Arts Council)
The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival will be held April 10-11. (Courtesy The Woodlands Arts Council)

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival will be held April 10-11. (Courtesy The Woodlands Arts Council)

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Market Street hosts a series of nighttime dance lessons this spring. (Courtesy Market Street)
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A health and fitness expo will open at Market Street in early April. (Courtesy The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce)
March 20

Join an Earth Day cleanup

The Woodlands Township’s 10th annual Earth Day GreenUp community event kicks off at village parks throughout The Woodlands. Volunteers can pick up litter in designated areas. Due to COVID-19 precautions, no celebration will be held following the event. 8-11 a.m. Free. Various parks. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov


Join an Easter Egg hunt

Activities including games and an aquatic Easter egg hunt are held at Creekwood Pool. Participants ages 4 to 10 can join in the egg hunt and have a chance to win prizes during the event. 6-8 p.m. $15 (resident), $20 (nonresident). Creekwood Park and Pool, 3383 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3965. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov


Engage with local water issues

The Woodlands GREEN’s sustainability lecture series continues in March with a presentation from Rachel Windham, planner with the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Spring Creek Watershed Partnership. 7 p.m. Free. Virtual event. www.thewoodlandsgreen.org


Search for the biggest catch

The 14th annual Creekwood Fishing Derby is open to competitors of all ages at Creekwood Park. Prizes are awarded for the longest, smallest and heaviest fish caught. 8-10 a.m. Free. Creekwood Park, 3383 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov


Support a local school

A fundraiser for scholarships for The Woodlands-based Texas Autism Academy features a clay-shooting event. Participants should bring their own shotguns and ear protection. 8:30 a.m. $100-$125. Blackwood Gun Club, 11400 FM 2854, Conroe. 936-441-4040. www.texasautismacademy.org



Stroll through a fitness expo

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo features health-focused vendors and personal health screenings. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. 281-367-5777. www.woodlandschamber.org


Race along the Waterway

The Run and Done 3.1 chip-timed 5K race along The Woodlands Waterway kicks off in April for up to 300 runners of all ages. Awards will be distributed to top finishers in several age brackets. COVID-19 precautions will be in place. 7 a.m. $35. The Woodlands Waterway, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

03 and 10

Take in neighborhood watch tips with a pet

Attendees can learn crime prevention tips at “yappy hours” for dog walkers and pedestrians. Seminars teach residents to recognize and report suspicious behavior. 10 a.m.-noon (April 3), noon-2 p.m. (April 10). Free. Terramont Park, 8500 Terramont Drive, The Woodlands (April 3); Harper’s Landing Park, 2 N. Blair Bridge Drive, The Woodlands (April 10). 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/neighborhoodwatch


Learn about the local economic outlook

The 35th annual Economic Outlook Conference offers a day of programming and networking for area business leaders as well as several guest speakers. 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $169-$199. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-367-5777. www.eocthewoodlands.com

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival


The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival brings together art with live music, food and other activities. The festival is open at 9 a.m. for people over the age of 60. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (general public) $15-20 (day of event). Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. www.thewoodlandsartscouncil.org

March 23-April 14

Try new dancing styles

Market Street kicks off the spring season with several nights of evening dancing at the shopping center’s central park. Weather permitting, the Tuesday night Dancing Under the Stars series will host dance lessons from Dance With Me instructors for participants of all skill levels. 7-8 p.m. Free. Market Street

9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands




23 Nightclub Night (salsa and bachata)

30 Classical Night (waltz and tango)


06 Cuban Night (cha-cha and rumba)

13 Tango Night (Argentine tango)
By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2019 as a reporter for The Woodlands area and began working as Austin's City Hall reporter in April 2021.