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  • main st. history
    April 19, 2017
    There’s no question that Texas has a rich history . San Antonio has the Alamo, and Austin has the Capitol, but Houston remains the historical center of Texas. Houston was the first capital of Texas, where the first national bank was founded, and the Galveston Daily News was the first Texas newspaper. It’s worth mentioning that Houston has various buildings in and around downtown that have stood for over a century. Whether you’re a visitor or native Houstonian, you’ll...
  • Huntsville State Park Credit: Huntsville State Park
    April 11, 2017
    Houston has an annual average temperature of 69 degrees, making it an excellent place to enjoy the many outdoor options just outside of town. From wooded trails to endless coast, here are great places to escape to nature around Houston: Brazos Bend State Park One word: alligators. Located southwest of Houston, just 45 miles away, you’ll find the swamp and diverse nature of Brazos Bend State Park. Here, you’ll find 37 miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails, some of which are
  • Levy Park
    April 6, 2017
    Upper Kirby’s Levy Park reopened its doors in late February after a massive renovation that left it unrecognizable to anyone who knew the park before. Located off of Richmond Avenue and Eastside, the 6-acre park drew some 7,000 people to its grand opening and has continued to buzz with activity since. It’s easy to see why. Here are five reasons we love it. It’s A Kid’s Dream ... We guarantee your kids will love the park’s unique, colorful playground. With its...
  • Mecum Auto Auction
    March 28, 2017
    There will be more than 2,000 additional vehicles in Houston the first week of April, but luckily they won’t make traffic any worse. Instead they’re part of three different car-centric events sure to be a draw for auto aficionados. The 34th annual Houston Auto Show, sixth consecutive Mecum Houston Auto Auction and the 30th annual Art Car Parade are all happening during the same weekend. The first two events take place April 5-9 April 6-8 and respectively at NRG Park while the...
  • johnny steele dog park
    March 25, 2017
    Being torn between the desire to travel and the love for your dog can be difficult. Luckily, there’s Houston: a city that provides ample opportunities for both dogs and their owners to relax, sight-see, eat, drink, exercise, sleep, and anything else a traveler might wish for- together. Organizations like Paws on Patios and Dog-Friendly Houston have worked for years to expand the list of businesses, events, and parks that allow dogs, making for happier people and happier pooches....
  • hugo ortega Credit: hugo ortega
    March 15, 2017
    Chefs Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s , Xochi , and Backstreet Cafe and Jianyun Ye of Mala Sichuan Bistro will represent Houston at the James Beard Awards this May. The two chefs made the final list of nominees in the Best Chef Southwest category of the renowned culinary industry awards. This is the sixth time that Ortega is nominated for the awards and the first for Ye. Houston had a big showing in the first round of nominations last month with six chefs named as semifinalists in the Best Chef...
  • shay mcelroy's irish pub Credit: VHT Media gallery
    March 13, 2017
    (Pictured above: McElroy's Irish Pub ) Houston knows how to throw a fun St. Patrick's Day party! Midtown’s Biggest Saint Paddy’s Day Don't miss one of Houston's biggest St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Popular hosts Irish Cowboy, 3rd Floor, and Pub Fiction team up to celebrate with green beer and live music on 45,000 square feet of party space. The celebration includes DJs, live music, pub food, and crawfish throughout the weekend. McGonigel’s Mucky...
  • the rink
    March 10, 2017
    Spring break has finally arrived, but knowing how to best fill those free days can sometimes be a little daunting. We’ve taken the legwork out of planning your week by creating your list of places to go. Here is spring break, Houston style. Avenida Houston and Discovery Green Downtown's entertainment hub will be busy this spring break, with free activities taking places every hour . Some of our favorites happening during spring break include a live ice carving, roller skating at The...
  • Local Foods Downtown
    March 8, 2017
    Super Bowl LI might be over, but the afterglow shines on and Houstonians are the ones to enjoy a wave of new businesses, many opening up shop Downtown. In the months leading up to the big game, the Central Business District exploded with a dozen new restaurants and bars, many of which center around the bustling Avenida Houston district. Wondering what you might’ve missed? We’ve rounded up the latest additions. Bayou & Bottle The first Texas venture for Richard Sandoval...
  • Moody Center for the Arts Credit: Moody Center for the Arts
    February 27, 2017
    Designed by acclaimed Los Angeles-based architect Michael Maltzan to bring together the Rice community and the Houston public and enable innovative artistic work to flourish, the $30 million, 50,000-square-foot Moody serves as an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines, a flexible teaching space and a forum for creative partnerships with visiting national and international artists. Open and free to the public, the Moody is dedicated to trans-disciplinary
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