February is here, so what does that mean? If you’re looking at events and happenings across Houston, it means Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and even Mardi Gras. The shortest month of the year is packing quite the punch with parties, new additions to the art scene, some salsa dancing and even the Sundance Film Festival.
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Feb. 1 - 2, Times Vary
One of the coolest things about the Houston art scene is its constant evolution and the Houston Cinema Arts Society is doing that by offering #SundanceSatellite. From Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, join the Houston Cinema Arts Society and Moonstruck Drive-In Theatre to view selections from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival from the comfort of your own car. Buy an “All Films” pass for only $120, which covers all screenings for everyone in your car. This year’s works include, “CODA,” “I was a Simple Man,” “Passing,” “Mayday,” “Judas and the Black Messiah” and “Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir.” You may also purchase individual screening tickets as well.
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Feb. 5 - 7, Times Vary
If French is a love language, surely French masterworks conducted by Fabien Gabel are the epitome of romance. Join the Houston Symphony on Feb. 5, 6 and 7 as it performs Camille Pépin’s “Avant les clartés de l’aurore,” Tomasi’s “Fanfares liturgiques” and Poulenc’s “Sinfonietta.” The concert will take place at Jones Hall and with one performance each day. May we suggest heading to a nearby hotel for dinner and a cocktail before or after the show? Hotel Zaza Museum District or The Whitehall Houston are near the event venue and have wonderful dining options. Très romantique!
Feb. 6 - 7, 13 - 14, Times Vary
In a hard pivot from orchestra concerts, you won’t want to miss this year’s Monster Jam at NRG. Loud trucks, gears grinding, crowds cheering, what more could you want from a spectator event? Did we mention that Grave Digger, Avenger and Black Pearl will all be in attendance? This is the perfect activity for parents and kids to enjoy together, but make sure you bring the noise-cancelling headphones. Further, the event will practice social distancing and limit available tickets. Tickets start at $20.
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Feb. 7, Noon - 10 p.m.
As football season comes to a close, it’s time to usher in a new season, crawfish season! Head to Axis & Alibi on Super Bowl Sunday for their Super Boil party. The venue will have the sound on for the entire game, commercials and half-time show. Further, there will be a DJ spinning before and after the game with prizes, fun games, drink specials and boiled crawfish throughout the night. There is no cover for the event and the first 100 patrons will receive a complimentary pound of crawfish, the first 200 people will receive raffle tickets to win prizes throughout the game.
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Feb. 13, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Shop for a cause this Valentine’s Day at Heart To Market’s first-ever Sweetheart Market. Heart to Market is a kid-friendly, pop-up market with a curated mix of makers, products and brands. For Valentine’s Day, shop everything you need from local artisans and vendors including flowers, chocolates, cheese boards, jewelry and more. The market will take place at The Space HTX and benefits The Women’s Home.
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Feb. 13, 7 - 9 p.m.
Whether you plan to get together with friends this Valentine’s, go on a date or just want a fun night of laughs, head to Rudyard’s. The Riot Comedy Show presents A Valentine’s Day Roast featuring two of Texas’ funniest comedians who will celebrate and roast the holiday that brings us roses, candies and cards. Whether you love or hate V-Day, it’ll be fun to laugh at this serious and silly holiday. Tickets start at $20.
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Feb. 14, 7 - 9 p.m.
Maybe you have two left feet, maybe you love to dance or maybe you just want to impress your significant other with a fun night out. If so, we suggest you head to Sable Gate Winery for Latin Dance Factory’s night of Latin dancing workshop. Did we mention the event takes place on Valentine’s Day? Drinks and bites are available upon entry and then guests will move through tutorials of the merengue, bachata and salsa. Wine, dancing and romance will certainly make for the perfect V-Day. Early bird pricing starts at $55/couple.
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Feb. 16, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Though Mardi Gras isn’t happening in the traditional sense, you can still celebrate with fabulous Creole cooking and zydeco music. Head to Wing Quarter & Creole Kitchen from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fat Tuesday to enjoy live music from LT and the Zydeco Mob. Plus, one look at their menu and you will feel like you’re truly in New Orleans, but may we suggest the Zulu Special with five Creole fried jumbo wings, two fish fillets, four shrimp, seasoned fries or dirty rice and a cornbread muffin. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
2021 Houston Symphony Royal Phoenix Ball
These days, we’re always looking for any reason to get dressed up. If you want swanky, we suggest purchasing a ticket to the 2021 Houston Symphony Phoenix Ball. This year’s theme celebrates the mythical “Rise of the Phoenix “, a symbol of rebirth and soaring to ever greater heights. Plus, the event takes place at the uber-glamorous Post Oak Hotel. You’ll be wined and dined as you enjoy a gourmet multi-course dinner and wine pairings. All proceeds from the Symphony Ball support the Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement, which serves more than 250,000 Houstonians, including more than 130,000 children, each year.