The holidays have come and gone, so by now the ornaments are likely in the attic and the New Year’s confetti has been swept up. The holiday decompression has commenced, and a fresh year is upon us. We have no qualms saying farewell to 2021, but what to do in 2022? We’ve got a list and while in-person events are still limited, we’re excited to once again welcome visitors back to Space City. H-Town is open and ready!

Lightscape

Jan. 1 – 2

Last call for the Lightscape experience, one of Houston’s most exciting holiday attractions at the Houston Botanic Gardens. Direct off of its sold-out London and Chicago installations, this immersive experience includes a beautifully illuminated Cathedral of Light Tunnel that winds through the garden, complete with 100,000 twinkling lights. There will be additional installations that come to life after dark with color, imagination, and sound, creating an enchanted atmosphere while blending new works with favorites from previous cities. Advanced tickets start at $23 for adults and $16 for children.

Calder-Picasso Exhibit

Jan. 1 – 30

Another exhibit that will be exiting Houston in January is the Calder-Picasso Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso—two of the foremost figures in 20th-century art—come together for a fascinating encounter in this presentation. The internationally traveling exhibition features paintings, sculptures, mobiles, and works on paper spanning the artists’ careers. Conceived by the artists’ grandsons, the exhibition focuses on Calder’s and Picasso’s exploration of the void, or absence of space. Before the event moves on to another city, be sure to explore the works of these artistic icons 

2021 TaxAct Texas Bowl: Kansas State v. LSU

Jan. 4

Geaux tigers and purple pride! The 2021 football season is coming to a close with all of the bowl games including the 2021 TaxAct Texas Bowl between two storied football programs. The LSU Tigers are coming off of a turbulent year with the release of 2019 National Championship Coach Ed Orgeron, while the Kansas State Wildcats want to get another win under their belt under Coach Bill Snyder. With Texas serving as the neutral space for both teams, you can bet the tailgating, atmosphere and football will make for a good time.

Sky Lantern Festival

Jan. 8

Welcome the new year with a magical moment watching thousands of Lanterns Fly through the sky. You’ve seen it on Instagram and on television, but you have to see these amazing lanterns in person to experience the beauty of this event. The event begins at sundown, so gather around the fire pit with your family and friends, s’mores and enjoy the live music. Just after dark everyone will collectively release their wishes, hopes, and dreams for the future into the night sky. Light the night and start the year off right.

Yaga's Chili Quest & Beer Fest

Jan. 15

Let’s be real, your Whole30 stint or dry January attempts may have waned by mid-January, so head to Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest in Galveston! Festival-goers will have the opportunity to taste the work of multiple chili cook-off teams while sampling a variety of craft and import beers. How could it get any better than that? Well, there will also be a Washer Pitching Tournament, 5k Fun Run/Walk, Jackpot Margarita Making contest, live music, vendors, and a Historic Strand Walk-about. There’s nothing like a warm bowl of chili, good beer and scenic views.

2k22 MLK Grande Parade

Jan. 17

Head to Midtown for the 2k22 MLK Grande Parade to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In its 28th Anniversary, the MLK Grande Parade is one of the largest single-day multicultural events in the U.S. that involves millions of people through numerous channels like television, social media, and spectatorship. This celebration assembles a variety of dignitaries, dance and cheer teams, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, College, primary and secondary school marching bands, floats, and corporate and civic organizations from across the country. As Dr. King said, “There is but one race, and that is the human race.” 

The War on Drugs

Jan. 22

Head to White Oak Music Hall for a concert featuring The War on Drugs. Fans of Fleet Foxes, Kurt Vile, and Strand of Oaks will enjoy the sounds from The War on Drugs. Over the last 15 years, the band has steadily emerged as one of the mightiest folk/rock-n-roll counterweights, reconnecting rock’s manifold hyphenates with an ardor and ease. The tour celebrates their fifth and latest album “I Don’t Live Here Anymore,” which is their most compulsive and bold set of songs to date. Tickets are still available, but won’t last long. Further, experiencing live music at White Oak Music Hall is always a quintessential Houston experience. 

Texas Lunar Fest

Jan. 29

This year, 2022, is the year of the tiger! To celebrate Asian Lunar New Year, head to the Texas Lunar Festival. This event will celebrate the importance of Asia while highlighting international performers. For the past 25 years, community leaders and volunteers have worked hard to promote the remarkable diversity and impressive leadership of Houston’s Asian community while fostering friendship among nearly every culture. Wear your brightest red which signifies good fortune, happiness, wealth, and longevity. 

Where to Stay

Hotel Granduca

For a bit of European luxury, we suggest staying at Hotel Granduca. Inspired by the life and history of Adalberto Malatesta, Granduca of Monfallito, this hotel encompasses the best of life in an Italian villa, if only for the night. Guests will also enjoy the on-site dining amenities like Alba Ristorante, Giorgio’s and the al fresco il Giardino. This boutique hotel is centrally located and perfect for a weekend or staycation.

La Colombe d’Or

Nestled in Montrose, Houston’s most dynamic neighborhood, is boutique destination hotel, La Colombe d’Or. Named for the famed hotel in France which was home to Picasso’s favorite water hole, the award-winning property is a landmark of artful design and good cheer. With only 32 suites an intimate and special experience is a sure thing. Guests can also enjoy walkable proximity to Houston attractions.