If you're looking for a fresh start to a new year, what's better than a slew of entertaining events to make sure there is fun packed into you're 2020.


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New Year’s Night Hike – Memorial Park

January 1
Kick the year off with a nighttime hike in the park, organized by Bayou City Outdoors. Feel free to bring your doggies, but leave the kids at home. The hike will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. and take you along some of Houston’s best inner city outdoor tails. The event is $5 for the general public and free for Bayou City Outdoor and HTXO members.


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Kids 1st Saturday – The Breakfast Klub

Every Saturday
One of the nation’s most popular restaurants, The Breakfast Klub, is offering up family fun for the kiddos on the first Saturday of each month, starting in January. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children can enjoy a moonwalk, face painting, arts and “krafts” and live entertainment periodically. A couple of favorites from the menu include their Katfish and Grits and Wings and Waffle dishes.


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Polar Bear Plunge at the Woodlands Resort

January 1
Brrr! Plan to have a real “chill” 2020 by participating in the Polar Bear Plunge at the Woodlands Resort Oasis. The frigid dip happens on New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the resort’s front pool. Afterward, warm up with a bloody Mary, mimosa or spiked cider or grab lunch at the venue’s bistro.

Nightly Spirits Haunted Pub Tour

It doesn’t have to be Halloween to enjoy a fun and spooky time in Houston. Check out the Nightly Spirits Houston haunted pub tour. It’s part ghost tour, part pub crawl, where you’ll explore haunted bars and buildings and visit Houston’s old town hall area. Hear the history of Houston while tossing back a few brews along the way. Tours take place Wednesday through Sunday and cost $25 per person.


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The Color Purple

January 3-4
The Tony Award winning, riveting stage play, The Color Purple, comes to Houston January 3 – 4 at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The production is based on the classic book and movie of the same name and explores a young woman’s life journey in the American South. Get ready for a moving performance complete with soul-stirring musical performances.

Bridal Extravaganza

January 4
The Bridal Extravaganza Show is the largest bridal show in the nation, and it’s right here in Houston. More than 350 wedding vendors will converge on the George R. Brown convention Center with fashion shows, cake tastings, jewelers, a wedding planning seminar and more. The event takes place January 4 – 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

January 18
The Houston Rockets take on the Los Angeles Lakers in a game that’s sure to be one for the books. Tip off starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 18 at Toyota center. Cheer on the home team (or the Lakers, if you’d like). Get your tickets early as the game is projected to sell out.


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Chevron Houston Marathon

January 19
Cheer on your favorite runner at the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon in downtown, Sunday, January 19. The event starts at Congress and San Jacinto Streets. The wheelchair start begins at 6:50 a.m., and the marathon and half marathon begin at 7:01 a.m. Arrive early to be one of 250,000 spectators at one of the nation’s largest races.


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MLK Grande Parade

January 20
Get ready for great marching bands, dancers, floats and more at the MLK Grande Parade in celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The parade will take place January 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and starts on San Jacinto Street at Elgin. Immediately after, the MLK Youth Parade will take place until 1:30 p.m.

➡️ For more January events, check out our events calendar.