Opening of Life Is Once, Forever
The 50 images in this exhibition, captured by innovative, self-taught Parisian photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004), depict poignant scenes of life in Europe and abroad, culled from an archive of his work some 600 photos strong, collected by his good friends John and Dominique de Menil.
March 11–July 24. Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. 713-525-9400. menil.org
Houstonians have gone gaga for this rite of spring every year since the River Oaks Garden Club launched it in 1935, touring the lush, well-manicured gardens of Bayou Bend, Rienzi and private neighborhood residences, all of which showcase the city’s favorite flower.
March 11–13. $25, all six sites; $10, single site. 713-523-4306. riveroaksgardenclub.org
44th Annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta
Post up along Buffalo Bayou to take in this annual kayak and canoe race, the biggest of its kind in Texas. The 15-mile contest starts on the water near San Felipe and Voss and ends at Sesquicentennial Park, where a zydeco-filled, family-friendly party awaits.
March 12. Free. Sesquicentennial Park, 400 Texas Ave. 713-752-0314. buffalobayou.org
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The annual parade winds through east downtown, showcasing festive floats and plenty of Irish-American pride before ending at Lucky’s Downtown, where green-beer fans can get their fix.
March 12. Noon. Free. Starts at Texas Ave. and Avenida de las Americas. hsppc.org
Go Tejano Day at RodeoHouston
The Rodeo's most popular day features performances by nortena group Los Huracanes Del Norte and fan favorite Banda Los Recoditos.
March 13. 3:30 $18–86. NRG Park, One Reliant Pkwy. 832-667-1000. rodeohouston.com