Ragin' Cajun

5 Things To Do In Houston This Weekend, January 28-30

Gumbo cookoffs, crawdaddy parties, and live music.

By Shelby Stewart January 27, 2022

Chef David Branch of Karbach Brewing Company, at the Cedar Creek Gumbo Cookoff last year. 

Tis the season for tasty meals and good deals. While some events have pivoted to virtual formats, quite a few still remain live and in-person. This weekend, Houstonians can get a taste of real cajun cooking at the Cedar Creek Gumbo Cookoff, or the Crawdaddy Party at Live Oak Bar & Grill. Once you get full, catch some live music at Rise Rooftop, or enjoy the beauty at the Houston Arboretum

Below, find five things to do in Houston this weekend. 

Cedar Creek Gumbo Cookoff

Houston's chilly temps make it the ideal time for a Southern seasonal favorite, gumbo. This weekend, Cedar Creek Bar & Grill will host their fourth annual gumbo cookoff. In addition to tasting the delectable gravy-based dish, cookout-goers can enjoy drinks, games, and live music from Heights Funk Collective and DJ Dayta. Participating breweries and distilleries include Martin House, Buffalo Bayou, and Eureka Heights Brewery. 

Cedar Creek Bar & Grill, 1034 W 20th Street. Saturday, January 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and benefit Houston Summerhouse. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite

Arbor Day Celebration

Enjoy Houston and all of its beautiful nature this weekend at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center's Arbor Day celebration. The family-friendly event will honor the beautiful trees. Those who attend will be able to bask in the environment by participating in hiking trails, and nature themed arts and crafts. 

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive. Saturday, January 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit the website.

Quince Expo 

As Houston is recovering from the COVID pandemic, many cultures are bringing back  important, storied traditions. As 2022 is in full swing, Quinceañeras are making a big return to the Bayou City, and the Quince Expo will kick off the celebration. On Sunday, moms and daughters can congregate to get inspiration, speak with vendors, and gaze a beautiful dresses. 

NRG Center, 1 NRG Parkway. Sunday, January 30, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets start at $12. For more information, visit the website. 

Crawdaddy Party at Live Oak Bar & Grill

The Spring Branch concept from Night Moves Hospitality is kicking off crawfish season with a good ole down south Crawdaddy Party. On Friday, Live Oak Bar & Grill will serve Cajun crawfish for $6 per pound with all-day drink specials, including $2 Jell-O shots, $4 shot specials, $5 margaritas, and frozen hurricanes, $15 mimosa carafes, and a bucket of Montucket (16 oz.) for $15. Plus, a pound of crawfish is no good without all the fixins'; patrons can also add corn, potatoes, mushrooms, and sausage.

Live Oak Bar & Grill, 10444 Hempstead Road. Friday, January 28. Admission is free. Crawdaddy Party begins at 2:00 p.m. For more information, visit the website

The Velcro Pygmies Live in Concert

Hear the sounds of Louisville, Kentucky rock band The Velcro Pygmies are bringing their talents to the Bayou City. The "No Beverly Hills," singers will perform live at popular downtown performance venue Rise Rooftop on Saturday. Concert goers can purchase general admission tickets for just $12. 

Rise Rooftop, 2600 Travis Street. Saturday, January 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets start at $12. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website. 


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