THE TO-DOUX LIST is lifestyle editor Abby Ledoux’s weekly roundup of pop-ups, markets, and whatever else she feels like doing around Houston each Friday–Sunday (generally). To submit an event for consideration, email details to [email protected]
Anti-Valentine's Day Workouts
When: Friday, Feb 14; 5, 9, and 11 a.m.
Where: Sproing Fitness, 2002 Oakdale St. (inside The Body Shop HTX)
What: Channel your rage into something productive—building your revenge body—and make cardio your boyfriend with this series of themed 45-minute HIIT classes designed to target belly fat, strengthen your core, improve your sprints, and cheer you up with a serious endorphin release. The first three classes are free for newbies; the single class drop-in rate is $25. Register online or by searching for Sproing Museum District in the Mindbody app.
Valentine's Party in the Plaza
When: Friday, Feb 14; 5–9 p.m.
Where: Morningside Plaza, 5510 Morningside Dr.
What: Rice Village is starting a new tradition this year with its first-ever (free) Valentine's Day party for couples, families, kids, pets, and anyone in the mood to celebrate love. The plaza will transform into a V-Day vignette made for Instagram shots; plus, find desserts and bubbly, build your own French-inspired flower bouquet, and stick around for a screening of The Proposal (the 2009 Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds rom-com) at 7 p.m. sharp.
When: Friday, Feb 14; 8–11 p.m.
Where: Axelrad, 1517 Alabama St.
What: Who among us hasn't met up with a Tinder match at Axelrad? The beloved midtown beer garden has spawned many a first-date and first-kiss—hell, some folks have even tied the knot there. To celebrate all the sparks kindled amongst the cozy hammocks, light-up trees, and Luigi's slices over the years, the bar will host an inaugural party for anyone who fits the bill (though all are welcome for dancing, drinks, and hammock snuggles)—bring a photo of you and your honey to join Axelrad's wall of love, and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast to all the lov-ahs.
When: Friday, Feb 14–Sunday, Feb 16
Where: NRG Center, Hall A
What: HGTV stans and weekend warriors, rejoice: The ultimate destination for all things home and garden returns to Houston for the 34th year, bringing with it a slew of demos, exhibitions, expert advice, remodeling ideas, landscape features, show-only product specials, and more across 100,000 square-feet. Meet with industry pros, comparison shop for products and companies under one roof, participate in hands-on workshops, and learn all about the latest offerings in everything from outdoor kitchens to emergency preparedness. Admission: $8-10; kids 14 and under, military, police, and first-responders (with ID) get in free.
When: Sunday, Feb 16; 8 a.m. race, 1 p.m. concert
Where: Karbach Brewery, 2032 Karbach St.
What: Ready for Rodeo? Kick things off with a timed 5K or 10K at the brewery, where runners are encouraged to don their best western-wear (or clown costume) to receive a participation medal, commemorative koozie, and two tokens for well-earned beer at the finish line. Register for the race online; $35 for 5K and $40 for 10K. Stick around for the festivities at 1 p.m. with country music performances by Blackberry Smoke, Cory Morrow, Charley Crockett, The Band of Heathens, and Clint Daniels, not to mention all the beer you can drink, including Karbach's Rodeo Clown Double IPA. GA concert tickets are $28.