In case you need the motivation, here are 10 stellar reasons to get out of bed this weekend—from South Padre Island’s annual Kite Fest to Super Bowl events galore all across Houston.
South Padre Island: Feb. 2-4
On the windy flats of South Padre, enjoy a sky filled with hundreds of colorful kites at this annual weekend event. If you’re a real kite enthusiast, you can also partake in indoor kite performances as well as a banquet and silent auction.
San Antonio: Feb. 3; Tyler: Feb. 4
Attention late-night TV junkies: Jay Leno, the reigning king for 21 years, is making his way to Texas this weekend. He’ll be performing standup comedy—his first love—at San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre on Friday and on the UT Tyler campus on Saturday.
Galveston: Feb. 4
Synonymous with class and glamour, Oscar-winning actress Sophia Loren joins former “Entertainment Tonight” host Bill Harris at Galveston’s Grand 1984 Opera House to spill the secrets of her life and career on and off the stage. The screen legend will answer questions from the audience in addition to sharing home movies and clips.
Austin: Feb. 4
She’s most known for her bright red hair and her off-color celebrity commentary; two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin performs her brand of abrasive comedy at Austin’s Long Center.
San Antonio: Feb. 4
Now in it’s 30th year, this annual festival hosted by the Institute of Texan Culture celebrates the year of the rooster with music, dances, martial arts, and of course some delicious food. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions to the city of San Antonio.
Houston: Feb. 4
Regular tickets to see Yo-Yo Ma with the Houston Symphony have already sold out, but if sharing the stage with the cello master is a bucket list item for you—and you have $449 to achieve that goal—the symphony just announced that they’re selling a limited number of seats for VIP on-stage seating. The program includes Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Gershwin’s jazz-influenced An American in Paris.
Houston: Feb. 4-5
The largest Asian celebration in the state gets Super-sized for Super Bowl weekend, with two days of drum performances, egg rolls, sweet rice, grand displays of one million lucky red firecrackers, and of course more than 100 dancing lions and dragons. It’s one of the few public celebrations that still celebrates with real fireworks exploding among some brave dancers.
Houston Area: Through Feb. 5
The big names are coming out to play in Houston this weekend—and we don’t just mean on the football field. While a slew of concerts will cash in on the hype leading up to Super Bowl Sunday (Sam Hunt. Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift will bring their magic Thursday-Saturday to Club Nomadic, a 3-story collapsible nightclub at Sawyer Yards), you don’t have to shell out the big bucks to enjoy the frenzy. The free 10-day Super Bowl Live festival wraps up this weekend, and they’ve saved the best for last: ZZ Top and Gary Clark Jr., plus plenty of good Texas grub and interactive demonstrations. And Pearland—less than 10 miles from the stadium—is hosting its own free outdoor concert on Friday, headlined by ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year nominee RaeLynn.
Houston: Feb. 5
All eyes will be on Houston this Sunday as NRG Stadium hosts the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons—and Lady Gaga—for Super Bowl 51. Kickoff is at 5:30, but if you don’t have tickets to the game itself, at least consider heading to one of the numerous tailgate parties across the city—from Texas Tailgate 51 at Crowne Plaza ($450) to The Biggest Super Bowl Watch Party at Bayou Place Ballroom (starting at $25).
Kerrville: Through Feb. 5
This is the last weekend to catch this indoor street fair, where some of the Hill Country’s best artists are showcasing their work—from pet portraits to hand-woven sweaters. In the spirit of the “Starving Artists” theme, exhibitors sell their work for prices that can’t be beat.