Explore concluding exhibitions, festivals, food events, film screenings and more with our selection of things to do on Martin Luther King’s Day on January 17, 2022.
The annual holiday in honor of Reverend Doctor brings a national day of service and an opportunity to give back and explore your community on the third Monday in January.
While many popular places will be quiet on this day, there are still things to do that can be found throughout the city. We’ve put together ten of them, including closing exhibits, an annual food extravaganza, family activities, guest speakers and more.
If you are looking for festivities, parades and ceremonies honoring Pastor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., so check out our guide to the virtual and personal events that take place over the weekend.
Top 10 Things to do at Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Houston
- MLK Festival in Houston City Hall | FOR FREE – Right after the end of the 44th annual original MLK Day Parade, this all-day festival will start and feature live music, DJ tunes, kid-friendly activities, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Time no more by Anri Sala at the cistern in Buffalo Bayou Park – The immersive and above-ground installation by contemporary artist Anri Sala closes on MLK Day and throws visitors into an eerie soundscape and fascinating images in the hollow cistern of Buffalo Bayou Park. $ 12 for ages 9 and up (no children under 9 allowed). Times available from 10am to 5pm.
- Galveston Restaurant Week – The culinary bonanza returns to the island for another year with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus at attractive prices from more than 40 restaurants. Galveston has plenty to offer during Restaurant Weeks, which runs until Sunday, February 13th. From $ 20 to $ 45 for dinners, ranging from golf restaurants and upscale steakhouses to messy burgers and hearty gumbos; $ 10 to $ 20 for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Times vary.
- Afro-Atlantic stories & Georgia O ‘Keefe, photographer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Both exhibitions close on Martin Luther King’s Day and provide one last chance to see the rarely explored photograph of a modern art giant, as well as the history and heritage of the transatlantic slave trade. $ 19; $ 12 for students and ages 13 to 18; free for 12 years and under. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wellness walks with city trails in Levy Park | FOR FREE The event twice a month invites people of all body types, abilities, ages and fitness levels to walk through Levy Park with a focus on finding mental clarity and community. Dinner.
- Pixar Putt on Discovery Green – Level up with your favorite Pixar characters at this 18-hole winter event in Downtown’s midpoint greenspace. $ 30.50; $ 25.50 for ages under 12. Start times are available from 6 p.m. 15.00 to 20.30.
- Family full moon hike at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center – Take out on the paths that wind around the Arboretum, and follow the rise of this month’s full moon, while taking in the nocturnal habits of the Nature Center’s inhabitants. 10 USD. 17.30 to 19.00.
- Andrew Yang at Houston Improv The former presidential candidate and New York mayoral candidate arrives on the Improv stage in West Houston to discuss his new book, Forward. $ 70 for a table with 2, to $ 210 for a table with 18. 19.00.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: Astronomy Bizarre at Jones Hall – The world-renowned astronomer and TV personality goes to Downtown to talk about everything about the cosmos, from black holes and dark matter to wormholes and multiverses. $ 44 and up. 19:30.
- Across the universe Film screening at Axelrad | No service If you’re still running on top of Beatle Mania from the recent documentary, check out a preview of the 2007 musical romance film, Across the universe, and sing along to your favorite Beatles songs while sipping offers from Axelrad. 19:30.