Top 17 Festivals & Events in Houston This Month: January 2023

A dancer in cultural regalia performs on stage for Lunar New Year
Asia Society hosts a free Lunar New Year celebration in January | Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center

Make the most of your month with our list of the 17 biggest and most notable festivals and events in Houston in January 2023.

A new year brings a returning slate of Houston’s biggest January events, including a rock star birthday bash, thousands of pavement pounders at the Chevron Marathon, Family Fun Day at MATCH, the nation’s biggest wedding planning event, the Auto Show, and more.

Events are listed chronologically by week, and are not in a ranked order. Events that span multiple weeks are carried over into the following week where appropriate.

Top 17 Festivals & Events in Houston This Month: January 2023

  • 14th Annual BowiElvis Fest at the Continental Club | Saturday, January 7 – This annual festival returns to Mid-Main, honoring two music legends with a shared birthday; David Bowie and Elvis Presley. Catch tribute tunes from bands across multiple stages, face painting, Bowie and Elvis games, a costume contest, prizes and more. $25 and up. 6:30pm.
  • Galveston Restaurant Weeks in Galveston | Monday, January 9 | Ongoing – Happening throughout the month of January and until Sunday, February 5, the annual Galveston Restaurant Weeks offers diners a chance to try top dishes from dozens of the Island’s best eateries on prix-fixe breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus at very pocketbook-friendly prices. Two- or three-course dinners range from $20 to $60; two-course lunches from $10 to $30; and brunches from $10 to $40. Prices, times and locations vary.
  • NCT 127 in Concert at Toyota Center | Wednesday, January 11 – The K-Pop phenomenon debuts at Downtown’s Toyota Center while touring the globe on their latest, chart-topping album, 2 Baddies. $59 and up. 8pm.
  • William Shatner & Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at Smart Financial Centre | Saturday, January 14 – Captain Kirk himself will be in attendance for a screening of the 1982 classic, Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan, followed by a discussion of the film and his career, and then audience questions. $42.75 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Half Marathon in Downtown Houston | Sunday, January 15 – Now in its 51st year, Houston’s signature run event lines up registered runners for a meandering course that takes them through the city’s districts like Montrose, Medical Center, the Galleria, Memorial Park and back again to finish at Avenida de las Americas. While it’s too late to lace ’em up if you missed registration, you can still celebrate thousands of runners across the city along the marathon course. 7am to 2:30pm.
  • 70th Annual Charity Cat Show at Hilton Houston North | Saturday, January 14 & Sunday, January 15 – Feline fanatics rejoice at the Houston Cat Club’s 70th Annual Charity Cat Show, where cats abound are judged on their smarts and agility throughout the two-day show. Make sure to check out the cat costume contests, shop vendors at the Meow Mall, and stop by cat rescue groups if you’re in search of your own feline friend. $15; $10 for ages 5 to 12; free for ages 4 and under. Saturday 9am to 5pm; Sunday 9am to 4pm.
  • 6th Annual Family Fun Day at MATCH | Sunday, January 15 | FREE – Back again after a two-year hiatus, the free annual tradition returns with an afternoon of kid-friendly performances and opportunities to explore the arts as a family. In addition to arts performances, kiddos will have the chance to have their face painted, hop into bounce houses, and enjoy balloon artists, stilt walkers and more, all afternoon long. 1pm to 5pm.
  • Hop Topic World’s Annual Chili Cook-Off at Equal Parts Brewing | Sunday, January 15 Taste through chilis and enjoy Equal Parts craft beers at this annual chili cook-off, held in Second Ward off Harrisburg. General admission includes unlimited chili samples, a swag bag for early bird tickets, and a token for voting. $18. Noon; judging begins at 2pm.
  • 45th Annual Original MLK Jr. Parade in Downtown Houston | Monday, January 16 | FREE – Black Heritage Society’s 45th edition of the original Downtown parade will be led by City of Houston dignitaries, marching bands, floats, peaceful marches and more. The procession begins at Lamar and Smith Streets. 10am.
  • Broadway Across America presents Jesus Christ Superstar at Hobby Center | Tuesday, January 17 to Sunday, January 22 – The Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice megahit comes to Houston in its 50th anniversary production. Telling the story of the last weeks of Jesus’ life, this musical created a smash when it debuted in 1971, and forever cemented the rock musical as a force to be reckoned with. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Astros FanFest at Minute Maid Park | Saturday, January 21 | FREE – Gather with fellow fanatics celebrating the Astros’ second World Series win at the annual FanFest held at Minute Maid. You’ll have the chance to meet favorite players, alumni and broadcasters, plus take advantage of photo ops with the World Series trophy, play games and more. Though free to attend, you must claim a voucher online to enter. 11am to 4pm.
  • 14th Annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest at the Galveston Island Strand | Saturday, January 21 The 14th Annual Chili Quest & Beer Fest returns to Galveston’s Historic Downtown Strand District for a day full of, you guessed it, chili and beer. Eat your weight in chili samples from the best cookoff teams around, then sip and stroll through 70+ brews and spirits from 1pm to 4pm. Chili tasting is $13; Beer tasting tickets are $35 and include 24 2-ounce samples and 4 spirit samples. Noon to 4pm.
  • The Bridal Extravaganza Show at George R. Brown | Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22 – The largest wedding planning show in the U.S. returns to Downtown for two days of tastings, fashion shows, vendors of every discipline, goodies, photos ops, and everything needed for every bride-to-be and her bride squad.  $1.99 for a single day; $49 for VIP packages. Times vary.
  • Houston Auto & Boat Show at NRG Center | Wednesday, January 25 to Sunday, January 29 – Two big annual H-Town events return to NRG in the same weekend, with five days of the latest and best vehicles available on land and sea. $15 in advance; $20 at the door; free for ages 4 and under. Times vary.
  • A Barrel Aged Evening at Saint Arnold Brewery | Friday, January 27 – Guests can get an exclusive glimpse inside the Saint Arnold Barrel Room and enjoy a plethora of barrel aged beers from its cellar. Admission includes samplings of eleven barrel aged beers, two straight-from-the-barrel tastings, open bar pours from its regular lineup of suds, a heavy appetizer buffet, souvenir glass, Barrel Room tour, and 500 mL bottle of Vanilla Mocha Bourbon Barrel Commitment Imperial Stout to take home. $80. 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • Comedian Jo Koy at Toyota Center | Saturday, January 28 – One of today’s premiere stand-up acts, Jo Koy offers a uniquely relatable blend of comedy that pulls inspiration from his colorful family and delights audiences at sold-out arenas around the world. $59.50 and up. 8pm.
  • 2023 Lunar New Year Festival at Asia Society Texas Center | Saturday, January 28 | FREE – Welcome in the Year of the Rabbit with cultural performances, arts and crafts activities and globally-inspired foods at Asia Society in the Museum District. While free to attend and enjoy the festival, performances from the Huaxing Arts Group Houston are ticketed and cost $10. 11am to 4pm.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.