Honor Dr. King at a weekend of 2023 MLK Day events

A blue parade float with the image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The 45th Annual MLK Day Parade heads down the streets of Downtown on Monday | Courtesy of Black Heritage Society

Celebrate the vision and impact of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at live and virtual events in Houston from Saturday, January 14 to MLK Day, Monday, January 16, 2023.

Take time in 2023 to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at these commemorations and events taking place in Houston and virtually.

Martin Luther King Day Commemorations & Events in Houston 

Children’s Museum Houston hosts its annual celebration of Dr. King | Courtesy of Children’s Museum Houston

Saturday, January 14, 2023

The "Broken Obelisk" sculpture sits foreground to the Rothko Chapel behind it
“Broken Obelisk” by Barnett Newman, dedicated to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Courtesy of Rothko Chapel

Sunday, January 15, 2023

  • 2023 Annual MLK Birthday Observance at Rothko Chapel – Inspired by the MFAH’s current exhibition Gordon Parks: Stokely Carmichael and Black Power, panelists share their work and perspectives on how photographers and journalists shape narratives around social justice movements and leaders. Pay-what-you-can; suggested donation is $5 to $20. 3pm.
  • MLK Gospel Fest & Concert at Green House International Church – In Greenspoint, this house of worship hosts the Black Heritage Society and gospel artist James Fortune, Christian R&B performer Zacardi Cortez, and several more appearances for an evening of blessing in the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. $20; $10 for ages 16 and under. 4pm.
Worthing High School Band from Sunnyside takes to Downtown streets for the annual MLK Day parade | Courtesy of Black Heritage Society

MLK Day, Monday, January 16, 2023

  • 35th Annual MLK, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Breakfast | Virtual – The Greater Houston Frontiers Club hosts their annual scholarship breakfast on Martin Luther King Day to raise funds for providing future generations with education through their commitment to service. The presentation will be aired live on KHOU 11. 9am.
  • 45th Annual Original MLK Jr. Parade in Downtown Houston | 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.
  • 29th Annual MLK Grande Parade in Midtown | FREE – From the corner of San Jacinto and Alabama Streets, the Midtown area will see the annual MLK Grande Parade send floats, marching bands, dignitaries and more through the streets in celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s honorees include Amanda Edwards, Trae Tha Truth and more. 10am to noon.
  • MLK Festival at Houston City Hall | FREE – In front of Downtown’s City Hall, the MLK Festival will kick off immediately following the 45th annual parade and feature live music, kid-friendly fun, craft vendors, performances, and special guests. Ends at 5pm.
  • Philip Guston Now & Gordon Parks: Stokely Carmichael and Black Power at MFAH – Catch the final day of these two exhibitions at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which explore social justice and the civil-rights movement. $19. 11am to 4pm.

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Justin Jerkins
A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins always keeps an eye out for what's ahead on Houston's horizon while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston. When he's not passing along the latest events, destinations and hidden treasures in H-Town, he loves diving into the city's food scene, shopping local and learning about Houston's rich history.