Houston events and activities that we look forward to in 2022
After a tumultuous 2020, we were all looking forward to a 2021 tamer. Needless to say, it didn’t exactly go as planned… but 2022, now it’s going to be awesome. Especially in Houston, where we have quite a few events to look forward to. Some epic projects that were slated to open last year are finally making their way to the end zone, while things like returning concerts, new restaurants, and penguins – yes, you heard that right – should keep us on our toes. Here’s everything that gives us hope for an even better Houston in 2022.
As we sadly say goodbye to Underbelly Hospitality darlings UB Preserv and Hay Merchant, we can take comfort in the fact that they have so many exciting perspectives on deck. UB Preserv vet Nick Wong brings his signature skills to the super cool downtown Georgia James Tavern, while the former restaurant space will transform into the cocktail-focused Everlong Bar & Hideaway, promising “d ‘great drinks and food with a cross appeal’. There’s also Culinary Director Nick Fine’s full-service Wild Oats spot and Underbelly Burger shake and burger joint at the Houston Farmers Market, plus two restaurants opening in Regent Square’s next mixed-use development: Georgia James. (find them operating from One Fifth to their new home launches) and Pastore, featuring belly-busting red sauce, Italian favorites to One Fifth Red Sauce.
Memorial Park already has 1,466 acres of green spaces rich in nature, various plant and animal species, manicured gardens and lawns, beautiful waterways and fun activities such as hiking and biking trails, tennis courts. and sand volleyball, soccer and baseball fields, an 18-hole golf course and on-site burger restaurant, and much more. It’s already one of the coolest city parks in the city (and possibly even the country), and it’s about to get even cooler with the unveiling of its land bridge and meadow project by 100 acres, intended to connect the north and south sides of the park. by means of an impressive land bridge spanning Memorial Drive. Project completion is scheduled for the end of 2022.
It’s been two long years since we have fully experienced the joys of Houston’s favorite season, so suffice it to say that we are AMPED for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo to make a triumphant return. This year’s dates run from February 28 through March 20, and while we wait for the official release of the concert lineup (for now, we know Bun B is having a takeover night and George Strait is the closest), be motivated by consulting the “genre program”.
It has lasted for two years, and after patiently waiting for the launch of two new concepts from the powerful restaurant group Hai Hospitality, Uchi enthusiasts can finally start celebrating in 2022. First, there’s LORO, a smokehouse. and a Southeast Asian bar that have reinvented a historic place from the 1940s. Heights Church. The place comes from two of the best in Texas – Uchi founder Tyson Cole and indelible Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, while chef Marcos Leal will be tasked with preparing products ranging from Sticky Char Siu Pork Belly to bowls of coconut rice dotted with oak. smoked salmon. Then there’s Uchi’s little brother Uchiko, who is set to bring his grilled oysters and hard-to-score Japanese whiskeys to Post Oak in the second quarter (fingers crossed).
Originally slated for completion by 2021, Jones Plaza’s transformation into Lynn Wyatt Square For The Performing Arts is now set to land this summer. The makeover is due to a generous $ 10 million donation from Houston philanthropist and art enthusiast Lynn Wyatt, marking the epicenter of Houston’s Theater District (the square block is flanked by Jones Hall, Alley Theater and Bayou Music Center) by developing a modern urban park with outdoor performance areas, a lawn and shady gardens, and a two-storey reception area.
Late August (that’s the name of the restaurant, not when it’s supposed to open) is coming soon to Houston’s new Innovation District hub, The Ion. The inventive concept comes from two big names in the culinary world: Best Chef: Texas James Beard Award-semi-finalist and Top Chef Portland star Dawn Burrell (we should probably mention that she’s also a former Olympian) and Lucille’s Hospitality Group founder, activist and badass Chef Chris Williams. Long story short, it’s gonna be good.
With its makeover complete, the historic 1942 Airline Drive Farmer’s Market now begins its makeover into an iconic Houston landmark, similar to New York’s Chelsea Market or Seattle’s Pike Place. Visit now and you’ll find a bustling expanse featuring a mix of mom-and-pop vendors and young guns spread across beautiful greenery and outdoor pavilions. There’s still more to come, however, including a newly opened RC Ranch butcher’s shop, Viet-Cajun crawfish champion Crawfish & Noodles, and the aforementioned Underbelly concepts, Wild Oats and Underbelly Burger.
The Montrose Collective, Autry Park and Regent Square are just a few of the new real estate concepts about to make Houston even more chic. Reaching hot spots like Uchi and Velvet Taco in lower Westheimer, Montrose Collective mixes leisure, living, office, retail and dining spaces (Atlas Restaurant Group’s new Italian concept Marmo, the scoop shop from scratch Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and Idle Hands garden rooftop bar are all connected to open). Elsewhere, Autry Park, self-proclaimed a ‘bespoke urban village’, will span 14 lush acres across from Buffalo Bayou Park (look for two locations at B&B Butcher’s Benjamin Berg, and Auden, a forward-thinking concept of a husband and – female duo with a Michelin starred experience). And not too far away, the intelligently designed Regent Square strives to make the city more pedestrian-friendly, offering serene tree-lined walks alongside two highly anticipated Underbelly hospitality concepts, Georgia James and Pastore.
Elton John. Bad bunny. Tool. No matter what your speed, Houston probably has a gig just for you this year. Check out upcoming shows at venues like House of Blues, Bayou Center, Toyota Center and NRG Park, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Warehouse Live, White Oak Music Hall and the all new 713 Music Hall hidden away at POST Houston.
The Houston Zoo turns 100 this year and celebrates this milestone with the opening of its exhibit in the Galapagos Islands later this fall. This means the venerable institution is rolling out the red carpet (figuratively speaking, of course) for a fleet of super cute Humboldt penguins, as well as sea lions, giant turtles, sharks, iguanas, and more. Get in on the action and help the zoo in its conservation efforts by donating now.
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