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MLK Day 2022 Events & Activities

Martin Luther King Day in Houston 2022 – Image Credit: Black Heritage Society Facebook page

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated every year on the third Monday in January, and celebrates the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. With a long weekend approaching, we rounded up a few ways to celebrate in Houston.

Martin Luther King Day Parade in Houston

The Original 44th Annual MLK Day Parade

Black Heritage Society

Image credit: Black Heritage Society Facebook page

The 44th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Houston has been announced. This year’s parade will take place in person, according to Mayor Sylvester Turner. After holding a remote event last year due to the outbreak, it was a major concern.

This year’s slogan is “Be a drummer for justice.” Expect marches by bands, colorful floats, and other events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and Houston’s standing as the nation’s fourth most diverse city. After the show, there will be a festival downtown, which will include an induction ceremony from the Hall of Fame and an award banquet, as well as a Gospel Extravaganza.

cost: free
timing: Monday January 17th at 10 am.
Location: Downtown Houston near City Hall.

The 28th Annual MLK Grande Parade

Welcome to the MLK Grande Parade in downtown Houston, which celebrates its 28th anniversary and is one of the largest multicultural one-day events in the United States. The annual MLK Grande Parade, in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., attracts millions of people across television, social media, and viewers. The event is attended by a wide range of VIPs, dancers as well as cheerleading squads, Junior ROTC, college, school marching teams, floats, corporate groups and civic groups from across the country. “Social Inclusion” is this year’s theme.

cost: free
Monday January 17th at 10 am.
where: Midtown Houston on San Jacinto Street and Elgin Street.

MLK . Day Activities

Celebrating the 26th Martin Luther King Day At the Children’s Museum Houston

Children's Museum of Houston

Free Museums Houston – Image Credit: Children’s Museum Houston Facebook page

It was established in 1980 and is located in a building built by Robert Venturi. The museum offers a variety of creative exhibits and bilingual learning activities for children from newborn to twelve years old.

Ticket cost: $5 per person
Saturday January 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
where: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004, United States

Houston MLK . Festival

The Houston MLK Festival begins immediately after the parade and continues until 5 p.m. It will include live music, kid-friendly activities, arts and craft vendors, marketing booths, delicious food and more. The event is open to the public and attendance is free. You are going to have a great time! MC Lewis JM Johnson presents his lineup at the festival.

cost: free
Starts January 17, 2022 immediately after the show until 5 pm.
where: Downtown Houston near City Hall.

Songs for Justice: A Series Exploring Music in the Social Justice Movements – Annual MLK 2022 Celebration

Rothko Chapel

Image credit: Rothko Chapel’s Facebook page

On the occasion of the birthday of Dr.

Ticket cost: Pay what you can when you sign up.
Saturday January 15th at 3pm.
Location: This show will be broadcast live.

The 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast

The Grand Houston Frontiers Club (GHFC) and KHOU 11 are teaming up to offer a virtual version of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. Iftar is a fundraiser for a club that supports educational grants, diversity celebrations, and community service.

cost: free.
Monday January 17, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
where: This show will be broadcast live.

Other Events to Enjoy MLK’s Long Weekend in Houston

5km run at Splahway Waterpark & ​​Campground

Splashway Water Park and Campground

Image Credit: Splashway Waterpark & ​​Campground

Take advantage of the long weekend and join the Family Fun Color Run at Splashway Waterpark. Bring something you don’t mind being covered in bright colors, of course!

cost: $35 up front, $40 per day
Saturday January 15 at 7:30 AM
Location: 5235 2nd Street, Sheridan, TX 77475

Chili Cook-Off at Howler Brewing Company.

This weekend, get ready for some intense heat at Hot Topic World’s Annual Chili Cook-Off 2022. The event opens at noon for tastings and judging begins at 2pm. Which one do you think is the best? There will also be gifts, and of course plenty of beer.

Cost: $18
Sunday January 16 at noon
Location: 2206 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 7700

Geocaching in the arboretum

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Image Credit: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Learn all about Geocaching, a free real-world treasure hunt game. There are more than two million geocaches in the world, and in this chapter, you’ll learn what to look for and what the rules are about geocaching. After that, you will get a chance to search for hidden caches in the paths of the Arboretum. GPS will be available for you to use, but you can also use a free geocaching app on your phone.

What is the price: $40 (per family of 4)
Saturday January 15 from 10 am to noon
Located in: 4501 Woodway Doctor, Houston, TX 77024

Sunday Drum Jam at Levi’s Park

Come and enjoy this casual jam session. Take your favorite instrument along – all ages and skill levels are welcome.

What is the price: free
Sunday January 16 at 3:30 pm
where: 3801 East Side Street, Houston, TX 77098

For a full list of fun events and activities that will be taking place this weekend, check out Things to Do This Weekend in Houston.

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