Don't wait until Jaws takes a bite out of your watercraft. If "you're gonna need a bigger boat" then get yourself over to opening weekend of the Boat Show at NRG Center. In fact, mobility is the name of the game when it comes to this weekend in Houston: check out the sweet rides at Coffee and Cars this Saturday, then follow the lowriders as they travel by police escort. On Sunday the Bayou Bikers are heading out from Market Square Park, while sneaker culture gets celebrated at H-town Sneaker Summit.
Come for The Raptor Project and 5,000-gallon Bass Tub aquarium but stay for the boats, kayaks, RVs and fishing gear at the 2019 Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show. We'll get a chance to view as many as 20 raptors from diverse habitats at this educational program that gets up close and personal, then watch pro angler Chuck Devereaux demonstrate techniques for casting and retrieval in the 40-foot-long stocked aquarium. Exhibitors at this lengthy event are ready to talk cruise planning, outdoor furniture, knives, lures, flags, ice chests and all sorts of watercraft, be it propelled by oars, sails or engine.
* Because of the Texans-Colts game, the boat show won't be open on Saturday, January 5, but will resume Sunday.
1-8 p.m. January 4 and 7-11, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. January 6 and 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. January 13, NRG Center, One NRG Park, houstonboatshows.com, $5 to $12 (free for ages 5 and under).
Rise and shine because the sweet rides will be polished and glistening in the morning light over at Memorial City's Coffee and Cars. On the first Saturday of each month, proud owners exhibit anything from early vintage roadsters to the latest supercars like the McLaren P1 or the Porsche 918 Spyder. Buy a hot coffee from Chick-fil-A, Cinnabon, Great American Cookie or one of the other early birds at the food court (opens at 7 a.m.) then celebrate our city's most amazing automobiles. It just keeps getting bigger and better.
8-10 a.m. January 5, Memorial City Mall, west parking lot (near American Girl and California Pizza Kitchen), 303 Memorial City, 713-464-8640, memorialcity.com/events, free.
What better way to celebrate a (hopefully) sunny first weekend in Houston than with the First of The Year Lowrider Show n Shine Picnic & Cruise, hosted by the Texas Lowrider Council. It begins with a picnic at Mason Park where everybody has a chance to look at these fabulous tricked out cars. Then at 4:30 p.m. the cars will cruise down 75th Street on to Canal with a police escort, followed by a few more hours of chilling time.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (picnic), 4:30 p.m. cruise, chill until 8 p.m. (location to be announced), January 5, Mason Park, 449-499 South 75th Street, facebook.com/events/269074517137642.
An informal yet dedicated group of bicyclists meet up at Historic Market Square Park on the first Sunday of each month, with the goal of exploring Houston's bayous on a 25- to 40-mile bike ride. The Bayou Bikers event is open to everybody and insiders tell us it's not necessary to have fat tires or a mountain bike. Metered on-street parking is free all day on Sunday, putting more cash in your pocket for a tasty treat from Niko Niko's.
8 a.m. January 6, Market Square Park, 301 Milam, marketsquarepark.com/calendar, free.
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Bun B will be in the house with a live performance when H-town Sneaker Summit takes over Bayou City Event Center. Bear witness to a celebration of sneaker culture where enthusiasts gather to buy, sell, trade, browse and discuss rare and collectible footwear, fashion and accessories. Celeb sightings at previous iterations include Slim Thug, Swisha House, Donkee Boy, ESG, Lil Flip, Paul Wall, Screwed Up Records, Dice Soho — some as exhibitors and others as sneaker heads — so there's no telling who you'll see at this 16th annual holiday event.
3-8 p.m. January 6, Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight, 713-893-4877, sneakersummit.com, $25 to $80.