As mentioned yesterday, Lunar New Year will be celebrated this weekend across the city and in Chinatown in particular. The city's two biggest events will both take place near each other tomorrow, Saturday, February 5, so you can hit both if you can't make up your mind.
The Chinese Community Center will host its annual Lunar New Year celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, featuring a bunny petting area for the Year of the Rabbit as well as traditional festivities like dragon and lion dances, acrobatic performances, martial arts demonstrations, magic shows and performances by the Houston Grand Opera. Although the event is free, bring cash for the food stands -- you don't want to miss the food here.
Just down the street is the Southern Chinese Daily News 15th annual Lunar New Year festival, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Like the Community Center's, this festival is also free and features lion dances and plenty of food booths as well as demonstrations by chefs from local Korean, Chinese and Thai restaurants. Parking for both events is always tight, so carpool if you can and arrive early.
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Of course, Sunday is Super Bowl. And if you still haven't decided where to go watch the big game, may we suggest a glance through our list of recommendations?
If you're looking for something more creative to do this Valentine's Day, we've got two great events for you. On February 12, head to Sprinkles Cupcakes at 4014 Westheimer from 3 to 4 p.m. to watch Houston couples compete to create their very own "CoupleCakes" and participate in sweet challenges to be crowned the day's CoupleCake Sweethearts. The event is free and promises special giveaways for audience members as well as Houston Food Bank cupcakes for sale, the proceeds of which - obviously - go to support the Food Bank.
That same day, the Houston Arboretum is hosting "Tapas on the Trails," a special Valentine's Day event that pairs gourmet food and wine with the natural beauty of the wooded trails. Five tables of tapas - all prepared by chef Adam Paul and pastry chef Dan Budd - will be set up along the way, including an assortment of cheeses to start and an assortment of desserts to finish. The cost is $95 a person (or $75 for Arboretum members) and reservations are required. Call 713-681-8433 for more information or to reserve your spot.