Single for the holidays? Take part in these 13 Houston events that are perfect for solo riding



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As more and more of us own our celibacy, we are viewed with envy instead of pity. Going for coffee, dinner or going to the movies alone? It is an event, not a last resort. Being single is a great lifestyle, not a temporary condition.

Houston is teeming with smart and successful singles, so where do you go to mingle – without the search behavior that dominates partner-hunting events? Try these mostly free events in town.

Glassell School of Art Studio School Student Art Sale

The Glassell Art Auction at the Glassell School of Art in Houston on June 24, 2021.

Gary Fountain, Houston Chronicle / Contributor

5101, boul. Montrose

Dec 10 (12 p.m. to 8 p.m.), 11 Dec. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Dec. 12 (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). To free.

Jewelry, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, prints, cultured personalities, you might find exactly what you are looking for and what you would like to watch at this weekend sale. The works are originals by students of this beautiful school, housed in a magnificent piece of architecture that also deserves careful consideration. Art exhibitions here are free to the public.

Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Thursdays free

A view of Carlos Cruz-Diez "Cromosaturación MFAH," one of the two tunnels leading to the Nancy and Rich Kinder buildings.

A view of Carlos Cruz-Diez’s “Cromosaturacion MFAH”, one of the two tunnels leading to the Nancy and Rich Kinder buildings.

Thomas Dubrock / Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 rue Bissonnet


Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free.

One of the best ways for culture lovers to nurture their soul and possibly connect with soul mates is to spend time on Thursdays at the MFAH. This is when entry is free (except for special paid exhibitions) and its enchanting buildings are open late until 9 p.m., so many professional singles will be flocking after the job. Even parking is free from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Meeting points with the potential for fun encounters include ‘Cromosaturación MFAH’, the fascinating long tunnels by Carlos Cruz-Diez connecting the Law and Kinder buildings that allow you to walk through spectacular passages of changing color lights. The new Kinder building, whose exterior is romantically bright after dark, also has an interactive image-distorting wall that requires you to move around with friends and strangers. As you and other visitors approach William Forsythe’s Abstract City, your bodies are projected onto the giant screen and your movements transform into a dance of stretched, spiraling shapes.

WinterFest on 34th Street

The Waltrip High School Band perform as they descend on Irvington during the 20th Annual Lindale Park July 4 Parade, Thursday July 4, 2019, in Houston.
The Waltrip High School Band perform as they descend on Irvington during the 20th Annual Lindale Park July 4 Parade, Thursday July 4, 2019, in Houston.Brett Coomer / Personal Photographer

1900 W. 34th St.

Friday, December 10, 6 to 9 p.m. $ 5.

This first annual event presented by Waltrip Ram Band combines performances by four jazz and two music groups at a local holiday market featuring local crafts, cuisine and hot chocolate. It’s at Waltrip High School in the Oak Forest-Garden Oaks neighborhood. Buy tickets online.

Silent Night at Buffalo Bayou Park

Silent night at Buffalo Bayou Park.

Silent night at Buffalo Bayou Park.

Courtesy of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership

105 Sabine Street

Saturday, December 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free.

Talk about sound fun: Unsilent Night is a free interactive night on the trails of Buffalo Bayou Partnership. A moving sound sculpture is activated when guests simultaneously play one of composer Phil Kline’s four tracks. Start with the light reception, with hot chocolate, delicious appetizers and beer from the Saint Arnold Brewing Company, plus food and drinks to buy from food trucks. At 7 p.m., join a musical procession along the hiking and cycling trails. RSVP online.

The Market at Sawyer Yards

1502 Sawyer Street

Saturday, December 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Held on the second Saturday with the Sawyer Yards Open Studios, this organized market features a variety of art mediums, lots of folk art, crafts, and packaged food. The manufacturers are making the sale. The stage includes live music and a great atmosphere. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Heights Commercial Holiday Market

711, boul.

Saturday December 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Find unique gifts on this cool shopping promenade that features quality locally handcrafted jewelry, home decor, and cheerful people. Bring the dogs – they’re always good conversation starters.

Holiday Market Expo on the roof of the Hilton

Holiday Market Expo on the roof of the Hilton featuring local manufacturers.

Holiday Market Expo on the roof of the Hilton featuring local manufacturers.

Courtesy of Houston Mouves

6633 Travis Street

Sunday, December 12, noon to 5 p.m. Free (RSVP suggested); brunch $ 45.

Jingle melange bells: Here’s an opportunity to dress up and shop locally, supporting small business owners and innovators. Live music and freebies make cute dating even more fun. In the Hilton Ballroom on the 8th floor.

Montrose vacations mingle in Regent Square

This render shows a planned view of Regent Square, which will host the Montrose Holiday Mingle on December 16.

This render shows a planned view of Regent Square, which will host the Montrose Holiday Mingle on December 16.

GID Development Group

1203 Dunlavy Street

Thursday, December 16, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free.

Leave the “ugly Christmas sweaters” at home. Look sharp and ready to get social when Regent Square opens its stylish community green space in Montrose, adjacent to Buffalo Bayou Park on W. Dallas and Dunlavy streets. The party begins with holiday tree lighting, an outdoor movie screening, a holiday craft market, and free cups of Red Nose Holiday Punch from Jo’s Mini Mobile Bar. Stevie the Photo Bus could take that first selfie with a new friend.

Rudolph Ride at City Place

1495 Plaza Lake Parkway

Saturday December 18, 10 a.m. Free.

Celebrate winter in spring? Yes! Decorate yourself and your sexy bike, then cycle around Spring’s City Place with Biking Roots on the very first Rudolph Ride. Restaurant and store gift cards will be awarded for the best bicycle costume and decoration. Starts in the parking lot of the Star Cinema Grill. Then you can fill up on mimosas.

Jazz at the Houston Public Library

500 McKinney Street

Tuesday December 21, noon to 1 p.m. Free.

The Waltrip High School Jazz Ensemble # 1 proves why the Waltrip Group program is recognized as one of the Top 5 Title I music programs in the United States. Wait to hear their exciting versions of the classics from the big vacation groups. To free; reserve seats online.

Houston Public Library Book Lectures

500 McKinney Street

December 9, 14 and 21

You don’t have to commit to regularly attending these ongoing book clubs; just sign up for each one online. This month’s talks include the AAPI Heritage Book Club (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) on Thursday, December 9, the Classical Literature Book Club on Tuesday, December 14, and the Busy People’s Book Club. Tuesday, December 21. See the web page for hours and to reserve seats.

Angel Share HTX Happy Hour Meet Ups

HTX angel sharing.

HTX angel sharing.

Taylor Room

924, rue du Congrès

Thursdays, December 23 and 30

Discuss travel and culture over snacks and sips at Angel Share HTX, a new bar that makes big donations to local charities each month. For this event, the first drink is free while supplies last. The high-ceiling vintage loft frame sets the bar high when it comes to decor and architecture. It is in the city center near the historic market square park. All staff are fully vaccinated.

Ice skating discovery

1500 McKinney Street

Every day until January 30. $ 15; Cheap skate Mondays $ 8. (Skate rental included. Must purchase tickets online.)

Skate amid the skyscrapers of downtown Houston on Green Mountain Energy Ice in glistening Discovery Green – and maybe slowly slip into a new friendship. See the web page for hours and details.

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