July is…

culinary-arts-schoolsJuly is National Culinary Arts Month.  Houston is increasingly recognized as a “foodie town”, and I’m sure you’ve seen all the announcements of new restaurant openings here in Hughes Landing as well.   We’ve put together a list of a few foodie-fun activities to delight your taste buds, and also suggest you check out the Events Calendar at http://www.woodlandsonline.com/evps/evlist2.cfm?classid=29 for great ideas for Happy Hour or Live Music around our neck of the Woods!

Each month Williams-Sonoma offers a free Technique Class, a Junior Chef Class and Cooking demonstration class. Contact our local store in The Woodlands Mall for a schedule of events and to register.         www.williams-sonoma.com/pages/store-events/store-events/cooking-classes.html

For a more in depth experience, you can awaken your inner chef at Main Course Cooking School.    They offer a variety of courses for all levels of experience. https://mccooking.com/

Every Saturday, year-round, you can find the best in local producegrogans-mill-farmers-market and products at the Grogan’s Mill Farmers Market.
Good food comes from good ingredients, all of which you can find here. You can sign up to receive an email on Fridays letting you know which vendors and items will be available on Saturday. www.grogansmillvillage.com/fm_about.htm

food truckJuly 18 – 2015 Best Damn Food Truck Festival Ever – If the name alone doesn’t get you, the food definitely will! The event will be at NRG Park in Houston. Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets get you in to sample all you want, for no additional charge. VIP ticket holders can enter at 3pm; general admission at 4pm. The even runs until 9pm or until you have to roll away! http://www.nrgpark.com/events/family-events/2015-best-damn-food-truck-festival-ever

July 30 – Celebrate Miracle Treat Day, get a frosty dessert and support the Children’s Miracle Network. Visit Dairy Queen in The Woodlands. www.dqwoodlands.com


July is also National Anti-Boredom Month. In that spirit, I’ve compiled a list of great events going on in The Woodlands and beyond that will cure any monotony – and give you a respite from the summer heat! Make sure to keep this newsletter archived as it has many of the local entertainment destinations included.

dosey doeCheck out Dosey Doe Music Café (FM 1488) for local and new musicians or Dosey Doe’s Big Barn (S I-45) for bigger acts. Their schedule is always packed with great entertainment and they also have pretty good food! www.doseydoe.com

July 9 – “And the World Goes ‘Round” presented by The Texas Repertory Theatre in Houston.         The show runs from July 9 through August 12. www.TexRepTheatre.org

mary poppinsJuly 10 – “Mary Poppins” presented by Class Act Productions. The show will run for two weekends, July 10-12 and July 17-19, 2015. Visit www.ClassActProductions.org for more information.

July 10 – “Shrek the Musical” at the Crighton Theatre in Conroe. The show runs from July 10-26. www.Stage-Right.org

sinbadJuly 11 – Don’t miss an opportunity to see comedian
Sinbad LIVE, for one night, at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Houston.         www.TheGrand.com

July 12 – Houston Symphony 3rd Annual Day of Music at Jones Hall in Houston.         This 10-hour event starts at noon.         Visit www.HoustonSymphony.org for more information.

July 14 – Opening night for “Smokey Joe’s Café.”         This show will run from July 14-19 at two venues, The Hobby Center and The Miller Outdoor Theatre. www.tuts.com

market streetJuly 16 – The Market Street Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series returns! Every Thursday, July 16-August 20 from 6:30-9pm. Visit http://www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com/events/5896/summer-concert-series-2015-07-16/ for more information.

July 17 – If you like drums, you can’t miss the Drum Corp International Tour 15, which will start at 7:30pm (doors open at 6pm for pre-event festivities) at the Berry Center in Cypress. www.berrycenter.net/events

Motown_FBJuly 21 – “Motown the Musical” will run from July 21-26 at Broadway at the Hobby Center. If you love Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Michael Jackson, the music of this show will speak to you. www.thehobbycenter.org/?q=node/1299

July 30 – “Old Time Rock ‘N’ Roll” presented by the Houston Symphony at Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion. Free mezzanine & lawn seating. www.WoodlandsCenter.org

August 2 – I realize this isn’t a July date, but it’s Patti LaBelle! For one night, at The Grand 1894 Opera House. www.TheGrand.com

The above should definitely keep you from being bored this month.  Whether it’s food or fun, we have it all here in The Woodlands!!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor