Heights Fun Run
This fast out-and-back 5K course runs along the beautiful, scenic and historic Heights Boulevard. The race starts and ends at Marmion Park and includes a 5K Fun Run, a 5K Walk and a Kids. Visit Houston Heights for details.
Heights Bicycle Rally and Scavenger Hunt
Mark your calendar for the Houston Heights Association's Annual Bicycle Rally and Scavenger Hunt. This fun, self-paced, leisurely bicycle riding event allows you to choose between the classic 20-mile course through the Heights and near-by neighborhoods, or a shorter five-mile ride designed for kids and their adult companions – OR DO BOTH – starting and finishing at Marmion Park, located at 18th Street and Heights Boulevard.
Lights in the Heights
Bask in the Christmas spirt and take in the beautifully decorated homes of the Woodland Heights while enjoying holiday musical performers on front porches. Additional information about the specific street closures will be added as the event nears. Visit Woodland Heights for upcoming event details.
White Linen Night in The Heights
Since 2006, every year on the first Saturday of August, the folks of the Heights get together in their finest white clothing and participate in several activities to attract attention to their local businesses. Think of White Linen Night like a huge block party for a good cause. The event gets more and more engaging every year, with live music, art, and plenty of restaurants to dine in. The event is free and certain streets are blocked off, making it pedestrian friendly and a fantastic affair to take the family.
White Oak Music Hall
White Oak Music Hall (“WOMH”) is a multi-venue live music complex centrally located two miles north of downtown Houston. WOMH hosts over 500 live music events per year, from a diverse array of musical acts and genres, including rock, country, hip-hop, R&B, and more. Information about scheduled shows is available on the website...click here for upcoming events.
Art Car Museum
Like art shows? Like car shows? The Art Car Museum, also known as ‘Garage Mahal,’ displays a unique and exciting combination of both. One contributor says, ‘once you start putting stuff on your car, you never stop.’ Local artists take the hunk of metal and transform it into captivating contemporary art with personal statements. The cars on exhibit rotate every so often, and there are even parades. Admission is free, and everyone can find something enjoyable.
Live music. What more needs to be said? Fitzgerald’s is a dive bar established in 1977, making it one of the oldest venues in Greater Houston. It is commonly known for its intimacy; there’s no such thing as a bad seat, since it’s small and snug. The floor downstairs is perfect for dancing, and the upstairs balcony is usually open once it gets a little crowded. The tickets are at affordable prices, and they book a variation of bands, including indie bands like Bombay Bicycle Club, Stars, and Father John Misty.
Bayou City Bike Tours
Looking for the road less traveled? Bayou City Bike Tours is a sure way to get an entertaining history lesson and a good workout in historic heights. California cruisers and helmets are provided, and the guides are fun and knowledgeable. The near eight-mile trip is attainable to anyone’s ability, since there’s plenty of stopping for group interaction and to discuss history; it hardly feels like the tour has been traveling that far.
Please visit Houston Heights to learn more about the area.
Houston Heights (often referred to simply as "The Heights") is a community located in northwest-central Houston, Texas. "The Heights" is often referred to colloquially to describe a larger collection of neighborhoods adjacent to and including the actual Houston Heights. However, Houston Heights has its own history, distinct from Norhill and Woodland Heights.
The decade of the 1890s was an exciting period of development for Americans. Towns were becoming cities; cities were expanding. This was especially true in Texas, where speculators were drawn from other states. The Houston area attracted thousands of these adventurers, and it was in this climate that Houston Heights began. With an elevation 23 feet higher than downtown Houston, a natural sandy soil, rich vegetation, mature trees and artesian water sources, Houston Heights promised a sanctuary of health and well-being.
By 1891 millionaire Oscar Martin Carter and a group of investors established the Omaha and South Texas Land Company. The company purchased 1,756 acres of land and established infrastructure, including alleys, parks, schools, streets and utilities, worth $500,000. When Houston Heights was founded, it was a streetcar suburb of Houston which attracted people who did not wish to live in the dense city. It had its own municipality until the City of Houston annexed the Heights in 1919.
Carter's vision included a transportation system that would bring passengers four miles from Houston to his planned community, a considerable distance in those days. However, when most cities the size of Houston already had electric streetcar lines, Houston only had two mule-drawn systems. He arranged for the purchase and electrification of both systems, thus guaranteeing electric streetcars to Houston Heights. His investment gave potential investors the confidence to believe in his dream and invest in his totally planned community. It was also a very profitable venture, since the city was destined for tremendous growth as well.
In 1973, residents and business owners organized the Houston Heights Association to work together toward maintaining the quality of life desired and toward preserving the historic fiber of the community. This renewed vitality has been attracting new residents, many of whom are the children of those people who moved to the suburbs long ago. In contrast to 100 years ago, the majority of these young, new residents are not moving to Houston Heights to build new homes but to restore the historic homes built by others. They are part of the national trend to buy an old house with all its charm and architectural distinction and restore it. Young professionals are also seeking the convenience of close-in living -- only a short distance from work, cultural centers and restaurants. Once again, Houston Heights is developing a firm sense of identity and camaraderie not much different from that found in the community created by O. M. Carter many years ago.
Since the 1990s, and similar to other parts of Houston inside the 610 Loop, the Heights has experienced gentrification, a process ongoing to this day, as young highly paid professionals have flocked to the area, purchasing and renovating some of the historic homes (and demolishing some of them to build newer, upscale housing). Upscale boutiques and restaurants have opened in the area, giving the streetscape an appearance not too much unlike Bellaire, Lower Westheimer or Upper Kirby.
In 1991, a Texas Historical Commission marker detailing the neighborhood's history was placed on Heights Boulevard. By that time, more than 100 Houston Heights structures were listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and the suburb was a member of the Texas Urban Main Street program, which sought to revitalize the area.
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