Photo by Marco Torres

On Friday, March 3 night, Houston icon Bun B returned to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo with a bunch of hip-hop/R&B artists, successfully packing NRG Stadium with people who were ready to take that trip down memory lane.

Bun first hit the stage for this year's Southern Takeover, dropping a couple of sanitized bangers from his days in UGK (Underground Kingz) with the late Pimp C, with a full band behind him. He rocked a black, fringe leather fit, complete with a poncho bearing the UGK logo and a cowboy hat bearing the Monster Energy Drink logo.

Then came the cavalcade of stars. Last year, he stuck to Houston artists: Paul Wall, Slim Thug, several Lils. This year, he opened up the lineup to artists from other Southern states. First up was Tennessee, as he brought out Tela, producer/performer Jazze Pha and duo 8Ball & MJG – all Memphis boys – to do a few numbers.

The crowd got more turnt when Bun introduced Mississippi MCs David Banner, as he and Houston MC Lil’ Flip performed their rambunctious collabo “Like A Pimp,” and Big K.R.I.T., who teamed up with Bun to do a cleaned-up version of their “Country Sh*t” remix.

The stadium rafters truly started rattling when welcoming talent from Louisiana. Lafayette singer Cupid had people line-dancing in the aisles when he sang his hit “Cupid Shuffle.” That was just an appetizer for the main course, which came in the form of Cash Money Millionaires Juvenile and Mannie Fresh.

After Fresh gave the crowd a few bars of that Big Tymers fave “Get Your Roll On,” Juvenile followed with two crowd-pleasers you just knew he was gonna do: “Rodeo” and the one-and-only “Back That Thang Up.” Bun came up unfortunately short with Georgia, a state rich with hip-hop talent.

He got Atlanta-bred Trinidad James, who wore a red, Roy Rogers-style cowboy outfit and did an adequate rendition of his hit “All Gold Everything.” (Houston radio personality HardBodyKiotti did briefly come out to help Bun led the audience in swag-surfing as they performed “Swag Surfin” from Stone Mountain’s Fast Life Yungstaz.)

As for Texas, it wasn’t as bountiful as the myriad Houston legends he rounded up last year, but there were still some memorable moments. A guitar-wielding Scarface did a couple of songs; one of them served as background music for an “In Memoriam” montage of all the local/national rap stars we’ve lost throughout the years.

Screwed Up Click alumni YungStar performed as a trio of slabs – carrying such Houston rap vets as Slim Thug, Killa Kyleon and the Botany Boyz – did a brief promenade on the stadium floor. (One of them was also covered with the logo from Bun’s Trill Burgers business.)

But the final guest was a real surprise. After telling the Houston audience he loved them, Bun showed them how much by bringing out Dallas neo-R&B queen Erykah Badu. Wearing a large coat and an even larger silver hat, Badu stalked the stage and occasionally flashed her grill to the cameras as she performed “On and On” and “Tyrone.”

The latter ended with Badu giving quite the dramatic, high-pitched finale. The show came to a close with everybody coming back onstage to join Bun in performing another UGK classic “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You).”

“We put 75,000 people in here tonight,” Bun told the audience, before all the performers hopped on the back of trucks and rode off the stadium floor. (The show announcer later declared that it was 74,573 audience members— that's more than last year's H-Town Takeover.)

Houston's OG gave an entertaining, family-friendly show that took people back to a simpler time, when people mostly used their computers to burn mix CDs.

Bun B Southern Takeover

Photo by Marco Torres

Hometown hero Bun B surveys a crowd of 74,573 adoring fans at his Southern Takeover.


“Wood Wheel,” Bun B

“Pocket Full of Stones” Bun B

“Get Throwed,” Bun B

“Tired of Ballin’,” Tela, Jazze Pha

“Girls in the Club,” Tela, Jazze Pha, 8Ball & MJG

“Space Age Pimpin’,” 8Ball & MJG

“Like A Pimp,” David Banner, Lil’ Flip

“Country Sh*t (Remix),” Big K.R.I.T., Bun B

“All Gold Everything,” Trinidad James

“Swag Surfin,” Kiotti Brown, Bun B

“Cupid Shuffle,” Cupid

“Get Your Roll On,” Mannie Fresh

“Rodeo,” Juvenile

“Back That Thang Up,” Juvenile

“I Look Good,” Chali Boy

“Knocking Pictures Off the Wall,” YungStar

“Wanna Be a Baller,” YungStar

“Havin’ Thangs,” Big Mike

“Smile,” Scarface

“Mary Jane,” Scarface

“Big Pimpin,” Bun B

“On and On,” Erykah Badu

“Tyrone,” Erykah Badu

“Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You),” Everybody

Photo courtesy of LiveNation

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo tickets finally go on sale for 2023 concert season

lasso up those tix

Fans of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo who're eagerly awaiting their chance to score tickets for the 2023 shows can get ready to add to cart. Tickets for this year's concerts (February 28–March 19) at NRG Stadium go on sale Thursday, January 12 online.

New this year, ticket sales will go in two waves — 10 am and 2 pm — on Thursday to accommodate the online surge. Wave 1 tickets are for February 28–March 9 shows, while Wave 2 tickets are for March 10–19 shows.

An online waiting room for both windows opens at 9:30 am (Wave 1) and 1:30 pm (Wave 2). Importantly, the early waiting room entrance does not guarantee ticket access, rather a chance to buy.

Individual ticket prices start at $25, plus a $4 per ticket convenience fee, and are offered as follows:

  • Upper Level: $25 or $30
  • Loge Level: $40
  • Club Level: $50 or $55
  • Field Level: $44
  • Action Seats: $155
  • Hess Chute Seats: $375

Once purchased, tickets will be delivered electronically via the AXS Mobile ID; customers should plan for around 48 hours for delivery. Access purchased tickets via the AXS mobile app and the email login used to purchase tickets.

Should the rodeo sell out of standard tickets, fans can still purchase verified resale tickets through official AXS. These tickets will be available around 4 pm that same Thursday (January 12), per the rodeo. This helps buyers avoid high-priced, third party ticket vendors and stick to the source.

As CultureMap reported, RodeoHouston revealed this year's lineup on January 5. This year's showcase features a hometown name (Parker McCollum) on Opening Day, closer Luke Bryan on March 19, and a big return of Houston hip-hop icon Bun B for Black Heritage Day (Friday, March 3), this time not with a an H-Town Takeover, but with a Southern Takeover.

For tickets, full schedule, and more information, visit RodeoHouston online.

RodeoHouston reveals 2023 lineup starring another Bun B takeover, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, and more

rodeohouston 2023

The moment is finally here: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo fans now know who's playing the highly anticipated, 20-day run (February 28–March 19) this year at NRG Park.

RodeoHouston brass unveiled the lineup on Thursday, January 5 at a special event at the Director's Club. Much like 2022's 90th anniversary lineup, the 2023 showcase will feature a historic headliner with the return of Houston hip-hop icon Bun B, who pledges to give the world a taste of true Southern flava'.

As CultureMap was first to report, Conroe native Parker McCollum will kick things off on Opening Day, February 28; he's one of 12 other country acts set to perform. Brooks & Dunn headlines Armed Forces Day on Wednesday, March 1, followed by breakout star Lauren Daigle, who makes her RodeoHouston debut on Thursday, March 2.

H-Town hip-hop legend Bun B returns after his historic turn last year, this time for Black Heritage Day with a Southern Takeover on Friday, March 3. The Trill OG tells CultureMap this takeover will "have representation from the great state of Louisiana, the great state of Florida, the great state of Tennessee, the great state of Georgia, and most definitely the great state of Texas."

Back to country, Walker Hayes takes the stage on Saturday, March 4, with the Zac Brown Band following on Sunday, March 5. Jason Aldean performs Monday, March 6.

In a pop-powered throwback jam, New Kids on the Block will bring the right stuff on Tuesday, March 7. Then it's the California Cowboy, Jon Pardi, bringing West Coast Country on Wednesday, March 8. Songstress Ashley McBryde performs the next day, Thursday, March 9.

Poppin' off next is The Chainsmokers, sure to be a packed show on Friday, March 10. Another packed show will no doubt be Turnpike Troubadours, who play the next day, Saturday, March 11.

Go Tejano Day stars La Fiera de Ojinaga, with outlaw country act Cody Jinks following on Monday, March 13.

Pop rocker Machine Gun Kelly sings/raps/rocks on Tuesday, March 14, with country superstar Kenny Chesney taking the stage the following day on Wednesday, March 15.

Soulful Southern rocker Chris Stapleton brings it on Thursday, March 16, with Cody Johnson doing Texas Country at its finest the next day, Friday, March 17.

Country favorite/guitar slinger Brad Paisley is the penultimate act on Saturday, March 18. American Idol star/country star Luke Bryan closes the rodeo on Sunday, March 19.

The 2023 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and all RodeoHouston performances are scheduled for February 28–March 19, 2023 at NRG Park.

More information on shows, schedules, special events, tickets, and more can be found at RodeoHouston online.

Photo courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo releases limited number of 2023 season tickets for sale

get those season tix, y'all

After nearly two years of inactivity due to the pandemic, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo made a triumphant, Texas-sized return this year to toast its 90th anniversary. RodeoHouston’s epic comeback saw a history-making hip-hop takeover — including SLABs on the rodeo floor — by our local legend Bub B, inspired shows by Gwen Stefani and Journey, and a fitting close by the King of Country.

While RodeoHouston 2022 will be hard to top, fans can now prepare for the next year’s iteration, as a limited number of 2023 season tickets go on sale at 10 am Tuesday, August 9. Season tickets will be available online and start at $500, with an eight-ticket purchase limit per household, according to a rodeo press release.

As CultureMap reported in April, next year’s rodeo runs February 28–March 19. These 2023 season tickets for sale include all 20 RodeoHouston performances. For those more interested in Individual tickets, those will go on sale once the 2023 star entertainer lineup is announced at a later date, per the rodeo.

For those purchasing season tickets on August 9, the rodeo advises that an online waiting room opens at 9:30 am; customers who join the waiting room from 9:30 am to 9:59 am will then be randomly selected to enter the store to purchase season tickets right at 10 am, according to the rodeo.

Importantly, per the rodeo, access to the online early waiting room does not put customers in a first-come, first-served line. Additionally, access to this waiting room does not guarantee season tickets.

All season tickets sold will be delivered electronically via AXS Mobile ID; those who purchase online should allow 48 hours for delivery. Customers can access their purchased tickets by downloading the AXS mobile app and logging in with the email they used to purchase tickets.

Here’s a quick breakdown of packages and options, per the rodeo. Buyers are advised to use this NRG Stadium seat map.

NRG Stadium Map Upper Level: $500–$600
Loge Level: $800
Field Level: $880 (partially obstructed view for Rodeo; great concert view)
Club Level: $1,000 (partially obstructed view for Rodeo; great concert view)
Shared Entertainment Suite Seats: $5,500
Hess Chute Seats: $7,500

Photo courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announces big dates for 2023

rodeo 2023

Judging from the epic turnout and numbers at this year’s 90th anniversary event, it’s clear that Houstonians — and indeed, Texans — greatly missed the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Now, fans can mark their calendars for next year’s festivities.

The rodeo has announced its dates for 2023: The event will run February 28–March 19, 2023. Things will kick off with the wildly popular and highly attended World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, which will be held February 23–25, 2023 and see hundreds of teams competing for the title of best ’cue.

As always, the city will have to wait for the big announce for entertainers (that never stops us from guessing, however). The carnival, Midway, wine auctions, balls and luncheons, and special parties will also return next year.

Houston and the state endured a rodeo drought, forced to wait two years for in-person fun due to COVID cancellations. Back for a triumphant return, this year’s rodeo featured history-making turns. Local rap legend Bun B — the first Black male headliner from Houston — hosted his epic H-Town Takeover, boasting a who’s-who of Bayou City rap and hip-hop talent. Other huge concert draws included Ricky Martin; Gwen Stefani; Journey; and of course, the King of Country, George Strait, the rodeo closer.

Meanwhile, local restaurateur Ben Berg also made history by opening the first sit-down restaurant ever, The Ranch Steakhouse and Saloon. Besides boasting his signature, up-market steak and fine fare, The Ranch quickly became the see-and-be-seen spot for fashionable and social locals.

Even the cookoff had a first, with Cotton Holdings (the event sponsor) hosting Grammy-nominated act — and past rodeo performer — Midland for a VIP tent show. Speaking of tents, Cotton’s was as about as over-the-top as it gets for rodeo cookoff.

By the numbers, this year’s 90th anniversary bash was a Texas-sized success. The rodeo welcomed back more than 2.4 million guests (2,417,248 total), more than 34,000 livestock and horse show entries, and a historic $1 million steer auction purchase. In just three days, the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest entertained 158,215 guests.

Concerts drew some 1,301,529 fans, with 73,259 at Bun B’s H-Town Takeover and 79,456 at Strait’s concert-only closing show.

Can we beat those numbers next year? We’ll have to saddle up and find out.

Photo by Jacob Power

King of Country George Strait draws Texas-sized crowd for RodeoHouston 2022 finale

RodeoHouston 2022

A triumphant end to the first full concert season in two years, The King of Country, George Strait, delivered on the hype building since his appearance at the 90th season of RodeoHouston came to light way back in May 2021.

RodeoHouston organizers smartly went big with the year's marquee show, bringing in the second-highest selling male country artist of all time, only behind Garth Brooks, with 70 million albums sold and 60 No. 1 country hits. The night marked the 23rd appearance by the Pearsall, Texas-raised icon.

Going into the night, many fans wondered if it would it be a repeat of his 2019 performance, when he completed that RodeoHouston season by setting an NRG Stadium record with 80,108 fans in attendance. At that performance, Strait indulged the fans with an extensive, two-hour-plus set with appearances by Texas country legends, Robert Earn Keen and Lyle Lovett.

The seating configuration largely mirrored the 2019 gig, drawing an almost record-setting 79,452, easily this year's biggest crowd. A sequel of sorts, Strait's extended setlist remained much of the same too with a waist-deep pool of 29 songs played over the course of two-plus hours, 20 of those covered at his last rodeo show.

Something different this time around, Strait gave the opening set to a fresh-faced, classic Nashville songwriter instead of showcasing the traditional Texas folk-country of Keen and Lovett.

Dressed in a sparkly black one-armed jump-suit, it was easy to see why up-and-coming, Arkansas-raised, singer-songwriter Ashley McBryde got the nod to open the night. Her eighth time playing with George Strait, the 2018 ACM New Vocalist of the Year winner and 2019 CMA New Artist of the Year brought a little Reba McEntire twang, heartfelt lyrics a la Miranda Lambert, and a hint of old school country rebelliousness.

The Grammy-nominated artist ripped through favorites from her first two critically acclaimed country albums, 2018’s breakthrough, Girl Going Nowhere, and 2020’s Never Will. That included set-opener "Martha Devine," "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega," "Voodoo Doll," and "Whiskey + Country Music," which she debuted at the Grand Ol' Opry.

Her performance also included a fiery rendition of the Allman Brothers Band's "Midnight Rider," complete with a devil-horns worthy guitar solo by her guitarist, Chris Harris. She acknowledged it was the biggest crowd she had ever played to, and she didn’t waste the opportunity.

After a quick 20-minute intermission, it was time for what the crowd had been waiting for, the 69-year-old Strait strutting through a tunnel, forgoing the customary Ford truck ride to the stage. That elicited the first round of ear-shattering applause of the night.

Dressed in a red and white plaid dress shirt, black cowboy hat, blue jeans, and brown cowboy boots, he got right down to business with the No. 1 song, "Heartland" from the Pure Country soundtrack, backed by his tight, 11-piece Ace in the Hole band that put forth a huge, rafter-filling sound.

Second up, the 1996 hit "I Can Still Make Cheyenne" was the first of many country and western heartbreakers, vividly recalling the toll living the life of the rodeo had on one tragic couple.

"Hello Houston!" Strait finally greeted the fans with his trademark smile, to much excitement. "Oh that sounds, good."

The band kicked into No. 2 2011 hit "Here For a Good Time," which drew the first singalong. Strait largely stayed in front of the microphone, eschewing the showboating of some of the younger performers over the past three weeks. However, there was a dignified, comforting presence to his demeanor, the audience not needing him to do much more than play from his storied songbook.

No. 1 1995 hit "Check Yes or Now" got a another big response, as did 1987's "Ocean Front Property," the latter earning another full-throated singalong. "We’re going to do an old one," Strait said before kicking into a rousing version of the Waylon Jennings track, "Waymore’s Blues," featuring an impressive guitar solo by long time Strait band member Rick McRae and pianist Ronnie Huckaby.

The trio of C&W break-up songs, "I Ain’t Her Cowboy Anymore," from 2006's It Just Comes Natural, "That's What Breaking Hearts Do," from 2013 album Love Is Everything — featuring a great steel guitar solo from Mike Daily — and No. 1 song "Give It Away," could have given into country song-cliché. But Strait's earnest delivery and sense of melody transcended genre tropes.

And because this was a country show, Strait once again paid tribute to first responders with "The Weight of the Badge" from 2019’s Honky Tonk Time Machine, a track that no doubt spoke to a large portion of the crowd, producing a whoop when the video screens shared photos of the Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department, and Texas Rangers. That preceded a presentation of a new home to a Gold Star family, commonly done at Strait’s shows, the crowd lapping it up.

The second-half of the show started off with what amounted to a commercial for Strait’s tequila, "Codigo" from 2019’s Honky Tonk Time Machine. The song didn’t chart but hey, that tequila isn't going to sell itself. That was followed by relative deep cut, "Adalida" from Lead On, hitting No. 3 on the country chart back in 1995.

"I’ve been asked a lot what my favorite song is. Do you know what it is?," Strait queried before kicking into the classic "Amarillo By Morning," a noticeable cheer going out after the "they took my saddle in Houston" line. It was one of the night's best and biggest singalongs, cowboys and cowgirls square dancing on the NRG Stadium floor. A photo from his first appearance at RodeoHouston shown on the giant video screens at the end of the song sent the decibels through the roof.

"Here’s my second or third favorite," Strait said with a big smile, now getting into a groove. "It's called 'The Chair.'" The romantic No. 1 pick-up song from 1985 is still in style nearly 40 years later. 2011's Here For A Good Time hit "I'll Always Remember You" got the country crooner looking towards the future when he hangs up the cowboy hat for good. "I don't know how much longer I will do this, but when I am done, I know you won’t be far way and I’ll hear year cheering and screaming. I'll always remember you."

The oldest track of the night and Strait’s first radio hit, "Unwound" from 1981's Strait Country, finished the set with the singer waving goodbye to the audience before walking off stage towards the tunnel. No one left their seats, and after a sustained cacophony of voices that got louder and louder, Strait inevitably came back out for his requisite encore.

The crowd mouthed all the words for the first of four bonus tracks, the never-gets-old, "All My Exes Live In Texas," followed by "Take Me to Texas" from 2005's Somewhere Down in Texas. That gave way to a cover of the late, great Tom Petty’s "Wreck Me," a showcase for his guitarists. The night finished with the 1985 favorite, "The Cowboy Rides Away."

And with that, the curtain closed on the 2022 RodeoHouston season, an extraordinary return after missing half of the 2020 calendar and the entirety of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

RodeoHouston organizers, committee members, and volunteers should be commended for showing no signs of rust in welcoming back hundreds of thousands to NRG Stadium. A deserved shout-out goes to LD Systems, in charge of the fantastic light and sound show that amazed audiences over the last three weeks.

While it seemed like a return-to-basics approach that the event made its name on with a number of returning country performers, RodeoHouston really shined the brightest when it sought to reach every corner of Houston culture. It filled the seats for hip-hop fans with the highly regarded Bun-B's H-Town Takeover; it played to the diehard classic rock crowd with Journey's spectacular performance.

Gwen Stefani spoke to Gen Xers in what might have been the best concert of the year. And Marshmello drew thousands of kids who simply love DJs in gimmicky helmets alongside compassionate family members.

RodeoHouston may mosey off into the sunset for another year, but what a welcome back for the beloved annual tradition, part of the quintessential fabric that makes Houston a rich and diverse city.

"I Can Still Make Cheyenne"
"Here For A Good Time"
"I Saw God Today"
"Check Yes or No"
"I Got A Car"
"Easy Come, Easy Go"
"Ocean Front Property"
"Waymore's Blues" (Waylon Jennings cover)
"I Ain’t Her Cowboy Anymore"
"That’s What Breaking Hearts Do"
"Give It Away"
"Every Little Honky Tonk Bar"
"Marina Del Ray"
"The Weight of the Badge"
"Amarillo By Morning"
"The Chair"
"Come On Joe"
"I'll Always Remember You"

"All My Exes Live in Texas"
"Take Me to Texas"
"Wreck Me" (Tom Petty cover)
"The Cowboy Rides Away"

Strait points to his adoring fans.

George Strait RodeoHouston 2022
Photo by Jacob Power
Strait points to his adoring fans.
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Houston Botanic Garden goes bananas over world's favorite fruit with specialty brunch, 5-course dinner, and more

Go bananas!

The banana is one of those fruits it's easy to take for granted. They're pretty much everywhere: on kitchen counters, by the cash register at health club cafes and corporate cafeterias, overflowing from the stands in the produce aisle. Who stops to consider where the banana comes from, or even which varieties we're eating?

Answer: the Houston Botanic Garden.

Houston's urban garden is throwing a banana bash June 2 and 3. Back by popular demand, the Go Bananas!festival is a celebration of the popular fruit, one of the can't-miss plants in the garden. There's a host of banana-themed happenings to help guests better understand this tropical delight.

On June 2, the garden hosts a pop-up dinner and wine pairing. For $145 a ticket, guests get a five-course dinner, each course featuring a banana-infused or inspired dish.

How infused? Chef Keisha Griggs of Kuji Kitchen and Bocage Catering has crafted special creations that showcase the banana's flavors and versatility. Think banana bisque with hazelnuts and banana-leaf-wrapped sea bass.

On June 3, with the price of admission to the garden, guests can taste several different banana varieties, help judge the garden's first-ever banana bread baking contest, and solve the mystery of the disappearance of a popular banana variety from supermarket shelves.

Banana experts will also be on hand to talk about the fruit's history and role in trade and culture.

Of course, no banana festival would be complete without brunch, complete with coffee, mimosas and peanut butter and banana bread pudding.

Houstonians would be, well, bananas to miss out.

Go Bananas Houston Botanic Garden

Photo courtesy of Houston Botanic Garden

Don your Dolce & Banana for this one.

This is how big Houston apartments get for $1,500 a month


We all know what renters dream about when they’re not thinking about the logistics of owning a home: low rent prices with the perfect amount of space. In a city like Houston, that’s getting harder and harder to come by.

In fact, for renters who have a budget of $1,500 a month, the average apartment size they can get in Houston spans about 997 square feet. That’s according to a new study by apartment rental marketplace RentCafe. The study looked at data from their sister site, Yardi Matrix, to determine the average size and price per square foot for a $1,500 monthly budget in 200 of the largest American cities.

H-Town is just outside the top 10 in a ranking of Texas cities with the most space for the same budget, at No. 11. If you head to neighboring Pasadena, residents get an average of 1,180 square feet of space for the same price.

The worst offender, with the smallest space for the price, is Austin. Austin renters have to make do with an average apartment size of 714 square feet, which is a 283-square-foot difference in comparison to Houston. In Killeen, which is only 70 miles north of Austin, renters can find an average apartment size of 1,095 square feet. The Capital City is at the bottom of the list in the overall analysis of Texas cities; adding to the ever-growing list of reasons to be glad we don't live there.

Renters looking to live in Fort Worth or Dallas will notice a nearly 100 square foot difference between apartments, at 909 and 805 square feet, respectively. Residents can get the most bang for their buck in the suburbs with an average apartment size well into the 900-square-foot range. Mesquite residents, by far, get the most space, at 999 square feet, whereas renters in Garland and Arlington get an average of 937 and 928 square feet for the same budget.

Elsewhere in Texas, apartments in the Rio Grande Valley have the best price per square foot in the state. McAllen residents get the most space out of any other Texas city with an average apartment size of 1,471 square feet. Renters in Brownsville, which is 60 miles east on the border, can get a similarly sized apartment that’s 1,307 square feet for the same $1,500 a month budget.

Here’s how much space you can rent for $1,500 a month in other Texas cities:

  • Amarillo – 1,318 square feet
  • El Paso – 1,222 square feet
  • Lubbock – 1,218 square feet
  • Corpus Christi – 1,126 square feet
  • Grand Prairie – 873 square feet
  • Denton – 868 square feet
  • Irving – 848 square feet
  • McKinney – 809 square feet
  • Plano – 766 square feet
  • Frisco – 740 square feet

The full report can be found on rentcafe.com.

13 Houston-area museums offer free admission to military families this summer

Giving Back

Over a dozen Houston-area museums are honoring active duty military personnel and their families with free admission through the Blue Star Museums initiative, now through September 4, 2023.

Established by the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Blue Star Museums program annually provides military families free access to 2,000 museums nationwide throughout the summer. The program begins yearly on Armed Forces Day in May and ends on Labor Day.

Free admission is extended to personnel currently serving in the U.S Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard (including those in the Reserve), and all National Guardsman. Members of the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps are also included in the program.

Those who qualify can use their military ID to bring up to five family members - including relatives of those currently deployed. More information about qualifications can be found here.

There is no limit on the number of participating museums that qualifying families may visit. Admission for non-active military veterans, however, is not included.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts website, the initiative was created to help "improve the quality of life for active duty military families" with a specific focus on children. The site states 2 million have had a parent deployed since 2001.

"Blue Star Museums was created to show support for military families who have faced multiple deployments and the challenges of reintegration," the organizers say. "This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together."

In Houston, participating institutions include well-known art, science, and history museums, as well as smaller museums outside the city limits. Here's a look at all the museums in the area that are participating in the Blue Star Museums initiative this year.

In Houston:

In Katy:
In La Porte:
In Galveston:
In Mont Belvieu:

In Chappell Hill:

In Huntsville:

More information about Blue Star Museums and a full list of participants can be found on arts.gov.