This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
Our Theater District experienced flooding during Harvey's visit, and it may be a while before I can include them in our weekend entertainment recommendations, so let's wish them a quick recovery. Later this month, the ballet, opera, and some theaters begin their 2017-18 seasons, so there will be lots of good stuff for your weekend enjoyment.
Meanwhile, this weekend celebrates Mexico's independence from Spain – Fiestas Patrias – and I'm recommending a parade and festival related to that joyful commemoration. I've also found you a free outdoor screening of "The Breakfast Club," so get out your 1980s shoulder pads and reminisce.
Good news - students K-college and parents accompanying them can ride free on METRO's buses and rail through Sept. 30. Just show a student ID when you board, and you're set to go. That's another reason to get out this weekend with METRO. Use our Trip Planner to find the routes for your destinations and have a great weekend.
Event: "The Breakfast Club." Remember this movie? If you're nostalgic about the 1980s, you'll love this free screening of John Hughes' classic film, "The Breakfast Club," under the stars at Market Square Park. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and your memories.
When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Market Square Park, 301 Milam St.
Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 48 Market, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 161 Wilcrest Express
METRORail – Red Line (exit Preston Station)
Event: 49th Annual Fiestas Patrias International Parade. There will be dance performances, live music, and more at this very colorful parade celebrating Mexico's independence from Spain. Winding through downtown, the free parade travels west on Texas from Avenue de las Americas, north on Crawford, west on Congress, north on Austin, east on Franklin, then south on Hamilton to end at Congress.
When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Parade route begins at Texas & Avenue de las Americas
Bus – 413 Greenlink Orange
METRORail – Green Line and Purple Line (exit Convention District Station)
Event: Texas Taco Music Fest. This event combines food, music and fun, so it sounds like a great reason to stay downtown after the parade. Live music performances include Mind Shrine, El 43, Passion d'Luna and Jimencio. There's a special performance by Danzantes de Voladeros de Papantla, plus a special kids' activities area, craft booths, and more tacos than you can imagine. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate, and kids age 12 and younger get in free.
When: Saturday from noon to 9 p.m.
Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney St.
Getting there*: Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 51 Hardy-Kelley, 52 Hardy-Ley, 137 Northshore Express
METRORail – Red Line (exit Main Street Square Station), Green Line and Purple Line (exit Convention District Station)
*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.
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