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Sep 22
Weekend Fun with METRO: Sept. 22 – Sept. 24


This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.

We have a wide variety of suggestions for your first weekend of autumn – tragic ballet, outrageous comedy, and an outdoor free event for the whole family. Our Houston Ballet missed the first show of the season due to flood damage to its facility, but they’ve shifted over to the Hobby Center and are carrying on like the troupers we know they are. Saturday afternoon you can take the family to Discovery Green for outdoor fun and education, and Saturday night there’s a quartet of America’s most famous comedians ready to make you howl with laughter.

METRO is ready, too - to take you to all these events and more, so visit the Trip Planner to get the best bus or rail routes for wherever you’d like to go. Don’t forget that you still have a little time to take advantage of free fares for students K-college and parents riding with them – that offer ends on October 1. September has been a stressful month for many Houstonians. So, if you can, spend some time this weekend just enjoying yourself.

Event: “Mayerling.” The Houston Ballet has rescheduled the first performances of the new season to Hobby Center. “Mayerling” is a dramatic work dealing with obsession, unrequited love, and tragedy in 19th century Austria-Hungary, and Houston Ballet is the first North American dance company to present this work. It’s based on the 1889 incident involving the murder-suicide of the sole heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his 17-year-old mistress. Parental discretion is advised. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 713-227-2787.

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Where: Hobby Center – Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella, 44 Acres Homes, 85 Antoine/Washington, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 413 Greenlink Orange

METRORail – Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)

Event: Take Me Outdoors Houston. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department presents this free, family-friendly event that celebrates the outdoors and helps you get back to nature. There will be hands-on activities, booths, and information about natural resources in Houston. Don’t miss the educational demonstrations of live hawks and other raptors in flight at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 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, 413 Greenlink Orange

METRORail – Red Line (exit Main Street Square Station), Green Line and Purple Line (exit Convention District Station)

Event: “The Comedy Get Down.” This event promises a chance to laugh until your sides hurt. Enjoy an evening with Cedric “The Entertainer,” Eddie Griffin, D. L. Hughley and George Lopez. You know these comedians from movies, TV, and radio, and they’ve been making us laugh for decades. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

When: Saturday at 8 p.m.

Where: NRG Arena, 1 NRG Park

Getting there*:

Bus – 84 Buffalo Speedway

METRORail – Red Line (exit Stadium Park/Astrodome Station)

*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.


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