This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
Hooray, the weekend is here! No question about it - weekends are a lot more welcome now that the holidays have passed and life is back to normal. I'm recommending a Broadway theater experience for you and, in case budgeting was part of your New Year's resolutions, some free events. The MATCH hosts its annual free family day on Sunday, and on Monday there are two MLK Day parades (one in Midtown and one downtown), and a free MLK festival at Minute Maid Park.
Also, don't forget that this is the last weekend for "Zoo Lights," so hop on the Red Line to the Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station and see all that beauty before it's packed away until next year. I can just picture the giraffes stretching their necks up into the trees to take down the lights.
Happily for us, METRO makes it easy to enjoy lots of weekend fun. Our bus and rail network can take you to so many places at a very reasonable cost, and the discounts for students, seniors and veterans just add more value. Our Trip Planner is an easy-to-use source of information on the routes that will get you where you want to go. Add another resolution to your New Year's list – take more public transportation. Have fun this weekend!
Event: The Color Purple. Here's a musical re-imagining of the epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. With a score that includes jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, this play won a Tony award on Broadway for Best Musical Revival. You can see it for one weekend only, and tickets can be purchased online.
When: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.
Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella, 40 Telephone/Heights, 44 Acres Homes, 85 Antoine/Washington, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express
METRORail – Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)
Event: MATCH Family Fun Day. This is MATCH's third annual Family Fun Day, and it's chock full of fun for the little ones and free for all the family. Your family can visit with theater characters, and enjoy kid-friendly musical concerts and dance performances of Peter and Wendy. You'll also find a photo booth, face painting, balloon artists, stilt walkers, a chalk artist and a bounce house. Food will be available for sale. It sounds like a terrific afternoon at a can't-be-beat price.
When: Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: The MATCH, 3400 Main St.
Bus – 9 Gulfton/Holman, 82 Westheimer
METRORail – Red Line (exit Ensemble/HCC Station)
Event: 40th Annual "Original" MLK, Jr. Parade & Holiday Celebration. The parade will be full of floats, marching bands, military and ROTC groups, first responders, city and county officials, VIP guests, and notable organizations from around the world. It begins at Minute Maid Park and is followed by the 2nd Annual MLK, Jr. Taste of Houston festival. This free family-friendly event features popular and cultural food and desserts, art work, kids' activities, and live musical performances.
When: Monday at 10 a.m.
Where: Minute Maid Park, Texas and Crawford St.
Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens, 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 48 Market, 137 Northshore Express
METRORail – Green Line and Purple Line (exit Convention District Station)
Event: 24th Annual MLK Grande Parade. Join the more than 300,000 spectators who will view this festive parade as it proceeds through Midtown, primarily on San Jacinto St. You can expect to enjoy 15 beautiful parade floats and thrill to the sounds of 30 marching bands. The website says it's the third largest parade in the country after the Rose Parade and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Where: Parade starts at San Jacinto and Elgin St.
Bus – 9 Gulfton/Holman, 11 Almeda/Lyons
METRORail – Red Line (exit Ensemble/HCC Station) – Note that there's a 5 block walk from the rail station.
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