This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
There's always a wide variety of things to do in Houston, and this weekend is no exception. It's hard to pick just a few selections from what's always a menu of many choices. However, never fear – I've chosen an eclectic mix of traditional outings. These are entertainments that have been enjoyed by people for generations, so share them with the next generation. We have a basketball game featuring the timeless Harlem Globetrotters, a concert of ageless classical symphonic music, and a free street market experience in one of Houston's historic neighborhoods.
Public transit has been a benefit for generations, too – you've seen photos of horse-drawn buses in the 19th century – and it's good for us today. METRO's trains and buses can take you to so many places around the area, providing convenience and relaxed travel for you while saving you money and stress. Our Trip Planner will guide you to the right trains and buses to reach your destination this weekend and on into the future. Enjoy!
Event: The Original Harlem Globetrotters. This long-running sports and entertainment group is on tour again, and you can see the team this weekend. Its first basketball game was played in 1927, and the phenomenon is still going strong. I like the fact that the players stay after the game to sign autographs, with the goal of every fan receiving at least one. I remember seeing them when I was a child back in the Jurassic period, and I'd recommend them to your family, too. You can buy tickets online.
When: Saturday at 2 p.m.
Where: NRG Arena, 1 NRG Pkwy.
Bus – 60 Cambridge, 83 Buffalo Speedway
METRORail – Red Line (exit Stadium Park/Astrodome Station)
Event: Houston Symphony Concert. Here's an opportunity to hear some wonderful classical music from our local symphony. The program includes pieces from Mozart and a Britten violin concerto, as well as Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. There's no film, no special effects - just sit back and let yourself be carried away by the beauty of timeless music. There's also a pre-concert discussion, held 45 minutes prior to the concert. Tickets can be purchased online.
When: Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St.
Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes, 48 Market, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express
METRORail – Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)
Event: East End Street Market. This should be a good-weather weekend to enjoy a free, outdoor market, and the East End Street Market is one of the best in town. Spend some family time enjoying the sights and sounds of one of Houston's most historic neighborhoods. You're sure to leave with something you just can't pass up.
When: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Navigation Esplanade, 2800 Navigation Blvd.
Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens, 20 Canal/Memorial, 29 Cullen/Hirsch, 30 Clinton/Ella, 48 Market
*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.
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