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Feb 23
Weekend Fun with METRO: Feb. 23–25


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

It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring around here; I see flowers on saucer magnolia trees and violets in my yard. So, let’s go outdoors! Two of this weekend’s suggested events will let you enjoy the fresh air – you can choose between the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo kickoff bar-b-que event and a get-out-and-play event at Moody Park. I’m also suggesting a theater experience that will have you tapping your toes to good old rock-and-roll music.
METRO’s ready to help you spring into springtime. Buses and trains can take you east, west, north and south to so many things, and get there with less money and less stress. Our Trip Planner will provide the routes you need to use; just type in your starting point and destination. I guess we’ve seen our last wintry day, so I foresee lots of fun outings on the horizon for you and your family. Have a great weekend!

Event: World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. Well, this will ruin our diet resolutions for the new year. Competition is fierce, with 250 teams competing to make the greatest bar-b-que in Houston – the smell alone will make you gain five pounds. Your admission ticket purchases access to live and DJ music areas and the rides and games of the carnival, as well as a bar-b-que sandwich plate. It’s the right way to kick off the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

When: Friday from noon to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: NRG Park, 1 NRG Pkwy.

Getting there*:

Bus – 60 Cambridge, 84 Buffalo Speedway METRORail – Red Line (exit Stadium Park/Astrodome Station)

Event: Memphis. I love this description from the website – “the Tony-award winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.” Now that I’ve given the copywriter an award, I want to buy a ticket to see this. It’s the true story of the romance between a white DJ and a black R&B singer and the problems that they encounter, both personal and career-wise, in 1950s Memphis. The production won Tony Awards for Best Musical, book and original score.

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.

Getting there*:

Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 413 Greenlink Orange

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

Event: Play Everywhere Tour. Here’s a free event for the whole family to enjoy. You can register online for a course of game challenges, but you can visit the festival area for food, music and games without registration. The goal of the event is for families to learn about and experience the benefits of play. METRO’s Discover Bus and police department K9 crew will be there also, so stop by and visit us.

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Moody Park, 3725 Fulton St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 79 W. Little York

METRORail – Red Line (exit Moody Park Station)


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


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