This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend to all who are Irish or wish you were Irish. Don't they say that everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day? This weekend, I'm recommending a Broadway musical at the Hobby Center, with bluegrass music written by the iconic Steve Martin. For free, there's the festive St. Patrick's Day parade, and the Contemporary Arts Museum is hosting a free family day full of fun events. You can't lose by picking one or all these events to make your weekend memorable.
Enjoy this spring weather and our beautiful city by riding a bus or train to your weekend events. You'll be amazed at the flowers and blooming trees you can see that you don't notice when you're behind the wheel and your eyes are (rightfully!) on the road.
Go to the Trip Planner, type in your starting address and destination, and you'll get the information you need to ride METRO. Last week I told you to put on your boots; this week I'll tell you to put on your green. But whatever you wear this weekend, just enjoy yourself. You deserve it.
Event: Bright Star. This Broadway bluegrass musical was nominated for five Tony awards, and won a variety of other awards. The book, story and music were written by multi-talented Steve Martin, not just your everyday comedian. Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the 1920s and 1940s, the story of Alice and a young soldier is described as genuine and hopeful. 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, 800 Bagby St.
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
METRORail – Green and Purple lines (exit Theater District Station)
Event: 59th Annual Houston St. Patrick's Day Parade. With more than 100 entries, this is one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country, and it honors Houston's first responders. The parade begins at Minute Maid Park's clock tower, and proceeds west. You can download the parade route from the website. There's free live entertainment from Celtic rock band, Murder the Stout, at Market Square Park at 6 p.m. You could spend a few hours downtown after the parade ends, and then head over there.
When: Saturday from noon-2 p.m.
Where: Parade begins at Minute Maid Park, 1800 Texas Ave.
Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella, 48 Market, 137 Northshore Express, 413 Greenlink Orange
METRORail – Green and Purple lines (exit Convention District Station)
Event: Contemporary Arts Museum Family Day. Bring the family for an afternoon at the Contemporary Arts Museum. Admission is free. You can explore two new exhibits, participate in hands-on activities throughout the museum, get creative with crafts, and see a teen fashion show. Always wanted to be a dancer? No matter what your age, you're invited to join a dance company for rehearsal and costume design, then perform in the galleries. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
When: Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Contemporary Arts Museum, 5216 Montrose Blvd.
Bus – 56 Airline/Montrose, 65 Bissonnet
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