This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
April and May are Houston's traditional "season" for outdoor events, so I'm determined that you're going to get out there and enjoy the fresh air (a-choo!). Therefore…recommended below are two outdoor festivals. One is Mayor Turner's annual free family day in the park, and the other is the Japan Festival, where you can experience everything Japanese. For something completely different, I'm throwing in a play about an extremely scandalous celebrity romance. That should cover all the bases.
METRO covers all the bases, too, in terms of taking you where you want to go. Buses, rail, north, south, east, west – so you can enjoy your weekend at a scandalously low cost compared to footing the bill for gas and parking. Visit the Trip Planner and type in where you want to travel. You'll see how easy it is to find out what bus or train to use. Don't forget the sunscreen, and have a great weekend.
Event: Cleo. How about a play about making a movie? Cleo dramatizes the romance between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor during the filming of 1963's Cleopatra – and what a drama that was, if you're old enough to remember it. Today we're accustomed to public airing of every juicy detail in the lives of celebrities, but back then it was a brand-new experience. The Vatican condemned the relationship; Congress did the same. Can you imagine a celebrity romance being that important? Enough from me – see the play.
When: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.
Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes, 48 Market, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 413 Greenlink Circulator - Orange (Saturday and Sunday)
METRORail – Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)
Event: Mayor's Family Fun Day. Mayor Turner is celebrating his 11th Annual Family Fun Day in the park that shares his name. You can expect baseball, music, games, food and more. Headlining the entertainment is J. Paul Jr. and the Zydeco Nubreeds. You'll also enjoy a mariachi band, lion dancers, animals visiting from the zoo, and much more than I can write here. Everything is free – admission, activities, food and drink. There will be games and activities for kids, and a bingo tent for seniors. Houston's mayor knows how to throw a party.
When: Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m.
Where: Sylvester Turner Park, 2800 West Little York
Bus – 79 West Little York
Event: Japan Festival Houston. This is the 25th anniversary of Houston's Japan Festival, and you can experience the whole gamut of Japan-related activities and demonstrations - from flower arranging to martial arts, from tea ceremonies to a sake village. You can shop, eat, drink, learn, and the kids can play games. Check the website for the schedule of entertainment on three stages – there's a lot going on. Admission is free, but you'll need money for concessions and shopping.
When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Hermann Park Conservancy, 6100 Hermann Park Dr.
Bus – 56 Airline/Montrose
METRORail – Red Line (exit Hermann Park/Rice U Station)
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