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Apr 20
Weekend Fun with METRO: April 20-22



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

Another Houston weekend – hooray!  This one happens to be Earth Day weekend, so let's go outside and take advantage of Houston's wonderful green spaces.  There's a two-day music festival in a beautiful location and, on Sunday, you can revel in the Earth Day celebration at Discovery Green.  It doesn't hurt that admission to both these events is free.  If you prefer indoor entertainment, our Houston Symphony offers four performances of John Williams' amazing music from the movies.

Something else you can do to celebrate Earth Day every day is ride public transportation.  Help us decrease use of fossil fuels and promote clean air by leaving your car in the garage and taking the bus or train.  Make it a regular habit to plan your trip with our Trip Planner.  It's easy, and your outing will be more fun if you haven't stressed out in traffic on your way there.  Here's a new slogan for you – reuse, recycle, ride METRO.  Enjoy the weekend!

Event: Houston Symphony – "The Best of John Williams." Spend some time reliving edge-of-your-seat moments from the movies.  Our symphony is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars this weekend, by highlighting music from those films in a concert of compositions by John Williams, the famed writer of thrilling movie scores.  Think Jaws, Harry Potter, E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and more. 

When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Where:  Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes, 82 Westheimer, 102 Bush IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, Greenlink Circulator - Orange

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

Event:  Willow Waterhole MusicFEST 2018.  The Willow Waterhole Greenway is 290 acres of natural beauty and worth enjoying for that reason alone.  However, combine that beauty with two days of free, live music from professional and student/school bands, and you have a winning combination.  There will be a second stage at the Art Village for performances by dance troupes and aerialists, and artists will offer their works for sale and perform live exhibitions.  You'll also find food trucks to cater to your refreshment needs.  Check out the performance schedule on the website to catch your favorite musicians.

When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve, 5300 Dryad Dr.

Getting there*:

Bus – 7 West Airport, 49 Chimney Rock/S. Post Oak

Event:  Earth Day at Discovery Green.  Learn how you can help save the environment at this free celebration of Mother Earth.  You'll explore exhibits on alternative energy, recycling methods and more and enjoy a farmers market.  Canned Acoustica will rock the stage with music from Fat Tony, Hogan & Moss, Max Flinn, Arthur Yoria, The Broken Spokes, Heapin Helpin and Giant Kitty.  It's a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to be educated and entertained.

When: Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 51 Hardy-Kelley, 52 Hardy-Ley, 137 Northshore Express, 413 Greenlink Circulator - Orange

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

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





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