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May 18
Weekend fun with METRO: May 18-20


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

Suddenly the weather screams "summer!"  I'm not sure that I'm ready for 90 degrees plus yet, but you can't escape it in Houston.  So, get out the sunscreen this weekend; I've got more outdoor events for you.  The Greek Fest is a must-do, and I'll be the person grabbing all the baklava.  There's also a free outdoor movie, but it's in the evening so should be a bit cooler.  For those who prefer their entertainment in air-conditioned surroundings, don't miss the Houston Grand Opera's mariachi opera – the first one in the world.  How's that for an eclectic group of events?

You can also expect air-conditioned surroundings when you ride METRO to reach these events.  Just hop on the bus or train, and skip the hot walk from the parking spot that's always too far away.  Use our Trip Planner for guidance on routes and schedules – you'll be surprised at how easy it is to get around town with METRO.   Now, go on; it's time for some fun.

Event: Houston Greek Fest.  This event always provides a wonderful time for all.  You'll find lots of great food, live music, and dancing – what more can you ask?  You can tour the church, shop, and just celebrate Greek culture.  Living history reenactment group "The Warriors of Greece" will be there on Friday and Saturday, and the kids will enjoy seeing the group's armor and weapons.  Admission is $3 or three cans of food for the Houston Food Bank.

When: Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Where:  St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church, 1100 Eldridge Pkwy.

Getting there*:

Bus – 75 Eldridge

Event: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.  The kids will enjoy this adventure film about teenagers being sucked into a jungle-themed video game.  This is the 21st century version of the drive-in movie, only you don't bring a car – outdoors on a big screen, but admission is free.  Bring your blankets or chairs, and you can buy refreshments.  There are activities before the film starts, and the "Flea by Night" market is also open from 6 to 10 p.m.  Am I the only one who misses the drive-in's singing/dancing hot dogs encouraging us to visit the snack bar?

When: Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 413 Greenlink Orange

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

Event:  Cruzar la Cara de la Luna.  Houston Grand Opera presents a truly unique event, the world's first mariachi opera.  The production is bilingual, and it's a moving immigration story chronicling the joys and struggles of three generations of a family divided between countries and cultures.  Tickets can be purchased online, and a 10 percent discount is available on selected tickets with promo code HGO365.

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

Where: HGO Resilience Theater, George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas

Getting there*:

Bus – 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 413 Greenlink 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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