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May 25
Weekend fun with METRO: May 25-28

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

I think it's time for a long, holiday weekend, don't you agree?  Memorial Day offers an extra day to relax and have fun.  There are many choices of things to do, and I'm recommending Comicpalooza, a very funny theater experience, and a free outdoor festival of fun for the whole family to enjoy.  But let's not forget the reason for Memorial Day - the Houston National Cemetery has an honor ceremony on Monday morning, and METRO offers free bus service there all day.

You can travel to these events and many more, using METRO's bus and light-rail network.  You know what to do - plan your trip with our Trip Planner.  And remember last year's Summer of Fun program for the K-12 kids?  It's back again this year with the addition of free rides for college students, too.  From June 1 through Sept. 1, they can all ride free, so you can take even more family excursions while saving money.  Here's the link to information about the Summer of Fun Pass – check it out and get signed up now so you're ready for June 1.  Enjoy this holiday weekend!

Event: Comicpalooza 2018.  I'm impressed by the event description as "the largest annual, multi-genre, comic book, science fiction, anime, gaming, and pop-culture convention in the southern United States." You can attend panels, charity events and concerts, play games, shop, enjoy interactive exhibits and a cosplay competition, plus meet the stars of your favorite films and TV shows (for example, Star Trek – now they've got my attention).  Passes can be purchased online.

When: Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight, Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: 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)

Event: Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  The multi-talented Steve Martin has written a hilarious play about the imaginary meeting of Einstein and Picasso in a Parisian café.  Martin envisions what they discussed, who else might have joined them – need I say more?  This should be a real treat.  Tickets can be purchased online.

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

Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.

Getting there:

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: FUNomenal Family Festival.  This is a free event providing families with a day of fun, including rides, games, contests, educational activities and more.  Featured is "The Curious Game," a chess game that comes to life with pomp, ceremony and silly characters.  Storybook characters and members of the Astros, Dynamo, Rockets and Texans teams will make appearances, dance troupes will perform, and kids can enjoy foam parties, a NERF Blasting Zone, hamster balls, a zip-line and a Ferris wheel.  Sounds like a lot of fun for free.

When: Saturday, 1-5 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: Memorial Day Ceremony.  Experience the true spirit of Memorial Day by attending the ceremony honoring deceased U. S. military service men and women at the Hemicycle in the Houston National Cemetery.  Military and school organizations will provide a patriotic tribute to those who served, including taps, cannon and rifle salutes, and a parade of remembrance.  The event is free, and the public is welcome.

When: Monday at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr.

Getting there:

Bus: 96 Veterans Memorial (exit Veterans Memorial/Woodsdale)

The 96 Veterans Memorial bus route will provide hourly service to the Houston National Cemetery from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Memorial Day.

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

 

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