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Jul 20
Weekend fun with METRO: July 20-22


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

Let's celebrate the weekend with an eclectic selection of activities.  I'm recommending a romantic Broadway production by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the BIG annual dog show, and a free outdoor arts activities event, where the whole family can tap into their creative potential.  It's just a normal weekend in Houston, overflowing with things to see and do.  See…there are tradeoffs for putting up with this heat and humidity.

That's one of the things I like about METRO, too.  It's eclectic.  You can ride a local bus, a commuter bus, a train, even an ADA-accessible van if you need it.  You can ride in all directions, day or night, to so many destinations. 

The next time you use the Trip Planner, look at all the bus and rail routes.  Have you ever gotten on a bus route you've never used, just to see where it goes and what's there?  Try that for another fun summer activity.  Have a great weekend!

Event: Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns. This romance is Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to Phantom of the Opera, and here for one weekend only.  The Phantom has moved from Paris to New York and lives at Coney Island.  Heroine Christine travels to New York, with her husband and son, to perform at a renowned opera house.  The Phantom lures them to Coney Island – and you'll have to attend to find out what happens.Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork's resale website.

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

Where:  Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes, 82 Westheimer, 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: Houston World Series of Dog Shows.  This is such a fun family event.  You can see 150 breeds of dogs competing in a variety of events, ending with the "Best in Show" award.  See the website for the event schedule.  New to me is "canine musical freestyle," where dogs perform a choreographed dance alongside their handlers.  In addition to watching the competitions, you can shop and visit the rescue booths.  Tickets are sold at the gate.

When:  Friday from8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sundayfrom 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where:  NRG Center, 1 NRG Park

Getting there*:

Bus – 84 Buffalo Speedway

METRORail – Red Line (exit Stadium Park/Astrodome Station)

Event:  Art + Design: Community Day. Bring the family for a free celebration of art and design with music, games and hands-on activities for all ages.  You can create art, visit the virtual-reality station, enjoy food-truck food, and share a story in the story booth.  General admission to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is available separately, but there's no charge for this event.  Other Museum District attractions (Asia Society Texas Center, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Lawndale Art Center) will also offer art-inspired family activities at their facilities from 1 to 4 p.m.

When:  Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:  Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza and The Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd.

Getting there*:

Bus – 56 Airline/Montrose, 65 Bissonnet

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





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