This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
It's another festive weekend in Houston and, in that spirit, I've found two festivals for you to attend. One is the annual Houston Shakespeare Festival, and the other is a music festival featuring soul, rap, R&B and other types of music. This is also the weekend for the East End's Fourth Friday Night Market, and that's a festive event, too. All these events are outdoors, so don't forget the sunscreen and plenty of water.
If you take METRO to these events, you can ride in air-conditioned comfort. Then after the event, you can cool down by riding the bus or train home. The Trip Planner will be your guide to the routes and schedules that will take you to your destinations. Go out, keep cool, and have some fun this weekend.
Event: Fourth Friday Night Market. Dozens of artists and craft vendors bring their works to this monthly market on the Navigation Esplanade in the East End. Expect to see and buy paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and other handcrafted items. You'll also enjoy food, beverages, and live music. Admission is free.
When: Friday from 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Navigation Esplanade, 2800 Navigation Blvd.
Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens, 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 48 Market
Event: Houston Shakespeare Festival. It's always a treat to see a production of Shakespeare's timeless works, and it's even better when admission is free. You can see Hamlet on Friday and Sunday, and The Comedy of Errors on Saturday evening. Hamlet is a classic tragedy – murder, haunting, suicide and swordplay – while The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare's earliest comedy. Two sets of twins, separated as infants, cause all kinds of mistaken identity when they turn up in the same city. You'll need free tickets for covered seating, but there's open seating on the hill. See the website for how to obtain tickets.
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:15 p.m.
Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.
Bus – 56 Airline/Montrose
METRORail – Red Line (exit Hermann Park/Rice U Station)
Event: Soul Flower Music Fest. This one-day music festival features national and local soul, R&B, neo soul and hip-hop artists in a vibrant and fun environment in downtown Houston. Plenty of local vendors will be on site selling everything from jewelry to food. Tickets can be purchased online.
When: Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m.
Where: Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney St.
Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 51 Hardy-Kelley, 52 Hardy-Ley, 137 Northshore Express
METRORail – Green and Purple lines (exit Convention District Station)
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