This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
After all your recent back-to-school spending on clothes, books, and supplies, I'm recommending a weekend of entertainment that's absolutely free. Friday evening you can experience Market Square Park's screening of Field of Dreams and see the World Series trophy, and Saturday night you can experience the band Shinyribs at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Sunday afternoon is the can't-be-beat annual Theater District Open House. I love this because you can introduce the family to opera, theater, and ballet, and it doesn't cost you anything. We'll save you money this weekend, so you can start saving for Christmas (bet you hadn't thought about that yet…).
The kids can still ride free on METRO with their Summer of Fun student Q cards, good until September 1 (then they magically transform into 50 percent discount Student Q Cards). And you know that METRO's a bargain anyway, even without a free pass. Use our Trip Planner to find the easiest way to reach your weekend destinations, and don't worry about paying for gas and parking. Maybe I should have called today's blog post "weekend on a shoestring."
Event: Field of Dreams. Remember the line, "If you build it, he will come?" Market Square Park is hosting a free outdoor screening of this hit 1989 film about baseball in an Iowa cornfield. A special treat will be the appearance of the Astros' Shooting Stars and the World Series trophy, starting at 7 p.m.
When: Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Market Square Park, 301 Milam St.
Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 48 Market, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express
METRORail – Red Line (exit Preston Station), Green and Purple lines (exit Central Stations)
Event: Shinyribs. To be honest, I'd never heard of this band until I searched for free events for this weekend. But when I read the description of the entertainment they provide, it sounded like so much fun. Let me share part of what I read: "an exaltation of spirit…hip-shaking, belly-laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. I think you'll be glad you were there.
When: Saturday at 8 p.m.
Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.
Bus – 56 Airline/Montrose
METRORail – Red Line (exit Hermann Park/Rice U Station)
Event: Theater District Open House. This is an annual event that kicks off the fall performing arts season in Houston. The Alley Theatre, Jones Hall, Revention Music Center, Wortham Theater Center, and the Hobby Center are hosting activities and performances, and everything is free. There are too many things to see and do to describe here, so check out the schedule. You'll be amazed at what your family can experience in one day. I can't recommend this highly enough.
When: Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.
Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.; Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St.; Revention Music Center, 520 Texas Ave.; Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave.; Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.
Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 40 Telephone/Heights, 44 Acres Homes, 48 Market, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 413 Greenlink Orange
METRORail – Green and Purple lines (exit Theater District Station)
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