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Aug 31
Weekend fun with METRO - Aug. 31-Sept. 3



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

Ready for a long weekend?  Aren't we all.  This weekend's events provide something to do every day.  I'm suggesting two musical evenings that could not be more different from each other – Las Vegas crooning versus Bollywood extravagance.  On Labor Day, Rienzi offers activities for the whole family. 

Also, don't forget that the Houston Zoo's Evening Chill program (late closing at 8:30 p.m.) ends on Monday, while free Tuesday afternoons (after noon on the first Tuesday of each month) begin this Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Saturday is also the last day for the kids' free rides with METRO's Summer of Fun program, but keep using those same Q Cards, so they can provide half-price student fares throughout the year.  Summer may be coming to a close, but you know that METRO is at your service no matter what season it is.  The  Trip Planner will guide you to your destinations, seven days a week.  Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

Event: "Viva Las Vegas." Your Houston symphony, with POPS conductor Steven Reineke, brings you crooner Frankie Moreno and his popular show from the Vegas Strip.  You'll hear the hits of Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and, of course, Elvis.  It's a lot less expensive than a trip to Vegas.  Tickets can be purchased online.

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

Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes, 82 Westheimer, 102 Bush IAH Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, Greenlink Circulator Orange

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

Event: Samskriti Bollywood Blast. Enjoy a late summer evening relaxing with the sights and sounds of…Bollywood?  Well, not so relaxing, but vibrant, vivid, and just fun.  It takes 50 dancers, 15 actors and a large crew to bring you a production as over-the-top as this musical, Om Shanti.  I always like to recommend shows at Miller – free, convenient, and there's always something unique to see and hear.  Visit the website for details on obtaining free tickets for covered seating, but there's the usual open seating on the hill.

When: Sunday at 8 p.m.

Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there*:

Bus – 56 Airline/Montrose

METRORail – Red Line (exit Hermann Park/Rice U Station)

Event:  Labor Day at Rienzi.  Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's beautiful house museum of European decorative arts and paintings, has planned a day full of activities for the whole family.  The theme is "How Does Your Garden Grow."  You'll find crafts and story time for the children, lectures on herbs and artist Humphry Repton for the adults, and the chance to just relax in the beautiful gardens.  There will be self-guided tours of the house all day.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, and there's no charge for children aged 12 and younger.

When: Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Dr.

Getting there*:

Bus – 41 Kirby/Polk

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




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