This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
The last holiday weekend of the summer has passed, school is in session again, and it's time for us to get back to normal (however you define normal). This weekend I'm all about helping you save money because – what's the next big thing on the horizon? The holidays will be here before we know it, and that means lots and lots of ways to spend money.
Keep that money in your pocket for now by enjoying a free symphony performance celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and a free screening of an almost-new movie. Even the tickets to my third recommendation, the Houston Fringe Festival events, are just $15.
Reach all these events by spending just $1.25 each way for fare on METRO's buses and trains. Gas money – not needed. Parking fees – nope. The kids ride for half-price with their student Q cards, and there are discounts if you're of a certain age or a veteran. Check the Trip Planner for routes and times, and go out and have some inexpensive fun. Santa's tuning up the sleigh.
Event: Houston Fringe Festival. Now for something completely different. A program of the Pilot Dance Project, the festival brings innovative dance, theater, and visual art to MATCH. This weekend's offerings include dance and music performances, as well as films. Events occur throughout the weekend, so check the website for the schedule of days and times. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various times
Where: MATCH, 3400 Main St.
Bus – 9 Gulfton/Holman
METRORail – Red Line (exit Ensemble/HCC Station)
Event: Black Panther Movie Screening. Travel to the mythical country of Wakanda at a free screening of Marvel's Black Panther (rated PG-13) in Midtown Park. This 2018 superhero film is action-packed, critically acclaimed, and has broken numerous box-office records. Bring your lawn chairs, and there will be food trucks on site for food and drink purchases.
When: Saturday, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Midtown Park, 2811 Travis St.
Bus – 82 Westheimer
METRORail – Red Line (exit McGowen Station)
Event: "Fiesta Sinfonica." This concert is a Houston tradition honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. The free program is dedicated to the music of Mexico's most famous composers and occurs just days before Mexican independence is celebrated on Sept. 16. Admission is free, but ticket reservations are required. You can reserve online or by phone.
When: Sunday at 6 p.m.
Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St.
Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 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)
*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.
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