The kids are out of school, and many of you are off from work for a long Thanksgiving weekend, making it a perfect time to blend H-town traditions with a twist of something new. Rise and shine for a go-at-your-own-pace trot in a run that benefits a good cause. Then take the kids to see some colorful floats at a downtown parade. After a day of turkey and football on a screen, go outside, enjoy some sunshine and some college football. Take your out-of-town visitors to some smooth jazz by a homegrown musician, and leave the kids at home with leftovers.
Wherever you go to have fun, take METRO and leave behind parking woes and traffic snarls. Use our Google-powered Trip Planner to find the specific bus or train from your starting point.
Event: HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade. Everybody loves a parade, and this beloved Houston tradition began back in 1949 when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to downtown Foley's. Today, it has changed but remains a favorite, highlighting our community as it embraces the holiday spirit.
When: Thursday, 9 to 10 a.m.
Where: Lamar and Smith Streets
METRORail: Red Line – exit Main St. Square; Purple and Green Lines, exit Theater District Station.
Bus: 102 Bush IAH Express; 160 Memorial Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 85 Antoine/Washington, 44 Acres Homes, 82 Westheimer, 32 Renwick/San Felipe
Event: 25th Annual TXU Energy BakerRipley Turkey Trot. You can stuff yourself later – guilt-free – after you've completed this 5k or 10k trot that supports more than half a million hard-working Houstonians who need a little help. It's not too late to register and join runners of all levels. BakerRipley is a nonprofit with more than 70 service centers across the region.
When: Thursday, 7:30 a.m.
Where: Post Oak and West Alabama
Bus: 33 Post Oak, 82 Westheimer, 20 Canal/Memorial, 25 Richmond
Event: Rice University Owls Football vs. Old Dominion Monarchs. Forget the pros. Instead, get some sunshine and watch two college teams battle it out at Rice Stadium, an icon in Houston sports. Pick up tickets at the stadium, starting at $6.
When: Saturday, 12 noon
Where: Rice Stadium, 6100 Main St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Hermann Park/Rice University
Bus: 56 Airline/Montrose
Event: Jazz 'n' Blues Brunch featuring Theresa Grayson. This home-grown talented singer/songwriter/saxophonist brings her sultry and smooth blend of jazz to a southern foods brunch. Grayson began playing the piano and sax in the fourth grade. A music educator with two master's degrees, Grayson has released two CDs to good reviews.
When: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: House of Blues, 1204 Caroline
METRORail: Red Line – exit Bell Station
Bus: 137 Northshore Express, 51 Hardy-Kelly, 52 Hardy-Ley, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 6 Jensen/Greens
*Suggested routes by our Customer Care Center; individual needs may vary.
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