This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
Hooray! According to the calendar, it's officially summer. Let's have some fun this weekend. I'm suggesting a musical comedy, a festival and parade, and a brass band concert…something for each day of the weekend.
You can travel to all of these events with METRO, so let the car have a much-needed rest while you enjoy our buses and trains. You can save that gas-and-parking money, too, so the family can have outings every weekend. Make this a summer that the kids will remember. Don't forget to have them up for METRO's Summer of Fun Pass so they can ride free. Use the Trip Planner to direct you, and you'll be on your merry way.
Event: "Freaky Friday" I know, you've seen the basic premise before – parent and child magically switch bodies, and chaos ensues. But you have to admit that it's a lot of fun; this musical version is new, and the kids will love it. Didn't you ever wish you could trade your hardworking life for being a teenager again? Hmmm. Go to the website for tickets.
When: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.
Bus – 11 Almeda/Lyons, 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 41 Kirby/Polk, 44 Acres Homes, 51 Hardy-Kelley, 52 Hardy-Ley , 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 137 Northshore Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express
METRORail – Green Line or Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)
Event: Houston Pride Celebration. Houston hosts the nation's fourth largest LGBT Pride festival and parade. The free celebration centers at McKinney and Smith, and features headliner Leann Rimes, a family fun zone, and lots of music, food and beverages. The evening parade wends its way through downtown on Smith, Walker and Milam to Jefferson. Limited parade VIP tickets are available.
When: Saturday – Celebration from noon to 7 p.m., parade from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
Where: Downtown, McKinney and Smith
Bus – 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 44 Acres Homes, 85 Antoine/Washington, 151 Westpark Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express
METRORail – Red Line (exit Main Street Square/walk 4 blocks), Purple Line (exit Theater District Capitol Station/walk 2-3 blocks)
Event: Houston Brass Band. I thought this was different and interesting – a group of musicians playing only brass instruments. They're a British-style brass band, directed by the Assistant Trumpet Principal of the Houston Symphony, and have performed in all types of concert venues. As a non-profit group, it stresses music education, community outreach and band camps, and holds competitions among young musicians. See, you learned something new today. Go see their performance, and then have dinner at a nice Midtown restaurant. Tickets can be purchased online.
When: Sunday at 4 p.m.
Where: MATCH, 3400 Main St.
Bus – 9 Gulfton/Holman
METRORail – Red Line (exit Ensemble Station)
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