Now you have three more reasons to ride METRO: coffee, crawfish and eyeglasses.
Three of our latest partners in our Rider Rewards program offer discounts anyone can enjoy, simply by showing your METRO Q® Fare Card or any other fare item.
Caffe Di Firenze, at 901 Prairie St., offers top-quality coffee in an elegant setting, evoking the iconic cafes of Florence in the 1800s. This pastry and panini shop sells made-from-scratch organic pastries and paninis, including vegan and vegetarian choices. It brews 100 percent Arabica coffee, shipping green coffee from the farm to Turin, Italy, for roasting under Italian quality control. Then it's shipped fresh to H-town.
Get a taste of Italy at 10 percent off by showing your Q Card.
Over in Midtown, dine on free crawfish on weekends through June 1 at Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill. The eatery offers an extensive menu – from fajita quesadillas to salads to pulled pork sliders and buffalo shrimp. The Midtown location at 2000 Bagby St. is offering a 10 percent discount to all Q Card holders.
Finally, if you can't read the menu without donning a pair of glasses, head on over to Eye Theory at 3510 S. Main St. The shop says it likes to wow customers with world-class service and the latest eyewear technology and luxury brands. Its doctors are certified optometric glaucoma specialists, and it accepts most insurance plans. Defray your costs by $25 by simply showing a METRO Q® Card.
These three businesses are the latest in a slew of Rider Rewards partners that are part of our customer appreciation program. Our partners offering discounts include museums, a hair salon and a city tour company.
Ride METRO, and reward yourself as you discover unique businesses at a discount.
This California-like weather of sunny days and low humidity won't last long – so take advantage of some fun, outdoor events we have lined up. And if you're back on a tight budget after the spring break extravaganza with the kids, two of these are free – including a kite-flying festival and a March Madness giant tailgate party.
Wherever you go to enjoy your weekend, take METRO. You'll avoid dealing with traffic and parking fees – and you can relax while we do the driving. Download our METRO TRIP app to find your exact bus or train to your destination. It will take the anxiety out of taking the bus by giving you next-bus arrival times. You can also get alerts on your smart watch.
Event: Hermann Park Conservancy's 6th Annual Kite Festival. Springtime is the perfect time to fly a kite. Join Houstonians from every part of the city to fly kites of all shapes and colors at this free festival at Miller Hill and Jones Reflection Pool. Local performers will entertain with interactive activities, crafts, face-painting and roaming characters. Pick up some good eats at the food trucks and enjoy a picnic.
When: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Miller Hill and Jones Reflection Pond, Hermann Park, 6001 Fannin St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Hermann Park/Rice U Station
Bus: 56 Airline/Montrose
Event: KHOU*11 UH March Madness Watch Party. Cheer the Coogs on their journey to the 2019 NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball Championship. The UH cheerleaders, dance team and members of the Cougar Marching Band will entertain you – as well as UH mascots Shasta and Sasha. KHOU's Jason Bristol and H-town comedian Chinedu Ogu will also help keep the party lively.
When: Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Avenida Plaza outside George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas
METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Convention District Station
Bus: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk. The following routes require a bit more walking: 6 Jensen/Greens, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 51 Hardy-Kelly, 52 Hardy-Ley, 137 Northshore Express
Event: Star Wars: A New Hope - in Concert. Take the whole family to a faraway land aboard the Millennium Falcon during this complete viewing of "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" on the big screen at Jones Hall. You'll listen to John Williams' unforgettable, intergalactic music from the Star Wars film series. Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet to battle the evil empire and discovers the ways of the Force.
When: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Theater District Station
Bus: 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 85 Antoine/Washington; 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella, 82 Westheimer; 102 Bush IAH Express, 32 Renwick/San Felipe
*Suggested routes by Customer Service; individual needs may vary.
This is a guest post by Ramonica Jones, a social media specialist at METRO.
When you keep up with METRO on social media, you can score FREE tickets to some of the hottest sporting events in H-Town. Each baseball and soccer season, we give away tickets to home games for the AL West Division Champion Houston Astros, U.S. Open Cup Champion Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash soccer teams. Participating in "Caption This," "Post Your Best Selfie," and trivia contests are just a few ways you can win.
Our last lucky winner received a four-pack of tickets to the 2018 U.S. Open Cup Final on Sept. 26. The daring Dynamo battled the Philadelphia Union and took home the championship trophy!
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win game tickets, METRO Money, pre-loaded Q® Fare Cards or some cool METRO swag. When we have contests, they're posted on social media, so follow us and you might get lucky!
And for all ticket-holders to any Dash or Dynamo game, METRO's got a treat for you all season long: free rides on METRORail. Simply show your valid game day ticket to any fare inspector, if asked. METRORail drops you off steps away from BBVA Compass Stadium.
One of the best things about living in the nation's fourth largest city is that you'll never run out of fun things to do. As spring break winds down for thousands, it's the beginning of spring break for thousands of other students. We've got live pirates for the youngsters to see. Any budding musicians in your family? Inspire them with Beethoven played by a world-famous violinist. And everybody loves a parade – St. Paddy's Day is this weekend.
Wherever you go for fun, take METRO. Download our METRO TRIP app, and you'll have all our schedules on your smartphone, plus estimated bus arrivals. No more waiting at the bus stop, wondering when the next bus is coming. You can also buy tickets right on your phone. Discover how easy it is to ride METRO with your smartphone.
Event: "Paw Patrol Live." Round up the kids and take them to see live pirates on stage as the crew discovers a secret treasure map while on a rescue mission to save Cap'n Turbot form a strange cavern.
When: Friday, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m., 4 p.m.
Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.
METRORail: Green Line or Purple Line – exit Theater District Station
Bus: 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 85 Antoine/Washington, 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella, 48 Market, 82 Westheimer, 102 Bush IAH Express
Event: "Bell Plays Beethoven." Take your family to listen to music that's endured through the ages - Beethoven played by one of the world's greatest violinists. Joshua Bell plays and conducts this blockbuster all-Beethoven concert that ends with the joyous Fourth Symphony.
When: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St.
Event: St. Patrick's Day Parade and Concert. Celebrate the luck of the Irish at this annual parade and concert hosted by the Houston Downtown Management District. After the parade, enjoy delicious bites, lawn games and free live music from local Celtic rock band, Murder the Stout.
After the concert, stay in Midtown and downtown and check out the many new eateries. Many are part of METRO's Rider Rewards program, which offers discounts to anyone with a METRO Q Fare Card.
When: Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m. (Parade from noon to 1:30 p.m. Concert at 2 p.m.)
Where: Market Square Park, 301 Milam St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Preston Station
Bus: 102 Bush IAH Exp, 82 Westheimer, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 48 Market, 85 Antoine/Washington, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 85 Antoine/Washington; 44 Acres Homes
*Routes provided by Customer Service; individual needs may vary.
If you have students in your family, you are one of the thousands of folks planning fun things to do on spring break this week.
Doing a staycation? Let METRO help you explore the city by bus or train. From the Houston Zoo to the Museum District with 19 museums in four walkable zones to RodeoHouston, we can help you get to H-town's most popular destinations – without the stress of driving. We'll help you save money on parking and gas – and you can feel good about reducing your carbon footprint.
Figuring out which bus or train to take is easy with the METRO TRIP App. Simply download it on your smartphone, and you'll be able to find which routes to take, along with estimated arrival times. Local bus or rail is $1.25 one-way. You can buy your tickets from your smartphone and pay with debit, credit or PayPal. Kids under age five accompanied by adults ride free. Seniors 70-plus also ride free but they must come into the RideStore at 1900 Main to get a senior Q Card, or mail in an application.
We can also help you save money on entertainment with Rider Rewards. Show any fare item and get discounts from eateries along the rail, the zoo and several museums. That adds up when you're paying for a family of four or more.
Enjoy your spring break with METRO!
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