This weekend before Thanksgiving offers lots of family-friendly activities – from the kick-off of an ice sculpture festival to an annual street painting festival. Cap off your weekend with one of the most successful musicals of all time – a tale of love, longing, obsession and revenge. If this weekend is the beginning of a weeklong break for your kids, these are great picks.
The weather should be perfect for getting out and about after our freeze warning earlier this week – sunny skies on Friday and mostly cloudy on Saturday and Sunday – but little chance for rain.
Wherever you go to have fun, take METRO. You'll be able to do more, drive less in heated – or air conditioned – comfort. (We know how the weather can change on a dime here.) Check out our Google-powered Trip Planner to find your specific bus or train from your starting point.
Event: Frostival. The winter season opens today with a fun-filled night, celebrating the opening of the ICE at Discovery Green. Enjoy live ice battles, interactive ice sculptures and tunes from DJ Caps. Lots of photo ops with some amazing ice sculptures.
When: Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney
METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Convention District Station
Bus: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk
Event: Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival. This 13th annual festival is a colorful fundraiser for the Center for Hearing and Speech, a nonprofit that teaches children with hearing loss to listen, speak and read. It features more than 200 local, national and international artists who create impressive chalk murals on the streets of downtown Houston.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Hermann Square at City Hall, 901 Bagby St.
METRORail: Green and Purple Lines, exit Theater District Station
Bus: 160 Memorial Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial City Express, 85 Antoine, 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella
Event: "The Phantom of the Opera." Come catch this spectacular, new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical. This production features new scenic design, new choreography and new staging – overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. Favorite tunes, including "Music of the Night" and "All I Ask of You," will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52.
When: Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Broadway at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St.
METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Theater District Station
Bus: 160 Memorial Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial City Express, 85 Antoine, 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella, 48 Market
*Suggested directions from our Customer Care Center; individual needs may vary.
In honor of Veterans Day, observed yesterday, we salute all those who have served our country.
To thank all veterans for their service, METRO is offering free rides on Monday, Nov. 12. All veterans and active military service personnel can ride free on Monday in recognition of Veterans Day.
Free rides are valid on local bus, Park & Ride, METROLift and METRORail service.
Disabled or decorated veterans who qualify may continue to get free rides if they meet the criteria for the Qualified METRO Veterans Pass (MVP), which allows free, unlimited rides on our light-rail, local bus and Park & Ride service.
Learn more details here about the pass. If you qualify, you can order online.
As you go about your activities today, if you see a veteran, thank him or her for their service. Let's honor our veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
It's fall, but this week has sure felt like summer with muggy temperatures in the 80s, and forecasters are predicting a soggy weekend. So, escape the outdoor elements and head indoors for some cool entertainment – from Disney's Frozen on ice to a quilt festival indoors and some afternoon jazz at a cool club. And the Nutcracker Market is guaranteed entertainment, even if you hate shopping.
Wherever you head this weekend, take METRO to save on gas, parking and traffic headaches. Use our Google-powered Trip Planner to get the specific bus or train from your starting point.
Event: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen. Join Anna's adventure as she searches for her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an endless winter. Watch Olaf, Kristoff and Sven struggle through wintry conditions and encounter trolls as they race to resurrect summer – all this on ice.
When: Friday, 10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 pm., 5:30 p.m.
Where: NRG Stadium, 1 Reliant Park
Getting there*: METRORail: Red Line, exit Stadium Park/Astrodome Station
Bus: 84 Buffalo Speedway, 60 Cambridge
Event: Nutcracker Market. This annual fundraiser offers unique stocking stuffers and handmade gifts. Dazzle your senses as you wander through this signature event that kicks off the holidays here in H-town. You'll find home décor, food, toys, accessories and more. Proceeds from each ticket ($20 admission), plus 11 percent of everything you buy, goes to the Houston Ballet Foundation, so you can shop without guilt. On a budget? Tickets are half-price starting three hours prior to closing.
When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: NRG Center, 1 Reliant Park
METRORail: Red Line, exit Stadium Park/Astrodome Station
Event: International Quilt Festival. This is not your grandma's quilt show. The largest annual quilt show in the nation, this festival features more than 1,600 quilts, along with unique works of textile art. There's also plenty of shopping at more than 1,000 booths, plus 550 classes and lectures for all experience levels.
When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas
METRORail: Green or Purple Lines, exit Convention District Station
BUS: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk
Event: Bayou City Jazz Series: Jazz Fusion All-stars. Groove to the beat of this jazz fusion event as you enjoy the music of Eric Marienthal, Gerald Veasley, Lao Tizer and Chieli Minucci. Doors open at 4 p.m. You can also reserve a table to dine at the House of Blues restaurant while you catch some tunes.
When: Sunday, 4 p.m.
Where: House of Blues, 1204 Caroline
METRORail: Red Line, exit Bell Station
Bus: 137 Northshore Express, 11 Almeda/Lyons, 51 Hardy-Kelly, 52 Hardy-Ley, 6 Jensen/Greens
*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual need.
Check out our Rider Rewards program, treat yourself to lunch at a new restaurant – and save money at the same time.
Whether you're in the mood for smoothies or sushi, tacos or salads – you can get a discount at a variety of eateries simply by showing your METRO Q® Fare Card.
The Rider Rewards program has nearly 50 locations where you can receive a discount on your purchase. Most restaurants are offering 10 percent off on any purchase. And many of these are within walking distance of the Red Line, making a lunchtime outing an easy and quick event.
Recently, employees joined in on METRO's Halloween Crawl, where people rode the Red Line to participating stops for "Trick or Treat" goodie bags and discounts at six restaurants.
Some of the most recent eateries to join our Rider Rewards program are Hearsay Market Square, Fabian's Latin Flavors, Sapporo Japanese Sushi and Bar and Charlie's BBQ and Salad.
Restaurants aren't the only business giving discounts. Get that cracked cell phone screen fixed at UbreakIFix, take the kids to the Houston Zoo, or update your hairstyle at Kat's Meow Salon. Out-of-town guests visiting you? Send them to Houston City Tours while you clean the guest room.
If you want a taste of culture and history, explore the Buffalo Soldier Museum, the Czech Center Museum Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, or the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. They offer discounts ranging from 40 percent off to $5 off.
"The program is expanding and catching the attention of local partners, and more importantly, riders. Our affinity program is designed to reward our loyal customers while branding METRO as the best transportation alternative," said Danicel Whitaker, vice president of Ridership & Client Services. "Riders simply show their transit METRO Q® Fare Card or fare item at participating locations to receive a discount."
METRO Rider Rewards is our customer appreciation program, and if you're a business that wants to participate, please contact Nicole Adler at 713-739-4016 or send an email to Client.Services@ridemetro.org .
If you're a METRO customer, check out our partners, enjoy lunch and save a few dollars at the same time!
In the photo below taken by Whitaker, the Red Line passes by diners at Local Foods.
This weekend promises to be sunny and pleasant – perfect fall days to enjoy the great outdoors. Check out two events that take place alfresco – a free festival celebrating the Day of the Dead with an art market, complete with a stilt walker, a living statue and art cars. Or feast with the beasts at the Houston Zoo, sampling fare from dozens of local restaurants.
On Sunday, relax indoors at Jones Hall as Storm Large performs with the Houston Symphony in Seven Deadly Sins, part parody and part poetry.
Wherever you go to relax, leave the driving to METRO. You'll help the environment by taking one more car off the road. You can also indulge in texting and you won't need to find parking. Use our Trip Planner to find your specific route from your location.
Event: Dia de los Muertos presented by Arandas Bakery. Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday when family and friends remember those who have departed and prepare special food in their honor. At this free festival, you'll find a large artwork created by Gonzo247 and friends, plus hands-on art activities. There'll be a dance studio, a stilt walker, face painting and photo booth.
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St.
METRORail: Green or Purple Lines – exit Convention District Station
Event: 2018 Feast with the Beasts. This event, presented by Bank of America, is the Houston Zoo's annual food, beer and wine celebration featuring 60 of H-town's hottest restaurants. Enjoy the music of Everclear, an alt-rock band that will treat you to past hits and introduce you to new tunes. Nosh on samples in a naturally wild environment as you help this worthy cause. Leave the kids with a babysitter, and make this date night. It's for 21+ only.
When: Friday, 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr.
Bus: 56 Airline/Montrose, 28 OST /Wayside
METRORail: Red Line – exit Memorial Hermann/Zoo
Event: The Seven Deadly Sins at the Houston Symphony. Composer Kurt Weill and lyricist Bertolt Brecht teamed up to create this story that follows two personas (one sensible, one sultry) that travel to seven cities, pursuing the American dream. At each stop, there's a different sin. Storm Large, who has sung with Pink Martini, plays Anna in this riveting performance.
When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St.
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
METRORail: Red Line – exit Theater District Station
*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual need.
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