Valentine's Day is Thursday – but you can observe this special day throughout the weekend with a free film festival that highlights amazing stories of courage – or a concert of traditional romantic standards from the Queen of Jazz. If you're over the hearts and arrows, take in a basketball game instead.
Wherever you go this weekend to have fun, ride METRO. Our Google-powered Trip Planner will tell you the exact bus or train to take. Hop on, leave the driving to us and text to your heart's content. Plus, no parking worries when you arrive.
Event: ReelAbilities Houston Film & Arts Festival. This city-wide film and arts festival is dedicated to presenting films, art exhibits, performances and speakers that celebrate the lives and stories of people with disabilities and enrich Houston's culture, diversity and inclusion efforts. Free.
When: Sunday (through Thursday, Feb. 20)
Where: Edwards Greenway, 3839 Weslayan St.
Bus: 25 Richmond, 84 Buffalo Speedway, 9 Gulfton/Holman
Event: The Ella Fitzgerald Songbook. Keep the romance alive by tapping your toes to romantic standards that never go out of style. "Our Love is Here to Stay," "Come Rain or Come Shine" and many more will be song by vocalists Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins and N'Kenge with conducting by Steven Reineke.
When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Theater District Station
Bus: 160 Memorial City Express, 162 Memorial Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 85 Antoine/Washington; 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella, 82 Westheimer; 102 Bush IAH Express, 32 Renwick/San Felipe
Event: Rice University Owls vs. Rhode Island at Reckling Park. Watch as the Owls Men's Baseball play Rhode Island Men's Baseball. Tickets start at $15.
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Reckling Park, 6100 Main St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Hermann Park/Houston Zoo Station
Bus: 56 Airline/Montrose, 65 Bissonnet, 5 Southmore
*Routes suggested by Customer Service; individual needs may vary.
We tweaked our service to better serve you.
On Sunday, Feb. 10, we implemented changes on 23 routes, plus the Red Line. For example, on the Red Line, we're shaving three minutes off the one-way run time on weekdays and making it 52 minutes instead of the current 55 minutes.
In response to significant student ridership growth, we're adding trips on multiple school routes to better serve both students and non-students and to relieve overcrowding.
Other routes are simply getting schedule adjustments to better match traffic conditions and improve our on-time arrivals and departures.
Check out all our service adjustments we're making. We hope you enjoy the improved service, and thanks for riding METRO.
It's the weekend before Valentine's Day, and if you're planning to celebrate the day of Cupid early, we have some romance-laced attractions for you, along with a fun family day where red is the star. That's red for the Lunar New Year – the Year of the Pig. If you were lucky enough to be born in the year of the pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019), you are blessed with a beautiful personality and good fortune.
For everyone else, you're still blessed with good fortune to have your own transit system in this city that will take you where you want to go for only $1.25. Drive less and do more this weekend with METRO. Check out our Google-powered Trip Planner to find your exact route.
Event: "Too Heavy for Your Pocket." At the height of the Civil Rights movement, two young couples juggle justice, love and responsibilities. Bowzie wins a scholarship to attend a university, but his education soon extends beyond the classroom, as he becomes a Freedom Rider and joins the fight against racism. This is a peek into the personal cost behind public events.
When: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. (through Feb. 24)
Where: The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Ensemble/HCC Station
Bus: 9 Gulfton/Holman, 11 Almeda, 25 Richmond, 54 Scott, 82 Westheimer
Event: Family Day: Lunar New Year. Celebrate the Year of the Pig, a gentle, friendly animal representing generosity and diligence. Enjoy art, performances, crafts and food inspired by traditions across Asia. General admission is free. Performance of "Spring Festival – Splendor of Huaxing" at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. is ticketed ($5 for members, $10 for non-members.) Food and drink available for purchase.
When: Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.
Where: Asia Society Texas, 1370 Southmore Blvd.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Museum District Station
Bus: 5 Southmore, 65 Bissonnet
Event: "The Pearl Fishers." A rarely performed opera, this love triangle set to extraordinary, beautiful music tells the story of two best friends whose bond is shattered when a priestess arrives to bless the pearl harvest. Enjoy this colorful, eye-popping opera as dramatic consequences unfold. Sung in French with projected English translation.
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave.
METRORail: Green or Purple Lines – exit Theater District Station
Bus: 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 85 Antoine/Washington, 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella, 20 Canal/Memorial, 102 Bush IAH Express, 82 Westheimer
*Suggested routes by Customer Service; individual needs may vary.
What happens in the dark hours before dawn at METRO's busiest bus facility?
West Bus Operating Facility carries the most passengers and travels the most miles of any our five METRO garages.
Buses in our largest fleet are inspected both inside and outside. Extensive training on how to be a safe operator is intense and lasts eight weeks. More than 400 operators cover 45 routes here – including the 82 Westheimer, 4 Beechnut, and 2 Bellaire.
Take a listen.
We know what football fans will be doing this weekend, as the Los Angeles Rams compete against the New England Patriots. But if you're ready to skip the annual national pastime this weekend, we have a variety of fun things for you to do. In fact, we offer two Sunday options. From baroque music to a Lunar Festival that celebrates the Year of the Pig to mid-century modernism at the MFA, you'll find something for everyone in your family.
Wherever you go to enjoy the weekend, ride METRO. We'll get you there for only $1.25 one way, plus save you parking woes and the stress of driving in traffic. Check out our Google-powered Trip Planner to find the exact bus or train from your starting point.
Event: Vienna 1900: In the Garden of Dreams. Let music transport you into a Viennese music room where a solo pianist plays powerful music that takes the audience from dawn to dusk as reality, dream and memory merge in the mind of an obsessed lover. In this immersive Da Camera original production, the artwork of Gustav Klimt and Max Klinger help create a garden of dreams with the music of Brahms and Schoenberg.
When: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hobby Center, 800 Bagby
METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Theater District Station
Bus: 160 Memorial City, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 85 Antoine, 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella, 20 Canal/Memorial, 102 Bus Express, 82 Westheimer, 48 Market
Event: 23nd Annual Texas International Lunar Festival. Ring in the Year of the Pig at this annual festival that includes performances from cultures around the world. Also known as the Spring Festival, this centuries-old celebration is a major holiday that traditionally lasts for two weeks. You'll see lion and dragon dances, kung fu demonstrations, a fashion show – and in the name of inclusivity, belly dancing, Indian dance and Russian short plays. Free.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 11122 Bellaire in front of Southern News Group Building.
Bus: 2 Bellaire, 161 Wilcrest Express
Event: Weddings and Quinceaneras Expo 2019. If you want to escape the Super Bowl madness, do a "girls' day out" by attending this giant exhibit, showcasing everything you'll ever need for the perfect wedding or quinceanera – all under one roof. This one-stop shopping expo will give you tons of ideas to make your own event a fairytale come true.
When: Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.
Where: 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: "Kindred Spirits: Louise Nevelson & Dorothy Hood." These kindred spirits held an important MFAH connection: The museum exhibited a major survey of Nevelson's work in 1969, when Hood taught at what became the Glassell School of Art. This joint exhibit highlights the two women's contributions to mid-century modernism.
When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:15 to 7 p.m. - last day of exhibit.
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 1001 Bissonnet St.
Bus: 56 Airline /Montrose, 65 Bissonnet, 5 Southmore.
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