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Weekend Fun with METRO: April 28-April 30
Friday, April 28, 2017 9:56 AM



This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. 


We’re back with more suggestions on how to use your spare time.  It’s a “be eclectic” weekend in terms of activities.  Depending on how you feel, you can take the family to a free outdoor festival, educate yourself on today’s Latin American filmmaking courtesy of the MFAH, or enjoy a Mozart comedy brought to you by the Houston Grand Opera.  I remember whining to my Mom when I was a child, “I don’t have anything to do.”  No one living in this area should even know the meaning of that phrase.


So give some thought to what you’d like to do this weekend, and then let METRO make it easy for you to get there.  Speaking of eclectic, we’ve got more than 80 local bus routes going in all directions and three light-rail lines to move you around town.  Just plan your trip with our Trip Planner.  You’ll be amazed at how simple and pleasant it is to take the bus or train to your weekend destination.


Event:  Latin Wave 12.  Every year, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston brings lucky Houstonians a group of notable new films reflecting the vibrant and innovative cinema scene of Latin America.  This year’s menu of 10 films features offerings from a variety of nations and genres.  Go to the website to choose your films and show times.  Festival admission is only $8 to $10, and students can attend free on Sunday.  There’s also a brunch and roundtable discussion with several of the filmmakers on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Under the Volcano on Bissonnet.


When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday – See the website for show times of individual films.


Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet


Getting there*:

Bus – 5 Southmore, 56 Airline/Montrose, 65 Bissonnet


METRORail – Red Line (exit Museum District Station)


Event:  The Abduction from the Seraglio.”  How about a little comedy from the Houston Grand Opera?  This 1782 Mozart work tells of a woman captured by pirates and awaiting rescue – but wait – it’s been magically relocated to the 1920s and the Orient Express train.  Sung in German with projected English subtitles, the production is suitable for all ages.  Tickets can be purchased online.  I noticed some interesting features of the HGO’s pricing – discounts are offered to first-time opera goers and there’s a number to call if you’re under 25 to arrange to pay your age for your ticket.  What a neat way to introduce yourself to opera.


When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.


Where: Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas


Getting there*:

Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express


METRORail – Red Line (exit Preston Station), Green and Purple lines (exit Theater District Station)


Event:  Bayou Greenway Day.  The Houston Parks Board is hosting a free outdoor festival with games, giveaways, music and lots more for family fun.  You can explore the beautiful Bayou Greenway with a kayak or a guided children’s bike ride.  You can visit with the animals in the mobile zoo and at the animal adoptions.  Fly a kite, try yoga or soccer drills, make arts and crafts…and the list goes on.  Food trucks will provide refreshments.  This promises to be a great day for everyone.


When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Where: MacGregor Park, 5225 Calhoun Rd.


Getting there*:

Bus - 28 OST–Wayside, 29 Cullen/Hirsch, 80 MLK/Lockwood


METRORail – Purple Line (exit MacGregor Park/Martin Luther King, Jr. Station)


*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.





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