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Weekend Fun with METRO: May 5-May 7
Friday, May 05, 2017 12:00 PM

Montage of events

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

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Be sure that you celebrate in some way – Miller Outdoor Theatre offers some wonderful Mexican music tonight.  I’m recommending three outdoor events for this nice spring weekend, and two or these are free - always a bonus.  Besides Friday evening at Miller, you can watch dragon boat races on Buffalo Bayou downtown on Saturday and join the zoo elephants for a Sunday breakfast and open house.  There – that’s something fun and interesting for each day of your weekend.

METRO’s seven-day service has you covered for transportation each day of the weekend, too, so consider taking the bus or train to reach your weekend events.  Our website is always available, and all you have to do is plan your trip with our Trip Planner.  You can buy fares in advance for your whole party with our mobile ticketing app, and then hop right on.  The weekend’s ready for you – enjoy it!

Event:  Cinco de Mayo at Miller.  Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with two terrific musical groups from Mexico.  Tlen-Huicani…The Singers of Veracruz use traditional costumes and instruments, and feature the folk harp as the centerpiece of their music.  The Villalobos Brothers are considered one of the leading contemporary Mexican music ensembles.  Their performances blend Mexican folk music with the harmonies of jazz and classical music in original compositions and arrangements.  Free tickets are needed for the covered seating area and you can get these between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the box office.  As always, there’s open seating on the hill. 

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there*:

METRORail – Red Line (exit Museum District Station)

Event:  Houston Dragon Boat Festival.  If you’ve never seen dragon boat races, now’s your chance.  You’ll see corporate and school teams paddle these impressive boats in races against each other.  The free festival includes music and cultural performances and food vendors.  There will even be a lion dance at 8:45 a.m. to get things started.  I was part of a dragon boat team once, and it’s hard work, so come out and cheer on your favorite team or just take photos.

When: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Allen’s Landing, 1005 Commerce St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 11 Almeda/Lyons, 51 Hardy-Kelley, 52 Hardy-Ley, 82 Westheimer, 102 Bush IAH Express, 137 Northshore Express

METRORail – Red Line (exit Preston or UH Downtown Station)

Event:  Elephant Open House.  The Houston Zoo’s elephants are inviting you to meet them at a Sunday morning open house at their barn.  You can watch them in training, getting their baths and weighing in, and (for an extra fee) have your photo taken with an elephant.  You’ll enjoy a continental breakfast, and there’s even a raffle for an elephant-created painting.  Tickets can be purchased online and the cost includes zoo admission, so you can spend the rest of the day becoming acquainted with all the other animals.  All proceeds from the event go to elephant conservation.  The zoo requests that you bring a reusable water bottle to help them reduce use of plastics like bottled water.

When: Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m.

Where: Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there*:

Bus – 28 OST-Wayside


DominicMazoch said:

I usually use the Red Line to get to the Zoo.  And it is a little walk, but 56 and 65 are possible for Miller Theatre.  And if you can take the 82 to the end of the line, the 32 is also a possibility.  Booth cover the same routing on the north end!

# May 5, 2017 7:48 PM
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