It’s time to shed those winter coats and enjoy the great outdoors in your shorts and tees!
Discovery Green is the perfect spot to enjoy springtime in Houston and the downtown park will offer free activities and entertainment for everyone during its Spring 2011 Programming Season from March 12 through July 3.
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The spring season at Discovery Green is packed with returning series and events, such as weekly exercise classes, Screen on the Green, Thursday Concert Series, Shell Eco-marathon, DockDogs and Disco Green Electronic Music Fest, as well as new events which include the NCAA Final Four Big Dance and the Da Camera Jazz JAM Series. For a complete list of events, classes, ongoing programs and special events, please visit www.discoverygreen.com and stay connected by signing up for the weekly e-newsletter.
The park is open seven days at week from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Activities are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
DISCOVERY GREEN SPECIAL EVENTS
Discovery Green’s 3rd Birthday Celebration
Wednesday, April 13, noon and 7 pm
We’re celebrating our third anniversary with a free performance by Galumpha, a trio of acrobatic dancers performing “movement magic” and “human architecture” making their first appearance in Houston.
Disco Green 2 Electronic Music Festival
Saturday, April 16, 2-10 pm
Disco Green returns with internationally renowned house music DJs create human energy that is free for all.
All You Need is Love
Saturday, May 28, 7 pm
Houston musicians, the Fab 40, channel the Beatles and recreate Abbey Road from start to finish, with a few musical surprises along the way.
Rainbow on the Green
Friday, June 24, 8 p.m.
Citywide GLBT celebration concert at Discovery Green hosted by Tye Blue. Showstopping performances by Houston’s best GLBT recording artists with dancing, artful display of Houston’s NOH8 campaign models, GLBT-friendly vendors and more! Co-sponsored by mygayhouston.com.
July 1-3 Check website for schedule
The dynamic canine sport returns. DockDogs showcases four-legged athletes from across Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana in high-jump and long-jump competition off a 20-foot dock into a 40-foot pool of water. Pet-friendly vendors round the scene.
ENTERTAINMENT SERIES (click here for full listing)
Thursday Concert Series at Discovery Green presented by Capital One Bank
May 19-June 30, 6:30 pm
Rock out at our free, family-friendly concerts showcasing the best music of Texas and the Gulf Coast. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase.
No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages.
Co-sponsored by 103.7 KHJK FM, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Cactus Music and KPFT 90.1 FM.
Carolyn Wonderland and John Egan
Houston’s Blues Queen on the Green
Del Castillo and Norma Zenteno
Spanish guitars and dynamite Latin grooves
Cool country crooner
The Fab 5 and Ted Roddy
Beatles versus Elvis
June 16 – No concert
The Mother Truckers
Underground garage rock on the hill
Beans Barton and the Bi-Peds
Igniting, inspiring and illuminating the night
** Recycle your empty Saint Arnold six-pack carriers for double reward points at this concert.
IKEA Houston Screen on the Green and the Best Seat in the House
Catch a free flick in the shadow of Houston’s dramatic skyline and get the best seat in the house, thanks to IKEA Houston!
School of Rock
2003, 110 min. PG-13
Saturday, April 30, 6:30 pm
Slacker Jack Black poses as a substitute teacher who turns his fifth-grade students into a rockin’ band. Live music by Pin Oak Middle School students at 6:30 pm. Film at 7:30 pm.
1980, 133 min. Note this film is rated R for language
Saturday, May 14, 8 pm
Jake Blues unites his old band. Special guests the Texas Film Round-Up will be on hand to transfer your old family films and videos to digital copies for you and the Texas film archive.
Visit www.texasarchive.org for more information.
2010, 80 min. PG
Saturday, June 11, 8:30 pm
Picnic in the park while you catch up with Yogi Bear, his sidekick Boo-Boo, and Ranger Smith.
Blues and Burgers presented by St. Joseph Medical Center
Wednesdays, noon-1:30 pm
Enjoy a juicy burger with a side of Houston’s best in blues at these lunchtime concerts. Co-sponsored by KTSU-FM.
March 23 Zydeco Lady D
March 30 Eugene Moody & Blues Back Band
April 6 Zydeco Dots
April 13 Celebrate Discovery Green’s 3rd Birthday with Galumpha!
April 20 Texas Johnny Boy
April 27 Pee Wee Stephens & Blues For Two Band featuring Pops Stewart
May 4 Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy
May 11 Milton Hopkins Band
May 18 Jabo “The Texas Prince of Zydeco”
May 25 Rue Davis “The Man with Many Voices”
ART SERIES presented with support from The Wortham Foundation, Inc. (click here for full listing)
KUHF Silent Film Concert Series
Classic silent films get a new twist thanks to Texas’ best indie classical musicians.
Steamboat Bill Jr.
1928, 70 min., NR
Friday, March 25, 7:30 pm
Houston’s Two Star Symphony performs their original score for this Buster Keaton classic comedy.
1925, 75 min. NR
Friday, May 13, 8 pm
Golden Arm Trio performs their haunting score to one of the greatest movies ever made – Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925, Battleship Potemkin.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
1920, 67 min. NR
Friday, June 10, 8:30 pm
Invincible Czars perform an original score to this classic starring the great John Barrymore.
Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green
Thursdays in April, 6:30 pm
Celebrate Jazz in Houston, part of The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History 10th anniversary Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). Organized by Discovery Green and Da Camera of Houston with guest artistic advisor Robert “Doc” Morgan, Jazz JAM was made possible by a grant from the Kinder Foundation. Co-sponsored by KUHF-FM.
6:30 pm – Bob Chadwick and Harry Sheppard
7:30 pm – Jazz vocalist Horace Grigsby with the Bob Henschen Trio
6:30 pm - Paul English Jazz Quartet
7:30 pm – Sebastian Whittaker and the Creators
6:30 pm - Jazz Guitar Summit featuring Mike Wheeler and Mike Nase with Tim Solook, and David Craig
7:30 pm – Thomas Helton’s Birth of the Cool Project
6: 30 pm – HSPVA Jazz Combo No. 1
7:30 pm – The Bobby Lyle/Everette Harp Project
Houston Art Car Parade Sneak Peek
Saturday, May 21, 6 – 10 pm
What will they think of next? Blues music, art cars, sneak peek of Art Car: The Movie & one great party! Co-sponsored by KUHF-FM.
Celebrate Houston Arts!
All Houston is invited to enjoy public showcases and activities related to the 2011 AAM Annual Meeting & Museum Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Co-sponsored by KUHF-FM.
Sunday, May 22, 8 pm – Film shorts curated by Aurora Picture Show and Museum of Fine Arts Film Department
Monday, May 23, noon – 2 pm and 6 – 8 pm and Tuesday, May 24, noon – 2 pm and 6 – 8 pm – Houston Arts Alliance Folklife and Traditional Arts Program presents Local Routes/Global Culture showcase.
Aurora Picture Show presents El Gesto en el Momento The Gesture in the Moment
Friday, June 3, 7 pm
Groove and move with this program of Colombian music and short films. Co-sponsored by KUHF-FM.
Gexa Energy Broadway Across America Films
Film series that celebrates the best of Broadway in Houston!
2008, 108 min. PG-13
Friday, April 29, 7:30 pm
Set on a colorful Greek island, Mamma Mia! is the story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father, told using a wealth of hit songs by the popular ’70s group ABBA.
See the movie at Discovery Green and the hit Broadway show MAMMA MIA! at the Hobby Center May 10-15, 2011. www.mamma-mia.com
HEALTHY LIVING SERIES presented with support from M. D. Anderson Foundation (click here for full listing)
Urban Harvest Farmers Market and Craft Beer Garden at Discovery Green
Sundays, noon-4 pm & Saturday, April 23 (no market April 3, 17 or 24; spring market ends June 26)
Spend the afternoon perusing this showcase of locally grown produce, prepared foods, artisan cheeses, breads, specialty items and regional goods from area farms and craftsmen. Presented with support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Be sure to stop by the adjacent Craft Beer Garden, where you can taste local micro-brews, listen to live music and just chill.
Discovery Green Tours presented by Houston Greeters
Sunday, March 13, May 1 and June 5, 1 pm
Explore Discovery Green with an insider. Meet the Houston Greeters in front of the Alkek Building and learn more about the gardens, art, architecture and history of Discovery Green.
Saturdays, 10 am-2 pm (no event April 2)
White Promenade and McKinney St.
Bring your glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to our recycling station. Co-sponsored by KUHF-FM.
Please note: Recycling container is provided by the City of Houston Solid Waste Management. The schedule is subject to change, but park staff will accept your recycling on Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm regardless of whether the container is on site.
Bicycle Repair Workshops
Saturdays, March 12-June 25, 11 am-3 pm (no event April 2)
Bring your bike and learn how to fix it.
Visit www.projectbicyclefreedom.org for more information.
Fitness in the Park
March 12-June 29
Bum-ba Before You Zumba
Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm (no event April 4)
Tighten & tone your bum and abs, no ifs, ands, or butts about it!
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm
A full workout for body, mind and soul.
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm
The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat.
Slow Flow Yoga
Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 am (no event April 2)
The antidote to our fast-paced world.
Discovery Hoop Dance
Sundays, 10:30-11:30 am (no event April 3)
Have a blast while burning calories.
Strictly Street Salsa
Saturdays, 11 am-noon (no event April 2)
All the music, soul and passion of street-style salsa.
CHILDREN’S AND FAMILY EVENTS (click here for full listing)
Young Writers Workshops
Saturdays, 10:30 – 11:30 am (no event April 2)
Writers in the Schools, HPL Express and Discovery Green team up to offer Houston’s only free and open writing workshop for kids.
Tuesdays, March 15-April 26, 10:30-11:30 am
March 22 Story Time with Buzz & Woody
March 29 Soccer with Houston Dynamo’s Diesel
April 5 Story Time and Foam Party
April 12 Story Time with Kai-Lan
April 19 Story Time with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt
April 26 Goodnight Houston with Cowboy Woody
Saturdays, March 12-May 7, 10 -11:30 am (no event April 2)
Open a magic door to language and adventure with this dual language English and Spanish theater workshop for kids 7-10 taught by Alley-trained teaching artists. Performance on May 7 at noon.
WITS Young Writers Reading
Sunday, May 1, 3-5 pm
Celebrate the best young writers from around the city from the Writers in the Schools program.
Discovery Green welcomes these public events to the park. Ticket prices may apply.
MS Art Bike Exhibit
March 15-April 17 (except April 1-3), 6 am – 11 pm
Local artists artistically transform more than two dozen bikes for National MS Awareness Week. www.nationalmssociety.org.
Friends For Life Mobile Adoption
March 19, April 16, May 21 and June 18, 12-4 pm
A state of the art adoption center on wheels brings the pets to the people in style! Featuring cats and dogs for a meet and greet and information on fostering, adopting, volunteering and some fun free giveaways for visitors!
NCAA Final Four Big Dance
Some of the biggest names in music will take the stage for free, open concerts during the NCAA Final Four tournament in Houston. In addition to music, there will be plenty of food and activities. Please note: during the Big Dance the park will be gated, and hours of operation will be limited for security reasons.
Celebrate invention, innovation and eco-efficiency as the streets around Discovery Green become a test course for tomorrow’s vehicles. College and high school teams from around the world design, build and test vehicles for maximum fuel efficiency. See www.discoverygreen.com for information on access, street closures, parking, public activities and more.
Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 23
Presented by Air Alliance, the 3rd Annual Earth Day Festival is Houston’s Party for Our Planet, a free, daylong festival and Green Expo.
Cultural PODS® Program
May 19 – June 5
Artists and design teams transform nine portable PODS® containers. These platforms for creative expression explore Houston’s aspirations as a significant 21st century cultural capital.
2011 Summer National Senior Games
Thursday, June 16
Runs and Walks for Causes
Stop The Silence 5K Walk/Run
Saturday, April 9
Walk To Cure Psoriasis
Sunday, April 10
Take Steps Walk
Saturday, May 14
Discovery Green is a 12-acre park created by a public-private partnership between the City of Houston and the non-profit Discovery Green Conservancy. Since the park opened in April 2008, it has welcomed more than 2 million visitors and hosted more than 800 public and private events. The Discovery Green Conservancy works with hundreds of programming partners to present three dynamic programming seasons each year most of which are FREE and open to the public. As a non-profit organization, the Conservancy raises all the funds needed for the programming that Houstonians enjoy. Help to ensure that Discovery Green remains an accessible and incomparable public gathering space by becoming a member of the Green Team.
Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney in downtown Houston, in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas. The park is just blocks away from Main Street, Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center.
Discovery Green is open every day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Hours for events may vary. Areas of the park may be closed occasionally for maintenance or private events.
Visitors to the park are invited to stay connected to Discovery Green online through Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.