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Must List

We’ve pulled all the best of this spring into one handy guide to the absolute best Downtown has to offer. Whether you’re planning a fab night out with the girls, looking for some family time or just hoping to hang out with your pals, we’ve got you covered.

Girls Night

Sometimes you just need a night out, and this spring we’ve got all the ingredients—one part sophisticated cocktails, blend with two parts Dreamgirls, and shake. Start the fun at Bayou & Bottle, a super-chic bourbon and cocktail concept in the lobby of the Four Seasons Houston. The brainchild of celebrity chef Richard Sandoval, Bayou & Bottle serves more than 100 types of bourbons and whiskeys along with a decadent menu. After you’ve had your fill, head over to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts for the Broadway sensation, Dreamgirls, courtesy of Theatre Under The Stars (April 4-16).

For Foodies

With so many hotspots on the Downtown food scene, it’s hard to decide where to start. Let us help. Xochi, Chef Hugo Ortega’s exciting new concept at street level of the new Marriott Marquis by Discovery Green, is the city’s first restaurant to feature upscale, Oaxacan cuisine. Fresh seafood, eight different mole dishes, and tlayudas (huge, fire-roasted tortillas with an endless variety of toppings) are just a few of the distinctive dining options. And if it couldn’t get any better, they just announced a new Sunday brunch buffet!

Not to be outdone, the new Local Foods Downtown offers its Weekender Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am-4 pm. Four dollar Texas beers, four dollar house wines, five dollar sangria, and six dollar specialty cocktails are just what the doctor ordered after a late night out. 

Urban Dwellers

Downtown is incredibly lucky to have a slew of amazing (and award-winning) park spaces that offer a variety of events all year round. We are most excited about Doomsday Wrestling (think WWE, but intentionally funny) at Market Square Park (April 22) and Eventi Verticali (an aerial spectacular) at Discovery Green at Avenida Houston (May 19-20). Plus, if you haven’t checked out the amazing video and sound installation Rain: Magdalena Fernández at Buffalo Bayou Park’s Houston Cistern yet, you’re not too late, it will on view through June 4th. 

Gather the Gang

A tell-tale sign of spring is baseball season with opening day for our Houston Astros just around the corner on April 3 (vs. Mariners). Join the team for a blow-out Street Fest on Crawford Street from 2:30 pm-7 pm with live music, games, inflatables for the kiddos and food trucks (game ticket required). Already booked that date? No worries, there’s over 80 home games to choose from between now and September. Don’t forget $1 hot dog Wednesdays and Friday night fireworks.

Mega Celebrations
We can’t do a round-up without mentioning our favorite parade extravaganzas — Art Car and Pride! Metallic dragons, wide-eyed hippos, singing fish, superhero mobiles and gloriously colored low riders will invade Downtown streets en masse on April 8 for the 30th Annual Houston Art Car Parade. And join half a million of your closest friends for the Houston LGBT Pride Parade on June 24 (we know it is not spring, but mark your calendar!) — the ultimate celebration of our city’s diversity.  

Getting there
A great reason to come downtown… it’s easy to get here. If you don’t know where to park, check out our parking map before you head this way. Just a reminder that parking is free on the street after 6 pm Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday, but please read the signs and do not park at a red meter or at a meter with a red bag.  Also, feel free to keep the car with the valet (or even better, at home) because Greenlink’s got your back! The Orange Route hits all of the best spots. Worried about the effect on the environment? These buses run on compressed natural gas, making them a clean transportation alternative. Bonus points!

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