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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 the perfect romantic evening or just hoping to hang out with your pals, we’ve got you covered.

Gather up the gang


Get your boogie on at Houston’s first outdoor roller rink – The Rink: Rolling at Discovery Green. The fun kicks off March 3 with a celebration featuring your fave roller rink tunes from the ‘50s through the ‘90s. Even better – demo battles from your favorite derby girls. The rink is open every night, and your ticket includes skate rental. Of course, you can always bring your own! For hours and ticket prices visit discoverygreen.com/rollerrink.

Hello young lovers


Imagine a warm spring day in the heart of the city with your favorite gal or guy surrounded by one-of-a-kind art pieces and handmade goods made with love by local artists. Even better, everything you purchase at the Heartmade Art Market benefits Hoof Prints and Heart Beats, which provides free rehabilitation and therapeutic riding for physically challenged individuals and people suffering from social disorders. For more info on the April 1 event visit heartmadehouton.com

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 on the first floor of the 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. For hours and more information visit xochihouston.com.

Urban Dwellers


If St. Patrick’s Day is your favorite holiday, Downtown is the place to be. Kick off your celebration early on March 11 with the 58th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade – one of the biggest in the nation. And on March 17 head over to Saint Arnold Brewing Company for special themed dishes and cask beer on tap. Wrap things up at Market Square Park, where you’ll find live music from Murder the Stout and plenty of great pubs. Need more info? Visit hsppc.org, saintarnold.com or our online calendar.

Girl’s night


Sometimes you just need a night out, and on March 23 we’ve got all the ingredients. Take one part sophisticated cocktails, blend with two parts Dreamgirls, mix in a delightful spring evening and you’ve got perfection. Start the fun at Bayou & Bottle, a super-chic bourbon 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 Market Square Park for a special screening of Dreamgirls starring Houston’s one and only Queen Bey, courtesy of Theatre Under The Stars in anticipation of their April run of the stage show. And wrap things up by heading back to Discovery Green for a sweet treat from Phoenicia. Delightful! Get all the details at downtownhouston.org.

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