BLOG: Discovery Green Announces Fall 2015 Programming Season

BLOG: Discovery Green Announces Fall 2015 Programming Season
HOUSTON, Texas (Aug. 26, 2015)— Discovery Green is heating up as the place to be for exciting events this fall, even as the temperatures cool outside. The new season of family-friendly programming kicks-off Sept. 1 and will continue through Nov. 15, offering the public daily activities complemented by new and returning signature special events. 

The season is packed with new events, exhibitions and classes including Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena’s Los Trompos exhibition of 20 larger-than-life, interactive spinning tops. 

The park is also proud to present a new special event, Discovery Discussions: Dynamic Conversations with Changemakers, at which Eric Alva and Jim Obergefell, two heroic figures at the forefront of the LGBT rights movement, share how their struggles changed history. Also new this season is an exciting gospel performance by Grammy-award winning gospel group, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and a chance for little ones to Learn a Language! 

Seasonal favorites are also set to return including the Screen on the Green Presented by Bank of America, Toddler Tuesdays and the park’s ever-popular Thursday Concert series, Sounds Like Houston! Thursday Concerts. And Dog Days, featuring the beloved DockDogs® competition and doggie costume contest, returns in September. 

*** Times and dates are subject to change.  Please see our online calendar for most up-to-date information. ***

For a complete list of classes, ongoing programs and special events, please visit or sign up for the weekly Discovery Green e-newsletter. Activities are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 


Sundown at the Grove presented by Southwest Airlines®
Wednesdays thru September 9, 5:30 – 8 pm
This weekly craft beer tasting includes a craft beer flight accompanied by one-of-a-kind food pairings from The Grove and downtown Houston’s best views. Limited capacity! $20 per person. 

The Fab 40 Takes on The Who: Tommy at the Green 
Saturday, September 26, 8 pm 
More than 40 Houston musicians recreate—note for note—Tommy, the iconic rock opera by The Who. 

Dog Days 
Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20
Check for schedule
A dog-gone fun weekend! Watch canine athletes from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana compete in the DockDogs®, plus enjoy a doggie costume contest. Free to attend; fee to participate. Media partners PetTalk and 89.3 KSBJ.

Families on the Green
Sunday, September 20, 2—5 pm
Fun for all ages! Special fundraiser to support Discovery Green’s free programming. $50 per person, 3 and under free.

Discovery Green Flea by Night
Saturdays, September 19, October 17, 6 – 10 pm
Food trucks, live music and vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, jewelry, art and more under the stars and twinkle lights! 

Discovery Green Flea
Saturday, November 21
11 am - 5 pm
A destination market featuring an array of artful kitsch, vintage items, mid-century furniture, and more with live music, food trucks, and more!

Discovery Discussions: Dynamic Conversations with Changemakers
Tuesday, October 27, 7—8:30 pm
Join Jim Obergefell and Eric Alva, two heroic figures at the forefront of the LBGT rights movement, as they share how their struggles changed history. Thanks to Lambda Legal, the Victory Fund, ACLU of Texas, Houston Unites and OutSmart Magazine.

Scream on the Green
Friday, October 30, 6 – 10 pm (Movie starts at 7:30 pm)
Have a spooky good time at Houston’s eighth annual citywide costume contest and Halloween celebration! Prizes, music and more! Watch the Book of Life presented by Bank of America. (PG) 2014, 95 min.


Screen on the Green presented by Bank of America
Catch a free flick in the shadow of Houston's skyline. Arrive one hour early for contests and activities!

The Princess and the Frog
(G) 2009, 95 min. CC Spanish
Saturday, September 5, 8:15 pm 
An animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans.

The Goonies
(PG-13) 1985, 111 min. CC English
Saturday, October 10, 7:45 pm
A group of misfits sets out to find a pirate’s ancient treasure in this classic ‘80s favorite.

The Book of LIfe
(PG) 2014, 95 min. CC Spanish
Friday, October 30, 7:30 pm
A magical story of the Mexican folklore and the adventures of three young people.

(PG) 2015, 112 min. CC English
Saturday, November 7, 7 pm
A live-action take on the classic fairy tale.

Sounds Like Houston! Thursday Concerts
6:30 pm
Anheuser-Busch Stage
Family-friendly concerts showcasing the best music of the Gulf Coast! 

*September 17
Carolyn Wonderland; The Bluebonnets (opens)
Dynamite Blues and Rock

September 24
Dale Watson and The Lonestars; Rosie Flores (opens)
Honky Tonk on the Hill

October 1
C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band; Ruben Moreno (opens)
Red Hot Zydeco Master

October 8 
Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs; Amanda Cevallos & The High Hands (opens)
Grammy Award Winning Tex Mex Grooves

October 15
Jewel Brown, Milton Hopkins, Trudy Lynn and Steve Krase (equal billing)
All Star Blues Revue

*October 22
Quiet Company; Say Girl Say (opens)
Dynamic Indie Pop

*Recycle your Saint Arnold six-pack carriers and double your reward points at this concert.

Concerts may be affected by weather. Blankets, pets, and picnics are welcome. Lawn chairs allowed on the north side of the Fondren Performance Space. Beer and wine are available for purchase. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages permitted.


Discovery Green programming is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. 

*NEW* Los Trompos
Designed by Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena
November 14, 2015 – March 22, 2016, 6 am—11 pm daily
Mexican designers Esrawe and Cadena created this interactive exhibit of 20 larger-than-life “trompos”, or “spinning tops” of various shapes, colors, and sizes! Free. See website for schedule of events. Made possible by a generous grant from the Kinder Foundation and a commission of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Gospel on the Green
Friday, September 25, 7:30-10 pm
A glorious night of gospel music under the stars featuring Houston’s own Jones Family Singers and the acclaimed Grammy-winning Sweet Honey in the Rock. 

H-Town Cinema Celebration
Friday, October 2, 8 pm
Celebrate Houston cinema! See an award-winning film voted on by Houstonians.


Chipotle Music and Movie Series: Live local music followed by a great green film.

Friday, September 18, 7 pm
Music by Folk Family Revival, original blend of Americana and roots rock. Followed by More Than Honey (2012, 95 min., not rated), an in-depth look at bees.

Friday, October 9, 7 pm
Music by BLSHS, synth-pop trio with a southern twist. Followed by Hanna Ranch (2014, 73 min, not rated), a story of one cowboy’s fight for family and land.

Kayak Rides and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) on Kinder Lake
Enjoy SUP or a relaxing, guided kayak ride. No reservation required. $5 per person for Kayak and $10 for SUP. See website for times, camps and classes.
Recycling Saturdays 
Saturdays, September 5 – November 21, 11 am – 2 pm
Bring your glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to the mobile recycling station at Discovery Green. 

Fitness in the Park

Mondays, Sep 7 – Nov 9, 11 am – 12 pm Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. 

*NEW*Mindfulness Meditation 
Mondays, Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, 12 – 1 pm Lectures, exercises and guided meditations led by Jung Center experts. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. 

Bum-ba Toning
Mondays, Sep 7 – Nov 9, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Tighten and tone your bum and body. 

Core Focused Yoga
Tuesdays, Sep 1 – Nov 10, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Strengthen your body, relax your mind and find your center. 

Circus Arts
Wednesdays, Sep 2 – Nov 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Discover a new art form consisting of ground arts and acrobatics from Houston-based Cirque La Vie. 

Wednesdays, Sep 2 – Nov 11, 6:30 – 7:30 pm The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! 

Thursdays, Sep 3 – Nov 12, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Turn “working out” into play. 

Hatha Yoga
Saturdays, Sep 5 – Nov 14, 9 – 10 am A practice for enhanced awareness and a strong, healthy body. 

Hoop Dance
Sundays, Sep 6 – Nov 15, 10:30 – 11:30 am Have a blast while burning calories! 


Learn a Language!
Saturdays, September 5 – November 14, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Start your little one on a journey toward learning a new language.

Toddler Tuesdays 
Tuesdays, September 1 – October 27, 10:30 am
Story time and activities with your favorite characters! Weekly children’s book swap. Bring a book, take a book.
Sep 1     Veggie Tales—Love Your Neighbor
Sept 8    Celebrating Heroes
Sep 15   Daniel Visits the Library
Sep 22   Read To Me
Sep 29   The Lucky Monkey
Oct 6      Music, Magic and More with AndyRoo
Oct 13    The Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright
Oct 20    Sesame Street—I Can Cook
Oct 27    It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Young Writers Workshop
Saturdays, September 5 – November 14, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Writers in the Schools, HPL Express and Discovery Green have offered Houston's only free and open writing workshop for kids. 

Orbit Slams   
Fridays, September 11, October 9, November 13, 6 – 7:30 pm
Writers in the Schools writing and slam workshops for poets ages 13-19. 

Take Me Outdoors Houston
Saturday, September 26, 10 am – 3 pm
Seventh annual family-oriented festival. Sample all the great outdoor activities with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Toddler Time
Tuesday, October 6, 6:30—8 pm
In response to popular demand, after-work Toddler Tuesday. Color Your World with music, magic and more by Houston’s own AndyRoo.


Untapped Beer Festival
Saturday, September 12, 2:30—10 pm
275+ craft beers and 8 bands including Cold War Kids and Twin Shadows. Ticket fees apply. 

Kidney Action Day
Sunday, October 4, 10 am – 3 pm
Get a health screening and walk to fight kidney disease!   

Walk to Cure Psoriasis
Saturday, October 10, 8 am – 12 pm
A 5k Fun Run/Walk raising funds for a cure.
Houston Korean Festival
Saturday, October 17, 11 am – 9 pm 
Connect with Korea through an authentic culinary and cultural experience.

IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency
Sunday, November 15, 8:30 am – 12 pm 
Charity walk supporting those living with primary immunodeficiency diseases.

7th Annual Picnic in the Park with SEARCH
Thursday, November 5, 6 – 9 pm 
A festive evening party that addresses a serious issue. Ticket fees apply.

A special thanks to our season sponsors for supporting Discovery Green’s dynamic programming for Houstonians to discover amazing events and activities for free every single day: Bank of America, Shell, Southwest Airlines, UnitedHealthcare, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston First, Chipotle, Weingarten Art Group, Univision, Estereo Latino 102.9FM, KPRC Channel 2, Comcast, Embassy Suites Houston-Downtown, The Westin Houston Downtown and Hilton Americas-Houston. 

In addition, the programming at Discovery Green would not be possible without the generous support of these valued contributors: Kinder Foundation, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Fondren Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., Marvy and Elaine Finger/One Park Place, Sterling-Turner Charitable Foundation, John P. McGovern Foundation, Franci Neely, The Winston Family Foundation, Herzstein Charitable Foundation, Sheryl Johns, Judy and Rodney Margolis, Katie and Patrick Oxford, and Scurlock Foundation.


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