June 24, 2024

Discovery Green® Beats The Heat With Free, Fun Summertime Programming

Well lit park in Downtown Houston
Well lit park in Downtown Houston

Discovery Green, downtown Houston’s landmark urban park, is offering plenty of fun and free summertime programming the whole family will love.

Discovery Green’s summer programming schedule marks the return of family favorites, such as Park After Dark. The special event is perfect for visitors who wish to enjoy Discovery Green once temperatures drop. Guests can partake in extended hours at the Gateway Fountain, free line dancing classes led by former Houston Rockets Clutch City Dancer Gretchen “Coachgee” Jèan and choose from several lawn games and activities from the Rocket Dog. Families will also enjoy live music, vendors, food trucks and special park lighting.

“With school out for the summer, we are excited to welcome families and children of all ages to the park for the fun, free programming Discovery Green is known for,” said Kathryn Lott, president of Discovery Green Conservancy. “From splashing around the Gateway Fountain to enjoying an open-air movie night, Discovery Green offers a bounty of fun to explore.”

From a free screening of the 1994 classic, The Lion King, to the park’s signature, open-air market, Flea by Night presented by Green Mountain Energy, there’s no shortage of fun this summer. 

The summer season also brings the return of Fitness in the Park. Take part in any of the four weekly classes, including a Saturday morning Hatha flow, a Monday evening class led entirely in Spanish, a gentle flow and sound meditation on Tuesday evenings and bilingual Zumba on Wednesdays.

In addition to the Gateway Fountain and its 14-foot high arcing jets, Discovery Green is home to the John P. McGovern Playground, where the little ones can climb, slide and play with friends.

Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney St. (Houston, TX 77010). Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. All events are subject to change. Please refer to discoverygreen.com for updates.


Monday, July 1 – Wednesday, August 31


Flea by Night presented by Green Mountain Energy

Saturdays, July 20 and August 17

6–10 p.m.

Treasure hunt for one-of-a-kind vintage, handmade, recycled and local goods while enjoying food trucks and musical entertainment by DJ G Funk (July) and Houston country artist Jana Woe (August). 


Park After Dark                                                                                 

Thursdays, July 11 – August 8

7–9 p.m.

Beat the heat this summer at Park after Dark. Splash around the Gateway Fountain or enjoy lawn games from Rocket Dog. Park in the Dark will feature live music, food trucks, vendors and special park lighting. Gretchen “Coachgee” Jèan will host free line dancing classes from 7 – 8 p.m.      

Impact Houston

Saturdays, July 13 and August 10

7–10 p.m.

Join KTSU for a live-taping of Impact Houston, a podcast about Houston arts, culture and more. Impact Houston is hosted by Donna Franklin, Chris Johnson and Marcus Session, produced in collaboration with Houston First.

Summer Movie – The Lion King

Saturday, July 20

7–10 p.m.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Lion King with a move night under the stars. A lion cub named Simba looks forward to following in his father’s footsteps and becoming king of the African pride lands one day, but his happy childhood turns tragic when his uncle murders his father and drives him into exile. (G) 1994, 87 minutes

Guests are welcome to bring blankets, camping chairs and snacks. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase at The Lake House. Please leave alcohol and glass containers at home. Costumes are strongly encouraged! Arrive early for games and activities.



From yoga to bilingual Zumba, there’s a free fitness class for every wellness passion at Discovery Green. On-site registration is required. Please bring your own towel, water and a mat for yoga classes. Visit discoverygreen.com/fitness for updates.

Clase de Yoga Respiración Consciente y Meditación de Sonidos en Español     

Lunes, 1 de julio – 26 de agosto

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Esta clase ofrece prácticas de yoga, respiración y meditación de sonidos a la comunidad latina e hispano hablante de Houston. Guiada por Natalia Uribe y Sebastián Romero seguida de un baño de sonido y meditación a cargo de Saumil Manek. 

Gentle Yoga Flow and Sound Meditation

Tuesdays, July 2 – August 27

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Strengthen your body, relax your mind and find your center with this dynamic flow yoga and sound healing class. Led by Farida Meguid with crystal sound bowls played by Saumil Manek. 

Zumba Bilingue / Bilingual Zumba   

Wednesdays, July 3 – August 28

Miercoles, 3 de julio – 28 de agosto

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Learn Zumba in English and Spanish with Laly La Mega. This easy-to-follow cardio workout will have you dancing your way to a strong and healthy body.  

Hatha Yoga

Saturdays, July 6 – August 31

9–10 a.m.

A basic vinyasa yoga class for enhanced awareness and a strong, healthy body led by Andria Dugas.

Recycling Saturdays

Saturdays, July 6 – September 21

9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Bring your glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to a recycling station provided by the City of Houston.

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Discovery Green® is a highly acclaimed 12-acre park created by a public-private partnership between the City of Houston and the nonprofit Discovery Green Conservancy in downtown Houston, Texas. Since opening in April 2008, the park has welcomed more than 20 million visitors. Discovery Green® features sprawling lawns, a one-acre lake, an interactive fountain, a playground, public art installations, gardens and an allée of century-old live oaks. The Discovery Green Conservancy works with hundreds of programming partners to present artistic, musical, educational, family-friendly and health-focused events each year, most of which are presented free to the public. The park also features two on-site restaurants, the award-winning destination restaurant The Grove and the fast-casual The Lake House, providing visitors with an array of dining options. As a nonprofit organization, the Conservancy raises all the funds needed for the programming that Houstonians enjoy. For more information, please visit https://www.discoverygreen.com. Arts programming is made possible in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.


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