April has arrived, spring is in full force and Houston is buzzing with activities. You’ll find Easter festivities, baseball, performing arts, and opportunities to get outside.
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Apr. 1 – 4
If there’s one piece of family nostalgia that makes for great laughs, it’s Easter bunny pictures. From a funny looking bunny to kid’s faces, Easter photos are a must-do holiday activity. For a safe and planned experience head to The Galleria for its bountiful bunny set up. The event will be safe and socially distanced; families are also able to make a reservation for a convenient time slot. For an added precaution, the bunny will be wearing a concealed mask. Plus, there’s no shortage of activities at the Galleria; you can enjoy a family ice skate, eat and shop while you’re there!
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Apr. 2 – 3
Johann Sebastian Bach’s classical music is great at any time of year, but the renowned composer’s work seemingly experiences a rebirth each year at the onset of spring. For an unforgettable Easter weekend, head to A Bach Easter at Jones Hall. Sit back and enjoy the sounds of the Houston Symphony performing the Concerto for Oboe and Violin with Principal Oboe Jonathan Fischer and Concertmaster Yoonshin Song, two of Bach’s great sacred cantatas with internationally renowned vocalists Yulia Van Doren and Elizabeth DeShong, and the well-known Suite No. 2. Baroque specialist Jane Glover.
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If you have the travel bug, this festival is for you. The 2021 Galleria Whiskey and Wine Fest will feature wine and whiskey tastings from all over the world, in one convenient location. Aside from a global tour of libations, patrons can do a lot of good! Each ticket sale helps support local small businesses affected by the pandemic and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Stop Human Trafficking Initiative. The event includes complimentary tastings, light bites, a special guest and live entertainment. Further, those who purchase VIP tickets will have the opportunity to sample every product while having one-on-one time with the spirit experts and chefs.
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Apr. 8 – Apr. 29
Finally! It’s time for all of the spring sports to return and we’re ready for springtime baseball. The Houston Astros open up play with a series at Minute Maid Park hosting the Oakland Athletics on Apr. 8. Additional series hosted by the Astros in April include the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, and Seattle Mariners. H-Town is excited to get back to playing ball and seeing new faces like Pedro Baez along with fan favorites José Altuve and Alex Bregman. We’re all in #ForTheH!
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Soccer season is back! Head to BBVA Compass Stadium to check out our amazing Houston Dash take on former Dash player Kealia Ohai Watt and the Chicago Red Stars in the 2021 season opener. Always a fun and family-friendly outing, The Dash are looking to start off the NWSL Challenge Cup with a strong win against the Red Stars. Tickets start at only $10 and in honor of Women’s History Month, the Dash are also encouraging fans to join in the Choose to Challenge ticket donation campaign and provide young women with the opportunity to attend a Dash game in the Challenge Cup.
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From the Dash to the Dynamo, Houston has no shortage of soccer stars. Once again, head to BBVA Compass Stadium for the Houston Dynamo’s season opener and Welcome Back night! The Dynamo had a busy offseason with the arrival of eight new players. Further, the team finished as one of the most offensive teams in 2020, creating the third most chances from open play in the league and finished with the second most chances created in the Western Conference. So, head Downtown and cheer on H-Town’s Dynamo and enjoy a beautiful spring evening.
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After a long year of very little in-person live music, White Oak Music Hall is ready to rock with a number of upcoming concerts this spring and summer. First up is the Read Southall Band on Apr. 17. Read Southall is from Stillwater, Ok. and became one of the most well-known singer-songwriters in the region after the success of his album “Six String Sorrow.” Then, he decided to team up with bandmates and create the Read Southall Band. Further, White Oak Music Hall is one venue in Houston that everyone should visit as it includes a five-acre, three-stage indoor/outdoor live music complex complete with amphitheater and lawn.
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Apr. 20 – Apr. 25
For a night of funny, family fun, head to The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts for The Blue Man Group’s Speechless Tour. Join the spectacle as the men search for the elusive “present moment” while creating moments of large-scale participation and universal connection with the audience…without any words. It’s hard to believe, but the trio of blue, bald men has been around for 27 years and somehow the performances are always fresh, full of joy, art, music, comedy, social commentary, and hilarious absurdity.
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Apr. 23 – 24, Apr. 29 – 30
On your marks, get set, go! Head to Sam Houston Race Park for the beginning of the quarter horse racing season. What is a quarter horse? Great question. The quarter horse is an American breed of horse that excels at sprinting short distances. Its name is derived from its ability to outrun other horse breeds in races of a quarter mile or less. The post times vary depending on the day of the race, so check times before you head to the track. Plus, there are both indoor and outdoor areas for spectators. Watching these magnificent animals race is fun for everyone, including kids!
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Did we mention that spring sports are back in action? Okay, great. We suggest you head to happy hour at Biggio’s located inside the Marriott Marquis Houston. Happy hour is daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Named after local Astros’ legend Craig Biggio, this venue is just as dynamic as his baseball career boasting over 30 screens, including two massive 30-foot tall high-definition screens. Plus, the sports bar includes bites like burgers, nachos, wings and chili, along with salads, flatbreads, cocktails and more than 20 beers on tap. That’s a homerun! Did you know that there is also a lazy river in the shape of Texas in the hotel? With so many amenities, you might want to make the Marriott Marquis your home for the month of April or at least a weekend.