Event highlights include streamed concerts, fitness classes and a science
HOUSTON, TX — Discovery Green, the 12-acre park in the heart of downtown Houston, announces its modified Summer 2020 programming. Consisting entirely of online events featuring local artists, musicians, performers and instructors, the schedule supports Discovery Green Conservancy’s mission to be a source of health and happiness for Houstonians. By employing local artists and performers the Conservancy hopes to shine a window into the incredible diversity of arts and traditions that enrich life in Houston. Discovery Green’s online programming is free thanks to contributions from park supporters, foundations and sponsors. Donations are also accepted at discoverygreen.com/donate.
“The Discovery Green Conservancy is committed to its mission even during this pandemic,” said Barry Mandel, president and park director. “As our community struggles with uncertainty and social distancing, we are doing what we can to provide some of the same experiences you’d find at the park, made to enjoy from the comfort and safety of your home.”
Familiar event offerings include Discovery Green Stream Concerts filmed at the park with no audience premiering on Thursday evenings; fitness class favorites like yoga and Tai Chi; and family-friendly programming such as Superhero story time and science experiments. The public can enjoy all of the online programming for free from home by visiting the park’s website or Facebook page.
Although on-site programming is canceled until further notice, the park is open to visitors and The Lake House has resumed to-go service from Thursday through Monday from 12 to 7 p.m. The Discovery Green Conservancy asks visitors to practice social distancing and wear masks. Playground equipment and benches are off limits and the restrooms are closed; hand-washing stations are available throughout the park.
For a complete list of virtual events as well as programming updates, please visit www.discoverygreen.com. A digital press kit with high-res images is available at https://bit.ly/DGSummer2020PressKit.
DISCOVERY GREEN SUMMER 2020 ONLINE PROGRAMMING CALENDAR
Events are free. For schedule updates and links to view videos, please visit www.discoverygreen.com.
Discovery Green Stream Concerts presented by Bank of America
Featuring Houston-area musicians, these concerts are filmed in the park without an audience and are designed to be enjoyed from home. Recreate the experience by taking your laptop, tablet or phone outside and enjoying with a picnic dinner. Production coordinator Floyd Willis, who has 15 years of experience producing concerts, is behind the camera to make sure you feel like you’re sitting front row at a show at Discovery Green. Concerts premiere at facebook.com/discoverygreenhouston.
Say Girl Say
Thursday, May 21, 2020, 7 p.m.
Eclectic singer-songwriters Brigette Yawn and Suad Ihsan bring indie-pop to the park for a harmonic, multi-instrumental concert.
Thursday, June 18, 2020, 7 p.m.
Four-piece concept band Swimwear Department performs punk-rock songs about swimming pools and shopping at the mall.
Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7 p.m.
Native Houstonian and “Raptivist” Genesis Blue delivers a new style of hip-hop by combining poetry and fire to share an uplifting message.
Sara Van Buskirk
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, 7 p.m.
Soulful singer-songwriter Sara Van Buskirk brings her powerful voice and heartful lyrics to Discovery Green for a night of music.
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, 7 p.m.
Lifetime musicians perform traditional Americana songs with a modern Bluegrass twist.
Families and Children
Friday, May 29, 2020,12:30 p.m.
Give homeschooling a break and tune in to this online demonstration from Mad Science of Houston instead. You’ll learn fun and easy interactive experiments just in time for science class. Tune in at www.discoverygreen.com.
Superheroes & Friends Story Time
Fridays, June 26, July 10 and July 24, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
See which superheroes or friends pop up in the park to read a book at these family-friendly virtual story time readings. Watch at www.discoverygreen.com.
Uncle Jumbo Dance-Along
Friday, June 26, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Sing and dance with Houston-based children’s music-maker Uncle Jumbo at this virtual family-friendly dance party. Dance along at www.discoverygreen.com.
Healthy Living sponsored by Sprouts
Monday, May 25, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Stretch, breathe and reconnect with yourself in this virtual one-hour yoga session with Andria Dugas. Watch at www.discoverygreen.com.
Monday, June 1, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Simone Oliver of Four Dragons Institute leads a virtual one-hour class on the fundamentals of Tai Chi. This class is available at www.discoverygreen.com.
Monday, June 8, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Get in tune with your inner self during this virtual 30-minute guided meditation with Ragini Miryala. Join in at www.discoverygreen.com.
Moments of Zen at the Park
Tune into the park’s social media channels for weekly videos that will help you stop, re-center and take in the beauty of Discovery Green from home.
Dining at Discovery Green
The Grove Houston is an urban dining concept from the Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group, and is located on the southern end of Discovery Green overlooking the park’s allée of century-old live oaks. James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Robert Del Grande and Chef de Cuisine Ryan Williams curate an ever-evolving menu of American fare with a nod to the restaurant’s Gulf Coast locale. For more information, please visit www.thegrovehouston.com.
The Grove will resume normal business hours beginning on Tuesday, June 2.
The Lake House
The Lake House is a family-friendly, fast-casual concept located on the south shore of Kinder Lake in the heart of Discovery Green. Operated by the Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group, the Lake House serves
burgers, grilled chicken, signature salads, beer, wine and drinks. For more information, please visit www.thelakehousehouston.com.
The Lake House is currently open Thursday through Monday from 12—7 p.m. Seating is open in the dining room and patio with social distancing guidelines in place, and the full menu is available. Guests can mention Discovery Green to receive a free soft serve with their purchase during the month of May. Purchases at The Lake House support the care and upkeep of the park.
ABOUT DISCOVERY GREEN
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 13.5 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 more than 700 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 Lake House Café, 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 through contributions from park users, foundations and sponsors. For more information, please visit www.discoverygreen.com.