Time to dust off your Helmet and kneepads because the Roller Rink returns to Discovery Green in March. Presented by Avenida Houston, the second year of the outdoor roller rink brings a new and improved skating surface, colorful lighting, cheap skate nights, and throwback theme nights to downtown March 2 to 25. Here's the skate night lineup:
- Opening Party: Friday, March 2, from 5 to 10 p.m. Skate to live music from Skyrocket! the Band and take in a roller derby demo.
- Cheap Skate Nights: Monday, March 5 and 19, from 5 to 10 p.m. $8 gets you entry and skate rental.
- Time Warp Tuesday: Stayin’ Alive with the ‘70s on March 6, Time After Time through the ‘80s on March 13, Getting Jiggy Wit the '90s on March 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. DJ Mohawk Steve spins jams of different decades and costumes are encouraged.
- Let the Good Times Roll Date Night: Wednesdays, March 7 and 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Couples skate to crowd-sourced tunes. Send requests to Twitter/Insta with #DGDJ and your song might be played.
- Time Warp Thursdays: TV and Movie Theme Night on March 8, Old Skool Hip Hop and R&B on March 15, I Gotta Feeling about the 2000s on March 22, and Funfetti Fridays on March 16 and 23, from 8 to 10 p.m.
- Superhero Saturdays: March 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 5 to 6 p.m. Spiderman, Batman and more characters turn out to skate.
- This is How We Roll Sundays: March 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. Skate to Top 40 hits.
Also kicking off at Discovery Green in March is the Bayou City Music Series, a new free concert series honoring Houston's best jazz, blues, and zydeco musicians all spring long in three different Houston parks.
Houston's beloved rapper Bun B will headline the series at Discovery Green on Thursday, March 1, which will also feature opening performances by the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) Jazz Ensemble, B.B. King bandleader Milton Hopkins and the former vocalist for Louis Armstrong’s Orchestra, Jewel Brown.
The series will head elsewhere during the spring, with performances by Robert Glasper at Emancipation Park on April 7; and the full HSPVA Jazz Band, Grady Gaines, Trudy Lynn and the ThunderSOUL Orchestra at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou on May 19.