First Thursday is about to be lit (for the parks).

Need an excuse to party on a school night? Mid Main's charitable First Thursdays are officially back from hiatus, beginning Thursday, March 7.

This week's beneficiary is the Houston Parks Board, otherwise known as the organization overseeing the 150 miles of trails guaranteed as part of Bayou Greenways 2020. Already well underway, the public-private partnership will line the city's eight major bayous with walkable, bike-able, run-able greenways that provide quality park space all across Houston. "It puts Houston on the map in terms of the national conversation about how cities are addressing livability and connectivity—the intersection between greenspace, mobility, and economic development,” Houston Park Board’s Doug Overman told Houstonia in our February issue.

The cause aligns with the vibe of Mid Main District, which stretches the 3500, 3600, and 3700 blocks of (you guessed it) Main Street. Situated along the Red Line, this is the rare stretch of Houston to provide the proper mix of transit, arts, and eateries one would expect from a city this size, all within walking distance. This edition of First Thursdays will deploy the first-ever HISD Visual Arts Teacher Art Exhibition, meaning works by the district's art teachers will line the storefronts. There will also be 9-hole putt-putt course and an outdoor food market with food from 10 restaurants and free booze from Deep Eddy Vodka and Saint Arnold.

Music from The Rubilators will be on the Art Garden Stage, and Beetle—a rather self-explanatory cover band—will headline the evening at The Continental Club.

First Thursdays at Mid Main, March 7. Free ($5 suggested donation). More info via Facebook. 

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