Here's what what's happening along Buffalo Bayou this month.
Get ready for a robust fall season of public programs, collaborations, and project updates on Buffalo Bayou. In addition to BBP’s regular fare of boat rides, wellness walks, tours of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, and other offerings, we have special programming throughout the season that delves into nature, culture, and recreation. Be sure to follow us on social media as well as checking out our monthly news to get the latest happenings this season!
Long Weekend Locations
The Labor Day weekend is upon us, providing more time for leisurely walks, runs, and relaxation. Most Houstonians know about Buffalo Bayou Park, but here are some lesser-known spots along the bayou to explore:
Allen’s Landing sits on the south bank of Buffalo Bayou at the corner of Buffalo and White Oak bayous. This spot commemorates our city’s founding in 1836. Notable features include a wharf, a text-based art installation, grassy lawns, and benches overlooking the water.
A 10-acre park named in memory of Yolanda Black Navarro, a committed civic leader who served Houston for decades. Notable features include picturesque wetland ponds, native plantings, pond overlook, interpretive signage, and hike and bike trails.
Come celebrate Buffalo Bayou Partnership as the featured organization of the Mid Main First Thursday block party this month. Make a donation of $10 to BBP at check-in and enjoy beverages compliments of Saint Arnold Brewing Company, live music, art, a market, and fun! Check in at the Mid Main Courtyard at 3550 Main St.
BBP Members receive free entry to Mid Main First Thursday, so be sure to bring your membership card. Not yet a BBP Member but want to learn more? Check out our website or come visit with us on September 1st.
BBP’s 2022 series, Underground Sounds has been an under-the-radar sensation with sold out performances by Nameless Sound, ROCO, and this month’s Two Star Symphony (with even added performances selling out within minutes!).
Tickets for the final Underground Sounds presentation of the year will go on sale Friday, September 2, at 9:00am sharp. These performances by Houston ensemble Loop38 will take place October 27-30. Miss out on tickets? Not to worry: a special winter experience in the Cistern will be announced soon, followed by more Underground Sounds in 2023!
It’s all about Birds, Bikes, and Buffalo Bayou! BBP and Houston BCycle invite you to this month’s What’s Growing On?, a nature-focused bike tour through Buffalo Bayou Park. In conjunction with Houston’s Bird Week, BBP’s conservation team will bring insight into Buffalo Bayou’s feathered friends, highlighting the egrets, hawks, and herons who make their home along Houston’s historic waterway. Tickets are $10 per participant and bicycles are generously provided by Houston BCycle.
You are invited to join us for the 2022 Buffalo Bayou Partnership Gala: BREAKING GROUND Along the Bayou, on Thursday, November 3rd. On this celebratory evening in Buffalo Bayou Park, we will come together to raise our glasses to BBP’s ongoing efforts to establish and steward parks, trails, and unique destinations that unite communities all along the bayou.
For over 30 years, BBP has led transformational projects such as Buffalo Bayou Park to public art and programming that enrich quality of life. In an effort to continue and guide our groundbreaking work for the next 10 years and beyond, BBP launched the Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan for the four miles of bayou stretching from US 59 to the Turning Basin. This year, we are honored to break ground on a series of catalytic projects in this area to deliver a dynamic network of parks and trails, recreational and cultural destinations, and connections into the surrounding Greater East End and Fifth Ward neighborhoods.
Your support and participation in this year’s Gala will enable BBP to strengthen our commitment to create and care for essential public spaces along the bayou. We sincerely hope you will consider joining in the celebration on November 3rd. Please click here for a response form or contact Leigh McBurnett for additional information.
Fall Visitor Center Hours:
The Buffalo Bayou Park Visitor Center at The Water Works (105 Sabine St.) is open daily from 9am-6pm and until 7pm on Wednesdays for Sound Healing Meditation in the Cistern.
We are also excited to begin offering extended hours on Fridays in the Cistern! Cistern History Tours are offered on the hour Wednesday through Sunday. New tour hours are as follows:
• Wednesday and Thursday 10am-5pm (final tour begins at 5pm)
• Friday 10am-7pm (final tour begins at 7pm)
• Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm (final tour begins at 5pm)
30-minute Self-Guided Tours are Wednesday-Sunday at 12pm.
Sound Healing Meditation will continue:
• Wednesday 6pm-6:45pm
• Saturday and Sunday 10am-10:45am