April 2017 Buffalo Bayou Currents

Crawfish, Music, Views & Brews:
Buy Tickets Today for Bayou Bash
Saturday, April 22

Join BBP's young professional group, Bayou Buddies, for an afternoon featuring crawfish and libations, live entertainment from Havoc Wagon and Space City Shakedown and fun lawn games with an amazing view of downtown Houston at Buffalo Bayou Park. Guests will also have a chance to bid on great silent auction packages for culinary, cultural and recreational experiences! Guests 12 and under have free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Buy Tickets!

Check out photos from last year’s event!

Questions? Please contact Jessica McFall at or 713.752.0314 ext. 104.

Bayou Buddies Happy Hour

Date: Thursday, April 6
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Red Lion British Pub
Cost: Free, but please RSVP on our Facebook event page to let us know you're coming!

Join Bayou Buddies for their monthly Happy Hour. We'll be doing a drawing for 4 tickets to Bayou Bash and appetizers will be provided. 

Poet-trees by Writers In The Schools

Photo by @witshouston on Instagram
April is National Poetry Month and "poet-trees" are back at Eleanor Tinsley Park! Visitors can write poems, quotes, and wishes on tags and hang them on the trees for others to read. You can also snap a pic of your poem on the tree and post it to social media using the hashtag #poettree

Second Saturday Boat Tours

Date: April 8
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Sabine Promenade Boat Launch (150 Sabine St., 77007)
Cost: $7 and $5 for children 4-12 (cash onlypayment taken when boarding)

These 30-minute boat rides are a great way to spend the afternoon with your family. Escape from the city and enjoy the cool breeze as you glide along Buffalo Bayou. Look for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even an occasional alligator sunning on the banks. Weather permitting. No reservations are taken for these tours. They are first come, first serve.

Walking Tour

Date: Saturday, April 15
Time: 10:30-11:30am
Check-In Location: The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park (105 Sabine St.)
Cost: Free; RSVPs required to Jessica McFall

Enjoy a free walking tour in Buffalo Bayou Park highlighting the landscape and ecology of 19th-century Texas that created Houston, as well as the importance of prairies in rebuilding this astonishing and all but vanished ecosystem.

Volunteer Workday

Date: Saturday, April 15
Time: 8:30-11:30am
Parking: City Lot H
Check-In Location: The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park (105 Sabine St.)

Bring your own gloves and BBP will provide any needed tools. To sign up, please read and complete an online volunteer waiver with the event date 4/15/2017.

Questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Leticia Sierras, 713.752.0314 ext. 206.

Sign Up to Volunteer!

Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park

Date: Thursday, April 20
Time: 7pm
Location: Market Square Park

This popular event is back at Market Square Park! Join BBP and the Downtown District for the first Blanket Bingo event of the year. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of fun, music and great prizes! $10 admission includes one bingo packet (approx. 9 games). Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Proceeds benefit BBP and Historic Market Square Park. Get there early as cards sell out quickly!

Make Every Day Earth Day

BBP is pleased to announce that H-E-B, in recognition of Earth Day, has selected EarthShare of Texas to be the April beneficiary for its in-store coupon promotion. This means that customers can tear off and add check-out coupons worth $1, $3, or $5 to their total bill to support environmental work throughout the State of Texas for the entire month of April.
This promotion enables H-E-B customers to bolster the diverse environmental program work of more than three dozen EarthShare of Texas’ organizations, including Buffalo Bayou Partnership.
Photo by Katya Horner

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource.

Upcoming Events

Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival

Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 12-5pm
Location: 3700-4000 block of Lyons Avenue

Stop by BBP's booth at the Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival to learn all that is happening along Buffalo Bayou and create your own bat mask.

Dinner at the Dunlavy

There are a few seats left for our exclusive Dinner at The Dunlavy on April 12! Tickets are $200 per person for this four-course dinner with wine pairings from Markham Vineyards. Purchase tickets here

Texas City Nature Challenge

Date: April 14-18

Buffalo Bayou Park is a location in the City Nature Challenge, a competition between Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin and Houston! Represent Houston and join Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, the Audubon Society, and others in a fun challenge to see which city can document the most species. See the CNC Facebook event page for more information. 

Honoring Terry Hershey

Date: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 10:30am
Location: Buffalo Bayou Park (west of Eleanor Tinsley Park and east of Henry Moore sculpture) 

Celebrate the life of Terry Hershey on Tuesday, April 25th. A grove of five Bur Oak trees will be planted in her memory along Buffalo Bayou Park. Memorial is open to the public and parking is available on Allen Parkway.

Bayou Greenway Day

Date: Saturday, April 29
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: MacGregor Park

Get to know your bayou at this FREE festival in MacGregor Park with games, music, giveaways and more. Visit the BBP booth to make your very own origami boat. 

Wellness Walk

Date: Saturday, April 29
Time: 8-9:30am
Parking: City Lot H
Location: The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park (105 Sabine St.)
Cost: Free; but reservations required to Jessica McFall

Take in the beauty of nature in the heart of the city as the Hines Center for Spirituality joins Buffalo Bayou Partnership in offering our first joint-venture wellness walk. Everyone is welcome to join in this free, 3-mile walk. Participants will be led by Laura Conely with Urban Paths Houston who will guide you along the trails of Buffalo Bayou and discuss a topic for the day. Topics covered will include the mental health and fitness benefits of walking and exposure to nature.

Stump the Treehugger

BBP is collaborating with the Citizens' Environmental Coalition (CEC) as they promote their Earth Day Houston Environmental Trivia Contest: Stump the Treehugger at Saint Arnold Brewing Company on April 30. Buy a ticket here and make sure to stop by the BBP booth!

Ongoing Events

Food Trucks at The Water Works

Make sure to follow along @buffalobayou for the weekend line-up of food trucks at The Water Works.

Rain at the Cistern

Rain:  Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern features a stunning site-specific reinstallation of Venezuelan artist Magdalena Fernández’s highly acclaimed 2iPM009 on loan from the MFAH’s permanent collection.   
This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and co-presented by Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Lead underwriting is provided by: 
Kinder Foundation
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Special thanks to Sicardi Gallery, Elmore Public Relations, Inc. and


Street Closures

Please be aware that access to Buffalo Bayou Park may be affected due to the following events:

April 8: Art Car Parade

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