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May 2021


Mother's Day, Memorial Day, National Physical Fitness Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month are all national observances in May. Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) welcomes you and your loved ones to celebrate these special days along the bayou. Find your center with some of our mindfulness activities, walk or bike the trails, listen to music, enjoy a picnic, or visit Time No Longer in the Cistern. However you enjoy the lovely spring weather, we hope you make Buffalo Bayou a part of your plans.

Mother's Day Weekend

Spend Mother's Day weekend with the leading lady in your life along Buffalo Bayou. On Saturday, join a bike ride through Buffalo Bayou East, then sit and enjoy a live performance of contemporary music on Sunday at the Concert in the Park.

Bike Tour of Buffalo Bayou East

On Saturday, May 8, we join the East End Bike Ride group to pedal and explore trails along Buffalo Bayou East. Riders will learn more about the Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan and stop at sites that will be transformed into parks and unique destinations. To view all upcoming Buffalo Bayou East tours, click here.

Concert in the Park: Quartet for the End of Time

This Mother’s Day, May 9, Buffalo Bayou Partnership presents DACAMERA Young Artists performing Olivier Messiaen’s iconic Quartet for the End of Time, which serves as the soundtrack for Time No Longer, the art installation in the Cistern. The composition, created while Messiaen was held captive in a prison camp during World War II, confirms the composer’s enduring faith and is a testament to beauty prevailing over darkness. Sarah Rothenberg, DACAMERA’s artistic director, will lead a brief discussion about the work preceding the performance. Guests may bring food and non-alcoholic beverages. Food trucks will sell food and drinks, and a limited amount of beer and wine are available for a $5 donation.
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Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Please note that social distancing will be enforced.

Watch Short Films in the Park

From 7 - 9:30 p.m. on May 29, join us, in collaboration with NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society and in conjunction with Time No Longer for an evening of curated short films inspired by NASA archive footage. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair, and make it a night with the entire family!
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In Case You Missed It

On May 4, we hosted a virtual talk with the artists who created Time No Longer, the art installation on view in the Cistern. Art patrons around the world gathered online to hear artist Anri Sala, sound designer/collaborator Olivier Goinard, and musician André Vida discuss the ideas and inspiration behind this one-of-a-kind artwork. If you missed it, you can view the recording here.

Ongoing Events and Programs

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National Bike Month and Bike Safety Celebration

On May 29 from 9 - 10 a.m., visit The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park to celebrate Bike Safety Month with us and our partners: Bike BarnBike Houstonand Houston Bike Share. We’re teaming up to help you learn more about bike safety, gear, rentals, and tour options in Houston. Bicyclists of all ages and experience levels are invited to attend, and the first 25 people in attendance will receive a special prize!

Host Your Event Along the Bayou

Do you need a venue for your wedding, concert, or other gathering? Host your event at Buffalo Bayou Park in front of Houston’s iconic skyline or downtown at the historic Sunset Coffee Building (pictured above). Both feature picturesque views and offer options for hosting indoor and outdoor events. For more information and to view our rental facilities, visit our website.

Boating and Birding 

Discover Houston’s feathered friends on a canoe adventure through the urban wilderness of Buffalo Bayou on May 22 from 9 - 11 a.m. Meet at the Sabine St. boat launch for a paddling tour led by members of the Houston Audubon Young Professionals Advisory Council, who will point out flora and fauna with a focus on the hundreds of bird species that migrate through our area. The group will stop by Houston’s newest mural, Confluence, dedicated to the migratory birds of Houston's major waterways. The cost is $50 per person, and space is limited.

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Support BBP On Your Next Trip to H-E-B

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is a proud member of EarthShare of Texas (ESTX), a non-profit raising and distributing funds to its member organizations. This month, supporting BBP through EarthShare is as easy as using an in-store coupon at your local H-E-B or Central Market! Just look for the EarthShare display at checkout stands at any Texas store to add a $1, $3, or $5 donation to your bill. You can also donate when ordering online and using curbside by visiting the "You May Also Love" page during pre-checkout and scroll to find the links to donate.

The Story Behind Seven Wonders

Mel Chin’s Seven Wonders was commissioned for Sesquicentennial Park in 1998 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the City of Houston. Chin, a Houston-born son of Chinese immigrants, responded to the seven industries that comprised the city’s founding (and, to some extent, current) economy: energy, manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, philanthropy, technology, and transportation. The towering steel sculptures feature 1,050 illustrations by Houston children born in 1986, the city’s sesquicentennial. Watch Chin discuss his artwork here.
Concert in the Park is generously supported by The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation and Nina and Michael Zilkha.

Photo credit by Katya Horner/Slight Clutter Photography and Lawrence Elizabeth Knox.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is the non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource.
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