Theater District Open House

The Theater District Open House is a fun-filled, family day of exploring Houston's nine major performing arts organizations, including the Alley Theatre, Gexa Energy Broadway at the Hobby Center, Da Camera of Houston, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Society for the Performing Arts, Theatre Under The Stars and Uniquely Houston.

Guests will enjoy activities and live performances by each of the Theater District's groups, including musical theater shows, behind-the-scenes backstage tours, interactive instrument petting zoo, costume trunk, meet-and-greets with costumed performers, complimentary trolley rides between venues, a photo booth experience at the Wortham Theater Center and a Houston Symphony concert at Jones Hall starting at 4 p.m.

Informational booths from each arts group will offer special ticket pricing — valid only during the event.

If you are planning to attend the Open House, but do not intend to join the group, please do not rsvp yes to this event.  It falsely enlarges the number of attendees and jeopardizes your membership with the group.

Admission is free.

Since there will be high temperatures, please dress accordingly and having bottled water is recommended.  Even though there is trolley service provided, please be prepared for extreme walking.

This is an excellent opportunity for photographers.

Downtown offers free metered street parking on Sundays (do not park by the red ones).  There are some surface lots which have drop boxes (cash only in the exact amount), and some surface lots which have attendants (do not give cash to an attendant unless they display a photo work badge).  Theater District garage parking is available for a charge.


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Each venue will be offering presentations and activities simultaneously.  Please review the program so that you can prioritize what you would like to see.


Please review the deals offered to be prepared to purchase tickets if interested.


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11:00AM - 12:00PM






Let's gather at Georgia's Market.  The seating area on the second floor is reserved for our group.  This area is not handicap accessible.  If anyone has special needs, please let me know, and we will do our best to accommodate.

The market is a small grocery and cafe.  Please arrive on time if you would like to have breakfast before we leave at noon.

Since we have had an outstanding response for this event, it will be necessary to form smaller groups based on common interests such as ballet, theater, children's activities, etc.  If anyone is familiar with this event and would be willing to lead a small group, please let me know.

We will leave the market and walk to the Theater District at 12:00PM.  It will not be necessary to move your vehicle.

If you do not arrive before 12:00PM, you will not be able to locate the group until 3:30PM.

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3:30PM - 5:00PM

In order to be seated as close as possible for the free Houston Symphony concert, let's gather at Jones Hall, outside of the building on the side facing Louisiana Street (I will be holding a small meetup sign).  We will enter the building at 3:45PM.

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  • Tanya

    i have a two year old, would this event be appropriate for her?

    August 30, 2013

    • Kathleen C.

      My best guess would be that a toddler might not appreciate the face painting and the costumes as well as a child a little older. Having no children myself, I'll defer to the members with children to answer this question.

      August 30, 2013

    • Arie M.

      Also, this was last week :P

      August 30, 2013

  • Kevin

    Excellent event with so much to do. Broadway, opera, Ballet, Jazz and Most amazing was the symphony!!! Amazing concert and the acoustics at Jones are especially great. I could hear the little triangle clear at the back of the orchestra very clearly. Outstanding experience!!! Thanks you again Kathleen!!! The company was spectacular... really!!!!

    August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Kathleen! Had a great time and great idea to meet at Georgia's Market - great fun watching Opera, Ballet, Dance, and Houston Symphony! We got lucky with the weather too!

    August 26, 2013

  • Rafael

    What a wonderful day I had with my girls. Thanks Kathleen for organizing this meetup!! You did a terrific job keeping us informed of everything. You the best.

    August 25, 2013

  • Marla E

    Thank you, Kathleen! I had a marvelous time...looking forward to enjoying some of the 'new' arts I've discovered.

    August 25, 2013

  • Kate F.

    Although I very quickly got separated from the group - I had a wonderful time. The invitation to attend together was a great motivator. Thanks Kathleen for organizing.

    August 25, 2013

  • Debbie

    Wonderful day of Broadway, Opera, Ballet, Jazz and Symphony. Does not get much better! Thanks Kathleen.

    August 25, 2013

  • Ashkan S.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone

    August 25, 2013

  • Anetra W.

    I will be there along with my daughter. I think she will appreciate the experience.

    May 20, 2013

    • Sonia K.

      Great! I thought I was the only one bringing my daughter. Who old is your daughter?

      August 22, 2013

    • Hannah N.

      I bring my daughter every year. She is almost 8. I believe this will be our fourth year. :)

      August 25, 2013

  • Rafael

    My first time. I am very excited.

    August 24, 2013

  • Yogi

    Wow...more than 250 RSVPs. I know not all are going to show up, but I bet still it would be crazy ;)

    August 22, 2013

  • Ru

    I will be volunteering in the trunk costume area. I missed it last year but volunteered the year before

    August 20, 2013

  • Maria C.

    This is a great event. Will try to attend.

    August 19, 2013

  • Yogi

    I did this last year as well. Pretty cool event :)

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • alicia

    This looks awesome!

    August 19, 2013

  • Michelle S.

    I plan to attend.

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds fantastic!

    August 16, 2013

  • Cindy P.

    Sounds like a great event. I look forward to meeting you all there.

    August 5, 2013

  • Virginia

    Thanks! I am exciting about meeting you! Looking forward to having a very nice and exciting time!! See you soon!!

    July 27, 2013

  • Allie K.

    This looks like fun for our whole family!!! looking forward to it :-)

    July 8, 2013

  • Rajiv

    looks like an awesome event

    July 5, 2013

  • Wanda M.

    This will be a learning experience for me being my first time!

    June 27, 2013

  • Marla E


    June 8, 2013

  • Daniel C.

    Would be my first time attending this, but am really interested in finding out what Houston has to offer on the performing arts side

    May 21, 2013

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