There’s plenty going on this June, what with Pride month and Father’s Day coming up…if you’re wondering how to make this special month memorable, check out the fun events that Buffalo Bayou has lined up for June 2021!
There are plenty of family-oriented activities for to fill up the long Houston summer days with. Enjoy the lush aftermath of spring showers with your dear ones at the various parks and trails that run along the banks of the Buffalo Bayou. Make sure you celebrate Pride Month with music, dancing, and a little picnic at Houston’s most significant natural resource. Surprise your Dad this Father’s Day, June 20, with a private boat tour or with a tour of the ultra-cool Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern.
Buffalo Bayou Events This Month – June 2021
1. Buffalo Bayou East Wellness Walk
Date: June 9, 16, 30
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Venue: Guadalupe Plaza Park
The Wellness Walk, led by Urban Paths Wellness Coaching founder Laura Conely, will take you through the historic East End neighborhood. This free picturesque urban trail is a mix of pavement, dirt, and gravel pathway, along the Buffalo Bayou. Make sure you slip into comfortable sturdy shoes, carry drinking water and wear a mask to be safe. Please note this tour has limited capacity. The group will depart from Guadalupe Park and will target to cover a distance of approximately 3 miles.
2. Sunrise Yoga
Date: June 11, 25
Time: 6:30 am – 7:15 am
Venue: The Water Works
Ease into the weekend with an early morning Sunrise Yoga session, co-organised by The Breathing Room, at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park. Each session will run for around 45 minutes and overlook a spectacular view of downtown, Houston’s most uplifting, iconic green space. Bring your own personal mat. Parking is available at 105 Sabine Street. Find more parking options here.
3. Sound Healing Meditation in the Cistern
Date: June 12, 19, 26
Time: 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Venue: The Water Works
Practice meditation in the sprawling, tranquil Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. The 45 mins-long session technique will feature the use of singing bowls and wind chimes to encourage mindfulness and connectivity. Everyone must bring their own cushion or mat. The sessions will take place on Saturdays from 10-10:45 am and have a maximum capacity of 34 people. Tickets are priced at $15 per person. All guests are mandatorily required to wear face masks and use hand sanitizers prior to entering the Cistern.
4. Turkey Bend Community Meeting
Date: June 12
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
If you reside or work in the Greater East End or Fifth Ward, join Buffalo Bayou Partnership for an open house to learn about the Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan with a focus on the Turkey Bend site. Participants will be allowed to offer feedback and raise questions. Spanish translation will be available.
5. Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park
Date: June 17
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: Market Square Park
Grab your favourite blanket, lawn chair or snag one of the tables at the Market Square Park for an exciting revival of Blanket Bingo. The event, benefiting Market Square Park and Buffalo Bayou Partnership, promises to be a night of fun, music and great prizes! Tickets start from $10 (includes one bingo packet; approx. 9 games), additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Packets will go on sale at 6 pm while the game officially starts at 7 pm.
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Buffalo Bayou Events For June 2021 – Continued
6. Monthly Volunteer Work
Date: June 19
Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 pm
Houstonians, 9 years and above, are invited to participate in community-wide volunteer drives at Buffalo Bayou Park on the third Saturday of each month. Your efforts will lead to a cleaner environment, in addition to a more aesthetically pleasing amenity for everyone to cherish. Volunteers will help with a variety of tasks, including but not limited to: trash pick-up, mulching and weed removal. All volunteers bring their own work gloves. All other necessary work tools will be provided by Buffalo Bayou Park.
7. Make Music Day Houston at The Water Works
Date: June 21
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: The Water Works
Celebrate the Summer Solstice—longest day in the northern hemisphere—at The Water Works with a musical festival like no other! Houstonians can enjoy a moving performance by the Alex Navarro Quartet on Make Music Day, that is open to anyone who wishes to take part. Every kind of musician—young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion—pours onto porches, patios, neighborhoods to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. The annual event, organised by Buffalo Bayou Partnership in partnership with Make Music Houston, is free and open to the public.
8. SPACE JAMS presented by The Currents
Date: June 24
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Currents, a membership group of Buffalo Bayou Partnership, is all set to host Space Jams, an out-of-this world fundraiser, proceeds from which will help revitalize and transform the Buffalo Bayou. The event will showcase the latest Cistern art installation, Time No Longer; against the backdrop of a stellar skyline view at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park with spacey beats, and an array cocktails and light bites. Tickets are priced at $35 for members of The Currents and $50 for non-members.
9. Birding and Boating
Date: June 26
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Embark on a canoe adventure through the urban wilderness of Buffalo Bayou to discover Houston’s feathered dwellers! Participants will meet at the Sabine Street 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 hundreds of migratory bird species. The group will stop by Houston’s newest mural, Confluence, dedicated to the migratory birds of Houston’s major waterways. All canoe equipment will be supplied by Hokulele Paddling Club, but we suggest you bring your own flotation device, if possible. Tickets are priced at $50 per person, and space is limited. The event was rescheduled from May 22.
10. A Waterfront Father’s Day
Date: June 20
Treat the father figure in your life by booking a private special boat tour, which can accommodate up to 20 people. The 90-minute tour will feature notable landmarks like Allen’s Landing, the Sabine Promenade, Sesquicentennial Park, and other historic sites on a pontoon boat. You can also visit the iconic Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, which currently houses one-of-a-kind art installation, Time No Longer. Don’t forget to drop by the Buffalo Bayou Boutique to pick up a souvenir for your Dad.
Photographs by Katya Horner, It’s Not Hou It’s Me, Joyful Vintage Photography, and Lawrence Elizabeth Knox.