Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park

Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park
Event on 2013-10-03 18:00:00

An old-school pastime is making a trendy comeback as Market Square Park, downtown’s favorite neighborhood park, debuts Blanket Bingo – a monthly entertainment series where residents and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a night filled with music, fun and bingo for a historic night out.

The games begin on Thursday, September 12 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. with additional opportunities to play October 3, November 14 and December 12. General admission is and includes a packet of bingo cards (approximately ten games) along with chances to win a number of great prizes donated by area businesses and partners including a private pontoon boat ride down Buffalo Bayou for 21, a luxurious one-night staycation at Hotel Icon and 0 hard, cold cash.

Participants are encouraged to spread out on the lawn or utilize the park’s existing tables during the game. Bingo daubers also will be available for an additional . At the end of the night, all proceeds generated from Blanket Bingo will help support local nonprofit Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

“We are appreciative of the Houston Downtown Management District’s continuous support of Buffalo Bayou Partnership and selecting us as the Blanket Bingo beneficiary. We love Market Square Park and are excited to be a part of bingomania,” says director of public relations and events for Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

To add to the festive atmosphere, bingo balls won’t be the only thing spinning that night! Keeping the party hot will be A Fistful of Soul—local DJs Joe Ross and Stewart Anderson will spin a mix of R&B, soul and Motown for the crowd. Rounding out the entertainment will be master of ceremonies John Mills-McCoin from the acclaimed Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus at The Orange Show. His one-of-a-kind banter and iconic wackiness will no doubt add an element of fun and laughter all night long!

“We are always looking for new and creative ways for both residents and visitors to enjoy Market Square Park as well as opportunities to work with our friends, like Buffalo Bayou Partnership,” says director of marketing and communications for the Houston Downtown Management District Angie Bertinot. “This season is no different. In addition to our regular programming of live concerts and Alamo Drafthouse outdoor movie screenings, we’ll also be featuring a unique music and art installation, themed bike rides as well as our signature A Night at Market Square event,” she adds.

Market Square Park is open daily from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase at Niko Niko’s. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages, please. Metered on-street parking is available and free after 6 p.m. parking is available across the street at Market Square Garage located at 301 Milam.

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About Market Square Park
Market Square Park is at long last being reclaimed as the bustling center of downtown Houston’s Historic District. The new park is a true neighborhood space, anchored by a central lawn where more than one City Hall once stood. A crescent-shaped dog run on the park’s west side gives the canine contingent an attractive and active place to let loose. A beautifully lit fence and walkway arc through the park and provide insight to the history of the area. And if you’re hungry, check out Houston classic Niko Niko’s, where you’ll find delightfully shady, outdoor seating, a plaza for performances and classic Greek and American favorites. Take a quiet moment in Lauren’s Garden, a memorial that honors Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas – a passenger on United Flight 93. With its flowing water, beautiful sculpture, seasonal flowers and leafy trees, the garden memorializes all lost on September 11.

Market Square Park is operated in partnership by the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Houston Downtown Management District.

About Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Created in 1986, Buffalo Bayou Partnership is a coalition of civic, environmental, governmental and business representatives whose director nominees are confirmed by the Mayor of Houston and Harris County Judge. The 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation is transforming and revitalizing Buffalo Bayou, Houston's greatest natural resource. For more information, visit

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