Things to do on Sundays
Sundays have always been
a bit of a funny day to me. A bit odd if you will. The one day of the
week that feels a bit like the weekend, because it is, but also a bit
like mid week. Sundays comes the inevitable feeling that tomorrow is Monday,
which means back to work.
It’s a tough day these Sunday’s. What do you do? Do you relax and take advantage of your last day before you start humping it again, only so that you can make it to the next weekend? Or do you wake up and grab a hold of the day. It’s not like Saturday, a day you fully enjoy because you have the luxury of going hard all day then sleeping in on Sunday. Sunday is tricky.
Sunday is the day that the whole family does something together and we usually try and do something fun. I have always enjoyed going to street fairs, having a BBQ or going to the park for some free music. Getting through Sundays in NYC was great because there was always a free concert going on. I have seen James Brown get down, watched Garth Brooks with 100,000 other people as well as been part of a fantastic performance by Ozomatli.
One of my favorite things to do is to catch a day game at the local ballpark. Growing up we went to the Astrodome to watch Nolan Ryan and the gang play. As much as I loved the dome, and the Astros, there is something to be said about seeing a game with the roof open. After moving to New York I saw countless games at both Shea Stadium as well as Yankee Stadium. Being out in the sun, having a dog or two and a nice cold beverage is a fantastic way to spend the afternoon.
You can find great prices on baseball games throughout the summer. You can check local listings for specials being run for certain games or home stands. From towel giveaways, cooler giveaways and even the “bring your dog to the ballpark day” there is always some sort of promotion going on.
The zoo is another place to go with the entire family. The cost for admittance is generally small and is always a great way to spend the day with family. A lot of times you can pack a lunch stroll around and find a place to sit down and relax for a break.
During the summer there are always a slew of festivals going on all over the city. Music festivals that come to town such as the Jazz Fest in Houston and New Orleans and the Reggae Fest in Houston and Long beach have always been well worth the money. This month in Houston the iFest is going on which celebrates a different country each year and has lots of great music and dancing as well as good food. iFest seems more like an experience in people than a music festival. I attended two years ago and loved it. So if you happen through H-town this month you should check it out.
So much happens during the summer it’s really just a matter of doing a bit of research to find something you like. A great resource for events is Sarah Gish’s Summer book. She sends weekly emails of great new events in the Houston area, which are all kid friendly. The Houston Press in Houston has a pretty good weekly listing of events.
If in Los Angeles you should drop by Eye Spy LA (eyespyla.com). Eye Spy is a fantastic resource for what’s happening in Los Angeles. They also send out a weekly newsletter to keep you up to date and in the know on the latest things about town. There is also a listing of cheap (in price not value) events going on that range from Roller Derby Tickets to MLB tickets and much more. All of the event tickets offered here are half price or better and the list is constantly being updated.
It’s amazing to me just how much goes on outside in the summer in Houston. With a huge array of outdoor summer concerts you would never believe that you were in the Humidity capital of the south. Heat or not, don’t miss out on these great events.
I would recommend checking out Pegasus News if traveling to the Dallas Fort Worth area. They have a very comprehensive list of events going on all over town. Others worth checking out are the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly, which are both printed once a week.
Other notable websites to find great events to fill your Sunday afternoon are yelp.com, zvents.com, stubdog.com and eventful.com. None of these sites require registration and all are extremely easy to navigate.
So good luck on filling your Sundays with something interesting.