Hot temps, hot dogs and baseball: Astros welcome the start of summer.
Temperatures start feeling summer-like in Houston in April, so for those of us who live in these parts, it helps to actually look at a calendar when reminding ourselves what season it is.
School being out helps as well, and a combination of that, plus the calendar flipping to June, makes it officially unofficial: it’s summertime in the Bayou City.
Sure, summer doesn’t really start until June 21. But why wait? The Astros will open a homestand on Friday with a host of carefree activities as they “Kick-off to Summer” with a party near the park.
The Astros play NL Central division foe Cincinnati on Friday, but in the hours leading up to game time, the action will be at the Plaza on Crawford St., in front of Minute Maid Park.
Water, soda and $1 hot dogs and popcorn will be available to purchase during the event and several of the Astros partners will be present with giveaways and activities as well.
The Kick-off to Summer Party starts at 4 p.m. CT and will feature interactive activities including:
* A Velcro Wall, Rock Climbing, Bungee Run and more
* Fun Music
* Player Appearances
* Video Games
On Saturday, the Astros will host their very first tailgating event from 3 to 6 p.m. in Parking Lot C.
With a valid pass to that lot, you can bring your grill, food and beverage and hang out in the lot before the game. The Astros will provide a large tent, tables and chairs and several Astros partners will be on hand for the fun. Water, soda and $1 hot dogs and popcorn will also be available for purchase during the event.
You must have an Astros Lot C Parking Pass in order to bring a vehicle and/or food & beverage into the lot. Tailgating is not permitted in any other Astros parking lot or in any privately owned lots around the ballpark.
If indoor activity is more your preference, you can join us for our second Social Media Night, featuring Chris Johnson. The event includes batting practice viewing from behind the Astros dugout, a game ticket in the Budweiser Patio, dinner, dessert, a t-shirt and the opportunity to win prizes signed and presented by Chris Johnson (@cjastros23) through Twitter Trivia.
The only stipulation is you must be on Twitter in order to win the prizes. Liking Blue Bell ice cream helps as well.