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Before you head to Houston for Quilt Market, take a look at the information below and plan your lunches, dinners, and after-show evenings!



With the completion of the Avenida Houston district last year, there are more dining and entertainment options than ever both within and directly adjacent to the George R. Brown Convention Center.


Insider the convention center are the fast-casual McAlister’s Deli and Bud’s Pitmaster BBQ, as well as the full-service Grotto Downtown and Pappadeaux Seafood restaurants. Other offerings within immediate walking distance include: Kulture (in the next-door Partnership Tower) (image left) , Biggio’s, Cueva, Walker Street Kitchen and Xochi (all inside the Marriott Marquis hotel), and 1600 Bar + Grille and Pappasito's Cantina (both inside the Hilton Americas hotel).


Other nearby options include Brasserie du Parc, Hearsay on the Green, (inside the Embassy Suites hotel) (image left), and Phoenicia Specialty Foods, a 28,000-square-foot market featuring products from more than 50 countries. Phoenecia also includes MKT Bar, an in-house wine and beer bar serving international fare.


Avenida Houston isn’t just great restaurants, though. The area also includes shopping, unique art installations, and dozens of events each day, including many directly on the Avenida Plaza right in front of the convention center.



Directly across from the convention center sits the 12-acre Discovery Green park, which offers a little bit of everything: lakeside dining, art installations, picnic areas, expansive lawns, gardens, and more.


Discovery Green is home to The Lake House restaurant, located on Kinder Lake and providing views of the park and skyline, with indoor and outdoor seating. The fast-casual restaurant serves burgers, salads, hot dogs, shakes, wine, and beer. Also in Discovery Green, The Grove (image below) restaurant and bar offers rustic American cuisine, including seafood, steaks, and rotisserie dishes. The Grove’s Treehouse roof deck bar overlooks towering oak trees and serves signature cocktails and bar snacks.



A few streets away from the convention center, the GreenStreet (image right) area includes four city blocks of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Restaurants include Andalucia Tapas, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, Mia Bella Trattoria, Guadalajara del Centro, III Forks Steakhouse, Lucienne, and the fast-casual Salata.


GreenStreet is also home to the House of Blues Houston, Lucky Strike luxury bowling alley, and a Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar.



There’s no shortage of things to see taking a stroll around Downtown Houston, but what about the world you can’t see right under your feet? One of Houston’s best-kept secrets is its six-mile long system of interconnected, underground tunnels, thriving 20 feet beneath the skyscrapers. The tunnels have two street access points: Wells Fargo Plaza and McKinney Garage on Main Street, with other entrances available within office buildings connected to the tunnel. The tunnels offer a long list of retail and restaurant options. With the tunnels linking a full 95 city blocks, there is plenty to experience below the hustle and bustle of the city.


There are far too many great restaurant and entertainment options in Downtown Houston to include them all here, but great resources to explore are and VisitHouston.



The environmentally friendly GreenLink connects the convention corridor, hotels, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment in Downtown Houston. The Green Route runs Monday-Friday, 6:30 am-6:30 pm with buses arriving every 7-10 minutes. The Orange Route runs 6:30 am-Midnight Monday-Friday, 9 am-Midnight Saturday, and 9 am-6 pm Sunday with buses arriving every 10 minutes.

The 13-mile METRORail offers service between Downtown Houston and NRG Park, including the Theater District, Museum District and Texas Medical Center. The 5.3-mile North Line has a convenient stop just north of the GRB. The Green and Purple North Lines connect the Convention District to Houston’s Theater District along with many other stops. The 7.5-mile Main Street Line, or Red Line, offers service between Downtown, Midtown, Museum District, Texas Medical Center and NRG Stadium and Center.


A single, one-way fare is $1.25 and can take you to any stop. Tickets can be purchased with cash, debit, or credit card at Metro Ticket Vending Machines along the line. With a valid ID, discounted fares are available to disabled or decorated veterans, seniors and Medicare cardholders, and students


You can find information on additional transportation options on the GRB Convention Center website.








International Quilt Market/Houston

November 3-5 (NOTE: LATER DATES)

Classes begin November 1

George R. Brown Convention Center

Houston, Texas, USA






International Quilt Market/Kansas City

May 17-19
Classes begin May 16

Kansas City Convention Center

Kansas City, Missouri, USA


International Quilt Market/Houston

October 26-28

Classes begin October 25

George R. Brown Convention Center

Houston, Texas, USA



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the public.

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