Market Square Park, the heart of Houston’s Historic District, will give music enthusiasts, movie buffs and dog-lovers alike, another reason to get outside and enjoy the coming spring with a new lineup of free programming. Beginning in March, downtown residents and visitors are invited to take advantage of Friday concerts, classic movie screenings, dog training sessions and more at downtown’s neighborhood park!

All of the following events, with the exception of the Canine Good Citizen classes, are free and open to the public thanks to our local partners, Heritage Texas Properties, The Houston Sound, SugarHill Studios, Zen Film, Alamo Draft house, Aurora Picture Show, Paw It Forward Dog Training, Houston Press, CultureMap, KPFT and Merit Parking.

PAW IT FORWARD DOG TRAINING PRESENTS “TAILS ABOUT TOWN”

Thursdays, 6 -7 p.m.

March 10, April 7, May 12

Could your favorite pooch benefit from a little extra discipline? Don’t miss Paw it Forward Dog Training Presents “Tails About Town” at Market Square Park. Come with or without your furry friend and receive a wealth of amazing information. All attendees will walk away with a welcome gift and handouts on the topics covered. Plus, participants will also have the opportunity to enter to win a one-hour private session with owner and lead trainer, Chrissie DeCesare. It’s time you enjoy the benefits of dog training and obedience! Register at pawitforwardtraining.com.

AURORA PICTURE SHOW: FEATHERS AND FUR

April 16, 4-9:30 p.m. (Screening at 8 p.m.)

Join Aurora Picture Show for a special series of artist-made short films starring everyone’s favorite, lovable creatures!  Inspired by and in partnership with The Houston Humane Society and in collaboration with the Downtown District, this dog and family-friendly event will feature an evening of fun activities, live music, and of course, flicks about kitties, pooches and all other pets. There will even be something for Fido, with training demonstrations that are sure to have your pup gold-medal ready for the Westminster dog competition. At sunset, find a spot on the lawn for a free music performance, and then watch as the pets come out to play on the big screen.

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN (CGC) PREP CLASS

Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

April 30

May 7, 14, 21, 28

June 4

July 18 (Tentative date for CGC test)

Reward your pup! This six-week goal oriented class is designed for dog owners who are interested in pursuing Canine Good Citizen certification for their pet. The classes focus on polite greetings, basic obedience commands, interaction with other dogs and people and loose-leash walking. The six session program costs $150 for the classes and $20 for the test. Dogs that pass the test will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Association. Register at pawitforwardtraining.com