Drive south on Grand Avenue over I-44 and you can't miss it, its elegant vertical reach like an official greeting: "Welcome to South City." Standing strong since 1898 (and fully restored 100 years later), the Compton Hill Water Tower isn't just a local treasure, but a National Historic Landmark as well. So don't just admire the French Romanesque structure from the ground -- climb up the thing to the top. Compton Hill Water Tower Full Moon Weekends (1900 South Grand Boulevard; www.watertowerfoundation.org) grant you the access. Tonight the tower is open from 5:30 to midnight, and admission is $3 to $5 per person. Enjoy the stunning views from the tower's pinnacle, while Vincent Varvel and Adam Maness perform on the ground at 7 p.m. Hot Aztec Mexican, Kona Ice, Andrew's Bayou Ribs and several other food trucks will be ready for business starting at 5:30 p.m.
Sat., July 12, 5:30 p.m.-midnight, 2014