Houston is one of the top vacation destinations in Texas, thanks to its rich arts & culture scene and access to sports, festivals and outdoor activities. It’s also a hub for business travel; major employers from JP Morgan Chase to Shell Oil and Chevron have epicenters here. According to Houston Public Media, a record-breaking 20.5 million people visited Texas’ largest city last year. About three-quarters were traveling for pleasure.
If you’re visiting Houston this summer, here’s a sampling of what the local scene offers:
Houston Shakespeare Festival
“If music be the fruit of love, play on!” July 29-August 6, Houston’s resident Shakespeare troupe will perform two of The Bard’s most memorable masterpieces: Twelfth Night and Richard III. The latter is directed by Lenny Banovez, Artistic Director of New York City’s award-winning TITAN Theatre Company. Show times at 8:15 p.m. CLICK HERE for more information.
Downtown Houston’s concert scene is rocking and rolling this summer, with major national acts from rock, country and pop superstars. Here are just a few of the major names you’ll see around town this August:
- 8/5 Queen and Adam Lambert at Toyota Center
- 8/12 Lil Yachty at The Ballroom at Warehouse Live
- 8/17 Australian Pink Floyd at Cullen Performance Hall
- 8/19 Ed Sheeran at Toyota Center
- 8/25 Coldplay at NRG Stadium
Parking near Minute Maid Ballpark can be pricey. Luckily, the Astros’ home field is just minutes away from Magnolia Houston’s downtown location. Walk to the ballpark this summer to catch our home team in action against the Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Cardinals and Oakland A’s. CLICK HERE for full schedule and ticket pricing.
Movies at Miller
Located adjacent to the Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theatre hosts a rotating selection of films, children’s theater and plays throughout the summer months. August 8, 9, 15 and 16, the park offers free, family-friendly movie nights with films including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Singin’ in the Rain, and the award-winning new musical, La La Land. There’s a covered seating area, or bring your blanket and have a family picnic on the lawn. Shows begin at 8:30 p.m.
City tourism peaks in late spring and early fall, but there’s still plenty to do around town in August. Smaller crowds make plays and concerts more enjoyable, and it’s easier to snag a seat at general admission events. No matter what you’re into, there’s always an activity nearby to explore and enjoy!