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Houston's Top Events To Go To This Summer
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Houston's Top Events To Go To This Summer

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Updated: 4 January 2017
With Houston being the most populous city in Texas and the most culturally diverse in the United States, it has become home to many institutions, exhibits, events, and art culture throughout the city. Houston is also home to delicious, diverse dining, with Houstonians eating out more than residents of other American cities.
Classical Music in Houston | © Mike Fisher/flickr
Classical Music in Houston | © Mike Fisher/flickr

Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections

This collection will be held in Museum District at The Museum of Fine Arts this summer. This collection showcases different pieces and objects from the Habsburg Dynasty. Many of these works have never traveled outside of Austria and were commissioned by powerful rulers in the Holy Roman Empire. These masterpieces permanently reside in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The 93 artworks and artifacts that tell the story include arms and armor, sculpture, Greek and Roman antiquities, court costumes, carriages, decorative-art objects, and paintings. Admission is free for children under the age of 12 and $18 for the general public.

August 24, 2015 – August 31, 2015

1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005 +1 713 639 7300

Houston Shakespeare Festival

There are many events to attend during this summer, one being the Houston Shakespeare Festival. This festival is held at the Miller Outdoor Theater downtown. The Miller Outdoor Theater hosts many performing art events throughout the year and summer. Many of these events are free and open to the public. Residents this month can catch performances of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice depending on the night. The cover seating section costs four dollars per person over the age of 16. The Miller Outdoor Theater is a wonderful gathering place for people in the community with a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for summer nights when the weather is cooler.

8:30 pm from July 31 to August 9

6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030 +1 281 373 3386

Houston Shakespeare Festival | © Kurtis Garbutt/flickr
Houston Shakespeare Festival | © Kurtis Garbutt/flickr

White Linen Night in the Heights

White Linen Night encourages art lovers and people in the Houston Area to wear white linen and explore the height’s area. The Heights area is a hip, eclectic part of Houston. This event occurs the first Saturday in August and celebrates art, culture, community, and offers complimentary entertainment and food. Boutiques, shops, and art galleries will also be open during the event for people to explore. Anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 people attend the event. Yellow cabs and the wave free shuttles will be available for transportation during throughout the evening. White Linen Night in the Heights is open to the general public with no admission fee.

August 1, 2015 6pm- 10pm

Houston Heights Houston, TX 77008

Houston International Jazz Festival

Music will fill the air in Downtown Houston as the 25th Annual Houston International Jazz Festival kicks off August Jazz Month. This festivals brings together some of the most talented jazz artists from around the world. Many loyal fans will attend the first weekend in August. The event will be held at the Bayou Music Center. Ticket prices vary from $25 to $35 depending on the day. The festival fundraises for Jazz Education Inc., which is a non- profit organization that supports education activities for the youth.

July 31, 2015 – August 02, 2015

520 Texas St., Houston, TX 77002 +1 713 8397000

Theater District Open House

Spend the day at Jones Hall and enjoy a 10-hour festival. This event will be a musical extravaganza showcasing Houston’s diverse musical talent. Free performances and activities will be at the event. This festival includes an instrument petting zoo and an evening with different symphonic works. A variety of styles will be included in this musical landscape. Several different stages will have performers from jazz groups, rock and blues bands, ethnic ensembles, choral, classical music and more. Also be sure to sample some of Houston’s finest food trucks next door.

August 30, 2015 at 4:00 PM

615 Louisiana St. Houston, TX 77002 +1 832 487 7050