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Five Reasons To Visit Houston This Summer

May 10, 2014 7:00 AM

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Houston is not always known for its great summer events due to the heat and humidity that come out to play in June and July. However, there are still great places to see and things to do in Houston during the hot summer months. And there is something for everyone, no matter your interests or hobbies. Come check out these five great reasons to visit (or stick around) Houston this summer.
Free Press SummerFest
Eleanor Tinsley Park
Houston, TX 77019
www.fpsf.com

Date: May 31 – June 1, 2014

One of Houston’s hottest (literally) music events, Free Press Summer Fest is a two-day festival full of some of the biggest names in music on multiple stages in Eleanor Tinsley Park. Held on the bayou outside of downtown, this festival is known for selling out, so buy your tickets early. There will be music all day both Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, and food and other activities throughout the festival. Featured musical acts this year include Jack White, Ms. Lauryn Hill, the Wu Tang Clan and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Summer Symphony Nights
Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(281) 373-3386
www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Date: Friday nights starting June 20, 2014

Friday nights in summer, head on out to Miller Outdoor Theater for Summer Symphony Nights presented by Exxon Mobil. Listen to Houston’s award-winning symphony play some of their favorite pieces for free under the stars. Ticketed seating is available in limited quantities, but lawn seating is always free and available. Grab a picnic blanket and some snacks and come on down to enjoy some great classical music at no cost.

The Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 522-1138
www.cmhouston.org

If you’re ready to beat the hot and humid Houston weather, take a trip over to the Children’s Museum of Houston. It has more than a dozen exhibits year-round waiting for children of all ages to explore, learn and play. Check out Kidtropolis, the miniature town where kids can try their hand at banking, being a TV newscaster, healing sick pets and more. If you’re ready to brave the sun for a bit, there is an outdoor water exhibit that makes learning about physics and fluids fun – and a bit wet. The museum has extended hours and free admission on Thursday evenings.

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Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer
Wortham Theater Center – Cullen Theater
500 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 724-8363
www.gilbertandsullivan.org

Date: July 18-20, 25-72, 2014

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston, an internationally recognized and award-winning company, returns to the stage this July with its production of “The Sorcerer.” The show is a Victorian play on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream,” and features the hilarity that ensues after the whole town drinks a tea spiked with love potion and all fall in love with the first person they see after they awake. Group and student tickets are available. You won’t want to miss the fun on stage this summer at the Wortham.

Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 259-8000
www.houston.astros.mlb.com

Ever wanted to see behind the scenes at a major league stadium? The whole family can take a tour of Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, on weekdays throughout the year, and on special holidays as announced. See the historic Union Station and explore the luxury booths without having to pay for a luxury ticket. All tours are led by a private tour guide and include a visit to the broadcasting booth and press box, as well as other parts of the facilities as time allows. Stick around after your tour to watch one of the Astros games yourself – tickets are available at a wide range of prices and can be very affordable.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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