Best Concert Halls & Theaters In Houston

May 10, 2011 11:20 PM

Austin’s music scene often takes center stage in Texas, but that doesn’t mean that nearby H-Town doesn’t have something to offer music and theater fans. Read on for the best concert halls and theaters in Houston. – Amber Hilton


The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

800 Bagby St., Suite 300
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 315-2400 General Phone
(713) 315-2525 Box Office
For the best in theater and musical performances in Houston, look no further than the Hobby Center. The heart of the Houston Theater District, this venue features a grand lobby that leads to two theaters renowned for their acoustics. Adjacent parking and the Artista Restaurant on the center’s second level make this an ideal date night destination. Commissioned artwork decorates the entrance and lobby, further adding to the decadent atmosphere. Shows are always changing, but some sample offerings include Cats, West Side Story, Jazz Salon Series: New Orleans, Rock of Ages and Sunday In The Park With George, just to name a few. Visit the Hobby Center Web site or call the box office number for more information about upcoming show dates, times and ticket pricing.


Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

615 Louisiana
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 227-3974
Since 1966, Jones Hall has been one of the most popular concert halls and theaters in downtown Houston’s theater district. This breathtaking facility is home of the Society for the Performing Arts and the Houston Symphony. Roughly 250 events are held here each year, attracting more than 400,000 annual visitors. The 13 backstage dressing rooms have seen the likes of such stars as David Copperfield, Tony Bennett, Sting, John Denver, Bill Gates and Faye Dunaway, among others. Hours vary depending upon event schedule.


Houston Toyota Center

1510 Polk St.
Houston, TX 77002
(866) 4HOUTIX (446-8849)
For sports and entertainment, Houstonians flock to the Houston Toyota Center, which opened in 2003. This massive entertainment venue covers six city blocks. In addition to being home to the AHL’s Houston Aeros and NBA’s Houston Rockets, this premier venue draws in some of the biggest names in the music and entertainment industry. In 2004, the Houston Toyota Center was a finalist for the “Best New Concert Venue” in Pollstar Magazine. Some of the big names expected in 2011 include Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Ozzy Osbourne, Celtic Woman and Juanes. Other more theatrical events include Mickey’s Magic Show and the Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson the Immortal world tour. Box office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday hours vary by season and event. Venue hours vary according to event schedule.


Reliant Park

One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1400 (box office phone)
Reliant Park is another Houston venue that is know for both sports and entertainment. Sporting events, concerts and other entertainment are offered at the Reliant Stadium and Reliant Arena. Music lovers enjoy events such as the H-Town Blues Festival, and kids will beg to go see Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3. Comedians and sporting events can also be seen here, at one of Houston’s biggest entertainment venues. Box office hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours may vary according to event schedule and on holidays.