The music festival season begins early in Houston. Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming music festivals featuring alternative, rock and roll, country, bluegrass or classical music. Houston is sure to find a festival to please everyone.
Free Press Summer Music Fest
Eleanor Tinsley Park
500 Allen Parkway
Houston TX 77019

Date: June 6 to 7, 2015

Located in the popular Eleanor Tinsley Park, the Free Press Summer Music Fest is conveniently located to downtown and the Galleria. Grassy hills and natural grass amphitheater provide a natural setting for even the most modern of events. The Free Press Summer Music fest is a two day event which will take place rain or shine and is available to all ages. Look for featured artist Ben Harper, Major Lazer, Odesza, Skrillex, The Decemberists, Weezer and more. Additional performances by more than 70 other bands featuring Welcome to Houston, Tears for Fears, Riverboat Gamblers, Futurebirds, and Band of Horses just to name a few. No chairs are permitted so be sure to bring you favorite lawn blanket and sunscreen. Food will be available throughout the venue as will memorabilia.

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillon
2005 Lake Robbins Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 363-3300

Date: August 1, 2015

There’s sure to be a lot of energy at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. Scheduled throughout the summer months you can find all the rocking and rolling in Texas at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillon. Featured bands include Slayer, King Diamond, HELLYEAH,The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Sworn In, and Jungle Rot just to name a few. Ticket prices begin at $30 for general admission lawn seating. Bags will be checked and though vendors with food and drink are on hand, be sure to be ready for the Houston heat with sunscreen.

Texas Music Festival Orchestra
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillon
2005 Lake Robbins Dr.
The Woodlands TX 77380
(281) 363-3300

Date: June 19, 2015

The Texas Music Festival Orchestra is a free music festival featuring more than 100 orchestral, chamber music, and solo performances from stars of the University of Houston orchestral fellowship program. The festival offers the chance to win a guest soloist role with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition with the final judging open to the public Sunday, June 7, 2 p.m. at Dudley Recital Hall. The 2015 winner will perform with the Festival Orchestra under the baton of Lavard Skou Larsen at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion during the June 19 performance. This festival features not just students but includes leaders in the classical music field renowned guest conductors, members of Houston’s orchestras, faculty from the Moore’s and Shepherd schools of music, and other distinguished artists.

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Vans Warped Tour
NRG Park
2 Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1400

Date: June 26, 2015

Vans Warped Tour heads to Houston for one of it’s national tour stops. With over 30 rock, indie alternative and heavy metal bands to take the stage this music festival brings with it the variety of music that the millennial crowd is looking for. Bands include Handguns, Kosha Dillz, Neck Deep, Palisades, Blessthefall, Hundredth, Lee Corey Oswald, Trophy Eyes, As It Is, Beautiful Bodies, Crossfaith, Fit for a King, and more. Ticket prices start at $61. Tickets are available online for advanced purchase, which is recommended.

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