2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Since its opening 25 years ago, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has provided the public with a steady stream of first-rate concerts by performers from all walks of life. The Woodlands, as it’s affectionately referred to by locals, hosts an average of 65 live events each year from March through December that range from ballets, operas, and symphonies, to classical jazz, country, and rock concerts. Concert-goers can always find reasonably-priced event tickets for a seat on the hill or opt for more expensive seats in the covered seating area of the amphitheater. The Pavilion provides an ample amount of free parking as well, making the venue an even more affordable option for a night out. Check the calendar regularly for upcoming concerts and special holiday-related events.
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Located on 7.5 acres in Houston’s Hermann Park, Miller Outdoor Theater offers visitors and residents an eight-month long season of diverse professional performances in its amphitheater. Always free of charge, the Theater welcomes Broadway musicals and plays, in addition to concerts of all kinds. Seating is available on the hill, as well as assigned (ticketed) seating in the covered area. Arrive at the theater box office the day of the performance between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to request up to four free tickets in the covered area. All remaining tickets are distributed five minutes before show time on performance day.
1500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77010
In the heart of downtown is Houston’s mega park–Discovery Green. The Green consists of 12 acres of play areas, restaurants, lakes, jogging trails, dog runs, performance stages, promenades, verandas, and an amphitheater, all which host festivals, art exhibits, and musical acts throughout the year. Attendees can bring a blanket, chair, and picnic to park performances, though glass containers are prohibited. Most concerts are Friday nights and free of charge, but check the performance calendar for the most accurate information.
1403 Nance St.
Houston, TX 77002
Last Concert Café could be called an outdoor live music venue disguised as a Mexican restaurant. First timers may walk right past the unassuming downtown establishment, but regulars know they must knock on the door to gain admittance into the Cafe. In addition to serving up some of Houston’s most authentic Mexican food, the restaurant hosts live music every Wednesday through Saturday until 2 a.m. on the patio. Check the restaurant website for upcoming performances. Though most concerts are free, some are ticketed events in which a small fee is charged.
3422 N. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77018
The laid back gastropub, Cottonwood, hosts special events and paired dinners–in addition to some of the best live music in Houston– free of charge. Patrons can indulge in the pub’s hearty menu of comfort food and craft beer on draft while relaxing on the sizeable covered patio. Musicians perform on Cottonwood’s outdoor deck regularly; a performance schedule is available on their website and Facebook page.
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