It may seem as if summer has just arrived for some of us, but unfortunately, summertime is fading fast! Before the warm weather and carefree days disappear, take advantage of the time left by visiting a few fun and interesting places in and around Houston. Just like we have come to expect from this great metropolis, the activities and events are on-going, but there are a select few that are only available as long as the warm weather permits. Keeping that in mind, it’s the ideal time to say good-bye to summer alone, with your significant other, a best friend or the entire family.
Core Focused Yoga At Discovery Green
1500 McKinney
Houston, TX. 77010
www.discoverygreen.com

Although yoga is beneficial for the mind, body, and soul any time of the year, Core Focused Yoga is offered at Discovery Green with the final class of the season being September 6, 2016. Classes are held every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Stage and open to the public. Participants will learn and practice yoga postures that are designed to train the body for strength and flexibility and use  dynamic flow sequences to get the body warm and the heart pumping, while long-held poses strengthen and stretch the muscles. This is an overall great workout that also provides a sense of relaxation and balance. To join in, simply show up with a yoga mat in hand and if you don’t have one, they can be purchased at the office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX. 77380
(281) 364-3010
www.woodlandscenter.org

Otherwise known as The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is an excellent choice for a summer concert. This outdoor amphitheater  is conveniently located in The Woodlands, just outside of Houston and is surrounded by lush green forests and an upscale community with every type of dining, accommodations, and events that anyone could want.  The pavilion provides Houston residents and visitors with an array of performing arts events, educational outreach programs, and contemporary entertainment with a style and preference for everyone. The calendar runs from March to December and is filled with not only local entertainment but also with a star-studded line-up that is meant to impress.

Urban Harvest Eastside Farmer’s Market
3000 Richmond
Houston, TX. 77098
(713) 880-5540
urbanharvest.org

Fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers are always in order, no matter what the season or time of year. The Urban Harvest Eastside Farmer’s Market is a great place to ensure that you not only get the freshest produce around but that you’re also supporting local growers and farmers. Take advantage of the summer crops and visit this farmer’s market every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., rain or shine! You never know what you may find including gorgeous plants, dairy products, prepared foods and other farm products, but one thing is for certain, everything is local and fresh! Although the facilitators and vendors love your pets, please leave your furbabies at home due to City Health Ordinances.

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Miller Outdoor Theater
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX. 77030
(832) 847-7102
milleroutdoortheatre.com

When it comes to outdoor entertainment in or around Houston, it doesn’t get much better than the Miller Outdoor Theater. Not only does this venue provide culture and entertainment but it’s always free to the public, which is a huge bonus. The theater is family-friendly and makes for a great picnic location on the beautiful hillside while enjoying an array of music and other culturally diverse entertainment such as classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theater and classic films. Visitors can relax in the covered seating area if the picnic area is not preferable, but no matter where you choose to sit, everyone will enjoy the awesome shows.

Jazz Jam At The Flat
1701 Commonwealth St.
Houston, TX. 77006
(713) 360-7228
theflathouston.com

For those who love jazz music, this is the place for you! The Flat is known around the Houston area for providing the ultimate in musical entertainment throughout the year with a wide variety of musical talent. Every Tuesday night from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., this venue has the low-down on the best jazz artists followed by the talented DJ Rolle from 11:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. for the night owls. There is no cover charge and no designated dress code to follow so enjoying the music, food, beverages and bohemian atmosphere is a breeze. Make The Flat your regular place to meet up with friends or co-workers every Tuesday night.

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Melissa Moreno is a freelance writer covering all things Houston. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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