Must See Houston 2013 Summer Eventsfrom visithouston
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Byzantine Things in the World
Byzantine Things in the World focuses on highlighting the Menil Collection's more than 70 Byzantine holdings ranging from 1700 BC to the late twentieth century. Byzantine thinkers saw objects as dynamic and changeable, fully capable of affecting the world, which is contrary to the contemporary conception. The exhibition concentrates on the materials used and the sensory impressions created by the art. May 3-Aug. 11.
13th Annual Houston Dragon Boat Festival
The Texas Dragon Boat Association, in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership, presents the 13th Annual Houston Dragon Boat Festival. The event showcases 30 teams competing along the banks of Buffalo Bayou at Allen's Landing and features Asian cuisine, music, arts and crafts and cultural performances. May 4.
Houston Ballet at Miller Outdoor Theatre
In celebration of Miller’s 90th anniversary, the Houston Ballet brings fans a trio of free performances. The evening will open with the 19th century classic Flower Festival in Genzano and the classical set piece Grand Pas Classique, before concluding with Stanton Welch's signature Madame Butterfly, the story of a beautiful Japanese geisha who gives up her faith and her family to marry an American naval officer. May 10-12.
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Pop Shop Houston is a twice yearly Indie Craft Fair, Art and Music Festival. It is a mecca of independent artists, designers and crafters of every media. Discover new locally made independent treasures while enjoying cocktails, live music and family-friendly activities. May 11-12.
Art Car Parade
More than 250,000 spectators line Downtown’s streets to view the world’s largest art car parade, which showcases Houston’s most outlandish folk art creations on wheels. The Fruit Mobile, a 1967 Ford station wagon, kicked off the craze in 1986. Truly a sight to see, the parade is produced by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. May 11.
Pasadena Strawberry Festival
Strawberry fans unite at Pasadena’s 40th annual strawberry festival. The fruit-filled event marks the return of the world’s largest strawberry shortcake and offers festival goers 128 teams playing mud volleyball, carnival events, a BBQ cookoff and live music performances by Texas country artists. May 17-19.
Covering more than three acres of space, the giant LEGO expo brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in an activity and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests. May 17-19.
Houston Press BrewFest
The first inaugural Houston Press BrewFest is coming to Washington Avenue, bringing with it an indoor/outdoor beer sampling event and festival. Expect craft beers, local food truck faire and musical entertainment. BrewFest is sponsored by Lucky’s Pub, The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates and Space City Credit Union. May 18.
Head to Downtown Houston Memorial Day weekend for Texas’ international comic con—a three-day sci-fi and fantasy extravaganza held at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Join celebrities such as Star Trek's Patrick Stewart, The Princess Brides’ Cary Elwes and the Fast & Furious’ Michelle Rodriguez, among other familiar faces, for this multi-platform event that brings together comics, fantasy, horror, steam punk, New Media, movies, film, gaming and, of course, sci-fi. May 24-26.
The Houston Symphony Presents 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
A one of a kind film screening concert experience will take guests for an adventure on the high seas. The performance features the 2003 smash hit Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, with musical score performed live by the Houston Symphony. Experience the blockbuster like never before. May 30.
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Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood from the river Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more than three millennia. Learn more about the fascinating ancient culture at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, as the institution unveils its new permanent exhibition hall. Explore the Egyptian themes of writing, religion, natural resources and—of course—mummification. May 31.
Free Press Summer Fest
The annual two-day music festival returns to Buffalo Bayou's Eleanor Tinsley Park. There, more than 60,000 festival-goers will experience music by more than 150 national and local acts on eight stages. The 2013 show will feature bands such as The Postal Service, Bassnectar, Passion Pit and the Arctic Monkeys, along with many more. June 1-2.
Blue Man Group
Best known for its widely popular theatrical shows and concerts, Blue Man Group combines music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The blissful party atmosphere created at the live events has become the trademark of a Blue Man Group experience! With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures. June 4-9.
USA vs Ireland Rugby
International rugby returns to Houston this summer as the U.S. Men’s National Rugby Team, The Eagles, host Ireland at BBVA Compass Stadium—one of the only international matches being held in the U.S. this year. The match up offers rugby fans a great opportunity to witness Ireland, a Tier 1 nation currently ranked 6th in world, battle on American soil against The Eagles, who are currently ranked 16th. June 8.
Juneteenth Summer Celebration
Join other Texans as they celebrate President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves. The event at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park includes blues, gospel and jazz performers and a variety of smaller events aimed at raising awareness of African-American heritage. June 21-23.
The largest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transsexual event in the Southwest takes place each year during the Houston Pride Parade where 1,000 participants entertain 150,000 spectators with an empowering blend of light, color and sound with beautiful floats, costumes and performances. June 29.
Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas
Houston’s official July 4th celebration takes place in Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou and features live entertainment, food booths and a world-famous fireworks display. Don’t miss performances by Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride, presented by NRG. July 4.
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A weekend gathering at The Hollow family estate of Lady Lucy and Sir Henry Angkatell explodes in the murder of one of their guests, physician John Cristow. When the good doctor is found shot, almost everyone is suspect with opportunity and motive including his dim but loyal wife, his current mistress, and his ex-mistress, who lives on a neighboring estate. Don't miss this classic Christie whodunit filled with brilliantly eccentric characters. July 5-Aug. 4.
The Broadway smash-hit and award-winner returns to Houston telling the story of Dorothy, long before the Kansas girl arrives in Munchkinland. Follow along, as two girls meet in the land of Oz. One is born with emerald green skin, yet is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time" (USA Today). July 10 – Aug. 11.
BBVA Compass Dynamo Charity Cup
The Houston Dynamo will face the Stoke City Potters of the English Premier League at BBVA Compass Stadium in the fifth BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup. Stoke City is the third European club to play in the Dynamo Charities Cup—an annual match between the Dynamo and a prominent international opponent. Stoke City features former Dynamo defender and U.S. national team regular Geoff Cameron. July 24.
Where To Stay?
Embassy Suites Houston Near the Galleria2911 Sage Road
Houston, TX 77056
This all suite hotel only 45 steps from Houston's #1 attraction-Galleria Houston- offers all this to guests attending Houston's unique Summer events:
- Free cooked to order breakfast
- Complimentary drinks and snacks at Evening Reception
- Two Room Suites
- Free Internet Access
- Certain packages include free parking
- Fitness Center
- Shuttle in 3 mile radius of hotel
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