Summer is officially here, which means sun, pool days and festivals across the city.
While many favorites are not yet happening this season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, vaccination rates in the area make it safer for all of us to gather again, especially outdoors.
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Here are some of the festivals taking place in the Houston area this summer:
July 3: Summer Jam HTX
Big Freedia makes this festival headlines with KentheMan, Ha Sizzle, DJ Mr. Rogers and others that ends with fireworks.
12401 South Post Oak Road, $ 20 +
July 3rd: Red, Hot & Blue Festival
Head to the Woodlands to celebrate July 4th a little earlier with a 1.3-mile parade during the Red, Hot & Blue Festival. The Woodlands Symphony will perform later that evening and Red, Hot & Pool will be on July 4th.
Multiple locations in the Woodlands, free of charge
July 4th: Freedom Over Texas Festival
Celebrate from home with the city of Houston annual celebration July 4th from 7-10pm on ABC 13. The Houston Symphony, Lee Brice, Jimmie Allen, Alanis Sophia and Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers will perform.
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July 4th: Taste of Texas Food Festival
Over 50 grocery vendors from Houston, Austin, and more come to Houston with all the food you can imagine. There will also be non-food vendors, arts and crafts, a live DJ, and face painting.
10371 Stella Link Road, $ 5- $ 10 (children 12 and under enter free)
July 4th: Houston Caribbean Festival
Experience Caribbean culture in Houston with a parade, followed by a festival of Caribbean food and more.
8888 West Bellfort Ave., $ 20 (the parade is free)
17.-18. July: Comicpalooza
Allegedly the biggest comic, science fiction, anime, gaming and pop culture convention in the south, Comicpalooza welcomes Giancarlo Esposito, Ming-Na Wen, Katee Sackhoff and Carl Weathers from “The Mandalorian” as well as Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar from “Saved by the Bell” and many other celebrity guests.
George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, $ 54 +
28.-31. July: Miller Summer Mixtape Series
Musicians from across Houston will enjoy from the lawn or from their seats at this three-day, multi-genre, independent music showcase. Ticket sales start on July 22nd.
Miller Open Air Theater, 6000 Hermann Park Drive
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3rd-7th August: Houston Shakespeare Festival: “Shakespeare Night at the Movies”
Mike Lee as celebrations, in this scene from “Twelfth Night,” which is part of the 2017 Houston Shakespeare Festival and performed at the Miller Outdoor Theater. (For the Chronicle / Gary Fountain, July 30, 2017)
Gary Fountain / For the Chronicle
Attend the University of Houston’s Houston Shakespeare Festival for five nights of Shakespeare films and “Bard Talks” at the Miller Outdoor Theater for a one-off film event. Tickets are available online one week before each film showing.
Miller Outdoor Theater, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, free of charge
6-8 August: Greek picnic in Texas
The Divine Nine Greeks across the state are invited to a fun and community weekend with a picnic in the park. Teams can register for the picnic competition, in which the audience selects the winning team for a cash prize.
Peggy Park, 4101 Almeda St., $ 20 +
August 21: Houston Food Fest
Try everything from tacos to gumbo to barbecue as over 70 different vendors from Houston, Austin, and other surrounding cities come to celebrate what we all love to do: food.
901 Bagby, $ 5- $ 9
August 21: 34th AIA Sandcastle Competition
Scenes from a previous AIA sandcastle competition hosted by the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Rhonda Lowe / AIA
This annual fundraiser for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston and the ArCH Foundation brings some impressive sand structures to Galveston’s beaches. The teams work non-stop on the beach for five hours to create their masterpieces and hopefully take the gold bucket home with them.
East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Road, Galveston
3rd-6th September: BIG Salsa Festival Houston 2021
Learn to dance and sample delicious food at this multi-day festival of dance classes, performances, live band concerts, and nightly dance parties
5060 West Alabama Street, $ 50- $ 150
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Sept 4, 2021 Houston Zydeco Fest
Some of the best Zydeco bands in the country head to Houston for a day of dancing in September.
9401 Ritterstrasse, $ 10 +
September 4th: Buzzfest
Rock all day as Offspring, Chevelle, POD, Candlebox, Mammoth WVH, Ayron Jones and more come to Houston to return KTBZ-FM / 94.5 The Buzz’s rock festival.
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, $ 33 +
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