Houston is known for its arts and culture and is able to attract some of the biggest names in music and theater thanks to the many world-class venues our city boasts. When the weather is nice, there’s no better place to enjoy a concert or performance than the great outdoors. Luckily, Houston is home to the Miller Outdoor Theatre, a covered amphitheatre-style venue offering free performances to the public from March to November.
The Miller Outdoor Theatre first opened in 1923 and was later rebuilt in 1968. The theater can seat over 1,700 patrons with 20 wheelchair accessible spaces, and around 4,500 more patrons can enjoy the 80,000-square-foot sloping lawn offering a perfect view of the stage. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the Miller Outdoor Theatre each year to enjoy the great outdoors and take in the many diverse performances it hosts among a gorgeous setting in Hermann Park.
The Miller Outdoor Theatre is unique in the United States in that it offers eight full months of professional entertainment acts for free, making it the largest “always free” arts program and venue in the country. The theatre is funded with a combination of public and private donations and is overseen by the Miller Theatre Advisory Board (MTAB) which aims to ensure the cultural enrichment of Houston’s diverse communities.
Miller Outdoor Theatre 2019 Season
The Miller Outdoor Theatre offers a wide range of entertainment including classical music concerts, jazz, world music, musical theatre, ballet, Shakespeare, classic cinema, and more. All performances are family-friendly and always completely free for audiences.
The 2019 season was just announced, and it features a number of can’t miss shows. Highlights include One Night of Queen performed by Garry Mullen & The Works, Anything Goes produced by HITS Theatre, a live performance of Beauty & The Beast, The Addams Family musical comedy, the popular ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights series, and more.
A full calendar of performances can be found online at the theatre’s website.
Miller Outdoor Theatre Tips
Here are a few tips to get the most out of seeing a show at Miller Outdoor Theatre:
- Dress comfortably–While you’ll be able to enjoy world-class entertainment, you don’t have to get all dressed up. The atmosphere is relaxed, so dress comfortably.
- Covered seating tickets can go fast–If you want to sit in the covered seating area, you’ll have to pick up your free tickets at the box office on the day of the performance between 10:30 am and 1 pm. Limit 4 per person.
- No tickets required for hillside seating–While there is a covered seating area, sitting on the hill is very popular. You don’t need tickets, just sit wherever is comfortable. If you’re bringing a lawn chair, sit on the left side of the hill; if you’re sitting on a blanket, the right side is for you.
- Bring just about anything but glass–You can pack your own picnic dinner and even bring alcohol, but glass containers are prohibited. There’s also a concession stand on site, and purchases made there help support the free performances at this great outdoor theatre.
Miller Outdoor Theatre Location & Contact Info
The Miller Outdoor Theatre is located in Houston’s own Hermann Park at 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030.
For more information and performance updates, call 281-FREE-FUN (281-373-3386).