The Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park is the only free open-air theatre in the US.

The Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park is the only free open-air theatre in the US.

The Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park has unveiled its curated list of June events and we couldn’t be more excited! A delightful evening filled with dance, music, culture and story-telling, which will surely resonate with your soul, awaits you at this iconic cultural landmark. 

The free outdoor event venue is open after a long pause due to covid-19 linked disruptions which forced the showrunners to cancel all in-person shows for 2020, a first in the theatre’s 100 years history. Nestled in the heart of the eight-acres Hermann Park, Miller Outdoor The Miller Outdoor Theatre is the only free open-air theatre in the US.  

Live evening performances will be simultaneously streamed on the Miller website, YouTube channel and Facebook page. So if you can’t secure a ticket, fret not! You will be able to enjoy the free performances online from the comfort of home.

Upcoming events in June 2021 at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Friday, June 4, 8:30pm: Summer ExtravaDance

Step into the weekend with an intoxicating dance performance, organised by the Houston Metropolitan Dance Centre (HMDC), that will fuse an array of genres, music and movement.The HMDC is a multifaceted dance organization that strives to unite Houston-based choreographic artists and enriching the community through the art of dance.  

Thursday & Saturday, June 10 & 12, 8:30pm: Summer Symphony Nights

Join your Houston Symphony for Summer Symphony Nights at Miller.

Join your Houston Symphony for Summer Symphony Nights at Miller.

The Houston Symphony promises to revive Summer Symphony Nights! A nearly 80-year old Houston summer tradition, these fun-filled, family-friendly evenings showcase outstanding local, national, and international soloists and conductors alongside the outstanding musicians

Friday, June 18, 8:30pm: Lush Life & Latin Beats

Houston-based ensemble Aperio, Music of the Americas.

Houston-based ensemble Aperio, Music of the Americas.

Aperio, Music of the Americas—a Houston-based ensemble—will have you grooving in your seats on Friday. The program will showcase pieces from Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, Arturo Maruez and Michael Torke.  Jazz pianist Phillip Hall will perform with Aperio’s ensemble under the baton of Maestro Marlon Chen. Aperio celebrates the music of South and North America, particularly from various indigenous and foreign cultures. 

Saturday, June 19, 8:30pm: A Gulf Coast Juneteenth

Grammy award-winning blues legend Bobby Rush. Picture Credit: Bobby Rush Facebook.

Grammy award-winning blues legend Bobby Rush. Picture Credit: Bobby Rush Facebook.

On Saturday, Miller brings back its annual Juneteenth blues and creole festival with performance from none other than “King of the Chitlin’ Circuit” and Grammy award-winning blues legend Bobby Rush! Celebrations will kick off with a dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation commemorating June 19, 1865, the date Texas slaves learned they were free. Rush wails on pungent harmonica throughout the set, his vocals as sly and sensuous as ever while elastic grooves simmer and surge behind him. 

Friday, June 25, 8:30 pm: An Evening With Christina Wells

Vocalist Christina Wells of America’s Got Talent fame.

Vocalist Christina Wells of America’s Got Talent fame.

Houston native and powerhouse vocalist Christina Wells of America’s Got Talent fame will belt out songs that embody her heartfelt message of acceptance and love on Friday. Christina and the Christina Wells Band will perform songs such as “I Know Where I’ve Been” and “I Am Changing,” performances that put Wells on the global stage. Against the backdrop of her beloved hometown, Christina will sparkle in her one-of-a-kind evening gowns, as she shares inspirations, struggles, triumphs and stories of where she’s been, and where she’s going.

This is one of the most exciting events coming up in June at the Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, June 26, 8:30 pm: Keeping the Music Alive

The Ernest Walker Band and Friends will pay tribute to Black Music Month.

The Ernest Walker Band and Friends will pay tribute to Black Music Month.

Saturday will see live performance from The Ernest Walker Band and Friends in celebration of Black Music Month. The band will pay homage to the iconic sounds from R&B and hip-hop legends. Rhythm and blues is a genre of popular music that originated in African-American communities in the 1940s. “Keeping Music Alive” will give throwback performances and pay special tribute to Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Barry White, Michael Jackson, Prince, Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac and more.

COVID-19 Restrictions and Event Ticket Details at Miller Outdoor Theatre 

Tickets will be available in advance online beginning at 9:00am one week prior to the performance until noon on the day of performance on the theatre’s website

All theatregoers,  especially if unvaccinated, will be required to use face coverings/masks, both in the covered seats and on the hill, unless eating or drinking. In addition, all seating will be socially distanced and ticketholders will have temperatures checked prior to entry. 

Hill seating, which does not require tickets, will be on a first-come, first-served basis through socially distanced designated “pods,” which accommodate 10 people in a known group. Once all pods are taken, no more hill seating will be allowed.

Performing groups have been asked to reduce the size of their ensemble to make social distancing possible backstage and onstage. Some productions will be postponed to 2022 as a result.

Those with disabilities needing assistance with seating and those who do not have access to the internet or a printer, or do not have a smartphone, call 832-487-7123 for help with tickets.

Tickets can be picked up at the box office beginning 90 minutes prior to performance beginning.

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