things to do in houston this week

There’s a lot of great things to do in Houston this week (July 26 – August 1).

Our top free and cheap picks include: the Miller Outdoor Theatre Summer Mixtape Series, Family Movie Night at Levy Park: Dora and the Lost City of Gold, National Buffalo Soldier Day at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, and more! 

Things To Do in Houston This Week

 

Things to do this week in Houston – MONDAY

Summer Nature Series at Levy Park

For a sweet-smelling and kid-friendly craft, visit Levy Park. Participants will get the chance to take dried plants grown in a botanical garden–lavender, sweet bay, rosemary–and combine them into a sachet they customize themselves.
When: Monday, July 26th, at 10 a.m. to noon.
Where: Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098
How Much: Free

Olympics Watch Party at Discovery Green

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For the whole week, you can join the KPRC 2 news team at Discovery Green for a celebration of the Olympic Games complete with live entertainment, Olympic trivia (with Olympic-themed prizes), and the Olympics themselves streaming on the big screen. Those who want to join in  have a chance to be featured on the channel’s Olympic Games coverage.
When: Monday, July 26th-Friday, July 30th, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: Free

 

From Houston, With Love

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Downtown Houston’s GreenStreet is home to a 60-day collaborative exhibit featuring the work of more than 20 Houston-area visual artists.
When: 6 p.m., June 18th-August 15th
Where: GreenStreet, 1201 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: $25

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Things to do this week in Houston – TUESDAY

Houstonopoly Pop-up Summer Exhibit

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Houstonopoly is a 10,000 square-foot life-sized game board dedicated to the city that provides visitors the opportunity to be actual Monopoly game pieces. Visitors will be in for a fun, nostalgic experience that has the added benefit of being fully indoors. For more details, check out this post.
Where: Rice Village, 2400 University Boulevard, Houston
When: Now until July 31st, Tuesday through Sunday
How Much: $30 for adults, $20 for children

Cultural Bridges with AARP: Let’s Make Mandalas

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An arts-and-crafts program designed specifically for adults, this virtual session will give attendees a chance to watch Tibetan monks create a sand mandala, learn about the history of mandalas, and even learn how to create their own at home. The program is beginner-friendly.
When: Tuesday, July 27th, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Virtually here
How Much: Free

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Things to do this week in Houston – WEDNESDAY

National Buffalo Soldier Day at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

National Buffalo Soldiers Day is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of the earliest Black U.S. soldiers in history. Buffalo Soldiers National Museum will be celebrating with a living history performances and storytelling about the history of these soldiers. They will also have a scavenger hunt, music, a food truck, and games and prizes for everyone to enjoy.
When: Wednesday, July 28th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 3816 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: Free

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Things to do this week in Houston – THURSDAY

Rock the Dock at Kemah Boardwalk: Diamond Jack

Kemah Boardwalk is celebrating summer with its annual Rock the Dock concert series every Thursday night. This week will feature Diamond Jack for a classic rock performance.
When: Every Thursday at 7 p.m.
Where:215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
How Much: Free

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre Summer Mixtape Series

things to do this week

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Music lovers of all genres won’t want to miss Miller Outdoor Theatre’s Summer Mixtape Series. The event is a three-day independent music showcase that puts Houston’s best local acts in the spotlight. The music will range from reggae to pop, country to rock, and jazz to punk, so there’s definitely something for everyone.  To watch the show at Miller Outdoor Theatre, you can get up to four tickets for the covered seating area online, but they go fast. If you’re okay with sitting on the hill picnic-style, you don’t have to worry about tickets, or you could even choose to watch the show virtually at the Miller Outdoor Theatre website.
When: Thursday, July 29th-Saturday, July 31st, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
How Much: Free
 

Film Screening: Invención de la Naturaleza at the Holocaust Museum Houston

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The Holocaust Museum Houston will be hosting a virtual-only screening of the film Invención de la Naturaleza, which explores the concept of borders both physical and abstract, both legal and personal. The film includes documentary interviews, archive footage, and literary discourse and is framed around the idea of a woman, Mina, traveling across the U.S.-Mexico border. It is in both English and Spanish, with subtitles, and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
When: Thursday, July 29th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Online–register here
How Much: Free

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Things to do this week in Houston – FRIDAY

Rockets NBA Draft Watch Party at Karbach Brewery

Karbach Brewery is hosting a watch party for the NBA draft picks complete with appearances by Rockets legends Calvin Murphy and Mario Elie and commentary from SportsNet host Cayleigh Griffin. To make the day even more fun, the event will include games, a DJ, food trucks, a raffle for autographed prizes and tickets to upcoming games, and of course, plenty of Karbach beer to enjoy.
When: Friday, July 30th, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Karbach Biergarten, 2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX 77092
How Much: No Entry Fee

 

Sunset Symphony in Sugar Land Town Square

Head to Sugar Land Town Square for a free live performance of classical music courtesy of  a quartet of faculty members from Vivaldi Music Academy.
When: Friday, July 30th, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479
How Much: Free

Family Movie Night at Levy Park: Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Enjoy a family-friendly movie in Levy Park this Friday. You can buy food and drinks from nearby restaurants or even watch the movie from the Woodshed Smokehouse if you make a reservation. Bring a blanket or borrow a chair from the park and settle in to watch Dora and the Lost City of Gold, a movie following the character from the Dora the Explorer cartoons as she tries to navigate high school and rescue her parents at the same time.
When: Friday, July 30th, at 8 p.m.
Where: Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098
How Much: Free

Things to do this week in Houston – SATURDAY

4th Annual Hangar Bash at the Lone Star Flight Museum

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The Lone Star Flight Museum is holding its 4th Annual Hangar Bash. It will include the plane tours the museum is known for as well as live honky-tonk music, award-winning barbecue, plenty of beer, a silent auction, and the option to keep the fun going with an after party. The non-member rate is $55, but designated drivers will get a discounted rate of $25 for the evening, as they won’t receive an alcoholic beverage passport.
When: Saturday, July 31st, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 11551 Aerospace Ave, Houston, TX 77034
How Much: $55

Marvel Mania at the Children’s Museum Houston

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Get out of the heat and into the air-conditioned halls of the Children’s Museum Houston, where you and your kids can meet and take pictures with some of Marvel’s best heroes–Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Spider-Man. 
When: Saturday, July 31st, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Children’s Museum Houston, 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: $12 (General admission)

Berry Cool Treats at the Houston Arboretum

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If you’re looking for tasty ways to keep cool, check out this online cooking class hosted by the Houston Arboretum. The instructor will teach you how to use frozen berries to make no-churn blackberry ice cream and roasted strawberry red wine popsicles. The recipes are dairy-free and vegan, which makes them perfect for sharing.
When: Saturday, July 31st, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Virtually here
How Much: $35

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Things to do this week in Houston – SUNDAY

H-Town Sneaker Summit

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If you’re a sneakerhead, then you should probably know that country’s largest sneaker convention is in town this week. It’s a place for sneaker enthusiasts to buy, sell, and discuss sneakers with other sneaker fans. You can also enjoy the other sneakers on display and the general party atmosphere.
When: Sunday, August 1st, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Bayou City Event Center Houston, 9401 Knight Rd, Houston, TX 77045
How Much: $35

 

Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School at Main Street Theater

Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School is a musical about a wise-cracking first grader and what she’s learned in her long tenure of one and a half years of school. Main Street Theater is staging a matinee performance of a musical based on the Junie B. Jones book series that is sure to delight kids.
When: Sunday, August 1st, at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
How Much: $26

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