You know summer is near when talk of Houston's blowout music festival, Free Press Summer Fest, is mentioned. The annual two-day music festival held at Buffalo Bayou's Eleanor Tinsley Park is approaching its seventh annual event June 6 and 7 with more than 150 national and local acts on six stages. This year's installment will lead with heavy hitters like Weezer, Skrillex, Band of Horses, Belle and Sebastian, Mastodon and The Decemberists.

A star-studded cast of local standouts fills out each FPSF lineup. Leading the local acts are The Suffers, Buxton, Robert Ellis, the Tontons, Second Lovers, Scale The Summit, thelastplaceyoulook, We Were Wolves, Guilla, Catch Fever and Deep Cuts.

Beyond the stages, concert goers will enjoy pristine views of the completed Buffalo Bayou park renovations including Eleanor Tinsley Park where the festival is held. With downtown's skyline as its back drop, Houston's premier greenbelt winds from Shepherd Drive on the west to Bagby Street on the East End.

If two-days of non-stop music isn't enough, Houston boasts an array of bars, clubs and music halls that have long provided a springboard for a wide range of musicians. After all, this is where Lyle Lovett and even ZZ Top got their start, bringing unique rhythm to a city with a storied musical history. Here is a roundup of suggestions for visitors seeking to make the most of their festival experience while also discovering the best of what Houston has to offer.

Pro Tip: With a sold out crowd of 100,000 last year, the festival shows no signs of scaling back this year. Tickets go quickly so head to www.fpsf.com to purchases a variety of different level passes.