Summer is in full swing now that schools are out and the temperatures keep rising. Water parks and swimming pools are now open, festivals and events are scheduled, and indoor attractions become popular among those looking to escape the heat. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there are plenty of things to do in Houston this June. Here’s our list.
If you enjoy classical music, you won’t want to miss the 30th anniversary of the Texas Music Festival from June 1 to 29. The month-long celebration draws rising stars from around the globe to study and perform at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. Catch the free season opener at the Cynthia Mitchell Woodlands Pavilion on June 7, or choose from more than 30 other performances featuring gifted musicians and distinguished conductors. Read more.
Action Packed Summer at the Children’s Museum of Houston
School’s out! What are you doing to keep your kids entertained? The Children’s Museum of Houston has special programming all summer long. Its Action Packed Summer is bringing Hollywood to Space City. Explore five movie sets throughout the museum, including Dino World and Star Trek, put your creativity to the test at the animation department, feel like a movie star in the wardrobe department, and more.
Summer at Miller Outdoor Theatre
Pack up some food, a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and head to Miller Outdoor Theatre for a free performance outdoors. This top Houston attraction has a full schedule for the month of June, starting with the 30th Annual According Kings and Queens performance on June 1. You’ll also be able to enjoy a family friendly version of The Addams Family and various performances by the Houston Symphony during the Exxonmobil Summer Symphony Nights.
Celebrate equality and love at Houston’s official LGBT Pride Celebration this June 22. This year’s Summer of ‘69-themed event also commemorates the 50th anniversaries of the Stonewall Riots, Woodstock and the Moon Landing. Head over to City Hall to enjoy the Pride Parade and festivities featuring a star-studded musical line-up. After, dance the night away at Rich’s Houston where Pride Houston will host its after party. Festivities end on June 23 with The Tea Dance closing party.
Head to Emancipation Park on June 15 for the 147th Annual Juneteenth Celebration. Festivities begin with a parade followed by a slew of activities for the whole family, including performances, kids activities, food and games. The park will host other programming throughout the month in honor of Juneteenth.
Last Chance for Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art
Don’t wait any longer to visit the Museum of Fine Art Houston’s Vincent van Gogh exhibit! The exhibit, which closes on June 27, showcases more than 50 masterworks – from sketches to final paintings – by the Dutch artist, spanning four stages of his short career. Don’t miss the interactive area at the end. It’s perfect for kids, but we’d be lying if we told you that we didn’t enjoy it, too.
Fun in the Sun
It wouldn’t be summer without some fun in the sun. Houston has a number of award-winning water parks for you to choose from, as well as splash pads and nearby beaches. Typhoon Texas in Katy, the rebranded Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, and Schlitterbahn Galveston are some parks the whole family can enjoy. If the beach is more your thing, Houston has plenty a short drive away. And in the city, the kids can always cool off at one of the city’s many splash pads. Some to try are the Houston Zoo’s Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park, Levy Park and Gateway Fountain at Discovery Green. As hot as the city gets, a refreshing splash is among the top things to do in June.