After a one-year break due to the pandemic, Travis Scott’s annual Astroworld Festival is returning to NRG Park this November 5 and 6. This year, for the first time, the event will take place over two days. The line-up, curated by Scott, has yet to be announced, and if 2019 is any indication, it may not be until very close to the time of the event.
Travis Scott launched Astroworld Festival in 2018 to coincide with the release of his album, Astroworld. His idea was to recreate the now defunct Astroworld amusement park that Scott visited growing up in H-Town. In its second year in 2019, the festival drew 50,000 fans to Houston for a star-studded lineup that included Post Malone, Lil Wayne, and Megan Thee Stallion. Tickets to this year’s event, which is expected to draw 100,000 people, sold out in under an hour back in May.
If you’re one of the lucky people to have scored one, here’s a guide to where to sleep, eat, and play around the Astroworld Festival.
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When booking your stay for Astroworld Festival, consider the Texas Medical Center, which is located a short distance from NRG. Plus, it’s close to other Houston attractions like the Houston Zoo and the Museum District. The Intercontinental Houston Medical Center offers guests upscale rooms, a rooftop pool, and easy access to METRORail. Or opt for the minimalist and serene ambiance at the Blossom Houston Hotel, a luxurious retreat in the heart of the Medical Center. The hotel also features a rooftop pool, karaoke bar and sushi restaurant.
Located a 15-minute walk from NRG is Hotel Ylem, a small, boutique hotel with a philanthropic heart. Relax in its comfortable rooms and enjoy the local artwork that grace its walls. Also check out the Doubletree by Hilton or Four Points by Sheraton in Greenway Plaza. About four miles away from NRG, it’s another convenient location for lodging.
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Houston has an incredibly varied and diverse culinary scene, so your choices while in town for the Astroworld Festival are endless. However, these places offer good food and are relatively close to the venue.
For Tex-Mex conveniently located within minutes of NRG, try Pappasito’s Cantina for fajitas and handcrafted margaritas. Other options to try are Morningside Thai, a family owned Thai restaurant, and Dimassi’s, a Mediterranean eatery where diners can enjoy a buffet of meats, rice, and salads.
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If you’re craving something sweet, don’t miss Houston’s famous Hank’s Ice Cream Parlor (a Beyonce fave) for old fashioned, homemade ice cream or Glazed Doughnut Cafe for their signature maple bacon doughnut, a.k.a. The Macon and their famous breakfast sandwich in a doughnut.
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For delicious pastries, coffee, or lunch that includes French classics like steak frites and quiche lorraine, head over to the Medical Center location of Common Bond Bistro & Bakery. You may also want to head to Rice Village. There you’ll find many options when it comes to food, from chains like Shake Shack and Hopdoddy to homegrown concepts like Goode Company BBQ and Coppa Osteria.
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We’re sure there will be plenty of play at the festival but if you’re staying in town for a few extra days, there is plenty to explore. Spend some time in Hermann Park over in the Museum District and enjoy its scenery. You can never go wrong with the neighboring museums – Houston has many to choose from.
Want a taste of Space City? A 30-minute drive from NRG, Space Center Houston has everything you need to know about Houston and space, including a tram tour that gives you a peek inside NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
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Head to downtown Houston and explore Discovery Green or the nearby Buffalo Bayou for a little outdoor time in some of Houston’s most popular green spaces. Better yet, rent a bike and explore the sights on two wheels.
NRG is accessible by METRORail. Take the Red Line to the Stadium Park/Astrodome stop. See the METRORail Red Line Map. You can also use cab service by calling (713) 236-1111, Uber or Lyft.
For more information about the Astroworld Festival, visit astroworldfest.com.