Summer vacations are coming to an end, so it’s the perfect time to squeeze in some fun Houston activities into your agenda. If you have children returning to school this month, make sure you take advantage of Houston’s water parks and exhibits that are coming to an end. Here’s our guide of things to do in Houston in August.


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Houston Restaurant Weeks
Houstonians who love to eat look forward to August, when restaurants around town create special prix fixe menus that benefit the Houston Food Bank. During the month-long event, which runs from Aug. 1 to Sep. 2, diners can enjoy lunch or brunch for $20 and dinner for $35 or $45 at hundreds of local restaurants. What’s not to love about eating out for a good cause? Check out our guide to Houston Restaurant Weeks for suggestions on where to get started.


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Dinosaurs at the Houston Zoo
Travel back to prehistoric times as you make your way through the Houston Zoo’s Dinosaurs exhibit. As you make your way along the winding path, you’ll encounter a lifelike T-Rex, Stegoceras, and 15 other giant animatronic dinosaurs. The exhibit closes Sep. 2, so make sure you visit before the kids go back to school and save by using the Houston Zoo Value Pass


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Houston Shakespeare Festival
Enjoy the works of William Shakespeare at Miller Outdoor Theatre from Aug. 2 to 11. The Houston Shakespeare Festival, which debuted in 1975, will feature two productions by the famous writer: “Julius Caesar” and “As You Like It.” The performances are free and can best be enjoyed with a picnic of light bites and wine on the hill of Miller Outdoor. 


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TC Energy Theatre District Open House
Get a feel for Houston’s thriving performing arts scene on Aug. 25 from noon to 5 p.m. The 26th Annual TC Energy Theater District Open House is a free, family friendly event that marks the start of the fall performing arts season. Find various performances and activities at five Houston performing arts venues including the Alley Theatre, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Revention Music Center, and Wortham Theatre.


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Houston International Jazz Festival
On Aug. 3, enjoy “A Night of Jazz, Keys and Song” featuring soul and gospel singer Oleta Adams, Alex Bugnon, a Swiss jazz pianist and composer, and the SJW All-Stars. Jazz up your evening at the Cullen Performance Hall with this 29th Houston International Jazz Festival performance.


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Visit a Houston Water Park
Take advantage of days off school to pay a visit to one of Houston’s renowned water parks, including the newly opened Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures, Typhoon Texas and the recently renamed Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown. Here’s a list to help you choose among the various options in the area.