While summer starts to wind down, we’re all looking for last-minute vacations and activities. August is a very busy month in Houston with the festivals, concerts and hotel packages to boot. Fill up your calendar and soak up the season with these fun activities.
What To Do In August
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Aug. 1 – Sept. 6
Houston has no shortage of amazing restaurants. From the most flavorful xiao long bao to a perfectly cooked steak, our city prides itself in how many different cultures are represented across the culinary scene. If you're looking to get into a new restaurant, try something different or visit an old favorite, Houston Restaurant Weeks 2021 is for you. Many of the area’s most popular restaurants are expected to participate by serving multi-course prix fixe menus including brunch, lunch, and dinner, available for dine-in and take-out. Plus, the best part is you’re eating for a good cause, as the month-long event raises money for the Houston Food Bank. The need is great, so start making reservations.
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Aug. 1 – 15
Last call for The Dr. Seuss Experience at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This activity is the perfect way to spend a day with the kids. Bring your own Thing 1 and Thing 2 to walk through themed rooms based on the best-selling books. From Truffula trees to Whoville, this sensory experience will reignite their love for learning through play. This event runs through mid-August, but tickets are limited.
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Aug. 3 -7, 8:30 p.m.
Friends, Houstonians, countrymen, lend me your ears: the 47th Houston Shakespeare Festival is upon us in August. For five nights, you can enjoy the works of one of the world’s most prolific writers and playwrights. There will be five different Shakespeare movies shown at Miller Outdoor Theatre and before each screening, there will include a live lecture by theatre historian and HSF executive Director Dr. Rob Shimko. Movies include “Romeo + Juliet” by Baz Luhrmann, Max Reinhardt’s classic Hollywood version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and more. As usual, all Miller Outdoor Theatre events are free!
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Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. – Aug. 8 at 2 a.m.
White Linen Night is one of The Heights iconic neighborhood events that attracts interest from all Houstonians. On Aug. 7, grab your friends and head to White Oak Dr. for a night of celebrating all things local. The walkable event will include artisans of all kinds showcasing their art, food, novelties, clothing and more. Plus, there will be plenty of food trucks, live music, DJs and cold drinks. Pro tip, they tell you wear white linen, because the weather can be pretty warm on an August evening! Additional participating venues include Permission Whiskey, Public House, Onion Creek and more.
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Dacamera Presents Houston SUMMERJAZZ 2021
Aug. 20 – Aug. 22, times vary
Dacamera works to inspire individuals and enrich communities through diverse and inventive musical experiences; the Houston SUMMERJAZZ 2021 concert will do just that. From Aug. 20 – 22, there will be three concerts at Wortham Theatre with additional off-site performances. The series features a number of Houston-based jazz musicians including legendary vocalist Diane Reeves, Marquis Hill, and Dafnis Prieto Big Band. Conveniently, The Lancaster Hotel is the official hotel of SUMMERJAZZ, so if you book your stay there, you’ll receive a discounted room rate with purchase of tickets.
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Aug. 28, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Where can you sample 50 breweries and 150 beers? The Houston Museum of Natural Science, of course! We know it’s not the first place you’d think to visit for a plethora of brewed beverages, but The Brewsology Beer Festival is a one-day exception. Sip a pale ale in the Morian Hall of Palentology or lager in the Lester and Sue Smith Gem Vault. General admission will be 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. All ticket tiers include beer and access throughout the museum with admission. Must be 21 and older to participate.
Where To Stay in August
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If you’re looking into the Houston Shakespeare Festival or maybe the Brewsology Beer Festival, the Westin Medical Center is the perfect place to stay. With a very close proximity to the Museum District and other fun attractions, this update and luxurious hotel is a great option. Plus, they’re running a Summer Staycation package that may be available for your stay.
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With a perfect mix of soft romance and hard edge, Hotel Zaza in the Museum District is a fun and fabulous place to relax. With on-site amenities like Monarch Restaurant and Terrace, and of course the ZaSpa, you cannot go wrong when staying here. Surprise your significant other with the A Night To Remember package which includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot at turndown, fruit and cheese tray, $50 room service credit for breakfast, 2 p.m. late checkout and complimentary valet parking for one car each night of your stay.
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The Sam Houston Hotel, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, is a Downtown gem. Every day is game day at The SAM because you can book the Astros Baseball Package which features an upgrade to a deluxe room, welcome amenities, two beers per night of your stay and 2 p.m. late check out. You’ll certainly be celebrating the ‘Stros (or the opposing team) in style.