July is the pinnacle of summer! The weather is hot, kids are already complaining that they’re bored, and vacation travel is at its peak. If anyone is looking for a getaway or staycation, Houston has plenty of activities for friend groups, couples or the entire family. From Fourth of July fireworks to a Trap Wine Fest (yes, trap music and wine), come stay and play in Houston.
July 1 – July 13
July is hot, so cool down with Disney’s Frozen the Musical at the Hobby Center. Everyone’s new favorite Disney tale is touring in true Broadway fashion. Nominated for the Tony® award’s Best Musical, patrons can expect an unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances. Frozen the Musical tickets are a hot item, so get them while they last!
Houston Caribbean Festival
July 1 – July 3
Escape to the islands at the Houston Caribbean Festival. The generous people of the Caribbean, who hail from the 16 countries that make up this region, have an entire weekend full of festivities to celebrate their cultures. Each country has its own vibe and style that will certainly be on display along with fabulous food, drinks, music and dancing. There are multiple events throughout the long weekend and tickets are required for some. One thing is for certain, this group is ready to throw a fête like you’ve never seen.
There are lots of amazing 4th of July events across the greater Houston area. However, the city’s marquee celebration is the Shell Freedom Over Texas firework show. Head to Eleanor Tinsley Park for six-hours of festivities, tradition, and concert stages featuring local, regional, and national entertainment that will be capped off with a musically choreographed, “Texas-sized” fireworks finale. Can’t make the show in person, the event will be televised as well! For a full list of Fourth of July events in Houston, click here.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…or so they say! For one day only, head to ThiftCon at NRG for one the nation’s premier thrifting events. Guests can scour through unending racks, bins and discounted piles to find the best deals in vintage and thrifted t-shirts, sneakers, hats, outerwear, dresses, accessories, home goods, collectibles and much, much more. Interesting finds span every era from the 1950s all the way to modern releases. Tickets are required.
July 15 – 17
Time to geek out! From Marvel to mutants, Texas’ largest pop-culture festival, Comicpalooza is back for another year of cosplay and characters. Hosted at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the festival includes hosted panels, autograph and photograph sessions with celebrity guests, a literature conference, film festival, cosplay competitions along with attractions, games, entertainment and more. Superheroes unite!
July 22 – July 24
The 6th Annual Houston Black Heritage Festival is coming up and offers a weekend full of cultural experiences that promote diversity and cultural sensitivity. The events include performers, guest speakers, artists, exhibits, poets, artisans, and entertainers. There will be live music and cultural demonstrations throughout the weekend. Come out to Emancipation Park and enjoy an inclusive and exciting weekend celebrating black heritage.
July 22 – July 24
Do you like a fright?! If so, the Houston Horror Film Festival is the scariest spot in town. With over 70+ horror films shown throughout the weekend, you’ll see some of your favorite scary movies and maybe meet some more. Plus, there will be celebrity special guests, Q&A panels, over 100 vendors with horror memorabilia, apparel, and more! Join the other horror movie fans and enjoy this spooky, scary weekend. Tickets are available.
Five dudes, a camera, and a friendly bet. That’s how dude perfect was born and now, on their second nationwide tour, they’re heading back to H-Town. On the That’s Happy Summer Tour, fans will experience the Dudes up close and personal when they bring the action right into the audience with crazy stunts, competitive battles, some of their most funny and embarrassing stories and several of their most popular segments from their award-winning Overtime series. This family-friendly event is a blast and appropriate for all ages. Grab tickets while you can!
Where to Stay
Head to Houston and be sure to stay at some of the hotels with awesome Fourth of July and summer specials. Omni Houston Hotel Galleria invites guests to partake in its new Summer of Water + Color multifaceted summer program. The Summer of Water + Color offer includes room package and a wellness-focused poolside menu.
Brighten your palette with Water + Color. This summer, Omni Mixologists and Chefs are turning their craft from culinary to artistry. With vibrant ingredients, experience colorful drinks and dishes available at Moonshot Waterside Bar.
Splash of Summer offer: Soak up as much sun and fun as you can this summer and make a splash. Enjoy a $100 food & beverage credit and custom beach towel, all while being poolside.