Fall is inching closer with the arrival of September and Houston has plenty of exciting happenings to keep you entertained. 

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Once Upon A Time: Alan Menken’s Broadway

Jones Hall
Sept. 3 – Sept. 5

Alan Menken is a legendary composer that gave life to songs like “Under the Sea” and “Friend Like Me.” The Houston Symphony will be honoring this Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning recipient with an entire concert dedicated to his work. Enjoy nostalgic hits from screen-to-stage musicals like “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Aladdin,” “Newsies,” and more, performed by talented actors from Broadway including Matt Doyle, star of Broadway’s “Spring Awakening” and “The Book of Mormon.”

Big Salsa Fest
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BIG Salsa Festival

Westin Galleria Houston
Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. – Sept. 6 at 4 a.m.

BIG Salsa Festival Houston is a four-day Latin event featuring some of the greatest names in performing arts and music. We certainly suggest bringing your dancing shoes, as each day is packed with dance classes, amazing performances, and dance parties that last into the early morning hours. All dance levels are accommodated, from beginners to advanced and everything in between. Experience learning salsa dancing from some of the best dancers in Houston and beyond.

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Diamond Dreams Gala

Minute Maid Park
Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

Join the Astros Foundation at Minute Maid Park for the 6th Annual Diamond Dreams Gala presented by Chevron. Entertainment will be provided by Grammy award-winning artists Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. The event benefits the Astros Foundation and New Hope Housing, an organization combatting homelessness by providing housing and support services for those in need. A limited number of concert-only tickets are available, so be sure to purchase prior to the event. Concert-only ticket holders will view Lyle Lovett and his Large Band performing from the lower level of Minute Maid Park. Enjoy a night of music for a great cause!

Dino Stroll
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Dino Stroll

George R. Brown Convention Center
Sept. 11 – Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dino Stroll lets you get up close and personal with life-like and life-size dinosaurs, some standing over 25 ft. tall and spanning over 60 ft. long! During Dino Stroll, experience a transformation into the Mesozoic Era with prehistoric dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, throughout. While guests stroll, they can check out 75 dinosaurs throughout the exhibit. There will also be fan favorite like a t-rex, velociraptors, and stegosaurus to name a few. Dino enthusiasts of all ages will love going back in time at this exhibit.

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Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Sept. 12 at noon 

Are you ready for some (pre-) season football? The Houston Texans are hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars for some early NFL action. As the Texans look to rebuild after losing DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt, new leaders will have to emerge this season. The Jacksonville Jaguars are also poised to let Trevor Lawrence take the helm on its offense. Spectators will likely be able to watch the former national champion and rookie in action. We’re excited to see what the Texans’ David Culley and company have in store for the 2021 season.

Children's Museum
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Children’s Museum Houston
Sept. 14 – Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Immerse your kids in creative and unique art at the Children’s Museum Houston’s exclusive Christian Robinson exhibit. WonderWeek offers kids the opportunity to create artistic masterpieces inspired by the acclaimed illustrator. Throughout the week, there will be Christian Robinson-inspired activities that incorporate his techniques like collage, paint, and color pencil work. Enjoy creating a giant hand with a message about how anyone, big or small, can create change. Fit pieces into a puzzle shaped like a snake and more activities inspired by the books he’s released. Each of these events will be ongoing for each day of WonderWeek.

Doggy Day
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Doggy Party on the Plaza

Sept. 25, noon to 5 p.m.

Head to CityCentre for Houston PetTalk’s annual fun-filled family day of activities and most importantly, the Annual Doggy Party “Rescue Me” Parade. The parade is full of sweet pets that need a home and this year’s Grand Marshal is Houston Texan Whitney Mercilus. The event will feature shopping, food, games, artists, face painting, and so much more with over 80 vendor booths to shop. Plus, you’ll be in the heart of CityCentre where there’s no shortage of fun stores, restaurants, and activities. Come party with all of the pups and support this “paw”esome effort.

Latin Fest
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Houston Latin Fest

Midtown Park
Sept. 26, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The 8th Annual Houston Latin Fest is a family-oriented music festival that provides local Latin communities a place to gather with family and friends, listen and dance to live Latin music, connect with other Latin lovers, and celebrate the rich cultural heritage. The overall goal is to promote unity, diversity and to preserve the tradition of Latin music for future generations while featuring some of today’s top Latin performers. Of course, there will be plenty of amazing food, vendors, performers and more throughout the festival. Grab a ticket and enjoy the festival’s sights and sounds!