15 Ways To Have A Blast In Houston This Month

15 Ways To Have A Blast In Houston This Month

HOUSTON has way too much going on in August to stay on your couch. If you don’t know where to start, don’t fret. We’ve done all the legwork to round up the very best to-dos our city has to offer.

When: August 1 through September 7, 2015

What: Established in 2003, HRW is a fun-filled dining event benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Held simultaneously in restaurants in the greater Houston area, Houston Restaurant Weeks is the largest single annual fundraiser for America's largest food bank. This annual event is held in August. 

Don't miss the opportunity to try some of Houston's best restaurants at a reduced price, and give back to a great cause! HRW menus are available at particular times as set by the restaurant. For an updated list of all 200 participating restaurants visit http://houstonrestaurantweek.com/

When: August 1 from 6-10 p.m.

What: The Houston Heights invites community members and art lovers to wear white linen, explore the neighborhood, and celebrate their annual White Linen Night.

Billed as “sultry, steamy, exotic and artfully provocative,” the evening offers art, entertainment, shopping, dining, signature drinks from eclectic bars and white linen fashion.

White Linen Night banners will identify participating shops, restaurants, and galleries, scattered throughout the Heights, from 19th Street, Studewood and Yale to Heights Blvd., White Oak and Washington.

With crowds expected to be well over 50,000 this year, organizers have focused on expanding the staging areas for the event activities to truly make it a neighborhood-wide celebration. In addition to the original 19th Street locale, many of the art, music, fashion and exhibition offerings will also be happening on White Oak in the heart of the neighborhood. 

When: August 1, 2015

What: Jazz will fill the air in Downtown Houston as the 25th Annual Houston International Jazz Festival kicks off August Jazz Month.

The Houston International Jazz Festival presents the most exciting Jazz artists from around the world, bringing a diverse mix of styles to Houston. It has established its place among notable events as thousands of loyal fans turn out the first weekend of each August. Enjoy the Battle of The Brass Bands and the SJW All-stars. 

Kick Off Party At Music World Music Entertainment Complex, July 31, 5:00 Pm - 2:00 Am
Pre-Concert Party, Mingle And Dinner At Hard Rock Cafe Downtown, August 1, At 3:00 P.M.
Concert Event At Bayou Music Center, August 1, At 7:00 P.M.
Mayor's Scholarship Jazz Brunch, August 2 At 11:00 A.M.

When: Macbeth - (July 31, Aug. 2, 4, 6, 8)
The Merchant of Venice (Aug. 1, 5, 7, 9)
Times: 8:30 pm from July 31 to August 9

Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

What: A professional project of the University of Houston. It's a two-week event where you can catch performances of Shakespeare's Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice depending on the night. 

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill above the stage. 

When: August 29, 2015
11a.m - 6p.m

Where: Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Road, Houston, TX 77074

What: the third African festival organized by NAMC and her partners for the Houston community. The festival will showcase the rich and diverse cultures of African countries and will feature live music and entertainment, lots of food -particularly cuisine from different African countries, cultural displays, artwork, fashion shows, games, kids’ activities and a lot more. The festival will attract people of all ages and background, more than 2,000 guests are expected this year. Contact: info@namchouston.org for more information

When: August 30, 2015
Noon to 4 p.m.

What: Don't miss this free 10-hour festival showcasing Houston's diverse musical landscape. Spend the day at Jones Hall to enjoy dozens of free performances and activities! Begin the day with a visit to the instrument petting zoo and end the evening with a concert of favorite symphonic works. In between, on several different stages hear jazz groups, rock and blues bands, ethnic ensembles, choral, classical music and more. Plus, sample some of Houston's finest food truck fare next door at Jones Plaza!

When: August 13, 2015

Where: Bayou Music Center
520 Texas Street
Houston, TX 77002

What: Get up close and personal with the Top 5 Idols from Season 14. The Top 5 will showcase their individual artistry and talents all set to a live band.

When: August 29, 2015
12:00pm - 7:00pm

Where: Pearland Town Center
11200 Broadway St
Pearland, Texas 77584

What: The 4th Annual Pearland Wine and Food Festival by Dionisio Winery will take place in Pearland Town Center Pavilion featuring one day of Texas-based wineries showcasing red, white & fruit wines along with local food and music on Saturday, August 29 2015. Wine and Food enthusiasts are invited to attend this Texas-style event featuring more than 10 Texas wineries showcasing top, award-winning wines , local foods, shop vendors and more! 
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When: August 1, 2015

Where: Discovery Green
1500 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77010

What: a one-day cultural event that features speakers, Black exhibits, musicians, artists, poets and craftspeople locally and nationally. The festival will promote diversity and cultural solidarity. This one-day experience also offers both children and adults with an opportunity to increase their awareness of African and African-American culture and history.

When: August 14, 2015

Where: Toyota Center 
1510 Polk St, Houston, TX 77002

What: The Best New Artist set a record with four Grammy wins, marking the most awards ever received by a U.K. artist following the release of a debut album. In The Lonely Hour, which has sold more than five million units worldwide, received the award for Best Pop Vocal Album and his No. 1 single "Stay With Me," which is RIAA-certified 4x multi-Platinum, has won awards for both Record and Song of the Year. Don't miss Sam Smith when he comes to Toyota Center in August!

When: August 07, 2015 

Where: The Silo
4601 Clinton Dr
Houston, TX 77020

What: The Tipsy Dessert Bar Presents - The Alcohol Infused Festival partnering with various alcoholic beverage associated companies allowing our guests to experience these brands in a new way! Taking each sponsors beverage and creating a unique and dreamy ice cream treat! From live bands to grape stomping contests this will be something you won't want to miss! Some major highlights of the evening will be the Chef Infusium and the VIP live culinary class where our VIP guests will have the option of infusing each own's ice cream. As for our boozy bites, each chef is to use a spirit, wine and/or beer in all of their main courses! We will also have various food trucks and non-boozy bites on hands. Join us in experiencing spirits, wine and beer in a new way! 

|Food Trucks| - Catch your favorite local food trucks here and chow down.
| Live Bands | - They will have you rocking to the beat with music from all around the world! 
| Live DJs | - Great Music 
| Chef Infusium | - Welcome to the Chef Infusium where our chefs will entice you to be daring with your palate! 
| Grape Stomping Contest | - Are you up for the challenge? 
| Hookah / E-Cigar Lounge | - Get lost in the vapors while getting #IceCreamWasted 
|Spirits, Wine and Beer Oh My!| - Cocktail tastings sponsored by several of your international and local companies. ...and much more! 

What: The Toyota Center welcomes Kevin Hart on Saturday, August 15th! The entertainer, actor and comedian is one of comedy's biggest stars with a celebrated and award-winning career, while becoming one of the industry's most important and influential voices. Since his career began Hart has worked non-stop and in 2015, he will release two movies as well as hit the road for his What Now? Tour, the biggest comedy tour in history. Don't miss Kevin Hart when he comes to Toyota Center in August!

When: August 28, 2015

Where: 11110 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072 

What: International Night Market is the biggest international night market in the United States. The festival take place at the International Trade Center Plaza (11110 - 11122 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072). With over 100 languages represented, the event aims to bring diverse cultures together to enhance mutual understanding - all while having fun!

When: August 2, 2015
Where: Jones Plaza
610 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002

What: The Houston Latin Fest "festival of All Latinos." Celebrating the legacy of North, Central, South America and the Caribbean, with international and local artists, folk groups, typical food, craft vendors and more. 

What: This event is free and open to the public for ages 21+. Attendance is first come first served and limited to capacity. However, a limited number of tickets will also be offered for $25. 100% of the proceeds from those ticket sales will go to charity. Proceeds will benefit the Houston Food Bank.

The Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival will feature some of the best music of Texas with performances by the Old 97’s, alt-country favorites from Dallas who released their tenth studio album, Most Messed Up, in 2014. Also set to play are Austin’s sons of psychedelic rock The Black Angels; Austin-based Grammy Award-winning Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma, who have performed with everyone from Prince and Maceo Parker to Spoon and Daniel Johnston; Austin honky-tonk legend Dale Watson; and soul singer and Corpus Christi native LaTasha Lee & The BlackTies.

The Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival series is produced by Transmission Events. For more information on the series, visit http://www.lonestarbeer.com

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