Summer ain’t over yet!
August is over and October waits just around the corner, but as any Texan knows, summer isn’t going anywhere. With about two-and-a-half months left of guaranteed heat, there’s still time yet to check off your summer bucket list items before the cold weather finally closes in. From enchanting candlelight concerts, to expansive patio bars and beer gardens, to a whirlwind of museum exhibits, bars, restaurants, and things to do, here’s a comprehensive list of 70 awesome things to do in Houston this September! [Featured image: @dennyxnguyen]
Experience a magical spring here in Houston thanks to the amazing indoor and outdoor venues the city has to offer. Luckily, Fever Originals has brought its popular Candlelight concert series to beautiful venues for the season with concerts that include:
- Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, & More
- The Best of Anime and Video Games
- Classic Rock Hits Featuring the Houston Cello Quartet
- Flamenco: Journey through Spain at Sanman Studios
- Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Artwork from the iconic post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh will come to life in a 360-degree digital spectacle that’ll illuminate and transform the physical space into a fully immersive exhibit. You’ll see Van Gogh’s work take over the walls and encompass your surroundings through the lenses of several dozen projectors, hyper-realistic VR headsets, or a mix of both.
You can sample the entire menu with this unlimited experience, testing out pork sausage and acquainting your taste buds with grilled pineapple and chicken drumsticks and much more. Countless trips to the salad bar, a wide selection of drinks and desserts, and unlimited servings ensure that stomachs are fully sated!
Ever wondered what it is like to eat in the dark? Eminent psychologists have been advocating dining in the dark as the ultimate taste experience for many years. Studies show that 80 percent of people eat with their eyes; with that sense eliminated, the theory is that the other senses—namely taste and smell—take over to elevate your meal to a whole new level. After donning your blindfold in the darkened, candlelit room, you’ll soon realise that focusing on taste and smell alone can be a truly enlightening experience—provided you’re not afraid of the dark!
The Rooftop Cinema Club is an open-air theater on top of the Whole Foods in BLVD Place. It provides an atmosphere of what’s been called “social cinema” wherein viewers at times walk around and interact with the environment during the course of the movie.
Grab your friends or co-workers and come enjoy some mid-week fun at Yi Peng’s Bottomless Wine Experience! Delight your senses with a unique taste of Thailand as you demolish some delicious Thai food made from quality, seasonal ingredients. Choose from a selection of authentic appetizers, entrées and desserts, each washed down by free-flowing wine. Soak up the relaxing and majestic atmosphere as you embrace the culture of Northern Thailand, the land of smiles. Honestly, Wine Not?
The public can now see what’s behind the red curtains at the new, Lynchian-inspired nightclub, Cherry. The darkly lavish new nightclub is a concept from Hospitable Viking the group behind The Commoner + The boulevardier, Rosemont, and the 006 Bar. It’s set in the two-story space formerly occupied by the Nightingale Room – which is rather appropriate all considering.
Seismique is a celestial new exhibit that experiments with an otherwordly interplay of immersive experiences, artificial intelligence, and alien-like terrain. Across 40 galleries, 111 projectors, 40,000 square feet, and 9 million LED lights, the exhibit immerses visitors in alien universes full of creativity, imagination, and wonder.
This Haunted Houston Ghost Tour is a family friendly activity that will take you on a walking tour that explores the fascinating history and ghosts of the city. A costumed guide will lead tour goers on a 1.5 – 2 hour journey through downtown Houston and reveal some of its most famous and creepy haunted stories.
You are elite detectives in 1910 London. Lord Henry Carter was found murdered in Marylebone Manor and you have been called to investigate. This case is strange as suspicious cipher messages appeared at the manor just prior to his death! What do they mean and can they help you to crack the case before time runs out?
Grab your friends, your spouse, your fellow whiskey and wine lovers, and meet us for an unforgettable Labor Day experience. With unlimited samples, complimentary light bites and live entertainment, you’re in for a real treat. Get to know distillery representatives and chefs as you ask questions, taste their produce and support the local businesses.
Experience a traditional Thai cuisine meal with dynamic duo Chef Jett and Chef Jira. This experience is a sensory trip through Thailand thanks to two exclusive tasting menus on offer. These menus offer top grade meat and seafood, making this a dining experience you will never forget!
Nestled in at 813 Congress St. between two modern gastro lounges on the border of Market Square Park in downtown is one not-so-modern establishment. La Carafe Wine Bar is a historic haunt housed in a building that’s stood for over a century and remains to be the oldest bar in the city of Houston.
Thankfully, there are plenty of coffee houses scattered about the city for residents to take refuge, re-energize, and maybe eat a scone or two.
- Rev up your mornings at the motorcycle and coffee garage.
- Secret Garden offers various international coffees with options in the form of Vietnamese, Greek Espresso, Greek Freddo Cappuccino, Turkish Coffee, and more.
Phones at the ready, Houston, for a new selfie sanctuary has come to town with the opening of Austin-based Wonder Bar. While the quirky, IG-ready watering hole has teased their opening in H-town since last summer, the bar is now open.
Learn how to make Kanom Jeeb, which is Thai steamed dumplings. It’s one of the most popular trending meals in the world. In this class, you will get one of the most unique Thai food experiences and learn to make a range of various dumplings, taking inspiration from the root of Thai culture.
Hot, cold, rain, or shine, ice cream is a good call on any day. With summer around the corner, it’s only going to taste better and better as the months roll on. Here’s the scoop on where to find the best ice cream in Houston.
The exciting event saw the classic board game brought to life, reimagined in the likeness of Houston. Here, participants could meander through a massive, 10,000-square-foot board populated with city-centric locales such as Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center, Astroworld, and NASA. This fall, Houstonopoly is resurrecting with a Houston-centric Halloween experience and a skele-TON of fun for the whole family! The pop-up doesn’t start until October, but you can get your tickets today!
21-25. Check Out An Exhibit
Keep your mind stimulated by using stormy weather to check out a vibrant mix of ongoing exhibits throughout the city:
- Life on Mars: Channel your inner Ziggy Stardust and see if there really is Life on Mars at the HMNS’s Mars from Luke Jerram.
- Van Gogh at MFAH: The Joy of Nature explores the shared vision of pop-art expressionist David Hockney, and post-impressionist Vincent Van Gogh.
- Celebrate the joy of color: In Houston, the Color Factory spans over 20,000 square feet of art installations, interactive exhibits, local features, and all-around hue-tiful space.
- The Death by Natural Causes traveling exhibit will introduce patrons to the range of “animal, vegetable and mineral” dangers that lurk in their everyday lives. Through a collection of specimens, text and interactives, visitors can see what can cause a death, either directly or indirectly, from the natural world.
Coffee is the second most consumed beverage in the world. Loved and addictive, it is also one of the most complex beverages. In this workshop, we are going to take a journey from the seed to the cup – the objective is for you to taste and learn more about all the subtleties and complexity of coffee! You will start with a tasting flight of 3 different origins where you’ll be introduced to the coffee tree, terroir, and farming practices.
27-30. Sweeten Up At A Speakeasy
There’s something special about speakeasies. The secretive, vicarious forbidden feel of transporting back to the prohibition make imbibing cocktails all the more tantalizing. Stow away in wonderful hidden bars that Houston has to offer!
- So Clutch, the owners of the Concrete Cowboy, Clutch Bar, and a host of establishments in other US cities, opened the doors of the Sugar Room on Washington Avenue. The cocktail lounge hidden inside a local bakery features a glamorous selection of drinks as well as tasty treats.
- Tucked away in the corner of Cantina Barba’s back patio is a scanty, nondescript, somewhat rusty container. The door on which advertises “Mijo’s Mezcal Bar” – which, to our knowledge, lays the smallest bar in Houston.
- Relive the ’20s and all of its splendor at the Daisy Buchanan Lounge, from the group behind Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse. The flashy new 52-seat lounge, located at what was once Bar Victor on 4321 Montrose Blvd, is made in the image of the era infamously captured in Scott F. Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby.
The most-awarded winery in Texas has expanded with an impressive facility in Richmond, Texas. Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen is now open with a full kitchen, expansive tasting room, and much more.
At James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyscape in Houston, sunset and sunrise are otherworldly experiences. The rise and setting of the sun are spectacles all on their own. Captivating natural phenomena that imbue us with feelings of wonder, awe, and romance. At the James Turrells’ Twilight Epiphany installation, you’ll see the sky in entirely new colors.
33. Cider And Game
Reality has been a drag recently, escape into the carefree virtual world of gaming this weekend at East Downtown’s newest hangout. Cidercade opens in Houston today with a ton of games, ciders on tap, and 18,000 square feet of fun to be had.
34-35. Hit The Dive Scene
Houston thankfully has plenty of places to take shelter in a flurry of rain: whether to escape the weather, shoot a round of pool, grab a cheap beer, or to play a song on a jukebox, consult this list to discover where to go.
- Those who leave up their festive decorations year round, like the people over at Grand Prize Bar, are complete freaking lunatics – and we love them for it.
Hermann Park in Houston is full of wonder. It’s home to a railroad, a zoo, an outdoor theater, and much more. Any one of these spots is worth a visit, but if peace of mind is what you’re looking for, take a stroll through their Japanese Garden.
A short drive outside of Houston in the small town of Bellville Texas lies a medieval castle equipped with a 3,000-pound drawbridge, moat, and a knightly guest quarters.
38. Be My Gyro
The original Al Quick Stop in Montrose is a charming little bodega at the corner of Waugh Drive and Welch Street next to Rudyard’s Pub. In addition to its inventory of amenities, groceries, and the like, the Quick Stop offers dynamite eats, with a full breakfast, lunch & dinner menu.
Yeah, we love the holidays, but when it comes to food it’s really hard to beat peak crawfish season in the Bayou City. If you’re not throwing a crawfish boil of your own, you can get your hands dirty – and belly full – at our 10 favorite crawfish joints in Houston.
From the recent, epic MF DOOM mural, to the Houston Graffiti Building, to the city’s many local IG-inspired hot spots, it’s an understatement to say that H-Town is no stranger to street art. Which makes it somewhat surprising that they’re aren’t more street art-specific exhibits. There is, however, one present exhibition that has channels the graffiti-driven artwork that gives our city color.
41-42. Hit A Patio Bar
One surefire way to capitalize on the weekend, weekday, weeknight – really just any time – is to have a couple drinks amongst friends in the open air of a patio. Get out and about this season at some of our favorite watering holes in town
- Nestled on 1239 W 19th St. among a familiar crowd of patio bars – Preslee’s, McIntyre’s Heights, and Bungalow Heights– is a newcomer known as Moonshine Deck, a throwback Americana-inspired bar and kitchen with moonshine and whiskey to boot.
Masterful artists often are exalted with holy reverence. Ingenuity, insight, and genius confound the layman such that no possible explanation can rationalize artists’ masterpieces than divine origination. Lemmy Kilmister is a god, Dolly Parton is an angel, and Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi, is literally being considered for sainthood. In Houston, a chapel stands as a testament to the artwork of Mark Rothko.
Lago Mar, the 12-acre lagoon in Texas City, is infusing super-soaked activities across a mile-length of shoreline this summer. The lagoon’s latest contribution to summer fun is their new floating cabanas as a part of their Paradise Shore Beach experience.
Raise your glass to the animal kingdom this summer at the Houston Zoo for the return of their be(er)loved Brew at the Zoo benefit in support of protecting wildlife.
Space Center Houston is one of Houston’s top attractions, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston’s first Smithsonian Affiliate and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee. Designed to engage adults and children alike, the center features more than 400 space artifacts, permanent and traveling exhibits, attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program—all for one admission price. What’s more, Space Center Houston has the world’s largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples for public view. There is always something new at Space Center Houston with an amazing array of traveling exhibits and astounding events.
Houston’s bang-up new bar is groovy, baby. Furnished with shagadelic psychedelia complete with flashy neon signs and a cigarette machine straight out of the 60’s, new downtown hangout, Unicorn Disco, gives Houstonians the chance to blast into the past.
48-49. Glamp In The Stars
New resident Texan, Elon Musk, promises that humans will land on Mars by 2026. If you can’t wait that long, you can spend a few nights at Basecamp Terlingua, an other-worldly glamping experience that integrates the future with the past, giving its visitors the impression of luxury camping in the cosmos.
- Horizon on the Hill in Marble Falls is a wedding venue like none other. The countryside venue offers sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, a majestic look over Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls, and a dazzling stardome that acquaints visitors with a magical view of the constellations.
If you’re looking for a taste of Spanish cuisine, with the sight, sound, and feel of Madrilenian nightlife, MAD Houston is your ticket.
“Underground” has long been the moniker to describe art, music, and film outside the mainstream passed, traded, and discussed by those in the know. In Houston, the underground art scene could mean just that, or, it could refer to the art scene literally underground at the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern.
See what Space City is all about this weekend at the re-opening of the George Observatory! The observatory first opened in 1989 and run until temporarily closing in 2019 for a “much needed makeover”. This weekend, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is reopening their totally revamped observatory!
Anyone that has ever road tripped out of state understands the sheer size of Texas. And with its enormousness, there’s plenty to see and do in the Lonestar State. From state parks and small towns, to luscious vineyards, to some strange little oddities along the way, here’s some exploration inspiration for my fellow Texan wanderlusts.
The 1980s are making a come back. Be it the nostalgia-saturated Stranger Things, kaleidoscopic fashion lines, or droves of new wave, synth-driven music flooding the sound waves. Embrace the return of all things ’80s at Hungry Like The Wolf, which has just opened at 920 Studemont St #900.
Yes, it’s only April, but warmer days are on the horizon. You could visit your parents house in the suburbs, or take a dip in your apartment complex’s pool, but why not think bigger? Why not think lazier? For instance, the Texas-shaped, six-story-high lazy river at the Marriot Marquis in Downtown.
The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the spring is in the air. If Benadryl isn’t doing the trick on your allergies, you can see how the mimosas fare at one of our top 10 favorite brunch spots in Houston!
What do Selena, Drake, and God have in common? All three make cameo appearances in the Houston’s pop-up 3D Galerié.
Ghouls, goblins, and other unearthly creatures are invited to hang their head – er, hat – at Waxahachie’s Munster Mansion, a colossal replica of the house featured in ’60s cult-classic sitcom, The Munsters.
59. Cheer For Sports
Houston is a sports town, plain and simple. Even if you don’t care nor follow any of the teams, you can’t help but get a kick from the energy and passion of Houston’s loyal fans. See for yourself at the many lively sports bars the city has to offer.
Smither Park, located at 2441 Munger Street at the corner of Third Ward and East End, is operated by The Orange Show Center For Visionary Art – the same organization behind the Art Car Parade and Beer Can House. As such, Smither is embedded with the same quirky and endearing community-driven artistic flair.
Enter a stunning, three-story glass structure built around a 50-foot waterfall. This simulated tropical rain forest is filled with exotic plants and thousands of live butterflies. As you walk through the three-story glass rain forest at your own pace, feast your eyes on a rainbow of color provided by the thousands of live, fluttering butterflies and exotic flowering plant species.
Live the dream and drive a Cobra on a Racetrack with a professional racing instructor by your side! This program includes full instruction and all equipment needed for you to have a great time and check this experience off your bucket list!
Need something to hold you over while you get your car waxed? Look no further than Drip Coffee Cafe, a one-of-a-kind carwash on Richmond Ave in the Heights that doubles as a kitchen and cafe.
64. Crush Kolaches
Like breakfast tacos, kolaches are synonymous with breakfast in Texas. Savory, comfortable, portable – perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, or bought-by-the-dozen hangover cure. Unlike similar handheld breakfast staples such as donuts, bagels, and croissants, it’s not so easy finding kolaches outside of Texas. We’d probably travel more if you could, but for now, we’ll stay here in Houston with our favorite comfort breakfast food on the go.
Put on your bathing suit, get your towel, grab some sunscreen, then grab some more sunscreen before heading out to these gorgeous and refreshing natural swimming spots for the ultimate Texas summer experience.
What could be better than floating the Buffalo Bayou? Floating the Bayou with a buzz, of course. Cuchara is bringing back their Xochimilco boat tour: a booze cruise that serves ceviche, party favors, and all the margaritas you can drink.
Have you always fantasized about scoring that golden ticket to explore a candy haven? Then we’ve got great news for you! Candytopia will be coming to Houston very soon. Explore this magical and imaginative wonderland with their one-of-a-kind full sensory experience.
Rage Yoga in Houston is an alternative take on the centuries-old tradition that is extending across the continent. This badass practice gives yogis the opportunity to find serenity through explicit expression (that’s yelling and swearing) and sensuous intoxication (having a beer afterwards).
Railway Heights is now open on Washington with two stories of vibrant businesses, food stalls, local vendors, and an art gallery on the second floor.
The latest boozy hangout to grace the Houston bar scene is the Trash Panda Drinking Club in Lindale Park. TPDC is a Southern-inspired concept from bartender, Greg Perez, and chef, Lyle Bento, of Night Moves – the self-same group behind the newly opened Space Cowboy poolside bar.