1. Texans' Home Preseason Game- Scheduled for 7pm on Saturday 08/17 at NRG Stadium
The Texans host their first preseason game of the season on August 17th. With tickets starting at just $9, this is an awesome family friendly event at NRG Stadium for die-hard Texans fans looking to get a first-hand glance at some of the team's newest additions and superstar players including the likes of Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, JJ Watt, and their newly acquired running-back Duke Johnson. (Tickets starting at $9)
2. Backstreet Boys Concert- Scheduled for 8pm on Saturday 08/31 at the Toyota Center
The 8-time Grammy nominated band Backstreet Boys will be back in H-town for the first time in 18 years as part of their current "DNA Arena Tour" coming to Houston on August 31st. This will be an amazing experience for all old-school Backstreet Boys fans looking to relive the good old times including their hit song "I want It That Way"as well as some of the band's newest hits from their recent album DNA. Suites and tickets remain available on Stubhub and SeatGeek, however the Toyota Center box office has sold out meaning you will be paying late-market value price. (Tickets are $125+)
3. Ted Cruz- Scheduled for 7pm-8:15pm on Thursday 08/29 at The Ballroom at Bayou Place (500 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002)
Senator of Texas since 2013, Ted Cruz visits Houston later this month on August 29th to discuss foreign policy and a wide range of immigration issues among debate in current American politics. Cruz, who refers to himself as the "Non-interventionist Hawk" will discuss issues including relations with North Korea and Russia, current immigration policies/tactics administered by the Trump White House, and legislation to take action against some of our country's biggest international threats. You can utilize the link below to register for this event. (Registration for this event is $35)
4. Rascal Flatts- Scheduled for 8pm on Thursday 08/29 at the Smart Financial Centre at Sugarland
The 4-time Grammy nominated country group Rascal Flatts returns to the Houston area on August 29th as part of their Summer Playlist Tour with special guest Jimmie Allen. With 14 number one country hits on the billboard 100, Rascal Flatts is among the most regarded and famous country bands of this millennium and will be sure to provide a great experience for fans of all ages. You can utilize the link below to buy tickets for this event. (Tickets starting at $35)
5. Murder on Orient Express- Scheduled for 7:30pm from 07/29-08/25 at the Alley Theatre
Agatha Christie's plot-twisting thriller novel "The Murder on the Orient Express" comes to Houston's Theatre District on a daily basis running through August 25th. This will be a can't miss showcase for all mystery/crime novel lovers in Houston. Don't miss the opportunity to see this classic mystery novel on stage at the Alley Theatre in Downtown's Theatre District. You can utilize the link below to buy tickets for this event. (Tickets starting at $31)
6. Nelly/TLC/Flo Rida Concert- Scheduled for Friday 08/23 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)
Billboard top 100 hitmakers Nelly, TLC, and Flo Rida are touring together this summer and will visit the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands on August 23rd as part of their incredible group party tour. With Nelly and TLC providing their classic hit including "Hot in Herre" "Waterfalls" and "Country Grammar" as well as Flo Rida bringing back some of his classic hits from earlier in this decade including "Right Round" and "Low", fans will have an unbelievable night in The Woodlands with amazing music and fun company. You can utilize the link below to buy tickets for this event. (Tickets starting at $25)
7. B.I.G. Salsa Festival- Scheduled for Thursday 08/29-09/02 at 7pm at the Westin Galleria Houston
Don't miss the biggest annual Salsa Festival in Houston! This special cultural event will include a multitude of Salsa concerts, shows, dancing classes, and workshops offered from August 29th-September 2nd at the Westin Galleria Houston. Whether you are a social dancer, professional dancer, or just want to learn more about Salsa dancing and its role in Latino culture, this is a can't miss event for guests of all ages as well as Bachata and Mambo lovers. You can utilize the link below to buy tickets for this event. (Tickets starting at $50 per night)
8. Restaurant Week Houston- Scheduled to run the entire month of August at participating Houston Restaurants
Did you know that Houston has more than 10,000 restaurants and that Houstonians eat out the most on average of any city in the United States! During this month-long celebration, many restaurants in Houston will be offering a wide range of sweepstakes, contests, and special menus exemplifying Houston's diversity and delicious must-try plates with a large portion of proceeds going to benefit Houston Food Banks. For more information about Restaurant Week in Houston, please feel free to utilize the link below.
9. Candytopia Houston- Scheduled to run from 08/13-09/29 at Candytopia Houston location (7620 Katy Fwy Suite 360, Houston, TX 77024)
Imagine 14 curated rooms showcasing giant structures made of all-natural candy as well as a swimming pool full of 300,000 marshmallows! Well that sounds like Candytopia. Guests will also have the opportunity to sample 9 new candy bars that are waiting to be devoured. Yum! This event will be sure to capture your imagination and probably your sweet teeth as well. You can utilize the link below to buy tickets for this event. (Tickets starting at $20 for children between the age of 4-12 and $28 for general admission 12+)
10. History Through Cinema- Scheduled to run every second Wednesday in August at the Institute of Hispanic Culture- Houston (3315 Sul Ross St. Houston, TX 77098)
Explore Spanish/Latino culture through a series of films at the Institute of Hispanic Culture offered every second Wednesday (08/14 and 08/28) of the month. This is a wonderful event for people of all ages whom want to learn more about Hispanic roots, Hispanic culture, and Hispanic history both in Texas and internationally. This is also a really cool event for people learning the Spanish language and want to learn more about Spanish history in Texas. The movies will include English subtitles and free popcorn for all guests. Admission is free.
Best of the Rest
1. AIA Sandcastle Competition- Scheduled for Saturday 08/24 at the East Beach in Galveston.
For more information on this great fund-raising event, please utilize the link below.
2. D.L. Hughley- Scheduled for 7:30 pm on 08/16-08/18 at the Houston Improv (7620 Katy Fwy #455, Houston, TX 77024)
Don't miss your chance to see American comedian and actor D.L. Hughley take stage in Houston. We can promise you this will be a night full of laughter and funny stories! You can utilize the link below to buy tickets for this event.
1. 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11's Moon Landing
It is hard to believe that it has already been 50 years since we defied all odds and landed the first men on the Moon on July 20th, 1969. Fast forward 50 years, and Houston still remains a scientific, medical, and exploration hub that is leading the way for NASA's return to the Moon in the next decade.
Given that Houston is home to the Johnson Space Center and played a critical role in the "race to space," this surely had to top our list. The Space City enjoyed a month-long celebration including Mayor Sylvester Turner making an appearance in New York City to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, not only representing all of Houstonians but also signifying the importance of Houston's relationship with space exploration and NASA. Thank you Mayor Turner!
Among the notable events in Houston that commemorated this historic feat included the Discover Green's "A Giant Leap: 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing", the "Out of this World Lunar Exhibition" at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Astros' presentation of "Apollo Night" at Minute Maid Park, the "Moon Walk Experience" at Buffalo Bayou Park, and the Museum of Fine Arts' "Media Space City Party". Neil Armstrong's son Rick Armstrong threw out the first pitch on "Apollo 11" night at Minute Maid Park. Also, Houston's very own astronaut celebrity Space Casey made appearances throughout the city's landmarks and even greeted tourists at IAH Airport who were coming to celebrate this special moment in Houston.
2. Citgo's Freedom over Texas
This July 4th celebration was simply spectacular and breath-taking with many Space City-themed activities for children and families of all ages at Eleanor Tinsley Park. With live music from Kellie Pickler and Jake Owen, Mayor Turner greeting attendees and taking pictures with children, as well family-friendly events including a robotics exhibition and NASA mission exhibition, children and newcomers to our city really had the opportunity to learn a lot about Houston's role with respect to the first landing on the Moon back in 1969.
The fireworks show presented by Citgo was masterful and a great display for all Houstonians. With beautiful colors filling up the skyline, it made for a perfect night out with loved-ones and family. This also made us appreciative of what this city does for its citizens. Without doubt, this was the headlining Independence Day celebration in Texas and arguably the entire country. --
3. Russell Westbrook Traded to Houston Rockets