Published May 13, 2021
Hot girl summer is back, and this season we’re feeling that Texas heat a little extra. While last year’s summer was all about sanitation, this year we’re focusing on socialization. From happy hours, parks, to immersive pop up experiences, we’ve rounded up our list of 2021 Houston must-do’s to inspire you to get out of your house and begin living again!
Plus, be sure to bookmark this guide as we’ll be continuing to update it with new events, experiences and discounts (!!!) all. summer. long.
2019 called - beer and live music is back! Come enjoy the sweet sounds of jazz, soul, experimental, rock, pop, reggae, and more (oh, how we’ve missed you), with a beer in hand of course. Updated COVID guidelines allow for a safe experience with 8-10 people per table, spaced out seating, additional sanitation from the staff, with reservations encouraged.
When: Sunday - Thursday 2PM - 12AM, Friday - Saturday 12PM - 2AM
Where: 1517 Alabama St, Houston, TX 77004
Just like Danny and Sandy, you too can enjoy a drive-in movie in your red convertible. MoonStruck is Houston’s very own drive-in theater, featuring a number of select films which can all be viewed from the convenience of your car. They also offer private events and are 100% pet-friendly.
When: Various showing times
Where: 100 Bringhurst St, Houston, TX 77020
Unlock the sand, surf, and sun at Galveston Island. From cruises, festivals, and a 32 mile stretch of beaches, Galveston is the perfect slice of coastline paradise this summer and only a short ride from Downtown Houston.
Where: Galveston Island
Calling all early birds. Done are the days of rolling out of bed and onto your 9am Zoom call with disheveled hair and crumpled pajamas bottoms. 6:30am yoga is calling, and Houstonians have the pleasure of doing their downward dog sunrise in style at Buffalo Bayou Park. Offered every other Friday, this 45 minute class will allow for a clear mind and set intentions over the weekend.
When: Every other Friday at 6:30AM
Where: 1800 Allen Pkwy &, Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77019
100 acres of previously inaccessible parkland? Now that’s something to celebrate. The Clay Family Eastern Glades Project is reclaiming uninhabited land, meaning an expansion of picnicking, trails, boardwalks, and the opportunity to learn about nature. Whether you’re going on your morning run or you’re an ecology student ready to tackle the park’s natural ecosystem, this expansion is coming just in time for summer.
When: Daily 6AM - 11PM
Where: 6501 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Starting this August, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the wonderful world of art - Van Gogh’s art that is. This breathtaking gallery has flagship locations in Paris and Toronto, and is expanding to the US with Houston being one of the lucky cities. We’re selling tickets on our website, head to the link below to order yours.
When: August 2021
Where: A secret location in Houston to be announced before the event!
Oh the places you’ll go...and this summer, The Dr. Seuss Experience should be one of them. This interactive immersion takes visitors into Seuss’ world, allowing them to experience the magic from nine of his books. Covid regulations will be followed with mask mandates and temperature checks at the door.
When: May 15th – August 15th
Where: George R Brown Convention Center,1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010
Baseball season is in full swing (pun intended), and there’s no better way to celebrate summer and America’s favorite pastime by watching the Astros hit home runs with a hotdog in hand. Single game tickets are currently on sale with socially distanced seating in pods of four.
Where: 501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a...pedal boat? That’s right, pedal boats are still a thing and you can experience your very own ride at McGovern Lake’s pedal boat rentals. For only $12 for 30 minutes, you can take in the gorgeous park views while escaping the Texas heat on the water. Sounds like a win-win.
When: Monday - Sunday from 10AM - 5PM
Where: 6102 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
Who needs bae when you have BAE? These picturesque soft serves are almost too pretty to eat, but we have a feeling once you’re braving the Texas sun, nothing’s going to stop you from cooling down with a cone. Bae recently opened in Houston and we can promise, it’s worth the hype.
When: Monday - Friday 3PM - 9PM, Saturday - Sunday 1PM - 9PM
Where: 9798 Bellaire Blvd Suite A, Houston, TX 77036
From the complexity of the human body to a deep-dive into death (hey, death is science too), the Museum of Natural Science offers endless exhibits that cover a range of topics. While you may be out of school for a few months, fpend all day learning, questioning, and engrossing yourself into all that science has to offer.
When: Monday - Sunday: 9AM - 5PM $25 for adults, $16 for children, Free Tuesday: 2PM - 5PM
Where: 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
We’ve got a secret to share and it comes in the form of coffee and cocktails. The Secret Garden Bar, located on the patio of the Bravery Chef Club, caters to those caffeine cravings and after-work aperol spritzes. Located in a stunning greenhouse, the light and airy atmosphere of this bar will ease your worries as you slip into an oasis of colorful plants, neon signs, and flirty, floral cocktails.
Monday - Wednesday 4PM - 9PM
Thursday - Friday 4PM - 10PM
Saturday - 11AM - 10PM
Sunday - 11AM - 9PM
Where: 09 Travis St. Houston, TX 77002 (On the Patio of the Bravery Chef Club, Food Hall)
Brighter days are upon us with Houston’s Color Factory. Originating in NYC’s Soho, this flamboyant exhibit made its way down south in 2019. The 20,000+ square foot exhibit is filled with installations of colors collected from around the city - hues guaranteed to pique your curiosity for color.
GA tickets are $35 and kids tickets are $28 with portions of the proceeds going to charity. The Color Factory practices covid safety measures like social distancing and mask mandates while inside the exhibit.
Monday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Thursday - Saturday: 9:00AM - 8:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Where: 3303 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
Another day, another park, and this time it’s Houston’s vibrant, artistic, and creative Smither Park located at the corner of Third Ward and East End. This cultural hub promotes self-taught art, mosaics, and creates a testimony to the vibrancy of Houston. The park is adjacent to the Lindley Fish Amphitheater, gardens, swings, and a memory wall adorned with mosaic work created by local artists - a place where people of all ages and interests can enjoy.
Where: 2441 Munger St, Houston, TX 77023
If you’re one of the millions who got into golfing during the pandemic, this one's for you. Loft 18 is an interactive sports bar and lounge featuring a golf simulator to perfect those swings you’ve been working on all of 2020. Tickets range from $25-$40 depending on time and large group parties can be booked in advance - believe us, this place is anything but par for the course.
When: Monday-Tuesday 3PM - 11PM, Wednesday-Sunday 11AM - 11PM
Where: 2313 Edwards St Suite #200, Houston, TX 77007