Find the perfect things to do in Houston this Fourth of July weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Independence Day, Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 8, 2018. 

Get crafty in a BYOB watercolor painting class; run a family-friendly 5K at Karbach Brewery, join a sand volleyball tournament and raise funds for charity; sip champs and practice yoga with your pup; celebrate America’s independence with fireworks, parades, parties and more.

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this 4th of July Weekend, from Independence Day, Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 8, 2018.

Things to Do All Fourth of July Weekend

·         The Curt Miller Magic & Comedy Show 2018 at Moody Gardens | Daily – Delight in an evening of magic, music, dance, and clean comedy at a live performance from renowned magician and illusionist Curt Miller. $23. 1pm.

·         The Catastrophic Theatre presents The Tamarie Cooper Show: Field Trip! at MATCH | Thursday to Sunday – Hop on board a metaphysical field trip with Tamarie Cooper, a local actress and playwright known for her hilarious musical theatre. In Field Trip, Cooper questions the meaning of life and unpacks personal baggage by way of song, gags, and hi-jinx. Tickets start at $10. Showtimes vary.

·         Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park | Thursday to Sunday – Get loud for the Astros when they take the field to play the White Sox in a home game at Minute Maid Park. Tickets start at $14. Friday 7:10pm; Saturday 3:10pm; Sunday 1:10pm.

·         Holmes and Watson at the Alley Theatre | Friday and Saturday – Crack codes and solve mysteries during this Sherlock Holmes adventure presented by the Alley Theatre. The performance follows Holmes’ trusty sidekick, Watson, as he seeks the true story of Holmes’ death three years prior. Tickets start at $26. 8pm.

·         Evening Chill at Houston Zoo | Friday and Saturday – Scope out your favorite animals without melting from the summer heat when the Houston Zoo extends its hours for the Evening Chill. Zoo goers can also enjoy live music and family-friendly activities after sundown. Tickets start at $11. 5pm to 8pm.

·         An Evening with Bill Engvall at The Grand 1894 Opera House | Saturday and Sunday – Crack up when comedian Bill Engvall takes the mic for a stand-up show at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. Tickets start at $25.20. Saturday 3pm; Sunday 8pm.

Friday, July 6, 2018

·         FriYAY Rose Wine Tasting at Brennan’s of Houston – Sip a refreshing glass (or several) of rosé in the swanky dining room at Brennan’s of Houston during the annual FriYAY tasting, which features a wide selection of rosé accompanied by light bites. $25. 4pm to 7pm.

·         Stars & Stripes on the Lawn at Memorial City | FREE – Show your American pride at this special event to honor our country, the military, and their families. JROTC color guard and military programs will perform patriotic tributes as a solo trumpeter plays a rotating roster of American classics. 5pm to 5:30pm.

·         Thirty Seconds to Mars in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Rock out to a roster of songs by Thirty Seconds to Mars, fronted by Jared Leto, when they stop in Houston on the Monolith Tour. Openers include Walk the Moon, K. Flay, and Welshly Arms. Tickets start at $29.50. 6pm.

·         LGBT Veterans Arm Wrestling Competition at Guava Lamp | FREE – Flex your muscles in an arm wrestling competition to raise funds for the Lone Star Veterans Association at Guava Lamp. 6pm.

·         Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles at Jones Hall – Hear a classical take on your favorite hits from the Fab Five when the Houston Symphony plays a tribute concert to The Beatles at Jones Hall. Tickets start at $39. 7:30pm.

·         Sharknado Movie Screening at Hotel Derek – Watch the wildly outlandish TV movie that took America by storm in 2013 while cooling off in the outdoor pool at Hotel Derek.Tickets include gourmet popcorn, one drink ticket, parking, and access to the pool. $20. 7:30pm.

·         Camp Nowhere at Revention Music Center – Bust out your summer camp gear and head to Revention Music Center for Camp Nowhere, a camp-themed festival featuring live music from Louis the Child, TroyBoi, Big Wild, and R.LUM.R. Camp cosplay is encouraged. Tickets start at $33. 9pm.

·         Classic Numbers: Every Friday at Numbers Nightclub – Travel back to the ’80s with hits from The Smiths, The Cure, Blondie and more every Friday night at the always-eclectic Numbers Nightclub in Montrose. 9pm.

·         Fireworks Fridays at Kemah Boardwalk | FREE – Sit back and enjoy a spectacular firework show synchronized to Top 40s Hits on Kemah Boardwalk every Friday this summer. Following the show, visitors can enjoy extended hours for carnival rides, free souvenir cup refills after 9:30pm, and additional discounts on retail. 9:30pm.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

·         Houston Center for Photography Workshop at Levy Park  | FREE – Learn the basics of photography every first and third Saturday of the month at Levy Park. In this workshop, participants will focus on camera obscura and cyanotypes. 9am to 10:30am.

·         Top Gun 5 Charity Sand Volleyball Tournament at Wakefield Crowbar – Bump, set, and spike your way to victory at the annual Top Gun 5 Charity Sand Volleyball Tournament, which benefits Team Rubicon and USO Houston. Tickets start at $5. 9am to 5pm.

·         Champagne and Yoga- Pawtriotic Party at Cottonwood – Sip champagne and strike a yoga pose while your pup cheers from the sidelines at Cottonwood’s Pawtriotic Party. All proceeds will go toward K-9 Angels Rescue. Tickets start at $12. 10am to noon.

·         Texas Taco Mania at Bayou City Event Center – Chow down on tacos from more than a dozen local food trucks at Texas Taco Mania in Bayou City Event Center. Diners can partake in contests, win prizes, and enjoy live music throughout the day. Noon to 9pm.

·         Saint Arnold Pub Crawl and Concert in Downtown Houston | No Cover – Make your way through 15 downtown bars during the annual Saint Arnold Pub Crawl, followed by a free concert from Mobley in Market Square Park. Those who stop by every bar will receive a commemorative pint glass after the crawl. 2pm to 7pm.

·         Drink Local Art Market at Under the Radar Brewery | No Cover – Shop artwork from local vendors, sip craft beer, and hang out at Under the Radar Brewery’s Drink Local Art Market on the first Saturday of every month. 4pm.

·         Majic 102.1 Summer Block Party at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Groove to the music of top R&B artists, including Miguel, Fantasia, Ne-Yo, and Tank, when Majic 102.1 throws a summer block party at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tickets start at $59.50. 5pm.

·         First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights | No Cover – Browse artwork and enjoy delicious bites and live music at the First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. 11am to 6pm.

·         Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy at Jones Hall – Immerse yourself in the Houston Symphony’s multimedia experience featuring stirring musical compositions and video snippets from the Japanese video game, Final Fantasy. Tickets start at $35. 7:30pm.

·         Got7 in Concert at NRG Arena – Catch an explosive concert from the internationally acclaimed South Korean boy band, Got7, when they bring their Eyes On You world tour to NRG Arena. Tickets start at $89. 8pm.

·         The Wedding Singer Movie Screening at Bagby Park | FREE – Pack a picnic and head to Bagby Park for a free showing of the ‘90s romcom, The Wedding Singer, starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. 8pm.

·         Wild Moccasins’ Look Together Album Release Show at White Oak Music Hall – Celebrate the release of Look Together, the latest album from Houston’s own Wild Moccasins, with an all all-ages show downstairs at White Oak Music Hall. Camera Cult and El Lago will open the show. $10. 8pm.

·         Houston Dynamo vs. Minnesota United FC at BBVA Compass Stadium – Cheer on the Dynamo as they play Minnesota in a home game at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets start at $24. 8pm.

·         Erykah Badu in Concert at Arena Theatre – Catch a live show from the Queen of neo soul, Erykah Badu, when the Grammy winner takes the stage at Arena Theatre. Tickets start at $79.50. 8:30pm.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

·         First Anniversary at King’s BierHaus | No Cover – Clink pints and shout “prost!” to celebrate the first anniversary of King’s BierHaus in the Heights. The German-style beer garden will offer food and drink specials throughout the day, along with live music and giveaways. 10am to 10pm.

·         Vans Warped Tour at NRG Park – Jam out to a lineup of rock groups ranging from new talent to seasoned favorites when Vans Warped Tour returns to Houston. Headliners include Bowling for Soup, 3OH!3, Issues, and Reel Big Fish. Ticket prices vary. 11am.

·         Houston Halal Food Truck Festival at the plaza adjacent to Smart Financial Centre | No Cover – Get your fix of halal street food at this local food truck festival. Eateries include El Guajillo Food Truck, Anna’s Gourmet Greek, Mundy’s Bar B Q & Grill. Falacos, Bowled Up, Smoothie Strong, Pho-jita, The Grove Donut Truck, and Churrasco Truck Halal. 11am to 7pm.

·         2nd Sundayz Market in Eado | No Cover – Browse this monthly, outdoor market located in East Downtown every second Sunday of the month. Featuring live music from Joe B & tha BBC, the market offers a variety of vintage finds and handmade goods. Noon to 6pm.

·         StanceNation Car Show at NRG Center – Admire a variety of exotic cars as this touring international car show stops in Houston. Tickets start at $30. 1pm to 6pm.

·         4th Annual George Springer All-Star Bowling Benefit at Bolmor Houston – Bowl a strike and raise money for Camp SAY, a summer camp for children who stutter, at the fourth annual George Springer All-Star Bowling Benefit. Tickets include a cocktail hour, where you can mix and mingle with Astros player George Springer and his teammates. Tickets start at $300. 7pm.

·         Sunday Movie Nights Moana Movie Screening at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier | FREE – Relax Sunday evening with a free outdoor movie screening of Disney’s animated film, Moana, at Pleasure Pier on Galveston Island8pm.