June 23| BBVA Compass Stadium
In the soccer world, nothing’s more exciting than a rivalry between two geographically intimate teams battling it out for glory, local bragging rights and, most importantly, territory (figuratively). Don’t miss a chance to witness the clash of these two titans, both tied at 24 points in the MLS season so far, and help the home team show those Dallasites who’s No. 1 in Texas.
From $25. 2200 Texas Ave. 713-547-3112. houstondynamo.com
Thru July 4 | Miller Outdoor Theatre
Summer is for music outdoors and free things, and for the next week and a half, there’s a little something for everyone. First up is the Houston Symphony, which has lined up some powerful programs for its annual Miller Theatre sabbatical, including performances of Beethoven’s revolutionary “Eroica” symphony, Mozart’s merry Horn Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s dramatic first piano concerto. Then there are the daytime performances of classical chestnuts by some of the youngest (and most talented) musicians in town. And if ’80s disco is your thing, don’t miss a concert by the Village People, for a trip down macho memory lane.
Free. 6000 Hermann Park Drive. 832-487-7102. milleroutdoortheatre.com
June 24 | Pride Houston
Celebrate LGBT love and pride with 700,000 Houstonians at the annual festival, headlined this year by two-time Grammy-winning artist LeAnn Rimes, as well as Chad Michaels, he of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars. Then take to the streets of downtown and enjoy the merriest nighttime parade in gaydom.
Free. 901 Bagby Street. 713-529-6979. pridehouston.org
June 24 | Murder by the Book
Corruption. Desperation. Suspense. Haylen Beck’s Here and Gone—a brand-new crime thriller about a mother’s struggle to get back her stolen children—has it all. And fortunately for you, Murder by the Book is hosting this event with Beck, the pen name of internationally prize-winning crime writer Stuart Neville, who will sign and discuss his novel.
Free. 2342 Bissonnet St. 713-524-8597. murderbooks.com
Thru Oct. 1 | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The early-to-mid-20th-century period produced some of Mexico’s most exciting and enduring art, not to mention some of its biggest international stars. See works by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco and other Mexican artists in this important exhibition, even as you gain a deeper understanding of the social and political forces that gave rise to them.
From $13. 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org