June 1–2 | Minute Maid Park
Settle in to the rhythms of summer at the ballpark with a home series against the Red Sox. If you need to bribe a non-fan to tag along, know that Friday night features a fireworks show courtesy of Occidental Petroleum and a Big and Bright Friday Night Orange T-Shirt.
Tickets from $25. Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St. 713-259-8000. More info and tickets at mlb.com.
June 1–3 | Society for the Performing Arts
Catch the Von Trapp Family Singers for one weekend only before the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical escapes Houston. Yes, there's the Disney version (two versions, actually), but trust us—it's a whole other thing to see the true-life story unfold onstage.
Tickets from $34. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-227-4772. More info and tickets at spahouston.org.
June 2 | Sam Houston Park
When the traveling Vegandale Festival announced a Houston pitstop, the one-day meatless extravaganza for the "vegan and vegan curious" caused quite the stir on social media. That may leave some of the city's barbecue lovers scratching their heads, but its not hard to see the appeal of the impressive spread of bakers, restaurants, and other plant-based purveyors on tap, along with live music and booze. Just wear your biggest, floppiest hat—it'll be a scorcher.
Tickets $15. Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St. More info and tickets at vegandalefest.com.
June 2–Sept. 2 | Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Long after "underwater basket weaving" became the go-to stand-in for a frivolous or indulgent activity, the National Basketry Organization (a real thing!) teams up with the University of Missouri to reclaim the basket narrative at HCCC. The five-part exhibition examines the timeless medium that elegantly straddles the divide between function and form.
Free. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. 713-529-4848. More info at crafthouston.org.
June 3 | Miller Outdoor Theatre
Two Houston nonprofits—Odissi Academy and Silambam Houston Dance Company—team up for a free evening devoted to Indian arts and culture. Silamabam focuses on new beginnings and female empowerment, whereas Odissi will treat us to ancient classical dance.
Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 281-373-3386. More info at milleroutdoortheatre.com.