June 8–10 | Saint Arnold Brewery
After almost a quarter century in the biz, Saint Arnold invites fans to its first-ever swap meet where folks can exchange any and all historical Saint Arnold pint glasses, T-shirts, and—dare we say—underwear before duking it out over trivia. The weekend continues Saturday with an anniversary party featuring live music from acts such as Los Skarnales and Trae the Truth. Sunday brings a special cellar tasting.
Tickets from $10 (kickoff free). Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave. 713-686-9494. More info and tickets at saintarnold.com.
June 9 | Texas Music Festival
The annual Texas Music Festival begins in earnest with a celestial program that includes the familiar sounds of Holst's The Planets and Richard Strauss' epic Also sprach Zarathustra (think 2001: A Space Odyssey). We won't be the person who says it's going to be "out of this world," but, well, there it is.
Tickets $25. Moores Opera House, 3333 Cullen Blvd. 713-743-3388. More info and tickets at uh.edu.
June 9–24 | MFAH
This annual, monthlong festival kicks off with screenings of the 2014 documentary Samba & Jazz and the award-winning 1988 drama Dangerous Liaisons. As ever, the weekend series delves into the jazz soundtracks and jazz personalities that brought these films to life.
Tickets $9. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. More info and tickets at mfah.org.
June 9 | Rec Room
Take all the comedic energy of a festival-style lineup of performers and add all the best markers of summer—beer, ice cream, and unlimited hot dogs—and you have this annual arts fundraiser. All proceeds benefit Rec Room Arts and its growing portfolio of theater, opera, music, and all combinations thereof.
Tickets from $25. Rec Room, 100 Jackson St. 713-344-1291. More info and tickets at recroomarts.org.
June 10 | Brazos Bookstore
To quote one of the many amazing moments from Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak's final Fresh Air interview: "There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready." Sendak died shortly after, in 2012, and this Brazos event—tied to the author and illustrator's birthday—features earthly pleasures including readings, games, snacks, and more for a beautiful event the legend would have surely enjoyed himself.
Free. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St. 713-523-0701. More info at brazosbookstore.com.