July 13–15 | El Segundo Swim Club
Quick, before the Instagram influencers take over: Grab a cabana at the new Second Ward pool bar, complete with beer, wine, Veuve Cliquot, and paloma pitchers. No word on whether the establishment is BYOSF (bring your own swan float).
Day passes $20. El Segundo Swim Club, 5180 Avenue L. More info at elsegundoswimclub.com.
July 13 | Miller Outdoor Theatre
Combining elements of Footloose and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, this Elvis-powered 1950s musical produced by Theatre Under the Stars follows Chad, a greaser who finds himself stranded in a boring town where pleasures as simple as dancing are forbidden. Things get decidedly more fun once he falls in love with a townie named Natalie.
Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 832-487-7102. More info at milleroutdoortheatre.com.
July 14 | Cactus Music
Their two Heights Theater album release shows might be sold out, but you can still catch Houston's buzziest "Gulf Coast soul" band at Cactus Music so long as you purchase their second album, Everything Here. Bonus points if you manage to cram the whole crew into a single post-performance selfie.
Tickets from $15.98 (includes album). Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth St. 713-526-9272. More info and tickets at cactusmusictx.com.
July 15 | Pitch 25 Beer Park
Appropriately nestled in the shadow of BBVA Compass Stadium, this block party—a partnership between Pitch 25 and Warehouse Live across the street—will likely be the closest thing to actually attending the France vs. Croatia World Cup Final. Just show up early for the 10 a.m. match; even with 20,000 square feet of watching/shouting/drinking space, things are bound to get crowded fast.
Free. Pitch 25 Beer Park, 2120 Walker St. 713-814-8157. More info via Facebook.
July 15 | Jones Hall
The gifted Italian pianist/composer tickles the keys for adoring fans of his chart-topping discography. Consider this your World Cup alternative—or, if we see you at Pitch 25, a soothing refuge to nurse your afternoon hangover.
Tickets from $57.50. Jones Hall, 615 Lousiana St. 832-487-7050. More info and tickets at tickets.houstonfirsttheaters.com.