June 21–22 | Miller Outdoor Theatre
Next up in this free summer concert series: a Sibelius-heavy program on Friday, followed by an eclectic lineup of Saint-Saëns, Dvořák, and Tchaikovsky on Saturday. With a picnic and maybe a bottle of wine, this might be the optimal way to experience the Houston Symphony.
Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 832-487-7102. More info at milleroutdoortheatre.com.
June 22 | Downtown Houston
Next week brings the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that kicked off gay liberation, and Saturday's annual Houston Pride celebration—this year themed "Summer of '69"—will once again summon more than half a million visitors downtown to mark the occasion. On the afternoon festival's mainstage, catch acts including queer pop star (and Houston native) Dorian Electra and Drag Race Season 11 contestant Plastique Tiara. Later, the parade will wind its way through the streets of downtown; you can see the route and street closures here.
Free. Parade begins at Smith and Lamar. More info at pridehouston.org.
June 22 | Brazos Bookstore
This annual Pride tradition—separate from Houston's Drag Queen Story Time—invites local drag queens into Brazos Bookstore for a special morning story hour. This edition's reading material? Gayle E Pitman's This Day in June, an illustrated journey through a pride parade.
Free. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St. 713-523-0701. More info at brazosbookstore.com.
June 22 | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
Back in town for his Loud & Clear Tour, Jon Stewart's South African successor as host of The Daily Show will bring his sharp take on American culture and—of course—its president.
Tickets from $30. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. 281-363-3300. More info and tickets at woodlandscenter.org.
June 22–23 | Holocaust Museum Houston
The totally-renovated Holocaust Museum has doubled in size, with a new 200-seat auditorium, and an expanded role as a center for Holocaust education and research and the ongoing fight against injustice and prejudice. This weekend's grand re-opening grants access to the new exhibits, as well as numerous talks from survivors of the Holocaust.
Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. 713-942-8000. More info and tickets at hmh.org.