Destination: Downtown

What You Should Do Downtown This Summer

From festivals to theater to bingo in the park, here is this season’s downtown must-do list.

By Morgan Kinney June 25, 2019 Published in the July 2019 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Definitely see the Astros play.

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These days there’s fun to be had downtown nearly every night of the week. From festivals to theater to bingo in the park, here is this season’s downtown must-do list:

Broadway at the Hobby Center: Aladdin

This Disney-produced musical includes all the best numbers from the 1992 animated film’s Oscar-winning soundtrack, plus stage-only extras.

Thru Jul. 14. From $30. 800 Bagby St. 800-982-2787 

Citgo Freedom Over Texas

Headlined by country faves Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler, this year’s fireworks celebration teams up with Johnson Space Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Expect astronaut meet-and-greets, carnival rides, and plenty of live music.

Jul. 4. From $8. Eleanor Tinsley Park, 18-3600 Allen Pkwy. 

Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park

Grab your daubers and try your chances at prizes in the nine-round game. Proceeds benefit the park and Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

Jul. 18, Aug. 15. $10. Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. 713-650-3022

Alley Theatre: Murder on the Orient Express

Detective Hercule Poirot’s train runs adrift in the mountains as a mysterious murder consumes his fellow passengers. Follow along when this Agatha Christie classic returns as part of the Alley’s annual ExxonMobil Summer Chills series. 

Jul. 19–Aug. 25. From $28. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. 713-220-5700

Queen + Adam Lambert

Supplemented by American Idol runner-up Lambert, rock legends Roger Taylor and Brian May continue to ride the success of the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody biopic with a world-spanning tour. Expect the same hits, and plenty of swagger.

Jul. 24. From $49.50. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St. 713-758-7200

Stargazing with Houston Astronomical Society

Catch glimpses of the International Space Station, the moon, planets, and more with assistance from society volunteers and on-site telescopes; the July 20 date includes an Apollo 11 anniversary celebration featuring paratrooper landings, Lone Star Flight Museum exhibitions, and special moon pies from The Grove.

Jul. 20, Aug. 10. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336

Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki

Explore Discovery Green’s latest interactive art exhibit, a six-piece sculpture that invites visitors to speak into colorful horns that transmit and transmute sound in surprising, engaging ways.

Thru Oct. 1. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336

Fitness in the Park

If you’re bouncing off the walls from staying cool indoors, try a free parkour class—one of a summer-long selection of yoga, Zumba, dance, and tai chi classes sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market.

Jul. 2–Aug. 31. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336

Astros Games

You have dozens of chances to cheer on the ’Stros as they fight to reclaim their 2017 World Series title, although you should prioritize Friday-night games, which include fireworks.

Multiple dates. From $9. Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St. 713-259-8000

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