The 12 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: July 2 to 4, 2021

Fireworks at Constellation Field | Photo: Jim Stevens; courtesy of Sugar Land Skeeters

Take a tour of H-Town’s weekend highlights with the 365 Houston guide to the best things to do in Houston this weekend, from Friday, July 2 to Independence Day, Sunday, July 4, 2021.

Every weekend, Houston has plenty of happenings to be found around town—but which ones are the highlights that can help you plan an enjoyable weekend of outings?

We’ve whittled down our extensive Weekend Guide to offer you some of our favorite things to look forward to from Friday to Sunday.

Looking for more things to do? Dig deeper for all of our weekend picks with the 365 Houston Weekend Guide, or comb through our Calendar for even more events, activities, and things to do this weekend.

The 12 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend

  • Asian Restaurant Month | Daily – The inaugural Asian Restaurant Month enters its final week, inviting locals to explore the city’s diverse culinary scene and celebrate the contributions of Asian restaurants. Head online for self-guided tour maps and interactive dining guides, then check out local spots from Chinese noodle spot Kuen Noodle House and cult favorite Indo-Pak eatery Himalaya to Malaysian street food purveyor Phat Eatery and Vietnamese sandwich shop and cafe Yelo Banh Mi Artisans. Prices, times and locations vary.
  • Candytopia at CityCentre | Opens Friday, July 2 Step into the wonderful world of sweetness with the limited time event known as Candytopia. This imaginative sensory experience is bursting with bright colors and more than a dozen sugary settings that feature sculptures, super-sized confections, and one-of-a-kind photo ops. $28; $20 for ages 4 to 12; free for ages 3 and under. Times vary.
  • Musiqa presents Capriccio Streaming Online | Friday, July 2 | FREE | Virtual – This “love letter to Houston artists” was commissioned by Musiqa and features contributions from the Houston Ballet, the Houston Symphony, DiverseWorks, Catastrophic Theatre, and more, celebrating the diversity of Houston’s arts scene in Musiqa’s 20th anniversary.
  • Houston Dash vs. OL Reign at BBVA Stadium | Friday, July 2 – The Dash will look to take advantage of an OL Reign squad that is without star players Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe, who are preparing to represent USA in this summer’s Olympic games. Tickets range from $7 to $40, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7:30pm.
  • Fourth of July Events around Town | Saturday, July 3 & Independence Day, Sunday, July 4 Celebrate the Fourth of July with our guide to fireworks, parades, concerts, and more happening around Greater Houston on and before Independence Day, Sunday, July 4, 2021.
  • July 3rd Spectacular at Karbach Brewing Co. | Saturday, July 3 – Head to the biergarten for tasty brews and stick around for live music and fireworks. Ghostland Observatory and special guest Ishi will be providing the tunes. $25. 5pm to 10pm. 
  • Houston Dynamo FC vs. FC Cincinnati at BBVA Stadium | Saturday, July 3 – The Dynamo hope to continue their unbeaten streak at home when they face ex-Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron and his new squad in EaDo. Tickets range from $20 to over $100, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7:30pm.
  • Freedom Fest, featuring Moneybagg Yo at House of Blues | Saturday, July 3 – After topping the Billboard charts with his April release, A Gangsta’s Pain, the Memphis rapper swings through the Downtown venue to perform tracks like “Time Today” and more from the latest album. Tickets range from $125 to $185, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • Apollo Chamber Players presents Latin Beats at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, July 3 | FREE | Virtual Option – Explore the music of Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela, and the Andes with this multi-faceted performance featuring guest dancers from Houston Ballet and Houston Contemporary Dance Company, as well as Venezuelan virtuoso violinist Eddy Marcano, pianist Baden Goyo, and Spanish-born percussionist Jesús Pacheco. This performance will also be broadcast on Miller Outdoor’s YouTube channel. Tickets for the covered seating area are free and can be reserved in advance online. Seating on the hill is free and does not require tickets. 8:30pm.
  • Koe Wetzel Concert & Fireworks at Constellation Field | Saturday, July 3 – Texas country musician Koe Wetzel slides into Constellation Field for an Independence Eve concert while on his 2021 Ballpark Tour. A post-concert fireworks show will top off the evening. Tickets range from $35 to $100, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8:30pm.
  • Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Celebration in Galveston | Independence Day, Sunday, July 4 | FREE – The annual Galveston celebration returns with a grand parade down Seawall Boulevard from 59th Street to 27th Street. Then, a fireworks show caps off the evening at 37th and Seawall. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Live 4th of July Fireworks Over Downtown Houston | Independence Day, Sunday, July 4 | FREE – Even though the live festival is shuttered for one more year, a larger-than-ever-before live fireworks show has been promised by the City of Houston. Live, for-real fireworks are expected to reach almost twice the height of former years, offering more Houstonians a chance to celebrate and view the spectacle from around the city. If you want an up-close view, head to Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou (just expect to park in Downtown, since both Allen and Memorial Parkways will be closed). Fireworks will start at approximately 9:30pm.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.