Top Performing Arts & Live Theater Shows in Houston: June 2023

A ballerina in pose, flanked by other ballerinas during a performance of Swan Lake
Stanton Welch's "Swan Lake" returns to the Wortham stage for 10 days in June | Courtesy of Houston Ballet

Catch some of the city’s most exciting upcoming performances, happening all month long, with our roundup of live theater and performing arts productions in June 2023.

Houston’s eclectic and electric arts scene is on full display this month. There’s plenty to find on stage, proving that arts lovers in our city have an abundance of riches.

We’ve gathered some of the best performing arts and theater events taking place in Houston this month, which you can check out below.

Top Performing Arts & Theater Shows in Houston: June 2023

Opening This Month

  • Toy Story Screening & Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Thursday, June 1 | FREE – Sing along to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” as the Houston Symphony performs the full musical score by award-winning composer Randy Newman, alongside a complete screening of the Pixar classic at the Pavilion in the Woodlands. Free seating on the lawn and mezzanine; $25 for orchestra seating. 8pm.
  • Houston Contemporary Dance Company presents Moving Myths at Hobby Center | Saturday, June 3 – Written by playwright/novelist Elizabeth A. M. Keel, this one-hour fantastical journey follows four travelers as they share stories based on traditional myths from Chinese, Native American, Norwegian, and Ethiopian cultures. $15 and up. 1pm and 4pm.
  • Dance Source Houston presents SPARK at MATCH | Saturday, June 3 – This celebration of the vibrant styles of Houston’s dance community honors the work of Rathna Kumar and Maxine Silberstein. $65 and up. 7pm.
  • Pride Chorus Houston: Love Who You Love at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church | Saturday, June 3 – In celebration of Pride Month, this concert spans a wide range of musical genres—from Aretha and Elton John to Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran—that lifts up the joy of love in all its forms. $20; $10 for ages 10 and under. 8pm to 9:30pm.
  • Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival at University of Houston | Tuesday, June 6 to Saturday, June 24 – The multi-week festival returns with a series of masterclasses, conferences and concerts. Professional musicians and music lovers alike will find much to explore, with highlights including festival orchestra concerts on Saturdays, performing the work of Beethoven, Prokofiev and more; a series of piano concerts on Tuesdays; and more must-see performances. Individual tickets are $20; tickets for concert series and full festival pricing is also available. 7:30pm.
A dancer outstretches on the ground while a dancer in the background arches backward in pose
ISHIDA Dance Company comes to Asia Society in mid-June | Courtesy of ISHIDA Dance Company
  • Houston Ballet presents Swan Lake at Wortham Center | Thursday, June 8 to Sunday, June 18 – Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet meets Stanton Welch’s towering choreography in this enduring love story. When Odette is turned into a swan, the love she shares with Prince Siegfried is tested, especially when the evil knight Rothbart and his black swan enchantress Odile come onto the scene. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • ISHIDA Dance Company presents having been breathed out at Asia Society Texas | Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 11 – This concert features the world premiere of ISHIDA’s American Gothic, which explores the internal and external dynamics of the nuclear family. It also brings two rarely seen works stateside, Horizons by Greek choreographer Adonis Foniadakis and the critically-acclaimed Mutual Comfort by Edward Clug of Romania. $40 and up. Friday & Saturday 8pm; Sunday 3pm.
  • Juneteenth at Miller: The Musical Journey Continues at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, June 16 & Saturday, June 17 |FREE – Split into two parts performed across back-to-back nights, this musical journey takes attendees through the outstanding musical artists of our time, including the songs of Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince, legends of H-Town hip-hop, and more. 8pm.
  • AD Players presents Smoke on the Mountain at the George Theater | Wednesday, June 28 | Ongoing – It’s 1938 in a small North Carolina town nestled in the Smoky Mountains, where the Saunders Family, a traveling musical group, is making an appearance after a five-year absence. This family-friendly musical incorporates two dozen bluegrass tunes folded around stories told by the Saunders family. This production runs through Sunday, July 23. $28 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Phenomenal Woman at Ensemble Theatre | Thursday, June 29 | Ongoing – This musical showcases the remarkable life of the iconic writer and activist Maya Angelou, and demonstrates why her life and words continue to inspire. $53 and up. Showtimes vary.
Two actors in Catastrophic Theatre's "A Maroon's Guide to Time & Space"
“A Maroon’s Guide to Time and Space” closes at MATCH this month | Courtesy of Catastrophic Theatre

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Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, the arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 Things to Do in Houston, her work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Bayou City Magazine, Downtown, Galveston Monthly and Houston Woman. She is also a regular contributor to's Houston site. She earned her B.A. in mass communication with a minor in professional writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her M.A. in communication studies with an emphasis in journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. A native Rhode Islander, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, published by Bright Sky Press.