Top 25 Festivals & Events in Houston This Month: June 2023

A twilight view of the Saint Arnold beer garden with the Downtown Houston skyline in the background
Saint Arnold celebrates its 29th anniversary with a free bash at the brewery | Courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Make the most of your month with our list of the 25 biggest and most notable festivals and events in Houston in June 2023.

Events are listed chronologically by week, and are not in a ranked order. Events that span multiple weeks are carried over into the following week where appropriate.

Top 25 Festivals & Events in Houston This Month: June 2023

  • The Big Show 2023 at Lawndale Art Center | Thursday, June 1 | FREE – The supersized annual exhibition at Lawndale returns, presenting new work by artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of the art space. Enjoy drinks and eats from Moon Rooster food truck as you take in an exciting show of thought-provoking artwork. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Janet Jackson, with Ludacris in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Saturday, June 3 – Rhythm Nation stand up when the legendary popstar queen, Janet Jackson, brings her Together Again Tour through the Woodlands with Ludacris in support. $49.95 and up. 7:45pm.
  • Jazzy Sundays: The Suffers in Concert at Buffalo Bayou Park | Sunday, June 4 | FREE – Rescheduled from an earlier May date, the Suffers take to the Water Works stage at Buffalo Bayou Park for the finale to the three-month concert series that has been taking place at parks across the city. 5pm to 7pm.
  • 19th Annual Wine & Food Week in the Woodlands | Monday, June 5 to Sunday, June 11 – This year’s Wine & Food Week celebrates the creativity found in the heart of the wine and food industry. Attendees can expect hundreds of wines, chefs from across Houston and beyond, and an emphasis on the arts with experiential art installations, plus meet and greets with award-winning and emerging artists. Events include a Flavors of Australia Wine Dinner & Kickoff (Monday, June 5), Rose’ Way, A Sweet Soiree (Thursday, June 8), the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase (Saturday, June 10), and more. Prices and times 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.
A food vendor sets up fried dishes
Baan Thai serves up grilled squid, fried chicken wings, fish cakes at the Otaku Summer Matsuri Food & Anime Festival | Courtesy of Otaku Food Festival
  • 29th Anniversary Party at Saint Arnold Brewing Company | Saturday, June 10 | FREE – Houston’s oldest craft brewery celebrates 29 years with an open-to-all bash in the garden and festivities all day. Enjoy special variants of the Banger IPA, commemorative birthday glassware, and a lineup of musicians performing hip-hop, Latin hits and yacht rock. 2pm to 9pm.
  • The Tontons, with Young Mammals at the Heights Theater | Saturday, June 10 – A trio of H-Town indies unite in the Heights, led by the steady rock stylings of the Tontons, joined by Young Mammals fresh off a new EP release, and Goodgirl in support. $20 and up. 8pm.
  • Otaku’s Summer Matsuri Food & Anime Festival at Karbach Brewing Co. | Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11 | FREE – Calling all anime enthusiasts to this two-day summer celebration from Otaku Food Festival, featuring more than 50 food and drink vendors serving delights from across the Asian continent, plus anime vendors and voice actors, photo ops and all-day entertainment. Saturday noon to 10pm; Sunday noon to 6pm.
  • Galveston Family Beach Challenge at Stewart Beach | Sunday, June 11 | FREE – The annual beach challenge returns to the shores of Galveston, sending families and friends through 14 stations where they’ll compete against other participating families for a chance to win up to $2,000 in prizes. Stations are designed for ages 8 and up. Registration required. 11am to 3:30pm.
  • BBQ & Book Signing Event at Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar | Sunday, June 11 | No Cover – Co-owner and Chef Aaron Franklin will be heading to Loro in the Heights to celebrate the release of his third book, Franklin Smoke. Attendees can enjoy a complimentary book signing alongside smoked Pulled Pork and Chopped Brisket Sliders for purchase. The first 50 guests will also receive a free signed copy of the book. Reserve a spot online. 2pm to 5pm.
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
  • Comedian Jiaoying Summers at Houston Improv | Wednesday, June 14 – A New York Comedy Festival headliner known for more than 1 billion TikTok views, Jiaoying Summers arrives at the Improv for a night of laugh-out-loud comedy that draws from her personal background and witty insights. $40 for 2, and up. 7:30pm.
  • Comedian Colin Jost at Bayou Music Center | Thursday, June 15 – The Saturday Night Live comedian best known for his Weekend Update hosting, Colin Jost comes to Downtown for a hilarious night of his stand-up material. $45 and up. 7:30pm.
  • NobleMotion Dance presents Desert Shelter at Post Houston | Friday, June 16 | FREE – Composed by J.E. Hernández, this dance performance at Post explores the experience of migrants crossing the United States–Mexico border via the Sonoran Desert pass, as told through music and dance. 8pm.
  • Bollywood Film Nights: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara at Asia Society Texas | Friday, June 16 – This film about three childhood friends embarking across Spain in a three-week road trip is an acclaimed recent addition to the modern Bollywood scene and one of the final screenings of Asia Society’s spring cinema series. Bring a chair or blanket for this outdoor screening and enjoy concessions for purchase. $10. 8:30pm.
  • 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.
An outdoor concert scene with crowds watching musicians on stage
Heavy-hitters of R&B take the stage for the annual Juneteenth Celebration at Emancipation Park | Courtesy of Emancipation Park Conservancy
  • Catastrophic Theatre presents A Maroon’s Guide to Time & Space at MATCH | Ongoing through Saturday, June 17 – Candice D’Meza’s play is a genre-bending experiential exploration of quantum mechanics that uses imagination to liberate oneself from the confines of linear time. Pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • BLCK Market’s 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration at GreenStreet | Saturday, June 17 – Returning to Downtown Houston, the local vendor market brimming with Black-owned small businesses celebrates Juneteenth with an afternoon of collective economics and a wide range of goods to shop. Limited free admission; $5 after that. 1pm to 5pm.
  • Juneteenth Music Festival, with Lakeside, The SOS Band at Emancipation Park | Saturday, June 17 | FREE – Held in Third Ward’s historic Emancipation Park, this annual free concert offers a full day of jubilee with gospel artist V. Michael McKay, zydeco from Step Rideau, and legendary R&B performers Lakeside and the SOS Band. While there, explore local vendors, crafts, merch and fantastic food trucks. 3pm to 10pm.
  • Bored Teachers Comedy Tour at Hobby Center | Saturday, June 17 & Sunday, June 18 – Growing out of social media, this comedy show features a talented lineup of comedians who are also educators, offering hilarious perspectives on the joys and challenges of teaching. $44 and up. Times vary.
  • Father’s Day at Eureka Heights Brewing Co. | Sunday, June 18 | No Cover – The Heights brewery celebrates dads with an afternoon of mouth-watering burgers and hot dogs from Deckle & Hide, the annual Dad Joke competition, and a Dad Bod Wet T-shirt contest—with prizes up for grabs. Noon to 3pm.
Revelers at the Pride Parade wave flags and celebrate
The 45th Pride Parade returns to Downtown Houston this month | Courtesy of Pride Houston 365
  • Houston Astros vs. New York Mets at Minute Maid Park | Monday, June 19 to Wednesday, June 21 – Justin Verlander and the Mets pay a visit to the Astros for a three-game series that features a Juneteenth celebration, Pride Night on Tuesday, and an Alex Bregman World Series ring giveaway on Wednesday afternoon. $32 and up. Times vary.
  • Rainbow on the Green at Discovery Green | Friday, June 23 | FREE – The annual family-friendly Pride night event at Discovery Green returns, with live performances from the LA–based pop singer-songwriter Jordy, supported by Houston’s own powerhouse vocalist, Z’maji. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Official Houston Pride LGBT+ Parade in Downtown Houston | Saturday, June 24 | FREE – The 45th annual pride celebration takes to the streets of Downtown Houston near City Hall for a parade gathering that typically draws hundreds of thousands each year. With no festival taking place this year, attendees are encouraged to patronize Montrose gayborhood bars beforehand or head to Rise Rooftop for the official afterparty. 7pm to 11pm.
  • An Evening with John Cusack & High Fidelity Movie Screening at 713 Music Hall | Sunday, June 25 – The beloved actor and screenwriter joins the audience for a screening of the 2000 rom-com High Fidelity, followed by a moderated discussion with Cusack, where he’ll also be answering audience questions. $49.50 and up. 7:30pm.
  • Comedian George Lopez at Smart Financial Centre | Sunday, June 25 – The legendary comedian, actor, and host of the OMG Hi! podcast, George Lopez comes to Sugar Land, bringing his biting wit and uproarious takes on life and culture in America. $64 and up. 8pm.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins always keeps an eye out for what's ahead on Houston's horizon while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston. When he's not passing along the latest events, destinations and hidden treasures in H-Town, he loves diving into the city's food scene, shopping local and learning about Houston's rich history.