Top 20 Festivals & Events This Week in Houston: May 27 to June 2, 2024

A puppeteer holds a large hand with a small figure in it to a large head
"The Selfish Giant" comes to Asia Society from Taiwan for 2 nights | Courtesy of The Puppet & Its Double Theater

Make the most of your week with our top festivals, events, and things to do this week in Houston from Monday, May 27 to Sunday, June 2, 2024.

Start your Memorial Day weekend with observances and pool parties, then get into stunning art installations, a beachside festival, puppet shows, Zydeco and much more around Houston.

We’ve whittled down all the happenings in H-Town to our picks for the week, but you can always check out the extended calendar for more things to do in Houston.

Top 20 Festivals, Events & Things to Do This Week in Houston

  • Memorial Day Ceremony & Museum Admission at Galveston Naval Museum | Monday, May 27 | FREE – Among historic naval vessels, this annual ceremony includes a speech recognizing fallen servicemembers, along with live music, refreshments and free admission to the museum until 11am. 9am to 11am.
  • Latin House Pool Party at Space Cowboy | Monday, May 27 – The pool bar at Heights House Hotel celebrates Memorial Day with a splash. Come by to groove to a full day of Latin house music from a team of DJs alongside food and drink specials, vendors, mermaids in the pool, and more. $15 and up. 2pm to 11:30pm.
  • Countdown Graduation at Imagen Venues | Monday, May 27 – High school seniors and juniors are invited to celebrate their academic accomplishments with a night of excitement, laughter and memories. Event highlights include two stages featuring a lineup of EDM and hip-hop artists, free carnival rides, tasty food, 360 photos booths, karaoke, and more. No alcohol permitted; high school I.D. required for entry. $55 and up. 6pm.
  • Dance Source Houston presents Barnstorm Dance Fest at MATCH | Tuesday, May 28 to Saturday, June 1 – Celebrating the breadth, depth, and diversity of dance in Greater Houston and beyond, this festival is an exciting sampling of dance genres. Expect a weekend of performances, workshops and more. $25. Showtimes vary.
  • Rainbow Market at Eureka Heights Brewing Company | Thursday, May 30 | No Cover – The Heights brewery hosts a marketplace that helps you get prepared for Pride Month with shirts, hats and fans, plus candles, baked goods and other goodies. 5pm to 8:30pm.
  • OTX 7: Rumble at the Rodeo at Red Owl Boxing | Friday, May 31 – This broadcast boxing match features Houston-native Giovanni Marquez facing off against Jason Limon, with an opening card featuring 5 other fights, including a women’s fight event. Plus, there’s a live DJ, celebrity guests, giveaways, prizes and more. $50; save 20% with promo code OTX365. 6:30pm.
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The 35th Accordion Kings & Queens brings good vibes to the Miller Outdoor stage | Photo: David Dodd for Texas FolkLife
  • A Conversation With Kevin Kwan at Asia Society Texas Center | Friday, May 31 – The iconic author of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy stops by for a conversation about his career, working in Hollywood, and growing up in the Houston suburbs. He’ll also be there to sign his new book, Lies & Weddings. $60; including a copy of the book. $120 includes access to the reception. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Samara Joy in Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, May 31 | FREE – The Herman Park stage hosts an established star in the world of jazz when 24-year-old Bronx native Samara Joy comes to Houston. Already with three Grammy wins and a chart-topping debut, Samara Joy is one of the most exciting, fresh voices in the genre today. 8:30pm.
  • Sapphic Factory: A Modern Queer Joy Dance Party at White Oak Music Hall | Friday, May 31 – Come dance and be free to the music of Muna, Phoebe Bridgers, Kim Petras, Tegan and Sara, and many more at this celebration of living as you are. Ages 18 and up. $16 and up. 8:30pm.
  • Island Vybz Reggae Fest at Beach Central in Galveston | Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1 – Head to the heart of the Island along the seawall for this two-day celebration of Caribbean culture, music, and community spirit. Expect live entertainment, food, dancing and more. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • Far East Fest at Chapman and Kirby | Saturday, June 1 | FREE – Celebrate Houston’s AAPI small business community with a day of food, drinks, entertainment, and a diverse selection of small businesses selling unique items, from traditional Asian cuisine to handmade crafts and products. Noon to 6pm.
  • 2nd Annual Celebrate Freedom Festival at Emancipation Park | Saturday, June 1 | FREE – Kicking off Juneteenth, this early June celebration fills Emancipation Park with a day of food, local vendor shopping, dancing, music, and art activations—including showcases from Houston’s historic Black neighborhoods. 1pm to 7pm.
  • Ice House Radio & Curly Cormier at Echoes | Saturday, June 1 | FREE – The Texas Tradition returns to Echoes in Montrose for a night of soul, R&B, and funk records from Houston DJs. On the decks are Brother Jackson, DJ Teddy Bear, FEELINGS, and Santos Sounds. Afterwards, Fifth Ward legends Curly Cormier and the Gladiators will perform a live rhythm and blues concert late into the night. Echoes will have kitchen and bar open throughout the event. 5pm to 1am.
  • Water Lantern Festival at City Place | Saturday, June 1 – Experience the magic of thousands of lanterns as the soft lights reflect upon the water in Spring. You’ll get a paper lantern, LED candle, a commemorative drawstring bag and a market to write wishes and hopes for your loved ones as you take part in this ancient ritual. $28.33 and up. 5:30pm to 9:30pm.
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“Solar Dust” opens at Post Houston for a summer run this weekend | Courtesy of Quiet Ensemble
  • 35th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, June 1 | FREE – This highly anticipated annual concert of the state’s most dynamic performers will feature Las Fenix, 3x Grammy Award winner Sunny Sauceda, and Marcus Ardoin & Da Zydeco Legendz. The evening is a showcase of the diverse styles of accordion music performed in Texas. 7pm.
  • Estereomance in Concert at Axelrad | Saturday, June 1 | FREE – The dreamy art pop Texas band performs in the Third Ward beer garden. The group describes themselves as a cultural hybrid of the border town of El Paso and neighboring Juarez, and the liberated voice of all the border emotions screaming to be heard. 7pm.
  • The Selfish Giant at Asia Society Texas | Saturday, June 1 & Sunday, June 2 – In this ingenious production by Taiwan’s The Puppet & Its Double Theater, The Selfish Giant brings to life Oscar Wilde’s beloved story of a selfish giant who learns about the true meaning of friendship and generosity through the innocence of children. $20. Saturday 7pm; Sunday 2pm.
  • Solar Dust Opening Weekend at POST Houston | Saturday, June 1 & Sunday, June 2 – Catch this brand-new exhibit that fuses light, sound and technology to create an experience of particles floating in space. Making its U.S. debut, the work by Italian art collective Quiet Ensemble, also serves to preview POST’s new art space/nightclub experience, Art Club. $7. Times vary.
  • Jazzy Sundays: Melvin Johnson & the Electric-Akoustics at Discovery Green | Sunday, June 2 | FREE – The spring concert series comes to a close with its final Jazzy Sundays performance, held at Discovery Green. Melvin Johnson & the Electric-Akoustics headline, with JHU opening. 5pm to 7pm.
  • Livingston Memorial Cup at Houston Polo Club | Sunday, June 2 – Experience a world class polo match, player parade, live music, expert announcing, Champagne divot stomp at halftime and special trophy presentation. The Lymbar is the onsite concession serving delicious Argentine- and Brazilian-inspired menu choices and a premium bar menu. $18 and up. 5:30pm.

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Justin Jerkins
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.