Every Outdoor Summer Concert in Houston

every outdoor summer concert houston
Free Press Summer Fest | Julian Bajsel
Free Press Summer Fest | Julian Bajsel

We’re all about elevating your summer game, and there’s no better way to do that than by harnessing the power of rock 'n' roll via an extremely loud, extremely fun (albeit sweaty) concert in the open air. Or, in this case, AN ENTIRE LIST of loud, fun (albeit sweaty) concerts in the open air. Mix a few cold beers with some summer jams and you’ll forget all about Houston’s blazing temperatures and debilitating humidity. Here are all the outdoor concerts happening in Houston this summer.

Free Press Summer Fest
Free Press Summer Fest | Julian Bajsel

Free Thursday Concerts: Luke Winslow-King/ Kris Lager Band

Classic Americana and revivalist rock & roll.

Caribbean-American Heritage Month Festival

Reggae, soca, and merengue Latin-pop from the Caribbean.

Accordion Kings & Queens

Accordion heavy Texas roots, zydeco, and country western.

Free Press Summer Fest

The city’s buzziest festival feat. Lorde, Flume, G-Eazy, and Cage the Elephant.

Free Party on the Plaza: Ishi w/ Romina Von Mohr

High energy singer-songwriter reppin’ soul, funk, and house.

Free Thursday Concerts: Leyla McCalla/ Chubby Knuckle Choir

Solo classical and folk musician with a genre-shattering banjo and bongos band.

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band

Margaritaville by way of The Pavilion.

Texas Hippie Coalition

Lots of beards and Red Dirt metal.

Music Nite on The Strand: Blaggards

Stout Irish hometown rock.

Saint Arnold 23rd Anniversary Party

Local and independent music played loudly over two beer-fueled stages.

Texas Taco Tequila & Margarita Festival

Tequila-fueled ska and folk with Los Skarnales and Jenny and the Mexicats.

Free Party on the Plaza: Say Girl Say w/ El Lago

Hometown female duo with haunting harmonies, plus a Galveston band evoking dream pop punk and 80's alt.

Free Thursday Concerts: Jesse Dayton/ Octanes

Americana singer/songwriter from Austin with a Tejas roots/rockabilly band.

LA Guns Reunion Tour

High octane, unapologetic rock-n-roll.

Heart by Heart

The music of HEART feat. OG members Mike Derosier and Steve Fossen.

Houston Symphony with The Suffers

One part symphony, one part Gulf Coast soul.

Sgt. Pepper's at 50

Channel the Summer of Love with the Fab 40.

Chicago & The Doobie Brothers

Co-headlining American rock.

Free Party on the Plaza: Brownout w/ Vodi

Nine-piece psychedelic Latin-funk collective, plus a Houston indie band with a nostalgic sound.

Free Thursday Concerts: Rosie Flores/ Sparky Parker

Alt country royalty and Houston blues.

Future with Migos, Tory Lanez, and Kodak Black

Take your Mask off with the Atlanta rap god.

Great White

Grammy-nominated blues rock.

Rainbow on the Green

Free pride concert headlined by dance and R&B diva CeCe Peniston.

ExxonMobile Summer Symphony Nights

The sights and sounds of the Houston Symphony.

Texas Music Festival Orchestra

Showcasing musical wunderkinds via famed masterpieces.

Houston Pride Festival

Artists TBD, but expect HIGHLY danceable beats.

Deftones & Rise Against

Oh yeah, Thrice will be there too.

Free Party on the Plaza: Fat Tony w/ Young Mammals

Laidback and lyrical Houston MC with a hometown power-pop band.

Free Thursday Concerts: Ian Moore/ Tony Vega

The best of Texas rock & blues.

David Lee Garza y Los Musicales

American Tejano with rump-shaking melodies.

Prince Royce

Award-winning, Latin singer-songwriter.

Majic 102.1 Summer Block Party

With Jill Scott, Brandy, Bell Biv Devoe, SWV, Ro James, and DJ Kid Capri.

Star-Spangled Salute

A free symphonic salute to the U.S.A.

ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: A Star-Spangled Salute

Patriotic music AND fireworks.

Freedom Over Texas

Country artist Hunter Hayes, dance-rock band DNCE, and more fireworks, of course.


Hard rock and alt-metal.

Music Nite on The Strand: Jason James

Old-school country from a new-school artist.


Post grunge rage with metal spirit.

Third Eye Blind

How’s it going to be? Pretty fun.

Turnpike Troubadours

American Red Dirt on the WOMH lawn.

94.5 The Buzz Bud Light Weenie Roast

Feat. Chevelle, Blue October, 10 Years, Missio, and Dinosaur Pile-Up.

The Fajita Festival

Fajitas with a side of local rock.

Dirty Heads / Soja, The Green, RDGLDGRN

Feel good reggae vibes from California and Virginia.

Kip Winger

Former bass player with Alice Cooper jamming out progressive metal.


Nickelback fans UNITE!

REO Speedwagon & Styx

It’s like Throwback Thursday, but on a Saturday.

Sounds Of Summer 2017 feat. Slightly Stoopid

Blending rock and reggae, blues and hip-hop, funk and punk.

Vans Warped Tour

A serious collective of rock, from punk and metalcore to electronic and ska.


Jimmy Eat World and Judah & The Lion join the alt-funk-grunge-metal-trip-hop band.

John Mayer

Folk, pop, rock, blues and everything else your girlfriend’s dreams are made of.

Straight No Chaser/Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

An acappella and swing/jazz double-feature.

Los Chicos de 512

A tribute to the legendary Selena.

Music Nite on The Strand: Campfire Soul with Zach Person

Family-friendly blues, rock and soul.

Deep Purple & Alice Cooper

Heavy-metal and head-banging-rock.


British-American classic rock.

Lady Antebellum

Harmonized country pop.

Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ

Comedy from Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy; Music by Eddie Money and the Marshall Tucker Band.

Goo Goo Dolls

Sing-along rock to bring you back to a simpler time.

Music Nite on The Strand: The Fab 5

Your favorite Beatles throwbacks.


Indie pop with memorable lyrics.

Zac Brown Band

Boot-tapping Southern folk rock with chicken-fried melodies.

Sublime with Rome & The Offspring

Chill reggae and skate punk rock so dope you can literally smell it.

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Brooke Viggiano is a Houston writer who plans to sweat next to you at a concert this summer. Follow her @BrookeViggiano if that doesn’t gross you out.