Despite what those pesky internet trolls may have you believe about Houston, summer in this city isn’t all about sweating straight through your pants. It’s about sweating straight through your pants while doing these incredible, summery-type events. Also, why the hell are you wearing pants? Put some shorts on and hit these hot summer happenings!

Corkscrew BBQ

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May 19 Thu

WIN Blanket Bingo Bring $10 cash, a blanket, and your penchant for winning on the third Thursday of each month, running through September.

Market Square Park

WIN Blanket Bingo Market Square Park Bring $10 cash, a blanket, and your penchant for winning on the third Thursday of each month, running through September.

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May 21 Sat

Drink alllll the beers Big Texas Beer Fest is mostly beer festival, part food truck rally, part concert, and all awesome.

NRG Park

Drink alllll the beers NRG Park Big Texas Beer Fest is mostly beer festival, part food truck rally, part concert, and all awesome.

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May 22 Sun

Taste the smoke The Houston Barbecue Festival is here, and it’s delicious.

NRG Park

Taste the smoke NRG Park The Houston Barbecue Festival is here, and it’s delicious.

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May 27 Fri

Get yo' Comic Con on Cosplay your way through Space City’s comic convention.

NRG Park

Get yo' Comic Con on NRG Park Cosplay your way through Space City’s comic convention.

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May 28 Sat

Experience DAYBREAK Music meets art meets mixology & food at this culture fest.

Discovery Green

Experience DAYBREAK Discovery Green Music meets art meets mixology & food at this culture fest.

Comicpalooza | Flickr/Randall Pugh
 

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Jun 4 Sat

Eat fajitas! Word of advice: come to this fajita fest hungry.

Humble Civic Center

Eat fajitas! Humble Civic Center Word of advice: come to this fajita fest hungry.

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Jun 4 Sat

Watch the big screen on the Green Bring a blanket and watch Jurassic World on the big screen.

Discovery Green

Watch the big screen on the Green Discovery Green Bring a blanket and watch Jurassic World on the big screen.

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Jun 4 Sat

Hit FPSF We shouldn’t have to tell you about this two-day beatfest featuring deadmau5 and Modest Mouse, but we just did.

Eleanor Tinsley Park

Hit FPSF Eleanor Tinsley Park We shouldn’t have to tell you about this two-day beatfest featuring deadmau5 and Modest Mouse, but we just did.

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Jun 17-Aug 5

Chill out with the dinos Ever go to the HMNS and be like, “Wow, this would be way cooler if I had a drink in my hand”? Mixers & Elixirs  -- hosted on the third Friday of each month --  is your chance.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Chill out with the dinos Houston Museum of Natural Science Ever go to the HMNS and be like, “Wow, this would be way cooler if I had a drink in my hand”? Mixers & Elixirs  -- hosted on the third Friday of each month --  is your chance.

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Jun 17 Fri

Dress up for Comicpalooza Norman Reedus, Kate Beckinsale, the cast of Aliens, and you.

George R. Brown Convention Center

Dress up for Comicpalooza George R. Brown Convention Center Norman Reedus, Kate Beckinsale, the cast of Aliens, and you.

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Jun 18 Sat

Rage at freshDark Fest This dope music fest features electronica, acid jazz, classic hip-hop, and alternative soul.

Last Concert Cafe

Rage at freshDark Fest Last Concert Cafe This dope music fest features electronica, acid jazz, classic hip-hop, and alternative soul.

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Jun 19 Sun

Show your Pride Celebrate individuality and diversity at this week-long rager, featuring Saturday's annual parade.

Downtown

Show your Pride Downtown Celebrate individuality and diversity at this week-long rager, featuring Saturday's annual parade.

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Jun 22 Wed

Watch movies at Market Square What’s better than Fargo or Rushmore under the stars? Probably a few things, but they are still plenty cool.

Market Square Park

Watch movies at Market Square Market Square Park What’s better than Fargo or Rushmore under the stars? Probably a few things, but they are still plenty cool.

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Fourth of July, Eleanor Tinsley Park | Flickr/telwink (edited) 

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Jul 4 Mon

Hit Freedom Over Texas Fireworks, The Suffers, and the guy from Hootie.

Eleanor Tinsley Park

Hit Freedom Over Texas Eleanor Tinsley Park Fireworks, The Suffers, and the guy from Hootie.

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Jul 13 Wed

Smash burgers All you need to know is that there will be all-you-can-eat burgers and all-you-can-polish-off booze.

Uptown Park

Smash burgers Uptown Park All you need to know is that there will be all-you-can-eat burgers and all-you-can-polish-off booze.

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Pancakes & Booze

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Aug 5 Fri

Get Pancakes & Booze Houston’s sickest underground art show, featuring emerging artists, pancakes, and booze!

Warehouse Live

Get Pancakes & Booze Warehouse Live Houston’s sickest underground art show, featuring emerging artists, pancakes, and booze!

Houston Hot Sauce Festival

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Sep 3 Sat

Run, drink, repeat! National Beer Mile is a one-mile fun run for people that love to run AND party.

Minute Maid Park

Run, drink, repeat! Minute Maid Park National Beer Mile is a one-mile fun run for people that love to run AND party.

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Sep 17 Sat

Sweat out hot sauce Warning: tongue-burning will occur at this annual hot sauce fest.

Silver Street Studios

Sweat out hot sauce Silver Street Studios Warning: tongue-burning will occur at this annual hot sauce fest.

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