Even with all the rain this week, outdoor events are still where it's at in Houston this weekend, as nearly every event you see below has an outdoor component to it. So whether you're celebrating a new park, sipping on tequila, enjoying great country music, seeing a classic movie or welcoming summer, you'll want to be outside to do it.
Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, June 18
Evelyn's Park Groundbreaking Celebration
After several years of planning and fundraising, the first phase of Evelyn's Park in Bellaire will finally begin with this groundbreaking celebration. The event will feature food trucks, kids activities, music and more, and attendees are encouraged to participate in a community paint project to paint a temporary art installation for the park to be used during construction.
Obsidian Theater presents Hypocrite: A Sketchy Comedy
Obsidian Art Space will re-brand itself as Obsidian Theater starting with a limited run of Hypocrite, a semi-autobiographical performance piece exploring the nature of memoir. An intimate and electric evening of entertainment, Hypocrite’s co-creator, director and actor Melissa Flower digs deep into her personal life to expose the lies we all tell ourselves — and others. The piece will run through June 27.
Friday, June 19
Neon Trees in concert with Yes You Are
If you're not already on the Neon Trees bandwagon, this is the perfect time to start. The band behind hits like "Animal" and "Everybody Talks" has yet to truly make the jump to the big time, which is why you can still see them play at a venue like the House of Blues. They'll play songs from their latest album, Pop Psychology, with support from opening act Yes You Are.
2015 Texas Tequila and Margarita Festival
For lovers of tequila and/or margaritas, there's never a wrong time to indulge in a few drinks, and this festival at Moody Gardens Hotel will offer plenty of opportunities to do so. The three-day event will feature a Tour de Tequila, a Margarita Grand Tasting and an outdoor music festival with performances from bands like Texas Tornados and Wild Moccasins.
Saturday, June 20
Darius Rucker in concert with Brett Eldridge, Brothers Osbourne, A Thousand Horses, Chase Bryant, Drake White, Casey James and Michael Ray
This concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is labeled "A Day in the Country," and it will certainly be that as no fewer than eight different country acts will take the stage by the time the day is done. While hardcore country fans will undoubtedly enjoy all of the music, the headliner by far is Darius Rucker, who comes to town in support of his latest album, Southern Style.
Bank of America Screen on the Green: Jaws
Forty years to the day after it set the stage for all future blockbusters, the greatness of Steven Spielberg's Jaws will be celebrated with this free screening as part of Discovery Green's Screen on the Green series. As always, the screening will also feature contests and other activities prior to the show.
Sunday, June 21
Summer Solstice Celebration at Rothko Chapel
Although the temperatures have been high for a while, June 21 — in addition to being Father's Day — is the official first day of summer. Rothko Chapel will celebrate the summer solstice with two separate events: A sunrise Tibetan yoga practice at 6:20 a.m. and a sunset performance by Kaminari Taiko of Houston, the premier Japanese drumming group in the Gulf Coast region.
Summer Solstice Celebration at The Flat
The popular Montrose bar The Flat is hosting a party to celebrate the longest day of the year with music. DJ Sun will play special solstice tunes from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a surprise guest is promised.
2015 Texas Outlaw Challenge
The five-day Texas Outlaw Challenge, an event in and around Kemah Boardwalk that honors horsepower in its many different forms, will come to an end on Sunday with a special custom motorcycle show at Jackie's Brick House. Other days will feature boat displays, Corvette shows, fireworks and more; in other words, dads will love it.