In its first annual festival, Houston Oktoberfest pays homage to the centuries-old German shindig by corralling more than 30 different beers from both local breweries and the Deutschland itself. German beers such as Hofbräu, Spaten, and Warsteiner swirl with crisp, effervescent flavors that pair deliciously with German morsels. Diners can also enjoy local seasonal pours and complement them by nibbling on autumn leaves. As participants mingle and sip, they can also swing their hips to the sounds of 10 different bands throughout the grounds. Louisiana’s Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys headline the fest with a Cajun set complete with a squeezebox, raspy vocals, and fiddle, and Houston’s own The ‘71’s churn out hard-rock anthems such as “Confession.” The strains of traditional German music bounce off the nearby carnival area, which features games and rides for children, adults, and sentient lederhosen.
As part of the 2012 SWAN Day to support women artists, Pandora Theatre hosts an exclusive girls' night out with its third season of Vox Feminina. Inside the intimate, 100-seat theater, an upbeat, energetic repertoire of monologues, one-acts, songs, and dances resonates with audiences. Performances shed light on the bonds of sisterhood, the eternal-yet-evolving station of motherhood, and the humorous despair of losing a wedding ring while fistfighting a baseball team’s mascot. The sultry sound waves of torch songs warm ears and hearts, and elaborate, fiery choreography stomps over the stage when the ChinaCat Dancers prowl into the venue.
A hub for high-quality classical works, the non-profit Classical Theatre Company is dedicated to producing plays dating at least a century prior. The CTC's executive artistic director, John Johnston, directs this rendition of Tartuffe. Reserve your tickets for this intriguing romp through romance, intrigue, hypocrisy, and forbidden love. Seats for this enduring and entertaining tale are on a first-come, first-served basis. The Barnevelder's intimate, 120-seat theater ensures that all audience members will have a prime view of the engaging story.
Flakey’s Pizza slings a mean calzone and presents appealing wings, but it’s all about the pizza. The staff hand tosses every pie and can tailor them with more than 20 available toppings—ranging from canadian bacon and mushrooms to creative add-ons such as sun-dried tomatoes, sweet pineapple, and chipotle peppers. They also make half-pizzas available for the half-hungry, as well as gluten-free crust and vegan cheese for those with diet restrictions or lingering resentment from losing a bet about milk to Louis Pasteur.
The 2004 MLB All-Star Game. The longest baseball game in postseason history. Craig Biggio’s 3,000th hit. For a stadium that just opened in 2000, Minute Maid Park has already hosted its share of memory-making moments. Astros fans pack the field’s 40,963 seats during baseball season. The Astros invite fans to take in full-field views from luxury boxes and terrace decks or track players from seats along the first and third baselines situated within 43 feet of the game's action. The stadium welcomes teams and performers from across the spectrum of sports and entertainment. Whether tracking the pitch during international soccer face-offs or jamming to tunes of artists including Madonna and Taylor Swift, visitors stay comfortable beneath a retractable roof designed to combat the unique climate conditions that Texas weather can present.
Designed with Texas’s railway history in mind, the park blends naturally into the classic red brick and glass looks of nearby Union Station. A full-sized vintage locomotive runs intermittent trips along 800 feet of track along the left-field wall, giving fans a glimpse of Wild West transportation and the lead character of next summer’s Cowboys Vs. Transformers.
Offered Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m., Minute Maid Park tours provide an insider’s guide to a great American ballpark in a fact-filled approximately one-hour stroll. Reflecting Houston’s historical relationship with railroads, the park’s most distinct feature is a full-sized locomotive that runs along 800 feet of track in left field and is regularly held up by a tatterdemalion gang of thieving cowboys. Incorporating red brick masonry, a lush natural grass surface, and a retractable roof, “The Juice Box” boasts a 40,976-person capacity for baseball games and is a also a prime locale for recreating Braveheart battle scenes. Visitors will be led by a pleasantly colloquial tour guide that usually provides illuminating access to areas such as the broadcasting booth, press boxes, the dugouts, luxury suites, and lightsaber training areas–all of which are much more interesting than the Alamo’s basement.