Outdoor festivals offer all the merriment of indoor celebrations, but without the constant threat of plummeting ceiling fans. Make merry in the open air with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two Designated Driver tickets and two commemorative beer glasses at the Houston Beer Festival (a $40 value), held rain or shine on Saturday, June 11 from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. downtown at City Hall. Designated Driver passes ($10 each) include access to the festival only, but can be upgraded at the gate for an additional fee to include tasting tickets and drinking wristbands.
The Houston Beer Festival reels in revelers with a passion for hops, grains, games, and ear-pleasing music from 16 fantastic bands. Fill up on great live tunes from the rocking robins of Lotus Effect, who received the 2010 Best Rock Houston Press Music Award. A musical melee of different styles wafts throughout the park, with delegate bands representing the nations of punk, dance, and Southern rock. Groovers can shimmy and shake to tantalizing tunes or court Lady Luck with multiple carnival games and a mechanical bull. Festivalites can nosh on delicious comestibles such as turkey legs, crawfish, burgers, and more. Memorialize the day with the included commemorative glasses ($10 each) featuring the festival name and a brief dissertation on the importance of beer culture in Shakespearean tragedies.
Houston Beer Festival
Each year, the Houston Beer Festival attracts fans of libations, music, and merriment with an extensive lineup of breweries, food vendors, and bands. In years past, the gathering has attracted craft brewers such as Stone and New Belgium alongside such worldwide heavyweights as Anheuser-Busch and Guinness, whose creations flow from kegs into a variety of vessels, from 2-ounce samplers to 24-ounce glasses. On multiple stages, bands from Houston and abroad lay down a live festival soundtrack, as karaoke singers replace classic hits with lyrics from the Cheers theme song.