Houston Calendar of Events September

Music, Arts, and other Houston Tomfoolery for the Month of September

September is as solid a month as any to hit the town in Houston, and below on the Houton Calendar of Events you've got thirty things to keep you busy. There are concerts, plays, art exhibits, film showings, sporting events, and a ton of outdoor activities. Know of an event in Houston that isn't listed below but should be? Shoot me an email.

Tuesday, September 1
GRB Convention Center: Houston Minority Business Expo 2009

If you’re a minority business entrepreneur, you should absolutely have this date penned into your calendar. If you’re not however, you’ll probably want to skip this. The event stretches out over two days. More details available at the link below.

Houston Minority Business Expo

1001 Avenidas de las Americas

Wednesday, September 2
Cova Wine: Like Wine for Chocolate

This is a wine and chocolate tasting event that culminates with a four course dinner consisting of two chocolate courses and two deserts.

Local Wine Events

5555 Washington Ave.

Thursday, September 3
Woodlands Center: Houston Symphony - Rockapella Goes Retro

See the five piece rock-oriented a cappella group take on some hits from the past such as “People Change,” “Shambala” and “I’ll Hear Your Voice.” Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets available for as low as $15.

Woodlands Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Dr.

Friday, September 4
Minute Maid Park: Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The bad thing is the Astros are going to finish out the season on the wrong side of good, but the good thing is that they’re pretty much giving the house away with regards to specials and theme nights. (Ex: kids are free for the rest of the summer.)

Houston Astros

501 Crawford St.

Saturday, September 5
Reliant Stadium: Annual Labor Day Classic

Get into the college spirit with TSU’s famed marching band Ocean of Soul annual Labor Day Classic.

Ocean of Funk

1 Reliant Park

Sunday, September 6
Miller Outdoor Theater: Bollywood Blast 2009

Love the concise descript Miller Outdoor listed for the event: “Enjoy the songs and dances, the glitz and glamour of Bollywood! Enjoy an entertaining evening with the entire family.” That’s pretty much a perfect summation. Get there before 8 p.m.

Miller Outdoor Theater

100 Concert Dr.

Monday, September 7
Westin Galleria: The Warehouse Sale

Get your paws on that pair of Seven jeans you’ve tried on eight times but haven’t been able to convince yourself to buy at the huge designer Warehouse Sale at the Westin Galleria. Expect a madhouse.

Warehouse Sale

5060 W. Alabama St.

Tuesday, September 8
Hobby Center: Grease

This is easily my favorite musical of all time, although if they ever make a Robocop musical, that one will probably top it. Tickets start at $32. Show runs through the 20th.

Hobby Center

800 Bagby

Wednesday, September 9
Coaches Sports Bar: It’s Date Time-Speed Dating Ages 25-39

Make a great first impression and then come off as obnoxious shortly thereafter? Bingo, speed dating is the ticket for you.

Coach’s Pub

17754 Katy Freeway

Thursday, September 10
Wortham Center: Houston Ballet Presents Manon

The press release builds this up to be an epic story, but really it sounds like a more less gangsterly West Side Story. Either way, the Houston Ballet dancers are superb so it should be great. Show runs through the 20th. Tickets can be had for as low as $35.

Houston Ballet

501 Texas

Friday, September 11
Arena Theater: Al Green in Concert

One of the greatest soul singers of all time makes a stop in Houston at the wonderful Arena Theater. Good night for all. Tickets available via the link below.

Arena Houston

7322 Southwest Freeway

Saturday, September 12
Museum District: Houston Museum District Day

Get to poke around into a bunch of the museums in our acclaimed Museum District for free.

What could be better?

Museum District

Museum District near Hermann Park

Sunday, September 13
Reliant Stadium: Houston Texans vs. New York Jets

Oh yeah. Watch the Houston Texans romp all over the New York Jets on their way to a glorious Superbowl victory. Tickets are officially sold out, but you know there will be a whole host of dudes looking to sell theirs outside the stadium. Good times.

Houston Texans

1 Reliant Park

Monday, September 14
Caroline Collective: Twestival Festival

Houston Area Women’s Center is putting on a twestival (Twitter + Festival) to raise money to help end sexual and domestic violence. Expect typical festival stuff, like bands, raffles, booths and whatnot. Fun for the family. Open from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Houston Twestival

4820 Caroline St.

Tuesday, September 15
Reliant Park: Houston Chronicle Job Fair

Despite being square in an economic downturn, Houston has done well to keep its residents employed.

If you’re one of the unfortunate ones who is out of work, make your way to this job fair, particularly if you’re looking for health care opportunities.

Reliant Park

1 Reliant Park

Wednesday, September 16
Toyota Center: Britney Spears in Concert

The aural circus that is a Britney Spears concert makes its stop in Houston (with opening act Pussycat Dolls.

Tickets range from $39 to $750. Yes, you can either feed two homeless shelters, or watch Britney sing “Oops, I Did It Again.” Tough call.

Toyota Center

1510 Polk

Thursday, September 17
Verizon Wireless Theater: The Mars Volta in Concert

On the opposite end of the music spectrum is El Paso dream-rockers Mars Volta. Check them out in person to see exactly what it is that earned them a Grammy recently.

Verizon Wireless Theater

520 Texas Ave.

Friday, September 18
GRB Convention Center: Fall Antique Show

See the premiere Antique Show at this weekend-long antique smorgasbord. Tickets are $10 and valid from Friday to Sunday. Woot!

HADA Antiques

1001 Avenidas de las Americas

Saturday, September 19
Robertson Stadium @ University of Houston: Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake

Make your way out to Robertson Stadium to see the Dynamo take on whatever team it is that comes from Real Salt Lake. (Seriously, you’re going to have way more fun than you’re anticipating. Took my boys out there and they loved it. Just make sure you bring an umbrella for shade.)

Houston Dynamo

3700 Cullen

Sunday, September 20
Reliant Park: Texas Home and Garden Show

Chase the antiques extravaganza with the Texas Home and Garden Marketplace.

In town until the 20th.

Texas Home and Garden

1 Reliant Park

Monday, September 21
Big Easy: James Reese Band


Gotta love whenever you get a chance to make it over to one of the best blues joints in the city. If you’ve never been, you really are missing out on a Houston nightlife institution.


Big Easy

5731 Kirby Dr.

Tuesday, September 22
Minute Maid Park: Houston Astros Batting Practice

Perhaps the hometown heroes will be more effective without an actual opponent.

Bad-dum-bum. But for real, if you’ve got a kiddo at home, I believe it might be mandatory that you take him or her to at least one Astros batting practice before they turn 13.

Houston Astros

501 Crawford St.

Wednesday, September 23
Miller Outdoor Theater: Swing, Jive & Pop! Into Dance

Second time Miller Outdoor makes the list this month. Swing, Jive and Pop yourself into their family friendly dance class. Free. Starts at 11 a.m. On a personal note, have you ever seen a two-year-old dance? It’s the best thing in the world.

Miller Outdoor Theater

100 Concert Dr.

Thursday, September 24
Woodlands Center: Blink 182 in Concert

See Blink 182 (they’re still around?) with Fallout Boy and All American Rejects at the Woodlands Pavilion (how uncool am I that I can’t name one song either of those last two bands sing). Show starts around 8 p.m. 

2005 Lake Robbins Dr.

Friday, September 25
Contemporary Arts Museum: Artists Engage Houston

Bam: “Free from the land-use and zoning ordinances that shape other large American cities by separating residential, commercial, and industrial areas, Houston allows a mixed-use approach where disparate architectures and functions blend. In this often chaotic, jarring urban topography, many Houston artists have been able to carve out spaces and opportunities for themselves.” Not sure exactly what that means, but I know it’s going to be cool.

Contemporary Arts Museum

5216 Montrose

Saturday, September 26
Rice Stadium: Rice Owls vs. Vanderbilt

For some reason, I find myself at a Rice sporting event at least twice a year even though I have absolutely no connection to the campus. Does that happen to anyone else?

Rice Owls

Stadium Road (University @ Greenbriar)

Sunday, September 27
Stages Theatre: Southern Rapture

This is actually one of those true stories about one’s self that you need to know the background of to get the full effect. You can learn all about it at the link below. But even if you don’t feel like learning (completely understandable), just know that the play will be mostly smart funny, which is never bad. Tickets range from $26 to $36. Show times vary based on date.

Stages Theater

3201 Allen Parkway

Monday, September 28
Museum of Natural Science: Terra Cotta Warriors

This was nominated a top 5 “must see” exhibition by Time magazine. And it’s at one of the best museums in Houston. Definitely make your way out here.

Museum of Natural Science 1 Hermann Circle Dr.

Tuesday, September 29
Alamo Drafthouse: Anime at the Alamo

The regular Tuesday night Anime at the Alamo event is (probably) aimed at those who have a fondness for cartoons and beer and food.

Winner, winner. Get there early. It’s free and it can fill up quick.

Alamo Drafthouse

2600 Highway 6 South #429

Wednesday, September 30
Menil Collection: Body in Fragments

This exhibition isn’t nearly as Hannibal Lecter-y as it sounds. It’s mostly pictures and whatnot of things body-related. Very post modern.

Menil 1515 Sul Ross