As cooler weather approaches so do more opportunities to get out and enjoy the city of Houston. Mark your calendars for this fun filled, free, family events at the Miller Outdoor Theater, which this year is celebrating 90 years of memorable performances and providing entertainment to the greater Houston area.
Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, 11 a.m. each day
Based on the book, Strega Nona and produced by Houston Grand Opera/ HGOC
34th Annual Festival Chicano
Oct. 3-5, 7 p.m. each night
The Annual Festival Chicano is a cultural celebration of 34 years of Chicano music from Tejano and Conjunto, to Mariachi and Orchestra in one of the oldest ongoing events of its type in the world.
Oct. 5, 11 a.m.
Showcasing the beauty and traditions of Colombia, lively and rhythmic Colombian music will have performers and audience dancing to the beat. - Produced by Ambassadors international Ballet Folklorico
1,000 Lights for Peace
Oct. 6, 6 p.m.
As the grand finale to Mahatma Gandhi Week, 1,000 Lights for Peace features a multi-cultural, international dance and music show by children. The program starts with a 5K Walk for Peace starting at the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the beautiful Rose Garden in Hermann Park and finishes on stage at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. The finale and highlight of the evening is a candle-lighting ceremony where all present have the opportunity to light a candle as their pledge for peace. Produced by Mahatma Gandhi Library
Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance
Oct. 9, and Oct. 30 11 a.m.
Houston Metropolitan Dance Company's “Swing, Jive and Pop into Dance” incorporates history, fashion, music and the arts into an interactive blast of excitement. The company dances through the eras of the 1930’s Lindy Hop, bops into the 1950’s, grooves into the 1970’s and ends with the Hip Hop music of today. Students, teachers and audience members have the opportunity to converse with the dancers and participate in an energy filled hour of dance while learning fun historical tidbits of information. Produced by Houston Metropolitan Dance Company
Children’s Performance: The Ransom of Red Chief
Oct. 23, 11 a.m.
O’Henry’s literary classic comes to life with this hilarious musical adaptation. This is the story of two crooks who plan a get-rich quick scheme to kidnap the very energetic son of a local banker. But, the kidnappers get much more than they bargained for with the rambunctious Red Chief. Written by Partricia Barry Rumble. Produced by Express Children’s Theater
Free tickets are available on a first-come first-serve basis (four per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m.—1 p.m. for assigned seating under the canopy. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.
Under normal circumstances, all unoccupied/unclaimed seats are released five minutes before the show is scheduled to begin. Guests are encouraged to in their assigned seats at least 10 minutes before showtime to ensure that their seat is not released. Tickets may not be reserved by phone. Only four (4) tickets per person. At managements’ discretion, all unoccupied seats may be released at any time for any reason.