Miller Outdoor Theatre

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Miller Outdoor Theatre
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Miller Outdoor Theatre, in Hermann Park, offers an 8-month season of free outdoor performances. See concerts, theater, dance, and children’s programming.
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Houston, TX12 contributions
Nov 2014 • Friends
If you are ever in the city and looking for something different, but incredibly awesome to do, Miller Outdoor Theater is the place I suggest you go! When my friends come to Houston this is one of the places I like to show off. It is an outdoor theater with a covered pavilion and seating. That is one perk about this place, but the hidden treasure is what they call "Hippie Hill". Behind the pavilion is a big hill that can seat thousands, (yes I have witnessed thousands). What do they do here? Concerts, outdoor movies, ballets, symphonies, you name it, they have it! My friends and I take a nice big blanket, and a cooler. Inside the cooler we have snacks, food, alcohol (shhh), drinks and whatever else the occasion calls for. We all sit on "Hippie Hill" and enjoy whatever show we are there to see while laughing, talking, drinking, eating. I can attest that this place has lured me to events I'd probably never attend on my own. ex: concert halls, operas, or other appropriate venues, but the atmosphere of MOT continually brings me back. I enjoy sitting on the hill with good company, hearing good music, watching great theater, and laughing while enjoying a beverage of my choice, and tasty food I packed to go along with it. They even have concession stands, but I hardly ever go to them, (free fun). There is something about sitting on the hill, hearing good music or watching a good show that keeps me coming back every time. What's also amazing is they have events that you can bring that special someone to for a date, events you can bring the kids and family to, or those nights when you just want to fly solo and be alone, that's ok too. I especially recommend the Motown Review they do every year around Memorial weekend! Great music, and fun, this is definitely a family & friends event! However, you must get there early, and I mean hours early-literally. This is when the crowds swarm in by the thousands, but totally worth it. I can't say anything bad about this place because I've yet to experience a bad time, and you won't either!
Written November 14, 2014
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houston1 contribution
This was an increditable event. It was like looking at the special performances during the Grammy's or BET Awards. It was absolutely spectacular. Moreover, it was free and fun to the entire audience.
Written July 17, 2005
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League City, TX414 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
We recently moved to Houston from Canada and were told by our friends to see 4th of July here. You have to go early in the day, pack snacks, water and a blanket. We camped out on top of the hill behind the seating and had a wonderful view of performances and the city. The evening ended in AWESOME fireworks and 1812 Overture for the cannons booming! Fantastic show. Also, parking was easy, probably because we were early. Traffic seemed to leave seamlessly with police directing traffic.
Written May 21, 2014
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Houston, TX77 contributions
May 2017 • Family
Very good line-up! They have shows featuring Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony, and Houston grand Opera all for free. You can either sit on the lawn or chairs - tickets for seats can be obtained on the day of the performance (~10 am -1 pm).
Written June 22, 2017
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Houston, TX178 contributions
Nov 2014 • Friends
We LOVE this venue and consider it one of the best things about Houston. Free shows including top acts from all over the world including a broadway production, symphony, ballet, Chinese acrobats, Japanese drummers just to name a few. Seats are available - you can pick up free tickets day of performance or get empty seats immediately prior to the show. We prefer to sit on the hill where you can bring chairs or blankets and picnic and wine - no glass so bring plastic cups. Even in the heat of the summer, there is a nice breeze that keeps it cooler. You'll see all ages here loving these performances. Located in the museum area of Houston which has many incredible museums and gardens.
Written November 4, 2014
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Houston, TX121 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
F-R-E-E, FREE! Miller Theatre puts on great events that are free to patrons 100 percent of the time due to generous funding by individuals and companies around the city. All you have to do is show up when tickets are released (or, for highly anticipated events, begin to queue in the hour(s) beforehand) and wait in line to snag some. I *believe* there is typically a limit on how many tickets you can get (possibly 4 max?), but this may vary by event.

If the box office runs out of tickets or you just feel like being more social during the performance than you'd be able to by sitting in an assigned seat, you have the option of sitting on the hill to view the show. Despite being farther away, the view is still pretty good and the sound is plenty loud. You can bring a blanket or a chair and not worry about your view being obstructed as ground-sitters are relegated to one side of the hill, and chair-sitters on the other.

You may bring your own food and alcohol in non-glass containers - 21 and up drinkers only, please, as it's not a pretty sight watching an underage lush stumble and slur (his or) her words. You should also bring a garbage bag and properly dispose of your trash after the event.

Once the event begins, any unclaimed seats are released to others who may not have been able to get a ticket. SO, if you've got tickets and you don't show up early enough, you're out of luck and must sit on the grass if all other available seats have been claimed.

To the east of the stage are the restrooms as well as concessions that sell beer, wine and snacks, but you can save a lot of money buy bringing your sundries from home. Packing a picnic is sooo romantic, too, and will surely score some points with your date. For those who are unable to decant their wine at home/transfer it to a non-glass bottle, boxed wine (the fancy award-winning versions - Black Box or Bota Box) are a godsend in this situation. You can also buy wine with twist-off tops that come in cardboard bottles, too. Neat!

In general, when sitting on the hill, you should try to arrive early to find a good place to set up camp. Parking fills up quickly, too (regardless of whether you are sitting hillside or in an assigned seat). The most parking options are on the north side of the hill next to the Museum of Natural Science, or on the south side of the stage near the Houston Zoo. Since you will be outdoors, keep the weather in mind and pack any necessary bug spray, rain gear, jackets, etc. Have fun!
Written July 22, 2014
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Houston, TX31 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
We have attended two free concerts here and enjooed each one. You are allowed to bring your own food and drink Ino glass) and the pavillion is spacious and clean. We will attend concerts here just as often as they have them.
Written July 14, 2014
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San Marcos, TX31 contributions
Apr 2013 • Friends
This place has a variety of show,ballet,opera,movies and its all for free .They have a schedule for the summer and all of the show are a preview to the museum district .I love the hill we get to sit out and have a nice picnic with a blanket . Nice for a family outing.
Written September 3, 2013
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Sep 2019
My wife and I love going to the MOT and have enjoyed just about everything we have seen there, except the show last. The Houston’s Jazz fest (09/21/2019) was a disaster from the get go. They introduced a trio, each of whom appeared to have a great pedigree. They mentioned that this was the first time they have appeared on stage together. You didn’t need to be a member of a band as I am, to realize that this band were playing for their own entertainment. They just didn’t know when to end any of the excruciatingly long numbers they played. Consistently, every time the number reached a logical ending, it was like a fire that wouldn’t go out. They all kept rekindling and going on with each of them doing yet another round of solo’s, before repeating the same thing all over. They played absolutely nothing that was recognizable by their audience. They must have been paid by the number of notes.

Worse, way worse was when the wife of the Sax player was invited to join the trio for a ‘voice over’. The ‘voice over’ turned out to be a talking rap diatribe filled with racial and divisive overtones. It was an unnecessary and unappreciated preaching to the members of the audience that didn’t fit the ethnic profile of the narrative. Numerous members of the audience left in the same type of disgust my group of five felt at this uncharacteristic addition to the ‘entertainment’. The Rap included statements like ‘we want our identity back, our colors back and metaphoric implications that rain only falls on Black heads. This, only two days after rain fell on all houston heads of every color across the city.

Houston is proud of being united, strong and color blind, particularly in times when the citizenry comes together to save lives, no matter what color they are. We enjoy attending shows that illustrate the color culture and diversity of our great city and have attended everything from Mexican Fiesta events and Bollywood. Nobody want’s to be preached to by any of these cultures. Yesterday, it was allowed. If people feel the need to make statements while holding the stage, let the standard be positive, especially since Houston is reeling from another flood disaster. We left at the intermission and had an unexpected early night. I hope MOT takes note and takes steps to ensure this type of lapse doesn’t happen again, and that the entertainment engaged isn’t made up of those considering it a first practice session.
Written September 22, 2019
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Houston, TX123 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Miller Outdoor Theater is a very fun venue for a number of productions including Houston Ballet, Houston Shmphony as well as a variety of other acts. There are rolling lawns at the theater , ideal for a picnic blanket and adult beverages. You can sit under the canopy if you reserve seats.
Written September 12, 2019
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