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Houston's Best Concert Venues

Brooke Lewis
Posted on September 20
A group of people sitting in blankets and lawn chairs underneath a sunset.

My favorite place to watch a concert is The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. (The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion/Facebook)

In recent months we’ve seen superstars such as Taylor Swift, Drake, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Stevie Nicks, and more come to Houston to perform. This fall, Beyoncé, The Jonas Brothers, and John Mayer are just some of the artists gracing Houston stages. So, what’s the best concert venue to see your favorite artist?

The Best Newbie

713 Music Hall, located next to POST Houston downtown, opened in 2021. Back in May, I went to a gospel concert here for the first time and quickly fell in love with the venue. It’s smaller and more intimate than other venues like Toyota Center or NRG Stadium, but it also has enough seating to accommodate up to 5,000 people. Even though my friends and I had assigned seating, there was enough room for us to stand along the sides for a while to sing and dance. This fall, you can catch The All American Rejects, Brandon Lake, and Ivan Cornejo performing.

The Best Stadium

There’s something special about watching a concert at NRG Stadium. Whether it’s for the rodeo or a big-time celebrity, I love hearing the roar of thousands of people as the artist comes out on stage. Earlier this year, when I saw Taylor Swift, I wondered if my nosebleed seats would be good enough to enjoy the show. However, the view from above allowed me to see her stage in its entirety. A concert at a stadium feels like one giant party that a smaller concert venue won’t provide. In upcoming weeks, catch Beyonce’s Renaissance Tour, Atif Aslam, and Katt Williams at the venue.

The Best Outdoor Venue

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands is my favorite place to see a concert. Even though it’s about an hour away from Houston, it’s worth the drive. There’s nothing like lounging on the lawn with a blanket and singing along to your favorite artist underneath the Texas sky. Chris Stapleton, a Hocus Pocus themed concert, and Sting are some concerts coming in October.

So, what’s your favorite place to see a concert in Houston? Or did you go to a memorable show recently? I want to know!

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