July 4 — Kemah Boardwalk Fourth of July Celebration

Enjoy the usual amenities and dining of Kemah Boardwalk, and then at 9:30 p.m. there will be a fireworks display launched from a barge in Galveston Bay as part of the Star-Spangled Sky Fireworks Celebration.

The Pleasure Pier in Galveston.
Shelby E. Scott
The Pleasure Pier in Galveston.

July 4 — Chevy's Freedom Over Texas. Houston's Official July 4th Celebration

Eleanor Tinsley Park, 713-247-3500

Mayor Annise Parker will be throwing the annual Fourth of July event, Freedom Over Texas, complete with fireworks and music, in Eleanor Tinsley Park.

July 4 — ExxonMobil Star-Spangled Salute

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert D., Hermann Park, 281-373-3386

Celebrate the Fourth with the 1812 Overture, complete with booming cannons and fireworks. The evening will feature Michael Krajewski and the Houston Symphony and Simon and Garfunkel tribute artists Jonathan Beedle and AJ Swearingen. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Free tickets are available at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; open seating on the hill.

July 6 — The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana # 101, 713-227-3974

This show will feature large-screen video accompanied by a live symphony orchestra in an effort to bring the world's most popular video game series to life. Tickets begin at $25, and are likely to sell out quickly. 7:30 p.m.

July 6-August 5 — Agatha Christie's Black Coffee

Alley Theatre, 615 Texas, 713-220-5700

This year's ExxonMobil Summer Chills event will feature Black Coffee, Agatha Christie's first play, initially produced in 1930. The famous Hercule Poirot tries to solve the murder of Sir Claude Amory, an eccentric inventor of a new weapons formula. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and at 7:30 p.m. the rest of the week. There will be additional matinee performances every Saturday and Sunday from July 13 until the end of the run at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $59.

July 12-29 — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Reliant Stadium, One Reliant Park, 713-629-3700

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is The Greatest Show on Earth®. The Fully Charged tour features Tabayara, a dynamic animal trainer who is able to ride rearing stallions at a fully charged gallop and orchestrate four-ton Asian Elephants in a symphony of dance; the Fearless Fernandez Brothers, who perform extreme jumps and twists inside moving wheels; and The Human Fuse, Brian Miser, who rockets through the air from his self-made human crossbow. Tickets range from $18 to $125. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. during the week, 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays, with multiple shows on the weekends.

July 13 — Three Dog Night

Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana # 101, 713-227-3974

Legendary music icons and Grammy-nominated band Three Dog Night will celebrate their fourth decade in popular music. Visitors can hear founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton on lead vocals, as well as original keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon and guitarist Michael Allsup perform their greatest hits like "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)," "Joy to the World," "Black and White," "Shambala" and "One." Tickets begin at $25. 7:30 p.m.

July 18-22 — Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows

Reliant Park, One Reliant Park, 1-800-884-2443

Visit the World Series of Dog Shows in Houston's Reliant Center. Along with breed judging and obedience, you'll also find agility dogs, fly ball teams and dogs dancing to music. Attend practical clinics on dog health, grooming and training or attend a Meet the Breed seminar.

July 21 — Wizard of Oz — Film with Live Orchestra

Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St # 101, 713-227-3974

Visitors will have the pleasure of seeing The Wizard of Oz on a giant screen above the orchestra, in its remastered format and with a full symphony orchestra playing Harold Arlen's original scores. Tickets begin at $25. 7:30 p.m.

July 21-22 — Bridal Extravaganza 2012

George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, 281-340-7777

Thousands of wedding dresses will be on display at the largest bridal/wedding show in the city. Even men and women with no immediate plans are encouraged to come in and check out the 700 displays; there's always a chance you'll meet someone in the same situation. The first day starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. The second day begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Admission is $15.

July 28 — Orbit — An HD Odyssey Plus Star Wars and More

Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana # 101, 713-227-3974

Images from NASA missions to Earth's orbit are paired with John Adams's "Short Ride in a Fast Machine," Strauss's epic tone poem "Also sprach Zarathustra" and the music from the scores to Star Wars and other celestially inspired sci-fi hits. Tickets begin at $25. 7:30 p.m.

August 3-5 and 7-12 — Houston Shakespeare Festival

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr., Hermann Park 281-373-3386

The Houston Shakespeare Festival will be in full swing from 8:30 to 11 p.m. with alternating performances of the tragic Hamlet and the slightly less depressing Comedy of Errors.

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