July 13 is no ordinary Saturday this year. The day is 713 Day — Houston’s official unofficial holiday to celebrate itself. Seeing as were Houston’s official unofficial ambassadors, we’re taking this opportunity to guide you through this special day.
Check out one of these 713 Day events
Hopefully, the whole town will pick up on the festivities soon! But for now, here are some 713 Day events to keep track of!
- Saint Arnold Pub Crawl & Concert in Market Square Park. Hit up local bars beginning at 2 pm and catch a concert in the park — we’ll overlook the fact that they booked an Austin band for the free show. Let’s crawl.
- 713 Day at House of Blues with Jack Freeman & DJ Good Grief. A portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit Multiple Sclerosis Society. Rock out.
- (713) Art Show & Market at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Shop art and local goods with a beer in hand and the downtown skyline as your back drop — nothing more Houston than that. Cheers.
Take a pic with a Houston sign
Post that H-town repping gram from one of our MANY Houston murals. See below for some of our faves — and let us know yours in the comments!
- Pandr murals in downtown — a couple to choose from! (The Shops at Houston Center on McKinney between Caroline and San Jacinto)
- Houston Is Inspired in Market Square Park (313 Travis St)
- Greetings From Houston in the Heights (3602 White Oak Dr.)
- Houston Graffiti Building (1503 Chartres St)
Support the Astros from a Houston bar
Unfortunately, the Astros are away this weekend — at the Rangers no less! They need your support from here at home. We rounded up our favorite places to watch an Astros game — check out our list!
Visit a brewery that makes Houston more like Brewston
Just chilling at one of your favorite breweries around town constitutes a solid Houston day. Whether you opt for an OG like Saint Arnold’s Brewing or a new keg on the block like True Anomaly, supporting a local brewery is a great way to spend 713 Day!
Support a Houston-worthy cause
When Hurricane Harvey decimated the city, Houstonians turned up in droves. Organizations had to turn volunteers away. Here are some ideas of where you and some friends can channel that volunteer energy even in non-crisis mode. Note: There are loads of ways to volunteer, but here are some ones that I’ve personally done and make for good and easy one-day commitments.
- Houston Food Bank: Stock food, pack care packages, serve dinners, and more.
- Japhet Creek Nature Conservancy and Buffalo Bayou: Pick up trash, rid the greenery of weeds and invasive species, etc.
- Barc Houston: Feed, clean, and love on someone’s future fur baby.
Nothing more Houston of you than to shop in Houston-based stores! Here are some of our faves:
- Emerson Rose Montrose (1637 Westheimer Rd)
- Forth and Nomad. (731 Yale St.)
- Paris Texas Apparel Co. (1341 S Voss Rd)
- Pretty Little Things Boutique (1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy)
- Maneady Mercantile. (321 W. 19th St.)
Enjoy a Houston park
July is actually National Park and Recreation Month! So combining that with Houston day, you have no excuse not to get out and get moving! Don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas.
- Discovery Green for grabbing coffee or a snow cone while checking out the pond in busy downtown Houston.
- Levy Park for ping pong, putt putt, arts and crafts, and so much more.
- Buffalo Bayou Park for kayaking, biking, or a run through nature.
- Hermann Park for complete nature awing, Japanese Garden, and the elaborate Centennial Gardens.
- Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens for a visit to Houston’s own secret garden.