Blues Clues
The memory of Port Arthur’s favorite flower child will be revived during the theater production of One Night With Janis Joplin, featuring spot-on covers of her songs and stories about the performers who influenced her, like Bessie Smith and Etta James.
Zach Theatre, July 10–August 18,


Queen Bey
General admission sold out for Beyoncé’s world tour—dubbed “The Mrs. Carter Show” in deference to her husband, Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z—so the only way to see the Houston native get bootylicious is to spend $1,095 on the “Priceless Package.” 
American Airlines Center, July 6,


The Real McCoys
American Cowboy Magazine voted the National Day of the American Cowboy the best cowboy tribute event in the nation, in part because it focuses on less-celebrated aspects of the culture, with contests for best mustache and most worn-out boots.
Stockyards Station, July 27,


Dog Days
Canine lovers can learn all about the more than 110 American Kennel Club breeds at the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows and then judge their potential as pets during the obedience and agility drills.
Reliant Center, July 17–21,


Hot Air
The illuminated orbs at the Great Texas Balloon Race enchant attendees, but the steering skills tested at the Ring Toss, which requires pilots to wreathe a 20-foot-tall pole with a 12-inch ring, are also quite impressive.
Various locations, July 22–28,