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Free Press Summer Houston, USA - 04 June 2017


Getting There

Getting There

nearest bus station:
Bagby St. Station

shuttle bus:
McKinney Street City Metro Bus Stop

nearest airport:
Hobby (HOU) / George Bush (IAH)

nearest train station:
Theater District Station

Getting to FPSF

  • FPSF is convieniantly right in the heart of downtown Houston.
  • Festival organizers encourage patrons to bike to the festival.
  • Uber is very affordable in Houston and a great way to get to the festival.

By Air 

Houston has two major airports:

  • Hobby Airport (HOU) is about 18 km miles from the festival.
  • George Bush Airport (IAH) is about 32 km from downtown Houston.

By Train

  • Houston’s Light Rail Theatre District Capitol WB stop is about 2 km from the festival grounds.

By Bus

  • FPSF does not offer bus or shuttle service.
  • Bagby St @ McKinney St is the closest City Metro bus stop.
    It is one block away from the festival grounds.
  • Bus fair in Houston costs $1.25. You can purchase tickets on the bus with cash.

 FPSF Parking

  • Parking in lots surrounding festival ground.
  • Costs $10 - $30.



VIP options
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Prices in the table are quoted in USD
Full pass1000Silk Pajamas ($800 - $1,000)
Full pass200Fancy Pants
Full pass150General Admission
Free Press Summer Fest Tickets
  • FPSF tickets include both days. 
  • No single-day passes are available.

Fancy Pants & Silk Pajama packages include:

  • VIP private bars
  • AC chill-zone
  • Souvenirs

Free Press Summer

Free Press Summer

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Houston, USA

Eleanor Tinsley Park
29.761644, -95.377603
type of festival
electronic, blues, pop, rock, metal, folk, country, indie & underground, edm / drum & bass / dubstep, ambient & downtempo, hip-hop & rap, acoustic & instrumental
other events
art: visual arts & installations, multimedia
start Sun, 04 June 2017
end Sun, 04 June 2017

Free Press Summer: Houston’s Hot Ticket

Free Press Summer is 2 days of live multi-genre music: hip-hop, indie, folk, alt-rock, country, blues, & EDM + interactive installations for 100,000 youthful fans, with global headliners like Arctic Monkeys, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Jack White, Weezer, Vampire Weekend, The Flaming Lips, Major Lazer, Skrillex, Z-Ro, Bun B, & St. Vincent, performing across 8 stages amidst graffiti art and a skyline backdrop. What began in 2009 as a local event by Free Press Houston has exploded into FPSF - the largest music festival in the city and one of the largest parties in the state, blasting sonic vibes beyond the concrete columns of highway I-45 and into Eleanor Tinsley Park, part of the gigantic Buffalo Bayou, in the heart of downtown Houston Texas.


Free Press Summer: Houston’s Hot Ticket

Free Press Summer - FPSF, remaining true to its roots as a showcase for Houston’s top music & art talent, expands in scope with each sweltering iteration. Eight stages, each named after a celestial body, have been graced by the likes of all-time greats like Willie Nelson, Snoop Dog, Jack White, and the Wu-Tang Clan, popular acts such as the Arctic Monkeys, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Vampire Weekend, 2Chainz, Major Lazer, Macklemore, and eccentric artists like B L A C K I E, Die Antwoord, and Gogol Bordello. The popular "Welcome to Houston" ensemble featuring hometown heroes Bun B, Z-Ro, Devin the Dude, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, and Slim Thug on stage together for thousands of enthusiastic hip-hop fans.

Hot Ticket in Houston

FPSF began in 2009, when local newspaper Free Press Houston organized a music festival for 30,000 fans, but since then not even the oppressive summer heat and humidity have deterred an expanding wild crowd of partiers from drinking & dancing in the Bayou City, as FPSF ups the ante every year, attracting as many as 100,000 revellers. Nestled between the concrete columns of highway I-45 and the lush grounds of the Buffalo Bayou Park, festival-goers move to beats and indulge in a 2-day party under the shadow of Houston’s impressive skyline with night-time fireworks, water walls, graffiti art installations, fashion events, and a fleet of food trucks with tasty eats from the city’s vibrant culinary scene spread throughout Eleanor Tinsley Park in downtown Houston.

100k fans + 100ºF temperatures = FPSF: the hottest ticket in Houston!

contributor: Patrick Hyde
published: 13 February 2016
updated: 20 August 2016
Age: 16+, an event with no age restrictions, but things can get rather wild!
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General: popular
Ambiance: outdoor, urban
Features: djs & sound systems, partying, live music & shows

Free Press Summer Festival Features

  • The Free Press Summer Fest lineup is ecclectic, featuring everyone from legendary headliners to up-and-coming local talent.


  • The festival usually kicks off around noon, which is when local Houston favorites like Buxton, a band that blends elements of indie rock, psychedelia, honky-tonk, ambience and distortion, take the stage.
  • As the sun moves across the sky bigger-billed artists perform. Think: Texas legend Willie Nelson’s country-western music melding with the twee tunes of indie rock heroes Vampire Weekend that merge into trance-dance anthems of Above & Beyond.

Bahn Mi, Cajun Po-Boys & St. Arnold’s Beer

  • Houston is rated one of America’s culinary capitals, so it is only fitting that Houston’s biggest festival feature seriously delicious eats.
  • Far from an afterthought, the festival’s food reflects the city’s diversity. Fan favorites include: mouthwatering bahn mi sandwiches and Vietnamese egg rolls, Cajun po-boys, brisket, St. Arnold’s beer, and tons of tropical drinks.
  • Festival-goers migrate from the dancefloor to one of Eleanor Tinsley Park’s grassy hills to relax and feast.


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Beds & Eats


Free Press Summer Accommodation

Hotels Near Free Press Summer:


Eats & Drinks: Bars, Food Stalls, BBQ, Water
Fresh & Clean: Toilets
Cash & Shops: Cash, Shops
Zone In & Out: VIP Zone
Accessibility: no
FPSF Ammenities 
  • Food trucks & vendors with the best grub in Houston.
  • Eat off-site  - re-entry allowed prior to 5pm.
  • Water, beer, liquor & wine are for sale.
  • Water-refill stations throughout the grounds.
  • ATMS located throughout festival grounds.
  • Cash and cards are accepted.



start Sun, 04 June 2017
end Sun, 04 June 2017
Free Press Summer Fest Dates
  • FPSF is held at the end of May & start of June.

Season & Weather

Season: Summer
Temperature: 35 to 43 °C

Houston weather in summer is sweltering, and FPSF is at one of the hottest times of the year. Prepare for high heat and humidity, and remember to stay hydrated. Typical attire includes bikini tops, tanks, shorts, and sunglasses. The festival is held rain or shine, and rain is usually around the corner in Houston. Sunglasses and sunscreen are absolutely required. Many festival-goers bring a blanket with them and camp out on the grassy hills to cool down and recover.



Tel: +713 527 0014
Free Press Summer Festival Contact
Free Press Houston


Free Press Houston: 1533 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas, USA.
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