Date Night on the Cheap: $5 TSU Game & EaDo

Date Night on the Cheap shares inexpensive outings in Houston that will impress your date without breaking the bank, thanks to our partnership with Trip Chandler. Their service creates customized guides to Houston for visitors and residents.

Hooray for the Maroon and Gray 

Texas Southern University, founded in 1927, boasts U.S. Congress members and civil rights leaders, Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland as alums; their University Museum proudly displays the John Biggers Web of Life mural; and the Ocean of Soul marching band always keeps the fans in their seats during halftime.

For an affordable gridiron option, cheer on the TSU Tigers when they take on Alabama State at the BBVA Compass Stadium Thursday, October 1. “Five Dollar Thursday” tickets are available for this game, so you can splurge on dinner or happy hour before the coin toss.

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Trip Chandler Tip: Be sure to check public transit options for an easy ride to the stadium via Metro bus/rail or utilize the bicycle racks at the stadium. Helmets are allowed in stadium as long as they fit under the seat.

Happy Hour Warmups

Play free vintage arcade games and peruse the comic book selection at Neil’s Bahr, which hosts a happy hour from 4 pm -7 pm.

AHH, Coffee offers deals on Texan beers and pastries starting at 5 pm. Paninis and cheese plates are available too.

Pregame Strategy

Kickoff is at 6:30 pm so arrive early to explore EaDo, the east of downtown neighborhood that’s home to fun restaurants, a brewery and street art murals.

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Dinner for two: Enjoy high quality, homemade Vietnamese cuisine at Huynh where the menu has lots of shareable entrees and appetizers with many vegetarian options. The restaurant has BYOB policy so plan ahead or imbibe in one of their specialty beverages, like Vietnamese iced coffee or salty lemonade.

Extra Point: Impress your date by requesting the Vietnamese-style flan topped with crushed ice and a coffee drizzle when you arrive as they often run out of this popular dessert.

For street art photo ops, head to Hutchins and Polk and pose with the many colorful murals. Sample beers across the street at 8th Wonder Brewery, where the tasting menu includes Dome Faux’m, a perfect brew to pair with your date night at the stadium. The taproom opens at 3 pm and you can bring outside food and non-alcoholic beverages on the premises or order from the Eatsie Boys gold-plated food truck.

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Game Time

Follow the maroon and gray clad football fans to the BBVA Compass Stadium to cheer on with their mascot, Tommy the Tiger!

Trip Chandler Tip: Stay put in your seats at halftime for the TSU Ocean of Soul Marching Band’s precision drills, the powerful percussion powered by the Funk Train Drumline, and the high kicks of the Motion of the Ocean Majorettes.

Overtime: End the game on a sweet note at nearby Tout Suite for macarons, truffles, and cupcakes. Open until midnight.

Houston Tout Suite

Your Trip Chandlers,

Joni & Dana

Trip ChandlersJoni is a Houston transplant via Kansas, North Carolina, Scotland and New Orleans. Dana is a native Texan who grew up in Houston but considers New Orleans a second home. They have joined forces as Trip Chandler to personalize the city whether you’re here for a short stay or a permanent move.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston September 4-6

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 16 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, September 4-6:

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FRIDAY

Dance on the hillDancin’ in the Street: Motown & More revue is back for a soul filled Labor Day weekend at Miller Outdoor Theatre! Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Dancin’ in the Street… covers the timeless classics of legendary Motown artists and many more soul music greats.

Watch a movie under the moon — Head downtown for Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow at Market Square Park. Friday’s feature is Monty Python & the Holy Grail, beginning at 8 pm. Located at 301 Milam.

Celebrate a CD launch — Sydney Bryant, a 15-year-old from Katy, is a singer/songwriter with 30 original compositions on piano and guitar with vocals. This is a CD release party for latest CD. Located at WFDD Central Green Park in Katy.

SATURDAY

Go fish — The Woodlands Kiwanis Kids Fishing Tournament is Saturday at Creekwood Park. Registration begins at 7 am with fishing from 8 am – 10 am. Prizes will be given out after the fishing. Bait, drinks, and hot dogs will be free for all. Families just need to bring a pole and lawn chairs.

Relax with yoga — Don’t miss free Yoga on the Mezzanine at Whole Foods Post Oak every Saturday from 9 am – 10 am through September. Located at 1700 Post Oak Blvd.

Learn a language — Kids can learn a new language thanks to a new weekly program at Discovery Green. Toddlers to 9-year-olds can learn Spanish, thanks to Ms. Mariana Charvet Aular. Classes are independent of each other so you don’t need to attend each week. Weekly through November 14.

Explore art in the Heights — The First Saturday Arts Market returns Saturday, September 5, with its fall hours from 11 am – 6 pm. This monthly outdoor market features original art, music, and fun. Located at 548 W. 19th.

Mingle at free museums and zoo — It’s Bank of America’s free admission for Museums on Us program September 5-6 with free admission to the Houston Zoo, Children’s Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This is for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders only, not their children.

Craft family fun — A new month means a new theme for Hands on Houston’s free monthly craft event. This Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm, features Copper Wire Jewelry, with the help of Houston Metal Arts Guild. This is a free drop-in event the first Saturday each month at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main.

See WWII military aircraft — Don’t miss your chance to tour the WWII Museum and visit the Hangar of the Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. It’s a great chance to get up close to the Wing’s five flyable WWII military aircraft: climb into a cockpit of a WWII trainer or go inside a WWII Paratroop aircraft. This is a free event the 1st and 3rd Saturday at the West Houston Airport, 2 miles north of I-10 east off Barker Cypress on Groschke Rd.

Catch a movie under the moon — 1) It’s the return of Bank of America Screen on the Green. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. Saturday features The Princess and the Frog, an animated comedy set in New Orleans. Arrive an hour early for activities. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. 2)  Movie Night on the Strand in Galveston returns Saturday with Maleficent, 7 pm, at Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand. Grab your chairs or blankets and enjoy a family-friendly movie outdoors! This is held the first Saturday of each month.

Dance on the hillDancin’ in the Street.. Motown & More revue is back for a soul filled Labor Day weekend at Miller Outdoor Theatre! Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Dancin’ in the Street… covers the timeless classics of legendary Motown artists and many more soul music greats.

SUNDAY

Get ready for football — Kick off the season at the Houston Texans Football Party at Kemah Boardwalk with the team cheerleaders, Ambassadors, and mascot Toro. From 1 pm – 3 pm, enjoy autographs, prizes and interactive games + a performance by Houston Texans cheerleaders.

Explore natureAdmission is free at Armand Bayou Nature Center’s Free Sunday in Nature, thanks to Dow Chemical Co. Hike trails with naturalist interpreter, view live reptiles, and relive 1895 history Free hours are noon – 4 pm. Located in Pasadena at 8500 Bay Area Blvd.

Mingle at free museums and zoo — It’s Bank of America’s free admission for Museums on Us program September 5-6 with free admission to the Houston Zoo, Children’s Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This is for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders only, not their children.

Dance on the hillDancin’ in the Street.. Motown & More revue is back for a soul filled Labor Day weekend at Miller Outdoor Theatre! Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Dancin’ in the Street… covers the timeless classics of legendary Motown artists and many more soul music greats.

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Houston Free Day of Yoga September 7 + Free Week

yogaIt’s the 10th anniversary of Houston’s Free Day of Yoga! Each Labor Day, the yoga community hosts free yoga classes from sunrise to sunset. Find a participating Houston studio online offering free class September 7.

The yoga community also sponsors a free public event at Rothko Chapel.

September 7, 8 am – 10:30 am
Rothko Chapel Lawn, 1450 Branard St.

Texas Yoga Festival is sponsoring the festival around Free Day of Yoga. Enjoy live music plus free yoga on the lawn by Loraine Frow, Vanessa Mock, and Amanda Field. Big Kids Yoga will share a children’s celebration at 8:30 am.

Free Yoga Classes for a Week!

If you’re new to yoga, don’t miss your chance to attend free yoga classes for one week as part of September’s National Yoga Month. Just sign up by the end of September for a Yoga Month card to get this great freebie. Be sure to redeem your card by the end of October 2015 after you sign up.

Search here for studios in your area. More than 1,600 yoga studios nationwide are participating! This free week is for new students only.

September 11 PTSD Fundraiser & Airshow

PTSD Fundraiser and AirshowFlying War Birds, live country music with Cooper Wade, and a Marine Color Guard are a few of the highlights September 11 at the PTSD Fundraiser and Airshow!

The Houston community is invited to honor our military heroes, peace officers and firemen, thanks to this event sponsored by Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green and Yoga West.

Folks also have an opportunity to donate to an organization helping those with PTSD. Yoga West works with those suffering from PTSD and will be on site to provide more information. This special event begins at 6:30 pm.

Wings Over Houston Air Show and Houston Commemorative Air Force, Houston Wing will fly over with two historic war birds during the national anthem at 7:05 pm.

This event is free to the public and made possible by the Willow Fork Drainage District. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Free Texans Slush Returns to Sonic After Texans Win

free Texans slushIt’s officially back!

Don’t miss your free Texans Slush Tuesdays all season at Sonic when the Texans win! So that would be today, September 1!

Each Tuesday after a Houston Texans’ win, head to Sonic for a free 20 oz. Texans slush (cranberry/cherry slush). I’m so happy it’s back for Houston-area locations.

According to the promotion, get one free slush per person present. Some locations last year said just one per car, so hopefully they will be more consistent. Find a list of participating Sonic locations online.

Search Cheap Gas in Houston – $2.03 in Cypress

Gas prices continue to drop in Houston, which is great for our wallets but not our local oil & gas jobs.

I saw it for $2.03 at the Kroger Marketplace in Cypress. But $2.99 inside the loop at Shepherd & Feagan? That’s a huge difference. Be sure to follow the Cheap Gas widget at Houston on the Cheap to save on your next fill up.

If you’re not familiar with the widget, you can search by zip code to find the cheapest gas in your neighborhood or city. The gas widget [labeled Fuel Up] on the top navigation bar is your go-to source for saving money on gas. Just search by zip code here.

gas prices sept1 2015Just quickly browsing the gas map, I also found high pricing at $2.74/gallon at Holcombe & Kirby and $2.79/gallon at Richmond & Montrose. Then I found two stations downtown priced at $2.29/gallon & $2.79/gallon just blocks apart. Big difference! It definitely pays to do some research.

Head online for the interactive map here. Then click on the price to see the gas station name and address.

photo: flickr/Robert S. Donovan

Houston Discounts: Great Wolf Lodge, Peter Pan, TUTS’ Little Mermaid, SeaWorld, FREE Skeeters & more

Don’t miss these discounts to Houston area fun. Here are a few that caught my eye:

great wolf lodgeGreat Wolf Lodge in GrapevineSave 35% at Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine in Texas with water park passes and resort credit. Dates into November.

Peter Pan —  $27.50 – $58 to see Peter Pan, an immersive high-flying hit at Threesixty Theater ($50 – $90 value)

Houston Dynamo — $17 – $33 to see Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium ($33 – $61 value)

Rice Owls $10 – $35 to see Rice Owls at Rice University September 5 and October 3 ($20 – $50 value)

little mermaid TUTSDisney’s The Little Mermaid with TUTS– $27 – $64 for TUTS’ The Little Mermaid ($37 – $89.50 value)

Texas Contemporary Art FairFREE tickets for Texas Contemporary Art Fair + fee ($25 value)

Studio Movie GrillOne, Two, or Four Movie Tickets at Studio Movie Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Seaworld San AntonioSeaWorld San Antonio — Single-Day Admission for an Adult or Child to SeaWorld San Antonio (Up to 54% Off)

Voca People$14 for Voca People at Wortham Theater Center ($28 value)

Lend Me A Tenor$11.50 to see Houston Family Arts Center’s Lend Me A Tenor ($23 value)

The Rat Pack is Back$21.50 for The Rat Pack Is Back at Jones Hall ($43 value)

Sugar Land SkeetersSugar Land SkeetersFREE tickets to Sugar Land Skeeters + $3.50 fee ($8 value). Dates through September 20.

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7 Free Things to Do in Houston this Week

Don’t miss these 7 options for free fun in Houston August 31-September 4 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (9/1) — Free Houston Zoo afternoon returns this week after a summer hiatus. Tuesday, September 1, noon to close, is the next first Tuesday with free admission. They’ve added two extra hours to this free day! Last entry is 6 pm with closing at 7 pm. Free tickets are available online. Located at 6200 Hermann Park.

Tuesday (9/1) — Enjoy free weekly Tai Chi at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park. This exercise class centers the body, mind and spirit and maintains overall health and well-being. Located in Katy at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Tuesday (9/1) — It’s a new fall season and Toddler Tuesday returns to Discovery Green! This week’s theme is Love Your Neighbor with a storytime with KSBJ’s Reyna Reyna + appearance by Veggie Tales Bob and Larry. The story begins at 10:35 am at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Tuesday (9/1) — Enjoy a free Blue Bell ice cream social Tuesday, 6 pm – 9 pm, thanks to Gallery Furniture! The local retailer is providing a free scoop of Blue Bell ice cream to celebrate the return of this Texas favorite. All three locations are participating: Grand Parkway, I-45 North, and Post Oak Blvd.

Thursday (9/3) — Culinary Institute LeNôtre hosts free culinary movie screenings at 1:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. in the Crump Amphitheater the first Thursday of each month. Kings of Pastry is the free movie September 3, where 16 French chefs endure three days of intense competition to be awarded the best Craftsmen in France. Located at 7070 Allensby St.  

Thursday (8/20) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. {The Weather Museum is relocating and temporarily closed, but is usually an 8th free museum on Thursdays.}

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science — free Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston — free Thursday 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — free Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum — free Thursday 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture — 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum — 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston — 2 pm – 5 pm

{Don’t forget Houston’s 10 museums that are free every day.}

Thursday (9/3) — Dancin’ in the Street… Motown & More revue is back for a soul-filled Labor Day weekend at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Dancin’ in the Stree covers the timeless classics of legendary Motown artists and many more soul music greats. This kicks off Thursday at 8 pm for three nights.

$1.31 Scoops at Baskin-Robbins August 31

baskin robbins 1.31 scoopBaskin-Robbins is celebrating its 70th birthday and honoring its 31 flavors in 2015. In response, the ice cream retailer is offering a new deal each month with 31 days. Today is another deal!

August 31: get $1.31 scoops at Baskin-Robbins all day

This is available at participating locations.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston August 28-30

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 11 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, August 28-30:

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 FRIDAY

Bike Houston — Grab your bike and join Critical Mass, a group of bikers that ride the last Friday of each month from Market Square Park. Its goal is to advocate for a bike-friendly urban environment. Ride begins at 301 Milam downtown at 7 pm.

Party with Chubby — Legendary Chubby Checker & the Wildcats hits the stage Friday, 8 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre with his rock-n-roll favorites. Free reserved seats are available performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the Miller Box office.

Catch a movie under the moon — Don’t miss Hotel Transylvania, a free outdoor movie Friday, 9 pm, at GreenStreet downtown, 1201 Fannin.

SATURDAY

Enjoy yoga in the park — Head to Hermann Park for Savasana into Summer, thanks to Namitzi Yoga. The free weekly yoga class is open to all skill levels each Saturday through September 1. Meditation is at 8:15 am with yoga from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. This is located near the Reflection Pond at Hermann Park.

Relax with yoga — Don’t miss free Yoga on the Mezzanine at Whole Foods Post Oak every Saturday from 9 am – 10 am through September. Located at 1700 Post Oak Blvd.

Enjoy free yogurt at CUPS — Head to the grand opening of CUPS Frozen Yogurt in The Woodlands Saturday, 4 pm – 6 pm. Enjoy free yogurt + the chance to win prizes, discounts and even free frozen yogurt for a year! This is the first CUPS location in Texas with 24 flavors and 50 toppings! Located at 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd.

Play dress up — Kids (and adults!) are encouraged to dress up as what they want to be when they grow up, thanks to the Dream Big Festival Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm. It’s all part of the grand opening of The Learning Experience in Spring. The festival also features arts & crafts, a bounce house, food, games, prizes, and opportunities for families to save on tuition. Located at 9554 Louetta Rd. in Spring.

Jam in Tomball — Don’t miss the Tomball Texas Music Festival Saturday, noon – 6 pm. Live music from “Two Tons of Steel” plus regional greats Jesse Raub, Jr., Silverado, and Darbi Shaun. Food, music and free parking! Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

Be amazed with Royal Fireworks — Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Mercury perform Handel’s classic Music for the Royal Fireworks. A fireworks show follows in celebration of Mercury’s 15th anniversary season. Free reserved seats are available on performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the Miller Box Office. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre beginning at 8 pm.

Watch The Avengers under the moon — It’s another fun outdoor movie night at WFDD’s Central Green Park in Katy. This Saturday bring your chairs or blankets to catch The Avengers. Movie begins at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

SUNDAY

Engage with Houston theater — Theater District Open House is one of my favorite days in Houston when downtown district theaters are open to the public for free tours, kid-friendly fun, one-day only ticket discounts, live performance sneak peeks, and more! Don’t miss the free 30-minute boat rides thanks to Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Venues include Jones Hall, Wortham Theatre, Hobby Center, the newly renovated Alley Theatre, and more! A free Houston Symphony concert kicks off at 4 pm at Jones Hall. Get the full schedule online.