Free Burger for National Cheeseburger Day!

JerryBuilt Homegrown BurgersToday is National Cheeseburger Day! And you can get spoiled at JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers.

The first guest each hour Thursday, September 18, between 11 am – 9 pm, will get a free burger of their choice when they say “cheeseburger” at the front counter. I would suggest the Vicki Jo Burger myself, but I’m very biased! And my burger benefits Habitat for Humanity.

JerryBuilt is located on Holcombe in West University and in The Woodlands.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston September 19-21

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 16 Free Things to Do in Houston September 19-21:

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Watch movies under the moonMarket Square Park: Watch Caddyshack on the outdoor screen at downtown’s Market Square Park. Market Square Park is located at 301 Milam.

Salsa on your feet — It’s dubbed Houston’s largest outdoor salsa event! Get ready for a Latin party at La Fiesta del Barrio beginning at 7:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The free event features amazing dance and musical talent. Free reserved seats are available on performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

Watch the batsFamily Bat Chat returns Friday at the platform at Waugh Drive and Allen Parkway. Arrive 30 minutes before sunset to hear a brief presentation on Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Free public parking at Spotts Park, 401 S. Heights Blvd. at Memorial. This is held the 1st and 3rd Fridays.

Enjoy family fun — Don’t miss Third Friday Family Fun Night in Kingwood Friday, 7 pm – 10 pm at Kings Harbor. Enjoy live music from Extraordinary Entertainment DJs and family fun. Located at 1660 West Lake Houston Parkway in Kingwood.

Learn to salsa dance — Enjoy free salsa dance lessons at Latin Beats every Friday night at the Downtown Aquarium. From 7 pm – 11 pm you can learn salsa dancing from professional dance instructors. The Aquarium is located at 410 Bagby at Memorial.


Take a pontoon boat tour — It’s a special day of Pontoon Boat Tours Saturday, at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center. These will be throughout the day, but reservations are required. Located in Humble at 20634 Kenswick.

Play outdoorsNFL Play 360 returns to Central Green Park Saturday, 8:30 am – 10:30 am. The event encourages outdoor play. Coaches will run the kids through football drills and teach about healthy lifestyles. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd in Katy.

Engage in writing — Saturday mornings features the Young Writers Workshop each week at Discovery Green. This is a free event, thanks to partners Writers in the Schools, HPL Express, and Discovery Green. It’s from 10:30 am – 11:30 am each week.

Watch chefs and learn about disaster preparedness — Imagine Houston’s celebrity chefs cooking on camp stoves outdoors at Market Square Park! It’s all part of the Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge Saturday, September 20, 11 am – 12:30 pm, to raise awareness for disaster preparedness. The first 50 people will receive a free Ready Houston picnic blanket! Located at 301 Milam.

Get outside for fun — It’s Nickelodeon’s World Wide Day of Play Saturday in Deer Park. The free family event features geocaching, inflatables, water balloon toss, face painting, music, pool races and more! The fun starts at noon. Located at Dow Park.

Learn about acting — Free Youth Acting Workshops are available Saturdays in partnership with Black Box Theatre and Houston Public Library. Registration is required. This is geared for kids ages 7-17. More dates October 11 and November 8. Located at 500 McKinney.

Learn about safety -- Get educated at the Community Safety Expo in The Woodlands Saturday, noon – 3 pm. Kids will love trying on safety gear, face painting, bounce houses, live K9 demonstrations, crafts, and McGruff the Crime Dog. Located at The Woodlands Township.

Watch an outdoor musical – Don’t miss this Broadway-style musical, Kung Fu Hero, with amazing songs, colorful costumes, martial arts, and challenging choreography. The show is performed in Mandarin and English. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 8 pm.

Enjoy live music at Waterway Square — The Live at Night Waterway Music Series picks up again Saturdays this fall through October 11 in The Woodlands, 6 pm – 8 pm. The September 20 performance features Legacy.

Watch free outdoor movies — Kids will love watching Monsters University on the jumbo movie screen at Pearland Town Square. Movie begins at 8 pm.


Enjoy new Woodlands Symphony — Sunday marks the return of the Woodlands Symphony Orchestra in a free performance 6 pm. It’s scheduled during Arts in the Park, 3 pm – 7 pm, which features other performers including Let Them Drum, and Bob Price and Jazz Connection. The evening ends with an encore performance of Hey Jude where audience members can play their own instruments with the orchestra! Located at Rob Fleming Park in The Woodlands.

Enjoy live music — Enjoy a new fall Concert in the Park series in The Woodlands each weekend through October, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Sunday, September 21, features Black Dog, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. Don’t miss this week’s Family Chalk Competition, with free chalk provided! The masterpieces will be judged during intermission at 6:30 pm. Located at Northshore Park in Panther Creek in The Woodlands.

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Slugs and Bugs Benefit Concert September 19 for Local Clark Kids with GAN

slugs and bugs sept 19Looking for a feel-good event for your family this weekend? Then head to the Slugs and Bugs benefit concert Friday, September 19, 7 pm. The evening includes fun music to help two local children diagnosed with GAN (Giant Axonal Neuropathy) last year — a fatal genetic disorder that affects just 50-70 children worldwide. Justin Clark (13) and Lexi Clark (9) live in Bellaire.

Slugs and Bugs is a Christian kids band from Nashville led by Randall Goodgame, who wrote Silly Songs for Larry (VeggieTales). For a little extra fun, former Houston Texans player Kevin Walter (retired Tennessee Titans) will be taking the #LetsWhipGAN challenge — a pie in the face to raise GAN awareness. Follow the hashtag to find videos of others taking the challenge!

The concert supports Hannah’s Hope Fund, whose mission is finding a cure for GAN. The Clarks have their own fundraising effort locally the past year with Justin’s TRIumph.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online here. This concert is located at Houston Chinese Church, 10305 S. Main.

$5 Off Houston Modern Home Tour September 20

Houston Modern Home TourHere’s your chance to browse inside some of Houston’s amazing modern homes — plus save $5 off admission! And Lawndale benefits, in return.

The 2014 Houston Modern Home Tour Saturday, September 20, allows Houstonians to explore seven modern homes throughout Houston that exude modern architecture and living. Folks can visit with the homeowners about their modern home and talk to the architects about their inspiration. Some of the neighborhoods include Hedwig Village, Greater Heights, and University Place. The tour is a self-paced, self-driving tour available 11 am – 4 pm.

Lawndale Art Center is the nonprofit beneficiary for the third year. $5 of each admission goes to Lawndale to help fulfill its mission of bringing contemporary art to the masses.

Save $5 and pay $25 online with promo code LAC2014, benefiting Lawndale Art Center. Regular tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Children 12 & under free.

These homes are completely amazing! Check out images of seven tour homes online. Buy advance tickets online here by 8 pm Friday to get discount price.

photo: Benjamin Hill Photography

Rockettes: Ticket Sales Benefit Local Drill Team 12/19

This is a sponsored post.

Rockettes in HoustonIf you’re heading to the Radio City Rockettes Houston performance this holiday season, consider attending the December 19, 4:30 pm show. Thanks to a special partnership, a percent of ticket sales to this show will benefit a local Cy Fair ISD drill team, Langham Creek Bailadoras.

Head online to to support this organization using promo code LCHSDORAS. This is a great way to support a local drill team if you are attending the event anyway!

Langham Creek Bailadoras, celebrating 30 years in NW Houston this year, are a state champion drill team.

Free McDonald’s Coffee Through September 29

McCafe at McDonald'sIn anticipation of National Coffee Day September 29, McDonald’s restaurants are giving away a free small McCafé coffee during breakfast hours. This is valid at participating restaurants across the country.

For a little social media fun, McDonald’s is encouraging its fans to share a pre-coffee moment using #sipandtell and @McCafe. Tell a funny or embarrassing moment, and you might be selected by @McCafe to receive custom gifts and experiences to start your day right!

The fast-food retailer gave away millions of cups of free coffee during its first free coffee event in March.

Discovering Houston on the Cheap: Bobby Jucker, Three Brothers Bakery

Welcome to Discovering Houston on the Cheap, a weekly series highlighting cheap dates, cheap
meals, Houston’s best-kept secret and more — by local chefs, media, athletes, and folks in local business.

Bobby Jucker, Co-Owner, Three Brothers Bakery
{Bobby Jucker, fifth generation baker and co-owner of Three Brothers Bakery, grew up baking alongside his father, one of the original three brothers. He has grown the family’s business to three locations in Houston and continues to uphold family traditions by using the family’s scratch-baking recipes dating back to 1840 in Poland.}

Bobby Jucker, Three Brothers Bakery1) Favorite spot for a cheap mealJax Grill

You can find a great, hearty meal at a good price at Jax Grill. They have great down-home food, and you can really find anything you’re in the mood for, and the atmosphere is comfortable.

2) Favorite spot for a cheap date Costco

I am truly a huge fan of Costco. My wife and I will go to Costco together, grab some food, and do our shopping. It may sound funny, but it actually allows us to spend several hours of quality time together. We don’t rush it, and you can always find something interesting or an unexpected deal.

3) Houston’s best-kept secret — Three Brothers Bakery

If you haven’t already visited us, I think Three Brothers Bakery is one of Houston’s best-kept secrets. We have been creating memories for Houstonians for 65 years. We use the best ingredients to create the best products for our customers. We offer a full line of bakery items. There are a lot of unique products that you can’t find anywhere else — like our challah bread, gingerbread men, and hamentashen.

4) Best place to save money in Houston — Discovery Green

There is always something fun going on at Discovery Green, and a lot of their events are free. They frequently host work-out classes, movie screenings, and art installments. It’s also a great place to pack a lunch and enjoy the day.

5) Favorite Houston festival or annual event — Bayou City Art Festival

I enjoy the Bayou City Art Festival. As a baker and cake decorator, I also create things with my hands, and I understand that feeling of fulfillment when you’ve created something beautiful. I like to be outside and stroll through the exhibits to see what area artists are creating.

6) My perfect day in Houston would be…

The weather would be nice and sunny — about 65 degrees with low humidity, and I would spend the day out on the water fishing. That would be the perfect day for me.

Find more on Pinterest! If you love this interview, check out the complete Discovering Houston on the Cheap interview series profiles on Pinterest.

photo: Three Brothers Bakery

Disaster Preparedness Chef Challenge September 20

ready houston chef challengeImagine Houston’s celebrity chefs cooking on camp stoves outdoors at Market Square Park! It’s all part of the Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge Saturday, September 20, 11 am – 12:30 pm, to raise awareness for disaster preparedness.

In the iron-chef style competition, five chefs are charged with preparing a dish using only pre-selected, non-perishable food items that Houstonians might include in their disaster preparedness kits. All using camp stoves, of course! Judges will sample these dishes and award Houston’s Most Prepared Chef 2014. Competing chefs include:

  • Executive Chef Jonathan Jones, El Big Bad
  • Chef Travis Lenig, Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar
  • Executive Chef Kate McLean, Tony’s
  • Kevin Naderi, owner of Roose and Lillo & Ella
  • Chef David Grossman, Fusion Taco

Saturday’s event also includes educational information. Folks will be able to see emergency response equipment on display, collect information on disaster preparedness, and enter giveaways to local restaurants. The first 50 people will receive a free Ready Houston picnic blanket! September is National Preparedness Month, and it’s critical for Houstonians to be informed about how to prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies. Market Square Park is located at 301 Milam.


The Book of Life Advance Screening September 20

The Book of LifeUPDATE: Passes gone as of 11:28am.

It’s another opportunity for free tickets to The Book of Life advance movie screening!

Thanks to a partnership with Twentieth Century Fox, I have 200 passes (in quantities of 4) to see The Book of Life, a 3D-animated fantasy adventure featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Hector Elizondo and Ice Cube.

Check out the official trailer here.

The Book of Life Advance Screening
Saturday, September 20, 10 am
Edwards Marq*E, 7600 Katy Freeway

Head to and use promo code HOTCK20L to get your free passes. These will go fast, so I will update the post when they are gone.

Seats are not guaranteed! As with all free screenings, they are overbooked to ensure a full audience. Seats are first come, first serve so you need to arrive early.