It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 21 Free Things to Do in Houston October 9-11:
photo: Katya Horner
Celebrate Italy — Houston Italian Festival kicks off the weekend with free admission Friday, 11 am – 4 pm. After 4 pm Friday and all weekend, admission is $8 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. The Italian Festival is located on The University of St. Thomas campus, 3800 Montrose Blvd. with $5 parking.
Scare up some fun — Boo on the Boardwalk officially kicks off Friday for Halloween-themed fun through October 31. Enjoy trick or treating at retail stores 4 pm – 8 pm Fridays – Sundays, outdoor movie each Friday night, kids’ activities and more. This Friday’s movie and music is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Boogie Man Band. Lots of free fun but haunted houses have a fee. Located in Kemah.
Watch movies under the moon — It’s a big weekend for outdoor movies! 1) Central Green Park: Hercules, 7 pm. 2) Discovery Green: Enjoy Chipotle Music & Movie Series featuring Hanna Ranch, 8 pm, plus BLSHS puts a southern twist on 80s pop. Free chips and guacamole courtesy Chipotle. 3) Whole Foods Market Montrose: Chef, 8 pm.
Learn about the settlers — This month’s Second Saturday Settlers Series Saturday, 1 pm – 3 pm, focuses on Lye Soap. Watch demonstrations and learn about activities of the early Texans. Located at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.
Enjoy family fun and fire safety — 1) Cy Fair Fire Fest returns Saturday, October 10, 10 am – 2 pm, to the Cy Fair Volunteer Fire Department Station 11. Kids can get up close to the fire trucks, put out a simulated fire, watch demonstrations and the apparatus showcase, get photos with firefighters, and and see a Life Flight landing. Lone Star College-Cy Fair is located near Barker Cypress and West Road off Hwy 290. 2) Katy is hosting its own fire station Open House Saturday, 1 pm – 4 pm at Willowfork Fire Department Open House. Visitors can tour the station, meet local firefighters, and see the fire equipment and apparatus. Located at Station #1 (24655 Westheimer Parkway) and Station #2 (26950 Cinco Ranch Blvd.).
Make family fun — Families can engage in Family Day at Contemporary Arts Museum Saturday noon – 4 pm. This month features a hands-on workshop with Travis Boyer, a New York-based artist, with embellished denim. Bring a pair of jeans, jacket or other fabric. The Community Cloth also will be sharing their unique process. Plus “The Queen of the Accordion” Eva Ybarra will perform in the museum galleries. Admission is free. Located at 5216 Montrose.
Build for fun — Park Place Elementary is sponsoring a free community event Saturday, Park Place Cardboard Challenge, 1 pm – 4 pm. Folks of all ages are invited to build inventions, games, costumes and more using recycled materials such as cardboard and plastic. High school volunteers will be onsite to help cut and paste materials for the kids’ projects. All materials will be provided. Located at 8235 Park Place Blvd.
Listen to a concert — Da Camera presents a free concert, Stop, Look and Listen featuring Ernesto Vega Quartet. This music begins at 3 pm at The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross.
Watch glamour dogs — Don’t miss Glamour Dogs “Rip the Runway, a dog clothing fashion show, by Bill Klein, star of TLC’s The Little Couple and owner of Rocky & Maggie’s Pet Boutique & Salon. The event is Saturday, 5 pm – 7 pm. Dog walkers will be wearing designs by Chloe Dao, Houston native. Adopt from local dog rescues or snap a photo in the photo booth with your dog! Free event. (or $7 for a swag bag with proceeds benefiting local dog rescues.) Located at Discovery Green.
Make Halloween fun in Tomball — 2nd Saturday at the Depot is dubbed Zomball in Tomball this weekend! Families will enjoy “trunk or treat” themed activities and games, live music, games, food, and a screening of E.T. on the giant inflatable screen. Don’t forget to wear your costume! The fun kicks off at 5 pm. Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.
Watch a movie under the stars — Saturday brings another three free outdoor movies! 1) Discovery Green — It’s the return of Bank of America Screen on the Green featuring The Goonies, 7:45 pm. 2) Sugar Land Town Square — Watch Hotel Transylvania, 6 pm in Sugar Land. 3) Tomball: E.T. is the outdoor feature at Zomball in Tomball this year. Located at 201 S. Elm.
Engage in Latin American-inspired music — The Houston Symphony and the Mexican Institute of Greater Houston present Lunada, a free concert to celebrate the wide variety of influences from Spain and Latin America. Free reserved covered seats are available on performance day at the Miller box office from 10:30 am – 1 pm. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Scare up some fun — Boo on the Boardwalk features Halloween-themed fun through October 31. Enjoy trick or treating at retail stores 4 pm – 8 pm Fridays – Sundays. This week’s Saturday fun includes kids’ corner activities, Monster Magic Show, pumpkin decorating, and Boogie Man Band. Lots of free fun but haunted houses have a fee. Located in Kemah.
Carve a pumpkin — Concert in the Park continues Sunday, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in The Woodlands. This week’s music is provided by Gary Michael Dahl Band. Families also can compete in the 2nd Annual Jack-O-Lantern Challenge, with carving beginning at 5:30 pm. Located at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.
Celebrate Frank Sinatra — The Houston Chamber Choir honors Frank Sinatra, who would turn 100 this year. The Choir will sing a variety of Sinatra favorites including Strangers in the Night, Come Fly with Me, and My Way, staples of his Las Vegas nightclub act. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Tickets for free reserved seats are available on performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.
Scare up some fun — Boo on the Boardwalk features Halloween-themed fun through October 31. Enjoy trick or treating at retail stores 4 pm – 8 pm Fridays – Sundays. This week’s Sunday fun includes kids’ corner activities, pumpkin decorating, and Epic Blaze. Lots of free fun but haunted houses have a fee. Located in Kemah.