Get ready for a weekend of free fun! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 15 Free Things to Do in Houston April 28-30:
photo courtesy Houston Parks Board
Celebrate children — Bring the kids to the 10th annual Día de los Niños, 3 pm – 7 pm, presented in partnership with Eastwood Park, featuring music, games, prizes and food in a tobacco- and drug-free environment for youth and families. This event celebrates children in the community, with the goal of diverting them away from harmful behaviors towards more positive opportunities. Located at Eastwood Park, 5000 Harrisburg Blvd. This is sponsored by the Association for the Advance of Mexican-Americans.
Listen to rock outdoors — Don’t miss the ultimate Kiss tribute band, Kiss Alike. It kicks off at 7 pm at Central Green Park in Katy, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Watch a movie under the moon — Head to The Square at Memorial City for a free outdoor screening of Sing. The movie begins at 7 pm. Don’t miss the free popcorn! Located at 303 Memorial Way.
Enjoy classical music — Don’t miss the final concert of Houston Civic Symphony‘s 50th anniversary season! Friday at 8 pm features the premiere of Bachicha commission plus Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The concert begins at 8 pm at Dunham Theater, Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren.
Learn improv — Take a free Improv class, thanks to Station Theater’s Intro to Improv every Friday, 7:30 pm. All Intro students are then invited to stay to watch Supernova Armando show for free ($6 value) at 8:30 pm, a fast-paced comedy show with a guest monologist. Register for a free ticket online. Located at 1230 Houston Ave.
Play lawn games — Head to Sugar Land Town Square Friday for Lyrics and Lawn Games, 7:30 pm. Enjoy live music by Easy Street, playing rock-n-roll songs from the ’60s and ’70s! It’s a giant backyard party with lawn games to boot!
Enjoy nature — It’s the 10th annual Nature Fest, which is an amazing free festival in Cypress. This year Jeff Corwin of Animal Planet is headlining the festival. He will be on stage several times throughout the day with his live animal experience. The festival also features amazing shows plus armadillo races, Great American Duck Race, arts and crafts, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, food trucks and more. Money raised benefits Cy Hope. Located at Bridgeland’s Oak Meadow Park in Cypress.
Be in a literature parade — The Literary and Fine Arts Festival and Parade returns Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, in Katy. Enjoy live music and performances by local high school students, educational scholarships awards, kids’ activities, county emergency vehicles, and a children’s book character parade through La Centerra shopping complex. Children must be age 2-10 to participate in the parade.
Explore museums in Zone 2 — The cultural block party in the Museum District returns Saturday with Museum Experience, held the last Saturday of January, April, July and September. Four museums in Zone 2 are offering free admission: Asia Society Texas Center, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of African American Culture and DiverseWorks. The day features special programming and food trucks. Check out the Zone 2 schedule of events. Three other museums charge an admission.
Celebrate kids — Don’t miss Conroe Kidzfest Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, with tons of free family fun. The day includes water activities, game booths, live entertainment, inflatables, train rides, face painting, activity villages plus vendors (for a fee). Located in downtown Conroe.
Celebrate the bayou — Head to Bayou Greenway Day Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm, for a free outdoor festival on the bayou for the whole family. Experience the beauty of Brays Bayou Greenway while enjoying free activities in MacGregor Park. Bayou Greenway Day is a celebration of Houston’s parks, trails and bayou greenways. Event programming will include an obstacle course, kayaking, face painting, a guided children’s bike ride, music, food trucks and much more. Bayou Greenway Day 2017 is a project of Houston Parks Board in collaboration with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Located at 5225 Calhoun, MacGregor Park.
Hit the trail — Enjoy free outdoor fun Saturday at Hit the Trails Family Festival in Fulshear from noon – 4 pm. Bring your bike, walking shoes, skateboard, roller blades or scooter and hit the trails! The first 500 families will receive a free backpack stocked with goodies for the trail. The afternoon includes hot air balloons, kites, bounce houses, nature seminars, face painting, food trucks, remote controlled boat races, plus trolleys to the model homes. Located at Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear at Cross Creek Bend Lane.
Play outdoors — Don’t miss the FUNomenal Family Festival Saturday, 1 pm – 6 pm, at Discovery Green. The free event includes Baby Olympics, dance performances and DJ music. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.
Dance, dance, dance — Enjoy the latest choreography from China at East Meets West XV Saturday, 8:15 p.m. This performance is a collaboration between Dance of Asian America and other Houston dance companies including Texas Ballet Theatre, Revolve Dance Company, Houston Ballroom Company, Ad Deum Dance Company, Artisan Ballet Company, and FLY Dance Company. Free reserved covered seats are available on performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.
Be outside — Head downtown for Sundays in the Park each Sunday, 2 pm – 5 pm, at Discovery Green. This Sunday features live music by Bourbon Street while you play games or enjoy a picnic in the park. Located at 1500 McKinney.