7 Free Things to Do in Houston March 30-April 3

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston March 30 – April 3 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign

Monday (3/30) — Cactus Music and MKT Bar are hosting a free Viewing Party to watch local friends, The Suffers, on The David Letterman Show. It’s complete with free pizza and drink specials. The fun is 9 pm to midnight at MKT Bar, 1001 Austin St.

Tuesday (3/31) — It’s a big Easter party at Toddler Tuesday this week at Discovery Green. Thousands of eggs for Houston kids age 0-6. First hunt is at 10:30 am for ages 0-2, and then a 10:40 am hunt for ages 3-6. Don’t miss photos with the Easter bunny beginning at 9 am! Bring your own Easter basket. Located at 1500 McKinney downtown.

Wednesday (4/1) — Get ready for summer with a free GreenStreet Boot Camp class each Wednesday morning, 6:30 am – 7 am. No equipment is needed so grab a spot on the lawn! This class is for all fitness levels. Located at 1201 Fannin.

Wednesday (4/1) — Enjoy a free concert downtown over lunch Wednesday at Da Camera’s A Little Day Music beginning at noon. The concert focuses on Jazz Appreciation Month with music by Jacqui Sutton Frontier Jazz Quintet. Folks who attend are welcome to bring a lunch. Located in the foyer at Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas Ave.

Wednesday (4/1) — Get ready for another free outdoor movie Wednesday at downtown’s Market Square Park. Go back in time with this 80s classic, Caddyshack, 8 pm. Bring your blanket or lawn chair! Located at 301 Milam.

Thursday (4/2) — Seven museums are free each Thursday, while a number are free every day. Here is the free Thursday schedule:

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science — 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston — 5 pm – 8 pm
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum — 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

Friday (4/3) — Don’t miss Journey to the Cross, an interactive experience at Messiah Lutheran Church, Friday morning as you prepare for Easter. It begins at 10:30 am with Palm Sunday (and a real donkey!) and ends with burying Jesus in a tomb. This hands-on learning experience is perfect for families. Free lunch will be provided. Located in Cypress at 11522 Telge north of 290.

50% Off Papa John’s Pizza on Rockets’ Wednesdays

papajohnsIt’s no April Fool’s joke! Papa John’s is offering a special half-price deal tied to its partnership with the Houston Rockets. Customers can get 50% off their pizza every Wednesday when the Houston Rockets play. April is a great month to enjoy this deal since Houston Rockets play April 1, April 8, and April 15.

Head online to papajohns.com and use promo code ROCKETS. This is valid at participating Houston-area Papa John’s.

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$3 Movies in April at Studio Movie Grill

It’s a new month of cheap movies! Here are $3 movies at Studio Movie Grill in April:

Studio Movie GrillSuperhero Series: Thor (PG), Wednesday, April 1, 7:30 pm, with Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins. This series is held the first Wednesday each month.

Girls’ Night Out: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (PG), Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 pm, with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. The $3 monthly chick flick series is held the second Wednesday of each month.

Family Rewind: Share your childhood favorites with your family. The next family feature is Labyrinth(PG), April 15 (7 pm) and April 19 (2 pm) with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. The Family Rewind Series is held the third Wednesday.

These movies will be held at all Studio Movie Grill locations. In Houston, Studio Movie Grill is at 8580 Highway 6 N (Copperfield) and 805 Town & Country (CityCentre).

Free Weekend Fun in Houston March 27-29

Get ready for the weekend! Here is a snapshot of 12 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, March 27-29:

Houston mural

FRIDAY

Celebrate German heritage — The Tomball German Heritage Festival returns all weekend, March 27-March 29! Free parking and free admission to boot. Enjoy four stages of live music, ethnic and festival food, arts and crafts, folk dancers, street performers, carnival, petting zoo, German church service, 175 street vendors, and more. Hours are Friday (6 pm – 10 pm), Saturday (10 am – 10 pm) and Sunday (10 am – 6 pm)  The German Heritage Festival is located in Old Town Tomball near 201 S. Elm Street.

SATURDAY

Hunt for eggs — The Easter Egg hunts kick off Saturday in anticipation of Easter! Check out my big list of Houston Easter Egg Hunts so you don’t miss out on the fun. Most are free! Watch for even more next weekend.

Reconnect with nature — Get your family outdoors Saturday, March 28, to the Texas Wildlife & Woodland Expo Spring Fling! Don’t miss the free hands-on outdoor clinics, children’s activities, and a photo with Smokey the Bear. The Family Adventure Zone features a rock wall, crafts, petting zoo, live music, kayak instruction, and a close up visit with a screech owl. The Montgomery County Arbor Day celebration kicks off as well, with free tree seedlings for all throughout the day. Spring Fling hours are 10 am – 4 pm at Lone Star College Montgomery County, 3200 College Park.

Clean up Texas waterways — Get ready to work at Trash Bash 2015, the largest statewide annual event to clean up Texas waterways. Volunteering is available at one of 15 locations in the area from Brays Bayou, White Oak Bayou, Cypress Creek and more. Find all the participating locations online here. Volunteering is a half-day event with some free perks: lunch, t-shirt, giveaways, entertainment, and a great feeling of helping the environment. Times vary by location. Last year, nearly 5,000 volunteers collected 37 tons of trash.

Create family memories at the frontier — It’s Family Fun Day at Frontier Fiesta, University of Houston’s annual student-led spring festival since 1940. Enjoy lots of fun Saturday, March 28, noon – 5 pm including variety shows, wax hands, digital graffiti wall, trackless train and more. Frontier Fiesta runs March 26-28 with free live concerts, multicultural performances, and variety shows. Performers include Kristian Bush of Sugarland (Thursday), Cher Lloyd (Friday) and Schoolboy Q (Saturday).

Enjoy paws in the park — It’s all things pets at Paws in the Park Saturday and Sunday. The annual weekend event in Pearland includes a Dock Dog competition, costume contests, canine shows, agility demos, laser tag, and rescue groups. The fun is located at Independence Park from 10 am – 4 pm both days. Free admission and free on-site parking.

Be amazed — Get ready to be surprised and astounded at Curt Miller Magic and Comedy Show Saturday, 7 pm. This dazzling show presents a family-friendly Vegas-style show with music, magic and clean comedy. Located at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park in Katy, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Enjoy movies under the stars — Get ready for some great weather and outdoor movie watching Saturday: 1) Discovery Green hosts Guardians of the Galaxy at 8:15 pm. Come early for games and prizes! Located at 1500 McKinney. 2) Bellaire Town Square will show The LEGO Movie at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

Dance at CityCentre — CityCentre is always a fun destination! Saturday marks the return of Dancing Under the Stars featuring the sounds of salsa from Grupo Baracha from 7 pm – 10 pm. CityCentre is located at 800 Town & Country Blvd.

SUNDAY

Go fly a kite — Don’t miss the Hermann Park Kite Festival Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm! The free family event features kite making, kids’ craft zone, kite contest, jugglers, magicians, student performances, and more. As expected, parking is extremely limited so folks are encouraged to take METRORail or ride their bike. Located in Hermann Park at Miller Hill and the Jones Reflecting Pond.

Play in the streetCigna Sunday Streets returns this spring to various areas of Houston. Sunday, March 29, it’s Montrose! Westheimer will be closed to cars from Woodhead to Taft from noon – 4 pm. Bike, walk or rollerblade along the street, interact with businesses and neighbors. Naturally, the event promotes health and physical activity, so get outside and enjoy! Future Sunday Streets are April 26 (19th Street in the Heights) and May 17 (Navigation).

Celebrate your pet — Head to Discovery Green Sunday for Pet-A-Palooza from 11 am – 2 pm. The free event sponsored by MIX 96.5 includes live pet demonstrations, giveaways, contests, and more. Pack up your pooch and head downtown for some fun! Located at 1500 McKinney.

Enjoy paws in the park — It’s all things pets at Paws in the Park Saturday and Sunday. The annual weekend event in Pearland includes a Dock Dog competition, costume contests, canine shows, agility demos, laser tag, and rescue groups. The fun is located at Independence Park from 10 am – 4 pm both days. Free admission and free on-site parking.

Bayou City Art Festival March 27-29

bayou city art festival 2015Twice a year, Houston is home to Bayou City Art Festival — the downtown version in the fall and at Memorial Park in the spring. The 44th annual Bayou City Art Festival returns this weekend, March 27-29. This fabulous outdoor art fest features something for everyone:

  • Fabulous art 450 artists representing 19 media formats. This year’s featured artist is Gregory Arth.
  • Creative Zone — hands-on kids’ art activities by local nonprofits.  Projects range from custom frames, Aboriginal Dot Paintings, to mini art cars.
  • Musiclive musical performances throughout the weekend
  • Food & Wine — food trucks will be onsite as well as beer and wine

Hours are noon – 6 pm, Friday, and 10 am – 6 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults (cash only at the gate) and kids are $5. {Unfortunately, early-bird discounts are no longer available, but I still like to share this event because it’s an annual favorite for many!}

Purchase tickets online in advance here if you want to use a credit card. The online fee is included in the price. No parking is available at Memorial Park. Festival shuttles are available for $3 each when you park offsite at Northwest Mall (age 12 and up).

Bayou City Art Festival weekends are certainly a Houston favorite, but the best part is the festivals have raised more than $35 million for local nonprofits through the years.

art: Gregory Arth

Houston Discounts: Sugar Land Skeeters {Free}, Chronicle, TUTS’ Joseph & Technicolor Dreamcoat

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

Sugar Land SkeetersSugar Land SkeetersFREE Tickets to Sugar Land Skeeters + $3.50 fee ($8 value) Choose dates from April 23 – June 14.

Houston Chronicle$25 for a 26-week Wednesday and Sunday subscription, including digital  (up to $78 value) and $49 for a 52-week Wednesday and Sunday subscription, including digital (up to $156 value). New customers only — or those without service for 30 days.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat $24.15 for TUTS’ Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ($37.25 value)

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley$7.50 for Ticket to The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley ($15 value)

Broadway for All$13.50 for Broadway for All ($27 value)

Track 21Indoor Go-Kart Races, Laser Tag, Mini Golf, and Sodas for Two or Four at Track 21 (Up to 37%Off)

South Pacific$20 for 1 ticket to South Pacific at The Kaleidoscope ($40 value)

Over the River and Through the Woods $8.50 for Over the River and Through the Woods ($17 value)

CiCi’s Pizza$19.99 for 4 Pizza Buffets & Drinks at CiCi’s Pizza ($33.92 value)

Studio Movie GrillOne, Two, or Four Movie Groupons, Each Good for One Movie Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to 50% Off).

Houston Ultimate Women’s ExpoCOMP for ” Houston Ultimate Women’s Expo” ($10 value)

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Easter Egg Hunts in Houston 2015

The thrill of the egg hunt!

The thrill of the egg hunt!

There are lots of opportunities for Easter egg hunts in Houston, thanks to local businesses, communities and churches. I can’t include every egg hunt around town, but here is a snapshot of a few that caught my eye. Feel free to add any you know of as a comment.

March 27-31

Eggpalooza
Missouri City Community Park
1700 Glenn Lakes Lane
Friday, March 27, 6 pm – 8 pm

All ages are welcome at Eggpalooza’s evening of fun including arts and crafts like sand art, wax hands, spin art, face painting and bead art tables. Food for purchase: cash only. Egg dash times: 6:15 pm (1-4 year olds), 6:45 pm (5-8 year olds), 7:15 (9-12 year olds).

Deer Park’s 46th Easter Eggstravaganza
Dow Park, 610 E. San Augustine
Saturday March 28, 9 am -12 pm

Free event with more than 15,000 toy or candy filled eggs and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. Plenty of activities for kids, including Bunny Bingo, Rubber Ducky Races, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Wagon Rides, and a Sidewalk Chalk contest. Small fee for some activities and games.

Sugar Land’s 31st annual EGGStravaganza
Eldridge Park, 2511 Eldridge Dr.
Saturday, March 28, noon to 3 pm
This huge event features egg scrambles, characters, carnival tent, foam pit, football toss and more. The first 200 families can get a free photo with the Easter Bunny. Special needs children and those under four can participate in a continuous egg hunt throughout the day. The egg scramble schedule: 12:30 pm (5 year olds), 1 pm (6 year olds), 1:30 pm (7 year olds), 2 pm (8-9 year olds), 2:30 pm (10 -12 year olds).

Egg Hunt at the Farm
Blessington Farms
, 510 Chisolm Road, Simonton
March 27-29, April 3-4, 10 am to 3:30 pm
Don’t miss 5 days of Easter egg hunts at Blessington Farms! Kids can do the egg hunt at their leisure and find 10 eggs and redeem for candy and prizes. More fun includes sand mountain, pedal cars, hay ride, barrel train ride, giant slides, and more. Strawberry picking is $5/pound. The egg hunt is $3/child with Farm Funland admission ($10 fee).

Easter Spring Festival
West University Place Recreation Fields
Saturday, March 28, 9 am – 11 am

Children up to age 11 are invited to West U’s Easter Spring celebration with the Easter bunny and Wally the Walrus. Free admission for the whole family.

Community Easter Egg Hunt
Cypress United Methodist Church
13403 Cypress N. Houston
Sunday, March 29, 11:30 am

Enjoy an Easter egg hunt with thousands of eggs and more! Worship begins at 10 am, hotdog lunch follows with bounce houses. After worship the egg hunt will following.

Egg Hunt at Toddler Tuesday
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney
Tuesday, March 31, 10:30 am

It’s a big downtown Easter egg hunt at Discovery Green with 20,000 eggs and treats! Two different egg hunt times: 10:30 (3-6 year olds) and 10:40 (2 and under). Lots of other festivities from 9 am – 1 pm including Easter crafts with BigKidSmallCity, Creative Moves dance demos for little ones by Amanda from Moving-Body, music by DJ Craz-e Chico, activities and more!

April 4-5

Easter Orange Hunt & PEEPS Contest
The Orange Show Monument, 2402 Munger
Saturday, April 4, 11 am – noon

Annual Easter Orange Hunt starts all 11 am sharp! Construct your PEEPS masterpiece and submit it in the 3rd annual Houston PEEPS Arts Contest. Submit it before the egg hunt. Lots of activities including the colorful maze of the Orange Show Monument as kids search for candy-filled eggs, oranges and other fun prizes! Free event with a suggested $5 donation for their nonprofit’s foundation.

Easter Egg Hunt and Market
7 Acre Wood, 4401 N. Frazier Street, Conroe
Saturday, April 4, 10 am – 2 pm

It’s a free Easter Egg Hunt out at 7 Acre Wood! The egg hunts are from 10 am – noon but after stick around for the petting zoo, Zip-line, mini golf, Western town, rockwall and more. The Hunt along with Park admission, candy, vendor market, will be free from 10-2pm. A few options have a fee including Easter Bunny photos, face painting, carnival games and paintball.

Easter ThrillFest
MacGregor Park, 5225 Calhoun
Saturday, April 4, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Dubbed the “city’s official and state’s largest Easter festival” featuring 100,000 Easter eggs for the hunt! The 13th annual Easter ThrillFest includes hands-on interactive stations, exhibits, demonstrations, live performances, carnival, face painting, food, and more.

Easter Festival & Expo
Light House Church
Summer Creek High School, 14000 Weckford Blvd.
Saturday, April 4, 1 pm – 4 pm

This non-denominational event features 50,000 egg Easter egg hunt, face painting, live gospel performances and food. The event is free but get a ticket online to reserve your spot. Register online here for free ticket.

Community Hunts
Sugar Creek Baptist Church in the community
Saturday, April 4

Sugar Creek Baptist members are sponsoring community Easter egg hunts as an outreach to the community on Saturday. Watch here for a list of the different community hunts at various apartments, community club houses, playgrounds, and churches in Sugar Land, Missouri City and more. More than 5,000 guests attended the egg hunts last year.

easter blessington farmsEgg Hunt at the Farm
Blessington Farms
, 510 Chisolm Road, Simonton
March 27-29, April 3-4, 10 am to 3:30 pm
Don’t miss 5 days of Easter egg hunts at Blessington Farms! Kids can do the egg hunt at their leisure and find 10 eggs and redeem for candy and prizes. More fun includes sand mountain, pedal cars, hay ride, barrel train ride, giant slides, and more. Strawberry picking is $5/pound. The egg hunt is $3/child with Farm Funland admission ($10 fee). photo courtesy Blessington Farms

Easter Service and Egg Hunt
Stonebridge Church
One Stonebridge Church, The Woodlands
Saturday, April 4, 5 pm – 7 pm

Attend an Easter service (identical to Sunday) and stick around for an amazing egg hunt

15+ Eggs Hunts on church campuses
Woodlands Church
April 2-5

Woodlands Church is offering over 15 different egg hunts on its variety of campuses including Fellowship of The Woodlands, Atascosita, and Tomball.

Kinsmen Lutheran Easter Egg Hunt
112100 Champion Forest Drive
Saturday, April 4, 2 pm to 4 pm

Free Easter Egg Hunt is open to families of all ages. Children in 5th grade or younger can hunt for eggs with other children their age. A petting zoo, Easter egg coloring station, moon walk, and other fun activities will keep everyone busy for hours! Bring a own basket to join in the fun.

Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 4, 9 am – 10:30 am
12955 Memorial Drive

Kids can bring baskets for an egg hunt, crafts, a special guest, and free fun. Located in Wesley Hall.

Pilgrim Lutheran Church Egg Hunt
8601 Chimney Rock
Saturday, April 4, 10 am

Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning in the Atrium following by lunch, crafts, games, fellowship and door prizes in the gym. Pre-register children online before the egg hunt.

Easter Eggstravaganza
Clear Lake United Methodist Church
16335 El Camino Real
Saturday, April 4, 10 am to noon

The egg hunt kicks off at 10 am followed by petting zoo, games, moonwalk, Easter Bunny, and free food.

Easter in the Gardens
Moody Gardens in Galveston
Sunday, April 5, 11 am – 3 pm

Free Easter Sunday event featuring egg hunts for three different age groups, games, petting zoo, Easter bunny photos, crafts, face painting, and more. All events are free! Kids 12 and under can search for the golden eggs.
Easter egg hunts are scheduled throughout the day. All events are free!

7 Free Things to Do in Houston March 23-27

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston March 23-27 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign

Tuesday (3/24) — It’s the first week back of Toddler Tuesday this spring at Discovery Green, 10:30 am. This week’s special guest features Sheriff Adrian Garcia plus character appearances by Sheriff Callie and Deputy Peck. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Tuesday (3/24) — – Circus Arts is back at Discovery Green for free outdoor spring/summer fun. The weekly class is a combination of ground arts and ground acrobatics. For ages 13 and up. Bring your own yoga mat if you can. No pre-registration required. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Wednesday (3/25) — City Hall Farmers Market continues each Wednesday through June 24. This downtown market, run by Urban Harvest in partnership with the City of Houston, features more than 30 local vendors, 11 am – 1:30 pm, along City Hall’s reflection pool. It’s the perfect spot to grab a healthy lunch and eat outdoors. Located at 901 Bagby.

Wednesday (3/25) — It’s the first night of Live at the Gateway at Gateway Memorial City. This open-air happy hour features live music every other Wednesday, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, plus happy hour specials, lite bites from nearby restaurants, and complimentary Saint Arnold beer. This week’s band is Infinite Groove with high-powered music and choreography. Located at 947 Gessner.

Thursday (3/26) — Don’t miss Open Mic Comedy Night Thursday, 6 pm – 8 pm, at downtown Houston Public Library! The free evening welcomes local comedians, puppeteers, ventriloquists, and impressionists to share their clean comedy. It also features a local version of Whose Line Is It Anyway with audience help. Seating is limited and doors open at 5:30 pm. Located at 500 McKinney.

Thursday (3/26) — Guitar Center kicks off a Grand Opening for its 265th store in the country Thursday, 7 pm, at 195 Yale. The evening will feature a live in-store performance by The Breton Sound. This store will offer stringed instrument repair, lessons in the GC Studios, and free classes Wednesdays and Saturdays through the Music Mentor series on a variety of instruments.

Friday (3/27) — Abrakadoodle presents a free art class (ages 3-6) at Willowfork Drainage District’s Central Green Park in Katy at 10 am on select Fridays. Kids will learn about art styles and techniques and complete a piece of artwork to take home. This is held 10 am – 11 am at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Discounts to Houston Children’s Festival March 28-29

McDonald's Houston Children's Festival

Houston is proud to boast the largest Children’s Festival in the United States.

The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival is back — and bigger than ever! This fantastic family event is March 28-29 in downtown Houston, benefiting Child Advocates, an agency that serves abused and neglected children.

McDonald's Houston Children's FestivalThe weekend features 9 family adventure zones and 5 stages of entertainment with more than 300 activities. The jam-packed weekend features arts and crafts, live music, petting zoo, Circus fun, Houston sports teams, science experiments, celebrity appearances, inflatable obstacle course, Radio Disney stage, pony rides, face painting, and more. Meet Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Universal Pictures’ Minions, Ronald McDonald, Hamburglar, Grimace, and more. Find the complete schedule online here. Take advantage of $10 haircuts by Visible Changes and SportsCuts, benefiting McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival.

This year’s celebrities feature Olivia Holt (Disney Channel’s I Didn’t Do It), live performances by popular young recording artists Jessica Sanchez, Jordan Fisher, and Radio Disney’s Alex Angelo Saturday 1 pm – 3 pm, and rising country star Kaylee Rutland. Get all the scoop on celebrity appearances here. There is an Olivia Holt Public Meet & Greet at 2 pm plus the On Stage “Q&A Chat” Sunday at 1:30 pm and 3 pm. Wristbands are required and will be passed out beginning at 10:45 am at the Autograph Tent.

The concert features performances include by popular young recording artists Jessica Sanchez, Jordan Fisher and Radio Disney’s Alex Angelo, hosted by Radio Disney’s Candice.

Tickets are $12 person at the gate, with kids 3 and under free.

Houston Children's FestivalTicket Discount Options:

  • Save $2 per person with a McDonald’s receipt from 2015. {Simply provide one McDonald’s receipt per admission ticket and save $2 at the gate.}
  • Buy advance tickets online for $10 plus a $1.49 fee per ticket (savings of 51¢ per ticket). Purchase online here. Food, beverage and game coupons are 9 tickets for $10.
  • Military members can attend for $10.

Many activities are free, but some rides require tickets, which cost $10 for 9 tickets. The event is located in downtown Houston in the area around City Hall, Tranquility Park, and Sam Houston Park at 901 Bagby.

The Houston Children’s Festival has raised more than $5 million for Child Advocates. Support a great cause and have a blast at the same time!

photos courtesy McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival

Dating on the Cheap: Miller Outdoor Theatre & more

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

 

Main Event: An evening at Miller Outdoor Theatre is ideal for customizing your own date night experience. Consult the schedule of programming to select an event that suits your taste.

Miller Outdoor picnic

Their generous lineup has something for everyone: concerts, musicals, movies, opera, ballet, and Shakespeare. The best part is all events are free. Miller’s lengthy season provides the opportunity to create your own date night calendar with a variety of performances. A few upcoming options include:

  • Legally Blonde the Musical (April 2-4, April 9-11)
  • West African Grooves from Lágbájá (April 18)
  • Houston Ballet’s Giselle (May 15-17)

Go early for free parking and a choice spot for viewing. 

Planning your picnic-scape allows you to show off your personal style. If you want a laid-back, easy-going evening, throw a blanket in the car and make a quick stop to pick up your favorite take out. Nearby affordable options to grab and go: sliders and fries from Little Bigs or Mediterranean selections from Aladdin. You can set the stage for a “night at the opera” with a beautiful cheese plate (stop by Houston Dairymaids- free tastings!) and accompanying beverages. Instantly upgrade any packed cooler picnic with a small table and flowers. Or skip dinner completely and indulge in your favorite desserts.

Miller is dog-friendly so you can pack the leashes for a double date with the dogs.

Miller Outdoor Theatre

If the babysitter falls through, no need to cancel your plans. Miller is kid-friendly with the hill to keep the littler ones occupied (and exhausted!).

Pair your evening at Miller with nearby options for a full night out.

Overture Options: Start your date night early at The Museum of Fine Arts, which offers free admission and Happy Hour (from 6-8 pm) on Thursday. Snap selfies in James Turrell’s “The Light Inside” Tunnel and sip cocktails at the cash bar while a local DJ provides the soundtrack.

James Turrell tunnel

The Sculpture Garden makes a nice setting for a quick bite from the featured food truck before heading to Miller, which is in walking distance. Be sure to grab your portable chairs or blanket and you’re set for a night at the theatre.

MFAH sculpture garden

Quick constitutional: Take a leisurely stroll through Hermann Park and visit the Reflection Pool lined with oak trees and benches for quality time before the show.

Encore: End on a sweet note with dessert at nearby Chocolate Bar or Sweet Cup Gelato.

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.