Studio Movie Grill: $2 September Movies

Get ready for a new month of cheap movies! Here are $2 movies at Studio Movie Grill in September:

Studio Movie GrillBrews-n-Views: Jaws (PG), Wednesday, September 3, 7:30 pm, with Richard Dreyfuss. This is a monthly guy’s movie night the first Wednesday each month.

Girls’ Night Out: Father of the Bride (PG), Wednesday, September 10, 7:30 pm, with Diane Keaton and Steve Martin. The $2 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 Jurassic Park (PG-13), September 17, 7:30 pm. 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).

Save 50% off Houston Tickets with Goldstar App

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It’s easy to discover a great event in Houston for half price! And the reviews are fantastic. Some of the new features include:

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Free Pet Adoptions: Houston Humane Society, CAP

cap dog adoptionsTake advantage of free adoption events this weekend if you plan to add a furry friend to your home.

Houston Humane Society Super Heroes and Sidekicks Adoption Event is Saturday and Sunday, August 30-31 with free adoptions on select pets. Hours are 11 am – 5:30 pm both days. It’s the final weekend of this shelter’s push to win the ASPCA Rachael Ray #100K Challenge and adopt out 1,100 pets June – August. They get to bank $100,000 if they can! Located at 14700 Almeda Road.

Citizens for Animal Protection – Head to the Back to School Mega Adoption Event Saturday and Sunday where all adoption fees are waived for the weekend. Fun includes pet photos, bake sale and more. Mister Bo (pictured) is just one of many available dogs! Hours are 11 am – 7 pm Saturday and 1 pm – 7 pm Sunday. Located at 17555 Katy Freeway.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston August 29-31

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 14 Free Things to Do in Houston August 29-31:

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FRIDAY

Enjoy a classic musical –AD Players present a free performance of Godspell at 8 pm Friday, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. It’s considered one of the biggest Broadway and off-Broadway hits of all time. Free reserved seats are available on performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10 am – 1 pm.

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.

Listen to jazz -- The free outdoor concert series continues Friday at Central Green Park in Katy. This week features college students in Cool Jazz beginning at 7 pm. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy.

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. Enjoy live music since it’s the last Friday of the month. The Aquarium is located at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

SATURDAY

Fish for free — Don’t miss the 31st annual The Woodlands Kiwanis Kid’s Fishing Tournament Saturday, August 30, 7 am to noon. The event includes free bait, free food, and free drinks! This event is geared to toddlers to age 16 years. Registration begins at 7 am with fishing starting at 8 am. There will be trophies for all! Located at Creekwood Park at Panther Creek in The Woodlands.

Enjoy a free movie — Head downtown for some air-conditioned fun at the Central Library. A free kids’ movie begins at noon. Central Library is located at 500 McKinney.

Disney and Houston SymphonyCelebrate Disney music — Head to The Woodlands Saturday night for a free Houston Symphony concert featuring all things Disney! Disney in Concert Magical Music from the Movies will relive some of the best songs from Disney movies. Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm. Mezzanine and lawn seats are free thanks to Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Woodforest National Bank.

Jam in Tomball — Don’t miss the Tomball Texas Music Festival Saturday, 11 am – 6:30 pm. Live music from The John Evans Band, Jesse Raub, Jr., and Mike & the Moonpies. Food, music and free parking! Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

photo by Mary MatteEngage in free yoga — Enjoy free Community Yoga Night at Sugar Land Town Square plaza Saturday night to prepare for National Yoga Day Monday! The class, presented by Awakened Yoga Studio, begins at 6:30 pm. the event is to raise awareness and gather donations for nonprofit InPowered by One Significant Act.  photo: Mary Matte

Chill out for Labor Day — Enjoy your Labor Day weekend at Waterway Square Saturday. The evening event features live music beginning at 6 pm, family fun (face painters, strolling entertainers and balloon artists), and fireworks beginning at 9 pm. Picnics, coolers, blankets, and chairs are welcome at Waterway Square. Located in The Woodlands.

Dance under the stars — It’s another fun evening of Dancing Under the Stars at CityCentre Saturday, 7 pm – 10 pm. Enjoy live music from Mango Punch with dance instruction by Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

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

SUNDAY

Celebrate the Texans — Help the Houston Texans’ kickoff their season at a big party this weekend at Kemah Boardwalk. Kickoff at Kemah is Sunday, August 31, 1 pm – 3 pm. Fans will enjoy autograph signings, live music, Houston Texans’ cheerleader performance, and giveaways.

Bollywood BlastExperience Bollywood — Enjoy song, glitz, dance, and glamour of Bollywood Blast: The Bollywood Bandwagon with an entertaining evening of fun for the entire family Sunday, 8 pm. This year’s performance celebrates Bollywood dance through the decades. Free tickets for reserved covered seats are available on performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the Miller box office. Miller Outdoor Theatre is located in Hermann Park. photo: Miller Outdoor Theatre

September 2: Free Houston Zoo After 2pm

Free Houston Zoo Day May 7 after 2pmIt’s back! Free Admission in the Afternoon is back now that summer is over — Tuesday, September 2, 2 pm to close, at the Houston Zoo. Last entry is at 6 pm. This is a great deal if you’re available since Zoo admission increased to $15 for adults and $11 for kids 2-11. This is monthly through May.  photo: © Vicki Powers

LEGO planeOn the same day, kids can create a free LEGO racing plane at LEGO stores, at the next mini model build beginning at 5 pm. This event is for children ages 6-14 only, while supplies last. There are usually about 250 available at each store. Lines do start early outside the store. In Houston area, LEGO Stores are located at Galleria Mall, Baybrook Mall, and The Woodlands Mall. This event is held the first Tuesday of each month.

Houston, Meet Instacart & Get $15 Free Groceries

Instacart HoustonA new grocery delivery company, Instacart, enters the Houston market today as a time-saver for busy young professionals, families, or anyone who finds shopping a chore. It differentiates itself with trained personal shoppers and options for one-hour delivery.

How Does It Work

Instacart relies on personal shoppers to hand-pick the shopping orders and deliver them within an hour, if needed. Currently, Houstonians can select shopping trips from Whole Foods or H-E-B but other stores will be added quickly (including Costco, requiring no membership fee). Folks can request delivery in one hour, two hours, or later in the day.

Orders can be placed online or through the Instacart app. I love how you can make specific notes for the shopper to buy products exactly as you want. This is important, especially with produce — “buy ripe avocados since I’m making guacamole tonight.”

Prices are not identical to the store, but they are all listed online as you build your list. Instacart Plus items are national brands offered less than average grocery store prices. Instacart also doesn’t accept coupons.

Delivery Fees & Zones

I think the delivery fees are certainly reasonable — especially considering the groceries arrive at your door without fighting traffic or check-out lines. Two-hour delivery is $3.99, and one-hour delivery is $5.99 for orders $35+. Prices are slightly higher for orders less than $35.

Currently, Instacart has a limited Houston delivery area though it plans to expand quickly to other regions. It basically serves downtown Houston, inside the Loop, and west of downtown including West U, The Heights, Montrose, Rice Military, Memorial Park, Galleria, Bellaire, Briargrove, Midtown, Washington Ave., Upper Kirby, Museum District, and Memorial Villages. Check out the coverage area map online.

Houston customers who order on August 27 also will receive a free month of deliveries.

Houston’s First Order

I had the privilege to give Instacart a try before it launched as Houston’s first order! The web site is so easy to navigate with options to search by popular, favorites, lists or by name. Instacart HoustonMy grocery list included a little bit of everything — including frozen and produce — to see how items arrived. Instacart even plans ahead and asks you at checkout whether you might be willing to substitute this item for that if it’s not available. My personal shopper even called me from the store to confirm again!

Instacart Houston

Best of all, my personal shopper arrived with a smile on her face and bags in hand! And I didn’t have to leave the house.

Give It A Try: Save $15

Give Instacart a try and get $15 of free groceries + free delivery for all first orders. This is an exclusive deal for Houston on the Cheap readers. Use promo code HOUCHEAP or click this link for $15 to be added to your account.

All orders made on August 27 will receive one month free of Instacart Express, which provides free 2-hour grocery delivery for all orders $35+. The fee is $99/year for Instacart Express after the free month.

The San Francisco-based company had so many requests to enter the Houston market that it’s the second city in Texas offering the shopping service — and 14th in the country joining Austin, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, NYC, LA, Seattle, Denver, Washington, D.C. and more.

Houston Restaurant Weeks Includes Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse CinemaFor the first time, Houston Restaurant Weeks added a movie theater in its 200+ options for dining to support a cause. This is certainly a win-win for Houston and the Houston Food Bank!

Here’s the deal: For $35, Houstonians can take advantage of a three-course menu plus two movie tickets (one for that evening and another movie ticket for a return trip). Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Houston will donate $5 to the Houston Food Bank for each dinner sold.

Guests will love the made-to-order food options such as goat cheese & roasted red pepper dip, spicy Blue Cheese Burger with Frank’s Red Hot, and adult milkshakes like the Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout shake. All of the items on the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu are currently available on its regular menu.

From the Chef

According to Alamo Drafthouse Chef Gordon Basset, the theater wanted to provide a menu that highlighted the type of food items guests can expect from a visit to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Mason Park or Vintage Park.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for us to show participants they can expect high-quality dining right at their seat in the theater in addition to contributing to the amazing work done by the Houston Food Bank,” Basset relates. “It also gives a sense of the variety of items we prepare from scratch that you may not expect to find in a full-service theater.”

What would Chef Basset select as his fav from the three-course HRW menu? Brussels Sprout and Goat Cheese Pizza

“It is something you would not expect to see on a pizza menu, has a great flavor profile with the rich goat cheese and smokey bacon, and pairs fantastically with many of the outstanding local beers provided by the stellar Houston craft breweries we feature,” Basset says.

He quickly adds that no visit to the Drafthouse is complete without one of its signature milkshakes to finish things off!

The Houston Restaurant Weeks menu and partnership is available through September 1. Purchase movie tickets in advance at Drafthouse.com/Houston. Guests simply select the movie they would like to see any time between through September 1 and, when taken to the ticket selection page, select the Houston Restaurant Week option. It also can be purchased at the box office.

Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park is located at 531 South Mason Park. Its Vintage Park location is located at 114 Vintage Park.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston August 25-29

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun August 25-29 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign Monday (8/25)— Free movies continue this week at Alamo Drafthouse with Hook Monday at 12:20 pm (Vintage Park) and noon (Mason Park). Hook is free each day through Thursday. Times vary each day.

Monday (8/25) — The last Monday of the month means free admission to the Czech Center Museum Houston, noon – 4 pm. The historic exhibits include folk art, furniture from European castles, Bohemian crystal, porcelain, and more. The Center also offers genealogical research and library services. Located at 4920 San Jacinto.

Tuesday (8/26) —Head outdoors for Swing Jive & Pop Tuesday, 11 am, and learn about fashion, dance, music, history and the arts. Dancers dance through the decades from the 1930s to today. Presented by MET Dance at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Tuesday (8/26) — Support the performing arts with Last Tuesday Concert Series Tuesday, 5 pm – 7 pm. This month’s concert at GreenStreet downtown features talented students from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Held the last Tuesday each month through October. Located at 1201 Fannin.

Wednesday (8/27) — Preschoolers love their special story time at Nature Discovery Center. The 4 pm weekly event features a variety of fun ranging from puppets to crafts, nature walks outside, or songs and more! Located at 7112 Newcastle.

Thursday (8/28) — AD Players present a free performance of Godspell at 8 pm Thursday, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. It’s considered one of the biggest Broadway and off-Broadway hits of all time. Free reserved seats are available on performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10 am – 1 pm. This repeats again Friday evening, 8 pm.

Thursday (8/28) — Don’t miss “Open Mic Comedy Night” Thursday, 6 pm – 8:45 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. Comedy Night is held Fourth Thursday each month, 500 McKinney.

Free Texans Slush at Sonic After Texans Win

Free Texans Slush at SonicIt’s back! Get a free Texans slush at Sonic Tuesday, August 26, thanks to the Houston Texans win over Denver Broncos Saturday. Once again, Houston can enjoy a free Texans slush Tuesdays after each Houston Texans win.

Hopefully we get to take advantage of it more this season! But I’m happy it’s back for Houston-area locations. The Texans slush is a blend of cranberry & cherry to get that Texans’ red!

According to the promotion, you can 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.