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Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker Sale in August

nutcracker theater district open houseHere’s a great way to save on the classic Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker in late November 2015. Thanks to its Summer Sale, you can save 25% on orchestra and orchestra rear seats to select performances:

  • Friday, November 27, 2 pm
  • Saturday, November 28, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 29, 7:30 pm

Don’t miss your chance to save on this amazing Houston downtown holiday tradition! Visit to receive the offer and use promo code 2679. Sale ends August 21.

Texas Tax Free Weekend: August 7-9, 2015

Tax Free WeekendThe popular back-to-school shopping weekend for Texas families is here!

Tax Free Weekend in Texas is scheduled August 7-9, 2015. As in the past, Texans can enjoy a break from local and state sales tax on most clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies priced under $100. Once again, lay-away plans can be used to take advantage of the weekend savings.

Check out the Texas government Web site here for all the details and fine print. Savings equals about $8 for every $100 spent if you don’t mind fighting the crowds! Many retailers add their own back-to-school sales for bonanza deals.

photo: flickr/comrade foot


Houston Restaurant Weeks: August 1-September 7

Houston Restaurant Weeks is back, kicking off August 1 – September 7. This huge local event offers Houstonians a great opportunity to try some of Houston’s amazing restaurants at a more affordable price.

HRW 2015The bonus is Houston Food Bank receives $3 – $7 of every meal. It’s actually the single largest fundraiser for Houston Food Bank each year — with $1.6 million raised in last year’s event. It broke its previous record, $1.29 million. 100% of the funds raised go directly to the food bank, thanks to amazing volunteers.

This year, the participating restaurants exploded to 200+, which is wonderful for the Houston Food Bank.

Here’s how it works:

  • 2-3 course lunch: $20 ($3 donation to Houston Food Bank)
  • 3-course brunch: $25 ($4 donation to Houston Food Bank)
  • 3-4 course dinner: $35 – $45 ($5-$7 donation providing 15 – 21 meals)

Houston Restaurant Weeks is promoted as a reservation-only event, though some restaurants may accept walk-ins at their discretion.

I’m sure you’ll find your favorite fine dining restaurants and more on the list with names such as Brennan’s of Houston, Canopy, benjy’s, Perry’s Steakhouse, Backstreet Cafe, Commonwealth, Downtown Aquarium, Grotto, Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, and hundreds more. And once again, Alamo Drafthouse is the only theater on the list with a special dining menu for the occasion.

Check out the list of participating restaurants. Or search by restaurant name here on this printable list.

Houston Deals for National Lasagna Day 2015

National Lasagna Day 2014Once again, Houston eateries are offering specials this week for National Lasagna Day.

Brio Tuscan Grille — This Italian favorite is offering 50% off its lasagna entrees all day Tuesday, July 28. Dine in only, while supplies last. Brio Tuscan Grill is located at CityCentre and The Woodlands.

Buca di Beppo — This family-style restaurant is offering a deal July 27-July 31. Save 50% off lasagna with this coupon. Get the coupon here. Dine in only. Located at 5192 Buffalo Speedway and The Woodlands at 19075 I-45 South.

Lasagna House — This local restaurant is the spot for lasagna! Get half-priced lasagna all day at The Lasagna House July 29. Valid at Memorial and Sugar Land Town Square. {The 1960/I-45 location is temporarily closed due to a fire last week in the shopping center.}

Spaghetti Warehouse — Get a free appetizer at Spaghetti Warehouse July 27-August 2 with purchase of two lasagnas. This is located at 901 Commerce.

Save 50% off Houston Tickets with Goldstar App

goldstar appDo you love saving money with Goldstar on Houston-area theater, sports, comedy and more? Then take advantage of the free Goldstar app so you can have savings at your fingertips!

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

  • Add a credit card by taking a photo
  • View seating chart during checkout
  • View FAQ during checkout
  • Autocomplete fulfillment name from account info

Download the Goldstar app and sign up today!

If you aren’t on mobile right now, see the Goldstar Half-Price ticket page right from your computer. Enjoy free tickets to Sugar Land Skeeters or half-price to ComedySportz, Michael Bolton, Rick Springfield, Peter Pan, Gospel Brunch, Guys & Dolls and more!

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National Tequila Day: July 24 Deals in Houston

National Tequila Day July 24It’s National Tequila Day July 24! Here are a few local spots offering deals in Houston:

Cadillac Bar is offering $3.50 margaritas, $2 tequila drinks, tequila samples and giveaways Friday, July 24. Valid all day for house margarita and well tequila. Visit at 1802 Shepherd and Kemah Boardwalk locations.

Clay’s Restaurant is celebrating with $2 house margaritas all day! Located at 17717 Clay Road.

Hyatt Market Street is offering a tasty half-price deal: enjoy a jalapeno watermelon margarita at half price ($6). Located in The Woodlands, 9595 Six Pines.

STRAITS will be serving up half-price Spiced Mango Margaritas ($6) all day July 24. Located at CityCentre, 800 Sorella Court.

photo: flickr/KittyKaht

Houston Zoo Cool Nights: Fridays Till 8:30 pm + $4 Off Admission After 4pm

giraffe houston zoo wordsThe Houston Zoo is helping you stay cool this summer with Cool Nights at the Houston Zoo — special activities 5 pm – 8 pm. The Zoo will stay open until 8:30 pm on Fridays through August 21, rather than close at 7 pm. Last admission is 7:30 pm. Bring your family or date and enjoy the animals, music, and fun.

SAVE $4 after 4 pm! Remember to purchase tickets online to save $4 off admission after 4 pm. Fridays could be a great day to use it for a longer visit at the zoo! This $4 off promotion is valid through September 30.

The Cool Nights theme Friday, July 10, is Teddy Bear Bash. Check out the fun:

  • live music by local Tom’s Fun Band
  • Teddy Bear Clinic and parade (bring your stuffed bear)
  • Meet the Keeper talks about bears

Future Cool Nights themes:

July 17: Coolest Backyard Bash
July 24: Sports Theme
July 31: Rhythms of Africa
August 7: Fairy Tails
August 14: Under the Sea
August 21: Super Summer Send-Off

$4.99 AMC Summer Night Movies Benefit Charity

See your favorite movies on the big screen again — and help support charities, to boot. AMC Theatres is hosting $4.99 movies each week all summer. Ticket sales benefit Will Rogers Institute and AMC Cares.

amc cares

Here is the summer schedule:

June 19-25: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
June 26-July 2: The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
July 3-9: Fifty Shades of Grey
July 17-23: Get Hard
July 24-30: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
July 31 – August 6: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
August 7-13: Furious 7

Movie times are Monday-Thursday at noon and 10pm and Friday-Sunday at noon. Tickets can be purchased online in advance with a $1 convenience fee. Houston AMC theaters are located at Willowbrook, Dunvale, Deerbrook, Katy Mills, Loews Fountains (Stafford), Spring, First Colony, and Gulf Pointe.