7 Free Things to Do in Houston September 1-5

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options September 1-5 for free fun before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign Monday (9/1)— Enjoy free community yoga Monday at Houston Free Day of Yoga. Meet on the lawn of Rothko Chapel, 8 am – 10:30 am.

Tuesday (9/2) — Toddler Tuesday returns to Discovery Green for new fall programming! This Tuesday is devoted to grandparents in preparation for Grandparent’s Day with a special story time. Kids will love the trackless train rides, too. Located at 1500 McKinney downtown.

Tuesday (9/2) — The Houston Zoo is free after 2 pm the first Tuesday each month from September to May. Located at Hermann Park. Then head to Free LEGO Build of a race plane at LEGO stores, 5 pm.

Tuesday (9/2) — Don’t miss your chance to learn Circus Arts each Tuesday this fall from Houston’s Cirque La Vie. Folks age 13 and over can learn ground arts and acrobatics. No pre-registration required for this free class. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Wednesday (9/3) — Houston’s Central Library hosts a free weekly Film Series Wednesdays at noon. Take your lunch and enjoy Heaven is For Real this week. Located at 500 McKinney.

Wednesday (9/3) — Not free, but cheap! It’s another $2 movie at Studio Movie Grill for Brews-n-Views guy’s night. This month features Jaws as a $2 movie. Located at CityCentre and Copperfield.

Thursday (9/4) — Head to the Katy Downtown Stroll Thursday, 6 pm – 8 pm, beginning at No Label Brewery. The evening features beer, wine and bites + a treasure hunt! No Label Brewery is located at 5351 1st Street in Katy.

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.

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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.

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.

Free Tickets to Houston Performances (One-Day Sale)

Goldstar free ticketsFree tickets, anyone? Jump on the Comp Train, Goldstar’s popular promotion that features complimentary tickets to events in Houston. Today only (8/21), Goldstar is offering tons of free tickets to live concerts, theater, comedy, dance and more.

Some of the free tickets include:

  • Sugar Land Skeeters
  • Garfunkel and Oates (House of Blues)
  • The Changing Face of China (Asia Society Texas)
  • St. Lawrence String Quartet (Wortham Theater)
  • The Great Game Show Mash Up (ComedySportz)
  • B-Side Players (House of Blues)
  • Flying High (Hobby Center)

All you pay is a small service fee (usually a couple bucks) depending on the production. Head online here to search out free tickets in Houston.

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Free Theater District Open House + Discount Tickets

August 24 marks the 21st annual Theater District Open House featuring Houston’s nine performing arts organizations in the downtown Theater District. Experience Houston’s fabulous Theater District completely free! It’s one of my favorite days in downtown Houston!

TUTS cinderellaCatch a sneak peek of upcoming TUTS and Broadway Across America seasons through live performances (such as Cinderella), meet-n-greet with costumed performers, free trolley rides, tango lessons, and backstage tours. The venues open for tours and performances are Wortham Theater, Alley Theater, Jones Hall, Bayou Music Center, and Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Experience theater, dance, and music, Sunday, August 24, noon to 4 pm. The day concludes with a 4 pm Houston Symphony concert at Jones Hall.

Discount Ticket Offers

The bonus I love about attending Theater District Day is taking advantage of discount ticket offers for the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, TUTS, and all the others. For example, save $40 on a 6-season subscription to TUTS, save 20% off Houston Grand Opera single tickets, or don’t miss the $21 Deal Day at Alley Theatre. All the discount offers are listed online here.

Houston BalletThis is a perfect family-friendly event, too. Kids will love the arts & crafts and Instrument Petting Zoo at Wortham Theater Center, free Houston Ballet performances and meet-n-greet with costumed characters at Wortham Theater Center, and kids’ fun pack and DJ at Bayou Music Center. Check out the schedule here.

Visit HoustonTheaterDistrict.org for more info on Theater District Day.

Cinderella photo: Carol Rosegg

7 Free Things to Do in Houston (August 18-22)

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun August 18-22 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign Monday (8/18)— Free movies continue this week at Alamo Drafthouse with Babe Monday at 10:35 am (Vintage Park) and 10 am (Mason Park). Babe is free each day through Thursday. Times vary each day. Don’t miss the $2 movies at Studio Movie Grill for the last week!

Tuesday (8/19) — BONUS, not free but cheap! $2 movie night featuring Good Will Hunting at Studio Movie Grill. 100% of proceeds benefit foundation relating to suicide prevention. At Copperfield & CityCentre locations.

Tuesday (8/19) –  Miller Outdoor Theatre is hosting another three nights of free Movies at Miller Tuesday – Thursday. The theme is Space Tales with The Forbidden Planet Tuesday, Spaceballs Wednesday, and Gravity on Thursday. The movies kick off at 8:30 pm.

Wednesday (8/20) — Get fit at a free GreenStreet Bootcamp Wednesday mornings 6:30 am – 7 am. Just show up because no equipment is needed. Perfect for all skill levels! Located at 1201 Fannin.

Wednesday (8/20) — Enjoy a free kayak class at Discovery Green, thanks to Buffalo City Adventures. The Wednesday session is for adults 18+. No registration required — just show up and have fun from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. This free class meets every Wednesday through October.

Thursday (8/21) — Just in time for the city’s birthday later this month, don’t miss Heart of Houston Roundtable Discussion on Servant Leadership Thursday, 6 pm – 8 pm. Author Larry Payne (The Heart of Houston) will host the panel discussion with Houstonians from various sectors. A book signing will follow. Located downtown at Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney.

Thursday (8/21) — Take advantage of Free Thursday Museums before school starts next week! Thursday is the magic day in the Houston Museum District to visit many museums for free. Seven museums are free each Thursday, while a number are free every day.

  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum — free Thursday 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston — free Thursday 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston — free Thursday 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science — free Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm (summer)
  • The Health Museum — free Thursday 2 pm – 5 pm
  • The John C. Freeman Weather Museum — free Thursday 12 pm – 4 pm
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — free Thursday 10 am – 9 pm

Thursday (8/21) — Children’s Museum of Houston offers free back-to-school immunizations for kids under 18 years each Thursday in August during the museum’s Free Family Night. The first 200 people will be eligible for the free shots from 5 pm – 7 pm. No registration required. Parents must bring their child’s shot records. Free admission is 5 pm – 8 pm at 1500 Binz.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston August 15-17

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 14 Free Things to Do in Houston August 15-17:

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Watch free family flick, Babe — Don’t miss the free Kids’ Camp family-friendly movie at Alamo Drafthouse’s Vintage Park and Mason Park locations. Catch Babe August 15 at 10 am Mason Park and 11:50 am Vintage Park. Showing through August 21. Hours vary by day. Seats are first-come, first-serve.

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. The Aquarium is located at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

Watch a movie under the stars — The Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow presents a free outdoor screening of Tootsie Friday, 8:30 pm, at Market Square Park. This 1980s classic features Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. Don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket! Located at 301 Milam downtown.

Enjoy live outdoor concert — Head to Miller Outdoor Theatre Friday for An Evening with Low Rider Band. The free concert kicks off at 8:30 pm with funk-soul mega hits since 1962. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Sway to live country music -- Central Green Park in LaCenterra offers free live concerts in August. Friday features Cool Water Band. Concerts are free and open to the public. Grab a spot on the lawn with your blanket or lawn chair! Performance begins at 7:30 pm.


Celebrate Dr. Seuss — Don’t miss Seussapalooza Saturday, 10 am – 1 pm, at Webster’s Upstage Arts Youth Theater. The free fun includes theater games, arts and crafts, theater tour, photos with costumed characters, musical theater warmups and more. Located at 100 E. NASA Parkway.

Watch free family flick, Babe — Don’t miss the free Kids’ Camp family-friendly movie at Alamo Drafthouse’s Vintage Park and Mason Park locations. Catch Babe August 16 at 10 am Mason Park and 11:50 am Vintage Park. Showing through August 21. Hours vary by day. Seats are first-come, first-serve.

Be a writer — Kids can learn about writing at the Young Writers Workshop Saturday, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, thanks to a partnership with HPL Express, City of Houston, Writers in the Schools, and Discovery Green. Located at HPL Express at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Learn about wild animals — City kids will love to see and learn about different wild animals, thanks to a special presentation by Texas Wildlife Resource Center (TWRC). Bring the family to Wabash Feed and Garden Center Saturday, 1:30 – 3 pm, for this special experience. TWRC also will discuss Texas wildlife and their habitat. Take your photo with one of the animals, too! Located at 5701 Washington.

See WWII military aircraft — Don’t miss your chance to tour the WWII Museum and visit the Hangar of the Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. It’s a great chance to get up close to the Wing’s five flyable WWII military aircraft: climb into a cockpit of a WWII trainer or go inside a WWII Paratroop aircraft. This is a free event the 1st and 3rd Saturday at the West Houston Airport, 2 miles north of I-10 east off Barker Cypress on Groschke Rd.

Learn about bats — Folks can learn all about Texas bats thanks to a presentation by Texas Parks & Wildlife biologist Saturday, 9 am to noon. Learn which ones can be found in Harris County, the threats they face, their role in the wild and more. Located at Jesse H. Jones Parks & Nature Center in Humble.

Movies under the moon — More free outdoor movies this weekend in Houston! 1) Central Green: Catch Iron Man 3 at Central Green Park at Katy’s La Centerra at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. 2) Sugar Land Town Square: Don’t miss the animated favorite The Nut Job Saturday at 7:30 pm. Located at 15958 City Walk. 3) Pearland Town Square: The outdoor movie series presents Despicable Me 2 at 8 pm. Located at Hwy 288 and FM 518.

Browse Discovery Green Flea — Houston’s outdoor flea market, Discovery Green Flea, hits the evening hours during the summer as Discovery Green Flea by Night, August 16, 6 pm – 10 pm. Browse artful kitsch, vintage items, mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and collectibles. Charlie Perez will be performing at the event 7 pm – 9 pm. Located downtown at 1500 McKinney.


Watch free family flick, Babe — Don’t miss the free Kids’ Camp family-friendly movie at Alamo Drafthouse’s Vintage Park and Mason Park locations. Catch Babe August 17 at 10 am Mason Park and 10:10 am Vintage Park. Showing through August 21. Hours vary by day. Seats are first-come, first-serve.

Free Movies at Miller Outdoor Theatre {August 12-21}

Miller Outdoor TheatreGet these dates on your calendar for free summer outdoor movies at Houston’s amazing venue, Miller Outdoor Theatre. The next Movies at Miller feature a variety of movie titles August 12-21. The first week’s theme is focused on Rock Documentaries. The second week is Space Tales.

Here is the schedule:

August 12: Big Easy Express
August 13: Rebel Music: The Bob Marley Story
August 14: Stop Making Sense
August 19: The Forbidden Planet
August 20: Spaceballs
August 21: Gravity

All movies begin at 8:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

photo: Leroy Gibbins

Free Haircuts at Supercuts Studio August 12-15

free haircuts in HoustonJust in time for back-to-school! Free haircuts are available this week, August 12-15, at Supercuts Studio Westheimer. It’s all part of the studio’s advanced hair cutting class with complimentary haircuts to the public by licensed cosmetologists learning advanced techniques.

August 12: 3:45 pm – 4 pm
August 13: 11 am – 11:45 am, 1:15 pm – 3: 45 pm
August 14: 9 am – 11:45 am, 2 pm – 3:45 pm
August 15: 9 am – 11:45 am, 2:30 – 2:45 pm

Walk-ins are welcome or make an appointment! Email your name and phone number to supercutsstudiowestheimer@gmail.com. They will reply with your appointment time and date. Mention the cut you prefer in the email. Supercuts Studio Westheimer is located at 5727 Westheimer.

photo: flickr/scottfeldstein