Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 13 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, August 26-28:
Catch a movie under the moon — Cancelled due to inclement weather. Don’t miss 21 Jump Street, a free outdoor movie Friday, 9 pm, at GreenStreet downtown, 1201 Fannin. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair to get comfy for the outdoor flick.
Learn to salsa dance — Take advantage of 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.
Honor Marvin Gaye — Brian Owen pays tribute to Marvin Gaye Friday evening singing his legendary songs throughout his career in the performance, What’s Going On: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre beginning at 8 pm.
Enjoy live music — WFDD’s Central Green Park is hosting a free concert featuring Darbi Shaun Friday, 7:30 pm. This Texas A&M student has opened for a number of folks including Tracy Lawrence and Roger Creager. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Get down at NOLA Nights — Enjoy live music at NOLA Nights featuring music from The New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band Friday, 7:30 pm, at Sugar Land Town Square.
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.
Free yoga in the park — The summer series, Savasana into Summer, returns Saturdays at Hermann Park, thanks to Namitzi Yoga. The free weekly yoga class outdoors is open to all skill levels through September 24. Meditation is 8:15 am – 8:25 am with yoga from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. Kids can enjoy kids’ yoga in June. This is located near the Reflection Pond at Hermann Park.
Kick off football season — Kick off football season at the Super Bowl LI Touchdown Tour at Space Center Houston’s parking lot. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind fan experience featuring interactive games, a Houston Texans’ mobile locker room, special photo booths, giveaways, music and more. This is the first of several stops around Houston. Scott Kelly, retired astronaut, will speak and return the NFL football that flew in space with him for five months. Kids can explore technology and engineering in Space Center Houston’s free Space Robotics Field outdoors: complete the robot training camp, plan a strategy on the practice field and then compete in a Space Robotics Challenge football game, all while learning about robotics. This event is free, but there will be $6 parking as usual at Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Road 1.
Jam in Tomball — Don’t miss the Tomball Texas Music Festival Saturday, 11:30 am – 6 pm. Enjoy live music from Shay Domann, John Arthur Martinez, Darbi Shaun, Mike Amabile and Run Over Twice + a Kids’ Zone. Food, music and free parking! Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.
Get inspired with music — Miller Outdoor Theatre presents The Odyssey: From Vietnam to America Saturday, 8 pm. This musical epic is inspired by the Vietnamese “Boat People.” The performances will feature musicians from Vân-Ánh Võ (The VA’V) Quartet performing new music for Vietnamese and Western instruments, ambient sound, spoken word, and live media. Tickets for free reserved seats are available performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm at Miller Box Office.
Engage with Houston theater — Theater District Open House is one of my favorite days in Houston when downtown district theaters are open to the public for free tours, kid-friendly fun, one-day only ticket discounts, live performance sneak peeks, and more! Venues include Jones Hall, Wortham Theatre, Hobby Center, Alley Theatre, and more! A free Houston Symphony concert kicks off at 4 pm at Jones Hall. Get the full schedule online.
Celebrate the city’s birthday — Celebrate Houston’s 180th birthday by visiting free museum exhibits at The Heritage Society, enjoy live music, snap a selfie with Sam Houston himself, and tour historic homes. This is from 1 pm – 3 pm and is a perfect combination to add to Theater District Open House. Indulge in a slice of birthday cake, too! Kids will enjoy family-friendly activities and games. The event is in Houston’s oldest municipal park given to the City in 1899, 1100 Bagby.
Listen to a boy band — New boy band CNCO will be performing a concert Sunday, 3 pm – 6 pm, at Memorial City Mall. They are the result of Univision’s TV music competition La Banda, produced by Simon Cowell. They toured throughout Latin America with Ricky Martin in early 2016, did a promo tour in Ecuador, and the Selfie Bus Tour this summer. Their recent video Tan Facil already hit 5 million views on YouTube in just a few weeks.