Black Friday Freebies and Dining Deals in Houston

Black Friday HoustonAre you out scoring deals for Black Friday this year? Take advantage of these Houston-area freebies and dining deals for Black Friday 2014:

Painting with a Twist — Get 50% off $45 gift certificates Friday, November 28, for Black Friday. Limit 2 per person. Check specific hours at each location. Open 10 am – 2 pm in Cypress, Katy, Sugar Land and 10 am – 3 pm in The Woodlands and Kingwood.

Houston Ballet — Save 50% off Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker performance December 7, 7:30 pm. Orchestra and orchestra rear seats are $60 ($80 value). Online purchase only. Ends November 30, 11:59 pm.  Click here to purchase tickets, use code 2463 and select 12/7 at 7:30 pm.

Houston Symphony
Save 50% off select tickets for eight different Houston Symphony performances:

Mozart and Shostakovich: January 18, 2015
Sutton Foster: Broadway’s Leading Lady: February 1, 2015
Graf Conducts Schumann: February 20, 22, 2015
Copland and Dvorák: March 15, 2015
U.K. Rocks: From The Betles to Coldplay: April 2, 2015
Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch: April 24, 26, 2015
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1: April 30, 2015; May 3, 2015
The Paintjam Concert Experience (World Premiere); May 22, 24, 2015

*Offer expires Sunday, November 30 at 11:59 p.m. Call Patron Services Center at (713) 224-7575 and use promo code 13960, while supplies last.

Buy 8 Holiday Houston Symphony Gift Passes and save 50%! For just $188 (or $23.50 per pass), you will get 8 Holiday Gift Passes to be redeemed for concerts of your choice. Call (713) 224-7575 and use promo code 13959 while supplies last.

Entertainment Book: Get 40% off the 2015 Houston Entertainment Book! Price is $21 ($35 retail). This deal is November 28 only.

Target: Save 10% off Target gift cards November 28 till noon.

Top Golf: Get a $20 bonus gift card with every $100 eGift card purchase online through December 1.

Barnes & Noble: Save an extra 30% off one item all weekend at Barnes & Noble. Print coupon here.

Half Price Books: Get coupons for Black Friday — $5 off $25 or $15 off $50. Print coupons here.

Walgreens: Free 8×10 photo at Walgreens. Use code BIGPICFREE.

Dining Deals

JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers: Follow JerryBuilt on Twitter Black Friday for a free or half-price burger! The secret word will be shared in a tweet every hour on the hour. The first person that says the secret word at the start of the hour will receive a free burger. Others who share the secret word that hour will receive a half-price burger. Stay up to date on Twitter at @JerryBuiltHGB.

Outback Steakhouse: Get a free Bloomin’ Onion Friday, November 28, just by sayin’ Bloomin’ Onion with any purchase. One per table. Available for dine-in, take-away lunch or dinner.

Cloud 10 Creamery: Indulge in a special concoction at Cloud 10 Creamery — available only November 28! The $3 ice cream candy bar features cereal crunch, milk chocolate, caramel, fudge cake coated with dark chocolate.

Olive Garden: Take advantage of $5 off two entrees at Olive Garden. This is valid November 28 only. Get coupon here.

Chili’s: Choose your favorite of four coupons at Chili’s for Black Friday only: free kid’s meal, free dessert, free appetizer or free fajita upgrade.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston November 28-30

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 14 Free Things to Do in Houston November 28-30:

Houston skyline

Watch movies under the moon1) Discovery Green: Catch a free outdoor movie at Friday Night Flicks at The ICE Friday, 8:30 pm, at Discovery Green. Maleficent is the feature this week. Movies will be oriented towards the rink but you are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs and watch from the White Promenade or The Lake House deck. Free movies are held each Friday during the skating season. 2) LaCenterra: CANCELLED — Enjoy Rise of the Guardians Friday at dusk at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, Katy. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Heritage Square. Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow is presenting this free flick!

Browse local — Boycott Black Friday and head to Pop Shop Houston noon – 8 pm, at Silver Street Studios. The bi-annual event (Friday – Sunday) features an indie craft, art and music fest with lots of independent handcrafted goods plus activities and crafts for the kids. Silver Street Studios is located at 2000 Edwards.

Chill in the winter wonderland — Make holiday crafts, get a free photo with Santa, and enjoy all the free games and activities at Bass Pro Shops’ Santa’s Wonderland. The fun continues seven days a week through Christmas. Craft making is 5 pm – 7 pm weekdays and noon to 5 pm weekends. Check out the full event calendar online here. Two locations at 5000 Katy Mills Circle and 1000 Basspro Drive in Pearland.

Celebrate the holidaysHead to the island for the Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration at Hotel Galvez Friday, 6 pm. Galveston Ballet and other talent will perform at this free family event. Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage for souvenir photos.

SATURDAY

Bless another — Help bless someone in need by making kits at Bless Friday at CityCentre. Visit the special station to assemble bags you can give Houston’s homeless: water bottle, socks, soap, non-perishable food items, and more. The event is noon – 5 pm on the plaza. All materials provided free by Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.

Love the outdoor arts — Don’t miss Saturday in Smither Park for a free afternoon of entertainment, art, crafts, and more. Enjoy the beauty of public art, browse mini art market, and engage with artists working on the memory wall. Kids can craft, adults can enjoy beer tastings from Saint Arnold. Located at 2402 Munger, near the Orange Show Monument.

Browse local — Support Small Business Saturday and head to Pop Shop Houston Saturday and Sunday, noon – 8 pm, at Silver Street Studios. The bi-annual event features an indie craft, art and music fest with lots of independent handcrafted goods plus activities and crafts for the kids. Silver Street Studios is located at 2000 Edwards.

Celebrate holiday family fun — Enjoy Home for the Holidays in Old Town Spring with live entertainment, Christmas carolers, lights, and holiday decorations. Santa arrives this weekend! Get your photo made with Santa for a fee. Entertainment features David Wonders all weekend and Jazzercise Dance Group. Historic Old Town Spring is located at 130 Spring School Road in Spring.

Chill in the winter wonderland — Make holiday crafts, get a free photo with Santa, and enjoy all the free games and activities at Bass Pro Shops’ Santa’s Wonderland. The fun continues seven days a week through Christmas. Craft making is 5 pm – 7 pm weekdays and noon to 5 pm weekends. Check out the full event calendar online here. Two locations at 5000 Katy Mills Circle and 1000 Basspro Drive in Pearland.

Watch free holiday flicks1) Central Green Park: Watch Arthur Christmas Saturday at Central Green Park in Katy.  Movie begins at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. 2) Discovery Green: Catch a free screening of Silver Bells downtown at Discovery Green Saturday for Salvation Army Movie Night. Activities begin at 5 pm with the movie starting at 6 pm with free hot chocolate, thanks to the Salvation Army. Don’t miss getting your photo with mascot Captain Kettle!

SUNDAY

Pose with Santa — Grab a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm, courtesy of Sugar Land Town Square. Photos will be indoors in the lobby, 16190 City Walk. The Square encourages folks to donate to its partner, Fort Bend Rainbow Room’s Christmas Project, to provide a nice Christmas for area children.

Chill in the winter wonderland — Make holiday crafts, get a free photo with Santa, and enjoy all the free games and activities at Bass Pro Shops’ Santa’s Wonderland. The fun continues seven days a week through Christmas. Craft making is 5 pm – 7 pm weekdays and noon to 5 pm weekends. Check out the full event calendar online here. Two locations at 5000 Katy Mills Circle and 1000 Basspro Drive in Pearland.

Browse local — Support Small Business Saturday and head to Pop Shop Houston Sunday, noon – 6 pm, at Silver Street Studios. The bi-annual event features an indie craft, art and music fest with lots of independent handcrafted goods plus activities and crafts for the kids. Don’t miss the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Sunday! Silver Street Studios is located at 2000 Edwards.

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7 Free Things to Do in Houston November 24-28

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston November 24-28 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign

Monday (11/24) — Gather with other crafters at Yarn People to make cancer hats for an adult or child. Held weekly at Houston Public Library’s Central Library, noon – 1 pm. Located at 500 McKinney.

Tuesday (11/25) — Don’t  miss the opening night celebration of The ICE at Discovery Green! The ice opens at 4 pm with activities beginning at 6 pm: Speed Skate Contest with Olympic Gold Medalist Chad Hedrick, extreme skating performance by Le Patin Libre, illuminated ArtX Art Car Procession, and a giant ice carving created by Reverend Butter! Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney. Watch for Cheap Skate Nights on select Mondays beginning December 1 – with Houston on the Cheap!

Wednesday (11/26) — 27th annual Wortham Tree Lighting Ceremony is at 11 am, November 26, at the Wortham Theater Center. Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker will flip the switch for the big event in the Wortham Grand Foyer. Enjoy costumed characters from The Nutcracker, local musical groups, and refreshments. Located at 500 Texas Avenue.

Wednesday (11/26) — It’s a free Thanksgiving Holiday Marathon Double Feature at the Central Public Library downtown! Beginning at noon, watch The Amazing Spiderman and Muppets Most Wanted. Lunch will be provided. Located at 500 McKinney.

Wednesday (11/26) — Catch a free outdoor movie at Katy’s Central Green Park! Despicable Me begins at dusk for relaxing moments on Thanksgiving Eve! Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Thursday (11/27) — Catch the Uptown Holiday Lighting Thanksgiving Day night for the spectacular 29th annual kick-off of the holiday season. Holiday music and treats from your favorite food trucks and concessions begin at 4 pm with live music on stage at 5 pm. At 7 pm, Santa lights Post Oak Boulevard’s 80 trees with half-a-million twinkling lights. Fireworks will top the night. Uptown Houston is on Post Oak Boulevard between San Felipe and Westheimer.

Friday (11/28) — Skip Black Friday crazies and head to Pop Shop Houston November 28-29, noon – 8 pm at Silver Street Studios and November 30, noon – 6 pm. The 3-day event features an indie craft, art and music fest with lots of independent handcrafted goods and activities plus crafts for the kids and its first Fashion Show. Located at 2000 Edwards.

Find more Free & Cheap Fun this week here:
15 Things to Do Thanksgiving Week in Houston

Free & Cheap Holiday Movies in Houston

Houston holiday moviesThere is no shortage of free and cheap holiday movies in Houston this season!

Here is a cheat sheet to keep you organized & ensure you don’t miss your favorite!

A Christmas Story (Studio Movie Grill, $5)
December 3

Elf Quote-Along (Central Green Park, free)
December 4, dusk

Elf! (Kings Harbor Waterfront Village, free)
December 4, 7 pm

A Christmas Story (Discovery Green, free)
December 5, 7:30 pm

Polar Express (Dow Park Pavilion, free)
December 5, 7 pm

Miracle on 34th Street (Discovery Green, free)
December 12, 7:30 pm

Jingle All the Way (Tomball Depot, free)
December 13

Elf! (Sugar Land Town Square, free)
December 13, 7:30 pm

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Market Square Park, free)
December 13, 7 pm

Frozen (Discovery Green, free) — not holiday but winter!
December 19, 7:30 pm

The Muppets Christmas Carol (Studio Movie Grill, $5)
December 23

It’s a Wonderful Life (Studio Movie Grill, $5)
December 24

Home Alone (Discovery Green, free)
December 26, 7:30 pm

Locations:
  Discovery Green — 1500 McKinney (downtown)
  Market Square Park — 301 Milam (downtown)
  Sugar Land Town Square — 2711 Town Center Blvd.
  Central Green Park — 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy
  Tomball Depot — 201 S. Elm
  Dow Park Pavilion — 610 E. Augustine, Deer Park
  Kings Harbor Waterfront-- 1660 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood

Free Weekend Fun in Houston November 21-23

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 14 Free Things to Do in Houston November 21-23:

Houston skyline

FRIDAY

Celebrate China — It’s the last event of the year at Miller Outdoor Theatre! Air China performs Friday and Saturday this weekend, 7:30 pm. This Broadway-style musical from our sister city (Shenzhen, China) “bridges Chinese and Western performing arts with spoken word, lyrics, music, acting, singing and dancing.” It is performed in both Mandarin and English. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive. Free reserved tickets are available on performance day at the Miller box office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

Chill in the winter wonderland — Make holiday crafts, get a free photo with Santa, and enjoy all the free games and activities at Bass Pro Shops’ Santa’s Wonderland. The fun continues seven days a week through Christmas with games such as slot car racing, laser arcade, remote control trucks and activity tables. Craft making is 5 pm – 7 pm weekdays and noon to 5 pm weekends. Check out the full event calendar online here. Two locations at 5000 Katy Mills Circle and 1000 Basspro Drive in Pearland.

SATURDAY

Wander art warehouses — Houston’s 21st annual Artists Warehouse ArtCrawl hits the Houston Warehouse District Saturday, November 22, 10 am – 9 pm. This free event features more than 170 artists in art buildings, working studios, and homes showcasing their talent. Check out the ArtCrawl map online. Free parking donated by UH-Downtown.

Via Colori Chalk FestivalMarvel at the chalk artistsVia Colori was cancelled on Saturday due to weather. It will kick off Sunday at 10 am.  photo: Vicki Powers

Gaze at the stars — Thanks to the North Houston Astronomy Club, folks can gaze at the stars, planets, and other celestial bodies Saturday, 6 pm. Located at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center in Humble. Reservations required.

Field of LightBe amazed with light — Don’t miss Field of Light Opening Celebration Saturday, 5 pm – 7 pm. This new art installation will be illuminated at Discovery Green through February. NOTE: Performances have been cancelled due to weather. Watch for new dates. Located at 1500 McKinney. photo: Discovery Green

Celebrate China — It’s the last event of the year at Miller Outdoor Theatre! Air China performs Saturday this weekend, 7:30 pm. This Broadway-style musical from our sister city (Shenzhen, China) “bridges Chinese and Western performing arts with spoken word, lyrics, music, acting, singing and dancing.” It is performed in both Mandarin and English. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive. Free reserved tickets are available on performance day at the Miller box office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

Kick off the holidays in Katy — The Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting returns Saturday, 5 pm – 8 pm. The 7th annual celebration features music, kid fun, and lighting of the 30-ft tree. Located at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Celebrate the holidays — Enjoy Home for the Holidays in Old Town Spring with live entertainment, Christmas carolers, lights, and holiday decorations. Different entertainment each weekend. Historic Old Town Spring is located at 130 Spring School Road in Spring.

Chill in the winter wonderland — Make holiday crafts, get a free photo with Santa, and enjoy all the free games and activities at Bass Pro Shops’ Santa’s Wonderland. The fun continues seven days a week through Christmas with games such as slot car racing, laser arcade, remote control trucks and activity tables. Craft making is 5 pm – 7 pm weekdays and noon to 5 pm weekends. Check out the full event calendar online here. Two locations at 5000 Katy Mills Circle and 1000 Basspro Drive in Pearland.

SUNDAY

Marvel at the chalk artists — SUNDAY ONLY now, due to weather.  Via Colori is in its 9th year as a street festival fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech. This free event November 23 features 200+ artists creating street chalk art, live music, kids’ craft zones, Mood Lounge, and more. Kids can create their own 2ft. square chalk masterpiece for a $10 donation. Free festival hours are 10 am – 6 pm Sunday only at Hermann Square downtown.

CityCentre glistenLighting of the snowflakes — Don’t miss CityCentre Glisten Holiday Lighting Sunday 6 pm – 8 pm for the annual lighting of the snowflakes on the CityCentre plaza. Enjoy tunes from the live DJ! CityCentre is located at Beltway 8 and CityCentre Way. photo credit: CityCentre

Create holiday memories — The Woodlands features two events moved to Sunday due to weather. Enjoy the Lighting of the Doves Festival along the Woodlands Waterway at 5 pm with live music, ice carver contests, kids’ activities, bubble runners, Santa Claus, and fireworks. At the same time, it’s the iWOW celebration (International Winter on the Waterway) promoting the cultural diversity of The Woodlands with food, entertainment, arts and crafts, and music. Get info on parking in The Woodlands here.

Chill in the winter wonderland — Make holiday crafts, get a free photo with Santa, and enjoy all the free games and activities at Bass Pro Shops’ Santa’s Wonderland. The fun continues seven days a week through Christmas with games such as slot car racing, laser arcade, remote control trucks and activity tables. Craft making is 5 pm – 7 pm weekdays and noon to 5 pm weekends. Check out the full event calendar online here. Two locations at 5000 Katy Mills Circle and 1000 Basspro Drive in Pearland.

Via Colori: Houston’s Free Chalk Art Festival Fundraiser November 23

Via Colori Chalk Art FundraiserVia Colori is one of my favorite fall events in Houston. I marvel at the creativity and colorful world the chalk artists create right on the downtown streets. And then sadly, the images are washed away Sunday afternoon before rush hour traffic hits downtown Monday morning!

Via Colori Chalk FestivalVia Colori is in its 9th year as a street festival fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech. This free family event November 23 only (Saturday cancelled due to weather) features not only 200+ artists creating street chalk art but also live music, kids’ craft zones, 2-day IKEA Scavenger Hunt with 21 clues (register online here), interactive activities, and more. Kids can create their own 2ft. square chalk masterpiece for a $10 donation.

New this year: Tromp I’oeil, a 3-D chart art section and the Mood Lounge, sponsored by Kroger, for lounge access and mini events all weekend.

Head downtown November 23 to find free festivities at Hermann Square Park, City Hall, 10 am – 6 pm Sunday.

In addition to street parking, several downtown lots and garages are available: Heritage Plaza Garage (1111 Bagby at Clay, $10), The Met Garage (340 W. Dallas, $5), 1100 Smith Street parking facility, and Theater District Underground parking. When parking underground, follow signs to Hobby Center Parking, which is closest to the festival.

Via Colori Chalk Festival

Via Colori Chalk Art Festival

Via Colori Chalk Festival

Via Colori Chalk Festival

Via Colori Chalk Festival

photos: Vicki Powers

7 Free Things to Do in Houston November 17-21

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston November 17-21 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign

Monday (11/17) — Gather with other crafters at Yarn People to make cancer hats for an adult or child. Held weekly at Houston Public Library’s Central Library, noon – 1 pm. Located at 500 McKinney.

Tuesday (11/18) — Get your photo and an autograph with Houston Texans’ cornerback A.J. Bouye at the Verizon Store in the Heights, 8 am – 9 am. The Verizon Texans Players Show is broadcast live at the event. Located at 215 Heights Blvd.

Wednesday (11/19) — Get healthy and buy local produce from the City Hall Farmers Market, Wednesday, 11 am – 1:30 pm. You’ll also find locally prepared foods ready to eat for lunch. Plus a chef demo and live music. Located at

Wednesday (11/19) — Not free but cheap! It’s $2 Family Night at Studio Movie Grill with Jumanji at 7:30 pm. Two Houston locations: CityCentre and Copperfield.

Thursday (11/20) — Enjoy the monthly Games on the Green at GreenStreet downtown with giant Jenga, bocce ball, live music and more. Located at 1201 Fannin.

Thursday (11/20) — Head to The Woodlands for the annual Market Street Tree Lighting Thursday, 6 pm – 8 pm, featuring live musical performances, holiday entertainers and more. The big event is lighting of the 70-ft tree with 3 minutes of lights synchronized to music! Located at 9595 Six Pines.

Thursday (11/20) — Rescheduled: Head outdoors for a free screening of The Sandlot, Thursday, 8 pm, at CityCentre. It’s Throwback Thursday Movie Night! Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

Friday (11/21) — Enjoy Home School on the Green each Friday, 10 am, at Central Green Park in Katy. The morning features fun activities, arts and crafts, learning and more. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Free Texans Slush at Sonic After Houston Texans Win + Other Freebies and Deals

Free Texans Slush at SonicThere are lots of freebies and deals after the Houston Texans win this year. Let’s root for another win Sunday! Here’s the schedule:

MONDAY

Firehouse Subs — The day after a Texans’ win, get a free medium sub (with purchase of medium drink and chips) when you wear Texans’ logo.

Papa Johns — The day after a Texans’ win, get 50% off your online pizza order at Papa John’s. Use code TEXANS for each pizza ordered to get this deal at PapaJohns.com.

Crave CupcakeBuy one cupcake, get one free Monday after the Texans win at Crave Cupcake! Simply show you follow Crave on Instagram or Facebook. One per person.

Jack in the Box — Get a free monster taco the day after a Texans’ win when you say “Texans touchdown for tacos” at Houston-area locations.

TUESDAY

Sonic — Get a free Texans slush at Sonic Tuesdays after a Houston Texans win. The Texans slush is a blend of cranberry & cherry to get that Texans’ red! Find a list of participating Sonic locations online.

Free Holiday Events This Weekend in Houston

galleria tree lightingIt’s only the middle of November, but several free holiday events in Houston kick off this weekend — including visits from Santa.

1) Head to Memorial City Lights, a special event at Memorial City Mall Saturday, November 15, 6 pm. Watch Santa make his grand entrance and turn on the 3.2 million Memorial City Lights for the first time this season. Enjoy musical performances throughout the mall, the Memorial City Mall Dancing Reindeer, and characters from The Nutcracker. Help the less fortunate and bring an unwrapped toy for Children’s Memorial Hermann Memorial City.

2) The 26th annual Ice Spectacular and tree-lighting at the Galleria returns Saturday, November 15, at 6 pm. Imagine 450,000 twinkling lights! Don’t miss the skating and musical performances featuring American Idol runner up Kree Harrison. Skating Santa will light the tree himself, which will be followed by fireworks. Beginning at noon, families can enjoy family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and in-store events.

3) Make holiday crafts, get a free photo with Santa, and enjoy all the free games and activities at Bass Pro Shops’ Santa’s Wonderland. Preview Night kicks off Saturday at 5 pm with Santa’s arrival! The fun continues seven days a week through Christmas with games such as slot car racing, laser arcade, remote control trucks and activity tables. Craft making is 5 pm – 7 pm weekends and noon to 5 pm weekends. Check out the full event calendar online here. Two locations at 5000 Katy Mills Circle and 1000 Basspro Drive in Pearland.

photo courtesy The Galleria

Free Haircut & More for Remington Food Drive

remingtonCuts for Cause returns to Remington College locations in Houston for the month of November. It’s a simple concept with huge blessings. Houstonians who donate canned food or non-perishable food item to Remington College will receive a free haircut, manicure or pedicure in return. This is valid through November 26.

Here are the Houston-area campus locations:

  • Westchase — Call 281-597-1000 to schedule an appointment. Hours: M-F (9:30 am – 11:30 am and 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm), plus every other Sat (9 am to noon)
  • Greenspoint — Call 281-885-4490 to schedule an appointment. Hours: M-S (9:30 am – 1:30 pm) and every other Sat (8 am – 1:30pm)
  • Webster -- Call 281-554-1790 to schedule an appointment. Hours: T, Th, F, S (9:30 am – 11 am, 1 pm – 2 pm) and Wed (1 pm – 2 pm). Closed Mondays.