Free Weekend Fun in Houston July 31 – August 2

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 15 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, July 31 – August 2:

White Linen NightsFRIDAY

Catch a Shakespeare play — Houston Shakespeare Festival presents free Shakespeare in the Park at Miller Outdoor Theater. Two productions alternate nights July 31 – August 9. Macbeth hits the stage July 31, August 2, 4, 6, and 8 at 8:30 pm. Arrive at 7:45 before Macbeth for the pre-show talk. The Merchant of Venice performances begin at 8:30 pm August 1, 5, 7, and 9. Free reserved seat tickets are available each day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Outdoor box office in Hermann Park. This is produced by University of Houston.

 SATURDAY

Learn about snakes — Attend a session called Snakes of Harris County Saturday, 10 am, at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. Then stick around to check out the Reptile Open House Saturday, 1 pm – 4 pm. The Nature Center is packed with amphibians and live reptiles from around the world. Visitors will enjoy live animal displays, including an appearance from 10-ft. long Burmese python, Lucky. Located at 20634 Kenswick in Humble.

Create a bottle cap pendant — The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is hosting Hands-On Houston Saturday, a free family event the first Saturday of each month. This Saturday’s craft will be a bottle cap pendant for a silk cord. Come anytime from 11 am – 3 pm. Allow about 10-15 minutes for the activity. This month’s activity will be held indoors. HCCC is located at 4848 Main Street.

Enjoy kid-friendly fun — Bring your family to Back to School Splash Bash Saturday, August 1, at Sugar Land Town Square. The event (11 am – 4 pm) features free water slides, hula hoop contest, live music and more. Bring a backpack and school supplies to help support the Fort Bend Rainbow Room. Located at 2711 Town Center Blvd.

Create Asian instruments  — Asia Society Texas hosts another Creation Station free afternoon of fun, Saturday, 1 pm – 3 pm. The afternoon features storytelling and art creation. The event is free with registration. Asia Society Texas is located at 1370 Southmore Blvd. RSVP online here.

Mingle at free museums and zoo — It’s another weekend for Bank of America’s “Museums on Us” program with free admission to the Houston Zoo, Children’s Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This is for Bank of America cardholders only, not their children. It’s held the first full weekend each month.

See WWII planes — Tour the WWII Museum and visit the Hangar of the Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force 10 am – 3 pm. It’s a great chance to get up close to the Wing’s flyable WWII military aircraft: climb into a cockpit of a WWII trainer or go inside a WWII Paratroop aircraft. Located at West Houston Airport, 2 miles north of I-10 east off Barker Cypress on Groschke Rd.

Love a festival — Head downtown for the Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival Saturday at Discovery Green. Families can enjoy free health screenings and Cultural Arts Zone from 10 am – 5 pm. Access to the exhibits, vendors, Health and Youth Empowerment zones are free and open to the public. {NOTE: Tickets to the music festival are $15 for adults with kids 12 and under free.} Located at 1500 McKinney.

Celebrate community in the Heights — The 10th annual White Linen Night in the Heights returns August 1 from 6 pm – 10 pm. Engage in the Heights community through art, entertainment, live music, and more. Streets are closed for crowds to mingle and browse the eclectic shops. Find specials, discounts and entertainment on 11th Street, 19th Street, Studewood, and White Oak including live music, parking lot parties, food trucks, and more. The Wave will be offering free shuttle rides with four stops around W. 19th, W. 11th, Studewood, and White Oak. First Saturday Arts Market will be incorporated into the evening at the 200-300 block of W. 19th.

Watch The Outsiders in the parkMovie Night on the Strand in Galveston returns August 1 with The Outsiders, 7 pm. Movie begins at dusk. Grab your chairs, blankets and enjoy a family-friendly movie outdoors! This is held the first Saturday of each month at Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand.

Catch a Shakespeare play — Houston Shakespeare Festival presents free Shakespeare in the Park at Miller Outdoor Theater. Two productions alternate nights July 31 – August 9. Macbeth hits the stage July 31, August 2, 4, 6, and 8 at 8:30 pm. Arrive at 7:45 for the pre-show talk before Macbeth. The Merchant of Venice performances begin at 8:30 pm August 1, 5, 7, and 9. Free reserved seat tickets are available each day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Outdoor box office in Hermann Park. This is produced by University of Houston.

Watch a movie under the moon — Enjoy a free outdoor screening of Paddington Saturday at Dow Park in Deer Park. The movie begins at dusk (approximately 8 pm). Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets! Located at 610 East San Augustine, Deer Park.

SUNDAY

Learn about snakes — Check out the Reptile Open House Sunday, 1 pm – 4 pm, at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. The Nature Center is packed with amphibians and live reptiles from around the world. Visitors will enjoy live animal displays, including an appearance from 10-ft. long Burmese python Lucky, who is helping bring attention to responsible pet ownership. Located at 20634 Kenswick in Humble.

Mingle at free museums and zoo — It’s another weekend for Bank of America’s “Museums on Us” program with free admission to the Houston Zoo, Children’s Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This is for Bank of America cardholders only, not their children. It’s held the first full weekend each month.

Catch a Shakespeare play — Houston Shakespeare Festival presents free Shakespeare in the Park at Miller Outdoor Theater. Two productions alternate nights July 31 – August 9. Macbeth hits the stage July 31, August 2, 4, 6, and 8 at 8:30 pm. Arrive at 7:45 before Macbeth for the pre-show talk. The Merchant of Venice performances begin at 8:30 pm August 1, 5, 7, and 9. Free reserved seat tickets are available each day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Outdoor box office in Hermann Park. This is produced by University of Houston.

Free Houston Shakespeare Festival July 31-August 9

shakespeareFree Shakespeare in the park returns this weekend to Miller Outdoor Theatre. Houston Shakespeare Festival by University of Houston has attracted nearly 500,000 Houstonians to free Shakespeare performances since 1975.

This year’s performances feature Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice. These classic Shakespeare plays will delight audiences young and old. It’s a great way to introduce your family to Shakespeare!

Macbeth — July 31, August 2, 4, 6 and 8 at 8:30 pm. Arrive early before Macbeth (7:45 pm) for a pre-show talk.

The Merchant of Venice August 1, 5, 7, and 9 at 8:30 pm

Free reserved seat tickets are available each performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm at Miller Outdoor box office located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

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Children’s Museum: Free Back-to-School Shots

It’s not too early to think about back to school — and saving money in the process!

Thankfully, the Children’s Museum of Houston will once again offer free back-to-school immunizations for children under 18 years this summer. Each Thursday (August 6-August 27) families can get kids immunized for free 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.

Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will be administering the immunizations. Parents must bring their child’s shot records to qualify for free immunizations.

Free Family Night offers free admission for all visitors from 5 pm to 8 pm each Thursday. The Children’s Museum is located at 1500 Binz.

photo courtesy Children’s Museum of Houston

7 Free Things to Do in Houston July 27-31

Don’t miss these 7 options for free fun in Houston July 27-31 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (7/27) — Get free admission to Czech Center Museum noon – 4 pm Monday. This museum is free the fourth Monday of each month. Located at 4920 San Jacinto.

Tuesday (7/28) — Catch a free screening of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb at Santikos Theatres. Free weekly summer movies are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am. Locations include Silverado 19 IMAX in Tomball and Palladium AVX Entertainment in Richmond. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Wednesday (7/29) — Learn the basics of kayaking at a free weekly kayak class at Discovery Green. This is offered Wednesdays through August, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Participants must be 18 years or older. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Thursday (7/30) — Enjoy free craft workshops all summer at Houston area libraries. This week kids will make free shadow puppets craft, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. You need to have a library card and RSVP. Located at Looscan Neighborhood Library, 2510 Willowick Road.

Thursday (7/30) — Don’t miss a free performance of Michael Cavanaugh performing with the Houston Symphony. Cavanaugh performs songs by Billy Joel, Elton John, James Taylor and more. Mezzanine and lawn seats are free, thanks to Insperity & Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. {Orchestra seats are $20.} Located at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Thursday (7/30) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. {The Weather Museum is relocating and temporarily closed, but is usually an 8th free museum on Thursdays.}

Thursday (7/30) — Enjoy free Argentine Tango Lessons, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Learn basic tango steps, emphasizing connection, musicality and line of dance. No partner or experience necessary. This class is for beginners! Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Friday (7/31) —  Get complimentary sweet frozen treats this summer thanks to Frost Bank. Friday is a freebie from Kona Ice, 1 pm – 3 pm, at Frost Bank, 3304 W. Sam Houston Parkway S., 77042.

Food Freebies & Deals in July in Houston {Updated}

free tea day 2015July is a great month for food freebies and deals! Here are the remaining dates to get on your calendar:

All month: National Ice Cream Month

Get a free waffle cone at Baskin-Robbins in July with any double scoop purchase.

July 23: Free Tea Day
Enjoy a free Sweet Tea at McAlister’s Deli. No purchase necessary.

July 23: National Hot Dog Day
Enjoy $1 All-American Dog and Chili Cheese Coney at Sonic Drive-In all day.

July 28: National Lasagna Day (early)

Save 50% on lasagna at BRIO Tuscan Grille. It’s just a day before National Lasagna Day!

July 29: National Lasagna Day
Get half-priced lasagna all day at The Lasagna House: Westheimer and Sugar Land locations. {The 1960 location is temporarily closed due to a fire in its shopping center.}

Get half-priced lasagna at Buca di Beppo July 27-July 31. Get the coupon here. Dine in only. Located at 5192 Buffalo Speedway and The Woodlands at 19075 I-45 South.

Get a free appetizer at Spaghetti Warehouse July 27-August 2 with purchase of two lasagnas.

July 29-30: National Cheesecake Day
Celebrate for two days at The Cheesecake Factory: any slice is half price July 29 – 30. The newest flavor this year is Salted Caramel Cheesecake. One slice per person, no coupon required.

July 31: Celebrate 31
Get 31% off ice cream sundaes at Baskin-Robbins July 31 for its 70th birthday and year of Celebrate 31.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston July 24-26

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 13 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, July 24-26:

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FRIDAY

Listen to Shakespeare’s best — Brazos Bookstore and Houston Shakespeare Festival present Summer of Shakespeare, some of the greatest hits of Shakespeare’s speeches. Fans will recognize the famous soliloquies, the most powerful moments, and discover some under-appreciated monologues, performed by members of the Houston Shakespeare Festival. Located at 2421 Bissonnet.

Watch a movie under the moon1) Downtown: Catch a free screening of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Friday, 9 pm, at GreenStreet, 1201 Fannin. 2) Messiah Lutheran Church: Enjoy The Avengers Friday, 7 pm, at Cypress’ Messiah Lutheran Church. Arrive early to see characters from The Avengers. The Sunday sermon is drawn from the Friday screening with movie clips. Bring your own chair! Located at 11522 Telge.

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.

Dance under the stars — It’s another edition of Dancing Under the Stars Friday, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, at Sugar Land Town Square. Free classes are offered by Fred Astaire Dance.

SATURDAY

Relax outdoors — Attend a free session of Hatha Yoga each Saturday, 9 am – 10 am, at Discovery Green. Attendees will discover the basics of vinyasa yoga, breath and fluidity, plus the movement of energy. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Tour a museum — Join in Houston’s Museum Experience Day Saturday with free admission to the Zone 3 museums: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and The Jung Center of Houston. Programming includes family art-making activities, intro to meditation, food trucks! Hours are 10 am – 7 pm. The next quarterly Museum Experience Day is September 26.

Watch science in action — Kids will love seeing physical and chemical changes at Mad Science’s Fire & Ice Saturday session as part of Houston Public Library Summer Reading Program. The fun begins at 12:30 pm at HPL Express, a building onsite at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Play outdoorsNFL Play 60 returns to WWFD’s Central Green Park. Sign up begins at 9 am with play beginning at 10 am. Located at Central Green Park in Katy.

Sneak peek of Don Quixote — Enjoy a sneak peek of The Man from La Mancha Saturday, 3 pm, at CityCentre. Queensbury Theatre will present songs and scenes from this production held July 30 – August 23 at Queensbury Theatre, around the corner from the venue.

Play at summer camp — Last weekend! Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops offers free activities for kids Saturdays and Sundays (& Tuesday/Thursday) plus family workshops and more. Family Summer Camp lasts from noon to 5 pm through July 27. Engage in activities such as casting challenge, BB shooting range, weekly crafts, shooting arcade, free workshops, catch and release pond. Bass Pro Shops has two Houston-area locations in Katy (5000 Katy Mills Circle) and Pearland (1000 Basspro Drive).

Listen to NOLA jazz — Head to Sugar Land Town Square Saturday, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, for NOLA Nights. This music event features The Zydeco Dots, Houston’s most popular Zydeco band.

SUNDAY

Watch Gold Cup on jumbo screen — Catch a free outdoor screening of the Soccer Viewing Party Gold Cup at Discovery Green, Sunday, 2 pm – 6 pm. The event is presented by Univision Houston Family with games, prize and fun for the whole family. Located at 1500 McKinney downtown.

Play at summer camp — Last weekend! Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops offers free activities for kids Saturdays and Sundays (& Tuesday/Thursday) plus family workshops and more. Family Summer Camp lasts from noon to 5 pm through July 27. Engage in activities such as casting challenge, BB shooting range, weekly crafts, shooting arcade, free workshops, catch and release pond. Bass Pro Shops has two Houston-area locations in Katy (5000 Katy Mills Circle) and Pearland (1000 Basspro Drive).

7 Free Things to Do in Houston July 20-24

Don’t miss these 7 options for free fun in Houston July 20-24 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (7/21) — The Children’s Hilltop Festival kicks off this week, Tuesday – Thursday at 11 am, Miller Outdoor Theatre. Tuesday features a production called Our Feet Can Tell a Story, which is a musical and poetic journey celebrating the African-American culture. Wednesday features Frieda’s Fiesta and Thursday is My BFF, the Dragon.

Wednesday (7/22) — It’s the final week of Summer Storytime Tour at Rienzi, 10 am. Introduce kids to the magic of art and literature through fun and interactive activities for ages 3+. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden after the event. Rienzi is the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston home. Located at 1406 Kirby.

Wednesday (7/22) — Catch a free screening of The LEGO Movie at Santikos Theatres. Free weekly summer movies are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am. Locations include Silverado 19 IMAX in Tomball and Palladium AVX Entertainment in Richmond. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Thursday (7/23) — Snag a free sweet tea for Tea Day at McAlister’s Deli Thursday. No purchase necessary.

Thursday (7/23) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. {The Weather Museum is relocating and temporarily closed, but is usually an 8th free museum on Thursdays.}

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science: 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston: 5 pm – 8 pm
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum: 1 pm – 5 pm

Thursday (7/23) — Clint the Snake Man presents a free reptile show on Texas Snakes from 2 pm – 2:45 pm. Visitors can touch a variety of non-venomous snakes. This is located at the Central Library downtown, 500 McKinney.

Thursday (7/23) — Don’t miss Open Mic Comedy Night Thursday, 6 pm – 8 pm, at downtown Houston Public Library! The free evening welcomes local comedians, puppeteers, ventriloquists, and impressionists to share their clean comedy. It also features improv from a professional local improv group. Seating is limited with doors open at 5:30 pm. Comedy Night is held Fourth Thursday each month, 500 McKinney.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston July 17-19

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 15 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, July 17-19:

Miller Outdoor Theatrephoto: Leroy Gibbins

FRIDAY

Watch a movie under the moon1) Downtown: Catch a free screening of The Blade Runner Friday, 8:30 pm, at Market Square Park, 301 Milam. 2) Messiah Lutheran Church: Enjoy Saving Mr. Banks Friday, 7 pm, at Cypress’ Messiah Lutheran Church. The Sunday sermon is drawn from the Friday screening with movie clips. Bring your own chair! Located at 11522 Telge.

Enjoy a rock tributeSmokey Joe’s Cafe is a Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller. It features a song-and-dance celebration of more than 40 of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest hits. This is produced by Theater Under the Stars with free shows Friday – Sunday. Free reserved covered seats are available on performance day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Box Office.

Listen to live music on the greenHouston-based Driven By Steel hits the stage Friday, 7:30 pm, with a full spectrum of popular songs from various genres. This is located at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. 

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.

SATURDAY

Relax with yoga in the park Savasana into Summer is held each Saturday at Hermann Park, thanks to Namitzi Yoga. The free weekly yoga class is open to everyone, no matter the skill level, Saturdays through September 1. Meditation is 8:15 am – 8:25 am with yoga from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. This is located near the Reflection Pond at Hermann Park.

train ride dayRide the trainFree Public Run Day at Zube Park is Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm, thanks to Houston Area Live Steamers. Families can enjoy riding model trains large enough to ride the 3rd Saturday each month, March – November. Zube Park is located at 17802 Roberts Rd. near Hockley.  photo: Rick White

Visit WWII Planes & Museum — Tour the WWII Museum and visit the Hangar of Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force 10 am – 3 pm. 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.  The hangar and museum are open the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month. Located at West Houston Airport, 18000 Groschke Rd.

Play at summer campFamily Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops begins Saturday with free activities for kids Saturdays and Sundays (& Tuesday/Thursday) plus family workshops and more. Family Summer Camp lasts from noon to 5 pm through July 27. Engage in activities such as casting challenge, BB shooting range, weekly crafts, shooting arcade, free workshops, catch and release pond. Bass Pro Shops has two Houston-area locations in Katy (5000 Katy Mills Circle) and Pearland (1000 Basspro Drive).

Rodrigue HoustonView an original Blue Dog — It’s the last weekend of Rodrigue: Houston exhibit with Free Family Day, Book Signing and more! Kids will enjoy face painting, activities and Blue Dog masks from 10 am – 4 pm Saturday. Book signing by co-authors Jacques Rodrigue (son of artist) and Don Sanders from 1 pm – 3 pm. This exhibit features an amazing collection spanning 45 years of artwork by George Rodrigue. It’s located at West Ave at River Oaks, 2800 Kirby, #A206.

Enjoy a festival — Don’t miss The Woodlands Family Fun Fest at Town Green Park Saturday, July 18, 10 am – 4 pm. This festival offers carnival games, rides, family entertainment, live music, food, and more! In addition, shop handmade and unique one-of-a-kind items. Located at 2099 Lake Robbins in The Woodlands.

Enjoy a movie under the stars — 1) Silver Street: The Washington Avenue Arts District and First Ward Civic Council present their first Move Night Saturday featuring Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at 8 pm. Bring your blanket and friends for this new monthly series. Located at 2000 Edwards Street. 2) Central Green Park: Catch a free screening of Big Hero 6 Saturday, 7:30 pm at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Celebrate the arts — The 5th annual Julydoscope returns July 18 at downtown Discovery Green for an evening of art, dance and film. Dance company performances kick off the evening at 7 pm. Don’t miss a screening of Shake the Dust, a tribute to the power of breakdancing and hip hop music, at 8:45 pm This event is sponsored by Houston Cinema Arts Society. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, along with Flea by Night.

Enjoy friendly musical competition — Celebrate the 10th summer of Sugar Land Super Star Round 2, an American Idol-like competition, where five finalists will be named for the August final competition. Kicks off at 7 pm at Sugar Land Town Square.

Enjoy a rock tributeSmokey Joe’s Cafe is a Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller. It features a song-and-dance celebration of more than 40 of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest hits. This is produced by Theater Under the Stars with free shows Friday – Sunday. Free reserved covered seats are available on performance day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Box Office.

SUNDAY

Enjoy nature outdoors — Admission is free at Armand Bayou Nature Center the third Sunday of each month thanks to Dow Chemical Co. This Sunday, July 19, visit for free from noon to 4 pm. Hike trails with naturalist interpreter, view live reptiles, relive 1895 cultural history of area. 8500 Bay Area Blvd. in Pasadena.

Play at summer campFamily Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops begins Saturday with free activities for kids Saturdays and Sundays (& Tuesday/Thursday) plus family workshops and more. Family Summer Camp lasts from noon to 5 pm through July 27. Engage in activities such as casting challenge, BB shooting range, weekly crafts, shooting arcade, free workshops, catch and release pond. Bass Pro Shops has two Houston-area locations in Katy (5000 Katy Mills Circle) and Pearland (1000 Basspro Drive).

Enjoy a rock tributeSmokey Joe’s Cafe is a Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller. It features a song-and-dance celebration of more than 40 of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest hits. This is produced by Theater Under the Stars with free shows Friday – Sunday. Free reserved covered seats are available on performance day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Box Office.

VertsKebap Opens July 18 with Free Food

verts energy corridorVertsKebap is opening its 8th Houston location this weekend. This fast casual restaurant from Austin built its concept around the döner kepab, Germany’s favorite street food.

VertsKebap opens July 18 at its Grand Opening on Katy Freeway, 11 am – 8 pm. Don’t miss free food all day (one full-size entree per person), with live DJ music and more. The new location is at 19355 Katy Freeway at Greenhouse Road behind Chick-fil-A.

Never been to VertsKebap? You’re in for a treat! The kebap is similar to a panini-pressed sandwich filled with vertically roasted meats, veggies, and yogurt-based sauces.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston July 13-17

Don’t miss these 7 options for free fun in Houston July 13-17 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (7/14) — Smokey Joe’s Café, a Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller, kicks off six free performances Tuesday, 8:15 pm. This is produced by Theater Under the Stars with free shows July 14-July 19. Free reserved covered seats are available on performance day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Box Office.

Wednesday (7/15) — Houston World Series of Dog Shows offers free admission and free parking July 15, 9 am – 3 pm only. Enjoy agility, demonstrations, pet vendors, seminars, relay races, breed information, show competitions, and more. The dog show runs July 15-19 in Houston.

Wednesday (7/15) — {Not free but cheap!} The Karate Kid is Studio Movie Grill’s $3 Family Rewind movie July 15, 7 pm. This screening is located at both CityCentre and Copperfield locations. It is repeated Sunday, July 19, 2 pm.

Wednesday (7/15) — Learn the basics of kayaking at a free weekly kayak class at Discovery Green. This is offered Wednesdays through August, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Participants must be 18 years or older.

Thursday (7/16) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. {The Weather Museum is relocating and temporarily closed, but is usually an 8th free museum on Thursdays.}

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science: 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston: 5 pm – 8 pm
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum: 1 pm – 5 pm

Thursday (7/16) — The Rothko Chapel is dedicating its 2015 Summer Sounds series to the music and people of Louisiana, in honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. The 2nd of three monthly summer concerts features Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws’ traditional zydeco music. Don’t miss free Saint Arnold beer, snacks and Yeti snowballs for sale!

Friday (7/17) — Gymboree Play & Music presents Parachute Play Time in the CityCentre plaza on the 3rd Friday this summer for toddler-friendl?y fun. Children’s imaginations will be inspired through song, dance, and movement games, including the famous 20ft parachute!