Free Weekend Fun in Houston April 24-26

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 14 Free Things to Do in Houston April 24-26:

Discovery Green in Houstonphoto: Katya Horner

FRIDAY

Watch a movie under the moonGreenStreet: Friday Flicks on the Lawn returns to GreenStreet Friday! This week’s movie is Pitch Perfect beginning at 8 pm. GreenStreet is located at 1201 Fannin.  Whole Foods Market: Don’t miss free outdoor movies at Whole Foods Market. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory kicks off at 7:30 pm at the Champions store, 10133 Louetta.

Learn improvTake a free Improv class, thanks to Station Theater’s Intro to Improv every Friday, 7:30 pm. All Intro students are then invited to stay to watch Supernova Armando show for free ($6 value) at 8:30 pm, a fast-paced comedy show with a guest monologist. Register for a free ticket online. Located at 1230 Houston Ave.

 Jam to the tunes — Head to Sugar Land Town Square Friday for PJ and the Flyers, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. The band, entertaining Houston crowds since 1983, plays a wide variety of rock and roll, Top 40, and 60s and 70s music. WFDD Central Green Park: Or hit the road to Katy for Sheila Marshall, a local country singer, who made it to the top 10 of Nashville Star. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

SATURDAY

Explore the outdoors — Exploration Green, a local nonprofit, is hosting Kites and Bikes! Earth Day fun. Enjoy outdoor games, geocaching, kite flying, bike riding, tree info, and more. Located in Clear Lake near its newest park. Vehicles can be parked near the Clear Lake City Rec Center at 16205 Diana.

Play at the YMCAHealthy Kids Day is a free community event at all YMCA Houston locations Saturday. This free event features games, sports, health screenings, and more. Activities begin at 10 am and vary by location. New members will pay no joining fee on Healthy Kids Day, a $100 value. Search for the Y location online near you for specific hours and activities.

Engage with scienceNanoDays is a free science education event sponsored by National Science Foundation each year. From 1 pm – 4 pm, enjoy family-friendly activities, interactive games, and demonstration experiments about nanoscience. This event, geared to 4-12 year olds, is located at Houston Methodist Research Institute, 6670 Bertner Ave. NanoDays is free to attend, but registration is required.

willow waterholeParty to the music — If you love music, Willow Waterhole Music Festival is the place with 11 hours of fun! It’s a free day of music plus food trucks and performances by area schools. Rock & Shop Craft Fair is open from 11-6pm. Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve is located in SW Houston at 5304 Gasmer Dr.

Celebrate education — Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is celebrating 75 years Saturday at its 75th Anniversary Festival. Beginning at 5 pm, the community can enjoy food trucks, activity booths, amusements, games, student performances and more. The stadium show begins at 7:40 pm followed by a fireworks display. This is located at Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress.

Love on pooches Tails and Trails is a free event sponsored by Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS). The day from 11 am – 5 pm features agility dog demonstrations, educational booths, activities for kids, dogs for adoption, vendors and a silent auction and raffle. Located at Rob Fleming Park in The Woodlands.

Celebrate kids — Don’t miss Conroe Kidzfest Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, with tons of free family fun. The day includes water activities, game booths, live entertainment on three stages, climbing walls, inflatables, and activity villages. A free movie screening of Maleficent begins at 8 pm. Located at downtown Conroe.

 Free outdoor movies in HoustonWatch a screen on the green — It’s another weekend of Bank of America Screen on the Green Saturday night. Head downtown for The LEGO Movie at 8:30 pm. Arrive an hour early for games and giveaways.

Dance, dance, dance — Enjoy the latest choreography from China at East Meets West XIII Saturday, 8:15 p.m. Several dance companies plus the Houston Ballet will present an evening of mesmerizing dance moves including contemporary and modern dance. East Meets West will be held at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. Free reserved covered seats are available on performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

SUNDAY

Walk the streets — It’s another Sunday of walkable streets thanks to Cigna Sunday Streets HTX. This month’s open roadway to pedestrians will be W. 19th from Heights to Shepherd in the Heights. Closed to vehicles, folks can walk, bike, dance and socialize their way down the road.  The next monthly event is May 17 on Navigation.

Enjoy a kids’ book signing — Kids ages 8-12 are the target audience for Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People Sunday, 3 pm – 5 pm. The afternoon features bestselling children’s author Chris Grabenstein with his latest YA novel, The Island of Dr. Libris, followed by a book signing. This is located at Johnson Middle School, 10410 Manhattan Dr.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston April 20-24

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston April 20-24 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign

Tuesday (4/21) — This week’s Toddler Tuesday at Discovery Green features an engaging storybook A Hot Dog Day plus character appearances by Mickey and Minnie Mouse! The free fun begins at 10:30 am. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Wednesday (4/22) — Visit City Hall Farmers Market Wednesdays through June 24, 11 am – 1:30 pm. This market is run by Urban Harvest in partnership with the City of Houston and features more than 30 local vendors. Shop local produce, eat a healthy to-go lunch outside, watch chef demos and more. This is located along City Hall’s reflection pool at 901 Bagby.

Wednesday (4/22) — It’s a unique combination of Houston Symphony and Chinese acrobats! The Peking Acrobats will be paired with classical Chinese music by the Houston Symphony Wednesday at 8 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free mezzanine and lawn seats are available courtesy of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Located in The Woodlands at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Thursday (4/23) — A.D. Players present kid-friendly The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Thursday and Friday mornings, 11 am, this week. In this entertaining adaptation of C.S. Lewis book, two characters play many different characters on stage. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Thursday (4/23) — Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in April at Da Camera JAM with Da Camera and Discovery Green.  This week’s free outdoor concert features saxophonist David Caceres Quartet at 6:30 pm and pianist/organist Bobby Lyle Trio featuring Patrick Williams and Brennen Nase at 7:30 pm. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Thursday (4/23) — The downtown Central Library presents Throwback Thursday movie nights each week. Catch a free screening of Clueless Thursday, 5:30 pm, at 500 McKinney.

Thursday (4/23) — Catch a free outdoor movie screening of Casablanca at Market Square Park, Thursday, 8 pm. Located at 301 Milam downtown.

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Free Weekend Fun in Houston April 17-19

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 16 Free Things to Do in Houston April 17-19:

Discovery Green

FRIDAY

Enjoy the wonders of the Earth — Miller Outdoor Theatre is presenting a visual, musical performance Friday called Bella Gaia, meaning Beautiful Earth. Created by classically trained violinist Kenji Williams, it features world music performers and dancers, with orbiting visualizations of Earth from space, thanks to NASA. Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in the world in space, will perform spoken word on stage. Free covered, reserved seat tickets are available at the Miller box office the day of the performance between 10:30 am – 1 pm.

Enjoy live music — Get ready for a free  outdoor concert with local favorite, The Tontons, at Market Square Park. The music kicks off at 7:30 pm at 301 Milam.

Enjoy a movie under the stars — The new Chipotle Music & Movie series presents live music at 7 pm and free movie at 8 pm. Grand Old Grizzly performs before the feature, Fed Up, a documentary by Katie Couric that reveals more about obesity in the U.S. and the role sugar plays in the process. First 250 get free chips and salsa from Chipotle. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

SATURDAY

san jacinto dayEngage in Texas history — Go back in history Saturday at the San Jacinto Day Festival and Reenactment at San Jacinto Battleground State Park. From 10 am – 6 pm, folks can enjoy live music, visit Mexican and Texian camps of 1836, watch demos of 19th century craftsmen plus enjoy kid’s entertainment, camel rides, pony rides, snakes, Birds of Prey show and more. Catch the Battle of San Jacinto Reenactment beginning at 3 pm as Texas wins its independence. It’s a day of fun set against living history. Located at 3523 Independence Parkway in La Porte. photo: BFSMan

Celebrate the earthEarth Day is a free celebration at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center packed with fun activities for the whole family from 10 am – 2 pm. Don’t miss earth-conscious activities, demonstrations, crafts, face painting, guided habitat hikes, Intro to Geocaching, and a native plant sale.

Try your hand at kayaking — It’s the 10th annual Spring Kayak Demo Days April 18-19, thanks to Austin Canoe & Kayak (ACK). Test any of the 80+ models they have at The Pond at Butler in Conroe. Demo hours are Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm, and Sunday noon – 4 pm. Plus save up to 30% off on a variety of kayaks! The same event is going on in Austin this weekend.

Explore the arts — The annual Midtown Art in the Park is a fine art festival featuring local and regional artists. And it’s free! The goal of this festival is to bring the cultural arts and entertainment community together. Open 10 am – 6 pm at 1701 Elgin.

Japan Houston FestivalLearn the culture — Get immersed in the Japanese culture at Japan Festival Houston, a free two-day festival with live music, culture, games, and cuisine. Festival hours: 10 am – 7 pm Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm Sunday. Find the complete schedule online including the Saturday Sushi Roll Off at 6:15 pm! Located at Hermann Park.

Engage with dance — Vitacca Dance Project is sharing a free Day of Dance Saturday at its Montrose location. Classes are geared to ages 9 to adult and include Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, and Variations from 9 am – 4:15 pm. Folks are invited to stay and celebrate Dominic Walsh, who was instrumental in the planning. day with a 6:30 pm reception. The day also includes a ribbon cutting for the build-out phase of VDPs newest studio. Located at 2311 Dunlavy.

Love the arts — Folks interested in the arts will love MenilFest, a free event comprising literature, music, and performance arts + Houston indie book fair. Plenty on the schedule including family concert, family-friendly films, HCP scavenger hunt, and kids’ hands-on crafts with the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. Located at The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross.

Get excited about STEM Southeast STEM Festival is right here in Houston Saturday for folks interested in Science, Technology & Math (STEM). The full day festival, 8 am – 5 pm, is held in conjunction with the annual CTEM Challenge. Students can learn about STEM programs for after school, summer programs, and college opportunities. This is free and open to the public.

Get country– If you love Country, don’t miss Tomball’s Honky Tonk Music Festival with free admission and free parking. Good old-fashioned fun for the whole family. The festival is 11 am – 6 pm at 201 S. Elm in Historic Tomball.

SUNDAY

messiah butterfly festivalRelease a butterfly — Celebrate new life at the Butterfly Festival, noon – 3 pm, at Messiah Lutheran Church in NW Houston. The afternoon of free fun includes a live butterfly release, science show and children’s activities, moonwalk, and games. The event also features a BBQ lunch, silent auction and raffle benefiting youth education. Messiah Lutheran is located at 11522 Telge Road in Cypress.

Enjoy family fun  — Free admission for Family Day at Rienzi and Bayou Bend! Enjoy games, workshops, performances and more. Take advantage of free transportation from one venue to another. Bayou Bend: 6003 Memorial, Rienzi: 1406 Kirby

Learn the culture — Get immersed in the Japanese culture at Japan Festival Houston, a free two-day festival with live music, culture, games, and cuisine. Festival hours are 10 am – 7 pm Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm Sunday. Located at Hermann Park.

Try your hand at kayaking — It’s the 10th annual Spring Kayak Demo Days April 18-19, thanks to Austin Canoe & Kayak (ACK). Test any of the 80+ models they have at The Pond at Butler in Conroe. Demo hours are Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm, and Sunday noon – 4 pm. Plus save up to 30% off on a variety of kayaks! The same event is going on in Austin this weekend.

Rienzi & Bayou Bend Invite You to Free Family Day

Rienzi and Bayou Bend—the two house museums of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston—team up for an afternoon of free fun! Drop by Sunday, April 19, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., for music, games, art workshops, and more. Park once and take a shuttle between the two locations.

Bayou Bend Family Day

At Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts, explore “Parade of Books” in the exhibition Rienzi Library: Highlights from a House. Enjoy performances, art workshops, and scavenger hunts on the grounds of the estate.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts, celebrates “Fabric of America.” Discover the evolution of clothing through storytelling and tours, plus learn the basics of stitching and weaving!

Admission and refreshments are FREE for all ages, no reservations needed! Rienzi is at 1406 Kirby Drive, and Bayou Bend is nearby at 6003 Memorial Drive. Visit Museum of Fine Arts, Houston online for details. Bayou Bend Family Days are presented by Occidental Petroleum Corporation.

This is a sponsored post by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Tax Day Freebies & Deals in Houston 2015 {Updated}

Tax Day Freebies 2014Businesses are gearing up for Tax Day deals and freebies. It’s always a favorite list here at Houston on the Cheap! This list will be updated as more freebies & deals are announced.

Boston Market — The food retailer is offering Buy One Individual Meal, Get a Second Individual Meal Free in honor of Tax Day. This offer is for dine-in and carry-out purchases. Valid April 15 only. No coupon is required. Limit 3 BOGOS per person.

Carmike Cinemas — Popcorn bucket owners can get free popcorn refills April 15 at Carmike Cinemas. Valid for Tax Day only, April 15.

Clay’s Restaurant — Snag a 1040 Special at Clay’s April 15: Get a Clay’s Cheeseburger, fries + tea or soda for $10.40. Print or display on mobile to get this deal. Located at 17717 Clay Road.

Entertainment Book — Save big April 15 on your local Entertainment Book! Get the Houston Entertainment Book for $10.40 ($35 value) with discounts on local restaurants, entertainment, services, travel and more.

Great American Cookies — Folks can get a free regular Sugar Cookie at Great American Cookies April 15, thanks to its Tax Day promotion. No purchase is necessary — or proof of taxes filed! Nine locations in Houston.

Hard Rock Café — Houstonians can earn a free Legendary Burger from Hard Rock Café  just by “singing for their supper.” Folks simply select their favorite song and perform it live on the restaurant stage. The promotion is April 15, 7 pm – 9 pm pm. It also will extend Happy Hour till 9 pm with drink specials for all: $3 domestic drafts, $4 house wines and well drinks, and $5 house margaritas. Located downtown at 501 Texas.

HydroMassage — Get a free massage at participating HydroMassage locations across the United States April 13-17, 2015.  One location is participating in Houston this year: Planet Fitness, 10701 Jones Road. No call ahead is needed there. Just print out this coupon for this free deal.

Kona Ice Houston — Enjoy a cup of free tropical shaved ice from Kona Ice Houston April 15 for its National Chill Out Day promotion. Visit the Kona truck located outside Frost Bank, 2443 Westheimer between 2 pm – 4 pm April 15.  This is just one example of how Kona Ice is encouraging folks to Flavor Our World and give back.

Schlotzsky’s — On April 15 only, get a free small Original sandwich with purchase of a 32 oz. drink and chips. No coupon required.

Sonic —Sonic Drive-In is offering half-price Cheeseburgers all day April 15.

Texas de Brazil — Patrons get $10 off each dinner at Texas de Brazil (up to 8 per table) in honor of Tax Day! Valid April 15 only. Mention to server to get this deal. Located at CityCentre, 822 Town & Country at Beltway 8.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston April 13-17

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston April 13-17 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign

Monday (4/13) — Enjoy Fun & Games Night Mondays, 2 pm – 10 pm, at MKT Bar, inside Phoenicia Specialty Foods. Challenge your friends in retro board games (such as Mystery Date, Operation, Clue and Twister), ping pong, darts, and foosball. Save with specials on craft beer & pizza. Free parking in One Park Place Garage on McKinney.

Tuesday (4/14) — Grab a free cone at Ben & Jerry’s for Free Cone Day, noon – 8 pm! This annual event started back in 1979. There are four participating locations in the Houston metro.

Tuesday (4/14) – Live monkeys downtown at Discovery Green? This week’s Toddler Tuesday presents a reading of Monkey Fun + Sasha, Cody and Darwin from Ms. Monkey’s Emporium. The barrel of fun kicks off at 10:30 am at 1500 McKinney. Don’t forget to bring a book to swap out at the weekly Book Swap!

Wednesday (4/15) — Take advantage of Tax Day Freebies & Deals to help ease the pain of Tax Day! Check out the list of local spots offering a freebie or deal.

Wednesday (4/15) — Catch a free screening of The Theory of Everything, 4 pm – 6 pm, at Central Library downtown. This Academy-nominated film, rated PG-13, stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Wednesday (4/15) — {Not free but cheap!} It’s another $3 Wednesday movie for Family Rewind series at Studio Movie Grill. This month’s feature is Labyrinth, 7 pm at both CityCentre and Copperfield locations.

Thursday (4/16) — In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, Da Camera of Houston presents Da Camera JAM Thursdays 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm in April. This week’s free concert presents Tom Borling Trio and Tom Borling Bebop Band.

Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s April 14

Free Cone Day Ben & Jerry'sEnjoy your favorite scoop for free at Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day. What started as free ice cream for a few hundred folks in Vermont in 1979 is now Global Free Cone Day, with Ben & Jerry’s giving away a million free scoops around the world. Take advantage of this freebie April 14 from noon to 8 pm. What flavor will you choose?

Four Houston-area locations are participating in Free Cone Day:

5515 Kirby Dr.
Houston

16155 City Walk
Sugar Land

528 West Bay Area Blvd.
Webster

4408 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston

14 Free Things to Do in Houston This Weekend

Get ready for the weekend! Here is a snapshot of 14 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, April 10-12:

Art Car Parade

FRIDAY

Enjoy a free outdoor musical — HITS Theater presents a free production of Legally Blonde the Musical at Miller Outdoor Theater, 8 pm. Tickets for free covered reserved seats are available performance day 10:30 am – 1 pm at Miller Box Office. This show runs Friday and Saturday.

SATURDAY

Celebrate the earthEarth Day Houston returns Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm, to Discovery Green. Learn from Houston nonprofit green agencies, enjoy interactive environmental awareness activities, learn the benefits of healthy living, hear live music, and entertain the kids with activities throughout the festival. Visit the Saint Arnold’s beer garden, food trucks, and Eco-Artists Village. Located at Discovery Green downtown, 1500 McKinney.

Promote freedomDon’t miss free citywide Freedom Fest, 8:30 am – 1 pm, to promote awareness of human trafficking and celebrate the successes in the past five years. The Festival by Free the Children is free and open to the public with free food, live entertainment, educational lectures by Julie Waters, founder of FtC, Houston County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, and game booths. Plus free Zumba class! A 5K run will kick off at 7:30am for a small registration fee. Located at 541 S 75th St.

Enjoy a family festival(Cancelled due to weather. No rain date.)  Don’t miss the 2nd annual Children’s Festival at Central Green Park in Katy. Lots of free fun with magic show, live music, arts and crafts, jump fun and more. This is located at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Watch creativity in motionWatch nearly 300 cars, skaters and more in the 28th annual Houston Art Car Parade! It’s what makes Houston so unique. And it’s dubbed the world’s largest art car parade in the world. Cars begin lining up at 10 am on Allen Parkway. The Kids Zone opens at 11 am. The parade is 2 pm – 4 pm, rain or shine!

Engage with teen authorsTeenBookCon returns as a free event for lovers of YA (young adult) literature. The book convention is April 11, 9 am – 5 pm, at Alief Taylor High School. The day kicks off with a keynote by Gayle Forman followed by panels with teen authors throughout the day. Authors will sign books purchased at the festival from 3:45 pm – 5 pm. Check out the amazing group of authors online, including Joy Preble, Ally Carter, Alexis Bass, and Lindsay Cummings. The school is located at 7555 Howell-Sugar Land Road.

Explore art —  {Postponed to April 18, 10 am – 6 pm due to weather.} The annual Midtown Art in the Park is a fine art festival featuring local and regional artists. And it’s free! The goal of this festival is to bring the cultural arts and entertainment community together. Located at 1701 Elgin in Midtown.

Celebrate literacy — Cinco Ranch Branch Public Library presents the 2nd annual Literary and Fine Arts Festival and Parade Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, in Katy. Enjoy live music and performances by local high school students, educational scholarships awards, kids’ activities, county emergency vehicles, and a children’s book character parade through La Centerra shopping complex. Kids age 3-10 can participate in the book character parade by registering by 10 am. Located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd.

Go back in time — This month’s Second Saturday Settler series features Wood Working from 1 pm – 3 pm. Experience early settler life at the homestead. Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center is located in Humble at 20634 Kenswick Drive.

Enjoy outdoor fun — It’s another weekend of free family fun thanks to Second Saturday at The Depot. The monthly event in Tomball features  Earth Daythemed activities and games, concessions, music and The Lorax on the giant inflatable screen. Event from 6 pm – 9 pm with the movie beginning at dark. Located at 201 S. Elm.

See a free outdoor musical — HITS Theater presents a free production of Legally Blonde the Musical at Miller Outdoor Theater, 8 pm. Tickets for free covered reserved seats are available performance day 10:30 am – 1 pm at Miller Box Office. This show runs Friday and Saturday.

Enjoy classical musicDon’t miss the free Spring Faculty Recital at Campbell Learning Center Saturday, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, with faculty member performances on piano, harp, violin, and trumpet. Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment and a reception to celebrate CLC’s growth. Located at 1440 Campbell Road.

Love outdoor musicMusic Night on the Strand returns to Galveston Saturday, 6 pm, with Alter Ego. The free performance is held at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand.

SUNDAY

Hear a concert in the park — Sunday afternoon features Spring Concert in the Park and Bicycle Bash, 5:30 pm. Live music from Rush Tribute Band, Subdivided. Folks who ride their bike to the show get special bike parking, and a party. Free admission. Lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and pets are welcome. Located at The Woodlands Township, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.

Houston Art Car Parade Weekend April 9-12

It’s Art Car weekend in Houston — my favorite time of year! The parade definitely celebrates the quirkiness of our town. And to think it started back in 1988 with 40 cars. Now it’s dubbed the world’s largest art car parade and Houston’s largest free public event with 300,000 spectators and 300+ cars, bikes, skaters and more. These are some of the creative entries I’ve enjoyed in the past…

Art Car parade

Get a sneak peek of some of the fabulous entries in this year’s parade at the Art Car Parade Sneak Peek party Thursday, April 9, at Discovery Green, 6:30 pm-10 pm. The free family-friendly evening features 50 art cars from the parade and a free live concert from Aaron Neville. GONZO247 also will be creating a live artwork masterpiece during the event!

Then Saturday is the big day for the 28th annual Art Car Parade, 2 pm, along Allen Parkway with more than 250 entries.

The Starting Line Party opens at 10 am at Allen Parkway and Taft to get up close to the entries. The FPSF Stage kicks off at 11 am along with activities in the Kid’s Zone. The parade runs along Allen Parkway towards downtown and turns to head back down Allen Parkway. Mayor Annise Parker will ride in the parade for the 8th year.

Houston Art Car ParadeTake advantage of reserved bleacher seating in front of the Kid’s Zone at Sam Houston Park. The shaded seats help you get out of the heat plus easy access to clean restrooms and all sorts of food and beverage booths. Adults are $25 and kids are $15.

True art car fans indulge in the VIPit Party, which is noon to 5 pm. This special ticket offers shaded bleacher seating, free parking, plenty of gourmet food and drinks from local restaurants, and family activities. I have done this, and it is amazing! Price is $150 for adults and $25 for kids. Tickets will be on sale through April 10.

The fun continues Sunday as the public is invited to the Art Car Parade Awards Ceremony and Brunch, noon – 3 pm at Smither Park, 2411 Munger St. More than $15,000 of awards are given! Brunch and beverages are provided with donations encouraged for the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, who sponsors the annual Art Car Parade. It also manages the Beer Can House and Orange Show Monument.

Free Spring Friday DIY Sessions at JerryBuilt

Jerrybuilt buildingCrafty folks (or craft wanna-be’s) will enjoy a new series of Spring Friday DIY sessions at JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers in April. The free event will focus on a specific topic taught by a local expert. Attendees can stick around for half-price entree for lunch after! Get these dates on your calendar:

April 10: Ren Mitchell
Spring Bookmarks with Pressed Flowers
The Woodlands, 10 am

April 17: Dianne Norman
Garden & Planting Tips for April
Holcombe, 10 am

April 24: Morgan Jankovic
Healthy Breakfast & Snacks + How to Buy Organic
Holcombe, 10 am

May 1: Ann Brock
Mother’s Day Flower Arrangement
The Woodlands, 10 am

All the required materials for each event will be provided, as well as refreshments. Children are welcome to partake in the craft or to draw on JerryBuilt’s chalkboard wall. RSVP to these events on the JerryBuilt Facebook page.