Free Burger for National Cheeseburger Day!

JerryBuilt Homegrown BurgersToday is National Cheeseburger Day! And you can get spoiled at JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers.

The first guest each hour Thursday, September 18, between 11 am – 9 pm, will get a free burger of their choice when they say “cheeseburger” at the front counter. I would suggest the Vicki Jo Burger myself, but I’m very biased! And my burger benefits Habitat for Humanity.

JerryBuilt is located on Holcombe in West University and in The Woodlands.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston September 19-21

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 16 Free Things to Do in Houston September 19-21:

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FRIDAY

Watch movies under the moonMarket Square Park: Watch Caddyshack on the outdoor screen at downtown’s Market Square Park. Market Square Park is located at 301 Milam.

Salsa on your feet — It’s dubbed Houston’s largest outdoor salsa event! Get ready for a Latin party at La Fiesta del Barrio beginning at 7:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The free event features amazing dance and musical talent. Free reserved seats are available on performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

Watch the batsFamily Bat Chat returns Friday at the platform at Waugh Drive and Allen Parkway. Arrive 30 minutes before sunset to hear a brief presentation on Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Free public parking at Spotts Park, 401 S. Heights Blvd. at Memorial. This is held the 1st and 3rd Fridays.

Enjoy family fun — Don’t miss Third Friday Family Fun Night in Kingwood Friday, 7 pm – 10 pm at Kings Harbor. Enjoy live music from Extraordinary Entertainment DJs and family fun. Located at 1660 West Lake Houston Parkway in Kingwood.

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 

Take a pontoon boat tour — It’s a special day of Pontoon Boat Tours Saturday, at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center. These will be throughout the day, but reservations are required. Located in Humble at 20634 Kenswick.

Play outdoorsNFL Play 360 returns to Central Green Park Saturday, 8:30 am – 10:30 am. The event encourages outdoor play. Coaches will run the kids through football drills and teach about healthy lifestyles. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd in Katy.

Engage in writing — Saturday mornings features the Young Writers Workshop each week at Discovery Green. This is a free event, thanks to partners Writers in the Schools, HPL Express, and Discovery Green. It’s from 10:30 am – 11:30 am each week.

Watch chefs and learn about disaster preparedness — Imagine Houston’s celebrity chefs cooking on camp stoves outdoors at Market Square Park! It’s all part of the Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge Saturday, September 20, 11 am – 12:30 pm, to raise awareness for disaster preparedness. The first 50 people will receive a free Ready Houston picnic blanket! Located at 301 Milam.

Get outside for fun — It’s Nickelodeon’s World Wide Day of Play Saturday in Deer Park. The free family event features geocaching, inflatables, water balloon toss, face painting, music, pool races and more! The fun starts at noon. Located at Dow Park.

Learn about acting — Free Youth Acting Workshops are available Saturdays in partnership with Black Box Theatre and Houston Public Library. Registration is required. This is geared for kids ages 7-17. More dates October 11 and November 8. Located at 500 McKinney.

Learn about safety -- Get educated at the Community Safety Expo in The Woodlands Saturday, noon – 3 pm. Kids will love trying on safety gear, face painting, bounce houses, live K9 demonstrations, crafts, and McGruff the Crime Dog. Located at The Woodlands Township.

Watch an outdoor musical – Don’t miss this Broadway-style musical, Kung Fu Hero, with amazing songs, colorful costumes, martial arts, and challenging choreography. The show is performed in Mandarin and English. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 8 pm.

Enjoy live music at Waterway Square — The Live at Night Waterway Music Series picks up again Saturdays this fall through October 11 in The Woodlands, 6 pm – 8 pm. The September 20 performance features Legacy.

Watch free outdoor movies — Kids will love watching Monsters University on the jumbo movie screen at Pearland Town Square. Movie begins at 8 pm.

SUNDAY

Enjoy live music — Enjoy a new fall Concert in the Park series in The Woodlands each weekend through October, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Sunday, September 21, features Black Dog, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. Don’t miss this week’s Family Chalk Competition, with free chalk provided! The masterpieces will be judged during intermission at 6:30 pm. Located at Northshore Park in Panther Creek in The Woodlands.

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The Book of Life Advance Screening September 20

The Book of LifeUPDATE: Passes gone as of 11:28am.

It’s another opportunity for free tickets to The Book of Life advance movie screening!

Thanks to a partnership with Twentieth Century Fox, I have 200 passes (in quantities of 4) to see The Book of Life, a 3D-animated fantasy adventure featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Hector Elizondo and Ice Cube.

Check out the official trailer here.

The Book of Life Advance Screening
Saturday, September 20, 10 am
Edwards Marq*E, 7600 Katy Freeway

Head to GoFoBo.com and use promo code HOTCK20L to get your free passes. These will go fast, so I will update the post when they are gone.

Seats are not guaranteed! As with all free screenings, they are overbooked to ensure a full audience. Seats are first come, first serve so you need to arrive early.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston September 15-19

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston September 15-19 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (9/15)— Enjoy an evening of mariachi music with Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, America’s first all-female group, who are celebrating 20 years together. The program is held at Miller Outdoor Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm.

Tuesday (9/16) — 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 (9/17) — City Hall Farmers Market returns downtown every Wednesday this fall from 11 am – 1:30 pm. Special guests this week include Brian Cushing (Houston Texans), chef demo with Chris Shepherd (Underbelly), and live music by The Zydeco Dots. Located at 500 McKinney.

Wednesday (9/17) — Lunch with the Birds returns for the fall season at Nature Discovery Center. Folks could see a variety of birds during the fall migration such as warblers, thrushes, buntings and more. The guided walk through Russ Pittman Park is Wednesdays, noon – 1:15 pm. Meet on the front porch for the walk. They suggest eating lunch before or after the walk. Located at 7112 Newcastle.

Wednesday (9/17) — Not free, but cheap! It’s another $2 movie at Studio Movie Grill for Family Rewind. This month features $2 movie Jurassic Park. Located at CityCentre and Copperfield.

Thursday (9/18) — Take advantage of Free Thursday Museums this week, which is a perfect time to experience the new 9/11 exhibit at Holocaust Museum Houston, Ground Zero 360: Never Forget! Seven museums are free each Thursday, while a number are free every day.

  • Holocaust Museum Houston — free Thursday 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum — free Thursday 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston — free Thursday 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science — free Thursday 2 pm –5 pm
  • 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 (9/18) — Games on the Green is back at downtown’s GreenStreet Thursday, 5 pm – 8 pm. Head over to The Lawn, an open-air green space filled with bocce ball, giant Jenga, live music and more. Don’t miss Lucky Strike’s interactive booth on the Lawn complete with giveaways, games and prizes. Located at 1201 Fannin.

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.

Chick-fil-A Sawyer Heights — The day after a Texans’ win, get a free Chick-fil-A sandwich from 11 am – 2 pm at Sawyer Heights location only. No purchase necessary but you have to say “Go Texans!”

Chick-fil-A Silber & I-10– The day after a Texans’ win, get a free Chick-fil-A sandwich from 11 am – 2 pm at Sawyer Heights location only. No purchase necessary but you have to say “Go Texans!”

Crave CupcakesBuy 1 cupcake, get 1 free on Monday after a Texans’ win.

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. Once again, Houston can enjoy a free Texans slush Tuesdays after each Houston Texans win. The Texans slush is a blend of cranberry & cherry to get that Texans’ red!

According to the promotion, you can get one free slush/person present. Find a list of participating Sonic locations online.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston September 12-14

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 16 Free Things to Do in Houston September 12-14:

Houston skyline

FRIDAY

Watch movies under the moonDiscovery Green: It’s H-E-B Movie Night with Finding Nemo at Discovery Green. The movie kicks off at 8 pm but arrive an hour early for contests and activities. Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney. Market Square Park: {Rescheduled to September 19}. Watch Caddyshack on the outdoor screen at downtown’s Market Square Park. Market Square Park is located at 301 Milam. Central Green Park: {Rescheduled to December 27}. Catch a free outdoor screening of the original 1966 classic, Batman. Movie begins at dusk at Central Green Park in Katy, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Houston Symphony Miller OutdoorEnjoy classical music outdoors — The Houston Symphony is sharing a free outdoor performance Friday to celebrate its new director this season. Pre-concert activities include salsa dance lessons, music, and activities with the Houston Dynamo so arrive around 6:30 pm. The concert begins at 8:30 pm with music from America and Colombia, Orozco-Estrada’s home country, and conclude with fireworks! photo: Chinh Phan

Learn fashion trends — The Galleria presents Look Book Live Friday 5 pm – 9 pm at The Ice at Galleria. The free event features an interactive trend showcase with pros from Glamour and GQ. Enjoy personal styling sessions, beauty how-tos, grooming sessions, gieaways, and social media challenges.

Jam to the tunes — It’s another Concert in the Park in Kingwood Friday, 7 pm – 10 pm. The free event features The Fab Five plus a free Kids’ Corner. Find all the fun at Kingwood Town Center Park. Free concerts continue the second Friday each month through November.

SATURDAY 

Have fun geocaching — It’s a special morning of Geocaching Saturday, 9 am, at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center. Simply bring your GPS or GPS-enabled smart phone to play this game with courses of varying skill levels. Located in Humble at 20634 Kenswick.

folkloricoCelebrate culture at Hispanic parade — Don’t miss the 46th annual Fiestas Patrias International Parade downtown September 13 at 10 am. The parade begins at Texas at Jackson and heads west. Enjoy floats, music, dancing, horses and more. The celebration continues all weekend and throughout next week with Hispanic Heritage Month at Fiesta Mart with live music and dance performances outdoors.  photo: flickr/euthman

Learn about fall lawn care — It’s time to start thinking about fall lawn care. Cornelius Nursery is hosting a free Fall Lawn Care clinic Saturday, 10:15 am. Cornelius is located at 1200 North Dairy Ashford and 2233 South Voss.

Enjoy free fun in Tomball2nd Saturday at The Depot returns to Tomball 6 pm – 9 pm Saturday. The free monthly event features live music, games, petting zoo, crafts, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Special Events team plus the movie Barnyard under the stars on the giant inflatable screen. Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

Experience historic fun 2nd Saturday Settler Series returns Saturday, 1 pm – 3 pm, with instruction on spinning and weaving. Learn how settlers spun animal and plant fibers into thread and woven fabric. Located at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick in Humble.

Get outside and play — Enjoy the 6th annual Take Me Outdoors Houston event Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, at Discovery Green. The downtown event by Texas Parks and Wildlife features hands-on activities, booths, demonstrations, and lots of family fun such as fishing, crafts, rock wall, and Birds of Prey flying demonstrations at 11 am and 1 pm.

Watch a water paradeUPDATE: Rescheduled to October 4. Houston Arts Alliance presents Afloat, a water parade Saturday, 11 am – 1 pm, at Allen’s Landing. The boat procession features kayaks, Dragon Boats, fishing boats, and other floating items from Allen’s Landing to Houston’s East End. Spectators can cheer their favorite boat along. The event winds down with a post-parade party at 901 N. York Street.

Get healthy — Catch the Safety Health and Wellness Expo Saturday, 2 pm – 5 pm, at Sugar Land Town Square. The free event includes demonstrations, children’s activities, music, fire truck, bounce house and more.

Enjoy live music at Waterway Square — The Live at Night Waterway Music Series picks up again Saturdays this fall through October 11 in The Woodlands, 6 pm – 8 pm. The September 13 performance features Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Enjoy a cultural musical — For the 6th year, Incredible India: The Life of Gautama Buddha returns to Miller Outdoor Theatre. This captivating musical production is about peace and compassion. Reserved covered seats are available on performance day from 10 am – 1 pm at the Miller Box Office. Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Watch free outdoor movies — Discovery Green: Don’t miss Bank of America Screen on the Green’s movie night featuring Rio 2. Arrive an hour early for games and prizes. Sugar Land Town Square: Kids will love watching Frozen on the jumbo movie screen at Sugar Land Town Square. Characters Anna and Elsa will be in the plaza to meet and greet and take photos from 7:45 – 8:45 pm. The movie begins at 7:30 pm. Located at 15098 City Walk.

SUNDAY

Enjoy live music — Enjoy a new fall Concert in the Park series in The Woodlands each weekend through October, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Sunday, September 14, features Gary Michael Dahl Band. Located at Northshore Park in Panther Creek in The Woodlands.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day September 27: Free Houston Museum Admission

houston holocaust museumSmithsonian Magazine is encouraging museum participation with its free Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!, Saturday, September 27. There are several participating museums in the Houston area:

A free museum ticket is required for free admission September 27. Folks can register online to receive a free ticket by email for two people. As a bonus, folks will receive a free digital subscription to Smithsonian Magazine for one year. There is a limit of one ticket per household, per email address.

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One Week Free Yoga: National Yoga Month 2014

yogaDid you enjoy Free Day of Yoga Houston on Labor Day? Then don’t miss your chance to attend free yoga classes for one week as part of September’s National Yoga Month. Just sign up by the end of September for a Yoga Month card to get this great freebie. Be sure to redeem your card by October 30, 2014, after you sign up.

Search here for studios in your area. More than 1,600 yoga studios nationwide are participating! This free week is for new students only.

Sam’s Club: Free Diabetes Awareness Health Screenings Available to Public

Sam's ClubGet a free health screening at any Sam’s Club Saturday, September 13, from 11 am – 3 pm. The screenings this month focus on Diabetes Awareness ($250 value):

  • A1C blood test
  • Glucose
  • Vision
  • Total Cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Risk Ratio (relationship between total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol)
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Fat Percentage

This is available to the public and not just members. Search online here to find a Sam’s Club screening  near you

Free Houston Symphony Concerts with New Director

What a fantastic way to kick off a new season of Houston Symphony!

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The Houston Symphony welcomes Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada as the 15th director of Houston’s talented musicians. He wanted to begin his tenure with two free public performances this weekend, September 12-14.

September 12 — The Houston Symphony’s free outdoor performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre will be a spectacular evening complete with fireworks! Folks should plan on arriving around 6:30 pm to get their spot on the hill. Pre-concert activities include salsa dancing lessons, music, and activities with the Houston Dynamo. The concert begins at 8:30 pm with music from America and Colombia, Orozco-Estrada’s home country.

September 14 UPDATE: FREE TICKETS are SOLD OUT now! The weekend concludes with a free concert at 6 pm at Jones Hall commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month with an evening dubbed “Fiesta Sinfónica con Andrés.” The Symphony’s first Hispanic music director will direct the orchestra in danzas from France, Mexico, and Colombia. Tickets are required for the event, which can be picked up free at Jones Hall, 10 am – 6 pm, while supplies last. Jones Hall is located at 615 Louisiana.

photo: Julie Soefer