Alamo Drafthouse: Free Movie Day April 30

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Folks who join the Victory reward program at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema can take advantage of its upcoming Free Movie Day April 30. Simply provide your name, email or phone number from your Victory reward membership at the box office to receive a free ticket for any movie!

The Victory reward program is new to the Houston market. Members will receive a free movie ticket on their birthday, at least two special offers each year, and best of all — surprises! Who doesn’t love surprises! Just in the past couple weeks, Alamo Drafthouse surprised its Victory members with discount movie tickets, food and beverage deals, and access to exclusive parties. Sign up online here.

Free Pretzels for National Pretzel Day (April 26) and Free Carvel May 1

Don’t miss these food freebies this week, April 26-May 1:

National Pretzel Day April 26Pretzelmaker: Get a free pretzel April 26 at Pretzelmaker for National Pretzel Day. This year the pretzel retailer is partnering with and raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) rather than having you sing for a free pretzel! Donations are not required, but certainly encouraged. If Pretzelmaker gives away 65,000 pretzels, the company will make its own corporate donation to LLS.

Houston-area locations include Deerbrook Mall, Willowbrook Mall, Memorial City Mall, The Woodlands Mall, Shops at Houston Center downtown, and Houston Premium Outlets in Cypress.

Carvel: Grab a free junior cup or cone May 1 at Carvel 3 pm – 8 pm as part of its Cones and a Cause. The retailer is encouraging customers to donate $2 to American Red Cross and receive a coupon book with $20 of savings. Three Houston locations: 8751 Highway 6 South, 9746 Katy Freeway, and 15919 North Freeway.

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Free Weekend Fun in Houston April 25-27

The weekend is around the corner! Here is a snapshot of 14 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, April 25-27.

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Eat and learn about food — The Chipotle Green Film Series continues Friday with a free screening of Food Patriots. Chipotle will be serving free tacos before the film and giving coupons for free kid’s meals and BOGO meals to folks who see the movie. The documentary follows food activists who are trying to change the way Americans eat and buy food. Bring some fresh produce to donate to the Houston Food Bank.The movie begins at 8:30 pm at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

SATURDAY

Engage with teen authorsTeenBookCon returns as a free event for lovers of YA literature to interact with authors. The book conference is Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm, at Alief Taylor High School. The day kicks off with keynote by Laurie Halse Anderson followed by panels with teen authors. Authors will sign books purchased at the festival from 3:45 pm – 5 pm. Check out the amazing group of authors online. Located at 7555 Howell-Sugar Land Road.

Learn about animal tracks — Families can join a park naturalist Saturday at 10 am to learn about wildlife tracks and signs at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center. This evidence from animals can tell a story about the local wildlife. This is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Located at 20634 Kenswick in Humble.

San Jacinto DayRelive Texas history — Texans are proud to celebrate San Jacinto Day! The annual San Jacinto Day Festival & Battle Reenactment April 26 is perfect for families with historical activities and crafts, live Texas-themed entertainment, and more. At 3 pm, watch hundreds of volunteers recreate events leading up to Texas winning its independence at the Battle of San Jacinto complete with cannons and horses. Hours are 10 am – 6 pm at the San Jacinto Monument off Independence Parkway in La Porte.  photo: BFSMan

Celebrate nature7th annual Nature Fest at Bridgelands is April 26, 10 am – 5 pm, is filled with loads of free family fun: armadillo races, free kayak lessons, outdoor laser tag, arts and crafts, pony and camel rides, nature exhibits, inflatables, Crocodile Encounter, farmers market, Safari Animal show, Birds of Prey, rock-climbing wall, petting zoo, and more. Food trucks will be onsite to purchase food. Nature Fest is located in Cypress at Oak Meadow Park, 17730 House Hahl Rd.

Learn about wildlife babies— Head to Wabash Antiques & Feed Store April 26 to learn about wildlife babies from Lee Nance and the Wildlife Center of Texas. The free session is at 5701 Washington Ave.

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.

picnic in the parkPicnic in the park — Head outdoors for Picnic in the Park Saturday, 11 am – 2 pm, sponsored by Buffalo Bayou Partnership. The free family-friendly event features all kinds of outdoor fun such as lawn games (badminton, bocce ball), live music, boat rides, face painting, balloon artist and more. The Whole Foods Market food truck will be selling food and drinks. Free parking is available at Lot H (Sabine Street exit off Memorial Drive). Located at the Police Memorial north of Memorial Drive.

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, entertainment, climbing walls, inflatables, and activity villages. A free movie screening of Planes begins at 8 pm. Located at downtown Conroe.

Watch a movie under the moon — Pack a blanket for another free movie under the moon! Central Green Park in Katy is hosting a free outdoor screening of Enchanted Saturday. Girls can participate in the Princess Costume Dress Up to tie in with the movie theme. Enchanted begins at dusk at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Swap, recycle and reuse – On the 4th Saturday each month, Houston Re-Market returns 11 am – 4 pm as an opportunity for Houstonians to practice responsible consumerism. Participate in the swap (bring a gently used item) and take something else home for free, shop at vendors who use recycled and resused materials in their crafts, and browse a few garage sale booths. Enjoy crafts and live music. Houston Re-Market is located at 4302 Harrisburg.

Save the earth Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rock is the Earth Day celebration April 26 in Sugar Land, 1 pm – 5 pm. The free event includes environmental activity booths, live music, reptile shows by Texas Snakes, interactive games, poetry contest, and more. Paper shredding will be available for free in the City Hall parking lot.

SUNDAY

Enjoy Family Day at Bayou Bend — The monthly Bayou Bend Family Days returns Sunday, April 27, with the theme, Great Books. Families can enjoy art-making workshops, demonstrations, collaborative group projects, and performances through the home and gardens. Tours also will be given of the first floor of the house. Free admission from 1 pm – 5 pm. Bayou Bend is located at 6003 Memorial.

Listen to the Fab 5 — Don’t miss the opening night of Miller Outdoor Theater‘s brand-new season! The free event features the Fab 5, a Beatles tribute band beginning at 8 pm. Seating under the covered awning will be first-come, first-serve. This concert celebrates Miller’s new roof replacement. It’s also a chance to test improvements to the sound system, so there may be a new pauses during the show. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

VERTS: Grand Opening April 26 with Free Food

verts river oaksVERTS Kebap is opening its second Houston location this week. This fast casual restaurant from Austin built its concept around Doner Kepab, Germany’s favorite street food.

VERTS opens its second Houston location Saturday in River Oaks (not 4/23 as previously mentioned). All the festivities will take place Saturday, April 26, at its Grand Opening from 11 am – 8 pm. Don’t miss free food all day (one item per person), live DJ music, and a raffle to win free VERTS for a year.

The Kebap is similar to a panini-pressed sandwich filled with vertically roasted meats, veggies, and yogurt-based sauces. The River Oaks store is located at 1572 W. Gray.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston April 21-25

We Love Houston sign There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 6 options for free fun this week (April 21-25) before planning your free and cheap weekend!

Tuesday (4/22) — Attend the 2nd annual Earth Day Fair downtown at The Shops at Houston Center, 11 am – 2 pm. The free event features food sampling, live music, green living tips, prizes and more! Located at 1200 McKinney.

Tuesday (4/22) — The Houston Symphony presents a free concert for the city of Houston Tuesday at Discovery Green, 7:30 pm. The event celebrates the 100th year of the Houston Symphony and 6th birthday of Discovery Green. Free wine tasting and tango lessons begin at 6:30 pm with the concert at 7:30 pm. Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney.

Tuesday (4/22) — Celebrate World Book Night at Brazos Bookstore, just one of 20 stores in the country with a special event. Author Chris Cander will share her own World Book Night giving experiences. All attendees will receive a free Shakespeare sonnet WBN edition. Located at 2421 Bissonnnet.

Wednesday (4/23) — Head outdoors to see a free movie under the moon! Market Square Park is the site for viewing Office Space, Wednesday, 8 pm. Follow it on Facebook to learn of happy hours before and after the movie. Located at 301 Milam.

Wednesday (4/23) — Lawndale Art Center’s Design Fair 2014 kicks off with a free lecture Wednesday, 6:30 pm, at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Karrie Jacobs will share “In Praise of Man-Made Nature.” Free tickets are available online.

Thursday (4/24) — Enjoy a free outdoor concert in The Woodlands Thursdays through June 5, 6 pm – 8 pm, for the Central Park Concert series. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs to unwind with local artists. April 24 features the Marshall Ford Swing Band. Located in Central Park at Market Street.

Thursday (4/24) — The Houston Symphony celebrates educators with a free Salute to Educators concert Thursday, 7:30 pm. The Thursday performance is free for educators, teachers, and their guests, thanks to the Spec’s Charitable Foundation. Request tickets from Patron Services (713.224.7575) or email salutetoeducators@houstonsymphony.org. Located at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana.

Free Shirts, Dove Products at Heights’ Walmart April 18

Dove event April 18 in HoustonThis post is sponsored by Lunchbox on behalf of Dove. All opinions are my own.

Do you love free things relating to beauty and hair? Don’t miss the free Houston event Friday, April 18, 2 pm – 6 pm, at the Heights’ Walmart, 111 Yale St.

The first 100 people will receive Dove t-shirts and free products plus free coupons for the first 200. Enter to win 1 of 5 giveaways by tweeting during the live Q&A with #doveweightoffmyshoulders. And there will be refreshments, of course!

Meet local blogger Kristina from PrettyShinySparkly.com who will answer your beauty questions. Kristina is a local beauty and style blogger — but also a full-time physician. How cool!

Dove and Pretty Shiny SparklyThis post is sponsored by Lunchbox on behalf of Dove. All opinions are my own.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston April 18-20

free weekend fun in HoustonThe weekend is around the corner. Here is a snapshot of 11 Free Things to Do in Houston This Weekend April 18-20:

FRIDAY

Enjoy a silent movie — Houston Public Media’s Silent Film Series continues at Discovery Green with 100 Years of the Tramp: Celebrating Charlie Chaplin. Activities begin at 7:30 pm with the movie at 8:30 pm. Music will be accompanied by several instrumentalists. Dress like the Tramp to participate in the Tramp contest! Located at 1500 McKinney downtown.

Partake of food and fun — Enjoy Menil After Hours, a new Friday night series at The Menil Collection through May 23. The free evening offers extended hours at Menil (7 pm – 9 pm) plus a new featured restaurant each week. April 18 features food and drinks from Underbelly. The Menil Collection is located at 1533 Sul Ross.

Jam outside -- Austin-based Milkdrive, a jazz-grass band hits Houston Friday for its free outdoor concert at Market Square Park. Music begins at 8 pm. The downtown park is located at 301 Milam.

Love a free concert — Enjoy live outdoor music at the Kings Harbor Concert Friday, 7 pm – 10 pm. The free series, held the 1st and 3rd Fridays, features a different genres of music each week. Located at Kings Harbor Waterfront Village in Kingwood.

SATURDAY

Take a nature walk — Nature Discovery Center hosts its annual free Earth Day celebration Spring Fling April 19, 10 am – 3 pm. The day features nature walks, live music, family-friendly crafts and activities, environmental and natural history exhibitors. Located at Russ Pitman Park, 7112 Newcastle in Bellaire. Admission and craft activities are all free!

Central Green Park in KatyEngage in family fun — Don’t miss the Children’s Festival at Central Green Park in Katy Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm (rescheduled from two previous rain days!). The day features live music, crafts, games, giant slide, face painting, and more. Located at Central Green Park at Katy’s La Centerra at Cinco Ranch.

Hunt for Easter eggs — It’s another big weekend for Easter celebrations. Easter ThrillFest is dubbed the “city’s official and state’s largest Easter festival” with 100,000 Easter eggs. It also includes hands-on interactive stations, exhibits, demonstrations, live performances, carnival and more. The event is 10:30 am – 6 pm at MacGregor Park. Check out my Easter Egg Hunts in Houston 2014 for all the hunts this weekend.

Tour on your bike — The FotoFest Bike Scramble tours several photography exhibitions Saturday, 1 pm – 4 pm at FotoFest and participating spaces. The tour is designed for riders of all ages and skill levels. Ride the whole day or just a portion.
The ride begins at FotoFest, Silver Street Studios (2000 Edwards) and visits The Printing Museum, Sicardi Gallery, Houston Center for Photography, Anya Tish Gallery, Barbara Davis Gallery, The Mission, Zoya Tommy Contemporary, and The Menil Collection. Participants are required to wear helmets. Register online free here.

Learn to fly fish — You can’t beat free lessons! Orvis is offering free fly fishing lessons Saturdays through June 14. The fly fishing basics will cover fly casting and outfit rigging. All ages are welcome, but those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. RSVPs are required. Two Houston-area locations include 5727 Westheimer (713-783-2111) and 9595 Six Pines in The Woodlands (281-203-6150).

Play traditional Easter games — Enjoy traditional Easter games Saturday, 10 am – noon, at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center. Families will enjoy egg rolls, spoon races, bunny races and more at the Red Bud Homestead. Registration is required for this free event. Located at 20634 Kenswick in Humble.

Love outdoor music –Pearland Town Center presents a free outdoor concert Saturday, 5 pm – 8 pm, with Gary Michael Dahl Band playing jazz, R&B, and Caribbean music. Lawn chairs welcome. Located at Hwy 288 and FM 518.

SUNDAY

Hunt for Easter eggs — It’s another big weekend for kids to hunt Easter eggs out in the community. Check out my Easter Egg Hunts in Houston 2014 for the hunts this weekend.

Free April Haircuts at Supercuts Studio

free haircuts in HoustonFree haircuts are available this week April 16-18 at Supercuts Studio (Westheimer). It’s all part of the studio’s advanced hair cutting class with complimentary haircuts to the public by licensed cosmetologists learning advanced techniques.

April 16: 1:30 pm – 4 pm
April 17: 9:30 am – 11:30 am, 1:30 pm – 4 pm
April 18: 9:30 am – noon, 1 pm – 3 pm

To make your appointment, call (713) 975-8958 or email with name, phone number, and number of appointments to supercutsstudiowestheimer@gmail.com. They will reply with your appointment time and date. Mention the cut you prefer in the email.

The studio is located in the back of the salon at 5727 Westheimer. Watch for more dates in the future.

photo: flickr/scottfeldstein

Tax Day Freebies & Deals in Houston 2014 (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! Here is what I’ve seen in Houston to ease the pain April 15:

Arby’s — Get a free Snack-sized Curly Fry at Arby’s nationwide April 15. You need to print a coupon, which will be available on Arby’s social media Monday, April 14: Arby’s Facebook or @Arby’s on Twitter.

Boston Market — The food retailer is offering the “Tax Day Deal Chicken Meal” April 15. The deal includes two half-chicken individual meals for $10.40, including two sides and cornbread. One meal is normally $7.99 each. Valid April 15 only. No coupon is required.

Entertainment Book — Get a 2014 Entertainment Book for just $10.40 + $2.49 shipping ($35 retail) April 15-17. Coupons expire 12/30/14.

Great American Cookies — Folks can get a free Original Chocolate Chip Cookie at Great American Cookies April 15, thanks to its “Income the Sweetness” promotion. No purchase is necessary — or proof of taxes filed!

Hard Rock Café — Houstonians can earn a free dinner entree from Hard Rock Café’s new menu just by “singing for their supper.” Folks simply select their favorite song and perform it live on the restaurant stage. The promotion is the day after Tax Day, April 16, 5 pm – 7 pm. Houston’s Hard Rock Café is downtown at 501 Texas.

HydroMassage — Get a free massage at participating HydroMassage locations across the United States April 14-18, 2014.  Just print out this coupon for this free deal. Due to high demand, massages may be limited to 10 minutes. Consider calling ahead to reserve your spot. Eleven locations in the Houston area are participating including Houston, Katy, League City, and Conroe. Check out the locations online.

Menchie’s — It’s not a Tax Day Deal, but it’s a freebie on April 15! Get a free 6oz. cup of Menchie’s frozen yogurt April 15, noon – 2 pm, thanks to the Houston Rockets win last night. This has been an amazing promotion all season, but it’s winding down! Valid at participating locations. One Houston-area location changed it to 4oz!

RA Sushi — Enjoy an extended happy hour for its Tax Day Tuesday from 3 pm  to close. Keep some money in your pocket with $3-$7 cocktails and 35 appetizers, tapas and sushi from $2.25 – $7.25.

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 Happy Hour all day April 15. Get your favorite soft drink, slush, or combination of flavors at 50% off!

The Green Run — Save 15% on race registration for The Green Run, a 10K held April 26 at CityCentre. Use code TAXDAYG6214 April 15 only. Adults: $45, kids $15 (before discount). Register online here.

Willie’s Icehouse — Get your tax deducted from your bill at Willie’s Icehouse April 14-16. Print this coupon to take advantage of this savings.