7 Free Things to Do in Houston October 20-24

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

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Monday (10/20) — Get active and fit at the CityCentre Running Club’s free 5K fun run Mondays between 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Then enjoy a little post-run snack at Ruggles Green. CityCentre Running Club is a free social running group.

Tuesday (10/21) — Don’t miss The Cat in the Hat’s visit to this week’s Toddler Tuesday at Discovery Green. The fun begins at 10:30 am at 1500 McKinney. Bring a gently used book for the weekly book swap.

Tuesday (10/21) — The Solar Energy Workshop continues this week at IKEA Houston. Tuesday’s topics features Community Solar from 6 pm – 9 pm. The Thursday session is on Disaster Recovery.

Wednesday (10/22) — Head downtown for a free outdoor movie, Young Frankenstein, 7 pm, at Market Square Park. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Dog friendly!

Thursday (10/23) — Get ready to kick off The Addams Family musical Thursday — the first night of six performances. The show begins at 7:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Free reserved seats are available performance day at the Miller box office, 10:30 am – 1 pm. This is a HITS Theatre production.

Thursday (10/23) — Enjoy all the Halloween activities for free at Children’s Museum of Houston’s Free Family Night Thursday, 5 pm – 8 pm. Don’t miss the trick-or-treating plus examining slime blobs and mastering monster calls. Located at 1500 Binz.

Thursday (10/23) — Don’t miss “Open Mic Comedy Night” Thursday, 6 pm – 8:45 pm, at downtown Houston Public Library! The free evening welcomes local comedians, puppeteers, ventriloquists, and impressionists to share their clean comedy. It also features a local version of Whose Line Is It Anyway with audience help. Seating is limited. Comedy Night is held Fourth Thursday each month, 500 McKinney.

Free Adoptions at CAP October 17-19

Free Adoptions CAPIt’s a Mega-Weekend Sale with free pet adoptions October 17-19 at Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) in West Houston. This is sponsored by ASPCA and presented by Suburu.

Adoption fees range from $50 – $149, so it’s a huge savings. CAP adoption fees include a variety of services —  such as vaccinations, heartworm, and microchip — valued at $400. Katarina, pictured, is one of many available dogs available for adoption!

Search for your future friend online at the Pet Adoption page. CAP, a non-profit animal shelter since 1972, is located at 17555 Katy Freeway near Barker Cypress. Hours are 11 am – 6 pm Friday & Saturday and 1 pm – 6 pm Sunday.

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Free Weekend Fun in Houston October 17-19

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 16 Free Things to Do in Houston October 17-19:

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FRIDAY

Scare up some funBoo on the Boardwalk continues for Halloween-themed fun through October 31. Enjoy trick or treating at retail stores 4 pm – 8 pm Fridays – Sundays, outdoor movie each Friday night, kids’ activities and more. This Friday’s movie and music is Beetlejuice and music by Epic Blaze. Lots of free fun but haunted houses have a fee. Located in Kemah.

SATURDAY

Pick the perfect pumpkin — The Nature Discovery Center presents its Pumpkin Patch fall festival, October 18-19, from 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy carnival games, pumpkin patch, fall crafts, games, wagon rides, food and drink. Free with fee for some activities. Located at 7112 Newcastle Dr.

Texian Heritage FestivalCelebrate Texian heritage — Don’t miss the Texian Heritage Festival Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, at Montgomery’s historical park. The day features Texas Independence battle reenactments, Native American dancers, and a Texian Army Tent Encampment. It’s a great way to explore the daily lives of Texas settlers on the frontier in the 1800s. Fernland Historical Park has four cabins from the 1800s. The festival is located at the historic park, 780 Clepper in Montgomery. photo: Texian Heritage Festival

Go wild outdoors — Get ready for free family fun at the 8th annual KBR Kid’s Day: Wild on Buffalo Bayou Saturday, 11am – 3 pm. The day features activity stations with hands-on activities, pontoon boat tours, local entertainment and performers, Halloween Costume Parade, kayak and skateboarding demos, and Birds of Prey Show. This event, sponsored by Buffalo Bayou Partnership and KBR is located at Downtown’s Sabine Promenade, 150 Sabine Street (between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive).

Engage with energy – Don’t miss this free family festival around all-things energy, Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm. Energy Day features more than 70 kid-friendly demonstrations and energy exhibits, live music, contests, food, and fun. The festival highlights the importance of energy in the lives of Houstonians. Its mission is to spark the interests of the next generation in energy-related careers. The event is at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby.

 Celebrate Centennial Gardens — Enjoy music, food, fun, performances and more at the Family Celebration of McGovern Centennial Gardens, Hermann Park’s newest improvement project. Schedule includes garden tours, children’s activities, art talk and art walk. Saturday, 9:30 am – 5 pm at Hermann Park.

Support the pups — Dog lovers can unite at Barkitecture Houston, an annual local fundraiser supporting Pup Squad and its rescue dogs. The city’s best architects and designers join together Saturday to build creative, designer dog houses for silent auction. The free event also features shopping and fun. Bring your dog, of course. This event is at GreenStreet downtown, noon to 5 pm, with free parking at 1301 Main Street garage.

See WWII Aircraft — Don’t miss your chance to tour the WWII Museum and visit the Hangar of the Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Saturday 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. Located at West Houston Airport, 2 miles north of I-10 east off Barker Cypress on Groschke Rd.

Thrill at the mill — Play out on the farm with free admission October 18 only for Thrill at the Mill. It’s all at 7 Acre Wood 10 am – 4 pm in Conroe near The Woodlands. Enjoy park and games, petting zoo, putt putt golf, pumpkins, rope slide, playground, live music, free candy and more!

Free outdoor movies in HoustonWatch movies under the stars — It’s a big weekend for free outdoor movies in Houston. 1) Central Green Park, Katy: Batman , dusk 2) Sugar Land Town Square: Monsters University, 7 pm 3) Discovery Green: The Bully Project documentary, 7:30 pm 4) Pearland Town Square: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, 8 pm

See boats in action — Head to Sugar Land for the 11th annual Dragon Boat Regatta Saturday and Sunday. Watch dragon races, enjoy cultural performances and enjoy Asian cuisine. Some of the performers include belly dancing, Chinese Yo Yo, Kung Fu, and Asian Pie Eating Contest. This year’s theme is Breast Cancer Survivors. Held at Brooks Lake at Fluor in Sugar Land 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Scare up some funBoo on the Boardwalk features Halloween-themed fun through October 31. Enjoy trick or treating at retail stores 4 pm – 8 pm Fridays – Sundays. This week’s Saturday fun includes kids’ corner activities, Monster Magic Show, pumpkin decorating, Costume Contest (12 and under), Zombie Night Party, and music by Rapture. Lots of free fun but haunted houses have a fee. Located in Kemah.

Celebrate Korean culture — The Korean Festival kicks off Saturday, October 18, 10 am – 7 pm, at Discovery Green. Enjoy a variety of performances featuring folk musicians, Korean dancers, TaeKwonDo masters plus fabulous culinary cuisine. Located at 1500 McKinney downtown.

SUNDAY

bayou bend family dayEnjoy family day at Bayou BendFree Family Day returns to Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens Sunday as the historic home celebrates “Energy: A Texas Legacy.” Families are encouraged to visit between 1 pm – 5 pm for music, games, art-making activities and more such as hunt for dinosaur food in the gardens, do a science experiment, and draw with charcoal. Don’t miss the chance to tour the first floor of Bayou Bend’s historic mansion. Located at 6003 Memorial Drive. photo: Bayou Bend

Scare up a pumpkinConcert in the Park is back Sunday in The Woodlands with a Jack-o-Lantern Challenge. Enjoy a family pumpkin carving competition during the concert in Northshore Park. The Jack-o-Lantern Challenge begins at 5:30 pm. This week’s music is provided by Subdivided Band. Located at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive. This is the last week in the fall series.

Scare up some funBoo on the Boardwalk features Halloween-themed fun through October 31. Enjoy trick or treating at retail stores 4 pm – 8 pm Fridays – Sundays. This week’s Sunday fun includes pumpkin decorating, guessing games, creepy creatures, and music by Moodafaruka. Lots of free fun but haunted houses have a fee. Located in Kemah.

Free Outdoor Houston Movies Fall 2014 {Updated}

30 Free Outdoor Movies in HoustonHouston is home to lots of outdoor movie nights — especially in the fall when the weather starts to turn cooler!

Don’t miss the remaining free outdoor movies in Houston October – December 2014 {updated from previous list}:

Batman (Central Green Park)
October 18, dusk

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Pearland Town Square)
October 18, 8 pm

Monsters University (Sugar Land Town Square)
October 18, 7 pm

Young Frankenstein (Market Square Park)
October 22, 8 pm

Ghostbusters (GreenStreet Downtown)
October 24, 8 pm

The Addams Family (Central Green Park)
October 31, 8 pm

Frankenweenie (Discovery Green)
October 31, 7 pm

Maleficent (Discovery Green)
November 1, 7 pm

Free Birds (Dow Park Pavilion, Deer Park)
November 1, 7:30 pm

Despicable Me (Central Green Park)
November 7, 8 pm

Ghostbusters (Tomball Depot 2nd Saturday)
November 8, 5 pm – 8 pm

The LEGO Movie (Miller Outdoor Theatre)
November 9, 5 pm – 8 pm

The Sandlot (CityCentre)
November 13, 8 pm

Silent Films: The Boat & The Rink (Discovery Green)
November 14, 8 pm

Spaceballs (Market Square Park)
November 14, 8 pm

Saving Mr. Banks (Central Green Park)
November 15, dusk

Free Birds (Sugar Land Town Square)
November 15, 7:30 pm

Arthur Christmas (Central Green Park)
November 29, dusk

Elf Quote-A-Long (Central Green Park)
December 5, dusk

Jingle All the Way (Tomball Depot 2nd Saturday)
December 13

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

Locations:
Discovery Green — 1500 McKinney (downtown)
Market Square Park — 301 Milam (downtown)
CityCentre — 800 Town and Country Blvd.
Sugar Land Town Square — 2711 Town Center Blvd.
GreenStreet Downtown– 1201 Fannin
Central Green Park — 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy
Tomball Depot — 201 S. Elm
Pearland Town Square — Hwy 288 and FM 518
Dow Park Pavilion — 610 E. Augustine, Deer Park

Bayou Bend: Free Family Day October 19

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

Bayou Bend Family DayFree Family Day returns to Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens October 19 as the historic home celebrates “Energy: A Texas Legacy.” Families are encouraged to drop by between 1 pm – 5 pm for music, games, art-making activities and more.

Here are some of the fun activities:

  • hunt for dinosaur food in the gardens,
  • join a science experiment,
  • hear about fossils and fossil fuels from Houston Museum of Natural Science, and
  • listen to popular Texas tunes by a live quartet.

Kids who love crafts will enjoy the hands-on creative activities: make a replica of Spindletop oil rig, color the Houston skyline, and draw with charcoal. Plus, don’t miss the chance to tour the first floor of Bayou Bend’s historic mansion and discover the legacy of the Hogg family in Houston.

Admission is free! Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is located at 6003 Memorial Drive. A free shuttle service is available to transport guests, since the bridge at the entrance is under construction. Get more info about Family Day and shuttle service here.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston October 10-12

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 16 Free Things to Do in Houston October 10-12:

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FRIDAY

Celebrate Italy – Houston Italian Festival kicks off the weekend with free admission Friday, 11 am – 4 pm. After 4 pm Friday and all weekend, admission is $8 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. The Italian Festival is located on The University of St. Thomas campus, 3800 Montrose Blvd. with parking just $2.

Scare up some funBoo on the Boardwalk officially kicks off Friday for Halloween-themed fun through October 31. Enjoy trick or treating at retail stores 4 pm – 8 pm Fridays – Sundays, outdoor movie each Friday night, kids’ activities and more. This Friday’s movie and music is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Greatful Geezers Band. Lots of free fun but haunted houses have a fee. Located in Kemah.

Watch Finding Nemo — Head to Discovery Green Friday night for H-E-B Movie Night featuring Finding Nemo on the giant outdoor screen. Arrive an hour early for activities and contests. Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney.

Love the drums – Kokyo: Dialogue Between Hearts features thundering drums and cultural costumes Friday night at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The event begins at 7:30 pm.

SATURDAY

Kids get fitCrossfit 1420 presents a free Community Kids Workout Saturday, 9 am – 11 am, at Central Green Park in Katy. This great community event is for all children, regardless of ability. Participants will receive a 15% discount at Luke’s Locker. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Learn about blacksmithing -- This month’s Second Saturday Settlers Series focuses on Blacksmithing. Watch demonstrations and learn about activities of the early Texans. Located at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.

Cy Fair Fire FestEnjoy family fun and fire safety Fire Fest returns Saturday, October 11, 10 am – 2 pm, to the Cy Fair Volunteer Fire Department Station 11. Kids can get up close to the fire trucks, put out a simulated fire, watch demonstrations and the apparatus showcase, get photos with firefighters and an antique fire truck, and see a Life Flight landing. Lone Star College-Cy Fair is located near Barker Cypress and West Road off Hwy 290. ***Katy is hosting its own fire station Open House Saturday, 1 pm – 4 pm at Willowfork Fire Department Open House. Visitors can tour the station, meet local firefighters, and see the fire equipment and apparatus. Located at Station #1 (24655 Westheimer Parkway) and Station #3 (26950 Cinco Ranch Blvd.).

Celebrate Smither Park — The Orange Show presents free family fun at Smither Park Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm. Enjoy music, kids’ activities, food trucks and more. Artists will be working on the memory wall. Located at 2411 Munger.

Enjoy a Halloween carnival — The animated movie The Book of Life, is presenting a Halloween Carnival Saturday 2 pm – 4 pm at Houston Galleria in the food court. Kids will enjoy free arts and crafts, cookie decorating, face painting, and the chance to win prizes from The Book of Life. Kids in costume get free movie passes! Located at 5085 Westheimer.

Make family fun — Families can engage in Family Day at Contemporary Arts Museum Saturday noon – 3 pm. This month’s theme focuses on fibers related crafts making pom-pons with Travis Boyer, a New York-based artist. Admission is free and all supplies provided. Located at 5216 Montrose.

Make Halloween fun in Tomball 2nd Saturday at the Depot is dubbed Zomball in Tomball this weekend! Families will enjoy “trunk or treat” themed activities and games, live music, games, food, and a screening of Hotel Transylvania on the giant inflatable screen. Don’t forget to wear your costume! The fun kicks off at 5 pm. Located at 201 South Elm in Tomball.

Engage in Latin American-inspired music — The Houston Symphony presents Lunada 2014 Saturday, October 11, 7:30 pm, as a cultural event to share classical Latin American music in the outdoor setting of Miller Outdoor Theatre. Free reserved covered seats are available on performance day at the Miller box office from 10:30 am – 1 pm.

Scare up some funBoo on the Boardwalk features Halloween-themed fun through October 31. Enjoy trick or treating at retail stores 4 pm – 8 pm Fridays – Sundays. This week’s Saturday fun includes kids’ corner activities, Monster Magic Show, pumpkin decorating, and Boogie Man Band. Lots of free fun but haunted houses have a fee. Located in Kemah.

pink lightingHonor cancer survivors — La Centerra hosts a free tribute concert and pink lighting event Saturday honoring cancer survivors. The MD Anderson Pink Lighting Ceremony event is 7 pm – 9 pm. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Enjoy live music at Waterway Square — It’s the last weekend of Live at Night Waterway Music Series in The Woodlands. This weekend’s performer features Brenda Guy, October 11, 6 pm.

Enjoy a free outdoor concert – Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Austin natives, have huge solo careers, but they perform together Saturday, 7:30 pm, at Market Square Park.

SUNDAY

Search for the pumpkinConcert in the Park continues Sunday, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in The Woodlands. This week’s music is provided by Easy Money. Located at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.

Scare up some funBoo on the Boardwalk features Halloween-themed fun through October 31. Enjoy trick or treating at retail stores 4 pm – 8 pm Fridays – Sundays. This week’s Sunday fun includes kids’ corner activities, pumpkin decorating, and Luther and the Healers. Lots of free fun but haunted houses have a fee. Located in Kemah.

Sam’s Club: Free Women’s Health Screenings ($250 value)

sams clubAs part of its commitment to health and wellness, Sam’s Club is offering free women’s health screenings Saturday, October 11, at Houston-area Sam’s Club.  The free screenings are open to the public, so you don’t have to be a Sam’s Club member. Valued at more than $250, health screenings include:

  • TSH (thyroid) testing
  • total cholesterol and glucose testing
  • HDL (good cholesterol)
  • risk ratio
  • body mass index
  • vision (not available at all locations)

These screenings are available at Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy. Find the 15+ Houston locations online here.

The Book of Life Advance Screening October 16

The Book of LifeUPDATE: All passes are gone now as of 1:30 pm.

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 250 passes (in quantities of 2) 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
Thursday, October 16, 7 pm
Edwards Marq*E, 7600 Katy Freeway

Head to GoFoBo.com and use promo code HOTCXMV1 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 October 6-10

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston October 6-October 10 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (10/7) — Get fit with free yoga each Tuesday morning at Memorial City Mall. The 9 am class is offered by instructors from Dominic’s Ultimate Pilates Studio. The first 25 folks can borrow a yoga mat, if needed. Meet at the West entrance of the Mall by the fireplace.

Tuesday (10/7) — Kids will love this week’s Toddler Tuesday at Discovery Green (10:30 am – noon) featuring a visit from Elephant and Piggie. KPRC meteorologist Khambrell Marshall is the celebrity reader for Are You Ready to Play Outside. Bring gently used children’s books to participate in the weekly swap Located at 1500 McKinney.

Tuesday (10/7) — It’s a great day to visit the Houston Zoo with free admission after 2 pm.  Last entry is at 6 pm with the zoo closing at 7 pm. This is held the first Tuesday each month, September through May. Or get building at the free LEGO mini model build with this month’s creativity featuring a monster. Located at LEGO stores at Baybrook, Galleria, and The Woodlands Malls.

Wednesday (10/8) — Express Children’s Theater presents a free performance of Mulan: The Warrior Princess Wednesday at 11 am. Grab a blanket and head for the hill at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Wednesday (10/8) — Not free, but cheap! Girls Night Out at Studio Movie Grill this month features Beaches for $2 with Bette Midler. This takes place at both locations: Copperfield and CityCentre.

Thursday (10/9) — A special new exhibit kicks off in Houston October 9 focusing on Women in Architecture: 1850 to the Future. The exhibit spotlights contributions women have made to the profession, the changing role of women in this field as well as research on women who have practiced in Houston. It’s free Opening Reception is Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Architecture Center Houston, 315 Capital. The exhibit runs October 9 – January 16, 2015 at Architecture Center Houston.

Thursday (10/9) — Learn how to get your garage organized with helpful tips from Ellen Delap, a Certified Professional Organizer. The free session, Organizing 101: Garage, is Thursday, 7 pm, at the Kingwood Library. This is part of a free series. The following Thursday session focuses on organizing email and websites. The library is located at 4400 Bens View Lane in Kingwood.

Free Schlotzsky’s Original Sandwich October 7

schlotzskys origThe sandwich shop with the funny name is turning 43! In honor of the big day, the chain is offering a free small Original sandwich October 7 with purchase of chips and 32oz. drink. No coupon is required to get this deal! (Even gluten-free folks can get in on the fun, thanks to Schlotzsky’s new gluten-free buns by Udi).

I grew up on Schlotzsky’s in Austin, where the sandwich chain started back in 1971. Love ‘em!