Free Weekend Fun in Houston May 29-31

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 14 Free Things to Do in Houston area this weekend, May 29-31:

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FRIDAY

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), a fast-paced comedy show with a guest monologist. Located at 1230 Houston Ave.

Love that salsa dancing — Get in the groove at Latin Beats each Friday night all summer at Downtown Aquarium. Enjoy a live band (last Friday each month) plus free salsa dance lessons from professional dancers 7 pm – 11 pm. (This event is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather). Downtown Aquarium is located at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

Kick off summer music — Get ready for summer at the Concert in the Park Kick Off event Friday, 6 pm – 9 pm in Deer Park. The free event features the music of The Grooves + free rock wall, bungee jump, and face painting. The free summer concerts continue each Thursday evening all summer. Located at Dow Park Pavilion, 610 E. San Augustine.

Celebrate Billie Holiday — It’s a special tribute Friday night at Cassandra Wilson: A Celebration of Billie Holiday.  Join Cassandra as she celebrates Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday. She showcases her powerful blues, country, and folk-tinged delivery as a tribute concert for Billie Holiday. The show begins at 8:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Tickets for free reserved covered seats are available performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

Listen to live jazz — Enjoy an evening of jazz at Summer Concert Series with Kim and Bill — Kim Prevost and guitarist Bill Solley. This duo won the “BET on Jazz” Discovery Award in 1999 and has been going strong since. Located at WFDD’s Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy.

 

SATURDAY

Watch creativity in the sand – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) annual Sandcastle Competition in Galveston is amazing!  Saturday, May 30, marks the 28th year of this friendly competition pitting business teams against each other. This event is free and family friendly. Prep work begins at 8:30 am Saturday morning. Sand castle building kicks off at 10 am and lasts until 3 pm. The public votes — with awards at 4:30 pm! The event is held at Galveston East Beach, 1923 Boddeker. Parking is $10, cash only, at East Beach.

Enjoy yoga in the park — A new summer series, Savasana into Summer, kicks off Saturday at Hermann Park, thanks to Namitzi Yoga. The free weekly yoga class is open to everyone, no matter the skill level, each Saturday, May 30 – 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.

Celebrate at iFLY — Get ready for the Grand Openings of two iFLY locations in Houston! The free fun kicks off at 10 am at both the Memorial and The Woodlands locations. The day features flight demo sessions with iFLY instructors, STEM education sessions sharing the science behind the wind tunnel and flying, kids’ activities including parachutes, and raffles. Located at 9540 Katy Freeway and 26860 North I-45. (The Red Bull Air Force team will be celebrating Friday night with skydiving jumps and formations at both locations weather permitting: 7pm at Memorial and 7:10 pm at The Woodlands.)

Adopt for free — Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) is offering free adoptions Saturday and Sunday for its Summer Kick Off  event. The day also features crafts, bake sale, and more. Hours are 11 am – 7 pm Saturday and 1 pm – 7 pm Sunday. CAP is located at 17555 Katy Freeway at Barker Cypress.

Party for the summer — Celebrate the end of school at the End of School Bash at WFDD’s Central Green Park in Katy! The free family event, 11 am – 3 pm, offers interactive activities, games, giveaways, demonstrations, performances, and more. This is sponsored by Macaroni Kid Katy. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Encourage kids to write — Writers in the Schools and HPL Express share a free Young Writers Workshop each Saturday, 10:30 am, at Discovery Green. This is geared to students in 2nd – 8th grades. No registration necessary. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Movie under the moon — Watch a free outdoor movie in Bellaire! The free Trolleywood Movie series returns to Bellaire Saturday, May 30. This month’s movie is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day beginning at dusk. Located at Bellaire Town Square Event Lawn and Pavilion, 7008 S. Rice Avenue.

Enjoy Bollywood — Don’t miss this colorful Bollywood Dance performance Saturday, 8:30 pm, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Karma: The Wheel of Life is a moving story of love, passion and integrity. Tickets for free reserved covered seats are available performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

SUNDAY

Adopt for free — Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) is offering free adoptions Saturday and Sunday for its Summer Kick Off event. The day also features crafts, bake sale, and more. Hours are 11 am – 7 pm Saturday and 1 pm – 7 pm Sunday. CAP is located at 17555 Katy Freeway at Barker Cypress.

Free Outdoor Movies in Houston Summer 2015

The season for free outdoor movies in Houston continues all summer. Catch 30+ Free Summer Outdoor Movies June – August 2015:

30 Free Outdoor Movies in Houston

The Royal Tenenbaums (Market Square Park)
June 5, 8:30 pm

Back to the Future (Deer Park)
June 6, dusk (around 8 pm)

Big Hero 6 (CityCentre)
June 10, 8:30 pm

Cinderella (Sugar Land Town Square)
June 13, 7:45 pm

Maleficent (Pearland Town Square)
June 13, 7:30 pm

Despicable Me (Central Green Park)
June 13, dusk

Scooby Doo, Where Are You? (Tomball Depot)
June 13, 8 pm

The Philadelphia Story (Market Square Park)
June 19, 8:30 pm

Jaws:40th Anniversary (Discovery Green)
June 20, 9 pm

Maleficent (Central Green Park)
June 20, dusk

Heavy Weights (Central Green Park)
June 27, dusk

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Pearland Town Square)
June 27, 7:30 pm

The Wizard of Oz (Miller Outdoor Theatre)
July 3, 8:30 pm

Little Boy (Messiah Lutheran Church)
July 3, 6:30 pm

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (Market Square Park)
July 3, 8:30 pm

Frozen Sing-a-Long (Messiah Lutheran Church)
July 10, 6:30 pm

Muppets Most Wanted (Sugar Land Town Square)
July 11, 7:45 pm

Boxtrolls (Pearland Town Square)
July 11, 7:30 pm

Ella Enchanted (Central Green Park)
July 11, dusk

Elf {Christmas in July} (Tomball Depot)
July 11, 6:30 pm

The Blade Runner (Market Square Park)
July 17, 8:30 pm

Saving Mr. Banks (Messiah Lutheran Church)
July 17, 6:30 pm

Big Hero 6 (Central Green Park)
July 18, dusk

The Avengers (Messiah Lutheran Church)
July 24, 6:30 pm

Toy Story (Central Green Park)
July 25, dusk

Tinkerbell & the Legend of the Neverbeast (Pearland Town Square)
July 25, 7:30 pm

Paddington (Deer Park)
August 1, dusk

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Tomball Depot)
August 8, 6:30 pm

Annie (Sugar Land Town Square)
August 8, 7 pm

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Central Green Park)
August 8, dusk

Paddington (Pearland Town Square)
August 8, 7:30 pm

Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark (Bellaire Town Square, Dive In Movie: Aquatic Center)
August 13, 8:15 pm

Annie (Central Green Park)
August 15, dusk

The Princess and the Frog (Central Green Park)
August 22, dusk

Strange Magic (Pearland Town Square)
August 22, 7:30 pm

The Avengers (Central Green Park)
August 29, dusk

Locations:
Bellaire Town Square — 7008 S. Rice (Bellaire)
Central Green Park — 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. (Katy)
Discovery Green — 1500 McKinney (downtown)
Market Square Park — 301 Milam (downtown)
Messiah Lutheran Church — 11522 Telge (Cypress)
Miller Outdoor Theatre — 6000 Hermann Park (Houston)
Pearland Town Square — Hwy 288 & FM 518 (Pearland)
Sugar Land Town Square — 15958 City Walk (Sugar Land)
Tomball Depot — 201 S. Elm Street (Tomball)

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7 Free Things to Do in Houston May 26-May 29

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston May 26-29 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (5/26) — Take advantage of a free computer workshop Tuesdays at Lone Star College-Cy Fair. This week’s class focuses on PowerPoint. Class is 7 pm – 9 pm. No registration is required. Located at 9191 Barker Cypress, Room 131 of the Cy Fair Library.

Wednesday (5/27) — Enjoy a free beginners adult tap class in Cypress each Wednesday, 10:30 am. The class is held at Juergens Hall, 26026 Hempstead.

Wednesday (5/27) — Get  wowed at the Golden Dragon Acrobats return to Miller Outdoor Theatre, Wednesday, 8 pm! The evening features award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

Thursday (5/28) — Sounds Like Houston! Thursday Concerts continues Thursday at Discovery Green with 8 1/2 Souvenirs and The Jitterbug Vipers. Enjoy live music 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 1500 McKinney.

Thursday (5/28) — Celebrate National Hamburger Day Thursday at eT Craft Burgers & Beer! The first 100 folks get a free burger, beginning at 11 am. Simply say “I love National Hamburger Day!” eT Craft Burgers & Beer is located at 19841 Northwest Freeway (290 at 1960).

Thursday (5/28) — Head to Cactus Music for a live show with Charlie Pierce and Choctaw Wildfire, a honky-tonk piano trio that has become one of Austin’s must-see piano acts. The free performance begins at 5:30 pm, 2110 Portsmouth.

Thursday (5/28) — 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 a local version of Hollywood Game Night with audience help. 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 May 22-24

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 15 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, May 22-24:

Houston love mural

FRIDAY

Listen to opera — Houston Grand Opera brings The Magic Flute to life at Miller Outdoor Theatre Friday and Saturday. The family-friendly adventure for the eyes and ears is Mozart’s last opera. The 8 pm performance is filled with magical flutes, evil queens, and dancing bears. Free covered reserved seats are available performance day at Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1pm. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Watch a free outdoor dinosaur movieFriday Night Flicks returns to downtown GreenStreet Friday with Jurassic Park at 8 pm. GreenStreet is located at 1201 Fannin.

Jam to tunes — 5 Bands in 5 Nights! Memorial Day Weekend Plaza Music Series continues Friday through Monday at CityCentre. May 22 features a Blues Brothers tribute with The Rubber Biscuit Band from 7 pm – 10 pm. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

SATURDAY

Celebrate new rail lines — Don’t miss RAILFest: the Inaugural Ride and Community Celebration for 2 new light-rail lines, Purple and Green. Plus FREE light rail rides all day Saturday. The 3 pm community celebration is followed by daytime fireworks at 5 pm and on to the free concert featuring Ernest Walker Band, Frankie J, and NE-YO.  Tickets are required for the free concert. Download them online here or pick them up at all H-E-B stores, RideStore at 1900 Main or box office at BBVA Compass Stadium. The fireworks finale begins at approximately 8:45 pm. RAILFest is located at BBVA Compass Stadium downtown.

Sample some chili — The Memorial Day Chili Challenge hits downtown Tomball May 23, 10 am – 5 pm, to benefit veterans. Enjoy live music plus a kids zone and more. Pro cookers from Texas and local businesses will battle it out for “Best Chili in Tomball.” Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

Bay Day FestivalLearn about Galveston Bay — Enjoy Bay Day Festival, a free family festival sponsored by the Galveston Bay Foundation. Families will learn more about Galveston Bay, the largest bay in Texas and one of the most productive estuaries in the country. Bay Day features hands-on interactive exhibits, live animal demonstrations, touch tanks, bay-themed arts and crafts, live music, scavenger hunt and more. New this year: ride the BaySmrt Express, a 111-ft education vessel. Located on the Kemah Boardwalk at 215 Kipp in Kemah.

Create your own flag— Lakeshore Learning continues its free crafting each Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm at all stores. This Saturday, kids can create their own patriotic flag out of jumbo craft sticks. Lakeshore Learning has locations near the Galleria, in Friendswood and Conroe.

Kick off summer — Kick off summer at the Big Summer Fun event at Cypress Creek Lakes Saturday, 4 pm – 9:30 pm. The free afternoon features live bands, face painting and balloon art, with a fireworks finale around 9 pm. The first 2,500 folks can get a free ticket worth an entree at one of the 13 onsite food trucks! Cypress Creek Lakes is located in NW Houston at 10080 Cypress Creek Bend Lane.

Explore and learn — Bass Pro Shops is having lots of inside fun Memorial Day weekend with the Bass Pro Go Outdoors weekend events and sale. Families can check out the Catch and Release pond, crafts, cooking demos and sampling, giveaways, Adventure Scavenger Hunt, and free photo download. Get educated at the 2 Saturday workshops: Kayaking and Local Trails. Bass Pro Shops is located in Katy and Pearland.

fireworks in HoustonBe patriotic – Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with live music, kid fun, and fireworks in The Woodlands Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24. Don’t miss the nightly live music kicking off at 6 pm. Plenty of kid-friendly fun including strolling entertainers, face painting, balloon artist and more. A special fireworks show begins around 8:55 pm each night. Located at Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Road.

Listen to opera — Houston Grand Opera brings The Magic Flute to life at Miller Outdoor Theatre Friday and Saturday. The family-friendly adventure for the eyes and ears is Mozart’s last opera. The 8 pm performance is filled with magical flutes, evil queens, and dancing bears. Free covered reserved seats are available performance day at Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1pm. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Jam to tunes — 5 Bands in 5 Nights! Memorial Day Weekend Plaza Music Series continues through Monday at CityCentre. May 23 features an Eagles Tribute with Already Gone from 7 pm – 10 pm. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

SUNDAY

Explore and learn — Bass Pro Shops is having lots of inside fun Memorial Day weekend with the Bass Pro Go Outdoors weekend events and sale. Families can check out the Catch and Release pond, crafts, cooking demos and sampling, giveaways, Adventure Scavenger Hunt, and free photo download. Get educated at the 2 Sunday workshops: Campfire Cooking and Kids & Camping. Bass Pro Shops is located in Katy and Pearland.

Jam to tunes — 5 Bands in 5 Nights! Memorial Day Weekend Plaza Music Series continues through Monday at CityCentre. May 24 features ‘80s rewind with The Spicolis from 7 pm – 10 pm. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

Be patriotic – Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with live music, kid fun, and fireworks in The Woodlands Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24. Don’t miss the nightly live music kicking off at 6 pm. Plenty of kid-friendly fun including strolling entertainers, face painting, balloon artist and more. A special fireworks show begins around 8:55 pm each night. Located at Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Road.

Free Gas Giveaway May 22 by PrimeWay Federal Credit Union

PrimeWay Gas for freeWho doesn’t love free gas — just in time to kick off Memorial Day weekend?

Thanks to a fun promotion, PrimeWay Federal Credit Union is celebrating with a free gas giveaway Friday, May 22, 7 am – 9 am. The first 100 cars will receive $25 of free gas at Exxon, 210 W. Airtex at I-45. Folks also can indulge in free hot coffee, donuts, and giveaways throughout the morning. The local credit union wants to help all Houstonians get out and travel this holiday weekend and upcoming summer.

BONUS giveaway — After the free gas giveaway ends, PrimeWay is looking for the best “carfie (car-selfie) submitted to them via Facebook or Twitter. The grand prize giveaway is one free car payment.

PrimeWay Federal Credit unionHoustonians can submit their best carfie on the PrimeWay Facebook page or tweet it using #PrimeWayCarfie. Entries must be received by May 26, 8 a.m. The winner will be determined by the greatest number of votes May 26 – May 31 at midnight. Applicants must work, live, worship or attend school in the Greater Houston area.

PrimeWay is a local credit union since 1937 with 9 locations in the Houston area.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PrimeWay Federal Credit Union. All opinions are my own.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston May 18-22

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston May 18-22 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign

Tuesday (5/19) — Cheer on and support the Houston Rockets as they face Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals! Game begins at 8 pm CST on ESPN. Follow this Rockets news page for the Official Viewing Party location!

Wednesday (5/20) — {Not free but cheap!) Family Rewind returns to Studio Movie Grill this week. This monthly event features some of our favorite family movies from the past. The LEGO Movie is this week’s $3 flick. Located at both CityCentre and Copperfield locations.

Thursday (5/21) — Get ready for Parachute Play Time Thursday, 10 am – noon, at CityCentre plaza with Gymboree Play & Music. It’s a morning of song, dance, fun, and the 20-ft parachute!

Thursday (5/21) — Thursday is the 8th annual TOMS One Day Without Shoes to raise awareness of children’s health and education. This year, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need for every photo of bare feet tagged #withoutshoes on Instagram through May 21. So even non-TOMS customers can make a difference! Tag your friends and challenge them to do the same! {The idea behind the day was to go barefoot for one day to see what children in need go through every day.}

Thursday (5/21) — Curious about the Nature Discovery Center? Don’t miss the free Monthly Tours with Henry on the third Thursday each month at 8:30 am. This is a great time to learn more about the Center and how you can get involved, visit if you are looking to partner with the Center, or just stop by to say “hi!” Kids are welcome. Nature Discovery Center is located at 7112 Newcastle.

Thursday (5/21) — It’s Throwback Thursday this week at Houston’s Central Library downtown. Catch a free screening of the 1986 movie, Labyrinth, starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. The movie is 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at 500 McKinney.

Thursday (5/21) — Kick off Memorial Day weekend a little early at Memorial Day Weekend Plaza Music Series at CityCentre rocking the outdoors May 21 – May 25. Thursday night features classic rock with Legendary Rhythm Bandits from 6 pm – 9 pm. It’s 5 Bands in 5 Nights!

Free Weekend Fun in Houston May 15-17

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

Giselle at millerphoto: Miller Outdoor Theatre

FRIDAY

Watch an opera — HGO’s performance of The Magic Flute on the outdoor stage offers free admission and access for new audiences to experience the acclaimed production, which the company presented to full houses earlier this season. Free mezzanine and lawn seating, courtesy of the Wortham Foundation. Doors open at 7 pm with performance at 8 pm. Free tickets must be picked up at the box office. Located at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.

Experience the ballet — Houston Ballet presents three nights of Giselle, a free performance outdoors at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The program begins at 8 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

SATURDAY

Learn to fly fishOrvis offers free Fly-Fishing 101 and 201 classes at its retail stores. Sign up for the basic class Saturday and advanced class Sunday. Perfect for the whole family. Kids age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP if you want to attend. Orvis is located at 5727 Westheimer and in The Woodlands at 9595 Six Pines Drive.

World War II planes HoustonSee 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 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.

Celebrate books Books Alive! Children’s Book Celebration features a book talk and author signing at Houston Public Library downtown with Jon Sciezska, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and more. Find interactive activities and musical guests outside on the plaza. Come dressed to impress as your favorite Jon Sciezska–inspired book character! Prizes will be awarded for best costumes! From 12:15 pm – 3:30 pm at 500 McKinney.

Enjoy rescue — If you love dogs, head over to Puppies for Breakfast Dog Fest Saturday morning 10 am – 2 pm at Market Square Park. This location serves as a mecca of all things pets with 40 pet vendors, product giveaways and drawings, and live music. Don’t miss the Doggie Costume Contest and food trucks!

Love a market — The 3rd weekend means another opportunity to visit Katy Market Days Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm. This month, enjoy classic cars, farmers market vendors, No Label Brewery beer garden, arts and crafts and more. Located between 2nd Street and Avenue B.

Play outdoors — Get ready for the 7th annual Sugar Land Bash, a free community event benefiting Snowdrop Foundation. From 4 pm – 9 pm, families can enjoy live music, games and concessions (for a fee), and more. Located at Sugar Land Town Square.

Jam to live music — Enjoy local bands outdoors at Katy Rock’s Musicfest at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park. The live music kicks off at 11 am till 10 pm. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy.

Experience the ballet — Houston Ballet presents three nights of Giselle, a free performance outdoors at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The program begins at 8 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

Watch Parks and Rec on the big screen — A new Bank of America Screen on the Green returns Saturday featuring NBC’s Parks and Recreation Marathon beginning at 8:45 pm. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Enjoy AsiaFest — Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with free family fun Saturday and Sunday at AsiaFest. The weekend features a Creativity Activity Zone, community performances, demonstrations, visual art displays and more. Located at Asia Society Texas, 1370 Southmore Blvd.

SUNDAY

Get creative — Attend Texas Children’s Art Festival, a free family event at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Drop by between 1 pm – 5 pm to explore Texas heritage through art-making activities, interactive games, music performances, and a group watercolor project. See authentic silversmiths, quilters, wood turners, and more. Located at 6003 Memorial at Westcott.

Play in the streetCigna Sunday Streets returns for its final date this spring to Navigation! East End will be closed to cars on Navigation from Jensen to Lockwoo from 11 am – 3 pm. Bike, walk or rollerblade along the street, interact with businesses and neighbors. East East End Houston Cultural District also is hosting an Open House with art studios open to the public, various performances, crafts and more.

Explore natureTake advantage of free admission with Sunday in Nature at Armand Bayou Nature Center the first and third Sunday. Each month focuses on a different topic. Free admission between noon – 4 pm. Gates lock at 5 pm. 

Enjoy AsiaFest — Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with free family fun Saturday and Sunday at AsiaFest. The weekend features a Creativity Activity Zone, community performances, demonstrations, visual art displays and more. Located at Asia Society Texas, 1370 Southmore Blvd.

Experience the ballet — Houston Ballet presents three nights of Giselle, a free performance outdoors at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The program begins at 8 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston May 11-15

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston May 11-15 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (5/12) —It’s a big day at Toddler Tuesday this week. Beginning at 10:30 pm, kids will love all the free fun featuring a Spongebob story read by KHOU’s Chita Johnson, character appearances by Spongebob and Patrick, plus the foam party fun! Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Wednesday (5/13) — Head to the beach! Get ready for summer fun at Southwest Airlines City Hall Beach Bash Wednesday, 5 pm – 8 pm. Enjoy live music, free food, entertainment, and the chance to win a trip to one of its new destinations!

Wednesday (5/13) — Head to Katy for Ladies Night at Multiplicity! The free monthly craft event, held the second Wednesday each month, includes a surprise craft, light bites and more. Large groups are encouraged to RSVP online. Located at 1306 Avenue A.

Thursday (5/14) — Free live music at Discovery Green continues Thursday with Sounds Like Houston! Thursday Concert Presented by UHD. Music this week performed by Shinyribs (Kevin Russell formerly of The Gourds) and Austin-based Wrenfro. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Thursday (5/14) — The first day of Houston Greek Fest is completely free for all! Attend 4 pm – 9 pm Thursday to enjoy Greek culture, family fun, and a 6 pm tour of St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church. Located at 1100 Eldridge. Limited free street parking or $5 on festival grounds.

Thursday (5/14) — Participate in the 11th annual Bike to Work Day celebration Thursday, 6:30 am – 7:30 am in the Energy Corridor District. Enjoy music, a light breakfast provided by Shipley’s Do-Nuts, giveaways, raffle prizes and fun! Not sure of the best bike route? Explore and download cycling route maps online. Located at Terry Hershey Park gazebo (15423 Memorial Drive).

Friday (5/15) — It’s Bike to Work Day Friday! Enjoy a celebratory ride with Mayor Annise Parker and friends for National Bike to Work Day. Festivities begin at 7 am around City Hall with the ride starting at 7:30 am. HPD and bike wranglers will lead different routes. Celebrations continue post-ride at Hermann Square with free breakfast, music and giveaways.

Free Admission Times: Houston Greek Festival 2015

Houston Greek FestivalGreeks like to celebrate in a big way, and Houston Greekfest is no exception! Houston Greekfest is a fantastic community event in West Houston May 14-17.

Take advantage of free admission times throughout the festival: Thursday, May 14 (4 pm – 9 pm) and Friday, May 15 (11 am – 2 pm), with no coupon required.

Admission is $3 for adults, with kids 10 and under free. Discount tickets are available, thanks to Groupon. Check out the savings here.

If you’ve never been to Houston Greekfest, just imagine the amazing food, dancing, and Greek music at this four-day festival! The schedule is jam-packed with dancing plus lots of family fun for the kids, such as a giant slide, swing ride, spinning apple, turtle train, ferris wheel, rock climbing and more. Don’t miss the World Gyro Eating Championship Sunday, 2 pm and church tours throughout the weekend.

Houston Greekfest is located at St. Basil The Great Greek Orthodox Church , 1100 Eldridge Parkway. The event is open till 10 pm Friday and Saturday and 6 pm Sunday. Parking is free on the street or $5 at the festival parking lot.

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