7 Free Things to Do in Houston July 28-August 1

We Love Houston sign There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun July 28-August 1 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

Monday (7/28) — Free movies continue this week at Alamo Drafthouse with Rio Monday at 11:15 am (Vintage Park) and 11:30 am (Mason Park). Rio is free each day through Thursday. Times vary each day. Don’t miss the $1 and $2 movies all summer, too, at Studio Movie Grill, Cinemark, and Regal plus free at Santikos Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Monday (7/28) — Take advantage of free admission to Czech Center Museum Houston, offered the last Monday each month. The Museum includes antique furniture from European castles, folk art toys and dolls, Bohemian crystal, Czech porcelain, pottery, and costumes. Genealogy research is another aspect of the Center as well a chapel. Located at 4902 San Jacinto. Open 10 am – 4 pm.

Tuesday (7/29) — Get ready to jam Tuesday night at NGEN radio’s BOOMIN concert downtown at Discovery Green, 7 pm. Folks can enjoy a free concert, dancing, games, and prizes. The concert features Christian rapper Flame, V. Rose, and OBB. Pre-party starts at 6:15 pm with the concert at 7 pm. NGEN is the sister station of KSBJ 89.3.

Wednesday (7/30) — It’s another free Rolling Roadshow at Market Square Park! This week features Citizen Kane beginning at 8:30 pm. Located at 301 Milam.

Thursday (7/31) — Don’t miss the free Red Carpet Screening of Space Racers Thursday, 9 am, beginning with photos and lobby activities. At 10 am, enjoy two exclusive episodes of Space Racers before they air local plus Q&A w/ the producers. This is located at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Katy, 531 S Mason Road.

Thursday (7/31) — Summer Reading Day is here Thursdays all summer at Fish Gallery. Kids will enjoy crafts, touch tanks, reading, games and refreshments. This free event is 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm at 2909 Fountain View. The weekly events culminate with a Summer Reading Party August 22.

Thursday (7/31) — The Children’s Museum of Houston kicks off free kids’ back-to-school immunizations Thursday evenings all summer during its Free Family Night. This freebie is geared to kids under age 18. Located at 1500 Binz.

Free Space Racers Red Carpet Screenings This Week

Get ready for free fun at the Red Carpet Screening of Space Racers this week:

  • July 28 — Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park
  • July 31 — Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park

space racersThe red carpet event for this animated series begins at 9 am with red carpet photos and lobby activities. The free screening begins at 10 am with two exclusive episodes of Space Racers before they air on local Houston Public Media and Q&A with the producers. Families also will enjoy learning how NASA scientists and astronauts were involved in the development of the series.

If you want a guaranteed seat, buy a $5 voucher online that goes towards concessions. But the event is completely free if you show up the morning of the event. Located at 114 Vintage Park July 28 and 531 S. Mason Road in Katy July 31.

This free event is a great partnership between Space Center Houston, Houston Public Media and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

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Free Houston Shakespeare Festival August 1-10

shakespeare collageFree Shakespeare in the park returns in August to Miller Outdoor Theatre. Houston Shakespeare Festival by University of Houston has attracted nearly 500,000 Houstonians to free Shakespeare performances since 1975.

This year’s performances feature Two Gentlemen of Verona and Henry IV Part 1. These classic Shakespeare plays will delight audiences young and old. It’s a great way to introduce your family to Shakespeare!

Two Gentlemen of Verona is a romantic comedy that follows two young couples as they fall in love and grow up fast in small-town life. It hits the stage August 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 at 8:30 pm.

Henry IV Part 1 can be dubbed the original “Game of Thrones” with a king, rebels, and battle. Performances begin at 8:30 pm August 2, 6, 8, and 10.

Free reserved seat tickets are available each performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm at Miller Outdoor box office located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston July 25-27

The weekend is almost here! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 16 Free Things to Do in Houston this Weekend (July 25-27) with your family and friends.

Free fun in Houston

FRIDAY

Watch free family flick, RIO — Don’t miss the free Kids’ Camp family-friendly movie each weekend at Alamo Drafthouse’s Vintage Park and Mason Road locations. Catch RIO July 26-28 at 10:05 am (Vintage Park) and 11:30 (Mason Park). Movie plays through July 31. Seats are first-come, first-serve.

Watch a movie under the stars — Catch a free screening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Friday night at the new Whole Foods Market Champions. The event kicks off at 7:30 pm with the movie starting at dusk thanks to Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow. Located at 10133 Louetta.

houston aquariumLearn to salsa dance — Enjoy free salsa dance lessons at Latin Beats every Friday night at the Downtown Aquarium. From 7 pm – 10 pm you can learn salsa dancing from professional dance instructors. Enjoy live music since it’s the last Friday of the month. The Aquarium is located at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

Enjoy outdoor music — The free Sizzling Summer Concert series continues Friday at Central Green Park with Prophet and Outlaws. The concert kicks off at 7:30 pm. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

SATURDAY

Learn about fish of Spring Creek — Don’t miss this free hands-on event Fish of Spring Creek Saturday, held in Humble at Jesse J. Jones Park and Nature Center. This event is geared to kids 10+. Be ready to get wet and dirty as you learn what’s in the park’s waterways using dip-nets and seines. You must register in advance by calling the Center at 281.446.8588.

Play outdoors — Head to Kingwood Free Kid’s Fest Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, for a day of free fun: attractions, games, pony rides, contests, carnival rides, bungee jumps, character appearances, performances and more. Located at Kingwood Town Center Park, 4300 Town Center Place.

Museum of Fine Arts, HoustonTour a museum — Join in Houston’s Museum Experience Day Saturday with free admission to the Zone 3 museums: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and The Jung Center of Houston. Programming includes gallery talks, family art-making activities, Smilebooth photos and food trucks! Hours are 10 am – 7 pm. The next quarterly Museum Experience Day is September 27.

Tour a fire station — Folks in The Woodlands can participate in Good Neighbor Day Saturday at two different local fire stations. Families can tour the fire station, meet their firefighters and deputies, get crime info, and register bicycles. 10 am – 11:30 am — Fire Station #4 at 7900 Bay Branch Road. 1 pm – 2:30 pm: Fire Station #7 at 26722 Kuykendahl Road.

Get healthy — Neighborhood Centers presents a free Walmart Back-to-School Community Health Fair Saturday, 8 am – 11 am, at Ripley House Neighborhood Center. The event features free health screenings, immunizations, cooking demos, games, school supplies, entertainment and prizes. Located at 4410 Navigation.

Swap, recycle and reuse Houston Re-Market returns July 26, 4th Saturday of each month (11 am – 4 pm), as an opportunity for Houstonians to practice responsible consumerism. And this month it’s at a new location: Station Museum of Contemporary Art. 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, enjoy live entertainment and a BBQ food truck. Houston Re-Market is located at 1502 Alabama.

Learn about weather with Anthony — Head to the Bellaire City Library Saturday for an afternoon talk about Weather and the Water Cycle presented by KPRC’s Anthony Yanez. The free event is 3 pm – 4 pm at 5111 at Jessamine.

Learn about diabetes and more — If you struggle with diabetes, don’t miss the free American Diabetes Association Houston EXPO. The Saturday event features health screenings, cooking demonstrations, exhibitors + experts sharing knowledge around diabetes management and prevention. This is 9 am – 3 pm at NRG Center.

Free outdoor movies in HoustonWatch a movie under the moon — Lots of options for free outdoor movies! Discovery Green: Watch Wall-E on the jumbo screen for IKEA Houston Screen on the Green. The movie kicks off 9 pm but arrive an hour early for contests and activities. It’s a Rolling Roadshow thanks to Alamo Drafthouse. Central Green: Watch the 1993 classic Jurassic Park at Central Green Park in Katy. The movie kicks off at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Dance under the stars — Dance at CityCentre’s Dancing Under the Stars event Saturday, 7 pm – 10 pm. This month’s event features the Legendary River Bandits. City Centre is located near I-10 and Beltway 8 at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

Listen to country music — Head to Sugar Land Town Square Saturday, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, for NOLA Nights. This music event features Leo Polk Band, who brings New Orleans-style jazz to Houston. This local treasure will share a variety of music: Blues, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Dixieland and Oldies.

SUNDAY

Houston Family Fun FestEngage in family fun — Head to Discovery Green Sunday for Houston Fun Fest sponsored by Houston Family Magazine. The event includes lots of family fun including face painting, inflatables, arts and crafts, music, door prizes, performances, food trucks, swag bags and more. Hours are noon to 4 pm. Located at 1500 McKinney. photo: Lullaby Lane Photography

Love some free music — The Caroline Sessions are free monthly concerts held in the Heights at White Space Houston. This month features 4+ bands, pot luck, community gathering and more Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Located at 2914 White Oak Drive.

Children’s Museum: Free Back-to-School Shots

It’s not too early to think about back to school — and saving money in the process!

Thankfully, the Children’s Museum of Houston will once again offer free back-to-school immunizations for children under 18 years this summer. Each Thursday (July 31-August 28) families can get kids immunized for free during the museum’s Free Family Night. The first 200 people will be eligible for the free shots from 5 pm – 7 pm. No registration required.

Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will be administering the immunizations. Parents must bring their child’s shot records to qualify for free immunizations.

Free Family Night offers free admission for all visitors from 5 pm to 8 pm each Thursday. The Children’s Museum is located at 1500 Binz.

photo courtesy Children’s Museum of Houston

National Cheesecake Day: Half-Price Slice July 30-31 at The Cheesecake Factory

National Cheesecake Day 2014Half-price cheesecake is just one week away!

National Cheesecake Day is July 30, and it’s your chance to indulge in The Cheesecake Factory’s cheesecake for half price. No coupon required! And they’ve added a bonus day July 31 this year.

The Cheesecake Factory also will debut a new flavor to add to its 30+ cheesecake options –Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. Your half-price cheesecake can be any flavor, but this new one sounds and looks heavenly!

There are five Houston locations: Galleria, Memorial City, The Woodlands, Baybrook, and First Colony Mall in Sugar Land. One half-price slice per person, dine-in only.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston July 21-25

We Love Houston sign There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun this week (July 21-25) before planning your free and cheap weekend!

Monday (7/21) — Free movies continue this week at Alamo Drafthouse with Frankenweenie Monday at 11:10 am (Vintage Park) and 11:30 am (Mason Park). Frankenweenie is free each day through Thursday. Times vary each day. Don’t miss the $1 and $2 movies all summer, too, at Studio Movie Grill, Cinemark, and Regal plus free at Santikos Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Tuesday (7/22) — The 2014 Children’s Hilltop Festival kicks off Tuesday with Mulan: The Warrior Princess, 11 am. Different kids’ performances continue all week at 11 am, thanks to Express Children’s Theatre. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Tuesday (7/22) — Get ready to jam Tuesday night at NGEN radio’s BOOMIN concert downtown at Discovery Green, 7 pm. For two consecutive Tuesdays, folks can enjoy a free concert, dancing, games, and prizes. The concert features Christian hip hop/rock artists Rapture Ruckus and Canon. Pre-party starts at 6:15 pm with the concert at 7 pm. NGEN is the sister station of KSBJ 89.3.

Wednesday (7/23) — It’s the last week of Storytime Tour at Rienzi, part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This free event, 10 am – 10:45 am, introduces children to the magic of literature and art. This event is geared to ages 3 and up. Rienzi is located at 1406 Kirby.

Wednesday (7/23) — Enjoy an evening outdoors watching Dance Theater of Harlem, Wednesday, 8:30 pm, Miller Outdoor Theatre. America’s foremost African-American ballet company uses classical ballet to change lives. Free reserved seats are available performance day at Miller Box office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

Thursday (7/24) — Build a free terrarium at Hip Craft Workshops sponsored by Pop Shop Houston Thursday, 1 pm. The free class is at Flores Library, 110 North Milby. RSVP directly with the library. Pop Shop America specializes in indie design, events and local workshops.

Thursday (7/24) — 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 Tea Day at McAlister’s July 24 {Free Sweet Tea}

sweet tea dayThe 6th annual Free Tea Day is around the corner! Get your sweet tea fix for free July 24 at McAlister’s Deli Free Tea Day. Limit one free tea per person at participating locations.

If you’re a sweet tea freak, join more than 414,800 McAlister’s Deli Tea Freaks on Facebook. Plus enter to win a $25 McAlister’s Deli gift card given daily — or the $250 grand prize!

There are six Houston-area McAlister’s Deli locations: 7502 FM1960 W., 4810 Calhoun plus locations in Cypress, The Woodlands, Rosenberg, Webster, and Galveston.

Free Children’s Hilltop Festival July 22-25

mulan at millerIt’s a bonanza week next week for free children’s fun at Miller Outdoor Theatre! The annual Children’s Hilltop Festival kicks off July 22 with four different children’s theater performances each morning Tuesday through Friday. Performances begin at 11 am each day. Here’s a run-down of the schedule:

July 22 — Mulan: The Warrior Princess
July 23 — Jack & the Beanstalk
July 24 — Three Little Pigs
July 25 — Little Red

This theater festival is produced by Express Children’s Theater. Miller Outdoor Theater is located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive in Hermann Park.