Legally Blonde The Musical: Free April 2-4, 9-11

Legally Blonde the MusicalLegally Blonde The Musical kicks off six free performances April 2 at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Performance dates are April 2-4, April 9-11, 8 pm.

Mia Heckler, who stars as Elle, is a sophomore at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She is joined by more than 35 youth cast members from the Houston metro area — as well as her posh pooch co-star, Bruiser, complete with painted pink nails!

Reserved covered seat tickets are available from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the Miller box office on performance day, first-come-first-served. Otherwise, bring your favorite quilt or blanket and stretch out on the hillside.

Legally Blonde The Musical contains adult humor, innuendo and mild language, so parental discretion and guidance is advised.

HITS Theatre has partnered with the City of Houston to produce a Broadway-style musical for nearly 30 years. Miller Outdoor Theatre is located near the Houston Zoo at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

photo courtesy HITS Theatre

7 Free Things to Do in Houston March 30-April 3

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston March 30 – April 3 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign

Monday (3/30) — Cactus Music and MKT Bar are hosting a free Viewing Party to watch local friends, The Suffers, on The David Letterman Show. It’s complete with free pizza and drink specials. The fun is 9 pm to midnight at MKT Bar, 1001 Austin St.

Tuesday (3/31) — It’s a big Easter party at Toddler Tuesday this week at Discovery Green. Thousands of eggs for Houston kids age 0-6. First hunt is at 10:30 am for ages 0-2, and then a 10:40 am hunt for ages 3-6. Don’t miss photos with the Easter bunny beginning at 9 am! Bring your own Easter basket. Located at 1500 McKinney downtown.

Wednesday (4/1) — Get ready for summer with a free GreenStreet Boot Camp class each Wednesday morning, 6:30 am – 7 am. No equipment is needed so grab a spot on the lawn! This class is for all fitness levels. Located at 1201 Fannin.

Wednesday (4/1) — Enjoy a free concert downtown over lunch Wednesday at Da Camera’s A Little Day Music beginning at noon. The concert focuses on Jazz Appreciation Month with music by Jacqui Sutton Frontier Jazz Quintet. Folks who attend are welcome to bring a lunch. Located in the foyer at Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas Ave.

Wednesday (4/1) — Get ready for another free outdoor movie Wednesday at downtown’s Market Square Park. Go back in time with this 80s classic, Caddyshack, 8 pm. Bring your blanket or lawn chair! Located at 301 Milam.

Thursday (4/2) — Seven museums are free each Thursday, while a number are free every day. Here is the free Thursday schedule:

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science — 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston — 5 pm – 8 pm
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum — 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture — 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum — 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston — 2 pm – 5 pm

Friday (4/3) — Don’t miss Journey to the Cross, an interactive experience at Messiah Lutheran Church, Friday morning as you prepare for Easter. It begins at 10:30 am with Palm Sunday (and a real donkey!) and ends with burying Jesus in a tomb. This hands-on learning experience is perfect for families. Free lunch will be provided. Located in Cypress at 11522 Telge north of 290.

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Free Weekend Fun in Houston March 27-29

Get ready for the weekend! Here is a snapshot of 12 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, March 27-29:

Houston mural

FRIDAY

Celebrate German heritage — The Tomball German Heritage Festival returns all weekend, March 27-March 29! Free parking and free admission to boot. Enjoy four stages of live music, ethnic and festival food, arts and crafts, folk dancers, street performers, carnival, petting zoo, German church service, 175 street vendors, and more. Hours are Friday (6 pm – 10 pm), Saturday (10 am – 10 pm) and Sunday (10 am – 6 pm)  The German Heritage Festival is located in Old Town Tomball near 201 S. Elm Street.

SATURDAY

Hunt for eggs — The Easter Egg hunts kick off Saturday in anticipation of Easter! Check out my big list of Houston Easter Egg Hunts so you don’t miss out on the fun. Most are free! Watch for even more next weekend.

Reconnect with nature — Get your family outdoors Saturday, March 28, to the Texas Wildlife & Woodland Expo Spring Fling! Don’t miss the free hands-on outdoor clinics, children’s activities, and a photo with Smokey the Bear. The Family Adventure Zone features a rock wall, crafts, petting zoo, live music, kayak instruction, and a close up visit with a screech owl. The Montgomery County Arbor Day celebration kicks off as well, with free tree seedlings for all throughout the day. Spring Fling hours are 10 am – 4 pm at Lone Star College Montgomery County, 3200 College Park.

Clean up Texas waterways — Get ready to work at Trash Bash 2015, the largest statewide annual event to clean up Texas waterways. Volunteering is available at one of 15 locations in the area from Brays Bayou, White Oak Bayou, Cypress Creek and more. Find all the participating locations online here. Volunteering is a half-day event with some free perks: lunch, t-shirt, giveaways, entertainment, and a great feeling of helping the environment. Times vary by location. Last year, nearly 5,000 volunteers collected 37 tons of trash.

Create family memories at the frontier — It’s Family Fun Day at Frontier Fiesta, University of Houston’s annual student-led spring festival since 1940. Enjoy lots of fun Saturday, March 28, noon – 5 pm including variety shows, wax hands, digital graffiti wall, trackless train and more. Frontier Fiesta runs March 26-28 with free live concerts, multicultural performances, and variety shows. Performers include Kristian Bush of Sugarland (Thursday), Cher Lloyd (Friday) and Schoolboy Q (Saturday).

Enjoy paws in the park — It’s all things pets at Paws in the Park Saturday and Sunday. The annual weekend event in Pearland includes a Dock Dog competition, costume contests, canine shows, agility demos, laser tag, and rescue groups. The fun is located at Independence Park from 10 am – 4 pm both days. Free admission and free on-site parking.

Be amazed — Get ready to be surprised and astounded at Curt Miller Magic and Comedy Show Saturday, 7 pm. This dazzling show presents a family-friendly Vegas-style show with music, magic and clean comedy. Located at Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park in Katy, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Enjoy movies under the stars — Get ready for some great weather and outdoor movie watching Saturday: 1) Discovery Green hosts Guardians of the Galaxy at 8:15 pm. Come early for games and prizes! Located at 1500 McKinney. 2) Bellaire Town Square will show The LEGO Movie at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

Dance at CityCentre — CityCentre is always a fun destination! Saturday marks the return of Dancing Under the Stars featuring the sounds of salsa from Grupo Baracha from 7 pm – 10 pm. CityCentre is located at 800 Town & Country Blvd.

SUNDAY

Go fly a kite — Don’t miss the Hermann Park Kite Festival Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm! The free family event features kite making, kids’ craft zone, kite contest, jugglers, magicians, student performances, and more. As expected, parking is extremely limited so folks are encouraged to take METRORail or ride their bike. Located in Hermann Park at Miller Hill and the Jones Reflecting Pond.

Play in the streetCigna Sunday Streets returns this spring to various areas of Houston. Sunday, March 29, it’s Montrose! Westheimer will be closed to cars from Woodhead to Taft from noon – 4 pm. Bike, walk or rollerblade along the street, interact with businesses and neighbors. Naturally, the event promotes health and physical activity, so get outside and enjoy! Future Sunday Streets are April 26 (19th Street in the Heights) and May 17 (Navigation).

Celebrate your pet — Head to Discovery Green Sunday for Pet-A-Palooza from 11 am – 2 pm. The free event sponsored by MIX 96.5 includes live pet demonstrations, giveaways, contests, and more. Pack up your pooch and head downtown for some fun! Located at 1500 McKinney.

Enjoy paws in the park — It’s all things pets at Paws in the Park Saturday and Sunday. The annual weekend event in Pearland includes a Dock Dog competition, costume contests, canine shows, agility demos, laser tag, and rescue groups. The fun is located at Independence Park from 10 am – 4 pm both days. Free admission and free on-site parking.

Easter Egg Hunts in Houston 2015

The thrill of the egg hunt!

The thrill of the egg hunt!

There are lots of opportunities for Easter egg hunts in Houston, thanks to local businesses, communities and churches. I can’t include every egg hunt around town, but here is a snapshot of a few that caught my eye. Feel free to add any you know of as a comment.

March 27-31

Eggpalooza
Missouri City Community Park
1700 Glenn Lakes Lane
Friday, March 27, 6 pm – 8 pm

All ages are welcome at Eggpalooza’s evening of fun including arts and crafts like sand art, wax hands, spin art, face painting and bead art tables. Food for purchase: cash only. Egg dash times: 6:15 pm (1-4 year olds), 6:45 pm (5-8 year olds), 7:15 (9-12 year olds).

Deer Park’s 46th Easter Eggstravaganza
Dow Park, 610 E. San Augustine
Saturday March 28, 9 am -12 pm

Free event with more than 15,000 toy or candy filled eggs and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. Plenty of activities for kids, including Bunny Bingo, Rubber Ducky Races, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Wagon Rides, and a Sidewalk Chalk contest. Small fee for some activities and games.

Sugar Land’s 31st annual EGGStravaganza
Eldridge Park, 2511 Eldridge Dr.
Saturday, March 28, noon to 3 pm
This huge event features egg scrambles, characters, carnival tent, foam pit, football toss and more. The first 200 families can get a free photo with the Easter Bunny. Special needs children and those under four can participate in a continuous egg hunt throughout the day. The egg scramble schedule: 12:30 pm (5 year olds), 1 pm (6 year olds), 1:30 pm (7 year olds), 2 pm (8-9 year olds), 2:30 pm (10 -12 year olds).

Egg Hunt at the Farm
Blessington Farms
, 510 Chisolm Road, Simonton
March 27-29, April 3-4, 10 am to 3:30 pm
Don’t miss 5 days of Easter egg hunts at Blessington Farms! Kids can do the egg hunt at their leisure and find 10 eggs and redeem for candy and prizes. More fun includes sand mountain, pedal cars, hay ride, barrel train ride, giant slides, and more. Strawberry picking is $5/pound. The egg hunt is $3/child with Farm Funland admission ($10 fee).

Easter Spring Festival
West University Place Recreation Fields
Saturday, March 28, 9 am – 11 am

Children up to age 11 are invited to West U’s Easter Spring celebration with the Easter bunny and Wally the Walrus. Free admission for the whole family.

Community Easter Egg Hunt
Cypress United Methodist Church
13403 Cypress N. Houston
Sunday, March 29, 11:30 am

Enjoy an Easter egg hunt with thousands of eggs and more! Worship begins at 10 am, hotdog lunch follows with bounce houses. After worship the egg hunt will following.

Egg Hunt at Toddler Tuesday
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney
Tuesday, March 31, 10:30 am

It’s a big downtown Easter egg hunt at Discovery Green with 20,000 eggs and treats! Two different egg hunt times: 10:30 (3-6 year olds) and 10:40 (2 and under). Lots of other festivities from 9 am – 1 pm including Easter crafts with BigKidSmallCity, Creative Moves dance demos for little ones by Amanda from Moving-Body, music by DJ Craz-e Chico, activities and more!

April 4-5

Easter Orange Hunt & PEEPS Contest
The Orange Show Monument, 2402 Munger
Saturday, April 4, 11 am – noon

Annual Easter Orange Hunt starts all 11 am sharp! Construct your PEEPS masterpiece and submit it in the 3rd annual Houston PEEPS Arts Contest. Submit it before the egg hunt. Lots of activities including the colorful maze of the Orange Show Monument as kids search for candy-filled eggs, oranges and other fun prizes! Free event with a suggested $5 donation for their nonprofit’s foundation.

Easter Egg Hunt and Market
7 Acre Wood, 4401 N. Frazier Street, Conroe
Saturday, April 4, 10 am – 2 pm

It’s a free Easter Egg Hunt out at 7 Acre Wood! The egg hunts are from 10 am – noon but after stick around for the petting zoo, Zip-line, mini golf, Western town, rockwall and more. The Hunt along with Park admission, candy, vendor market, will be free from 10-2pm. A few options have a fee including Easter Bunny photos, face painting, carnival games and paintball.

Easter ThrillFest
MacGregor Park, 5225 Calhoun
Saturday, April 4, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Dubbed the “city’s official and state’s largest Easter festival” featuring 100,000 Easter eggs for the hunt! The 13th annual Easter ThrillFest includes hands-on interactive stations, exhibits, demonstrations, live performances, carnival, face painting, food, and more.

Easter Festival & Expo
Light House Church
Summer Creek High School, 14000 Weckford Blvd.
Saturday, April 4, 1 pm – 4 pm

This non-denominational event features 50,000 egg Easter egg hunt, face painting, live gospel performances and food. The event is free but get a ticket online to reserve your spot. Register online here for free ticket.

Community Hunts
Sugar Creek Baptist Church in the community
Saturday, April 4

Sugar Creek Baptist members are sponsoring community Easter egg hunts as an outreach to the community on Saturday. Watch here for a list of the different community hunts at various apartments, community club houses, playgrounds, and churches in Sugar Land, Missouri City and more. More than 5,000 guests attended the egg hunts last year.

easter blessington farmsEgg Hunt at the Farm
Blessington Farms
, 510 Chisolm Road, Simonton
March 27-29, April 3-4, 10 am to 3:30 pm
Don’t miss 5 days of Easter egg hunts at Blessington Farms! Kids can do the egg hunt at their leisure and find 10 eggs and redeem for candy and prizes. More fun includes sand mountain, pedal cars, hay ride, barrel train ride, giant slides, and more. Strawberry picking is $5/pound. The egg hunt is $3/child with Farm Funland admission ($10 fee). photo courtesy Blessington Farms

Easter Service and Egg Hunt
Stonebridge Church
One Stonebridge Church, The Woodlands
Saturday, April 4, 5 pm – 7 pm

Attend an Easter service (identical to Sunday) and stick around for an amazing egg hunt

15+ Eggs Hunts on church campuses
Woodlands Church
April 2-5

Woodlands Church is offering over 15 different egg hunts on its variety of campuses including Fellowship of The Woodlands, Atascosita, and Tomball.

Kinsmen Lutheran Easter Egg Hunt
112100 Champion Forest Drive
Saturday, April 4, 2 pm to 4 pm

Free Easter Egg Hunt is open to families of all ages. Children in 5th grade or younger can hunt for eggs with other children their age. A petting zoo, Easter egg coloring station, moon walk, and other fun activities will keep everyone busy for hours! Bring a own basket to join in the fun.

Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 4, 9 am – 10:30 am
12955 Memorial Drive

Kids can bring baskets for an egg hunt, crafts, a special guest, and free fun. Located in Wesley Hall.

Pilgrim Lutheran Church Egg Hunt
8601 Chimney Rock
Saturday, April 4, 10 am

Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning in the Atrium following by lunch, crafts, games, fellowship and door prizes in the gym. Pre-register children online before the egg hunt.

Easter Eggstravaganza
Clear Lake United Methodist Church
16335 El Camino Real
Saturday, April 4, 10 am to noon

The egg hunt kicks off at 10 am followed by petting zoo, games, moonwalk, Easter Bunny, and free food.

Easter in the Gardens
Moody Gardens in Galveston
Sunday, April 5, 11 am – 3 pm

Free Easter Sunday event featuring egg hunts for three different age groups, games, petting zoo, Easter bunny photos, crafts, face painting, and more. All events are free! Kids 12 and under can search for the golden eggs.
Easter egg hunts are scheduled throughout the day. All events are free!

7 Free Things to Do in Houston March 23-27

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston March 23-27 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign

Tuesday (3/24) — It’s the first week back of Toddler Tuesday this spring at Discovery Green, 10:30 am. This week’s special guest features Sheriff Adrian Garcia plus character appearances by Sheriff Callie and Deputy Peck. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Tuesday (3/24) — – Circus Arts is back at Discovery Green for free outdoor spring/summer fun. The weekly class is a combination of ground arts and ground acrobatics. For ages 13 and up. Bring your own yoga mat if you can. No pre-registration required. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Wednesday (3/25) — City Hall Farmers Market continues each Wednesday through June 24. This downtown market, run by Urban Harvest in partnership with the City of Houston, features more than 30 local vendors, 11 am – 1:30 pm, along City Hall’s reflection pool. It’s the perfect spot to grab a healthy lunch and eat outdoors. Located at 901 Bagby.

Wednesday (3/25) — It’s the first night of Live at the Gateway at Gateway Memorial City. This open-air happy hour features live music every other Wednesday, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, plus happy hour specials, lite bites from nearby restaurants, and complimentary Saint Arnold beer. This week’s band is Infinite Groove with high-powered music and choreography. Located at 947 Gessner.

Thursday (3/26) — 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 Whose Line Is It Anyway with audience help. Seating is limited and doors open at 5:30 pm. Located at 500 McKinney.

Thursday (3/26) — Guitar Center kicks off a Grand Opening for its 265th store in the country Thursday, 7 pm, at 195 Yale. The evening will feature a live in-store performance by The Breton Sound. This store will offer stringed instrument repair, lessons in the GC Studios, and free classes Wednesdays and Saturdays through the Music Mentor series on a variety of instruments.

Friday (3/27) — Abrakadoodle presents a free art class (ages 3-6) at Willowfork Drainage District’s Central Green Park in Katy at 10 am on select Fridays. Kids will learn about art styles and techniques and complete a piece of artwork to take home. This is held 10 am – 11 am at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston March 20-22

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of Free Things to Do in Houston March 20-22!

{Check each organization link before heading out this weekend for updates/cancellations due to high chance of rain.}

Houston Wortham Theater CenterFRIDAY

Rock out to a rock legend — It’s Opening Day of spring season at Miller Outdoor Theatre! The first concert features British rock legend The Spencer Davis Group from the 1960s. The group earned more than 20 Top 10 hits. Performance begins at 8 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Watch a movie under the moon — Free outdoor movies return to Market Square Park downtown Friday with Blazing Saddles at 7:30 pm. Located at 301 Milam.

SATURDAY

Enjoy all things Bach — Celebrate Bach’s 330th birthday at this special all-day Bach Marathon concert, sponsored by Bach Society Houston, 1 pm – 9 pm. This is a free event, but a free-will offering will be collected for Houston Food Bank. Located at Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Play outside — Kids can participate in NFL Play 60, meet an NFL player, and have fun outdoors. Sign up begins at 10 am with the event 11am-noon. Then stick around for the Children’s Festival till 3 pm. Located at Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Play with bubbles{POSTPONED due to weather.} Bubblefest is all things bubbles: bubble pits, bubble crafts and face painting, bubble prince and princess, bubble games and contests, and photos. This event from 11 am – 2 pm is geared to children 3-11 years old. Each child must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed parent waiver. The Vineyard is encouraging families to bring a toiletry item for the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry. Located at Hogg Middle School SparkPark in the Heights.

WWII aircraftSee 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 kid fun — {POSTPONED to April 11 due to weather.} It’s a big day in Katy at the 2nd annual Children’s Festival, noon – 3 pm. The day features a magic show, live music, arts and crafts, fun jumps and more. Located at Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Get ready for the gorillas — Celebrate the 7 murals of the Houston Zoo — preparing for the arrival of the gorillas. This free city-wide block party, 1 pm – 4 pm, will be held at one of the murals (downtown Houston Food Park, 1311 Leland). Meet the artists and learn more about the gorillas.

Get Fed Up{Cancelled due to weather.} The new Chipotle Music & Movie series presents live music at 7 pm and free movie at 8 pm at Discovery Green. Grand Old Grizzly performs before the feature, Fed Up, a documentary by Katie Couric that reveals more about obesity in the U.S. and the role sugar plays in the process. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

SUNDAY

Breakfast Yoga clubEnjoy serenity in the gardens– Relax with free yoga in the gardens of Rienzi house Sunday with Breakfast Yoga Club, 9 am – 11 am. Stay for refreshments and enjoy a free house tour. The yoga class is free. Located at 1406 Kirby.

Shake your hips — If you love to move like a hula dancer, then check out the Discovery Hoop Dance class at Discovery Green. Folks can shake their hips with hula hoops every Sunday, 10:30 am. Bring an adult-sized hoop if possible. Email the contact if you need a loaner. Discovery Green is downtown at 1500 McKinney.

Watch international dance — It’s a day of international and interactive dance! This free festival, Dance Houston Discover Dance, features performances from more than 50 multi-cultural dance groups including Swing Dance, African, Tango, Tap, Ballet, Bollywood, Chinese, and more. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Enjoy a concert in the park — The popular Concert in the Park returns every Sunday in March and April in The Woodlands, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. This weekend features music by Bart Crow. Located at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.

VERTS Katy Opens March 21 w/ Free Food

verts katy march21VERTS Kebap is opening its 6th Houston location this weekend. This fast casual restaurant from Austin built its concept around the döner kepab, Germany’s favorite street food.

VERTS opens in Katy March 21 at its Grand Opening, 11 am – 8 pm. Don’t miss free food all day (one full-size entree per person), live DJ music, and a raffle to win free kebaps for a year. The Katy location is at 1453 S. Mason Road.

Never been to VERTS? You’re in for a treat! The kebap is similar to a panini-pressed sandwich filled with vertically roasted meats, veggies, and yogurt-based sauces.

Alamo Drafthouse: Free Movies for Teachers

alamo drafthouse teacher dealIt’s Teacher Appreciation at Alamo Drafthouse during Spring Break this year.

{UPDATED}: New locations around the country are now participating. Find them online.

School and university faculty members, teachers, administrators, and employees can get a free movie ticket to any movie, any day March 7-22. That covers both Spring Breaks in Houston!

Simply show your ID at the box office for your free movie ticket. One ticket per day. Valid at both locations in Houston — Vintage Park and Mason Park.

**For more Spring Break fun {free & cheap in Houston} check out my big list:
Free & Cheap Spring Break Fun in Houston.

Free Frozen Treats: Chick-fil-A, Rita’s Ice & more

It’s a great week for free frozen treats in Houston!

chick fil a frosted lemonadeChick-fil-A: Enjoy a new frozen treat at Chick-fil-A! Frosted Lemonade combines your favorite lemonade and Icedream. Check out these locations for free Frosted Lemonade!

Leave a comment if you know of other locations.

Rita’s Italian Ice: Get ready for Spring with a free Italian ice from Rita’s Friday, March 20, to kick off the first day of Spring. This freebie is available from noon – 9 pm only. Find 4 Houston area locations in NW Houston (Steeplechase), Katy, Clear Lake, and Sugar Land. A new location will open Houston Heights (2802 White Oak).

Dairy Queen: Celebrate Dairy Queen’s 75th anniversary with Free Cone Day! Get a a free small vanilla ice cream cone March 16. This is available all day, one per person

Free Weekend Fun in Houston March 13-15

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of Free Things to Do in Houston March 13-15:

Discovery Green

FRIDAY

Party with the French — The French Cultures Festival arrives downtown at Discovery Green Friday to kick off a month of events sponsored by the French Consulate in Houston. The free outdoor event features music from French musicians plus Houston natives Wild Moccasins from 7 pm – 10 pm. French sweets will be available for purchase. Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney.

SATURDAY

St Patrick's Day paradeWear your green — Celebrate the Irish at Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Saturday in downtown Houston. The 56th annual parade features 100+ entries beginning at Minute Maid Park at noon. The fun continues at Lucky’s Pub with the awards and a toastings. Find the parade route online.

Learn archery — This month’s Second Saturday Settlers series focuses on primitive archery. Watch demonstrations of bows and arrows and learn how they were made. From 1 pm – 3 pm at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.

Engage in danceProject Dance Houston returns Saturday for a free family-friendly dance concert, 11 am – 6 pm. The event features all types of dance styles. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Enjoy family fun2nd Saturday at The Depot offers lots of free fun each month. Don’t miss entertainment, games, activities, inflatables at Tomball Depot 5 pm – 8 pm. Catch the outdoor movie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs at dark. Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

Watch movie under the moon — Free outdoor movies return to Sugar Land Town Square this weekend with Big Hero 6. The 7:30 pm movie is sponsored by First Colony Church of Christ.

SUNDAY

Love a parade — Another St. Patrick’s Day parade tradition continues in North Houston Sunday with the 37th  annual 1960 Parade Sunday, March 15, 2 pm. The parade travels east starting at Champions Forest and ending at Kuykendahl. The vendor area is a new addition this year.

Enjoy family dayFamily Day returns to Bayou Bend Sunday! Springtime Sensations features programs and activities to celebrate nature through music demonstrations, performances, crafts, giveaways and more. Take a tour through the first floor of the house. Bayou Bend is located at 6003 Memorial Drive.

Love Mini Pops — Pop Shop Houston and Pavement Clothing present March Mini Pops Sunday, March 15, noon – 6 pm (postponed from March 7}. Make free DIY colored paper pom poms, browse vintage and handmade items, and enjoy live music at 3pm. Located at 1657 Westheimer.

Enjoy a concert in the park — The popular Concert in the Park returns every Sunday in March and April in The Woodlands, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. This weekend features live music and Spring Break fun on a giant slide. Located at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.