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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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