It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 16 Free Things to Do in Houston September 23-25:
Watch movie under the moon — The City of Bellaire presents a Galactic Night Out! Catch a free outdoor screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 7:30 pm, as part of the Trolleywood Movie Series. Located at Bellaire Town Square.
Enjoy a season opener — Don’t miss METdance 21st Season Opener downtown at Discovery Green Friday, 7:30 pm. Located at 1500 McKinney.
Listen to classic music — River Oaks Chamber Orchestra presents a free performance, Dance Like No One is Watching, 8 pm, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The evening kicks off the Texas premiere of a co-commissioned piece between ROCO and the San Francisco chamber orchestra New Century by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Free reserved seats are available on performance day at the Miller Box office beginning at 10:30am.
Enjoy yoga in the park — It’s the last week of Savasana into Summer at Hermann Park, thanks to Namitzi Yoga. The free weekly yoga class outdoors is open to all skill levels. Meditation is 8:15 am – 8:25 am with yoga from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. Kids can enjoy kids’ yoga in June. This is located near the Reflection Pond at Hermann Park.
Learn about girls in aviation — Girls in Aviation Day Houston is a free event sponsored by the Houston chapter of Women in Aviation Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, at Moody Park. The free event, geared to girls ages 10 – 17, encourages girls to talk to female pilots, learn about Air Traffic Control, experience how an aircraft engine works, and learn about the science/physics behind airplane aerodynamics and more! Go online to register for this free event. Lunch is included. Women in Aviation hope is to inspire young girls/women to pursue a career in aviation. Located at Moody Park, 3725 Fulton.
Volunteer to help the habitat — Sign up to volunteer at Hermann Park for National Public Lands Day Saturday, 9 am to noon. You’ll be working at Hermann Park’s Bayou Parkland. National Public Lands Day is the single, largest day to volunteer on America’s public lands. For more info or to volunteer email [email protected]
Love the flowers — Don’t miss The Woodlands Wildflower Festival, 10 am – 2 pm, features environmental exhibits, community booths and nature-related items, live music, free giant inflatable rides, petting zoo, face painting, and balloon art. Kids will love visiting The Woodlands mascot Puffy Pine Cone. Located at 2099 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands.
Browse a museum for free — Visit participating Houston-area museums for free Saturday, September 24, as part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. One pass for two people per household. Check out my previous post here for details and list of Houston participating museums.
Prepare for a crisis — Engage with participating chefs in Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge Saturday at Market Square Park, 3 pm – 5 pm. Each chef must prepare a gourmet dish from canned and shelf-stable ingredients. Judges sample the dishes and select a winner. Participating chefs are Eric Aldis, executive chef at Corner Table; Paul Friedman, executive chef and owner of Peli Peli; Junnajet “Jett” Hurapan, executive chef of Songkran Thai Kitchen; Kenten Marin, executive chef at Shade; and Antoine Ware, executive chef at Harold’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace. Located at 301 Milam downtown.
Indulge in bugs and brew — Check out Tomball’s Beetles, Brew & Barbecue Festival 11:30 am – 6 pm. It’s like a Texas Oktoberfest! The free event features more than 150 classic VW bugs, barbecue, Texas craft beer, and live music. Families will love the Kids’ Zone. Free admission and free parking. Located in Tomball at 201 S. Elm.
Learn about STEM — Girlstart leads a fun, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program STEM Saturdays for kids 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. Space is limited to 60 kids on a first come first serve basis. Parent must accompany child. Located at Discovery Green downtown, 1500 McKinney.
Visit a national park — U.S. National Park Service designates Free National Park weekends for all of its 400+ national parks throughout the year. The next one is this Saturday for Public Lands Day. Texas is home to several national parks, preserves, and historic sites that will offer free admission: Big Bend National Park, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and Padre Island National Seashore.
Get ready for RenFest — Head to Magnolia for Stroll through the Renaissance Saturday, 3 pm – 7 pm. The free event celebrates the Texas Renaissance Festival: meet the king and queen, play games, indulge in food, and win prizes. Free admission and free parking. Located Magnolia Town Center.
Watch movies under the stars — Head downtown to Discovery Green for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 8 pm. Located at 1500 McKinney.
Sway to the music — Foundation for Modern Music presents this free performance Salsa y Salud. It features salsa arrangements to famous songs, world premieres, and guest artists from several countries. This is an evening of high energy, entertainment and cultural diversity. Free reserved seats are available performance day at the Miller Box office beginning at 10:30 am.
Enjoy the outdoors — Take Me Outdoors Houston returns Sunday to Discovery Green, 10 am – 3 pm. In partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife, families can enjoy hands-on education opportunities and local attractions. Located at 1500 McKinney.