FREE WEEKEND FUN

The first weekend of March is here! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 16 Free Things to Do in Houston March 6-8:

Houston

FRIDAY

Listen to classical musicHouston Civic Symphony, our local community orchestra, presents a free concert Friday, 8 pm, at Houston Baptist University’s Dunham Theater. The evening features Young Artist Concerto Winners plus Daugherty’s Red Cape Tango and Janacek’s Sinfonietta. HBU is located at 7502 Fondren.

SATURDAY

HOU regattaParty on the bayou — Houston’s 43rd annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta kicks off Saturday as Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race. Gather around the finish line from 11 am – 2 pm to cheer on the racers at downtown’s Sesquicentennial Park (400 Texas)! Enjoy free live Zydeco music, rock climbing, and the awards ceremony. Food and drink are available for purchase. This event is rain or shine!

Relax with yoga — Don’t miss free Blissful Warrior Yoga every Saturday, 9 am, at Discovery Green. This yoga class brings together elements of tai chi, kung fu, balance techniques and energy building poses. Located at 1500 McKinney on the wooden deck. No pre-registration required.

Explore nature — It’s a free, fun, educational day at NatureFest with topics such as birds, native plants, and nature photography 9 am – 3 pm. Guided nature walks, pontoon boat tours, live animals, and nature-related educational booths will be available. Located at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20635 Kenswick, in Humble.

Fly a kite — Sugar Land’s Cultural Kite Festival returns Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm, for all things kites. Get ready for kite making, kite competitions, kite flying, cultural performances, and more. Free shuttles will be available from U of H Sugar Land campus. Located at Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd.

FUNonemal Family FestivalCelebrate family funFUNomenal Family Festival returns Saturday to Discovery Green. The free family event features Baby Olympics, foam parties, rockwall, Ballet Folklorico performances, and more. The event is 11 am – 6 pm at 1500 McKinney. photo: Katya Horner

Make origami — The first weekend of each month Houston Center for Contemporary Craft offers a free craft for kids with Hands On Houston. This month features origami and tea sampling. The Path of Tea will be onsite sharing tea culture and the history of serving tea. Drop in anytime between 11 am – 3 pm. Located at 4848 Main.

Watch family flick  — Alamo Drafthouse is hosting free movie screenings of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Saturday and weekdays for spring break March 9-12. Saturday movie time is 4:30 pm at Vintage Park only. Mason Park and Vintage Park are showing the weekday movies. Seats are first-come, first-serve. Get a reserved seat by pre-purchasing a $5 food and beverage voucher online.

See 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.

Watch movie under the moon — Deer Park’s Dow Park is hosting a free outdoor movie, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Saturday, 7:30 pm. This is held the first weekend each month.

Visit museum and zoo –First full weekend means free admission for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch cardholders Saturday and Sunday through its national “Museums on Us” program. In Houston, free admission includes the Houston Zoo, Children’s Museum of Houston and the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Limited to card holders only, not their children. Check museum links for hours and location.

Grab a friend for fun — It’s BYOF (Bring Your Own Friends) day at IKEA Houston Saturday. The day features perks for you and your friends including free breakfast (with coupon), free IKEA blue bag, and BOGO free dessert. IKEA Family members can take advantage of free workshops on organization and sustainable living, exclusive one-day offers, and more! Located at I-10 and Silber.

Grow patio vegetables — Learn to grow vegetables in Saturday’s free weekly clinic at Cornelius Nursery, 10:15 am. Located at 2233 S. Voss.

SUNDAY

Enjoy international dance — Get ready for a full afternoon of free dance performances at Dance Houston Discovery Dance (1 pm – 7 pm) featuring more than 50 multi-cultural dance groups. Some of these include Chinese, Swing, Bollywood, Ballet, Tango, Tap and more. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

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

Visit museum and zoo –First full weekend means free admission for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch cardholders Sunday through its national “Museums on Us” program. In Houston area, free admission includes the Houston Zoo, Children’s Museum of Houston and the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Limited to card holders only, not their children. Check museum links for hours and location.