FREE WEEKEND FUN

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

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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.

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.