FREE WEEKEND FUN

The weekend is almost here! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 18 Free Things to Do in Houston this Weekend (August 1-3) with your family and friends.

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FRIDAY

Watch free family flick, Rango — Don’t miss the free Kids’ Camp family-friendly movie each week and weekend at Alamo Drafthouse’s Vintage Park and Mason Park locations. Catch Rango August 1 at 10 am Mason Park and 11:55 am Vintage Park. Showing through August 7. Hours vary by day. Seats are first-come, first-serve.

Party in Tomball — There is tons of fun for all at the 42nd annual Tomball Night Friday, August 1, 5 pm – 10 pm. The evening includes live music, children’s activities, door prizes, raffles, cash giveaways, and more. Don’t miss the Parade of Lights down Main Street followed by fireworks!

Celebrate a Frozen Friday — It’s a special Frozen Friday event at Barnes & Noble locations throughout Houston. The free event features Frozen-related crafts, storytime, sing-a-long, and activities to cool off with Olaf. Begins at 7 pm.

shakespeareCatch a Shakespeare play — Houston Shakespeare Festival presents free Shakespeare in the Park at Miller Outdoor Theater. Two productions alternate nights August 1-10.  Two Gentlemen of Verona is a romantic comedy that follows two young couples as they fall in love and grow up fast in small-town life. It hits the stage August 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 at 8:30 pm. Henry IV Part 1 can be dubbed the original “Game of Thrones” with a king, rebels, and battle. Performances begin at 8:30 pm August 2, 6, 8, and 10. Free reserved seat tickets are available each day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Outdoor box office in Hermann Park.

Watch a movie under the moon — Head downtown for a free screening of All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State. This HBO documentary chronicles Richards’ life. The area opens at 8 pm with the movie beginning at 9 pm at Discovery Green.

SATURDAY

Browse free museums and zoo – It’s Bank of America’s first weekend freebie for cardholders dubbed Museums on Us. Get free admission August 2-3 at the Children’s Museum, Houston Zoo and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Free admission for individual cardholders, not children.

Create an LED bracelet — The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is hosting Hands-On Houston, a free family event the first Saturday of each month. This Saturday’s craft features LED paper bracelets decorated with sharpies and added LED lights. Come anytime from 11 am – 3 pm. HCCC is located at 4848 Main Street.

WWII aircraftSee WWII military aircraft — Don’t miss your chance to tour the WWII Museum and visit the Hangar of the Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. 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. This is a free event the 1st and 3rd Saturday at the West Houston Airport, 2 miles north of I-10 east off Barker Cypress on Groschke Rd.

Learn about snakes — Learn about Snakes of Harris County and how to identify them, Saturday, 10 am. This free reptile event is held at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. Stick around for the Reptile Open House from 1 pm – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Watch free family flick, Rango — Don’t miss the free Kids’ Camp family-friendly movie at Alamo Drafthouse’s Vintage Park and Mason Park locations. Catch Rango August 2 at 10 am Mason Park and 10:15 am Vintage Park. Showing through August 7. Hours vary by day. Seats are first-come, first-serve.

Enjoy kid-friendly fun — Bring your family to Back to School Splash Bash Saturday, August 2, at Sugar Land Town Square. The event (11 am – 4 pm) features free water slides, hula hoop contest, sand castle building, live music and more. Bring a backpack and school supplies to help support the Fort Bend Rainbow Room. Located at 2711 Town Center Blvd.

White Linen NightsCelebrate community in the Heights — The 9th annual White Linen Night in the Heights returns August 2 from 6 pm – 10 pm. Engage in the Heights community through art, entertainment, live music, and more. Streets are closed for crowds to mingle and browse the eclectic shops.  Find specials, discounts and entertainment on 11th Street, 19th Street, Studewood, and White Oak including live music, parking lot party, food trucks, and more. Don’t miss free scoops of Italian ice and select flavors of gelato at Gelazzi on White Oak. First Saturday Arts Market will be incorporated into the evening at 300 block of W. 19th.

Catch a Shakespeare play — Houston Shakespeare Festival presents free Shakespeare in the Park at Miller Outdoor Theater. Saturday night features Henry IV Part 1, which can be dubbed the original “Game of Thrones” with a king, rebels, and battle. Performances begin at 8:30 pm August 2, 6, 8, and 10. Free reserved seat tickets are available each day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Outdoor box office in Hermann Park.

Watch Despicable Me in the parkMovie Night on the Strand in Galveston returns August 2 with Despicable Me, 7 pm. Movie begins at dusk. Grab your chairs, blankets and enjoy a family-friendly movie outdoors! This is held the first Saturday of each month at Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand.

SUNDAY

Browse free museums and zoo – It’s Bank of America’s first weekend freebie for cardholders dubbed Museums on Us. Get free admission August 2-3 at the Children’s Museum, Houston Zoo and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Free admission for individual cardholders, not children.

Watch free family flick, Rango — Don’t miss the free Kids’ Camp family-friendly movie at Alamo Drafthouse’s Vintage Park and Mason Park locations. Catch Rango August 3 at 11:30 am Mason Park and 10 am Vintage Park. Showing through August 7. Hours vary by day. Seats are first-come, first-serve.

Learn about snakes — Check out the Reptile Open House Sunday, 1 pm – 4 pm, at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. The Nature Center is packed with amphibians and live reptiles from around the world. Located at 20634 Kenswick in Humble.

Catch a Shakespeare play — Houston Shakespeare Festival presents free Shakespeare in the Park at Miller Outdoor Theater. Two productions alternate nights August 1-10. Sunday night features Two Gentlemen of Verona, a romantic comedy that follows two young couples as they fall in love and grow up fast in small-town life. It hits the stage August 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 at 8:30 pm. Free reserved seat tickets are available each day, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at Miller Outdoor box office in Hermann Park.