The weekend is almost here! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 16 Free Things to Do in Houston this Weekend (July 25-27) with your family and friends.

Free fun in Houston


Watch free family flick, RIO — Don’t miss the free Kids’ Camp family-friendly movie each weekend at Alamo Drafthouse’s Vintage Park and Mason Road locations. Catch RIO July 26-28 at 10:05 am (Vintage Park) and 11:30 (Mason Park). Movie plays through July 31. Seats are first-come, first-serve.

Watch a movie under the stars — Catch a free screening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Friday night at the new Whole Foods Market Champions. The event kicks off at 7:30 pm with the movie starting at dusk thanks to Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow. Located at 10133 Louetta.

houston aquariumLearn to salsa dance — Enjoy free salsa dance lessons at Latin Beats every Friday night at the Downtown Aquarium. From 7 pm – 10 pm you can learn salsa dancing from professional dance instructors. Enjoy live music since it’s the last Friday of the month. The Aquarium is located at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

Enjoy outdoor music — The free Sizzling Summer Concert series continues Friday at Central Green Park with Prophet and Outlaws. The concert kicks off at 7:30 pm. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.


Learn about fish of Spring Creek — Don’t miss this free hands-on event Fish of Spring Creek Saturday, held in Humble at Jesse J. Jones Park and Nature Center. This event is geared to kids 10+. Be ready to get wet and dirty as you learn what’s in the park’s waterways using dip-nets and seines. You must register in advance by calling the Center at 281.446.8588.

Play outdoors — Head to Kingwood Free Kid’s Fest Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, for a day of free fun: attractions, games, pony rides, contests, carnival rides, bungee jumps, character appearances, performances and more. Located at Kingwood Town Center Park, 4300 Town Center Place.

Museum of Fine Arts, HoustonTour a museum — Join in Houston’s Museum Experience Day Saturday with free admission to the Zone 3 museums: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and The Jung Center of Houston. Programming includes gallery talks, family art-making activities, Smilebooth photos and food trucks! Hours are 10 am – 7 pm. The next quarterly Museum Experience Day is September 27.

Tour a fire station — Folks in The Woodlands can participate in Good Neighbor Day Saturday at two different local fire stations. Families can tour the fire station, meet their firefighters and deputies, get crime info, and register bicycles. 10 am – 11:30 am — Fire Station #4 at 7900 Bay Branch Road. 1 pm – 2:30 pm: Fire Station #7 at 26722 Kuykendahl Road.

Get healthy — Neighborhood Centers presents a free Walmart Back-to-School Community Health Fair Saturday, 8 am – 11 am, at Ripley House Neighborhood Center. The event features free health screenings, immunizations, cooking demos, games, school supplies, entertainment and prizes. Located at 4410 Navigation.

Swap, recycle and reuse Houston Re-Market returns July 26, 4th Saturday of each month (11 am – 4 pm), as an opportunity for Houstonians to practice responsible consumerism. And this month it’s at a new location: Station Museum of Contemporary Art. Participate in the swap (bring a gently used item) and take something else home for free, shop at vendors who use recycled and resused materials in their crafts, enjoy live entertainment and a BBQ food truck. Houston Re-Market is located at 1502 Alabama.

Learn about weather with Anthony — Head to the Bellaire City Library Saturday for an afternoon talk about Weather and the Water Cycle presented by KPRC’s Anthony Yanez. The free event is 3 pm – 4 pm at 5111 at Jessamine.

Learn about diabetes and more — If you struggle with diabetes, don’t miss the free American Diabetes Association Houston EXPO. The Saturday event features health screenings, cooking demonstrations, exhibitors + experts sharing knowledge around diabetes management and prevention. This is 9 am – 3 pm at NRG Center.

Free outdoor movies in HoustonWatch a movie under the moon — Lots of options for free outdoor movies! Discovery Green: Watch Wall-E on the jumbo screen for IKEA Houston Screen on the Green. The movie kicks off 9 pm but arrive an hour early for contests and activities. It’s a Rolling Roadshow thanks to Alamo Drafthouse. Central Green: Watch the 1993 classic Jurassic Park at Central Green Park in Katy. The movie kicks off at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Dance under the stars — Dance at CityCentre’s Dancing Under the Stars event Saturday, 7 pm – 10 pm. This month’s event features the Legendary River Bandits. City Centre is located near I-10 and Beltway 8 at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

Listen to country music — Head to Sugar Land Town Square Saturday, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, for NOLA Nights. This music event features Leo Polk Band, who brings New Orleans-style jazz to Houston. This local treasure will share a variety of music: Blues, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Dixieland and Oldies.


Houston Family Fun FestEngage in family fun — Head to Discovery Green Sunday for Houston Fun Fest sponsored by Houston Family Magazine. The event includes lots of family fun including face painting, inflatables, arts and crafts, music, door prizes, performances, food trucks, swag bags and more. Hours are noon to 4 pm. Located at 1500 McKinney. photo: Lullaby Lane Photography

Love some free music — The Caroline Sessions are free monthly concerts held in the Heights at White Space Houston. This month features 4+ bands, pot luck, community gathering and more Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Located at 2914 White Oak Drive.

photo: Van Hart