FREE WEEKEND FUN

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 14 Free Things to Do in Houston September 26-28:

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FRIDAY

Watch movies under the moonDiscovery Green: Eat some free Chipotle and watch a movie for free outdoors! It’s Chipotle Green Film Series Friday featuring the flick, GMO OMG. There also will be free samples of Saint Arnold, Barefoot Wine and Honest Tea. Located at 1500 McKinney. GreenStreet: Catch Romy and Michele’s High School Reuniondowntown Friday, 8 pm. It’s all part of Friday Flicks on the Lawn with the giant 25ft. screen. ZipCar will provide free popcorn and beverages. Located at 1201 Fannin.

Dock DogsCheer for the dogsDock Dogs returns to Houston Friday for a three-day competition measuring leaps and bounds. The fun kicks off at 10 am each day with finals on Sunday beginning at 4:30 pm. Get your pooch ready for the costume contest Saturday at 3 pm. Dock Dogs is located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Enjoy Chinese dancing — The top dancers of China will be performing Friday and Saturday at 8 pm in Splendid China IX at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Tickets for free reserved seats are available at the box office 10:30 am to 1 pm performance day.

SATURDAY

Cheer for the dogsDock Dogs returns to Houston Friday for a three-day competition measuring leaps and bounds. The fun kicks off at 10 am each day with finals on Sunday beginning at 4:30 pm. Get your pooch ready for the costume contest Saturday at 3 pm. Dock Dogs is located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

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 on habitat restoration 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 volunteer@hermannpark.org.

Browse a museum for free — Visit participating Houston-area museums for free Saturday, September 27, 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.

Indulge in bugs and brew — What a great combo at this free event in Tomball! Check out the Bugs, Brew & Barbecue Festival Saturday 9 am – 6 pm. The day features 125 classic VW bugs, barbecue, and live music. Several local breweries will sharing more about their Texas beer including Saint Arnold, No Label, Karbach, Buffalo Bayou, Fort Bend Brewing, Lone Pint Brewing, and Southern Star. Free admission and free parking. Located in Tomball at 201 S. Elm.

Texas Renaissance FestivalGet ready for RenFest — Head to Magnolia for Stroll through the Renaissance Saturday, 3 pm – 7 pm. The free event celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Texas Renaissance Festival: meet the king, queen and characters; dress up for a costume contest; play games; indulge in food, and win prizes. Free admission and free parking. Located in Magnolia at Magnolia Town Center.

Visit a national park — The U.S. National Park Service designates Free National Park weekends for all of its 401 national parks throughout the year. The next one is Saturday, September 27, 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.

Sway to the jazz — Sugar Land Town Square hosts Jazz on the Plaza Saturday, 7:30 pm. The free evening features Theresa Grayson, who started her love for the saxophone at age 8. Her performances include other genres as well such as gospel, pop, Latin and classical. Located at Sugar Land Town Square.

Watch movies under the moon Market Square Park: Catch a free outdoor screening of The Big Chill Saturday, 7:30 pm. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended! This is dog-friendly event. Central Green Park: It’s a special movie night Saturday featuring a partnership with the Houston Astronomical Society. Check out the skyies with the telescopes they bring for observation. Then stick around to watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Located in Katy at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Splendid China IXEnjoy Chinese dancing — The top dancers of China will be performing again Saturday at 8 pm in Splendid China IX at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Tickets for free reserved seats are available at the box office from 10:30 am to 1 pm on performance day.

Engage with art — Don’t miss the Bi-Annual Art Opening Saturday at Spring Street, Winter Street, and Silver Street Studios featuring 200 artists in three buildings. The free public event includes complimentary light bites, valet, and beverages. Located in the Washington Avenue Arts District 6 pm – 10 pm.

Dance all nightDancing Under the Stars returns Saturday night to CityCentre, 7 pm – 10 pm. Enjoy live swing music on the dance floor by Bryan Anthony Band. Instructors from Houston Swing Dance Society will be on hand for assistance. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

SUNDAY

Cheer for the dogsDock Dogs returns to Houston this weekend measuring leaps and bounds. The fun kicks off at 10 am each day with finals on Sunday. Dock Dogs is located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.