It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 16 Free Things to Do in Houston October 17-19:
Scare up some fun — Boo on the Boardwalk continues for Halloween-themed fun through October 31. Enjoy trick or treating at retail stores 4 pm – 8 pm Fridays – Sundays, outdoor movie each Friday night, kids’ activities and more. This Friday’s movie and music is Beetlejuice and music by Epic Blaze. Lots of free fun but haunted houses have a fee. Located in Kemah.
Pick the perfect pumpkin — The Nature Discovery Center presents its Pumpkin Patch fall festival, October 18-19, from 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy carnival games, pumpkin patch, fall crafts, games, wagon rides, food and drink. Free with fee for some activities. Located at 7112 Newcastle Dr.
Celebrate Texian heritage — Don’t miss the Texian Heritage Festival Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, at Montgomery’s historical park. The day features Texas Independence battle reenactments, Native American dancers, and a Texian Army Tent Encampment. It’s a great way to explore the daily lives of Texas settlers on the frontier in the 1800s. Fernland Historical Park has four cabins from the 1800s. The festival is located at the historic park, 780 Clepper in Montgomery. photo: Texian Heritage Festival
Go wild outdoors — Get ready for free family fun at the 8th annual KBR Kid’s Day: Wild on Buffalo Bayou Saturday, 11am – 3 pm. The day features activity stations with hands-on activities, pontoon boat tours, local entertainment and performers, Halloween Costume Parade, kayak and skateboarding demos, and Birds of Prey Show. This event, sponsored by Buffalo Bayou Partnership and KBR is located at Downtown’s Sabine Promenade, 150 Sabine Street (between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive).
Engage with energy – Don’t miss this free family festival around all-things energy, Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm. Energy Day features more than 70 kid-friendly demonstrations and energy exhibits, live music, contests, food, and fun. The festival highlights the importance of energy in the lives of Houstonians. Its mission is to spark the interests of the next generation in energy-related careers. The event is at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby.
Celebrate Centennial Gardens — Enjoy music, food, fun, performances and more at the Family Celebration of McGovern Centennial Gardens, Hermann Park’s newest improvement project. Schedule includes garden tours, children’s activities, art talk and art walk. Saturday, 9:30 am – 5 pm at Hermann Park.
Support the pups — Dog lovers can unite at Barkitecture Houston, an annual local fundraiser supporting Pup Squad and its rescue dogs. The city’s best architects and designers join together Saturday to build creative, designer dog houses for silent auction. The free event also features shopping and fun. Bring your dog, of course. This event is at GreenStreet downtown, noon to 5 pm, with free parking at 1301 Main Street garage.
See WWII Aircraft — Don’t miss your chance to tour the WWII Museum and visit the Hangar of the Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Saturday 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.
Thrill at the mill — Play out on the farm with free admission October 18 only for Thrill at the Mill. It’s all at 7 Acre Wood 10 am – 4 pm in Conroe near The Woodlands. Enjoy park and games, petting zoo, putt putt golf, pumpkins, rope slide, playground, live music, free candy and more!
Watch movies under the stars — It’s a big weekend for free outdoor movies in Houston. 1) Central Green Park, Katy: Batman , dusk 2) Sugar Land Town Square: Monsters University, 7 pm 3) Discovery Green: The Bully Project documentary, 7:30 pm 4) Pearland Town Square: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, 8 pm
See boats in action — Head to Sugar Land for the 11th annual Dragon Boat Regatta Saturday and Sunday. Watch dragon races, enjoy cultural performances and enjoy Asian cuisine. Some of the performers include belly dancing, Chinese Yo Yo, Kung Fu, and Asian Pie Eating Contest. This year’s theme is Breast Cancer Survivors. Held at Brooks Lake at Fluor in Sugar Land 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Scare up some fun — Boo on the Boardwalk features Halloween-themed fun through October 31. Enjoy trick or treating at retail stores 4 pm – 8 pm Fridays – Sundays. This week’s Saturday fun includes kids’ corner activities, Monster Magic Show, pumpkin decorating, Costume Contest (12 and under), Zombie Night Party, and music by Rapture. Lots of free fun but haunted houses have a fee. Located in Kemah.
Celebrate Korean culture — The Korean Festival kicks off Saturday, October 18, 10 am – 7 pm, at Discovery Green. Enjoy a variety of performances featuring folk musicians, Korean dancers, TaeKwonDo masters plus fabulous culinary cuisine. Located at 1500 McKinney downtown.
Enjoy family day at Bayou Bend — Free Family Day returns to Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens Sunday as the historic home celebrates “Energy: A Texas Legacy.” Families are encouraged to visit between 1 pm – 5 pm for music, games, art-making activities and more such as hunt for dinosaur food in the gardens, do a science experiment, and draw with charcoal. Don’t miss the chance to tour the first floor of Bayou Bend’s historic mansion. Located at 6003 Memorial Drive. photo: Bayou Bend
Scare up a pumpkin — Concert in the Park is back Sunday in The Woodlands with a Jack-o-Lantern Challenge. Enjoy a family pumpkin carving competition during the concert in Northshore Park. The Jack-o-Lantern Challenge begins at 5:30 pm. This week’s music is provided by Subdivided Band. Located at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive. This is the last week in the fall series.
Scare up some fun — Boo on the Boardwalk features Halloween-themed fun through October 31. Enjoy trick or treating at retail stores 4 pm – 8 pm Fridays – Sundays. This week’s Sunday fun includes pumpkin decorating, guessing games, creepy creatures, and music by Moodafaruka. Lots of free fun but haunted houses have a fee. Located in Kemah.