FREE WEEKEND FUN

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 14 Free Things to Do in Houston area this weekend, May 29-31:

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FRIDAY

Learn improvTake a free Improv class, thanks to Station Theater’s Intro to Improv every Friday, 7:30 pm. All Intro students are then invited to stay to watch Supernova Armando show for free ($6 value), a fast-paced comedy show with a guest monologist. Located at 1230 Houston Ave.

Love that salsa dancing — Get in the groove at Latin Beats each Friday night all summer at Downtown Aquarium. Enjoy a live band (last Friday each month) plus free salsa dance lessons from professional dancers 7 pm – 11 pm. (This event is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather). Downtown Aquarium is located at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

Kick off summer music — Get ready for summer at the Concert in the Park Kick Off event Friday, 6 pm – 9 pm in Deer Park. The free event features the music of The Grooves + free rock wall, bungee jump, and face painting. The free summer concerts continue each Thursday evening all summer. Located at Dow Park Pavilion, 610 E. San Augustine.

Celebrate Billie Holiday — It’s a special tribute Friday night at Cassandra Wilson: A Celebration of Billie Holiday.  Join Cassandra as she celebrates Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday. She showcases her powerful blues, country, and folk-tinged delivery as a tribute concert for Billie Holiday. The show begins at 8:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Tickets for free reserved covered seats are available performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

Listen to live jazz — Enjoy an evening of jazz at Summer Concert Series with Kim and Bill — Kim Prevost and guitarist Bill Solley. This duo won the “BET on Jazz” Discovery Award in 1999 and has been going strong since. Located at WFDD’s Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy.

SATURDAY

Citizens for Animal ProtectionAdopt for free — Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) is offering free adoptions Saturday and Sunday for its Summer Kick Off event. Dogs usually range from $99 – $149. The day also features crafts, bake sale, and more. Hours are 11 am – 7 pm Saturday and 1 pm – 7 pm Sunday. CAP is located at 17555 Katy Freeway at Barker Cypress.

Watch creativity in the sand – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) annual Sandcastle Competition in Galveston is amazing!  Saturday, May 30, marks the 28th year of this friendly competition pitting business teams against each other. This event is free and family friendly. Prep work begins at 8:30 am Saturday morning. Sand castle building kicks off at 10 am and lasts until 3 pm. The public votes — with awards at 4:30 pm! The event is held at Galveston East Beach, 1923 Boddeker. Parking is $10, cash only, at East Beach.

Enjoy yoga in the park — A new summer series, Savasana into Summer, kicks off Saturday at Hermann Park, thanks to Namitzi Yoga. The free weekly yoga class is open to everyone, no matter the skill level, each Saturday, May 30 – September 1. Meditation is 8:15 am – 8:25 am with yoga from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. This is located near the Reflection Pond at Hermann Park.

Celebrate at iFLY — Get ready for the Grand Openings of two iFLY locations in Houston! The free fun kicks off at 10 am at both the Memorial and The Woodlands locations. The day features flight demo sessions with iFLY instructors, STEM education sessions sharing the science behind the wind tunnel and flying, kids’ activities including parachutes, and raffles. Located at 9540 Katy Freeway and 26860 North I-45. (The Red Bull Air Force team will be celebrating Friday night with skydiving jumps and formations at both locations weather permitting: 7pm at Memorial and 7:10 pm at The Woodlands.)

Party for the summer — Celebrate the end of school at the End of School Bash at WFDD’s Central Green Park in Katy! The free family event, 11 am – 3 pm, offers interactive activities, games, giveaways, demonstrations, performances, and more. This is sponsored by Macaroni Kid Katy. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Encourage kids to write — Writers in the Schools and HPL Express share a free Young Writers Workshop each Saturday, 10:30 am, at Discovery Green. This is geared to students in 2nd – 8th grades. No registration necessary. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Movie under the moon — Watch a free outdoor movie in Bellaire! The free Trolleywood Movie series returns to Bellaire Saturday, May 30. This month’s movie is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day beginning at dusk. Located at Bellaire Town Square Event Lawn and Pavilion, 7008 S. Rice Avenue.

Enjoy Bollywood — Don’t miss this colorful Bollywood Dance performance Saturday, 8:30 pm, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Karma: The Wheel of Life is a moving story of love, passion and integrity. Tickets for free reserved covered seats are available performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.

SUNDAY

Adopt for free — Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) is offering free adoptions Saturday and Sunday for its Summer Kick Off event. Dogs usually range from $99 – $149. The day also features crafts, bake sale, and more. Hours are 11 am – 7 pm Saturday and 1 pm – 7 pm Sunday. CAP is located at 17555 Katy Freeway at Barker Cypress.