Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 20 Free Things to Do in Houston April 21-23:
Enjoy movies under the stars — Catch a free outdoor screening this Friday! 1) GreenStreet: When Harry Met Sally at GreenStreet downtown. Movie begins at 8 pm. Located at 1201 Fannin. 2) Central Green Park: Watch Hop outdoors at WFDD’s Central Green Park. Movie begins at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy.
Jam to jazz — Experience live jazz music downtown at Da Camera Jam Friday, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. The evening includes Jason Moran, Chris Walker and Denardo Coleman. Located at 1500 McKinney.
Enjoy Shakespeare — It’s a weekend of free Shakespeare performances at Burroughs Park in Tomball. Performances of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well take place rain or shine Friday, April 21 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, April 22 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 23 at 2 pm. This is a family-friendly adaptation of the classic comedy with plenty of laughs and twists. Don’t miss the Shakespeare Festival Saturday afternoon. Located at 9738 Hufsmith Road.
Party with your pups — It’s a full day of fun for dog lovers at Canine Carnival and Fun Run. The 4th annual Doggone Fun Run 5K run and 1 Mile Run/Walk begin at 7 am. The event benefits Fort Bend Cares. Following the run, pups can compete in a costume contest at 10:30 a.m. Don’t miss Houston Disc Dogs who take the lawn with tricks and back flips at 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. A live DJ will spin tunes throughout the day as families enjoy carnival rides and games, inflatables, balloon artists and face painters and food trucks. The Canine Carnival is free, but there is a registration fee for the fun run. Register online.
Declare freedom — Don’t miss Freedom Fest, 8 am – 1 pm, to promote awareness of human trafficking and celebrate its successes. The Festival by Free the Captives features free food (hotdogs, nachos, cotton candy), live music, games, and human trafficking talks. A 5K run will kick off at 7:30 am for a small registration fee. Located at Mason Park, 541 S. 75th St.
Engage in Texas history — It’s the 181st year of Texas Independence! Go back in history Saturday at the San Jacinto Day Festival and Reenactment at San Jacinto Battleground State Park. From 10 am – 6 pm, folks can enjoy live music and dancing on three stages, visit Mexican and Texian camps of 1836, watch demos of 19th century craftsmen plus enjoy kid’s entertainment, make-and-take crafts, petting zoo and more. Catch the Battle of San Jacinto Reenactment beginning at 3 pm as Texas wins its independence. It’s a day of fun set against living history. Parking will be closer this year with several lots located on Independence Parkway. Located at 3523 Independence Parkway in La Porte. photo: BFSMan
Celebrate a park Grand Opening — Families can enjoy Picnic in the Park on Earth Day 11 am – 5 pm celebrating the grand opening of Evelyn’s Park, which includes group fitness and wellness, Earth day activities, a children’s treasure hunt and activities, art projects, a mini farmer’s market, a food truck zone plus beer, wine and cheese tastings. The day also features the larger-than-life Alice in Wonderland-themed sculpture. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with artist Bridgette Mongeon around the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party scene. Located at 4400 Bellaire.
Celebrate the earth — Earth Day is a free celebration at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center packed with fun activities for the whole family, 10 am – noon, including earth-conscious activities, demonstrations, nature crafts, guided nature hikes, and live Texas reptiles. Located at 4501 Woodway.
Play outside on Earth Day — Earth Day Extravaganza is a day of free fun from 10 am – 4 pm presented by Harvest Green in Richmond. It features tours of The Farmhouse and the Village Farm, a farmers market, live performances by students from Travis High School, a petting zoo, animal adoptions, family-friendly activities and more. A DJ will help attendees rock out while they kayak on the lake, compete in the watermelon-eating contest and play lawn games. Food trucks will be on hand, too. This is sponsored by Johnson Development on Harvest Corner Drive in Richmond.
Party at the festival — Don’t miss Willow Waterhole MusicFest, a free two-day music festival Saturday and Sunday. The variety of music includes 16 professional bands plus seven area high schools playing Zydeco, Latin, Blues, R&B, Cuban, Jazz, Rock and more. Don’t miss the Craft Fair, open till 6 pm each day + food trucks. Located at Willow Waterhole, 5304 Gasmer from 11 am – 9 pm.
Explore China — Head to Katy’s Central Green Park for A Journey Through China Saturday, 11 am – 1 pm. Learn more about the culture and tradition of China through authentic dance performances. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Cultivate compassion — The kick-off rally and film festival for Houston Compassion Week is a day full of family-friendly fun with live performances, food vendors, games, a food-drive labyrinth, and more 50 local compassionate organizations. Film festival screenings provided by Houston area students. Compassionate Houston is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate Houston’s compassionate culture.
Experience Shakespeare — Harris County Precinct 4 invites the public to attend a free Shakespeare festival featuring crafts, entertainers, face painting, games, and food trucks Saturday, 1 pm to 7 pm at Burroughs Park in Tomball. Performances of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well take place Saturday, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. This is located at 9738 Hufsmith Road.
Explore Southlake — Enjoy an afternoon of free fun at Hit It Out of the Park at Southlake from noon – 2 pm. Families can enjoy a Scavenger Hunt, games, baseball crafts and giveaways, caricature artists, gourmet hot dogs, beer, win + enter to win $5,000 grand prize! This is sponsored by Perry Homes at The Parks at Southlake.
Honor the Earth — Celebrate Earth Day on the Avenida downtown Saturday, 5 pm – 10 pm. The event features Pneumatica, which is about air, made by air and powered by air. Enjoy live music plus the 40 ft. Lady Pneumatica, which incorporate a wind turbine on her head.
Watch a butterfly release — Experience a live butterfly release Sunday at Messiah Lutheran Church’s annual Butterfly Family Festival in Cypress. Don’t miss the new additions this year including Bingo, a train ride, popcorn, cupcake decorating and a free Basketball game. It also includes children’s carnival games, cake walk, book walk, face painting, inflatable slide, music and bounce house. Children 12 and under will receive three free tickets. The festival is noon – 3 pm with games beginning at noon. Located at 11522 Telge Rd. in Cypress. The BBQ lunch and games have a fee. The event benefits the church preschool.
Celebrate women at Family Day — It’s a free family day at the museum homes, Bayou Bend and Rienzi, from 1 pm – 5 pm Sunday. This month’s theme focuses on women in history with art workshops, games, performances, and more. A free shuttle goes between the homes. Located at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (6003 Memorial) and Rienzi (1406 Kirby).
Enjoy fun at the brewery — Enjoy a Family Fun Day at Spindletap Brewery from noon – 6 pm Sunday. The afternoon includes face painting, live country music, a family movie at 3 pm, balloon animals, and food trucks. Admission is free! Located at 10622 Hirsch Rd.
Enjoy Shakespeare — It’s a weekend of free Shakespeare performances at Burroughs Park in Tomball. Performances of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well continue Sunday, April 23 at 2 pm. This is a family-friendly adaptation of the classic comedy with plenty of laughs and twists. Located at 9738 Hufsmith Road.
Party at the festival — Don’t miss Willow Waterhole MusicFest, a free two-day music festival in its final day Sunday. The variety of music includes 16 professional bands plus seven area high schools playing Zydeco, Latin, Blues, R&B, Cuban, Jazz, Rock and more. Don’t miss the Craft Fair, open till 6 pm each day + food trucks. Bring blankets or lawn chairs! Located at Willow Waterhole, 5304 Gasmer from 10 am – 8 pm.