Free Weekend Fun in Houston June 15-17: Summer Symphony Nights, Juneteenth Parade, Movies Under the Moon, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival, Family Bat Nights, Heritage Family Day & more
Vicki Powers on
June 14, 2012
The weekend is almost here. What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of a few free activities and events to enjoy with your family and friends:
Engage in classical music – The Houston Symphony’s free community concerts continue at various locations throughout Houston. Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, the Houston Symphony kicks off its Free Summer Symphony Nights at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Performances are at 8:30 pm. Free reserved seat tickets are available on performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm at Miller Outdoor Theater box office.
Celebrate the Asian/ Pacific culture — It’s the 20th year of the Houston Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival this Saturday, June 16, at Discovery Green. Enjoy Japanese pop band Lady Spade, music and dance performances, as well as cultural arts and crafts: making Hawaiian leis, practicing Chinese calligraphy, doing Indian henna painting, and more. Don’t miss the Ramen Noodle Contest at 3:30 pm where individuals or teams must eat with chopsticks or hands during a timed event. The festival is noon to 7 pm downtown at 1500 McKinney. photo: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival, Patrick Lew
Ogle at the bats — Head to Waugh Bridge all summer (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) for Family Bat Nights. Watch bats emerge under the Waugh Bridge around sunset. Arrive 20-30 minutes before sunset to hear a brief presentation on the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Free public parking at Spotts Park, 401 S. Heights Blvd at Memorial.
Catch a movie under the moon — The Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow brings Mr. Mom to Market Square Park Sunday, June 17 in honor of Father’s Day. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome! Market Square Park is located at 301 Milam. Sugar Land Town Square is having its own Movie Under the Moon Saturday, June 16, featuring Coraline at 8:30 pm.
Watch a parade — Celebrate Juneteenth at the 39th annual Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 16, sponsored by the National Emancipation Association. More than 3,000 entries of floats, marching bands, and trail riders will travel the parade route that begins at Texas Southern University (Wheeler & Ennis) to Emancipation Park. Parade is from 4-6pm. Celebrate at Emancipation Park from 4 pm – 9 pm at the Freedom Fest with entertainment, food and vendors. Come back Sunday to Emancipation Park for Freedom Sunday with spiritual/religious musical and dramatic entertainment.
Enjoy Heritage Family Day — Heritage Family Day, June 16, noon to 3 pm, will trace the journey of Houston’s Baker Family Playhouse (1893-2010), feature hands-on crafts and old-fashioned children’s games, and live entertainment by Houston’s own singer & songwriter Leah White. At 2 pm, storytelling artists from the Houston Grand Opera will read “The Very Long Life of Alice’s Playhouse: A Survivor’s Story” about the 1893 Baker Playhouse. Author Andrea White and illustrator Bill Megenhardt will be on hand for a book signing. This event is located at the Heritage Society Museum Gallery, 1100 Bagby downtown. Free parking is available at the Heritage Society parking.
Celebrate the Indonesian culture –The Indonesia Bazaar returns to Houston Saturday, June 16, from 5 pm – 10 pm. The evening features traditional music, dance and performances as well as traditional and exotic Indonesian foods. The event is located at the Indonesian Consulate at 10900 Richmond Avenue.
Enjoy summer tunes in Pearland and The Woodlands — Folks south of Houston can hit Summerfest each Friday night in June. Pearland’s free weekly concert begins at 7 pm at Southdown Park, 2150 Countryplace Parkway. This week’s features The Road Home Band of blues, funk and gospel. Folks north of Houston can enjoy Waterway Nights each Saturday through June 30 from 6 pm – 8 pm. This week’s musical performer features Little Queen Band. Enjoy strolling entertainers including jugglers, face painters, and more! Chairs, blankets, and picnics are all welcome! Waterway Square District is located in The Woodlands.