Free Weekend Fun in Houston September 21-23: Menil’s 25th Celebration, Garden Faire, Houston Symphony’s Brahms, Pontoon Boat Tour, Julie & Julia Rolling Roadshow, Alzheimer’s Action Day, Latin Beats, Salsa Y Salud, Fall Fishing Event & more
Vicki Powers on
September 21, 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:
Enjoy Symphony in the park — Don’t miss free admission to Houston Symphony’s outdoor concert Evening With Brahms Friday, September 21, in The Woodlands, beginning at 8 pm. Mezzanine and lawn seats are free, thanks to The Wortham Foundation. Doors open at 7 pm with pre-concert activities.
Watch The Notebook in hopes to end Alzheimer’s — Alzheimer’s Action Day is all about the hope of a day without Alzheimer’s. Attend a special event Friday, September 21, with a free outdoor screening of The Notebook at Discovery Green, 7:30 pm. Show up a little early and get 15% off at The Lakehouse restaurant when you sign up for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s or bring proof of registration. Free purple manicures, to boot! Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney.
Catch a movie under the moon — With the cooler weather, the Montrose Whole Foods continues its Friday Night Films September 21, twilight, with the movie, Julie & Julia. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live music until the sun sets. Friday Night Films are held the 2nd and 4th Fridays at the Montrose store, 701 Waugh, thanks to Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow.
Celebrate 25 years of Menil — It’s the 25th anniversary of Houston’s Menil Collection, which certainly calls for a big celebration. Don’t miss the free community block party Saturday, September 22, 3 pm – 6 pm with promenade performances, jazz dancing, scavenger hunt for kids, birthday cake & ice cream, Mayor’s proclamation and more! Menil is located at 1533 Sul Ross.
Have a garden party — Enjoy family-friendly fun at Mercer Arboretum & Botanical Gardens this weekend for Garden Faire and Fall Festival. The weekend features local artists, live music, kids’ activities, train rides with “Stan the Train Man” and regional plant societies. Kids can create a variety of nature-inspired crafts such as making a hummingbird feeder, hats with recycled materials, a 3D paper frog and more. Hours are 8 am – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.
Relax in a Pontoon boat tour — About a dozen spots are still open for free Pontoon boat tours at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center Saturday, September 22. Time slots are 1 pm, 2:30 and 4 pm. The 1½ hour tour features a leisure trip along Spring Creek discovering the area’s natural and anthropological history and native wildlife. Reservations are required! Call 281.446.8588 to make your reservation. Jones Park is located in Humble at 20634 Kenswick.
Catch the fall fishing event — Bass Pro Shops is kicking off its Fall Fishing event this weekend, September 22-23, featuring free fish seminars and giveaways. Kids will enjoy the Beginning Fishing for Kids workshop noon to 1 pm plus painting a sun catcher from 1 pm – 3 pm. Bass Pro has locations in Katy and Pearland.
Salsa to good health — It’s dubbed Texas’ largest Salsa Show! Salsa Y Salud is all about promoting good health through salsa dance and music. The event is Saturday, September 22, 7:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre. You won’t be able to sit still so dancing in your seats and on the hill is encouraged!
Build a firetruck — Kids can build their own firetruck at the next Lowe’s Build and Grow Saturday, September 22, 10 am. You’ll want to RSVP online to be sure they have enough kits during the session.
Enjoy a concert in the park — Northshore Park in The Woodlands continues its Concert in the Park series each Sunday. This weekend features a country rock favorite, True Hearts. The event is 5:30 – 7:30 pm at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.