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7 Free Things to Do in Houston July 27-31

Don’t miss these 7 options for free fun in Houston July 27-31 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (7/27) — Get free admission to Czech Center Museum noon – 4 pm Monday. This museum is free the fourth Monday of each month. Located at 4920 San Jacinto.

Tuesday (7/28) — Catch a free screening of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb at Santikos Theatres. Free weekly summer movies are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am. Locations include Silverado 19 IMAX in Tomball and Palladium AVX Entertainment in Richmond. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Wednesday (7/29) — Learn the basics of kayaking at a free weekly kayak class at Discovery Green. This is offered Wednesdays through August, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Participants must be 18 years or older. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Thursday (7/30) — Enjoy free craft workshops all summer at Houston area libraries. This week kids will make free shadow puppets craft, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. You need to have a library card and RSVP. Located at Looscan Neighborhood Library, 2510 Willowick Road.

Thursday (7/30) — Don’t miss a free performance of Michael Cavanaugh performing with the Houston Symphony. Cavanaugh performs songs by Billy Joel, Elton John, James Taylor and more. Mezzanine and lawn seats are free, thanks to Insperity & Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. {Orchestra seats are $20.} Located at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Thursday (7/30) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. {The Weather Museum is relocating and temporarily closed, but is usually an 8th free museum on Thursdays.}

Thursday (7/30) — Enjoy free Argentine Tango Lessons, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Learn basic tango steps, emphasizing connection, musicality and line of dance. No partner or experience necessary. This class is for beginners! Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Friday (7/31) —  Get complimentary sweet frozen treats this summer thanks to Frost Bank. Friday is a freebie from Kona Ice, 1 pm – 3 pm, at Frost Bank, 3304 W. Sam Houston Parkway S., 77042.

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Food Freebies & Deals in July in Houston {Updated}

free tea day 2015July is a great month for food freebies and deals! Here are the remaining dates to get on your calendar:

All month: National Ice Cream Month

Get a free waffle cone at Baskin-Robbins in July with any double scoop purchase.

July 23: Free Tea Day
Enjoy a free Sweet Tea at McAlister’s Deli. No purchase necessary.

July 23: National Hot Dog Day
Enjoy $1 All-American Dog and Chili Cheese Coney at Sonic Drive-In all day.

July 28: National Lasagna Day (early)

Save 50% on lasagna at BRIO Tuscan Grille. It’s just a day before National Lasagna Day!

July 29: National Lasagna Day
Get half-priced lasagna all day at The Lasagna House: Westheimer and Sugar Land locations. {The 1960 location is temporarily closed due to a fire in its shopping center.}

Get half-priced lasagna at Buca di Beppo July 27-July 31. Get the coupon here. Dine in only. Located at 5192 Buffalo Speedway and The Woodlands at 19075 I-45 South.

Get a free appetizer at Spaghetti Warehouse July 27-August 2 with purchase of two lasagnas.

July 29-30: National Cheesecake Day
Celebrate for two days at The Cheesecake Factory: any slice is half price July 29 – 30. The newest flavor this year is Salted Caramel Cheesecake. One slice per person, no coupon required.

July 31: Celebrate 31
Get 31% off ice cream sundaes at Baskin-Robbins July 31 for its 70th birthday and year of Celebrate 31.

National Tequila Day: July 24 Deals in Houston

National Tequila Day July 24It’s National Tequila Day July 24! Here are a few local spots offering deals in Houston:

Cadillac Bar is offering $3.50 margaritas, $2 tequila drinks, tequila samples and giveaways Friday, July 24. Valid all day for house margarita and well tequila. Visit at 1802 Shepherd and Kemah Boardwalk locations.

Clay’s Restaurant is celebrating with $2 house margaritas all day! Located at 17717 Clay Road.

Hyatt Market Street is offering a tasty half-price deal: enjoy a jalapeno watermelon margarita at half price ($6). Located in The Woodlands, 9595 Six Pines.

STRAITS will be serving up half-price Spiced Mango Margaritas ($6) all day July 24. Located at CityCentre, 800 Sorella Court.

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Free Weekend Fun in Houston July 24-26

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 13 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, July 24-26:

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FRIDAY

Listen to Shakespeare’s best — Brazos Bookstore and Houston Shakespeare Festival present Summer of Shakespeare, some of the greatest hits of Shakespeare’s speeches. Fans will recognize the famous soliloquies, the most powerful moments, and discover some under-appreciated monologues, performed by members of the Houston Shakespeare Festival. Located at 2421 Bissonnet.

Watch a movie under the moon1) Downtown: Catch a free screening of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Friday, 9 pm, at GreenStreet, 1201 Fannin. 2) Messiah Lutheran Church: Enjoy The Avengers Friday, 7 pm, at Cypress’ Messiah Lutheran Church. Arrive early to see characters from The Avengers. The Sunday sermon is drawn from the Friday screening with movie clips. Bring your own chair! Located at 11522 Telge.

Learn to salsa dance — Enjoy free salsa dance lessons at Latin Beats every Friday night at the Downtown Aquarium. From 7 pm – 11 pm you can learn salsa dancing from professional dance instructors. The Aquarium is located at 410 Bagby at Memorial.

Dance under the stars — It’s another edition of Dancing Under the Stars Friday, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, at Sugar Land Town Square. Free classes are offered by Fred Astaire Dance.

SATURDAY

Relax outdoors — Attend a free session of Hatha Yoga each Saturday, 9 am – 10 am, at Discovery Green. Attendees will discover the basics of vinyasa yoga, breath and fluidity, plus the movement of energy. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Tour a museum — Join in Houston’s Museum Experience Day Saturday with free admission to the Zone 3 museums: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and The Jung Center of Houston. Programming includes family art-making activities, intro to meditation, food trucks! Hours are 10 am – 7 pm. The next quarterly Museum Experience Day is September 26.

Watch science in action — Kids will love seeing physical and chemical changes at Mad Science’s Fire & Ice Saturday session as part of Houston Public Library Summer Reading Program. The fun begins at 12:30 pm at HPL Express, a building onsite at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Play outdoorsNFL Play 60 returns to WWFD’s Central Green Park. Sign up begins at 9 am with play beginning at 10 am. Located at Central Green Park in Katy.

Sneak peek of Don Quixote — Enjoy a sneak peek of The Man from La Mancha Saturday, 3 pm, at CityCentre. Queensbury Theatre will present songs and scenes from this production held July 30 – August 23 at Queensbury Theatre, around the corner from the venue.

Play at summer camp — Last weekend! Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops offers free activities for kids Saturdays and Sundays (& Tuesday/Thursday) plus family workshops and more. Family Summer Camp lasts from noon to 5 pm through July 27. Engage in activities such as casting challenge, BB shooting range, weekly crafts, shooting arcade, free workshops, catch and release pond. Bass Pro Shops has two Houston-area locations in Katy (5000 Katy Mills Circle) and Pearland (1000 Basspro Drive).

Listen to NOLA jazz — Head to Sugar Land Town Square Saturday, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, for NOLA Nights. This music event features The Zydeco Dots, Houston’s most popular Zydeco band.

SUNDAY

Watch Gold Cup on jumbo screen — Catch a free outdoor screening of the Soccer Viewing Party Gold Cup at Discovery Green, Sunday, 2 pm – 6 pm. The event is presented by Univision Houston Family with games, prize and fun for the whole family. Located at 1500 McKinney downtown.

Play at summer camp — Last weekend! Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops offers free activities for kids Saturdays and Sundays (& Tuesday/Thursday) plus family workshops and more. Family Summer Camp lasts from noon to 5 pm through July 27. Engage in activities such as casting challenge, BB shooting range, weekly crafts, shooting arcade, free workshops, catch and release pond. Bass Pro Shops has two Houston-area locations in Katy (5000 Katy Mills Circle) and Pearland (1000 Basspro Drive).

Free Museum Experience Day: Zone 3, July 25

Museum of Fine Arts, HoustonTake advantage of free admission to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston all day Saturday, July 25, as part of The Museum Experience. It’s just one of three museums on focus for Zone 3.

Zone 3’s cultural block party Saturday features three museums: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; and The Jung Center of Houston. There is free admission to all three museums Saturday, though the last two are always free. Special event hours are 10 am – 7 pm.

Saturday’s events feature special programming and food trucks. Zone 3’s schedule of events include all kinds of free fun including intro meditation class and family art-making activities. Free admission all day to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston includes the interactive installation, Shadow Monsters.

The Museum Experience is a quarterly series in Houston’s vibrant Museum District in its third year. It essentially divides the district’s 19 museums into four zones and highlights the museums in that zone each quarter to inform and educate Houstonians.

Watch for the final Museum Experience Day September 26.

10 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat in Houston

discovery green gateway fountainWith temperatures inching towards 100° degrees this summer, we can all use some ideas for ways to beat the summer heat in Houston. Head over to read my latest article, 10 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat in Houston on CubeSmart’s site for fun summer ideas relating to water, ice and indoor air conditioning! I look forward to sharing new Houston-related articles there each month!

I am proud to be CubeSmart’s City Guide Expert for its online Houston Moving Guide. I will be sharing monthly insight for folks moving to Houston looking for local perspective.

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Disclosure: I’ve partnered with CubeSmart as their local expert. Articles are written by me and my own opinion.

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Date Night on the Cheap: Houston Live Music Scene

Date Night on the Cheap shares inexpensive outings in Houston that will impress your date without breaking the bank, thanks to our partnership with Trip Chandler. Their service creates customized guides to Houston for visitors and residents.

Date Night on the Cheap: Livewire

Make a concert connection exploring Houston’s live music scene.

Cactus Music

In-store

Cactus Music, a music lover’s clubhouse, hosts frequent free in-store performances paired with free St. Arnold’s beer. The bands often stick around to sign merchandise and take pics with fans. Stroll the aisles to find new additions for your vinyl, CD, or even tape collections.  Showcasing bands of all music genres, you can find the performance for you and your fellow music lover on their event’s schedule.

Trip Chandler Tip: Fuel up before or after the in-store with tacos or quesadillas from the popular Tacos Tierra Caliente truck on the corner of W. Alabama and McDuffie. Caution with the red salsa!  Cash only.

Local Vocals

Local music is abundant downtown on the lively stretch of Main St. The Nightingale Room’s Thursday Night Sessions offers the opportunity to see local bands in a small, intimate venue.  Plan to get there early to guarantee your spot for the free shows on select Thursdays.

Just down the street neighboring Dean’s Downtown presents the Houston Songwriter Series  every Sunday from 8-10 pm. Each performance features local songwriters performing in the round and is recorded live.

Deans Downtown

Open Mic

Several venues stage open mic nights to hear budding musicians throughout the week with no cover charge.  McGonigel’s Mucky Duck is an Irish pub that features a very popular open mic night every Monday at 6:30 pm.

Mucky Duck

Deep in the heart of Montrose, Avant Garden, a quirky house turned venue with a large patio, hosts its Singer-Songwriter open mic where only original music is allowed on Tuesdays from 8-11 pmTrip Chandler Tip: Before the music begins, stop by these budget-friendly BYOB options for Mediterranean fare at nearby Aladdin and La Fendee Grill.

Throughout the summer, Firehouse Saloon has an open mic contest every Wednesday from 7-10 pm with an American Idol twist. The audience votes on their favorite performer of the night with the winner earning an opening slot for an upcoming act.

Blues You Can Use

Roll on in to the The Big Easy, where Houston’s Blues tradition is alive and well. Shows are either $5 or free with regular gigs featuring guitar bluesman John Egan on Mondays and blues band, Luther and the Healers, holding court on Thursday nights.  Memorial Drive is home to Shakespeare’s Pub where The Mighty Orq serves up the blues and lap steel with Happy Hour on Fridays from 6-8 pm. Head to Mr. Gino’s for the Sunday Blues Review from 6-10 pm in a cozy club where the regulars make newbies feel right at home.  There’s usually a nominal cover charge for guaranteed good times.

Trip Chandler Tip: Be ready to reward the musicians with dollar bills when they pass the hat during the shows!

Coffeehouse Vibe

Sit down and enjoy a latte and some live music at the new coffee shop in the Heights, EQ Heights.  Check their calendar for listings.

Trip Chandler Tip: Take in the art installations (and selfies!) along Heights Boulevard before the show.  Live music and jam sessions are a regular feature at Bohemeo’s in the East End. Share their signature shrimp tacos or a pizza while taking in the tunes.

Retro

Beetle, “Houston’s Best Beatle Cover Band,” has been taking the stage every Thursday at Continental Club for the past 13 years. The show is 7-10 pm and there’s no cover charge.  Make the night a double-header and head 3 doors down to the Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge for the Gulf Coast grooves of Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man.

Trip Chandler Tip: Pop in Sig’s Lagoon around the corner for their vinyl selection and peruse their walls covered in clippings of Texas music history.

Outdoors

Pack a picnic and head to Miller Outdoor Theatre for one of their many open air concerts.  Classic Rock fans can’t miss the Rolling Stone’s Sticky Fingers album live on Saturday, August 15. Rock the Dock is the Kemah Boardwalk’s summer concert series bringing free live music to the crowds every Thursday from 7-10:30 pm.

Great Jukeboxes

Make your own schedule and set list with these notable jukeboxes around Houston:  La Carafe, Warren’s Inn, or D&T Drive-Inn.

Your Trip Chandlers,

Joni & Dana

Trip ChandlersJoni is a Houston transplant via Kansas, North Carolina, Scotland and New Orleans. Dana is a native Texan who grew up in Houston but considers New Orleans a second home. They have joined forces as Trip Chandler to personalize the city whether you’re here for a short stay or a permanent move.

I’m Speaking @ The Mommie Series August 5

Would you like a fun night out with other women —  and get educated in the areas of Family, Health, Finance, and Fashion?

I am one of four experts speaking at the Fall Edition of The Mommie Series August 5 held at Zientte. This quarterly event is geared to the modern Houston mom. I will be sharing “Houston Culture on the Cheap” for the 100+ attendees.

The Mommie Series 2015 Fall EditionTickets are $75 and include a special goodie bag. {I know this price point is more than what I usually promote, but I wanted to share this opportunity for those who might enjoy this special event.} Purchase tickets online.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston July 20-24

Don’t miss these 7 options for free fun in Houston July 20-24 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (7/21) — The Children’s Hilltop Festival kicks off this week, Tuesday – Thursday at 11 am, Miller Outdoor Theatre. Tuesday features a production called Our Feet Can Tell a Story, which is a musical and poetic journey celebrating the African-American culture. Wednesday features Frieda’s Fiesta and Thursday is My BFF, the Dragon.

Wednesday (7/22) — It’s the final week of Summer Storytime Tour at Rienzi, 10 am. Introduce kids to the magic of art and literature through fun and interactive activities for ages 3+. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden after the event. Rienzi is the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston home. Located at 1406 Kirby.

Wednesday (7/22) — Catch a free screening of The LEGO Movie at Santikos Theatres. Free weekly summer movies are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am. Locations include Silverado 19 IMAX in Tomball and Palladium AVX Entertainment in Richmond. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Thursday (7/23) — Snag a free sweet tea for Tea Day at McAlister’s Deli Thursday. No purchase necessary.

Thursday (7/23) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. {The Weather Museum is relocating and temporarily closed, but is usually an 8th free museum on Thursdays.}

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science: 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston: 5 pm – 8 pm
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum: 1 pm – 5 pm

Thursday (7/23) — Clint the Snake Man presents a free reptile show on Texas Snakes from 2 pm – 2:45 pm. Visitors can touch a variety of non-venomous snakes. This is located at the Central Library downtown, 500 McKinney.

Thursday (7/23) — Don’t miss Open Mic Comedy Night Thursday, 6 pm – 8 pm, at downtown Houston Public Library! The free evening welcomes local comedians, puppeteers, ventriloquists, and impressionists to share their clean comedy. It also features improv from a professional local improv group. Seating is limited with doors open at 5:30 pm. Comedy Night is held Fourth Thursday each month, 500 McKinney.