7 Free Things to Do in Houston May 16-20

Don’t miss these 7 options for free & cheap fun in Houston May 16-20 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

We Love Houston sign

Monday (5/16) — Want free Chick-fil-A breakfast this summer? Pick up your breakfast card May 16 only, with three free breakfasts loaded on the card. There will be one free item each month. The card is available 10:30 a.m. to close May 16 at Houston-area Chick-fil-A.

Wednesday (5/18) — Wellness Wednesdays return to GreenStreet downtown Wednesdays at 6:30 am. Not only will you be doing your body good but you’ll also save $1 off your next salad or wrap at Salata! Located on The Lawn at GreenStreet, 1201 Fannin.

Wednesday (5/18) — Kids can enjoy a book reading and craft at the Firethorne Little Free Library event Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Children’s book author Cathey Graham Nickell will read her new book, “Arthur Zarr’s Amazing Art Car.” Children also can make a mixed-media art car. Refreshments will be served. This is located at the new Firethorne Little Free Library next to the playground by the Firethorne Community Center, 28128 N. Firethorne Road. Rain date is May 25! This is hosted by Katy Moms Blogger Tamara Woodard and Little Free Library Founder Meg Glenn. Please RSVP to [email protected] with your name and how many adults/kids are attending.

Wednesday (5/18) — West Ave will showcase Houston’s top interior designers at Destination Design 2016, a free event from ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. The event is 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 2800 Kirby. Complimentary valet parking to boot! Don’t miss the champagne bar and bites from West Ave. restaurants.

Wednesday (5/18) — {Not free but cheap!} It’s a $3 movie screening of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark for Family Rewind at Studio Movie Grill. Movie begins at 7 p.m. at both CityCentre and Copperfield locations.

Thursday (5/19) — 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 — free Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston — free Thursday 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — free Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum — free Thursday 2 pm – 7 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture — 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum — 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston — 2 pm – 5 pm

{Don’t forget Houston’s 10 museums that are free every day.}

Thursday (5/19) —  Rescheduled to July 7 due to weather. Head downtown for Thursday Concerts by UHD each Thursday, 6:30 p.m. This week features Houston’s hip hop hero, Bun B. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

 

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Free Weekend Fun in Houston May 13-15

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! Here is a snapshot of 16 Free Things to Do in Houston this weekend, May 13-15:

Dance Houston

photo: Miller Outdoor Theatre

FRIDAY

Sway to the chorus — Enjoy an evening of music from Houston Choral Showcase, a community show choir singing repertoire in popular genres such as Broadway, jazz, swing, gospel, pop, and more! The music begins at 7:30 p.m. Located at Sugar Land Town Square.

Love live music — Miller Outdoor Theatre presents a free concert Friday,  8 p.m., featuring Las Cafeteras, a group blending traditional music from Mexico with the modern sounds of East LA. Free reserved seats are available on performance day at Miller Outdoor Theatre Box Office, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Watch Minions under the moon — Copeland Elementary in Cy Fair ISD is hosting a free FoodieMoviePalooza night Friday, 6 p.m – 8:30 p.m. The free outdoor movie is Minions! There is a charge for other onsite events such as food trucks, inflatables, and movie concessions. Located at 18018 Forest Heights Blvd.

Celebrate Taiwanese culture — MAD Theater will perform Taiwan So Beautiful for the first time on stage in Houston Friday, 7 p.m., in The Culture Center of TECO in Houston. This is part of Houston Taiwanese-Heritage- Week Committee (HTHC). Located at 10303 West Office.

SATURDAY

Learn to fly fishOrvis offers free Fly-Fishing 101 and 201 classes at its retail stores. Sign up for the basic class Saturday and advanced class Sunday. Perfect for the whole family. Kids age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP if you want to attend. Orvis is located at 5727 Westheimer and in The Woodlands at 9595 Six Pines Drive.

WWII hangarSee WWII planes — Tour the WWII Museum and visit the Hangar of the Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force 10 am – 3 pm. It’s a great chance to get up close to the Wing’s five flyable WWII military aircraft: climb into a cockpit of a WWII trainer or go inside a WWII Paratroop aircraft. Located at West Houston Airport, 2 miles north of I-10 east off Barker Cypress on Groschke Rd.

Celebrate books Books Alive! Children’s Book Celebration features a book talk and author signing at Houston Public Library downtown with Dan Santat, author of The Adventures of Beekle and more. Other activities from noon – 3 p.m. include arts and crafts, Mad Science of Houston, Pop Shop, Children’s Museum of Houston, Zoo Friends, Bounce House, Puppet Pizzazz, and more. Located at Central Library downtown, 500 McKinney.

Celebrate Central Park’s birthday — Celebrate the 3rd annual Central Green Birthday Bash when Island Night kicks off at 6 pm with full for all: Pump It Up slide, face painting, Willow Fork Fire Department and live music by Vinyl Diplomacy. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Enjoy family funSecond Saturday at The Depot returns Saturday at 6 pm with games, crafts, and a free outdoor movie. This month’s movie is Yogi Bear. Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

Dance to hip hop/R&BTexas Black Expo is a weekend of free events in downtown Houston. The Summer Celebration Tradeshow, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., offers free admission for empowerment seminars, health screenings, kids’ activities, workshops and more. The free concert at Discovery Green featuring Case, Force MDs and Chubb Rock kicks off at 6 p.m.

Kick it into gear — Dance Houston presents H-Town Get Down, the biggest hip hop dance festival in Houston! The 8 p.m. show features more than 10 crews, breakers and poppers plus MC Outspoken Bean and DJ Flo. Free reserved seats are available on performance day at Miller Outdoor Theatre Box Office, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Watch outdoor movies on the big screen — 1) Sugar Land Town Square: Catch a free screening of The Good Dinosaur Saturday, 8:15 p.m. 2) Tomball: Enjoy Yogi Bear at Tomball’s Second Saturday at The Depot. Fun begins at 6 pm with movie at dusk.

SUNDAY

Get creative — Attend Texas Children’s Art Festival, a free family event at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Drop by between 1 pm – 5 pm to explore Texas heritage through art-making activities, interactive games, music performances, and more. Located at 6003 Memorial at Westcott.

Watch the butterflies — Come see a live butterfly release — plus a free petting zoo, DJ and children’s activities. Messiah Lutheran Church is hosting its annual Butterfly Family Festival on Sunday, noon – 3 p.m., at 11522 Telge Road in Cypress. The event will also feature a BBQ lunch, silent auction, raffle, games and activities for all ages. Raffle items include a large Tundra 75 Yeti Cooler and a Weber Q2200 Propane Grill in red and other great items. There will be lots of free activities for the little ones.

Explore natureTake advantage of free admission with Sunday in Nature at Armand Bayou Nature Center the first and third Sunday. Each month focuses on a different topic. Free admission between noon – 4 pm. Gates lock at 5 pm. 

Free Admission Times: Houston Greek Fest 2016

Houston Greek FestivalGreeks like to celebrate in a big way, and Houston Greek Fest is no exception! Houston Greek Fest is a fantastic community event in West Houston May 12-15.

Take advantage of free admission times throughout the festival: Thursday, May 12 (4 p.m. – 9 p.m.) and Friday, May 13 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.), with no coupon required. Admission is $3 for adults, with kids 10 and under free.

If you’ve never been to Houston Greekfest, just imagine the amazing food, dancing, and Greek music at this four-day festival! The schedule is jam-packed with dancing plus lots of family fun for the kids, such as a giant slide, swing ride, spinning apple, turtle train, ferris wheel, rock climbing and more. Don’t miss the World Gyro Eating Championship Sunday, 2 pm and church tours throughout the weekend.

Houston Greekfest is located at St. Basil The Great Greek Orthodox Church , 1100 Eldridge Parkway. The event is open till 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Parking is free at the KBR building (1080 Eldridge Parkway), on the street or $5 at the festival parking lot.

photo: Houston Greek Festival

Free Texas Children’s Art Festival at Bayou Bend

Texas Children's Art Festival, Bayou Bend Celebrate art at Texas Children’s Art Festival Sunday, May 15, at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Families are invited to enjoy art-making workshops, participate in a collaborative group project, and play interactive games at this afternoon celebrating art and Texas heritage at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Drop by this free event between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Admission is free for all ages with no reservations required! Go to mfah.org/artfest for details.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive, is the house museum for American decorative arts of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Support Houston Food Bank at Empty Bowls Houston

Empty Bowls HoustonI love the concept of Empty Bowls Houston to help feed the hungry in our area. For a $25 minimum donation, enjoy a simple lunch Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., and select your choice of a one-of-a-kind handcrafted bowl to take home. 100% of the proceeds benefit Houston Food Bank.

This event is such a great way to teach kids about helping others. I attended with my girls a few years ago, and we really enjoyed it. The hardest part was selecting our bowls from the hundreds of unique and beautiful handmade bowls! These are two of the bowls we selected as part of our simple lunch. The $25 donation for the bowl will ultimately provide 75 meals for Houston’s needy.

In addition to the lunch, the event features live music and art demonstrations. The collections of bowls are made and donated by students and Houston area craft artists and ceramists.

Whole Foods Market has graciously donated the soup lunch, which is then prepared by Houston Food Bank Community Kitchen. All the festivities will be held at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street.

** Preview Party tickets are available for Friday, May 13, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. for $50. Get your first-pick of bowls from the 2,000 handcrafted pieces!

7 Free Things to Do in Houston May 9-13

Don’t miss these 7 options for free & cheap fun in Houston May 9-13 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Tuesday (5/10) — Toddler Tuesday features a morning of story time, activities, and water play in the fountain. Don’t miss your chance to meet Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Kids need their swim diaper, swimsuit and everything that does with it! Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Tuesday (5/10) — Discovery Discussions: Dynamic Conversations with Changemakers is back at Discovery Green Tuesday, 7 pm. This week’s discussion focuses on Houston:2026 featuring a panel of young Houston leaders. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Wednesday (5/11) — Head downtown to City Hall Farmers Market each Wednesday this spring. This downtown market, run by Urban Harvest in partnership with the City of Houston, features more than 30 local vendors each Wednesday, 11 am – 1:30 pm, along City Hall’s reflection pool at 901 Bagby.

Wednesday (5/11) — {Not free, but cheap!} It’s May $3 Girls Night Out at Studio Movie Grill! This month’s feature is The Devil Wears Prada, 7:30 pm. Located at Copperfield and CityCentre locations.

Thursday (5/12) — Houston Grand Opera presents The Puffed-Up Prima Donna, 11 am, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. There are additional performances Wednesday and Friday, 11 am. This is located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Thursday (5/12) — Enjoy an evening outdoors with the Houston Ballet in The Woodlands. The evening features a Mixed Repertory Program with Houston Ballet. Doors open at 7 pm with 8 pm show.

Thursday (5/12) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District.

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science — free Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston — free Thursday 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — free Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum — free Thursday 2 pm – 7 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture — 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum — 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston — 2 pm – 5 pm

{Don’t forget Houston’s 10 museums that are free every day.}

Free Weekend Fun in Houston May 6-8

Get ready for a weekend of free fun! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 16 Free Things to Do in Houston May 6-8:

WITS Poet Trees in Houston

Poet-Trees at 3422 Allen Parkway near Eleanor Tinsley Park

FRIDAY

Love the ballet — Houston Ballet performs a range of works from classical to contemporary Friday through Sunday at Season Selections at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The selections include Stanton Welch’s Velocity, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances, and Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty (Act III). Free tickets are available for the reserved covered section each performance day at the Miller Box office, 10:30 am – 1 pm. The performance begins at 8 pm.

SATURDAY

Watch the dragon boats — The Dragon Boat Festival returns Saturday and Sunday with free admission, live music, cultural performances, and more. Cheer on the teams! The festival is located at 901 North York Street from 8:30 am – 4 pm.

Partake in pilates — The Texas Pilates Association invites you to Pilates Day 2016, a free event on Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s South Lawn from 10 am – 11 am. Teachers are Elizabeth Jones-Boswell, John Gossett, Sasha Davis and James Harren ~ Houston’s original Pilates teachers from the 1980s. Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Don’t forget your mat and water. Located at 1001 Bissonnet St.

Visit the “poet-trees” — Writers in the Schools partnered with local artists to transform trees into “poet-trees” throughout downtown Houston in April for National Poetry month. Houstonians are encouraged to interact with the poet-trees by writing lines of poems on tags and hanging them on the branches that surround the trees — or taking a selfie and using hashtag #htxpoetree. Trees are located at Discovery Green, Buffalo Bayou Park, East End Esplanade on Navigation, and Houston Public Library in the Heights.

Create pinch bowls — Kids will love this month’s Hands On Houston event Saturday at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The monthly drop-in craft event is held the first Saturday each month from 11 am – 3 pm. Kids will create handmade pinch bowls in anticipation of the Empty Bowls event May 14. Located at 4848 Main Street.

Enjoy the arts — Enjoy a day of fun at MenilFest and the Gulf Coast Indie Book Fair Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm. It includes a day of performances, readings, and a showcase of independent authors and publishers. Don’t miss the Meta-Four Poetry Slam at 4 pm, featuring a group of young poets heading to DC for the national championships!

Visit Bayou BendMoms and grandmothers get free admission at Bayou Bend for Mother’s Day plus a free gift from the Shop Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm. Discounted admission is $10 for other adults and $5 for children 10 – 17. Children 9 and under are free. Bayou Bend’s gardens and two floors of the house are open for audio tours from 1 pm – 5 pm. Bayou Bend is located at 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott.

Celebrate Asia — Get ready for free family fun at Asia Society Texas’ AsiaFest Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, featuring community performances, fusion cuisine, creative activities, local vendors, and more! It’s all to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Located at 1370 Southmore Blvd.

See WWII planes and hangar — Tour the WWII Museum and see WWII planes in the hangar of the Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force 10 am – 3 pm. It’s a great chance to get up close to the Wing’s five flyable WWII military aircraft: climb into a cockpit of a WWII trainer or go inside a WWII Paratroop aircraft. Located at West Houston Airport, 2 miles north of I-10 east off Barker Cypress on Groschke Rd.

Love the ballet — Houston Ballet performs a range of works from classical to contemporary Friday through Sunday at Season Selections at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The selections include Stanton Welch’s Velocity, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances, and Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty (Act III). Free tickets are available for the reserved covered section each performance day at the Miller Box office, 10:30 am – 1 pm. The performance begins at 8 pm.

Watch movies under the moon — Bank of America Screen on the Green returns to Discovery Green Saturday featuring a free outdoor screening of Mulan. The movie fun kicks off at 8:30 pm, 1500 McKinney.

SUNDAY

Watch the dragon boats — The Dragon Boat Festival returns Saturday and Sunday with free admission, live music, cultural performances, and more. Cheer on the teams! The festival is located at 901 North York Street from 8:30 am – 4 pm.

Visit Bayou Bend & Rienzi — Moms and grandmothers get free admission at Bayou Bend for Mother’s Day plus a free gift from the Shop Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm. Discounted admission is $10 for other adults and $5 for children 10 – 17. Children 9 and under are free. Bayou Bend’s gardens and two floors of the house are open for audio tours from 1 pm – 5 pm. Bayou Bend is located at 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott. Moms get free admission Sunday to MFAH’s Rienzi plus a fresh flower to take home. Rienzi is the MFAH house museum of European decorative arts and paintings located at 1406 Kirby.

Visit the “poet-trees” — Writers in the Schools partnered with local artists to transform trees into “poet-trees” throughout downtown Houston in April for National Poetry month. Houstonians are encouraged to interact with the poet-trees by writing lines of poems on tags and hanging them on the branches that surround the trees — or taking a selfie and using hashtag #htxpoetree. Trees are located at Discovery Green, Buffalo Bayou Park, East End Esplanade on Navigation, and Houston Public Library in the Heights.

Love the ballet — Houston Ballet performs a range of works from classical to contemporary Friday through Sunday at Season Selections at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The selections include Stanton Welch’s Velocity, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances, and Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty (Act III). Free tickets are available for the reserved covered section each performance day at the Miller Box office, 10:30 am – 1 pm. The performance begins at 8 pm.

Watch a “chick flick” for Mother’s Day — It’s Chick Flick Night at Central Green Park for Mother’s Day! Catch a free outdoor screening of Fool’s Gold starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. The movie begins at dusk at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. It’s rated PG-13.

Cinco de Mayo Deals in Houston May 5

Cinco de Mayo in Houston 2014Cinco de Mayo is May 5! Don’t miss these Cinco de Mayo food and drink deals in Houston:

  • Cadillac Bar: Specials May 5 on margaritas, beer buckets and tequila shots; DJ (5 pm – 10 pm), giveaways, and taco truck at Shepherd location
  • Cafe Adobe: Enjoy $5 house ritas and $5 Cinco Nachos all day Thursday, May 5.
  • Chili’s: Get a $5 Presidente Margarita and $3 Dos Equis bottle or 16oz. draft.
  • Cyclone Anaya’s: Get $5 house margaritas May 4 as a warm-up to Cinco de Mayo — and May 5!
  • Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen: Get $3 bottled imports, $9 Corona Ritas all day May 5 + $25.99 Fajita combo for 2. Plus a photo booth!
  • Hot Toppings Pizza: All make-your-own pizzas are $5 Thursday for Cinco de Mayo. Located at 7705 Westheimer.
  • Los Cucos Mexican Cafe: Enjoy $5 margaritas, $3 domestic draft beer, $5 Bud Light (16oz. aluminum bottle) + $5 appetizers.
  • Lupe Tortilla: Get $5.50 original margaritas, wine, and well drinks May 5 + $3 draft pints during Happy Hour 11 am – 6:30 pm.
  • Moderno Tacos and Tex-Mex: Enjoy happy hour drink specials from 11 am – 6:30 pm May 5
  • Molina’s Cantina: Enjoy $5 Molina’s Margaritas, $6 Sauza Blue Silver Tequila Shots, $1 off wells, bottled beer and glasses of wine  + live music 6 pm – 10 pm. All day happy hour!
  • Pappasito’s Cantina: Enjoy a Reserva Rita in commemorative Cinco de Mayo keepsake glass, only available May 5.
  • Sonic: Enjoy half-price Boneless Wings (6 or 12-piece ) May 5 — it’s actually for Wingman Day!
  • Soto’s Cantina: Free appetizers all day + $7 hand-crafted margaritas (16oz). featuring Watermelon, Guava Jalapeno, Chili Rita, Kiwi, Strawberry and more! And the usual margs…
  • Willie’s Grill & Ice House: $1 from every margarita sold May 5 will be donated to the American Red Cross Texas Relief Fund.

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Moms are Free at Bayou Bend May 7-8

Bayou Bend Mothers DayCelebrate mom this weekend at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Moms and grandmothers get free admission both Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8.

Take advantage of this great weather to stroll through 14 acres of Southern gardens, see rare American art and antiques in the historic mansion, and enjoy live music. Don’t forget your complimentary lemonade at the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center.

Admission is free for mothers and grandmothers! Family can receive discounted admission both days: $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 to 17, and free for ages 9 and younger.

The event is 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with last entry to the house at 4 p.m. Bayou Bend is located at 6003 Memorial at Westcott.

This is a sponsored post by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.