Get ready for a weekend of free fun! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 10 Free Things to Do in Houston April 22-24:
Enjoy movies under the stars — Don’t miss these free outdoor movies Friday night! 1) GreenStreet: Catch a screening of The Breakfast Club at GreenStreet downtown. Movie begins at 8 pm. 2) Hobby Center: Enjoy a free outdoor movie of Heathers, thanks to Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow and Theater Under the Stars. Movie will be shown outdoors in the breezeway of Hobby Center beginning at 7 pm. Located at 800 Bagby.
Learn about saving lives in the pool — USA Swimming Foundation is hosting a free Town Hall Friday with Olympic gold medalists Cullen Jones and Rowdy Gaines. Jones will host an in-water instruction and USA Swimming Foundation will give an out-of-water presentation to spread the message of saving lives through swim lessons. Registration begins at 5 pm and Town Hall at 5:30 pm. Jones and Gaines will host a meet-n-greet and autograph session after the assembly. This is located at Tompkins High Schook, 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd., in Katy.
Engage in Texas history — It’s the 180th 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, visit Mexican and Texian camps of 1836, watch demos of 19th century craftsmen plus enjoy kid’s entertainment, camel rides, snakes, 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. New parking this year: Event parking will be in the Shell Contractor parking lot at 4400 Block Hwy 225, Deer Park, located on the north side of the feeder road of Pasadena Freeway (HWY 225). Free shuttles between the festival and this lot run from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. Located at 3523 Independence Parkway in La Porte. photo: BFSMan
Celebrate music — Heights Kids’ Day of Music is a free day of live music and outdoor fun from 10 am – 2 pm featuring instrument petting zoo, educational demonstrations, live performances, a chance to meet opera singers at the Singing Station and more.
Enjoy STEM Saturdays — Kids can enjoy a free STEM Saturday each week at Discovery Green, 12:30 pm. Girls Inc. hosts a Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics program for 60 kids. First come, first serve. Located at 1500 McKinney.
Celebrate the earth — Earth Day is a free celebration at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center packed with fun activities for the whole family, 10 am – 2 pm, including earth-conscious activities, demonstrations, crafts, face painting, guided nature hikes, and live Texas reptiles.Located at 4501 Woodway.
Party at the festival — Don’t miss Willow Waterhole Music Fest, a free two-day music festival Saturday and Sunday. The variety of music includes blues, Latin, zydeco, big band, R & B, rock, Cuban and more plus performances by area high schools. The Rock & Craft Fair is open till 6 pm each day. Located at Willow Waterhole, 5304 Gasmer, 11 am – 10 pm.
Enjoy free yoga — Breakfast Yoga Club returns Sunday at Rienzi, 9 am – 11 am. Enjoy a free morning of yoga. Guests are invited to stay for refreshments and a tour of Rienzi’s house and gardens. Located at 1406 Kirby.
Party at the festival — Don’t miss Willow Waterhole Music Fest, a free two-day music festival Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 7 pm. The variety of music includes blues, Latin, zydeco, big band, R & B, rock, Cuban and more plus performances by area high schools. The Rock & Craft Fair is open till 6 pm each day. Located at Willow Waterhole, 5304 Gasmer, 11 am 7 pm.
Love classical music — Classic masterworks by Rossini, Puccini, Delibes and Vaughan Williams will fill Nora’s Home to serve as a celebration for National Donate Life Month. More than 30 musicians from the non-profit organization Houston’s Orchestra on Call will assemble to present a free classical concert to Nora’s Home patients, families and caregivers. Free and open to the public. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, email Natalie at natalie.lencion