PrimeWay Free Grocery Giveaway November 23

PrimeWay Federal Credit Union is giving back to the community — and filling pantries — the week of Thanksgiving with a free grocery giveaway Monday, November 23. The first 100 families (beginning at 8 am) will receive $25 or $35 worth of groceries depending on their membership status. PrimeWay members get $35 while non-members get $25.

PrimeWay FCU Grocery Giveaway

The event will be held at H-E-B in South Belt/Ellington area, 9828 Blackhawk Blvd. (77075). PrimeWay will verify credit union membership with a debit card or member card. One winner per family.

Although the grocery giveaway ends at 1 pm Monday, the credit union will continue giving to the community in a variety of ways during the holidays. Follow PrimeWay on Facebook to stay updated on its holiday promotions.

This sponsored post is written by me on behalf of PrimeWay Federal Credit Union.

Via Colori: Houston’s Free Street Painting Festival November 21-22 + Two Giveaways (Expired)

Via Colori Chalk Art FundraiserVia Colori is one of my favorite fall events in Houston. I marvel at the creativity and colorful world the chalk artists create right on the downtown streets. I am so thrilled to sponsor a 10 x 10 ft. Houston on the Cheap square this year. Come look for me and my square! The design is still a secret so I have no details to share from the artist!

This is a big year for the weekend festival! Via Colori is celebrating its 10th year as a street festival fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech. This free family event November 21-22 features 200 artists creating street chalk art, live music, kids’ craft zones, interactive activities, and free hearing screenings from 1 pm – 4 pm both days for all attendees. Kids can create their own 2 ft. square chalk masterpiece for a $10 donation.

Via Colori Chalk Art Festival

The collection of 200 artists this year features many local artists as well as folks who traveled from Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Colorado, California and more. Don’t miss the 3D chalk art designs this year (my favorite) plus a 4D one as well!

New this year: LB Lounge

via colori lb loungeEnhance your festival experience with LB Lounge, sponsored by Kroger. Your ticket provides exclusive lounge access, complimentary food and drinks + mini events each day. You’ll have prime art viewing since the lounge overlooks the 3D art area. Admission is $50 each day — or $40 online with the discount. 100% of ticket sales benefit The Center for Hearing and Speech.

Check out the event schedule:

10 am — Breakfast and Besos
3 pm – 5 pm — Posh Pets and Pinot, presented by CultureMap
6 pm – 8 pm — Starry Night with Stella Artois. Enjoy the art under the light of luminaries with music, appetizers, and drinks.

10 am — Bubbly Brunch with Barefoot
noon — Touchdown Viewing. Watch live stream of the big game + Boar’s Head snacks and Dulce Vida Tequila margaritas.
3:30 pm — Cheers to 10 years. Grab a cupcake and Cinco Vodka cocktail.

{LB Lounge is named after and honors Lisa Benitez, a Via Colori team member who passed away suddenly last year. Her dog Elliot will be a star in the Posh Pets fashion show!}

Via Colori Chalk Festival

Via Colori Houston

Via Colori Houston

Via Colori Chalk Festival

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Location and parking

Head downtown to find free festivities at Hermann Square Park, City Hall, 10 am – 6 pm Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm Sunday.

This year Via Colori recommends its parking partner, Winpark Garage (1100 Smith, $10). In addition to street parking, other downtown lots and garages are available: Heritage Plaza Garage (1111 Bagby at Clay, $10), The Met Garage (340 W. Dallas, $5), and Theater District Underground parking. When parking underground, follow signs to Hobby Center Parking, which is closest to the festival.

Giveaways with 4 Winners

Thanks to our partnership, you have a chance to win a pair of tickets to LB Lounge and all its activities and drinks for both days ($160 value with 2 winners). Or perhaps you’d like to win a pair of {priceless} tickets to the Golden Pour. You can’t even buy tickets to this event, but we’ll say $200 value each for two winners. This special Stella Artois + Kroger pairing is Saturday, 6:30 pm. Here’s what it includes:

  • Admission to Starry Night with Stella Artois at Via Colori
  • Presentation of The Stella Artois 9-step pouring ritual by Stella’s Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt
  • Beer and appetizer pairings with Marc Stroobandt and Chef Jorge Miranda 
  • Access to Via Colori after hours to view the artwork by candlelight

Interested in the LB Lounge giveaway? Click to enter to win a pair of tickets here! (expired)

Interested in the Golden Pour giveaway? Click to enter to win a pair of tickets here! (expired)

Feel free to enter both giveaways, but you can only win one. These giveaways end Thursday, November 19, 2 pm. Winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. Winner will be notified by email and Facebook. Passes will be sent to the winners by email. Feel free to leave a comment about this amazing event, but it will not count towards a giveaway entry.

Good luck!

This giveaway is sponsored by Via Colori.

photos: Vicki Powers

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7 Houston Spots to Furnish Your Home on the Cheap

habitat restore houstonFolks new to Houston are often curious about those local “go-to” spots that offer creative and inexpensive ways to furnish your home or apartment without paying the big bucks.

Check out my latest piece for CubeSmart, 7 Houston Spots to Furnish Your Home/Apartment on the Cheap, as part of their online Newcomer’s Guide to Houston. I look forward to sharing new Houston-related articles 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.

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

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7 Free Things to Do in Houston November 16-20

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

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Monday (11/16) — Enjoy Fun & Games Night Mondays, 2 pm – 10 pm, at MKT Bar, inside Phoenicia Specialty Foods. Challenge your friends in retro board games (such as Mystery Date, Operation, Clue and Twister), ping pong, darts, and foosball. Save with specials on craft beer & pizza. Free parking in One Park Place Garage on McKinney.

Monday (11/16) — Catch a free flick as part of Houston Cinema Arts Festival this week. Monday night features Desired Constellations at The Menil Collection, 8 pm. The screening features guest artist and curator, Jeanne Liotta, who makes films, videos, photographic works and installed projections.

Tuesday (11/17) — Great prepared for the holidays with this free class at IKEA, Holiday Fire Safety & Prevention with Red Cross. Families will learn what areas of the home are most at risk, how to eliminate potential hazards and what to do if a fire starts in the home. Unfortunately, Houston is the 5th highest city in the nation for fire-related fatalities. Children are welcome and eat for free in the IKEA restaurant with an adult meal purchase. Located at 7810 Katy Freeway.

Wednesday (11/18) — Wellness Wednesday continues at GreenStreet downtown each Wednesday, 6:30 am – 7 am. This challenging boot camp is for all skill levels — and no equipment required. Participants can get $1 off their next wrap or salad at Salata. Located at 1201 Fannin.

Wednesday (11/18) — {Not free but cheap!} Head to the movies for $3 Family Rewind series featuring the classic, Captain Hook, Wednesday, 7 pm, featuring Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, and Dustin Hoffman. Located at Studio Movie Grill CityCentre and Copperfield. (This also repeats Sunday, 2 pm.)

Thursday (11/19) — 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 2 pm – 5 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.}

Friday (11/20) — Kids will learn a variety of art techniques at Abracadoodle Home School Art Class to stimulate their imagination. This week’s class at 10 am focuses on art by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, an Austrian artist and architect. This is geared to kids age 2-6.

Houston Krispy Kreme: When Are They Opening?

Get ready Houston! The Grand Opening line for the 2nd Houston Krispy Kreme begins Monday, November 16, 3 pm, 5611 Highway 6!

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First 100 in Line for Grand Opening

The official Grand Opening for Houston’s 2nd Krispy Kreme is 6 am, November 17. Check out the scoop here on how you can be one of the first 100 in line and score free dozen donuts each week or month — for a whole year!

Two other locations are planned to open in Houston area: near NRG Stadium and Pasadena.

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Discount Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker Tickets

Houston Ballet's NutcrackerThe Nutcracker is a family tradition that I enjoy with my girls to kick off the holidays, even as they get older. Just the special memory of dressing up, going downtown, and enjoying this classic by Houston Ballet never gets old.

Looking for a way to experience The Nutcracker, by Houston Ballet, with a discount? While there aren’t any promo codes, tickets are generally $10 cheaper per seat (with some sections $5 cheaper) for Thanksgiving weekend evening shows and dates into December. Prices range from $29 – $109 on discount nights. Actually, Balcony 2 seats are $15 cheaper on these discount nights ($29 instead of $44). Here are the special dates and times with discounted pricing:

  • Saturday, November 28, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 29, 7:30 pm
  • December 6, 11, 13, 16 (all 7:30 pm), 17 (2 pm, 7:30 pm), 18 (2 pm), 27 (7:30 pm)

This is the final year of Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker, which premiered 28 years ago. Next year Houston Ballet will premier a new version by Stanton Welch, artistic director.

Purchase your tickets to the Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker at 713.227.2787 or online here. Some seat locations are already sold out.

{I realize this is an expensive outing to include on this site, but this is such a Houston tradition it’s hard not to include. This just offers a little cheaper option for those who enjoy seeing the downtown Houston Ballet. I will be sharing some other studios performing The Nutcracker throughout the community this week.}

photo: Amitava Sarkar; Dancers: Allison Miller and artist, Houston Ballet

Free Weekend Fun in Houston November 13-15

Get out and enjoy the city with 16 Free Things to Do in Houston November 13-15:

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Jam to the beat — Get ready for fun with Recycled Percussion playing junk rock music on power tools, buckets and anything else they can get their sticks on. This group appeared on America’s Got Talent and has a new show in Vegas. Located at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Free tickets for reserved seats are available performance day at the Miller Box Office, 10:30 am – 1 pm.


Engage in a service project — Help Katy Prairie Conservatory in Putting Down Roots, one of the largest restoration efforts on the Katy Prairie. Volunteers will transplant native prairie plants to restore 55 acres of prairie habitat. The planting will help feed monarch butterflies and native birds. Lunch, snacks, and door prizes will be provided. Registration is required although it’s a free event. Located at 31950 Hebert Rd, Waller.

Learn a language — Toddlers to age 9 can learn Spanish each week at Discovery Green’s free Spanish Class for kids, 11:30 am. Classes are independent of each other so you don’t need to attend each week. This will be held weekly through November 14. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Create Art in the Park– Don’t miss the free Art in the Park Festival Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm and 11 am – 5 pm. The day features graffiti demonstrations, live music, artists, and a kids zone with make and take art. Date Night in the Park continues the event Saturday from 6 pm – 8 pm with live music.  Located at Stevenson Park, Friendswood.

Pioneer day jesse h jones parkRelive settler life– Bring the family to Pioneer Day to watch folks demonstrate settler life in Stephen F. Austin’s colony during 1820s and early 1830s. Old-fashioned crafts, demonstrations, and period re-enactments bring the homestead to life. Make corn husk dolls, beeswax candles, lye soap and more. The event is from 10 am – 4 pm at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Reserve. Located at 20634 Kenswick, Humble.

Browse local art — The First Saturday Arts Market is rescheduled for Saturday, from 11 am – 6 pm. This monthly outdoor market features original art, music, and fun. Located at 548 W. 19th.

Get crafty — Enjoy Old-Fashioned Art Fair at Foelber Pottery Gallery & Studio from 11 am – 5 pm. Lots of fun planned in Foelber’s urban backyard including pottery demonstrations, Adobe wall creation, kids’ activities, studio tours, refreshments, and more. Located at 706 Richmond Ave, Houston.

Celebrate different cultures — Tour the world at this annual school-sponsored international festival from 11 am – 3 pm at Harmony School of Excellence. The multi-cultural food and arts festival demonstrates the countries culture that make up the HSE campus population. Sample native cuisine and view national costumes and crafts. There will also be performances, fashion show, and silent auction.  Admission is free, food tickets are $1. Located at 7340 N Gessner.

Enjoy family fun at The Depot — Don’t miss 2nd Saturday at the Depot from 5 pm – 9 pm for the free monthly, family-style event with games and activities, entertainment and a movie at dark on the giant inflatable screen. November features the movie Babe. Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

Galleria ice skatingBe amazed at Galleria Tree Lighting — The 27th Annual Galleria Tree Lighting & Ice Spectacular will kick off the holiday season with the lighting of its 55-foot Christmas tree. The tree-lighting show from 6 pm – 7 pm features Cypress native Ren Patrick and her group Stamps, five professional skaters and fireworks. Family and children’s activities, live entertainment and special in-store events begin at noon. Located at 5085 Westheimer.

Watch a movie under the moon 1) Discovery Green: Bank of America Screen on the Green returns with The Book of Life from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday. Arrive an hour early for activities. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. Located at 1500 McKinney. This was rescheduled from October 30 due to high winds. 2) Central Green Park: Free Birds will be shown from 6pm – 8pm at WFDD Central Green Park. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. 3) Tomball Depot: November features the movie Babe at 2nd Saturday at The Depot. Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

Love an outdoor party — Don’t miss the Nassau Bay Street Eatz Party Saturday, 6 pm – 10 pm. Enjoy food trucks, free concert by Jake Worthington (runner up of The Voice and La Porte local) plus local favorite Louis Adams. Beer, wine, and craft beer will be available for purchase. Free admission & free parking. Located at Nassau Bay Town Square, 1800 Space Park Drive across from NASA.


Create Art in the Park — Don’t miss the free Art in the Park Festival Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm. The day features graffiti demonstrations, live music, artists, and a kids zone with make and take art. Date Night in the Park continues the event Saturday from 6 pm – 8 pm with live music.  Located at Stevenson Park, Friendswood.

Enjoy family day —  Head to Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens for free Family Day. The November theme is American Identity. Enjoy activities, music, demonstrations, performances, craft workshops, giveaways, and more throughout the home and gardens. Located at 6003 Memorial Drive.

Love live music — Enjoy an afternoon at the Tomball Bluegrass Festival, noon – 6 pm, for old-style Bluegrass music featuring Lone Star Bluegrass Band, Border Town Ramblers, and Aunt Erma’s Fillin’ Station. There will be live music, kids zone, food, vendors and more! Live music kicks off at 1 pm on the Gazebo. Free admission and parking. Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

Get out in nature Sunday in Nature returns to Armand Bayou Nature Center from 12 pm – 4 pm to hike trails with naturalist interpreter, view live reptiles, relive 1895 history. Admission is free, thanks to Dow Chemical Co. Located at 8500 Bay Area Blvd, Pasadena.

Festival of Lights Opening Night + Free SpongeBob SubPants Adventure

moody gardens festival of lightsIt’s hard to believe, but Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens opens this weekend.

Thanks to KPRC Family Night, you can get a discount for opening night, November 14. Buy admission to Festival of Lights for $10.95 and get free admission to SpongeBob SubPants Adventure (11/14 only). This is an attraction located in the Discovery Pyramid filled with 3D media and special effects, valued at $18.95 for adults, and $16.95 for kids.

Festival of Lights definitely gets you in the holiday spirit. The setting features more than 100 lighted scenes with 1 million lights, an outdoor ice rink, live entertainment, photos with Santa, and more.

Free holiday entertainment from 4 pm – 6 pm includes Curt Miller and Friends (master illusionist), choirs and musicians, Chinese Lion Dancing, Japanese Drumming and more. Watch Santa parachute in at 5 pm on opening night from the North Pole. Santa will later flip the lights at 6 pm to kick off the Festival of Lights season.

Get your coupon online at KPRC’s site here, which is valid for up to six people. Moody Gardens is located on Galveston Island at One Hope Blvd.

photo: Moody Gardens

Starbucks: Buy 1, Get 1 Free Holiday Promotion

starbucks half price 2015 WMStarbucks kicks off its holiday season with this favorite freebie! Indulge and save with Buy One, Share One freebie November 12-15: Buy one holiday beverage from 2 pm – 5 pm and get another beverage free. Choose from several holiday-inspired drinks including Caramel Brulee Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte and more. Valid at participating locations only.

As a bonus, My Starbucks Rewards members get an extra day with the deal good through November 16.

The Big Fake Wedding Houston: Save 50% with Houston on the Cheap Discount

The Big Fake Wedding Houston

It’s such an amazing concept and ultimate bridal show alternative!

Since 2008, The Big Fake Wedding has provided mock weddings around the country that enable “wedding guests” to experience bridal vendors first-hand — complete with dinner, dancing, cake, live music, photography, and flowers. The ceremony can actually get emotional since it’s a real couple renewing their vows!

Big Fake Wedding Houstonphotos from The Big Fake Wedding Denver

credit: Rachel Gomez Photography, Meigan Canfield Photography, Green Blossom Photography

Fortunately, this amazing event is coming to Houston Thursday, November 19 at Noah’s of Katy, 7 pm. And I’ve got an exclusive promo code to help you get tickets for half price. Your ticket includes dinner, sparkling wine and a swag bag.

Grab your friends and experience some amazing Houston wedding vendors you might love for your own special day. But you don’t have to be planning a wedding to attend! It sounds like lots of fun to me, too!

Tickets are available for purchase online here. Use code HOUSTONCHEAP to snag a ticket for $12.50 — a 50% discount.

Noah’s of Katy is located at 21402 Merchant’s Way, Katy.

Disclosure: I make a small commission for each ticket purchased, and you’re getting an amazing deal in return! Thanks for supporting my site.