Don’t miss these 7 options for free fun in Houston July 17-21 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

photo: Levy Park

Tuesday (7/18) — The Children’s Hilltop Festival kicks off this week, Tuesday – Friday at 11 am, Miller Outdoor Theatre. Tuesday features a production of Freedom Train. Other days feature Sinbad the Sailor (Bilingual Spanish/English), Let’s Make a Play Today and The Adventures of Santa Claus: Christmas in July. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

Tuesday (7/18) — Enjoy a Twilight Movie on the Green at The Boardwalk featuring Finding Dory. Bring your blankets and join your family and friends for this fun-filled movie on the green. The movie will start at approximately 8:30 pm or when the sun goes down. Located at The Boardwalk at Towne Lake, 9945 Barker Cypress, Cypress.

Wednesday (7/19) — Get free admission and free parking the first day of Houston World Series of Dog Shows, Wednesday, 9 am – 3 pm. Located at NRG. The dog show runs July 19-23. {Adult admission usually is $10, $5 for seniors age 55+ and $12 for parking.

Wednesday (7/19) — Get ready for another free Houston Symphony concert this summer! Head to The Woodlands for Houston Symphony: The Composer is Dead. This hilarious tale, with text by Lemony Snicket, is a great opportunity to introduce children to the various instrumental components of an orchestra. Doors open at 7 pm with concert at 8 pm. Free mezzanine and lawn seating. Located at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.

Thursday (7/20) — Enjoy a free photography workshop from Houston Center for Photography Thursday, 9 am – 10:30 am, at Levy Park. This is offered the 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month. Located at 3801 Eastside.

Thursday (7/20) — Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District.

  • 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 – 7 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 (7/20) — Strictly Street Salsa offers free Salsa Dancing lessons each Thursday this summer, 7 pm – 8 pm. Enjoy the fun, the energy and the passion at this weekly class! Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney