The weekend is here once again… Time is flying for me!  What are your plans?  Here is a snapshot of a few free activities and events to do with your family and friends:

All about the animals — Don’t miss Animal Day at Discovery Green this Saturday, November 6, at noon.  See Jungle Jim’s animals and performances by the Art Car Zoo.  Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney.

Screen on the Green — Stick around after Animal Day and watch the animated Fantastic Mr. Fox on the big screen outdoors.  This movie event, sponsored by IKEA Houston, begins at 7:30 p.m. at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Explore art in the Heights — The First Saturday Arts Market returns this Saturday, November 6, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  This monthly outdoor market features original art, music, and fun.  Located at 548 W. 19th. Other Heights’ fun is listed here by area stores.

Learn gardening fundamentals — Urban Harvest presents another free gardening class November 6 at Discovery Green from 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Topics cover soils, mulch, watering, container gardens, and more.

Kids can craft a spice rack Home Depot Kids Workshops return Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.  Kids can build a spice rack!  Might be a nice gift for mom for the holidays… if she doesn’t have many spices!  Monthly workshops are offered for kids ages 5-12 the first Saturday of each month.

Catch outdoor flick at Waterway SquareFree movie night continues at The Woodlands’ Waterway Square this weekend.  Feature film is Homeward Bound Saturday, November 6, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Picnic, blankets, and chairs are all welcome.

Hip hop to the beat — Enjoy a hip hop-based environmental festival, Life is Living, November 6 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The free festival features art, dance performances, kids’ activities, cooking demonstrations, sports zone, low-rider bike parade, health screenings, and more.  This event is sponsored by University of Houston’s Mitchell Center for the Arts. Located at Emancipation Park (corner of Elgin and Dowling Streets).

Harvest some fun — Vintage Park’s free community event, Vintage Harvest Festival, returns November 6.  The annual event from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. features food samples, Wine and Beer Garden, cooking demonstrations, an artists’ alley, kids’ activities, entertainment and more. Located near SH249 and Louetta in Vintage Park.

Enjoy free symphony — The Houston Symphony performs a free concert Saturday, November 6, Lunada 2010, with music students from HISD.  The show features music from Latin America beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Honor day of the dead exhibit — It’s the last day November 6, for Lawndale Art Center’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit. This free exhibit features locally and nationally-known artists interpretations.  Lawndale is located at 4912 Main Street.

Create nature-inspired art — November 7 is another free family day at the Museum of Fine Arts.  The theme this month, Nature Inspires Us, features all kinds of family fun: storytime, crafts, storybook films, artist demonstrations, sketching in the galleries, and music by the Fidelis Quartet.