Don’t miss these seven options for free fun in Houston October 2-6 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

Tuesday (10/3) — Free Houston Zoo afternoon is a great way to spend your afternoon for free! Tuesday, October 3, noon to close, is the next first Tuesday with free afternoon admission. Free tickets are available online before you arrive, but you don’t have to get them in advance. Last entry is 6 pm with closing at 7 pm. Located at 6200 Hermann Park Dr.

Wednesday (10/4) — Enjoy a free production of Hansel and Gretel this week, Monday – Wednesday, 11 am, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Seats are first come, first serve for the covered seating area. No tickets necessary. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

Thursday (10/5) — Enjoy six museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District.

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

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

Thursday (10/5) — Don’t miss Oktoberfest at The Square at Memorial City, 6 pm – 8 pm. Enjoy beer from Houston’s best microbreweries: Karbach & Saint Arnold, Bavarian-style food and live German folk music! Free to attend. Get a free ticket when you register online here.

Thursday (10/5) — Enjoy a re-scheduled date of Craft Social, held each month at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, as a fun way for adults to explore contemporary craft through other disciplines and media. This month focuses on experimental sound, inspired by the works on view in the current exhibition, The Sound of Things. There is limited capacity. Craft beer provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Located at 4848 Main.

Thursday (10/5) — Get ready for three nights of Festival Chicano (Thursday – Saturday) featuring different groups each night. The 38th Annual Festival Chicano is one of the oldest, ongoing, free events of its type in the world. It is a cultural celebration of Chicano music — from Tejano and Conjunto, to Mariachi and Orchestra. Music begins at 7 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Thursday features Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz, Jaime y Los Chamacos and Sandy G y Los Gavilanes.

Friday (10/6) — Head to Montrose to enjoy free admission to the 51st year of Original Greek Festival Friday, 11 am – 3 pm only. The annual event includes live music, cultural performances, cathedral tours, Athenian playground, food for purchase, and more. Admission will be $5 for adults, free for kids 12 and under, at all other times through Sunday. Located at Annunciation Orthodox Greek Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Blvd.