Get out and enjoy the city with 17 Free Things to Do in Houston November 10-12:

Memorial City Lights (photo: MetroNational)


Be amazed — Don’t miss this amazing performance of Pedal Punk by Cirque Mechanics, which combines circus acrobatics, mechanical wonders and some clowning around. Pedal Punk is a Steampunk inspired place where cycling is the way to escape this technology-obsessed society. The show begins at 7:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Watch a movie under the moon — Head to WFDD’s Central Green Park for a free movie screening of Kubo and the Two Strings. The movie begins at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy.


Honor our veterans — The City of Houston is hosting its annual Veteran’s Day Salute November 11. The morning begins at 8 am with the 9/11 Heroes Run, which was postponed due to Harvey. Houston City Hall also is offering a Veteran’s Job Fair and Health Fair beginning at 8 am. The ceremony begins at 10 am on the steps of City Hall with a 21-gun salute.

Engage in a service project — Help Katy Prairie Conservatory in Putting Down Roots, one of the largest restoration efforts on the Katy Prairie. This is Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. Volunteers will transplant native prairie plants to restore 55 acres of prairie habitat. Lunch, snacks, and door prizes will be provided. Registration is required although it’s a free event. Located at 31950 Hebert Rd, Waller.

Relive 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 before Texas was a state. 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 a plethora of corvettes — Corvette Owners Club of Houston presents Serious Wheels, its annual fall charity car show from 10 am – 3 pm. Proceeds to benefit Impact a Hero & Texas EquuSearch. Located at Sugar Land Town Square.

Listen to opera for kids — HGO’s Opera to Go presents Hansel and Gretel Saturday at 11 am. This free family event is sponsored by Cypress Creek FACE. Due to flooding at the Centrum, the performance will be held at an alternate venue: Mangum-Howell Community Center, 2500 Frick Rd. Seating is limited.

Play at the farm — Harvest Green in Richmond hosts its annual Harvest Fest, 11 am – 3 pm, for lots of free family fun. Folks can browse a farmers market including the community’s own Harvest Green Veggie Wagon with produce from its 18-acre Village Farm. The afternoon also includes farm tours, rock wall, pumpkin patch, pie-eating contest, harvest games, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating and more. Children can take pics on the tractor and meet the community’s chickens and Nubian goats. Located at 618 Vineyard Hollow Court, Richmond.

Build a mini art car — Kids can visit the Art Car Museum Saturday and enjoy a mini-art car building workshop as part of World Art Car Day. Each child can get creative with their toy car using paint, glue and all kinds of accessories. Local art cars of the Houston Art Car Klub will be on site. The workshop, noon – 3 pm, is located at

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. Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball.

Kick off the holidays — Are you ready for a holiday celebration? Memorial City Lights  is the 6th annual holiday lighting celebration and showcase at Memorial City Mall with more than 3.5 million lights, Memorial City Reindeer Drumline, TUTS’ Sleeping Beauty princess appearance, Soul Street Dance Company, indoor snowfall and Santa’s arrival. This is located by the Fireplace at Memorial City Mall. At 8 pm, the After Party at The Square kicks off with live music and snowfall.

Be amazed at Galleria tree lighting The 29th annual The Galleria Ice Spectacular kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of its 55-ft. Christmas tree on the rink. Family festivities will be throughout the day. At 6 pm, the show begins with professional skaters, live music, and a countdown to the tree lighting. The event will culminate with the lighting of the tree by Skating Santa and a fireworks display. Located at 5085 Westheimer.

Watch movies under the stars 1) Tomball: Open Season: Scared Silly is the free movie screening at 6 pm as part of 2nd Saturday at The Depot. Located at 201 S. Elm. 2) Central Green Park: Captain America: The First Avenger will be shown beginning at dusk at WFDD Central Green Park. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. 3) Sugar Land Town Square: Enjoy a free movie screening of Jungle Book, 6:30 pm, in Sugar Land.


Touch a violin — Kids can experience what it’s like to play a violin at My First Music Lesson, Sunday, 2 pm. The free session is geared to kids in grades 1-8. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Photograph gardens at Rienzi — This Sunday is another Sunday Garden Photography event at Rienzi, the American house as part of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Spend time in the gardens photographing the beautiful grounds. This is 1 pm – 4:30 pm. Admission to the gardens is free. Located at 1406 Kirby Drive.