This week’s round up of free and cheap things to do in Houston this week is sponsored courtesy of JDC Woodforest’s Rock the Block Party, taking place this Saturday, April 21. 

All this week, you can find great events for kids, family, couples, and adults — no matter who you are, there’s plenty of fun to be had! Houston events this week include the Rock the Block Party, Art and Chocolate Show, Earth Day Festivals, Shakespeare Festival, Butterfly Festival, Canned Acoustica, and more. Read more about the top free and cheap events going on this week.

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Rock the Block Party at Woodforest
What: Woodforest is throwing a huge all-day neighborhood block party with food, fun, and music. Beer and Margaritas will be available for adults as well as food and sno-cones for kids of all ages! Be sure to check out the live music and appearance by DJ Chico. Inflatables, outdoor games, and face painting are also open to the public. Hop on one of the tour buses while you’re there for complimentary transportation to all of the stunning model homes in the area. Let them know you’re coming and check out their website here.
When: Saturday, April 21, 10 am- 5 pm
Where: 212 Fox Trail Rd., Conroe, TX 77304
How much: Free Admission



Children’s Story Hour at Hermann Park 
What: Start off your weekend with story time on Friday mornings at the Family Garden inside McGovern Centennial Gardens. A different story is read each week at Hermann Park, then kids get to participate in special activities such as coloring or planting seeds to take home and grow.
When: April 20, 10- 11 am
Where: 1500 Hermann Dr., Houston, TX 77004
How much: Free

ComedySportz Houston
What: Two teams battle in a game of wits as they run through scenes made up on the spot and songs suggested from the audience. No two shows are alike and you never know how it will go. This is one of the funniest cheap things to do this week in Houston.
When: April 20, 8 pm
Where: 2201 Preston, Houston, TX 77003
How much: $14
Find discounted tickets here.

Romeo & Juliet
What: If you enjoy live theater and Shakespeare, there is no better event for you this weekend. Shakespeare under the Shade live at Burroughs Park and the show will go on, rain or shine. The play has been given a family-friendly makeover so that fans of all ages can attend. Come earlier in the day for the Shakespeare Festival starting at 1 pm.
When: April 20, 7:30 pm
Where: 9738 Hufsmith Rd., Tomball, TX 77375
How much: Free

HAYA Band: The Migration 
What: An award-winning world music collective in a new era of folk music, this performance is about searching for your spiritual home and experiencing a survivalist lifestyle. Free tickets are required for covered seating at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Seats on the lawn are always free and open to the public.
When: April 20, 8 pm
Where: 6000 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030
How much: Free

The :nv:s:ble Play at Queensbury Theatre
What: When Colin’s lunch partner is laid off, he finds himself alone and invisible to his remaining coworkers. This is magical realism meets adventure comedy. Multiple showings are available this weekend with a half-off Houston on the Cheap reader discount.
When: April 20, 8:30 pm
Where: 12777 Queensbury Ln., Houston, TX 77024
How much: $10 with your half-off discount
Find ticket discounts here.

Worldfest Houston International Film Festival 
What: The oldest film festival in the world is having its 50th anniversary this year. Different from other film festivals in that it offers a wide range of categories and full length films rather than just shorts, this is one film festival you don’t want to miss. Tickets for a single film start at just $7.50 or you can buy packages for the film lover in your life. The shows run through the end of the month.
When: April 20, 8 pm
Where: 310 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024
How much: $7.50
Find ticket information here.

Art and Chocolate Show 
What: This is a unique adults-only event featuring art, live performances, photographers, and other creatives. Free chocolate will be available as well as beer, wine, and other vendors. It’s an art market, live show, and shopping adventure underground at The Garage. This is a strictly 21+ event.
When: April 20 and 21, 8 pm- 2 am
Where: 1520 Oliver St., Houston, TX 77007
How much: $15
Find more information here.


Yoga at Levy Park by Joy Yoga Center
What: If HIIT isn’t your thing, or you just want to try something new, head out to Levy Park for an hour-long, relaxing session of yoga. Focus on breathing and flexibility at this free class designed for beginners and the experienced alike. You can bring your own mats if you prefer but all materials will be provided.
When: April 21, 10- 11 am
Where: 3801 Eastside, Houston, TX 77098
How much: Free

Earth Day Festival 
What: The festival kicks off at 10 am with a theatrical production of The Three Nasty Gnarlies at the outdoor Jodie E. Stavinoha Amphitheater. Crafts, games, food trucks, and vendors will be on sale. Be sure to check out the hybrid model cars on display. It’s the best free earth day event this week in Houston!
When: April 21, 10 am- 2 pm
Where: 1001 Golfview, Richmond, TX 77469
How much: Free Admission

Better Out West Fest
What: A live music festival compliments of Jordan Ranch featuring Family Day starting at 3 pm with face painting, bounce houses, obstacle courses, zip-lining, rock climbing, and more. Food trucks will be on hand so that you can get your grub on while rocking out to country music line up Jay Allen and Maddy & Tae. Better Out West Fest is sure to be one of the best free events going on in Houston this weekend.
When: April 21, 3- 8 pm
Where: 30757 Jordan Crossing Blvd., Houston, TX 77423
How much: Free Admission

Galveston Bay Foundation’s Bay Day Festival
What: An Earth Day event celebrating Galveston Bay. Science marine exhibits, live animal demos, touch tanks, and bay-themed arts and crafts are all on the agenda for this weekend on Kemah Boardwalk. Bay Day is free, though parking and entertainment charges might apply.
When: April 21, 11 am- 4 pm
Where: 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, TX 77565
How much: Free admission

Shakespeare Festival 
What: Burroughs Park is hosting a live performance of Romeo and Juliet and a festival featuring food, crafts, games, and more. Other performers will also take the stage, including Jim Mackenzie known for his sword-swallowing and juggling skills.
When: April 21, 1 pm- 7 pm
Where: 9738 Huffsmith Rd., Tomball, Texas 77375
How much: Free admission

San Jacinto Festival and Reenactment
What: A full day of fun is planned celebrating the Battle of San Jacinto. Educational activities, craft demonstrations, a petting zoo, kids crafts, music and dance are just some of the festivities beginning at 10 am and going all day. Visit the reenactor’s camps or stop by the heritage and history groups before watching the show. Three stages will feature musicians and dancers throughout the day to get your groove on during the festival.
When: April 21, 10 am- 6 pm
Where: One Monument Circle, La Porte, TX 77571
How much: Free entry

HobbyFest 2018
What: A free family event educating the community about Hobby Airport featuring a live DJ, vintage aircraft tours, and a Kids Zone with princess makeovers for ages 12 and under, a bounce house, balloon artists, rock climbing, and face painting. Get there early for free food for the first 1,000 people as well as free goodies and swag bags from the vendors. The event is free but a canned food donation is requested.
When: April 21, 10 am- 4 pm
Where: 8402 Nelms St., Houston, TX 77061
How much: Free entry

Houston’s Coolest Crawfish Boil
What: More than 5,000 pounds of crawfish and fixin’s will be ready to go for this free event in Fort Bend. Each attendee will receive a 2 1/2 pound bucket of mudbugs, corn and potatoes until supplies run out. Other food trucks will be available as well as soda, water, and adult beverages for purchase. A giant slide, inflatables, and an obstacle course are just some of the festivities available to keep the family entertained while you chow down.
When: April 21, 12 pm- 4 pm
Where: The Club at Riverstone- 18353 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479
How much: Free admission

Food Truck Festival in the Heights
What: Food trucks are just getting better and better! A taste of local and regional cuisine from sweet and savory burgers to Pho-jitas, over 20 food trucks have signed up to represent so far. Kids under 12 are admitted for free and you can pre-order your other tickets with a 50% off discount at the link below. This is one of the foodie-est cheap events in Houston this week.
When: April 21, 11am- 5 pm
Where: 411 West 20th St., Houston, TX 77008
How much: $5
Find more information here.

Bathtub Full of Gin at Prohibition Theatre
What: A risque adults-only burlesque show featuring the Moonlight Dolls, a dance troop that will transport you to the sultry 1920s. Prohibition Supperclub and Bar is one of Houston’s best nights out so be sure to take advantage of your half-off HOTC Reader Discount.
When: April 21, 11:30 pm
Where: 1008 Prairie St., Houston, TX 77002
How much: $10
Get your tickets here.


Butterfly Family Festival 
What: The Messiah Lutheran Church is hosting its annual Butterfly festival with a free, live butterfly release, BBQ lunches, a book walk, and a raffle. Get there early for multiple vendors and take part in the silent auction. All are welcome to attend this free family event benefiting Chrysalis, A Grace Place for Children.
When: April 22, 11:30 am- 3 pm
Where: 11522 Telge Rd., Cypress, TX 77429
How much: Free

West Houston Food Truck Festival
What: Bring your appetite and and dancing shoes! At least 16 food trucks will be available as well as live music courtesy of Mixdoctor’s Mobile DJ. Activities will also be available for the kids, including face painting, balloon artists, and bounce houses. Admission is regularly $8 but you can get two tickets for the price of one with the HOTC reader discount below. All proceeds from the event benefit Houston area food banks.
When: April 22, 12 pm- 4 pm
Where: Temple Sinai- 13875 Brimhurst Dr., Houston, TX 77077
How much: $4.50
Find ticket discounts here.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Live Crawfish Boil
What: Crawfish lovers will love weekends in April on Kemah’s Boardwalk. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in April, Bubba Gump will be serving up their best crawfish at reasonable prices. Buckets of domestics are just $20 and the crawfish is $5.99 a pound. Corn, sausage, and potatoes are extra.
When: April 22, 11 am- 11 pm
Where: 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, TX 77565
How much: No cover

Lillies of the Field at A.D. Players Theatre
What: A book made famous by the amazing Sidney Portier, an army veteran discharged from the military roaming the country. The A.D. Players Theatre troop is performing now through the end of May. Tickets regularly priced $50 are on sale now with your HOTC Reader Discount.
When: April 29, 2 pm
Where: 5420 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77056
How much: $25
Find ticket information here.

Canned Acoustica Concert Series at Discovery Green
What: The Spring season of  concerts has arrived! Popular local and regional bands will perform unique acoustic sets, re imagining their songs in a new format. Bands will range from rock and soul to indie and Latin. Donations are encouraged at this totally free concert also featuring food and drinks available for purchase on site. All proceeds go towards keeping Discovery Green filled with free events all year long.
When: April 22, 1- 6 pm
Where: 1500 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77010
How much: Free


See something on the calendar you can’t miss this week? Let us know in the comments below where you’ll be going this week!