This weekend’s guide is presented by The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Don’t miss their 24th Annual Children’s Festival with Thomas & Friends this weekend November 9-10!

In a city as big and diverse as Houston, there’s always plenty of fun stuff to do. To help you stretch your budget, each week we put together a guide to the best free and cheap things to do in Houston this weekend!

Free and cheap events in Houston this weekend include the 24th Annual Children’s Festival at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Hands of Liberace at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Tomball Depot Day, 30th Annual Native American Championship Pow Wow at Traders Village, Harvest Fest at Harvest Green Model Home Park, Bandstand at The Grand 1894 Opera House, Texas Renaissance Festival, and more.

Here is your guide to Free and Cheap Events in Houston This Weekend:

 

TOP PICK

woodlands childrens festival

24th Annual Children’s Festival at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

What: This Saturday and Sunday, The Pavilion turns into a giant playground with tons of fun activities for the kids. Thomas & Friends will be there for a meet & greet, so make sure to get your photos with him! Not only will your kids have a blast with all the activities, but there are lots of educational experiences as well, like the Accenture S.T.E.A.M. Station, Occidental Arts District, and other hands-on activities.
When: November 9-10
Where: 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380
How much: $10

 

DAILY FUN

Texas Renaissance Festival Tickets

Texas Renaissance Festival

The King and Queen invite you to visit the 45th Annual RenFest in Todd Mission, Texas. They’re open every weekend from October 5 through December 1st. There will be live performances, plenty of shopping, delicious turkey legs, kids activities, and more. This weekend’s theme is “Heroes & Villains,” so come dressed as the heroes and heroines or villains and vixens from history and legend. Admission is $11.95 for children aged 5 -12 years old and $23.99 for adults.

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Visit Sugar Land
If you’re from Sugar Land, you already know how sweet it is. Everyone else will have to make the little drive South for a get away without leaving town! Sugar Land has specials on admission to museums, walking tours, a girl’s night, and more. You can also find free events like Boot Camp in the Park every Friday, Opry on the Square, and Farmers Market on Saturdays! Learn about their deals, discounts, and free events here.

All Day Gaming at Dave & Busters
GhostBusters, Zombie Snatcher, and Super Shot, oh my! Dave & Busters has dozens of video games, prizes, a delicious menu, and more. Come for the games, stay for the atmosphere! Get an All Day Gaming package for two for just $25! Regularly priced, that would set you back $70 plus tax so you’re saving more than 50%!

Lone Star Flight Museum
For the airplane and space flight aficionados in your life, this museum is a bucket list must! With over 40 historically significant restored airplanes, a Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, interactive exhibits, and state of the art facilities, this is a great option for families and people of all ages! Admission is $20 per person for adults but for a limited time, we’re getting you in for just $10!

FRIDAY

Hands of Liberace at Miller Outdoor Theatre
What: Renowned Pianist Dr. Phillip Fortenberry is on stage at the Miller Outdoor Theater. The Apollo Chamber Players will accompany, along with Houston local and special guest Kirsten Hertzenberg. In “The Hands of Liberace,” the audience can expect to hear Fortenberry with his “flying fingers” share personal stories surrounding his life story beginning as a child pianist at age four in rural Mississippi to becoming a sought-after pianist on the Great White Way. Admission is free, covered seating requires reservations.
When: November 8, 7 pm
Where: 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
How much: Free

Live Music in the Plaza
What: City Center’s outdoor green space hosts regularly live music sessions. Catch a show by Guillermo Serpas playing Nuevo Flamenco.
When: November 8, 6 – 9 pm
Where: 800 Town & Country Blvd, Houston TX 77024
How much: Free

A Magical Evening of Magical Theater at The Company OnStage
What: Don’t miss this one of a kind show from Ben Plopper. The playwright has won 24-Hour Play Festivals, and for this show, he will present a collection of stories, some of which come from previous works and some new, original stories. Expect a unique mixture of humor, philosophy, and existential dread. This show contains adult subject matter. Get tickets now for 50% off.
When: November 8, 8 pm
Where: 4930 W. Belllfort, Houston, TX 77035
How much: $9 (50% off!)

 

SATURDAY

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Harvest Fest at Harvest Green Model Home Park
What: The ultimate free fall festival takes place this weekend. Harvest Fest at Harvest Green Model Home Park features an afternoon of fun for the whole family with inflatables, DJ, pie-eating contest, farm tours, yard games, seasonal treat vendors, food trucks, face painting, pumpkin decorating, fall photo ops, and more! While you’re there, make sure to tour the 12 beautiful model homes!
When: November 9, 11 am – 3 pm
Where:618 Vineyard Hollow Court, Richmond, TX
How much: Free

traders village pow wow

30th Annual Native American Championship Pow Wow
What: This two-day Native American Pow Wow features colorful tribal dance contests, authentic Native American foods, an arts & crafts show, honoring ceremonies, teepees, and so much more. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to have fun while learning about and engaging with Native American culture.
When: November 9, 10 am – 6 pm
Where: 7979 N Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77041
How much: Free ($4 parking)

Tomball Depot Day
What: Experience day filled with railroad memories, highly detailed model railways, live music, and plenty of community fun. Depot Day celebrates the fascinating railroad history that helped create Tomball and shaped the early history of Texas. There’s tons of fun to be had for the whole family. Plus visitors get a free commemorative gift while supplies last.
When: November 9, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 201 S. Elm St., Tomball, TX 77375
How much: Free

Bandstand Musical Tickets

Bandstand at The Grand 1894 Opera House
What: Go back in time to 1945 as six soldiers return from war and help change a nation. Bandstand is a Tony Award-winning musical that features incredible music, dancing and riveting and moving storyline.
When: November 9, 3 pm & 8 pm
Where: 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, TX 77550
How much: Tickets start at $34.20 for this amazing show. Special price: Active service military and first responders can take advantage of a special buy-one-get-one-free offer.

Barefoot in the Park at Purple Box Theater
What: This romantic comedy tells the story of a pair of newlyweds starting their life together in a tiny walkup apartment in Manhattan. The young couple has to figure out how to deal with an apartment with a broken heater, a leaky roof, a goofy neighbor, and of course, in-laws. Get tickets now for 50% off.
When: November 9, 7:30 pm
Where: 1305 West Parkwood, Friendswood, TX 77546
How much: $7.50 (50% off!)

 

SUNDAY

traders village pow wow

30th Annual Native American Championship Pow Wow
What: This two-day Native American Pow Wow features colorful tribal dance contests, authentic Native American foods, an arts & crafts show, honoring ceremonies, teepees, and so much more. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to have fun while learning about and engaging with Native American culture.
When: November 10, 10 am – 6 pm
Where: 7979 N Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77041
How much: Free ($4 parking)

Semper Fantasticus at St. Philip
What: St. Philip Presbyterian Church is hosting a classical trio playing German Baroque. Admission is free and open to the public.
When: November 10, 5 pm
Where: 4807 San Felipe St, Houston TX 77056
How much: Free

Unplugged at Discovery Green
What: Houston’s favorite acoustic concert series is back at Discovery Green. This Sunday, enjoy a live show by HIGHDIVE, Jae Rene, Nathan Quick, and AJ Santana.
When: November 10, 5 – 9 pm
Where: 1500 McKinney, Houston TX 77010
How much: Free

 

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