It’s never to early to make your weekend plans! How do you like to spend time in Houston? Here is a snapshot of a few free activities and events to enjoy in Houston with family and friends this weekend:
Indulge in a day of diverse music — It’s the Houston Symphony’s Day of Music, Saturday, July 13, for 12+ hours! The free event features 30 performances on five stages at Jones Hall. The day kicks off with a Family Concert, Instrument Petting Zoo, and crafts and ends with the annual Houston Chronicle concert at 8 pm. With lots of music and food trucks in between! Don’t miss the “Learn to Play the Harmonica” clinics at noon and 2 pm. Harmonicas on sale for $5! No tickets required for this free all-day festival.
Celebrate the Indian culture — Head downtown to Discovery Green Saturday, July 13, 5 pm – 10 pm for the Festival of Chariots. The event features a yoga meltdown followed by a traditional Indian festival. Watch the street processional of handcrafted wooden carts accompanied by music and dance. Additional fun includes a stage program, arts and crafts, food, and literature.
Smurf out at the Depot — Don’t miss Tomball’s 2nd Saturday at the Depot, July 13, at 6:30 pm. Families will enjoy Smurfy games, live music, face painting, and Smurfs the Movie on the giant inflatable screen at dark. KSBJ Radio is a sponsor of this family-friendly event! Located in downtown Tomball at 201 South Elm.
Enjoy live music — Head to Katy for live music at Central Green. Concerts each Saturday are free and open to the public. This week’s line-up features Will Maker and Red Line. The fun kicks off at 7:30 pm. Head to Galveston for Music Nite on the Strand Saturday, July 13, 6 pm. This week’s performance features country music by Sam Navarro & the Lone Star Devils. Visit the dance floor to enjoy it even more! Bring your own seating, since limited seating is available. Located at Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand in Galveston.
Listen to talent in action — Sugar Land Superstar returns for its 8th season this summer. It kicks off July 13 from 7 pm – 9 pm. This American Idol-like competition features talented folks who compete through August 10.
Participate in the Harvest Festival — Don’t miss the annual Haak Vineyards and Winery Harvest Festival at Haak Vineyards July 13. The family-friendly event is a great way to see the whole process from start to finish. The vineyard will be full so help pick grapes from 8:30 am – 2 pm. You’ll receive a door prize ticket for each bucket you fill! Free juice and muffins will be provided for those who help the first hour. Music kicks off at 11 am with a DJ. No reservations required for this free event. Haak Vineyard is located 35 miles south of Houston in Santa Fe, Texas, between Alvin and Galveston.
Watch a free family flick — Don’t miss the free Kids’ Camp family-friendly movie each weekend at Alamo Drafthouse’s Vintage Park and Mason Road locations. Movie title is announced mid-week. Seats are first-come, first-serve.
Play at summer camp — It’s the last weekend of Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops with free activities for kids on Saturdays and Sundays (& Tuesday/Thursday) plus family workshops and more. Family Summer Camp lasts from noon to 5 pm through July 14. Engage in activities such as casting challenge, BB shooting range, weekly crafts, shooting arcade, free workshops, catch and release pond, and homemade ice cream Saturdays at 5 pm. Bass Pro Shops has two Houston-area locations in Katy (5000 Katy Mills Circle) and Pearland (1000 Basspro Drive).