Check out our guide to free and cheap things to do in Houston this week (May 3-9) with picks that include: Exploring African American History on Galveston Island, $10.99 All Day Rides at Traders Village, The Rusty Krab Spongebob Squarepants Pop-up, Skyline Views by the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, A.D. Players Present Metzler New Works Festival: Apollo 8, Children’s Book Week at Woodlands Children Museum, and more!

Things To Do in Houston This Week

 

TOP PICK: AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY ON GALVESTON ISLAND

African American Museum Galveston

Galveston Island is well known for its 32 mile long beaches and the great food & drink scene. However, there are many other aspects to Galveston island that make it a must visit for your next trip.

One of them is the special place that it holds in United States and African American history. Galveston Island is the birthplace of Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the US. However, the richness of this island’s history goes well beyond celebrating Emancipation.

From being home to the first African American high school and public library in Texas to being the hometown of World Heavyweight Champ Jack Johnson, Galveston has long fought to preserve the knowledge of African American accomplishments and heritage on the island, holding dear the many historic sites and monuments that live on to tell the story.

Next time you are thinking about a great place to visit with you family, consider Galveston Island. It’s a great place to have fun and also learn more about the history of African Americans in the US.

 

FUN DISCOUNT PICK – ALL DAY RIDES AT TRADERS VILLAGE FOR $10.99!

Traders Village Houston All Day Ride Pass

In addition to great shopping & food, Traders Village Houston has rides your ENTIRE family will love! Maybe you are a thrill seeker and want to try the 128 feet drop of the FleaFall! Or maybe you want to enjoy a family ride in the Trackless Train – there are rides for everyone! Click here for more information on the rides and start planning your fun day!

 

THINGS TO DO IN HOUSTON THIS WEEK BY DAY OF THE WEEK

 

MONDAY

The Rusty Krab Spongebob Squarepants Pop-up

What: Fans of the show Spongebob Squarepants will be delighted to see the nautical pop-up bar and restaurant, where they can experience a recreated Rusty Krab burger shack and try a rusty patty in real life. This is one of our top picks for things to do this week in Houston! 

Where: 711 Main St, Houston

When: Monday, May 3rd at 6:30 PM

How Much: $20 – $30

 

Skyline Views by the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts

What: This online virtual presentation will feature works performed by the UH Dance Ensemble.

Where: Virtual event

When: Monday, May 3rd at 7 PM

How Much: Free with an RSVP

 

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TUESDAY

A.D. Players Present Metzler New Works Festival: Apollo 8

What: This streaming production tells the story of the brave Americans who planned and flew to the moon during 1968, in the midst of the race to space.

Where: Virtual event

When: Tuesday, May 4th at 7 PM

How Much: Free

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Woodlands Children's Museum Event

What: It’s Children’s Book Week at The Woodlands Children’s Museum! This week, the museum will feature guest authors and even visits from some beloved book characters.On Wednesday, May 5 th , families can enjoy a special Cinco de Mayo storytime of Cinco De Mouse-O! by Judy Cox at 10:45 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., children can participate in picture book bingo featuring classic picture book characters. A display will also be available showcasing Mexican culture, clothing, books, and artifacts. This is among our top picks for things to do in Houston this week!

Where: 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, #280, Woodlands

When: May 5th – 8th

How Much: Daily admission to the museum is $7.Tickets and additional information can be found here.  

Wednesday Evening Market

What: The Braeswood Farmers Market meets every Wednesday night to bring you fresh produce, mid-week! There is no entrance fee but you’ll be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

When: Wednesdays 4 PM – 8 PM

Where: 5401 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX

How Much: Free

 

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THURSDAY

Market Street Spring Concert Series

What: The Market Street Spring Concert Series will feature a new artist every week. Attendees are invited to bring blankets and chairs and enjoy performances from a variety of genres. This week, Yelba will be performing.

Where: Market Street, The Woodlands, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands

When: Thursday, May 6th at 6 PM

How Much: Free

 

Free Museum Thursdays

What: Thursdays are the best day to go check out the great museums around Houston on a budget. Each Thursday, several museums around town offer free admission times, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Health Museum, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and more. Times for free admission may vary, so check out our guide for more info.

When: Every Thursday

Where: Various museums around Houston

How Much: Free

 

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FRIDAY

Wine + Charcuterie Board Pairing

What: Explore the history of charcuterie boards and learn how to make the perfect board and the best wines to pair it with.

Where: Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston

When: Friday, May 7th at 6 PM

How Much: $40

 

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SATURDAY

The Car Culture Invitational

What: The Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land will be presenting the Car Culture Invitational where you can view a variety of luxury and performance cars, along with a visit from professional race car driver Kory Enders.

Where: Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land

When: Saturday, May 8th at 8 AM

How Much: Free admission

 

Eleanora’s Market 

What: This free outdoor market on Ella is open to the public! Enjoy finely crafted goods, handmade art, delicious prepared foods, and more.

When: Saturdays from 9 AM – 12 PM

Where: 2120 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX 77008

How Much: Free Admission

 

SUNDAY

Mothers Day 2021  Specials in Houston

What: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th and this year, our favorite restaurants in Houston have lined up some great specials. Whether you are looking for brunch, lunch or dinner, our list includes food & drink deals and freebies from high end steakhouse restaurants to affordable fast food eats. 

Where: Multiple locations near you

When: Sunday May 9th

 

The Mothers Day Drive-In Concert

What: Looking for something to do to celebrate mom this weekend? AAA Events and World Class Entertainment are presenting a concert with three artists that is the perfect way to kick back and cheers to all the moms in your life.

Where: Constellation Field Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land

When: Sunday, May 9th at 4 PM

How Much: $125 – $299 a car

 

Heights Morning Market

What: Each weekend, these local shops in the Heights open up their streets and walkways to local vendors and artisans. Shop local jewelry, handmade art, locally sourced honey, and much more. Bring your own shopping bags and wear a mask!

When: Sundays from 10 AM – 2 PM

Where: 3106 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

How Much: Free 

 

Bay Area Farmer’s Market

What: This local farmer’s market is free to attend and easy to shop! Find local produce, ethically sourced honey, homemade candles, freshly prepared foods, and much more. Admission is always free, bring your mask and shopping bags.

When: Sundays at 11 AM

Where: 500 Baybrook Mall Dr, Friendswood, TX 7754

How Much: Free entry

 

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What are some other things to do in Houston this week? Leave a comment and let us know.

 

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