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The coming of Spring means events around Houston are heating up! There’s no shortage of awesome (and cheap or free!) things to do in Houston. Events this week include outdoor markets, Irish Cook-offs, comedy showcases, and more. Read more about the top free and cheap Houston events coming up this week.


Family Fun

Junior Scientists at Nature Discovery Center  
What: Kids aged 6-10 will engage with hands-on experiments and investigations, as well as lessons enriched with crafts, games, and more at the Nature Discovery Center.
Why: Explore the natural world and encourage the love of learning and science with the fun-filled, engaging Junior Scientists program. Enroll in classes for the semester or by the week.
When: March 8, 4- 5:30 pm
Where: 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401
How much: $15 for members/ $20 for non-members.
Find out more information here.

Children’s Story Hour at Hermann Park
Every Friday morning, children gather around in the Family Garden for a storytelling event. Afterwards, they can participate in activities such as coloring pictures or learning how to plant seeds and take them home.
 The event takes place in the Family Garden, an interactive, edible garden allows children to experience the touch, scents, colors, and tastes of fresh vegetables and herbs.
Friday, March 9 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas 77004
How much: 
Free admission
Learn more about the Family Garden.


March Market Madness at Hometown Hero’s Park 
What: A pet- and family-friendly market featuring a variety of vendors from Escape Room to nail wraps!
Why: Hit up the petting zoo and face painting for the kids then peruse the vendors for free samples and a showcase of local businesses.
When: March 10, 10 am- 6 pm
Where: 2105 Dickinson Rd., League City, TX 77573
How much: Free cover


Eat & Drink

21st Annual Irish Cook-off and Music Festival at Griff’s
What: Get an early start on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with 18 teams competing for the win and three bands performing live.
Why: With free entry, free tastings, and live music, this is one of the best things to do in Houston this week.
When: March 10, 11 am- 10 pm
Where: 3416 Roseland St., Houston, TX 77006
How much: Free entry to the festival
Register for the event here.

Work Out

Zumba at Midtown Park 
What: Join us in the park for a FREE Zumba class, an aerobics program inspired by various styles of Latin dance. This high-energy fitness class is set to upbeat Latin music and teaches choreographed moves to get the heart rate pumping and improve flexibility and fitness.
Why: Zumba combines all the elements of exercise- cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility- while emphasizing fun overall. If you’re into fitness, Zumba is one of the top things to do in Houston this week.
When: March 6, 6:30- 7:30 pm
Where: Midtown Park- 2811 Travis St., Houston, TX 77006
How much: Free


H.I.I.T. at Levy Park by The Preserve Gym 
What: Featured every Tuesday at Levy Park is High Intensity Interval Training  hosted by the Preserve Gym. Characterized by bursts of intense physical activity combined with short rests, H.I.I.T. is a great way to improve heart health. Mats are provided or you can bring your own.
Why: There’s no better place than to get your workout grind on than in one of the nation’s best urban parks. Cool down afterward by hitting the water features or taking a stroll on the promenade.
When: March 6, 7 pm
Where: 3801 Eastside, Houston, TX 77098
How much: Free


Tai Chi by the Reflecting Pool at the Rothko Chapel
What: With slow, meditative movements, Tai Chi is both relaxing and great exercise.
Why: Join instructor Henderson Smith for a pay-what-you-can, stress-relieving session of martial arts great for either beginners or the experienced Tai Chi practitioner.
When: March 8, 5-6 pm
Where: 1409 Sul Ross St., Houston, TX 77006
How much: Free! Suggested contribution of $15


Kingwood Farmer’s Market at Town Center Park 
What: Save your grocery trip for after you hit the Farmer’s Market and shop for home grown produce as well as baked goods, jams, and more. 
Why: Support small businesses and shop local under the backdrop of picturesque Town Center Park. Street closures near the park allow for safer walking during events so find a parking space and head for the white tents!
When: March 8, 3- 7 pm
Where: 8 N. Main St., Kingwood, TX 77339 
How much: Free entry


Heights Comedy Showcase and Open Mic at Fitzgerald’s 
What: Join your local talent for an adults-only open mic and comedy show at the famed Fitzgerald’s. Recurring every Tuesday through August.
Why: Support local and get your comedy on with Danny Rios (Last Comic Standing, Funniest Person in Houston, 06) and Steven Kendrick (Van’s Warped Tour, SXSW).
When: March 6, 8-12 pm
Where: 2706 White Oak Dr., Houston, TX 77007 
How much: Free cover


Disney Princess Trivia at Under the Radar Brewery
What: Serious Disney addicts can show off their princess trivia knowledge while indulging in the brewery’s own libations and Deustcher Fleischwagen Food Truck.
Why: This outdoorsy and family-friendly spot is one of the best local breweries in Houston. After getting your Disney Trivia props, you might just win prizes and a Disney Princess outfit.
When: March 7, 7- 10 pm
Where:  1506 Truxillo, Houston, TX 77004
How much: No cover


H-Town Collective in Concert at Sambuca 
What: A collective of musicians, playing a variety of jazz, funk, blues, and rock on the breezy Sambuca patio.
Why: Check out the great food and impressive bar or dance and hang out on the patio. This free concert is sure to be one of the best social events in Houston this week.
When: March 7, 7- 11 pm
Where:  909 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002
How much: Free entry


Grease Movie Screening at City Acre Brewing Co. 
What: It doesn’t matter if you’re a Thunderbird or a Pink Lady, you can tap your toes and sing along to a free screening of Grease on the biergarten’s big-screen.
Why: City Acres Brewing’s family-friendly outdoor cinema will be serving up 50s-style food and fare such as burgers, corndogs, shakes, and a Rizzo champagne sparkler!
When: March 8, 7- 9 pm
Where:  3418 Topping St., Houston, TX 77093
How much: Free cover


See anything that caught your eye? Let us know below where you’ll be going this week!