Get ready for lots of free fun this weekend in Houston! What are your plans? Here is a snapshot of 15 Free Things to Do in Houston March 10-12:

HOU regatta

photo: Buffalo Bayou Partnership


Take a selfie with a Clydesdale — The Budweiser Clydedales are in town and making appearances before their big event Sunday at the 1960 St. Patrick’s Parade. Find a Clydesdale at two H-E-B locations Friday — H-E-B Grant (14100 Spring Cypress) at 2:30 pm and H-E-B Tomball (28520 Tomball Parkway) at 4 pm. Here’s your chance to see one of these beautiful horses up close and personal!

Party with the FrenchFrench Cultures Festival Kick-Off Concert hits downtown Friday, 6 pm – 10 pm, to kick off events sponsored by the French Consulate in Houston. The concert features Laure Briard (Toulouse, France), The Bluebonnets (Austin) and They Call Me Rico (Québec, Canada) for the Francophonie celebrations in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, coordinated by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston. Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney.

Love classical music — Houston Civic Symphony is celebrating its 50th season in Houston. This month’s concert features Copland’s Rodeo, Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, as well as Symphonic Dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story. The concert features winners from the Young Artists Competition who will be performing with the orchestra. The 8 pm concert is located at Durham Theater, 7502 Fondren at HBU campus.


St Patrick's Day parade

Practice creative writingYoung Writers Workshop is free each Saturday for the first 25 kids. Kids learn to express their thoughts and develop language skills. This is sponsored by Writers in The Schools 10:30 am each Saturday. Located at Discovery Green.

Be amazed with dance — Enjoy a free family-friendly dance concert Project Dance Houston produced by Ad Duem Dance Company Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm. This is located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Wear your green — Celebrate the Irish at Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Saturday in downtown Houston. The 58th annual parade features 100+ entries beginning at Minute Maid Park at noon, 1800 Texas Ave. The event is rain or shine. This year’s theme is Living Green in Seventeen with Ginger Simon as the Grand Marshal.

Party on the bayou — Houston’s 45th annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta kicks off Saturday as Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race. Gather around the finish line from 11 am – 2 pm to cheer on the racers at downtown’s Sesquicentennial Park (500 block of Preston) with live zydeco music! Food and drink are available for purchase. This event is rain or shine!

Learn about hide tanning — This month’s Second Saturday Settlers series focuses on hide tanning. Learn how animal skins were turned into usable items as park staff and volunteers bring Redbud Hill Homestead to life. From 1 pm – 3 pm at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick in Humble.

Celebrate downtownPostponed due to potential weather threat. Watch for new date! Enjoy a full afternoon of live music, street performances, visual displays, guided art tours, fireworks and more at Grand Opening of Avenida Houston Celebration. It’s all free! Don’t miss headliner The TonTons beginning at 8 pm. A drumline performance begins at 9:30 pm followed by fireworks! Located at Avenida Houston and Discovery Green.

Preview art carsPostponed to March 25 due to weather. Don’t miss Art Car Preview Party and movie Saturday, 4 pm – 9 pm, at Market Square Park. Enjoy previewing art cars and engaging in conversation with artists in the 6pm Q&A. A free outdoor screening of Art Car: The Movie begins at 7 pm. Located at 301 Milam.

Enjoy family fun 2nd Saturday at The Depot offers lots of free fun each month. Don’t miss entertainment, games, activities, and inflatables at Tomball Depot beginning at 4 pm. Catch the outdoor movie The Secret Life of Pets at dusk. Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball. Rain location is Tomball Community Center, 221 Market St.

View the stars — Enjoy a Stargazing event learning about the moon, planets, and stars Saturday, 7 pm, from members of the North Houston Astronomy Club. Telescopes or binoculars encouraged. Reservations required beginning Wed., March 1. This is located at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center in Humble.

Watch movie under the moon — Free outdoor movies return to Sugar Land Town Square this weekend with The Jungle Book. The 7 pm movie is sponsored by First Colony Church of Christ.


Love a parade — Another St. Patrick’s Day parade tradition continues in North Houston with the 39th annual 1960 Parade Sunday, 2 pm. The parade travels east starting at Champions Forest and ending at Kuykendahl. H-E-B’s Houston division president, Scott McClelland, is the Grand Marshal of the parade. It also features the Budweiser Clydesdales!

Listen to live music — Head to Katy’s Central Green Park to enjoy an afternoon of live music. The concert features local Chris Boise and the Mason Road Band playing his own original songs and popular hits. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.