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Free Things To Do In Houston

Free Things To Do In Houston

Looking for something to do around town but don’t feel like spending the dough?  

Well, we’re sharing all the fun and most importantly, FREE, activities and events going on in and around the Houston area.  

Be sure to check back often to find new and updated FREE activities and events going on around town!


KILT Summer Jam – Free Country Concerts Under the Stars!
summerjamdl Free Things To Do In Houston

Join 100.3 KILT for Summer Jam, two FREE concerts at Miller Outdoor Theatre on back to back Saturday nights in August. At 8pm on Saturday August 13th, it’s Cory Morrow with special guest Stealing Angels.  On August 20th it’s Micky & the Motorcars with special guest The Lunabelles!

Click here to get details on how to snag some seat tickets or how to win them from KILT!


Blue Star Museums

bluestar Free Things To Do In Houston

Active duty military personnel and their families can get free museum admission all summer to participating Blue Star Museums.  This special promotion runs from Memorial Day (May 30) to Labor Day (September 5).

Check out the museums within a couple hours of Houston:
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum — College Station
Sam Houston Memorial Museum — Huntsville
Nature Discovery Center — Bellaire
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum — Galveston
McFadden-Ward House — Beaumont
1940 Air Terminal Museum — Houston
The Children’s Museum of Brazos Valley — College Station
The Woodlands Children’s Museum – The Woodlands
Star of the Republic Museum — Washington
Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site — Port Arthur
Alvin Historical Museum — Alvin
Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History — Bryan
Camp Hearne Historic Site — Hearne


Discover Green Outdoor Concert Series

Discovery Green hosts its free outdoor concert series on Thursday nights.  You can enjoy a variety of musical groups from Texas and the Gulf Coast each Thursday through June 30 (no concert June 16 for the U.S. Senior Olympic Opening ceremony at the park).
Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome!  No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages.

Check out the weekly schedule:
June 23: The Mother Truckers
June 30: Beans Barton and the Bi-Peds


Williams-Sonoma FREE In-Store Cooking Classes

Williams-Sonoma offers free in-store cooking and technique classes.  Sundays are typically tech class days. Just in time for summer, June has an American BBQ theme, focusing on different regions around the country. The June Technique classes will feature recipes for regional food and drinks, along with tips for setting an outdoor table. These technique classes are free, but reservations are recommended to reserve your spot.


June 26: Kansas City & Texas BBQ

Times vary by location: noon at Willowbrook Mall (281.807.9809), 2 p.m. at The Woodlands Mall (281.298.6915), noon at Baybrook Mall (281.480.1705), 11 a.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at First Colony Mall (281.313.1180). Other locations at Highland Village (713.212.0346) and Town & Country Village (713.827.8056). Participants get 10% off same-day purchases.
Stop by during the rest of the week for product demonstrations and instruction in basic techniques on a variety of topics, including homemade breads, brisket basics, brioche for breakfast, classic soups, and more.

City Hall Farmer’s Market

City Hall Farmers Market

Every Wednesday until June 29th then from September 7th – December, 21st, 11am-2pm

The City Hall Farmers Market, a member of Urban Harvest’s family of farmers markets, takes place each Wednesday along both sides of City Hall’s reflection pool.  The public can enjoy lunch and pick up groceries while supporting local, fresh and sustainable food amidst Houston’s dramatic downtown urban setting. The market showcases more than 40 “micro businesses,” including produce farmers, cheesemakers, coffee roasters and baristas, bakers, prepared food vendors & food trucks, olive oil producers and more. The market also boasts live music, a Community Table, and My Table magazine Chef’s Corner which hosts Houston’s top culinary talent preparing and serving samples of dishes made with market products.

40+ vendor participants, including Atkinson Farms, Gundermann Acres, Animal Farm Houston Regional Market Growers and Wood Duck Farms

Prepared-food vendors include Angela’s Oven, Fusion Taco, Greenway Coffee & Tea, Grizzaffi Coffee, Revival Meats, Sinful Bakery and Top Shelf Catering

Market features “Chef’s Corner,” sponsored by My Table magazine, where local chefs will conduct live cooking demonstrations using local products

Music played during the market with a dynamic mix of genres

The event will make every attempt to secure media partners to promote the market

Promotion through radio, print, web, social media, and public relations

Average attendance – 2,000 people per week which includes downtown office workers, residents, and general public


Visit the Houston Zoo 

Houston Zoo

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Visit the Houston Zoo offers free admission on the first Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. until closing. The Houston Zoo is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive and their phone number is 713.533.6500.

Visit www.houstonzoo.org for more info.


Kemah Boardwalk

Bring your family and friends down to Kemah Boardwalk where you can play in their fountains and watch the boats go by.

Visit www.kemahboardwalk.com for more info.


Children’s Museum of Houston

Free Family Night every Thursday, 5 – 8 p.m.

On Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m., the Museum hosts Free Family Nights. All admission fees are waived and families are able to come to the Museum and experience everything it has to offer. The free admission provided to visitors not only includes access to all of our hands-on exhibits but to a wide variety of programming that extends from the cultural arts to science and math. Parking in our garage is $3 during Free Family Night.

The Children’s Museum of Houston is located at 1500 Binz in the Museum District.

Visit www.cmhouston.org for more info.


Explore the Downtown Houston Tunnel System

Downtown Tunnel System

Always free! Discover a whole new side of Houston in the underground Tunnel System and Trolley Tour this summer. Don’t forget to stop in for some serious shopping in the underground mall, and grab a bite to eat at the food court.

Click here for info.


The Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark

skatepark Free Things To Do In Houston

photo by G.Scott of G. Scott Imaging

The Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark  is the creme de la creme of the grinding and boarding world. The $2.2 million, state-of-the-art facility—thought to contain the largest cradle in the world—is located close to downtown, near Eleanor Tinsley Park.

Hours: 9am-10pm every day of the week

Click here for info.


Holocaust Museum Houston

Dedicated to remembering victims of the Holocaust and honoring the survivors, the Holocaust Museum Houston works to educate future generations about the dangers of hate and prejudice. Check out the education center and the permanent exhibit, Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers, which focuses on stories of Holocaust survivors living in the Houston area.

Admission is always free. A donation of $5 per person is suggested. Advance reservations are not required, except for group tours of 10 of more.
The Museum is not recommended for children under age 10.

Located at 5401 Caroline St.

Hours:
Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – Noon to 5 p.m.


Lawndale Art Center

Located in the Museum District, the Lawndale Art Center is a staple of Houston’s art scene. Four galleries are contained in the art deco structure, which serves as a backdrop for annually changing exhibits and events like Dia de los Muertos and The Big Show.
Located at 4912 Main Street in the Museum District, just north of Hermann Park and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. We are easily accessible from downtown Houston, the Medical Center , HWY 59 and HWY 288.

Hours:
Monday thru Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 12pm – 5pm
Closed on Sundays

Click here for info.


Houston Audubon Societies Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary

Be sure to visit Bolivar Flats, a unique area combining salt marsh, mud flats and beach, each habitat quite different from the other. Every year hundreds of thousands of birds discover that Bolivar Flats is a special place.

Anyone can drive on the beach for free. But if you park on the beach you must have a parking permit on your windshield. The fee for the permit is $10.00 a year. To get the permit you can mail a check to Galveston County Parks Department or you can find a merchant on Bolivar that sells them and purchase it there.

Visit www.houstonaudubon.org for more info.


Nature Discover Center

Visit the Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire, offering ecological exhibits, family rambles and other fun activities.

The Center’s Discovery Rooms, open free of charge, are full of intriguing exhibits and hands-on activities that invite children and adults to explore, and have fun learning. The Nature Discovery Center is located in Russ Pitman Park at 7112 Newcastle in Bellaire, just inside the West 610 Loop. Open Tuesday through Sunday noon – 5pm.

Visit www.naturediscoverycenter.org for more info.


Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

photo courtesy of the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center Facebook page


Enjoy nature trail, bird watching, wildlife and forests at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. Calm your senses with a leisurely stroll through our 155-acre nature sanctuary with 5 miles of beautiful hiking. Located just 4 miles west of Downtown Houston.

Visit www.houstonarboretum.org for more info.


Visit Your Neighborhood Library

books Free Things To Do In Houston

Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images


Check out your neighborhood library for story hours, arts and crafts and special visitors. Get bit by the book bug this summer! There’s always something going on at your neighborhood library, from story hours to arts and crafts. Stop by to get your kids their very own library card for stacks of summer reading!

Visit www.hpl.lib.tx.us to find the library closest to you.


Contemporary Arts Museum

Visit the Contemporary Arts Museum, featuring diverse exhibition of cutting edge contemporary art.
Explore a “non-collecting” museum featuring rotating exhibits on contemporary art. Always interactive and interesting! Admission is free. Located at 5216 Montrose, 713-284-8250.

Visit www.cmah.org for more info.


Museum of Printing History

Museum of Printing History

photo courtesy of Museum of Printing History Facebook page


Visit the Museum of Printing History and see how written communication has influenced the course of History. Budding writers will find this tour of the history of the printed word absolutely fascinating, and admission is FREE on Thursdays. 1324 W Clay, 713-522-4652.

Visit www.printingmusuem.org for more info.


Port of Houston Authorities’ Free Public Boat Tour

Tour one of the world busiest ports aboard the port of Houston authorities’ public tour Boat. Get ready for an unforgettably spectacular waterborne tour of one of the busiest ports in the world aboard the Port of Houston Authority’s public charter tour boat! The M/V Sam Houston offers leisurely 90-minute round-trip cruises along the Houston Ship Channel. Embarking from the port’s Sam Houston Pavilion, visiting sightseers can enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels, and operations at the port’s Turning Basin Terminal. Reservations are required in advance at 713-670-2400.

Visit www.portofhouston.com for more info.


Tour the Battleship Texas

Battleship Texas

photo courtesy of Battleship Texas Facebook page


The TEXAS is the last of the battleships, patterned after HMS Dreadnought, that participated in World War (WW) I and II. When the USS TEXAS was commissioned on March 12, 1914, she was the most powerful weapon in the world. The Battleship TEXAS became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S (3523 Battleground Road, LaPorte TX 77571 , 281-479-2431. Admission is FREE.)

Click here for more info.


Visit The Art Car Museum

Drive over to the Art Car Museum, highlighting custom decorated cars with off the wall themes. This wacky museum highlighting custom made cars with crazy themes is a must-see for anyone visiting the nation’s Art Car Capital of the World. Race over to the Heights and pick out your favorite car! Admission is Free: Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm. (The Art Car Museum will be closed from Sunday April 24th through the evening of May 7th) Located at 140 Heights Blvd.

Visit www.artcarmuseum.com for more info.


Picnic At A Houston Park

Enjoy a family picnic at one of Houston’s parks. Pack a picnic lunch and head out to one of Houston’s 314 beautiful parks. Stroll amongst the trees or watch the kids play on the swing set. Either way, it’s sure to be a wonderful summer afternoon. To find a park near you, click here.


The Menil Collection

The Menil

photo courtesy of the Menil Collection Facebook page


Enjoy modern art at the Menil Collection. Visit the striking collection of modern art assembled by John and Dominique de Menil. The permanent exhibits range from prehistoric art to modern times, including surrealism and tribal art, and while the hushed environment is best suited for older children and adults, the beautiful surrounding park and Rothko chapel are ideal spots for summer picnics and playing. Free to the public.

Visit www.menil.org for more info.


FREE Thursdays At The Museum Of Fine Arts

Visit the Museum of Fine arts every Thursday for free admission from 10am – 9pm. The first municipal art museum in Texas is most well known for its Impressionist and Post- Impressionist art, and also included a Baroque and Renaissance art, African tribal art, and a stellar sculpture garden.

Visit www.mfah.org for more info.


Houston Center For Contemporary Craft

Houston Center For Contemporary Craft

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Visit the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Check out a free exhibit of contemporary crafts, gifts, classes, and other events at the Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts. Located at 4848 Main Street.

Visit www.crafthouston.com for more info.


San Jacinto Monument And Museum

Visit the San Jacinto Monument and museum, on the spot where Texas won its independence. The famous Battle of San Jacinto that brought Texas its independence was fought on this site. The primary purpose of the 1,200-acre site is to commemorate the Battle and to preserve the Battleground on which Texan troops under General Sam Houston defeated the Mexican Army led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on April 21, 1836. Located at 3523 Battleground Road, La Porte TX 77571. Admission is FREE.

Visit www.sanjacinto-museum.org for more info.


Bear Creek Park

Bear Creek Park

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Visit the ducks, birds and prairie dogs at Bear Creek Park. Take a day trip to Bear Creek Park and enjoy your time away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Located at 3535 War Memorial Dr.
Hours: 7:00 am until 10:00 pm. Must call (281) 496-2177 to reserve a Pavilion.

Click here for more info.


Galveston County Historical Museum

Visit Galveston County Historical Museum in the Strand District to hear the complete story of Galveston’s past. Explore Galveston County’s rich heritage and delight in the sparkle of the lens from the historic South Jetty Lighthouse. Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the first inhabitants of Galveston County. Open daily at 2219 Market Street In Galveston, TX. FREE Admission.

Call (409)766-2340 for more info.


Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Visit Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Garden in North Houston. Don’t know if they charge.
Located in the Northern part of the city and reminiscent of East Texas’ Big Thicket, this arboretum features a resource library and public meeting space. Located at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, north of FM 1960.

Click here for more info.


Beer Can House

On your Sunday drive, drive by the Beer Can House at 222 Malone Street. Check out this crazy private residence in the Heights, completely covered in beer cans and dangling pull tabs.


Brazos Bend Park

Brazos Bend Park

photo courtesy of http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us


Walk the trails and observe the wildlife at Brazos Bend State Park. A wonderful place for any out of town guest or even a native Houstonian who loves nature, Brazos Bend State park offers numerous trails for hiking, camping, and fishing. Perfect for a day trip or a weekend of fun! Located one hour SW of Houston . Call for camping reservations at 512-389-8900.

Click here for more info.


Williams Tower

Williams Tower

photo courtesy city-data.com

Get a great view of the city from the observation deck on top of Williams Tower at 2800 Post Oak. Climb the Williams Tower and check out Houston’s skyline from 51 stories in the air. Don’t forget to take a picture in front of the spectacular Water Wall Fountain. Open Monday- Friday 8am-6pm. Free to the public.


Weather Museum

Visit the Weather Museum at the Weather Research Center. This non-profit education and research facility is dedicated to the study of marine weather, weather safety, and general meteorology. The Weather Museum, Weather Camp, and tours are current projects.  Free admission every Thursday from noon to 4pm.

Click here for more info.


Watch Sailboat Races on Clear Lake

Enjoy watching over 50 sailboats in 5 different classes compete for prizes in exciting races around challenging courses. Every Wednesday from 6-8p, April through October in front of Seabrook Beach Club. Free to the public.

For more info call 281-334-4252.


Houston Symphony “Sounds Like Fun” Family Concerts

Various days June 1 – 28th

Throughout June, the orchestra will be performing works inspired by sports in this year’s All-Star Sounds Like Fun! summer season. SLF will be at 15 locations all over the Greater Houston area with concerts especially designed for kids. Find the location nearest you and arrive early to participate in the Instrument Petting Zoo and shake hands with the Living Instruments.

Visit www.houstonsymphony.org for more info.


Texans Training Camp 

Stay tuned for details…


Heritage Society Museum

Situated inside downtown’s Sam Houston Park, the Heritage Society Museum is the city’s only interactive, outdoor museum. The site features structures dating back to the 1820s, including a 4th-ward cottage and a Greek revival house built for Rice University founder William Marsh Rice. The museum itself is free, but guided tours are $6 and free for age 18 and under.

Click here for more info.


Project Row Houses

Set in Houston’s Third Ward, Project Row Houses is a nonprofit art initiative aimed at creating a positive place for local artists to work. Some of the shotgun-style houses are dedicated to art and photography, while others are devoted to the literary and performing arts.

Click here for more info.


Rothko Chapel

rothko Free Things To Do In Houston

Rothko Chapel is a serene place to meditate in the middle of Houston’s Museum District. Founded by John and Dominque de Menil (of Menil Collection fame), Rothko is a non-denominational chapel and exhibit space for modern art that draws thousands of visitors each year. The Chapel is open every day of the year, including holidays. Everyone is welcome. The Chapel is fully accessible and strollers are permitted. Admission is free, although donations are welcome!

Hours: 10am – 6pm daily

Click here for more info.

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