Another weekend is ahead! What are your plans to enjoy all that Houston has to offer? Here is a snapshot of free things to do in Houston Memorial with your family and friends:
- Celebrate chalk art
- Watch an outdoor flick
- Glisten at CityCentre
- Engage with local artists
- Sample some chili
- Browse holiday art
- Kick off winter in The Woodlands
- Be thankful at family museum day
- Watch movies under the moon
- Craft a fossil
- Celebrate culture at Hispanic parade
- Learn about fall lawn care
- Visit 17 museums for free
- Relax to the rhythm
- Enjoy live music at Waterway Square
- Catch a weekend of contemporary dance
- Watch a movie under the moon
- Visit a national park
- Listen to the Latin beat
- Celebrate India
Celebrate chalk art
The streets of downtown will come alive this weekend at Via Colori, a fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech. More than 200 artists will create chalk masterpieces right on the street. Live music, food booths, and kids’ zone to boot! Located at 1100 Bagby from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday.
Watch an outdoor flick
Catch another free movie at Discovery Green Saturday, as part of the Gexa Energy BroadwayFilm Series. Watch “Shall We Dance?” at 7:30 p.m. to kick off the upcoming Burn the Floor Broadway show at Hobby Center December 14-19. Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney.
Glisten at CityCentre
Enjoy the holiday celebration at CityCentre called Glisten featuring Ruggles’ hot chocolate bar, music, an ice sculpture performance and Sweet’s Cupcakes. At 8 p.m. snowflakes light up the plaza! Glisten is from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Complimentary champagne, light bites, live music and cocktails will be served at Hotel Sorella’s lobby lounge for adults. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.
Engage with local artists
Visit more than 180 Houston artists in Artcrawl Houston Saturday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. as they open us their artist spaces to the public. Located in the Artist Warehouse District of downtown Houston. Artcrawl is an annual tradition the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Check out the Artcrawl map of participating artists.
Sample some chili
The annual Houston Championship Chili Cookoff is Saturday, at Trader’s Village. This open-air market is free, but parking is $3. This cookoff is associated with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo! Trader’s Village is located at 7979 Eldridge near Hwy. 290.
Browse holiday art
The Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM) sponsored by Spacetaker returns for a fifth year. Enjoy food, art, entertainment, and the new IKEA Lounge. Local artists will be selling jewelry, clothing, paintings, and more! Hours are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday. Located at the Winter Street Studios at 2101 Winter Street.
Kick off winter in The Woodlands
It’s double the fun Saturday as The Woodlands kicks off its holiday season. The 28th annual Lighting of the Doves is a festival from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Town Green Park. Enjoy snow play area, interactive booths, ice carvers, face painting, fireworks and more. At the same time, enjoy the “street fair” atmosphere of iWOW (International Winter on the Waterway) featuring international food, arts and crafts, performances, and music. Located on the banks of The Woodlands Waterway and Town Green Park.
Be thankful at family museum day
Bayou Bend’s monthly family day Sunday features a Thanksgiving theme. Celebrate the traditions and customs of America’s Thanksgiving past. Families can create a Thanksgiving centerpiece, play early American games, and add your wish to a Thanksgiving collage. Free admission for family day from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Bayou Bend is located at 1 Westcott Street.
Watch movies under the moon
Enjoy Disney’s Ratatouille under the stars at downtown Discovery Green. The movie kicks off Friday at 8 pm. Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney. Help H-E-B collect canned goods for the Houston Food Bank by bringing your donations to the event. Lawn chairs, picnics, and blankets are welcome. Or Saturday head to Sugar Land Town Square for its outdoor movie, Confessions of a Shopaholic, at 8 pm.
Craft a fossil
Kids will enjoy making their own fossil at Lakeshore Learning’s weekly craft event. Stop by between 11 am – 3 pm for this fun freebie. Don’t miss the special 20% off one item coupon online here.
Celebrate culture at Hispanic parade
The annual Fiestas Patrias downtown parade begins at 10:00 am Saturday at near Minute Maid Park at Texas and Hamilton, proceeding west. The celebration culminates with the crowning of Miss Fiestas Patrias.
Bike to farmers markets — Enjoy the great outdoors biking to local farmers markets. This Saturday the Bayou City Outdoors runs its Farmers Market Bike Tours for free to the public. Visit three to five local farmers markets in an 8-12 mile ride. The ride is free, but not the market goodies. The ride begins at 8 am at Onion Creek in the Heights.
Learn about fall lawn care
Despite the Texas heat, it’s time to start thinking about fall lawn care. Cornelius Nursery is hosting a free Fall Lawn Care clinic Saturday at 10:15 a.m. Cornelius is located at 1200 North Dairy Ashford and 2233 South Voss.
Visit 17 museums for free
Houston’s 15th annual Museum District Day is a fabulous way to visit the 17 participating museums in the museum district. Free performances, demonstrations, and hands-on activities will be going on all day at the various museums from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check out the museum day schedule online here. Find the list of participating museums here, minus The Houston Zoo.
Relax to the rhythm
The 14th annual Kemah Jazz Festival returns all weekend as a fun, free event. Enjoy a weekend of music on the Boardwalk in Kemah with the region’s best jazz artists from noon to about 9 pm each day. Check out the music schedule online. Located in Kemah at 215 Kipp Ave.
Enjoy live music at Waterway Square
The Live at Night Waterway Music Series picks up again on Saturdays this fall in The Woodlands. This weekend’s performers feature Tim Nichols and Southern Slang from 6 pm – 9 pm.
Catch a weekend of contemporary dance
The annual Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance is a must-see for dance lovers. Featuring Texas’ top performing dance companies, the performance is a mixture of athleticism, technology, and imagination rolled into one. The event is at 8 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The dance theme continues with a Saturday matinee at 11 am for Dance Around the World, comparing two different types of dance styles. Free reserved seat tickets are available on the day of the performance from 10:30 am – 1 pm. photo: Frank White
Watch a movie under the moon
Enjoy the 1940s Disney classic, Fantasia, on the outdoor big screen at Discovery Green. The show is Saturday at 7:30 pm. This is part of a monthly series called IKEA Houston Screen on the Green.
Visit a national park
The U.S. National Park Service designates Free National Park weekends for all of its 394 national parks throughout the year. The next one is Saturday for Public Lands Day. Texas is home to several national parks, preserves, and historic sites that will offer free admission: Big Bend National Park, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and Padre Island National Seashore. Find the listing online.
Listen to the Latin beat
Don’t miss the first La Voz de Houston Concert series kicking off Sunday at 5 pm. The outdoor event at Discovery Green features a family-oriented line-up of artists such as Roberto Pulido and Los Pistoleros de Tejas. Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney.
Enjoy the cultural diversity of India at Incredible India featuring more than 100 drummers, singers and dancers. This event will be held at Miller Outdoor Theatre at 8 pm, Sunday. Free reserved seat tickets are available at the box office on performance day from 10:30 am – 1 pm.