Free and frugal fun!
One of my favorite quotes is by the (very) late Oscar Wilde: "My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality." Who wants that as part of their life story? The failure to have enough experiences to make your metaphorical cup runneth over? Not this girl! I've been on a quest to find fun but inexpensive places in Houston, and I've been super successful. One of my favorite bands is Sister Hazel; most people don't recognize the band by name, but I can almost guarantee you've heard at least a couple of their songs (and jammed hard to them). I went to see them at Houston's House of Blues last week ($20 per ticket for standing room, and I was right in front of the stage) and it was literally the best concert of my life. My ears rang for three days, and I loved it. This month is also the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, as I mentioned in one of my previous posts, and I've already seen Clay Walker, with Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band still to come (tickets starting at $16 each). Although the rodeo only runs for a month, it's very inexpensive to see the rodeo and performers, and Reliant Park is overflowing with educational exhibits, activities, and fantastic family fun.
Next week I'm taking my daughter to see Cat in the Hat on an outdoor projection screen at Discovery Green ($0 - that's right, free!). Discovery Green has over 400 events per year, and most are free. Every Wednesday during the fall and spring, Discovery Green has a Blues & Burgers outdoor lunchtime concert from noon to 1:30 p.m. There are also free fitness classes, crafts and reading events for kids, writer's workshops, and plenty more. A monthly event is the Heights' First Saturday Arts Market, which will return on April 2nd. With free admission and more than 3 dozen tents housing at least 40 artists, you can support your community and local artists, while enjoying afternoon concerts and delicious food. One of my other favorite Saturday places (this one is every weekend, not once a month) is the Urban Harvest Farmer's Market, which has two locations in Houston - I like the Richmond Ave/Eastside St set-up, but they also have a market in (you guessed it) Discovery Green. The Richmond location is open every Saturday from 8a to 12p, rain or shine, and you will never look at grocery store fruits and veggies the same way again.
Life is meant to be enjoyed, but you don't have to go broke to do it! There are so many amazing venues here in Houston, plenty of which can be enjoyed at little to no cost to you. Houston is known for its expansive arts and theatre venues; these are just a small sampling of what's available without spending a fortune. Get out and have fun, and let me know what else you find!