Concerts, movies and murals: 8 things to do for cheap or free in the Greater Houston area, June 28-30

From watching "Grease" outside to learning about the benefits of community gardening, there are various weekend activities lined up in the Greater Houston area that cost less than $15 per person.


June 28
Listen to the tunes of young organists
The Houston chapter of the American Guild of Organists and 2019 Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced host a student recital at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. The event will feature musical performances by students ages 9-12. 12:30-6 p.m. Free. 6100 Main St., Houston. 713-743-7316. www.poea2019.com





June 29
Learn how to start a community garden
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service invites the adult gardening community to learn about the benefits of building a community garden. The event is part of Texas A&M’s Better Living for Texans program. 10:30 a.m. Free. R.B. Tullis Library-Montgomery County Memorial Library System, 21569 Hwy. 59, New Caney. 281-577-8968. www.countylibrary.org/tullis.htm





June 29
Collaborate on a Stonewall memorial mural
As a part of commemorating the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, the Contemporary Arts Museum invites Houstonians to collaborate on a mural inspired by the museum’s “Stonewall 50” exhibition by creating a portrait or taking a photo and bringing it to the museum. 1-4 p.m. Free. 5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston. 713-284-8250. www.camh.org





June 29
Attend a family campout
Nature & Eclectic Outdoors is hosting a family-friendly, interactive campsite with tents, games, friendly competitions and a lawn fishing tournament. Guests can play life-size games of Jenga, KerPlunk, and Connect Four while enjoying live music. 5-8 p.m. Free. Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land. 281-276-6000. www.sugarlandtownsquare.com





June 29
Party island-style at the Park
Grand Central Park, Johnson Development’s master-planned community, is hosting an island vibes weekend concert featuring Bama Breeze Band, drinks, food and games. 5-8 p.m. Free (entry), $5-$12 (meal tickets). Grand Central Park, 11322 I-45 S., Conroe. 936-447-2820. www.grandcentralparktx.com





June 29
Take in a Cypress Symphonic Band concert
Cypress Symphonic Band presents its annual patriotic concert with a celebration of America’s history and a time to honor each branch of the U.S. military. 7 p.m. $8 (at the door), $6 (online). Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. www.cypresssymphonicband.org





June 29
Enjoy a movie outdoors
The public is invited to come out to the lawn at the Montgomery County Community Center and sing along to the classic musical “Grease.” 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Montgomery Community Center, FM 149 at College Street, Montgomery. 936-597-6434. www.mctx.org





June 30
Listen to classical music
Lone Star Symphonic Band partners with the Katy Community Choir to play patriotic music and honor service members at a performance titled “Our America, Our Home.” 4 p.m. $7 (advance tickets), $11 (day-of-performance tickets). Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, 22111 Morton Ranch Road, Katy. 281-769-5129. www.lssb.org


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By Colleen Ferguson

A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.


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