Once the dew has burned off the grass and the sun has begun it's climb to it's noonday resting place an inexpensive get-away that will save on gas and money, is a fun day-trip to experience urban farming, soul food and an eclectic festival.
Everything I mentioned above is free this weekend and as close to your home as Midtown Houston. Here's the deal!
Who doesn't love the flavorful taste of homegrown food, but most of us lack the green thumb that is required to extract a finished product from Mother Earth. There is an easier way to satisfy that discriminating palate for brightly colored fruit and veggies in all of their shades of ripening.
For a reasonable price you can purchase succulent produce locally grown and fresh picked at this weekends Midtown Farmers Market.
The Midtown Houston Farmers Market happens this Saturday rain or shine over on the big block in Monica Pope's Taffia's parking lot. These are not your everyday supermarket variety produce, take a look at their untouched photos and try not to drool all over your keyboard.
Just a stones throw from the market.
The distinct smell of browning waffles and southern fried chicken are a regular treat in Midtown Houston along-with the latest gossip at "The Breakfast Klub's First Saturdays".
This kid-friendly weekend gathering features moonwalks, face-painting and and other fun things including entertainment geared toward young Houstonians.
If you've never taken your kids to this free event, this weekend will be a great opportunity to let them have fun while you enjoy the hip urban atmosphere that has made 3711 Travis a favorite spot for hungry people seeking good food and good friends. There is also the Kross the Street Market if you want ot get in some Midtown Shopping.
Once the kids are ready to cool off, head a few block south to Herman Park for a few more free things to do this weekend.
The park has a splash pad with water certified safe to drink, shooting up and raining down when you least expect it. There are trails that meander through the Japanese garden and along the man-made lake. The boat concession is not one of the free things but it's still fun trying to maneuver those oversize water toys.
Bring plenty of film for the camera and stop by Fiesta and get a couple of big boxes to ride and glide down "hippie hill". If you hang around till dusk you be treated to the Saturday night finale of the 29th Annual Chicano Festival's live bands and a whole lot more.