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Things to do in Houston this weekend

Chron logo Chron 7/1/2021 Emilia Benton
a person riding on the back of a bicycle © Airbn

July 4th weekend is here, which means you might be in search of a fun activity to ring in the holiday, especially if you missed out on that last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic cancellations. Other activities include a charitable road race and a Latin dance night. 

Ring in July 4th right with a fireworks spectacular

Cost: Free

If a traditional July 4th fireworks show was something you missed last summer, you’re in luck. This free event at CityCentre will feature live music and a 15-minute fireworks display. Guests can also purchase food and snacks from open shops and restaurants in the shopping center and will also receive a swag bag upon arrival that includes two featured cocktails to enjoy while you stroll or sit. 

Check out many of Houston’s Black-owned businesses

Cost: Free to $5 per person

This weekend marks the fourth anniversary of BLCK Market Houston, which takes place on the first Friday and second Saturday of the month at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. The market is the largest gathering of Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in the area. Explore the brands and offerings of more than 50 vendors selling everything from clothes to skincare products, books, accessories, and more.

Run a 5K or 10K for a good cause

Cost: $30

Another outdoor activity that many Houstonians have missed? Races and fun runs. This event will allow participants to support Be an Angel in raising $25,000 to provide wheelchairs, hearing aids, adaptive equipment and supplies including diapers, disposable bed liners, personal hygiene items and supplemental drinks to children with disabilities. The family- and dog-friendly event will also include a post-race party at Karbach Brewery.

Explore the city on two wheels on an Airbnb e-bike tour

Cost: $50

Whether you’re a visitor or a local, this e-bike tour of the city is sure to be enjoyed by all participants. Kicking off at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, this Airbnb experience hosted by user Daniel will take you through downtown and through the bike paths of Buffalo Bayou Park along Allen Parkway. The cost of this experience includes your e-bike, helmet, and water.

Get your groove on at the aquarium

Cost: Free

Turns out the Downtown Aquarium isn’t just for learning about marine life. On Friday nights, the downtown Houston landmark offers free salsa lessons and a life DJ for restaurant patrons’ enjoyment. So strap on your dancing shoes and get ready to take in some Latin beats.

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