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Are you looking to plan a vacation but need to do so on a budget? Well living in the Houston area makes it a lot easier. Try planning a Houston Staycation this time. These are little mini vacations that just involve short little drives for day trips or even over night stays. There is actually a ton of things to do and living in the greater Houston area you sometimes become blind to what all is there. It's increasingly becoming more and more expensive to have a vacation because of the increased cost in travel. A staycation makes it a lot more affordable and you can still have just as much fun. Follow along and we will help you plan your next Houston Staycation, while pointing out even more ways to save money as well! Get tips on discounts, packages, when to go, coupons, and more for your staycation in Houston.

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Texas Crawfish and Music Festival 2015

2015 January 28

The Texas Crawfish and Music Festival has been around since 1986. People from all over come to Old Town Spring for great crawfish and fantastic live musical entertainment. This year’s event dates are Friday April 24th, Saturday April 25th, Sunday April 26th Friday May 1st, Saturday May 2nd, and Sunday May 3rd. Gates open at 6 pm on Fridays and at 12 noon on Saturdays and Sundays. On Fridays and Saturdays the festival stays open til midnight and closes at 6 pm on Sundays. Admission is $10 per person and there is also a $10 fee per vehicle for parking at the festival. Kids 12 years and under get free admission. Just be sure to check the calendar of events beforehand to make sure that you do not miss out on any of the live events at the Texas Crawfish and Music Festival.

Get 40% Off Tickets to the 2015 Texas Crawfish and Music Festival

Tickets can be purchased both online and at the festival gate. They are the same price but if you purchase online you may be able to save a little extra money with coupons. Check with some of the vendors as they sometimes will have coupon codes for you to use on your ticket purchase online. You can also follow them on Facebook for the latest promotions. Attend the festival on Fridays for Zydeco Fridays and get admission for just $2 and $2 draft beers.

Want to make a weekend out of it? There are several hotels in the area which offer great rates and accommodations while you enjoy the Texas Crawfish and Music Festival. Check out the Comfort Suites in Spring, Texas. Rates for the weekends are currently $149 but if you go ahead and pre-pay for your room then you can save as much as $30 off the cost of each night’s stay at the Comfort Suites hotel.


Broadway's Best on Stage, From "South Pacific" to "Wicked": "Broadway for All"

at The Music Box Theater, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 03
Sat, April 04
FULL PRICE: $27.00
OFFER PRICE: $13.50

Usually you have to wait for the Tony Awards in June for a moving and musical tribute to Broadway's best. But now a glittering valentine to live musical theater has arrived early: "Broadway for All", ... [more+]

Usually you have to wait for the Tony Awards in June for a moving and musical tribute to Broadway's best. But now a glittering valentine to live musical theater has arrived early: "Broadway for All", a hilarious cabaret that spans decades of theatrical history from "South Pacific" to "Into the Woods" to "Wicked". For the third year in a row, the talented singers and musicians of Music Box Theater bring the bright lights and brilliant sounds of 42nd and Broadway to Colquitt and Kirby. Peppered with the company's own zany brand of humor -- and more than a few winks and nudges -- "Broadway for All" abundantly delivers on its title promise: an all-new, all-singing, all-wonderful production for all ages. [less-]

ComedySportz: Fast and Funny Improv Comedy Competition

at Holiday Inn Houston West-Energy Corridor, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 03
Sat, April 04
Fri, April 10
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Fri, April 03
Sat, April 04
Fri, April 10
Sat, April 11
Fri, April 17
Sat, April 18
Fri, April 24
Sat, April 25
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FULL PRICE: $18.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $9.00

If you like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" then you'll love ComedySportz Houston, a fun, fast-paced comedy show that's great for the whole family. See two teams battle for laughs and points as they make u... [more+]

If you like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" then you'll love ComedySportz Houston, a fun, fast-paced comedy show that's great for the whole family. See two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot with audience participation and suggestions incorporated into the act. With the help of a referee, the audience will generate suggestions for improv games and determine the winner. Fast, fun and interactive, no two shows are alike. [less-]

Southern Rap Stars 8Ball & MJG With Houston Legend Lil Keke

at Arena Theatre, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, April 04
FULL PRICE: $32.00
OFFER PRICE: $16.00

No conversation about Southern hip-hop is complete without mention of two of the South's best rappers: 8Ball & MJG. In fact, the hip-hop bible, "XXL" magazine, ranked them as one of the 10 greatest ra... [more+]

No conversation about Southern hip-hop is complete without mention of two of the South's best rappers: 8Ball & MJG. In fact, the hip-hop bible, "XXL" magazine, ranked them as one of the 10 greatest rap duos of all time. Although highly respected in the hip-hop scene since their debut in 1991, 8Ball & MJG struck mainstream gold being featured on the Three 6 Mafia (another Memphis group) hit, "Stay Fly." For this Southern hip-hop bash at Arena Theatre, 8Ball & MJG share the mic with another legend, this time a local one: Lil Keke, best known for doing mixtapes with the world-famous DJ Screw. [less-]

Rice University Baseball: National Power Hits the Diamond

at Reckling Park, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sun, April 05
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: $6.00

One of the best teams in college baseball, the Rice Owls return to the field for another season in a familiar position as one of the top 20 squads in the country. The Conference USA favorites look to ... [more+]

One of the best teams in college baseball, the Rice Owls return to the field for another season in a familiar position as one of the top 20 squads in the country. The Conference USA favorites look to return to the NCAA tournament thanks to a loaded lineup featuring preseason Pitcher of the Year Blake Fox and Player of the Year John Clay Reeves. The Owls are coming off a 42-20 record in 2014 and expectations are high for an even better campaign in 2015. Catch the action at Reckling Park as Rice battles some high-powered opponents on the diamond. [less-]

Asia Society Texas Center: Explore the People, Cultures and Traditions of Asia

at Asia Society Texas Center, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Thu, April 09
Fri, April 10
Thu, May 14
FULL PRICE: $10.00 - $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00 - $12.50

Featuring everything from the performing arts to architecture, language-learning crash courses to sake-tasting sessions, Asia Society Texas Center forges closer ties between Houston and the peoples an... [more+]

Featuring everything from the performing arts to architecture, language-learning crash courses to sake-tasting sessions, Asia Society Texas Center forges closer ties between Houston and the peoples and institutions of Asia. Since it opened in 1979, the center has enriched and engaged Houstonians through innovative programs in arts and culture, business education and community outreach. Asia Society Texas Center's eclectic programming includes a forum on Asian wildlife conservation and extinction, as well as a performance of "Wayang Kulit", a traditional form of Malaysian shadow puppet theater. You can explore the latest in Asian cinema through the "Screen Asia" film series and even learn more about the ancient mind-body practice of meditation. [less-]

Apollo Chamber Players and MET Dance Combine Music & Movement

at Wortham Theater Center - Cullen Theater, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 10
FULL PRICE: $15.00 - $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50 - $10.00

Two of Houston's foremost arts institutions -- Apollo Chamber Players and contemporary troupe MET Dance -- join forces for a celebration of music and dance. Their Wortham Center collaboration will com... [more+]

Two of Houston's foremost arts institutions -- Apollo Chamber Players and contemporary troupe MET Dance -- join forces for a celebration of music and dance. Their Wortham Center collaboration will combine light, sound and movement for a unique and stimulating one-night-only performance. The joint ensembles will present a premiere by New York-based choreographer Jessica Hendricks and a re-staging of "The Vessel" by resident choreographer Kiki Lucas and composer Ben Doyle. The creation of sound, shapes, movement, rhythms, vibrations and melodies take center stage in this collaborative evening. [less-]

"Things My Mother Taught Me": A Funny Look at Love & Family

at The Company OnStage Theater , Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 10
Sat, April 11
Fri, April 17
+ 7 more dates
Fri, April 10
Sat, April 11
Fri, April 17
Sat, April 18
Fri, April 24
Sat, April 25
Sun, April 26
Fri, May 01
Sat, May 02
Sun, May 03
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FULL PRICE: $18.00
OFFER PRICE: $9.00

Olivia and Gabe are all set to start their new life together. Moving into their first shared apartment, they've packed up all their belongings and driven halfway across the country to Chicago. But wha... [more+]

Olivia and Gabe are all set to start their new life together. Moving into their first shared apartment, they've packed up all their belongings and driven halfway across the country to Chicago. But what was meant to be a simple two-person job of moving into their two-bedroom home quickly becomes much more than they bargained for when their parents unexpectedly show up. This Company Onstage production of "Things My Mother Taught Me" offers a look at relationships that's filled with touching sentiment and laugh-out-loud wit -- reminding us that sometimes the lessons we're least interested in learning can have the most lasting impact on our lives. [less-]

Styx Founder Dennis DeYoung Sings the Group's Classic Hits ("Lady," "Mr. Roboto")

at Arena Theatre, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 10
FULL PRICE: $37.50
OFFER PRICE: $13.12 - $18.50

Founding member of Styx Dennis DeYoung, responsible for singing and writing seven of the band's eight Top 10 hits, now plays the music of the supergroup live with his own six-piece band. The band's mu... [more+]

Founding member of Styx Dennis DeYoung, responsible for singing and writing seven of the band's eight Top 10 hits, now plays the music of the supergroup live with his own six-piece band. The band's music spanned the '70s, '80s and '90s, and included such hits as "Lady," "Come Sail Away," "Babe," "Too Much Time on My Hands," "Mr. Roboto," "Grand Illusion," "Renegade," "Rockin' the Paradise" and more. DeYoung's performance recreates decades of rock history, showcasing one of the world's most distinctive tenor voices. [less-]

"The Jasper 24-Hour Festival of Comedy": Hilarious Evening of (Very) Fresh Comedy

at Lambert Hall, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, April 11
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00

Just like Krispy Kreme donuts, comedy, while always good, is absolutely amazing when served fresh out of the oven. Thus, the "Jasper 24-Hour Festival of Comedy" will serve up comedic shorts "piping ho... [more+]

Just like Krispy Kreme donuts, comedy, while always good, is absolutely amazing when served fresh out of the oven. Thus, the "Jasper 24-Hour Festival of Comedy" will serve up comedic shorts "piping hot" -- literally 24 hours after they were first written. With only a day to whip up their creations, the playwrights, actors and directors of the "Festival" are free to experiment wildly and hold nothing back. During the show, audience members will not only enjoy the fruits of their efforts, but also pick favorites at the conclusion of this evening of side-splitting fun. Be prepared for fresh jokes -- and refreshing entertainment -- during this comedic showcase at Lambert Hall. [less-]

Delicious Family Comedy "Over the River and Through the Woods"

at Theatre Southwest, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, April 11
Fri, April 17
Sat, April 18
+ 3 more dates
Sat, April 11
Fri, April 17
Sat, April 18
Fri, April 24
Sat, April 25
Fri, May 01
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FULL PRICE: $17.00
OFFER PRICE: $8.50

From the madcap mind that brought the world "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" comes another wise and witty show about the unraveling of some very tight family bonds. New Jersey-based Nick has j... [more+]

From the madcap mind that brought the world "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" comes another wise and witty show about the unraveling of some very tight family bonds. New Jersey-based Nick has just been offered his dream job in Seattle, but there are four problems standing in his way: his two sets of Italian-American grandparents. Extremely devoted to him (which is putting it lightly), they conspire to keep him close at hand through a combination of guilt, good food and a pretty nurse named Caitlin. Laugh along as Theatre Southwest stages Tony-winner Joe DiPietro's deliciously conceived and heartwarming comedy, "Over the River and Through the Woods". [less-]

"Alice in Wonderland": All-Ages Adventure

at The Company OnStage Theater , Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, April 11
Sat, April 11
Sun, April 12
+ 7 more dates
Sat, April 11
Sat, April 11
Sun, April 12
Sat, April 18
Sat, April 18
Sun, April 19
Sat, April 25
Sat, April 25
Sat, May 02
Sat, May 02
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FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00

In this adaptation of Lewis Carroll's always enchanting "Alice in Wonderland", Alice and her sister are relaxing in a meadow when a certain white rabbit interrupts them, looking for his missing gloves... [more+]

In this adaptation of Lewis Carroll's always enchanting "Alice in Wonderland", Alice and her sister are relaxing in a meadow when a certain white rabbit interrupts them, looking for his missing gloves. The adventurous Alice hops to and follows the creature down a hole to a magical place, where she meets a few famous characters, searches for some missing tarts and tries to avoid bumping into the altogether intimidating Queen of Hearts. The Company OnStage Theater in Houston stages this production, designed for all ages to enjoy. [less-]

"Houston Improv Festival": Celebrating Four Years of Funny

at Midtown Art Center, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Thu, April 16
Fri, April 17
Fri, April 17
+ 2 more dates
Thu, April 16
Fri, April 17
Fri, April 17
Sat, April 18
Sat, April 18
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $7.50

Weird sounds escaping from the dark. An inebriated gentleman revealing a "not always perfectly accurate" past. A completely improvised documentary using eyewitness interviews and hidden camera footage... [more+]

Weird sounds escaping from the dark. An inebriated gentleman revealing a "not always perfectly accurate" past. A completely improvised documentary using eyewitness interviews and hidden camera footage. These are just a few of the acts scheduled to perform for the fourth annual "Houston Improv Festival". Midtown Art Center will be buzzing with 10 of Houston's most talented improv troupes along with troupes from the improv hot spots of Austin and Chicago. Expect long-form and short-form improv in a variety of formats -- inspired by music, sonnets and beat poetry. New to the "Houston Improv Festival" lineup this year is a show that's OK for the kiddos. [less-]

Jaw-Dropping Dance Troupe: Compagnie Käfig

at Wortham Theater Center - Cullen Theater, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 17
FULL PRICE: $28.00 - $48.00
OFFER PRICE: $14.00 - $24.00

Many dance companies claim to "break the rules," but only Compagnie Käfig seems to defy the laws of physics. This all-male, Franco-Brazilian company is so fleet of foot, so acrobatic, so fantasticall... [more+]

Many dance companies claim to "break the rules," but only Compagnie Käfig seems to defy the laws of physics. This all-male, Franco-Brazilian company is so fleet of foot, so acrobatic, so fantastically agile, their choreography looks like CGI. Elegantly combining dare-devilish circus skills, street dance, martial arts, hip-hop and astonishing digital projections, Compagnie Käfig creates pieces that are, in the words of "The Boston Globe", "simply jaw-dropping." Let yourself be amazed by the Compagnie's incredible pace, complex rhythm and truly remarkable athleticism when its latest show, "Correria Agwa", comes to the Wortham Theater Center. [less-]

International Gem & Jewelry Show at the NRG Center

at NRG Center, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 17
Sat, April 18
Sun, April 19
+ 3 more dates
Fri, April 17
Sat, April 18
Sun, April 19
Fri, June 19
Sat, June 20
Sun, June 21
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FULL PRICE: $8.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP

This is the most dazzling display of gems, jewelry, beads, accessories and minerals you'll ever see under one roof. Since the 1960s, the acclaimed International Gem and Jewelry Show has been bringing ... [more+]

This is the most dazzling display of gems, jewelry, beads, accessories and minerals you'll ever see under one roof. Since the 1960s, the acclaimed International Gem and Jewelry Show has been bringing a fantastic selection of jewelry at the lowest prices to locations across the country, and now the show is back in town. You can expect to find colored gemstones, exquisite fine jewelry, gold and silver earrings, necklaces and bracelets, beads and crystals, ethnic jewelry, classic pearls, vintage estate jewelry, engagement rings and wedding bands, designer watches and one-of-a-kind seasonal pieces. With a varied selection and special show pricing direct from worldwide designers and manufacturers, this show is perfect for gem enthusiasts, jewelry lovers and anyone looking for unique new accessories at great prices. [less-]

"Starry, Starry Night", Featuring the Bayou City Women's Chorus

at Heinen Theatre, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, April 18
FULL PRICE: $20.00 - $30.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00 - $15.00

The Bayou City Women's Chorus, Houston's face of inclusive diversity, presents a concert of songs celebrating our galaxy's celestial bodies. As the stars make their appearance outside in the evening s... [more+]

The Bayou City Women's Chorus, Houston's face of inclusive diversity, presents a concert of songs celebrating our galaxy's celestial bodies. As the stars make their appearance outside in the evening sky, settle in at Heinen Theatre and listen to the four-part chorus serenade them with pieces ranging from elegant classical to fun contemporary, with a hint or two of humorous parody thrown in for good measure. You're certain to look overhead with new appreciation as you head home afterward. [less-]

Speakers, Shopping, Beauty, Food & More at "Houston Ultimate Women's Expo"

at NRG Center, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, April 18
Sun, April 19
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP

Grab your girls and go where you can relax, rejuvenate and be inspired while also shopping and indulging in fashion, food, cosmetics and travel. This year's "Houston Ultimate Women's Expo" features mo... [more+]

Grab your girls and go where you can relax, rejuvenate and be inspired while also shopping and indulging in fashion, food, cosmetics and travel. This year's "Houston Ultimate Women's Expo" features motivating keynote speakers, seminars with useful resources and information, emerging designers, beauty discoveries, free samples, giveaways -- all spread out over 160,000 square feet. After your retail therapy, pamper yourself with spa treatments, massages and manicures. You'll wander from the Cooking Theatre to the Rejuvenation Tea Garden to the Martini and Nail Bar to The Hair Makeover Stage -- and who knows where else you'll end up. [less-]

Baseball Fun: Sugar Land Skeeters Take on Their Atlantic League Rivals

at Constellation Field, Sugar Land
OFFER DATES:
Thu, April 23
Sun, April 26
Mon, April 27
+ 25 more dates
Thu, April 23
Sun, April 26
Mon, April 27
Tue, April 28
Wed, April 29
Thu, April 30
Tue, May 05
Wed, May 06
Thu, May 07
Fri, May 15
Sat, May 16
Sun, May 17
Mon, May 18
Wed, May 27
Thu, May 28
Fri, May 29
Sat, May 30
Sun, May 31
Mon, June 01
Tue, June 02
Sun, June 07
Mon, June 08
Tue, June 09
Wed, June 10
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FULL PRICE: $8.00 - $12.99
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.50

Watch an incredible mix of Major League prospects and veterans play Atlantic League professional baseball right in your backyard as the Sugar Land Skeeters face off against their toughest foes from So... [more+]

Watch an incredible mix of Major League prospects and veterans play Atlantic League professional baseball right in your backyard as the Sugar Land Skeeters face off against their toughest foes from Southern Maryland, Somerset, Camden, Lancaster and Bridgeport. Constellation Field, the Skeeters' home turf, is more than just a ballpark -- it's filled with fun activities for the whole family including an interactive inflatable zone, splash pad, playground and carousel. And along with the exciting games, there're plenty of promotions to keep things festive, with $2 Margarita Mondays, $2 beer and soda Thirsty Thursdays, Friday night fireworks and a Sunday Funday pregame team autograph session, game of catch on Constellation Field and even a chance for the little ones to run the bases after the game. [less-]

"Made In Mexico": Telenovela Actors Star in American Tour of Popular Mexican Play

at Arena Theatre, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 24
FULL PRICE: $67.50
OFFER PRICE: $33.75

Since its debut two years ago, the heartfelt "Made In Mexico: Otra Historia de Amor" has been performed to more than 600 sold-out crowds in its namesake country, earning awards and sparking conversati... [more+]

Since its debut two years ago, the heartfelt "Made In Mexico: Otra Historia de Amor" has been performed to more than 600 sold-out crowds in its namesake country, earning awards and sparking conversation with its light-hearted approach to difficult topics like nostalgia, rootlessness and identity. "Made In Mexico" tells the story of two Mexican couples, one that decided to go to the U.S. in pursuit of the American Dream and another that stayed in Mexico to fight for a better life in their beautiful homeland against all odds. With a cast that features "telenovela" superstars like Juan Ferrara and Socorro Bonilla, this Spanish-language sensation arrives in America with a performance at the Arena Theatre in Houston. [less-]

Urban Race Through Houston: Solve Puzzles, Complete Challenges & Win Cash

at Houston Neighborhoods, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, April 25
FULL PRICE: $40.00
OFFER PRICE: $20.00

Grab a couple teammates and put on your thinking caps and running shoes for the "CitySolve Urban Race". This scavenger hunt on steroids will give you the chance to explore Houston neighborhoods while ... [more+]

Grab a couple teammates and put on your thinking caps and running shoes for the "CitySolve Urban Race". This scavenger hunt on steroids will give you the chance to explore Houston neighborhoods while completing fun challenges, solving puzzles and competing for cash prizes. You might have to answer a pop culture trivia question, solve a crossword puzzle, or play a restaurant memory game -- so be prepared for anything. You'll see midtown, downtown and EaDo, and discover some places off the beaten path as your team races to be the first to complete the challenges. Plus, there'll be prizes for best costume and best tweet, and everyone will receive a free T-shirt. [less-]

Johnny Gill and Dru Hill: R&B at Its Best for Ladies Choice Concert Series

at Arena Theatre, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 08
FULL PRICE: $52.00
OFFER PRICE: $26.00

There aren't many of them left these days -- those old-school R&B singers who could woo a woman with just one word. Luckily, R&B favorites Johnny Gill and the members of Dru Hill are still making hear... [more+]

There aren't many of them left these days -- those old-school R&B singers who could woo a woman with just one word. Luckily, R&B favorites Johnny Gill and the members of Dru Hill are still making hearts flutter. From his days in New Edition to his solo success and more recent collaboration with Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat (LSG), Gill's ballads always "Rub You the Right Way." And Dru Hill's jams are insanely catchy: "We're Not Making Love No More," "In My Bed" and Sisqó's international sensation, "Thong Song." They'll be ladies screaming, roses exchanging hands and kisses blowing in the wind when these R&B giants strut into Houston on Gill's "Game Changer Tour", as part of Arena Theatre's Ladies Choice Concert Series. [less-]