2nd Annual Gulf Coast Waterfowl Festival & Expo
Pasadena Convention Center
7902 Fairmont Pkwy
July 30-31, 2011 9:00AM-7:00PM
The Gulf Coast Waterfowl Festival & Expo is the home of the World Waterfowl Calling Championships which take place In Pasadena this weekend. There will be guides, outfitters, calls, dogs, trainers, ATV’s, boats, gear, a kids corner, bling items for her, a Support our Troops benefit dance and a BBQ cook-off! The Ducks Unlimited Sportsman’s Challenge will be during the day on Saturday and then that night there will be a dance benefiting the Bay Area’s Builders Association’s Support our Troops program “Operation Finally Home”. This great organization builds homes and gives them mortgage free to returning disabled veterans. Other attractions include: Speed Retrieve Contest, Duck Hunters Swap Meet, Taxidermy Contest, Wild Goose Chase Fundraiser, Historical Texas Waterfowling Photos, Decoy Carving Demonstrations, Children’s Art Contest, and a Wetlands Touch Tank. Fire up your pits if you’re a cooker and enter the BBQ cook-off Saturday and help raise money for a scholarship fund! Meet Liz the “Gator Queen” from the History Channel’s hit show “Swamp People”. Listen to industry Experts “tell you how” on the seminar stage. Admission is Adults: $8.00, Children: $5.00 (10 & under are free, as are Active military with card.)
Bands & Bikers for Babies of Violent Crimes
211 Peach St
July 30th, 2011 11-11:00PM
Join with the community for a bike fun run, celebrities in the park, horse shoe tournament, auction, Texas wrestling, live music, BBQ with all the fixin’s, cooling areas, bike wash & games and so much more- All for a great cause! There is a huge line-up of entertainment that surely will cover everyone’s tastes for the entire day! (Celebrity Autograph Area is $5.00) They are requesting that all the bike riders fly a RED RIBBON to represent LOVE for the 11 yr. old victim that inspired this awareness event. (To read about her story and for more information, please visit the web-site.) Admission is $5.00 per person, children 12 & under are free!
Mixers & Elixers 2011
Houston Museum of Natural Science
One Hermann Circle Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Every Friday evening through August 26th, 2011 from 7:00-10:00PM
First the Paleozoic, then the Mesozoic, and now the Mixer-Elixiric. Another era is coming to an end at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Come kick it with the smart crowd and raise a glass in fond farewell to the scintillating summer soiree series, Mixers and Elixirs. Seven great years of witty conversation, fly dance moves, and high intellect mingling The perfect party, where the science club meets the social set, happens every Friday night this summer with “Space Rockers” setting the mood for the evening on July 29th. Admission is $10 members, $15 non-members.
New This Year! Houston’s best food trucks will be on site for Mixers & Elixirs each Friday, serving up delicious dinners and delectable desserts. Different food trucks will be there each week. Food is not included in Mixers & Elixirs ticket. Some trucks may accept only cash. HMNS has an ATM located in the Grand Hall. This weeks featured food trucks will be: No Borders Mexican cuisine featuring tacos and enchiladas. Cash only. Frosted Betty Bake Shop Cupcakes baked from scratch. Cash only. It’s A Wrap Truck Wraps featuring a unique fusion of flavors. The Rolling Hunger Fusion quesadillas, gourmet short ribs and more. Cash only..
Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages. For more exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please visit the web-site.
July 30, 2011 6:00PM – JULYDOSCOPE
Mid-summer kaleidoscope of film, music and dance performances, art walk, and roller skating (80’s summer clothing encouraged!) Snag goodies from the Astros Street Team. If you’re hungry, you can buy a wristband to help support the arts and get a box dinner. Screening of XANADU at 8:20PM at Fondren Performance Space. Xanadu, (1980; USA; 93 mins; in Technicolor) Olivia Newton-John hams it up as a roller-skating Greek muse daughter of Zeus summoned to unite a sad-sack graphic designer with a former big band performer ( Gene Kelly), inspiring both to open the nightclub of their dreams: Xanadu! Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra deliver one of the 80s most memorable soundtracks! Also featuring San Francisco punk legends The Tubes.
July 29-31, 2011 – Kayak Boat Rides on Kinder Lake
Experience something that will have you and your friends talking all summer! Enjoy a guided kayak ride on Kinder Lake in the shadow of Houston’s dramatic skyline. It can be very relaxing, peaceful, and serene, while awakening your awareness of nature. Cost is $5 per person (kayak accomodates 2 people and 1 guide).
Bands on the Sand Concert Series
Palm Beach, Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554
Fridays from 6-10:00PM
Continuing the summer series on July 29th, “Radio London”, high-energy musicians performing the classics of rock & roll. Don’t forget to stick around at the end for a fantastic fireworks display. Admission is $10. This event will run each week through mid-August.
Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510
July 30, 2011 7-10:00PM – Saturday Concert with Cypress Creek Band
Enjoy a leisurely Saturday concert at the winery with friends. The featured artist for this event will be “Cypress Creek Band” plays a rich blend of traditional bluegrass, country and gospel music entertaining audiences of all ages. Admission is $5.00. (21 and older), Children are welcome and are free. No outside food or drink allowed on property. No open containers or other alcoholic beverages are allowed. Pets must be on a leash.
July 24, 2011 6-8:30PM – Sunday Concert Series hosts “Junior Gordon Band”
The Sunday concert series hosts the “Junior Gordon Band”. Bring your own wine glass (if you prefer) and a lawn chair or blanket to make sure you have a comfortable seat. Chair seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. They have a wonderful deli in the Tasting Room if you want to create your own picnic basket, but will be serving food from their full service kitchen. (The menu will vary each Sunday.) No outside food or drink allowed. The event is $5 per person 21 years of age and older, children are welcome and are free to attend.
Kemah, TX 77565
July 28, 2011 12-4:00PM Smurfs Takeover Kemah Boardwalk
Come out to Kemah Boardwalk as The Smurfs take over providing lots of free fun SMURFtivities for the whole family to enjoy, including: face painting, coloring and dance contests, Smurf toss and more. KILT-FM will be on-site awarding fun prizes.
August 04, 2011 6:30-10:15PM – Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series
All summer long enjoy a great mix of musical talent on the boardwalk every Thursday evening! July 28th will feature the band “Rat Ranch”, Houston’s Favorite Rock & Roll.
Kid Krazy Mondays Amazing discounts on kids meals, the Boardwalk Beast and All Day Ride Passes through August. (Coupon required, all details online.) Also experience the fantastic rides, games,shopping, live entertainment along with a variety restaurants, charming retail stores, and seaside shows every day at the waterfront. Check out the cool exhibits such as the Stingray Reef, where you can touch and feed live stingrays! Other exhibits include piranhas, snakes, scorpians, tarantulas, turtles and more. Open at 10:30AM daily and admission is always free!
Houston Shakespeare Festival
Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the web-site for matinee performance shows and schedules.
The Houston Shakespeare Festival is a professional product of the University of Houston and will run from July 29th through August 07th. All shows run from 8:30PM until 11PM nightly. These are ticketed events for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30AM-1PM. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.
July 29, 2011 Othello (Closed Captioned Performance)
Iago, one of the theatre’s greatest villains, draws the outsider General Othello, his beautiful wife Desdemona, the young lieutenant Cassio, into a whirlpool of jealousy.
July 30, 2011 Taming of the Shrew
Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy of two headstrong people crashing together returns to the Miller Stage.
July 31, 2011 & August 01 2011 Othello
August 03, 2011 Taming of the Shrew (Audio Described Performance)
August 04, 2011 Othello (Audio Described Performance)
Galveston Beach Band
24th & Sealy
August 02, 2011 7:30-9:00PM
Starting in the 1920’s, the Galveston Beach Band free concerts were an important summer Island attraction, often boasting audiences of 2,000 and featured on the newspaper front page. By the 1960s the Band had declined and was revitalized, thanks to its core of loyal musicians and then new leader, Frank Incaprera. Fast forward to today and the free concerts continue, as much loved as ever. Now a proudly family venue, concerts are an diverse mix of much loved show tunes, big band numbers and jazz. Housed in Sealy Pavilion, concerts are a mixture of family, fun and summer relaxation.
The 31st Annual Great Texas Mosquito Festival
Clute Municipal Park
100 Park View Dr
Clute, Texas 77531
July 28-30, 2011
The festival has lots to offer with a carnival, games, contests, races, tours and live entertainment nightly on stage. For the athletically inclined, there is a Mosquito Chase 5K Run and 600 meter Kids run on Saturday. Also on Saturday there are tournaments featuring double horseshoe pitching and double washer pitching. If you can cook then you must enter the BBQ Cookoff and Grill Master Competition. For the more mature (60+) there is BINGO and for the little ones, they have the haystack dives, Skeeter Beaters Baby Crawling, O You Beautiful Doll Contest, Petting Zoo, Pony rides, Kid’s Fishing, Monster Water Balls, Carnival, and much more. There are food vendors and arts & craft vendors that will satisfy a variety of tastes. Then for some extra fun enter the Mosquito Calling or Mosquito Legs Contest. Festival hours are Thursday & Friday 5:00PM to Midnight, and Saturday 9:00AM-1:00AM. Admission prices vary by age and entrance times (from FREE, up to $10.00. Carnival armbands extra.) Visit the web-site to learn how to enter Free!!