Category Archives: Festivals

Represent Houston Festivals: Winter On The Waterway Fest, HEB Thanksgiving Parade & More

 

62nd Annual H-E-B Holiday Parade
Downtown Houston
Houston, TX
http://www.hebparade.com/
November 24, 2011 9:00AM

The Houston’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s. The Parade is free to the public anywhere along the parade route outside of the TV Zone. A limited number of reserved bleacher seats in the TV Zone are available for purchase. Proceeds from reserved seating ticket sales benefit the Houston Festival Foundation, Inc. education programs reaching more than 1,450 public schools each year and the Houston Chronicle Readers are Leaders literacy program. Please visit the website for parade routes.

Uptown Holiday Lighting
Post Oak Blvd (West of the Galleria mall between San Felipe and Westheimer)
Houston, TX
713-621-2504
http://www.uptown-houston.com/news/page/holiday-lighting
November 24, 2011 Opens at 4PM with lighting ceremony at 7:00PM

On Thanksgiving evening, thousands of Houstonians and out-of-town guests will gather along Post Oak Boulevard for the Uptown Holiday Lighting. This fun-filled family event will ring-in the holidays with more than a half-million twinkling lights; festive music; holiday characters including clowns, larger than life Santa’s reindeer and 12-foot tall snowmen; a special appearance from Santa and a fireworks extravaganza. But it does not end there. The holiday ambiance created by 80 brilliantly-lit holiday trees standing guard over Post Oak Boulevard as well as numerous decorations and lighting throughout the area will continue into the holiday season. Holiday Music and Concessions – Families can arrive early to enjoy the sounds of their favorite holiday tunes. They also can savor the flavors of the holidays as funnel cakes, cotton candy, kettle corn and holiday beverages are just a few of the scrumptious treats that will be sold at area concession stands. Parking is FREE at the following locations: Centre @ Post Oak, Dillard’s Garage, Four Oaks Place, The Galleria, Post Oak Central, Post Oak Plaza and the Williams Tower.

Nutcracker Ballet Vignette
Kemah Boardwalk
215 Kipp Ave
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com
November 26, 2011

A holiday tradition performed by the Bay Area Houston Ballet Theatre. (Two 30 minute shows). Visit the Boardwalk and enjoy a fantastic collection of rides, games, shopping, live entertainment and a variety of well-known restaurants all in a magnificent waterfront atmosphere. Don’t forget to check out the Boardwalk Beast Boat ride or the new exhibits such as the Stingray Reef, where you can touch and feed live stingrays! Other exhibits include piranhas, snakes, scorpians, tarantulas, turtles and more. Admission is free. Check the website for pricing information on rides and activity schedules.

10th Annual Holiday Market with Santa Claus
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
281-890-5500
http://www.tradersvillage.com
November 26, 2011 through December 18, 2011

Santa arrives at Traders Village on November 27th to meet and greet. Kids of all ages can have their photo taken with Santa. Get into the spirit of Christmas with thousands of dealers who are selling holiday gifts and more for all tastes and budgets. Admission is free to the public and parking is just $3.

The Annual Texas Renaissance Festival
On FM 1774, (between Magnolia and Plantersville)
Plantersville, TX
800-458-3435
http://www.texrenfest.com/
Through November 27, 2011 9:00AM to Dusk

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the Nation’s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance theme park and this is its final weekend. The enchanted 55-acre village comes to life as all of Europe comes to pay homage to the King and Queen. Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 daily performances. Magicians, jugglers, minstrels, troubadours and comedians perform on six stages. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting over 340 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts of offering delicious foods and beverages. All ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Revel in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and beauty of this authentically recreated 16th Century British village with lush landscaped grounds and vines. A perfect day ends as behold the burst of Royal Fireworks held above the Festival’s lake. Ticket prices vary, please visit the website for more information.

International Winter On The Waterway Festival
Town Green Park along The Woodlands Waterway
Lake Robbins Drive (West of Six Pines)
Woodlands, TX 77380
281-363-2447
http://www.thewoodlandscvb.com/holidayinthewoodlands/
Through January 16, 2011

iWOW adds an international flavor to The Woodlands holiday celebrations and attendees can learn about countries from all over the world and their unique holiday traditions. From foods, arts & crafts, to music and entertainment. At Winter Wonderland, (A two-acre area of lighted storybook displays that surround the Ice Rink), you can enjoy a walk along the fantasyland of magical, lighted toy soldiers, elves, doves, musical angels and snowmen. The Ice Rink will be open through January 16, 2012. For more information, please visit the website.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
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 website.

November 24, 2011 6:30PM – IKEA Houston Silver Screen at Discovery Green: “Are We There Yet?” Rated PG 
Whether you’re ice skating or bundled up on the lawn, get into the holiday spirit! Enjoy some of your favorite holiday movies outdoors on the big screen. In “Are We There Yet?” (PG 2005), 95 min.Nick, a smooth operator, is trying to land a date with a young, attractive divorcee, Suzanne. Problem is Suzanne is stuck working in Vancouver and miserable because she misses her kids. Seizing the opportunity, Nick gallantly offers to make her wish come true–and his own in the process–by bringing seven-year-old Kevin and eleven-year old Lindsey up from Portland, Oregon to be reunited with their mom. What Nick doesn’t know is that Suzanne’s children think that no man is good enough for their mom and will do everything they can to make the trip a nightmare for him. View for free, skating fees apply.

Through January 22, 2012 – The Ice at Discovery Green
Ice skating returns to Downtown Houston this holiday season and will be better than ever! Lace up your skates and get ready for a memorable winter experience with the skyline as your backdrop! Activities are scheduled each week for daily events such as Jazz on Ice, Skating Stars on Ice, and Skating with Santa, just to name a few. Skating time limited to 1-1/2 hours on school holidays and weekend. Clean, comfortable rental skates will be offered, in sizes from tiny youth-9 up to adult-14. Double-runner lace-up skates will be available for the youngest skaters, even those as young as 3-years old: If you can walk, you can skate! A separate ice-play area for toddlers will be located next to the main rink. Ticket prices: $10 plus tax and includes skate rental. Holiday refreshments and cold weather attire will be sold on site. For more information, please visit http://www.theiceatdiscoverygreen.com/

December 01, 2011 6:30PM – IKEA Houston Silver Screen at Discovery Green: “White Christmas” Rated PG 
Whether you’re ice skating or bundled up on the lawn, get into the holiday spirit! Enjoy some of your favorite holiday movies outdoors on the big screen. In “White Christmas” (PG 1954), join Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye in this special holiday favorite where a successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. View for free, skating fees apply.

31st Annual Home for the Holidays
Old Town Spring (Spring Cypress Rd)
Spring, TX
281-353-9310
http://www.oldtownspring.com/home_for_holidays.htm
Through December 24, 2011

Old Town Spring will be draped with thousands of twinkling white lights and colorful decorations. The street lamps will be decorated from top to bottom to give you that old town Holiday feeling. Spend the day shopping, listening to strolling musicians and barbershop quartets, taking pictures with Mr & Mrs Santa, touring the museum, taking a train ride, watching the bands on stage and last but not least, enjoy complimentary horse & carriage rides. Look for special sales and mini attractions each weekend. They will be sponsoring a Toy Drive for the Be An Angel Fund, and Supporting our U.S. Troops through the Marine Moms, and Wreaths Across America. Check the website for details. Admission is always free!

World AIDS Day Houston Candlelight Observance
Tranquility Park
400 Rusk St.
Houston TX, 77002
281-363-2447
http://www.worldaidsdayhouston.org/
December 1, 2011 5:00-7:00PM

Since it’s inception in 1988, World AIDS Day has been observed each year on December 1. The day was established as a way to raise hope, solidarity and understanding about HIV/AIDS in every country around the world. Here in Houston, the day will be observed with a special candlelight ceremony downtown with city leaders, local AIDS activists and performances. KHOU Reporter Alex Sanz will preside over the event as master of ceremonies. There will be performances from the Bayou City Women’s Chorus, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston and Urban Souls Dance Company. There are many more activities around Houston surrounding this event. For more information, please visit the website.

On Galveston Island 
Locations listed below
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
For many more exciting events on Galveston Island, please visit the website.

November 25, 2011 6-8:00PM – Hotel Galvez Annual Holiday Lighting Celebration
The Holiday Lighting Celebration will kick off with the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree on the front lawn of the Hotel Galvez at 2024 Seawall Blvd. The event will feature a special visit from Santa Claus, gifts and holiday entertainment provided by the Galveston Ballet, Houston Children’s Choir, bagpipers and more. Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski and Dickens on The Strand’s Queen Victoria are also scheduled to make an appearance. Inside the hotel, Executive Chef Antonio Rodriguez and his staff invite guests to see the hotel’s holiday gingerbread display. As the holiday season continues, Santa Claus will make special appearances at Hotel Galvez’s Sunday Brunch with Santa on Dec. 4, 11 and 18, where guests are invited to dine and take pictures with Santa. During the month of December, the hotel’s live entertainment will take on a holiday theme every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 11AM to 2PM. Admission is free.

Through January 01, 2012 – Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens (One Hope Blvd) will commemorate the festival’s tenth anniversary with more than 100 sound-enhanced, animated light scenes along the trail as well as live entertainment, holiday films and the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink. Guests can also take pictures with Santa and choose from a selection of holiday films in the MG 3D Theater. In the spirit of tradition, “Polar Express 4D” will return to the 4D Special FX Theater for families to enjoy special effects like snow flurries and the delightful smell of hot chocolate. On Food Drive Fridays, visitors will receive two admissions for the price of one when they bring a non-perishable food item, which will benefit the Galveston Food Bank. Every Saturday, guests will experience a winter wonderland with snow – a true phenomenon for Gulf Coast natives! Admission to the Festival of Lights is $5.95. With the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket, ice skate rentals and tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, holiday MG 3D film, holiday Ridefilm, Discovery Museum and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat can be purchased for only $6 each. The Festival of Lights will be open to visitors from 6-10PM Thursdays through Saturdays between Nov. 24 and Dec. 17 and daily from Dec. 18 through Jan. 1. For more information, please call 800-582-4673.

Ice Rink Locations
Visit the websites listed for more information

Galleria Mall – http://www.galleriahouston.com 713-966-3500
Discovery Green – http://www.discoverygreen.com 713-400-7336
Woodlands Town Center – http://www.thewoodlandscvb.com/woodlandsicerink/ 281-419 -5630
Moody Gardens – http://www.moodygardens.org/ 800-582-4673

Represent Houston Festivals: Championship Chili Cook Off, Via Colori, Lighting of the Doves & More

Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival
1100 Bagby
Houston, TX
713-523-3633
http://www.houstonviacolori.com/
November 19-20, 2011 Sat 10:00AM-6:00PM/ Sun 10AM-5PM
Volunteer opportunities are available!

The Center for Hearing and Speech presents an exclusive event within The Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival. The Via Colori Street Scene will allow attendees to sample beer and wine, hear live music, enjoy light bites provided by Carrabba’s and other vendors, and join in a festival-wide scavenger hunt to win great prizes. This unconventional art experience will give an up close and personal view of the eye-popping chalk art murals created by over 200 talented artists! Don’t miss this amazing art and music explosion at Houston Via Colori, our City’s most unique and grassroots art festival! Imagine colossal works of art, completely created in pastels, all directly on the streets of downtown. This FREE, two-day street painting festival in Sam Houston Park, and the surrounding streets of Allen Parkway and Bagby, provides entertainment for spectators of every age. Don’t miss the live music on 2 stages, festival foods, bunches of children’s activities, numerous radio stations, bungee jumping and so much more. No pets allowed. All proceeds from Houston Via Colori benefit CHS mission to teach deaf or hard of hearing children to listen, speak and read.

2011 Houston Championship Chili Cook Off
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
281-890-5500
http://www.tradersvillage.com
November 19, 2011 10:00AM-Sundown

Presented by the Houston General Go Texan Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Champion chili cook teams from across southeast Texas will compete for the title, Houston’s Best Chili Cook. Tons of award winning cook teams from throughout Houston will be cooking up some of the best chili and beans in Southeast Texas. There will be a live auction and taster’s cups available for a donation to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Tasters Cups will be sold to the public for tasting chili. The cups will be approximately 6 oz. and will be sold in groups of 6 for $5. A ticket will be provided with each purchase as a vote for the Peoples Choice awards. Awards will be given in Open Chili, Open Beans, People’s Choice and Showmanship categories. Admission is free to the public and parking is just $3.

The Annual Texas Renaissance Festival
On FM 1774, (between Magnolia and Plantersville)
Plantersville, TX
800-458-3435
http://www.texrenfest.com/
Through November 27, 2011 9:00AM to Dusk

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the Nation’s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance theme park. Open to the public every Saturday, Sunday, and Thanksgiving Friday, October 8th through November 27th, and to students for School Days. The enchanted 55 acre village comes to life as all of Europe comes to pay homage to the King and Queen with Eight Themed Weekends. Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 daily performances. Magicians, jugglers, minstrels, troubadours and comedians perform on six stages. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting over 340 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts of offering delicious foods and beverages. All ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Revel in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and beauty of this authentically recreated 16th Century British village with lush landscaped grounds and vines. A perfect day ends as behold the burst of Royal Fireworks held above the Festival’s lake. Ticket prices vary, please visit the website for more information.

29th Annual Lighting of the Doves
International Winter On The Waterway Festival
Town Green Park along The Woodlands Waterway
Lake Robbins Drive (West of Six Pines)
Woodlands, TX 77380
281-363-2447
http://www.thewoodlandscvb.com/holidayinthewoodlands/
November 19, 2011 3-9:00PM

The 29th Annual Lighting of the Doves is in conjunction with the annual International Winter On The Waterway Festival. Enjoy live music and entertainment on 3 stages, ice carvers, snow play area, fireworks, kid’s activities and much more. Don’t miss the magic when Santa arrives at 7:00PM. iWOW adds an international flavor to The Woodlands holiday celebrations and attendees can learn about countries from all over the world and their unique holiday traditions. From foods, arts & crafts, to music and entertainment. At Winter Wonderland, (A two-acre area of lighted storybook displays that surround the Ice Rink), you can enjoy a walk along the fantasyland of magical, lighted toy soldiers, elves, doves, musical angels and snowmen. The Ice Rink opens on the 19th as well and will be open through January 16, 2012. For more information, please visit the website.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
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 website.

November 19, 2011 10:00AM-2:00PM – Recycling Saturdays: Electronic Recycling
Preserving the environment is everyone’s responsibility. Bring your glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to a recycling station at the Andrea and Bill White Promenade on Saturdays through November. Recycle electronics in November. A $10 HAZMAT fee will be assessed on each TV/CRT/LCD monitor. Also accepted are used cell phones, used/scrap computers, RAM, Motherboards, cell boards, pagers, lithium batteries, etc. Anything with a cord or battery including but not limited to: *Pagers *Pager Parts *Cell Phones *Cell Phone Parts *Cell Phone Batteries, chargers *Cell Phone Accessories *Computer Products, RAM boards, CPU’s etc.

November 24, 2011 4:00PM – The Ice at Discovery Green
Ice skating returns to Downtown Houston this holiday season and will run until January 22, 2012. Lace up your skates and get ready for a memorable winter experience! Skating time limited to 1-1/2 hours on school holidays and weekend. Clean, comfortable rental skates will be offered, in sizes from tiny youth-9 up to adult-14. Double-runner lace-up skates will be available for the youngest skaters, even those as young as 3-years old: If you can walk, you can skate! A separate ice-play area for toddlers will be located next to the main rink. Ticket prices: $10 plus tax and includes skate rental.

Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510
409-925-1401
http://www.haakwine.com

November 18, 2011 7-9:00PM – Free Friday Concert with “The Jig is Up Band”!
Houston’s newest Irish band combines flute, fiddle, accordion, vocals and guitar for a vibrant rendition of the energetic traditional dance music and song of Ireland.

November 20, 2011 6-8:30PM – Free Sunday Concert with Pookie Marceaux!
Pookie provides a variety of music such as Louisiana Swamp Pop, Mo Town/Soul, Rhythm and Blues/ Classic Rock and Roll.

Bring your own wine glass (if you prefer glass over plastic) 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 with meats, cheeses, spreads and breads but will also be serving food from their full service kitchen. (The menu will vary each week.) No outside food or drink allowed. Tours end 1 hour prior to concerts and dinners. Dress appropriately for the weather.

8th Annual Home for the Holidays Festival and Tree Lighting
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Ste. B200
Katy, TX 77494
281-395-5533
http://www.lacenterra.com/
November 19, 2011 3:00-6:00PM

LaCenterra and the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce present the Home for the Holidays Festival and Tree Lighting. Fun for the entire family, this Katy tradition features free children’s activities including cookie decorating, Holiday Express train rides and the return of the Jingle Bounce along with the lighting of LaCenterra’s sparkling Christmas tree and a visit from the Big Guy himself! The 2011 Home for the Holidays celebration also includes Bears & Blankets, a drive benefiting the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Guests are encouraged to bring new teddy bears and stuffed animals, along with new blankets and cold-weather wear. Items collected during the event will be donated and distributed to area children and seniors. All events are free and open to the public.

H-E-B Holiday Parade
Downtown Houston
Houston, TX 77002
http://www.hebparade.com/
November 24, 2011 9:00AM

The holiday spirit hits Houston every Thanksgiving morning when this parade begins winding through downtown. This lavish parade is nationally televised and features sensational floats, uniformed marching bands and the season’s first glimpse of Santa Claus.The parade is telecast live locally on KHOU-TV, Channel 11 and is syndicated in many other major markets throughout Texas and beyond. Parade is free to the public anywhere along the parade route outside of the TV Zone. A limited number of reserved bleacher seats in the TV Zone are available for purchase. Proceeds from reserved seating ticket sales benefit the Houston Festival Foundation, Inc. education programs reaching more than 1,450 public schools each year and the Houston Chronicle Readers are Leaders literacy program.

26th Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting
Post Oak Blvd (West of the Galleria mall between San Felipe and Westheimer)
Houston, TX
713-621-2504
http://www.uptown-houston.com/
November 24, 2011 4:00PM

On Thanksgiving evening, join thousands of Houstonians and out-of-town guests for the Uptown Holiday Lighting, an event now in its 26th year. This fun-filled family event, benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services, will ring-in the holidays with more than a half-million twinkling lights; festive music; holiday characters including clowns, larger than life Santa’s reindeer and 12-foot tall snowmen; a special appearance from Santa and a fireworks extravaganza. The holiday ambiance created by 80 brilliantly-lit holiday trees standing guard over Post Oak Boulevard as well as numerous decorations and lighting throughout the area will continue into the holiday season.

Ice Rink Locations
Visit the websites listed for more information

Galleria Mall – http://www.galleriahouston.com 713-966-3500
Discovery Green – http://www.discoverygreen.com 713-400-7336
Woodlands Town Center – http://www.thewoodlandscvb.com/woodlandsicerink/ 281-419 -5630
Moody Gardens – http://www.moodygardens.org/ 800-582-4673

 

On Galveston Island 
Locations listed below
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
For many more exciting events on Galveston Island, please visit the website.

November 18-19, 2011 12-6PM/9-4PM – Seaside Treasure Festival at Moody Methodist
Seaside features over 100 arts and crafts vendors, a fabulous lunch from the Seaside Cafe, a wonderful silent auction, and much more. Join the fun at Moody Methodist Church, 53rd and Avenue U, just two blocks off the seawall. Festival proceeds support mission and outreach work in the Galveston area. Admission is free.

November 18, 2011 – Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens (One Hope Blvd) will commemorate the festival’s tenth anniversary with more than 100 sound-enhanced, animated light scenes along the trail as well as live entertainment, holiday films and the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink. Guests can also take pictures with Santa and choose from a selection of holiday films in the MG 3D Theater. In the spirit of tradition, “Polar Express 4D” will return to the 4D Special FX Theater for families to enjoy special effects like snow flurries and the delightful smell of hot chocolate. On Food Drive Fridays, visitors will receive two admissions for the price of one when they bring a non-perishable food item, which will benefit the Galveston Food Bank. Every Saturday, guests will experience a winter wonderland with snow – a true phenomenon for Gulf Coast natives! Admission to the Festival of Lights is $5.95. With the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket, ice skate rentals and tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, holiday MG 3D film, holiday Ridefilm, Discovery Museum and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat can be purchased for only $6 each.

Represent Houston Festivals: Home for the Holidays & More

 

31st Annual Home for the Holidays
Old Town Spring (Spring Cypress Rd)
Spring, TX
281-353-9310
http://www.oldtownspring.com/home_for_holidays.htm
November 12, 2011 through Christmas

Old Town Spring will be draped with thousands of twinkling white lights and colorful decorations. The street lamps will be decorated from top to bottom to give you that old town Holiday feeling. The official kick-off ceremony for the 31st annual Old-Tyme Christmas celebration begins at dusk on the 12th. Spend the day shopping, listening to strolling musicians and barbershop quartets, taking pictures with Mr & Mrs Santa, touring the museum, enjoying a train ride, Watching the bands on stage and last but not least enjoy horse & carriage rides. Look for special sales and mini attractions each weekend. They will be sponsoring a Toy Drive for the Be An Angel Fund, and Supporting our U.S. Troops through the Marine Moms, and Wreaths Across America. Check the website for details. Admission is always free!


On Galveston Island 
Locations listed below
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
For many more exciting events on Galveston Island, please visit the website.

November 12, 2011 6-10PM – Festival of Lights Opening Ceremony at Moody Gardens

Holiday sights, sounds, smells and snow will fill the air at Moody Gardens (One Hope Blvd – 800-582-4673) beginning with Santa Claus will parachuting in for the grand lighting of the mile-long, million-light trail. Commemorating the tenth anniversary with more than 100 sound-enhanced, animated light scenes along the trail as well as live entertainment, holiday films and the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink. In the spirit of tradition, “Polar Express 4D” will return to the 4D Special FX Theater for families to enjoy special effects like snow flurries and the delightful smell of hot chocolate. On Food Drive Fridays, visitors will receive two admissions for the price of one when they bring a non-perishable food item, which will benefit the Galveston Food Bank. Every Saturday, guests will experience a winter wonderland with snow – a true phenomenon for Gulf Coast natives! Admission to the Festival of Lights is $5.95. With the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket, ice skate rentals and tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, holiday MG 3D film, holiday Ridefilm, Discovery Museum and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat can be purchased for only $6 each. The Festival of Lights will be open from 6-10PM. Thursdays through Saturdays between Nov. 24 and Dec. 17 and daily from Dec. 18 through Jan. 1.

The 31st Annual Nutcracker Market
Reliant Center
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
713-535-3231
http://www.houstonballet.org/Nutcracker_Market/
November 10-13, 2011 *Volunteer oppportunities available

 

Featured at this year’s Market are over 323 national and international merchants carefully chosen for their unique offerings including many new merchants selling gifts for the entire family home decor, gourmet food, garden, clothing, sporting gifts, novelties, accessories and more. All proceeds from the Market benefit Houston Ballet Foundation, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy and its scholarship funds. This year’s Market theme, conceived by Market chairman Sharon Erskine, is “Toy Town Texas.” Houston-area Randalls stores will sell $11 tickets beginning October 17. Admission at the door is $12. Half-price admission is available daily 3 hours prior to closing, and children under 5 are free. Free shuttles run throughout the parking areas, and pedi-cabs will carry shoppers to their cars.

*The Nutcracker Market Needs You!

The Nutcracker Market is a continued success thanks in part to hundreds of gracious volunteers. You can get involved one of two ways, as an individual or as a Houston Ballet Guild member. The Nutcracker Market is seeking volunteers, ages 18 or older, to help with this year’s event (see more details below). The Market will be open from 10AM-9PM Thursday and Friday, and from 10AM-6PM Saturday and Sunday. Volunteer benefits include free parking on the day(s) of your shift(s), free admission for shipping on the day(s) of your shift(s), and access to a volunteer lounge with snacks and refreshments. To volunteer, visit www.shiftboard.com/nutcrackermarket. Click “New Registration.” Look for your welcome email, where you can click “Calendar” to schedule your shifts. Invite your family and friends! If you have any questions, please contact Lori Lang at 713-535-3270 or llang@houstonballet.org.

Represent Houston: Galleria Ice Spectacular, Texas Yacht Show & Wine Fest & More

Texas Yacht Show & Wine Fest
585 Bradford St
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-2628
http://www.texasyachtshow.com/
November 11-13, 2011

Enjoy yachts, wine, and music at the Texas Yacht Show & Wine Fest at the Kemah Boardwalk Marina! Millions of dollars worth of luxury motor and sailing yachts ranging from 30 all the way to the big yachts will be on display in the water, ready for touring and instant demo cruises. All the featured yachts will be new and ready to enjoy immediately! Each visitor will receive a souvenir Texas Yacht Show & Wine Fest wine glass and 10 tasting tickets. Wine producers from around the world will be on hand to let guests sample an enormous variety of fine wine. Between music sets, each winery will host a group tasting and seminar. Tour a yacht, sip fine wine and enjoy live jazz from around the world. From Texas Swing, Steel Drum, Funk Fusion, Latin Jazz and all the way from Brazil with bossa nova, some of today’s most talented musicians will be on hand to serenade you with their vibrant sounds. This luxury event will also have many other exciting things to see including motor coaches and airplanes, not to mention a variety of marine-related products and services. Admission for Adults: $15.00, Children: $3.00 and Seniors: $10.00. Climate-controlled exhibition tents and entertainment area make this a rain-or-shine event.

the 16th Annual Children’s Festival 
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-363-3300
/www.woodlandscenter.org
November 12-13, 2011 10:00AM

The Pavilion is transformed into a giant playground of fun for the young and young at heart at the 16th Annual Children’s Festival with Thomas & Friends Sign Along Adventure, Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, Mad Science’s STAR TREK LIVE and Richard Renner’s “REcycle Show”. Award-winning children’s performers educate and entertain thousands of children during two days of non-stop fun and excitement. Each artist has a unique ability to delight and inspire children with programs that not only amuse, but also communicate positive messages. The festival features music, dance, puppetry, theater, comedy, arts and crafts, games, hands-on activities, face painting and more! Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Preferred parking for this event is available at all Ticketmaster locations for $5 plus service charge.

Second Saturday Buffalo Bayou Boat Rides
Sabine Street Promenade
Parking on Memorial Drive @Houston Ave)
Houston, TX 77002
713-752-0314 ext 4
http://www.buffalobayou.org
November 12, 2011 6-8:00PM Last tour departs at 7:30PM.

These 30-minute boat rides are a great way to spend the evening with your family. Escape from the city and enjoy the cool breeze as you glide along the bayou’s waters. Look for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even the occasional alligator sunning on the bayou’s banks. No Reservations accepted, first come, first served only. (21 person capacity per trip). Admission is $7 Adults, $5 children (ages 4-12), (children under 4 not permitted). Cash Only.

The Annual Texas Renaissance Festival
On FM 1774, (between Magnolia and Plantersville)
Plantersville, TX
800-458-3435
http://www.texrenfest.com/
Through November 27, 2011 9:00AM to Dusk

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the Nation’s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance theme park. Open to the public every Saturday, Sunday, and Thanksgiving Friday, October 8th through November 27th, and to students for School Days. The enchanted 55 acre village comes to life as all of Europe comes to pay homage to the King and Queen with Eight Themed Weekends. Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 daily performances. Magicians, jugglers, minstrels, troubadours and comedians perform on six stages. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting over 340 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts of offering delicious foods and beverages. All ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Revel in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and beauty of this authentically recreated 16th Century British village with lush landscaped grounds and vines. A perfect day ends as behold the burst of Royal Fireworks held above the Festival’s lake. Ticket prices vary, please visit the website for more information.

2nd Saturday at the Depot
Historic Tomball Depot Plaza
201 South Elm ~ One block south of Main Street
Tomball, TX 77375
281-610-2595
http://www.tomballtx.com/
November 12, 2011 Opens at 5:00PM ~ Movie begins at dark

Bring the whole family to a “Chistmas at Give Thanks Tomball! The featured movie of the month will be “The Santa Clause” (PG), starring Tim Allen. Enjoy live classic rock and country music by “The Traditions” while enjoy the games, holiday crafts or waiting to get your free picture taken with Santa! Concessions will include Summer Snow Shaved Ice, Cisoc’s Salsa Co, The Original Rib Tickler, & CiCi’s Pizza!! Free family entertainment for all ages. Don’t forget the lighting of the Christmas tree! Get kid-sized holiday stocking stuffers from select shops and restaurants beginning at 3pm. Route maps are available at the Depot. Bring your lawn chairs. No glass containers. In case of rain, event will be held at the Tomball Community Center, 221 Market Street, Tomball.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
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 website.

November 12, 2011 6:00PM – Dionysus at the Green
The only fully inclusive theater company in Texas presents Wonderland: The Misadventures of a Girl Named Alice; lively entertainment for the entire family located on the Anheuser-Busch Stage.

November 13, 2011 12:00PM – Fun-omenal Family Festival
Discovery Green is having the most FUN-omenal Family Festival of the year! Round up your entire family and come to the park for a day filled with fun, music, rides, crafts/activities and more! Maternity Fair & Mommy “Pamper” Sation presented by St. Joseph Medical Center, IKEA Family Disco Zone and Macaroni Kid Houston Craft Station. Festivities include: Baby Olympics, *Foam Party, Your Favorite Lookalike Characters, Water Balls, Belly Painting Contest, Amazon Extreme Obstacle Course, Volcano Island Inflatable Rock Climber, Steerasaurus Rex, *Water Tag, Velcro Wall, Airbourne Adventure & more! *These items will be replaced if weather is cold.

Saturdays & Sundays – 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. Each ride will consist of two laps around Kinder lake to learn about paddling and enjoy all the beautiful fish swimming in the lake.Cost is $5 per person (kayak accomodates 2 people and 1 guide).

Alamo DraftHouse Rolling Roadshow
Market Square Park
301 Milam
Houston, TX 77002
http://www.downtownhouston.org/
November 11, 2011 7:00PM

For those of us who don’t want to schlep out to the burbs, we’re bringing the Alamo experience to Market Square Park. The story of When Harry Met Sally follows two friends as they meet and bump into each other time and time again, developing a close friendship and inevitably asking the question, Can a man and woman be friends without romance getting in the way? Admission is free. Blankets, lawn chairs, food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome. Beer, wine, beverages and food are sold at Niko Niko’s at Market Square.

22nd Texas Championship Native American Pow Wow
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
281-890-5500
http://www.tradersvillage.com
November 12-13, 2011 10:00AM-Sundown

A two-day Native American Pow Wow with colorful tribal dance contests, an arts & crafts show, tipis, visiting with old friends, making new ones, honoring ceremonies, singing and much more will be part of the 22nd Annual Texas Championship Pow Wow. Several hundred Native Americans, representing dozens of tribes from across the United States, will take part in this celebration of their culture and heritage. The drums will beat for the dancers in full regalia of feathers, buckskin, bells and beadwork competing for prize money and awards in eighteen different dance categories. Special morning entertainment, featuring Terry Tsotigh playing his flute and harmonica, will start at 11:30AM each day with Grand Entry at 12:00 noon. All dance competition will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Artists, craftsmen and traders from all over the country will showcase their wares and talents at the arts & crafts show and sale under the giant Expo. The Indian food booth will serve authentic Native American foods all weekend long. Everyone can enjoy authentic Native American fry bread, Indian tacos and more. Admission is free to the public and parking is just $3. Call or visit the web-site for more information.

Galleria Ice Spectacular – 23rd Annual Tree Lighting 
Galleria Mall
5085 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 966-3500
http://www.galleriahouston.com
November 12, 2011 6:00PM

Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of The Galleria’s 55-foot Christmas tree, featuring 450,000 twinkling lights and 5,000 ornaments in a variety of colors and shapes. The 30-minute tree-lighting show will also feature dynamic ice and musical performances, culminating with the lighting of the tree by Skating Santa himself. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy free holiday entertainment, performances from area schools, face painting and balloon animal stations. Musical and ice performance and the lighting of the tree begin at 6PM. Family and children’s activities, live music, special in-store events are on going day.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
281-373-3386
http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the website for matinee performance shows and schedules.

November 11-12, 2011 7:30PM – *Cirque Mechanics Boom Town
Cirque Mechanics performers, formerly with Moscow Circus, Cirque du Soleil and other world-renowned companies, strike it rich by setting their newest creation in an 1865 mining town, where an unlikely discovery sets off a series of hilarious and unexpected events full of the lore, excitement and adventure of the old west.

November 13, 2011 7:00PM – *Art Car: The Movie
Art Car: The Movie” follows a handful of local artists as they prepare their entries for the 2010 parade with an inside look at how the City of Houston and the Orange Show prepared for the event. Houston-based co-directors Carlton Ahrens and Ford Gunter traveled across the U.S. and the world talking with artists, critics and academics to figure out where art cars fit in the art world and define the car’s place in American culture and as a reflection of self. The film also chronicles the automobiles place in American culture and the rise of the Art Car Movement in Houston during the 1980s.

*This is a ticketed event 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.

Houston Festival Update: British Festival, Nutcracker Market & More


Annual British Festival

1 Fluor Daniel Drive
Sugar Land 77478
713-975-8903
http://dbetexas.org/
November 5, 2011 10:00AM-4:00PM

Celebrate all things British at the British festival featuring food, tea, entertainment, cars and more! Traditional afternoon tea will be served as well as an authentic British pub with great food. British food can be purchased including Cadburys chocolate (yum!), baked goods, Christmas crackers, cakes and puddings to list just a few of the many items available. There will be entertainment including Scottish Highland Dancing, Scottish Country Dancing and a Highland Bagpipe band. There will be a raffle and silent auction featuring great prizes and also a British Car Show. Kids activities include face painting and brass rubbing. The annual British Festival is organized by the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE), all proceeds go to Mountbatten House and other local charities. Admission is $5.00 and children under 12 are free.

The Annual Texas Renaissance Festival
On FM 1774, (between Magnolia and Plantersville)
Plantersville, TX
800-458-3435
http://www.texrenfest.com/
Through November 27, 2011 9:00AM to Dusk

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the Nation’s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance theme park. Open to the public every Saturday, Sunday, and Thanksgiving Friday, October 8th through November 27th, and to students for School Days. The enchanted 55 acre village comes to life as all of Europe comes to pay homage to the King and Queen with Eight Themed Weekends. Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 daily performances. Magicians, jugglers, minstrels, troubadours and comedians perform on six stages. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting over 340 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts of offering delicious foods and beverages. All ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Revel in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and beauty of this authentically recreated 16th Century British village with lush landscaped grounds and vines. A perfect day ends as behold the burst of Royal Fireworks held above the Festival’s lake. Ticket prices vary, please visit the website for more information.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
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 website.

November 04, 2011 7:30PM – KUHF Silent Film Concerts: The Cameraman
Austin’s Bee vs. Moth performs their original score to this 1928 classic Buster Keaton film on the Anheuser-Busch Stage. Here the great stone-face plays a young man who tries to impress a girl by becoming a newsreel cameraman. Of course, nothing goes right. He forgets to load the camera or he does it wrong or he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. In short, everything gets screwed up, and nobody screws everything up more entertainingly than the great Keaton. Brass-laden Bee Vs. Moth’s “multiple-genre, weirdo instrumental is just right for this anarchic laugh riot.

November 05, 2011 7:30PM – Screen on the Green: Toy Story3 (2010, 103 min.G)
Scary adventures in a day care center as Andy in Pixar’s classic film comes to life on the Anheuser-Busch Stage.

November 09, 2011 Burgers and Blues – Every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00PM
Enjoy Houston’s best in blues music with a free lunchtime concert on the Anheuser-Busch Stage. Entertaining this week is the “The DelGrosso / Del Toro Richardson Band”.

Saturdays & Sundays – 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. Each ride will consist of two laps around Kinder lake to learn about paddling and enjoy all the beautiful fish swimming in the lake.Cost is $5 per person (kayak accomodates 2 people and 1 guide).

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
281-373-3386
http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the website for matinee performance shows and schedules.

November 05, 2011 7:30-9:30PM – Sing-A-Long Movies at Miller: Grease
Grease is the word! Sing along to the tunes you love in this entertaining film musical homage to the age of Rock ‘n Roll featuring Olivia Newton John, John Travolta, Stockard Channing and many more.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com
Open at 10:30AM daily and admission is always free!

November 4-6, 2011 – Salute to Military Service
Military discounts wil be offered all weekend with 50% Off all-day all-rides passes, The Beast and Stingray Reef rides, 25% Off Retail and special rates offered at the Boarwalk Inn Hotel. On display throughout the weekend: U.S. Army Apache & Blackhawk Helicopters; U.S. Army Up-Armor Humvee; U.S. Army Interactive Recruitment Trailer; U.S. Army Mobile Field Mechanics System; U.S. Navy Seal Interceptor; and the American Legion Post 554 Freedom Riders. Enjoy live enteratinment by the Dean Seltzer Band on Friday, Darryl Worley on Saturday and Junior Gordon on Sunday. Highlights for Saturday include: Houston Texans Cheerleaders meet & greet; U.S. Coast Guard Air to Sea Rescue; SSG Tracy Labrecque; U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights (Landing in the Plaza!); ending with a fantastic Star Spangled Sky fireworks display at 10PM

November 5, 2011 Noon to 4:00PM – Beer Fest
From Pale Ales to Stouts, the Kemah Boardwalk and 24 Breweries invite you to spend the day enjoying some ice cold beverages! $35 per person / wristband includes: ($25 per person with Military I.D.) 16 tasting tickets 4 tickets per 12oz. sample, 1 ticket per 3oz. sample; Over 72 beers to sample; Samuel Adams commemorative glass (while supplies last); Giveaways from all beer vendors (while supplies last); Beer Fest booklet/guide & golf pencil; Holmes Smokehouse Bratwurst Samples; (Additional sample tickets may be purchased for $1 each). Don’t miss the live concert featuring Darryl Worley at 7:30PM in the Plaza.

On Galveston Island 
Locations listed below
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
For many more exciting events on Galveston Island, please visit the website.

 

November 03-06, 2011 – 10th Annual Lone Star Motorcycle Rally
The Historical Strand will be alive with new bands, new events, and Joie de Vivre Mardi-Gras style biker promenade. Voted one of the best events in the nation for motorcycle enthusiasts, this four day event boasts a beautiful venue, great crowds and fun for the entire family. The Lone Star Rally will host the top named motorcycle manufacturers, vendors with unique shopping and non-stop music on two stages. Featured performers include: Fuel, Marshall Tucker, Buckcherry, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds Live! Meet Sons Of Anarchy Stars Ryan Hurst “Opie” & Tommy Flanagan “Chibs” at The Rally. Geico Insurance will give away a Harley-Davidson Fatboy! Admssion is Free. Please visithttp://www.lonestarrally.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/#!/LoneStarRally for more details on this huge event.

The 31st Annual Nutcracker Market
Reliant Center
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
713-535-3231
http://www.houstonballet.org/Nutcracker_Market/
November 10-13, 2011 *Volunteer oppportunities available

Featured at this year’s Market are over 323 national and international merchants carefully selected for their unique offerings including many new merchants selling gifts for the entire family home decor, gourmet food, garden, clothing, sporting gifts, novelties, accessories and more.

Houston Festival Update: Ziegenbock Music Festival; Holloween Fun & More

Grape Stomp Fest
Yepez Vineyard
12739 FM 2354
Baytown, TX 77520
281-804-3410
http://www.yepezvineyard.com/
October 29, 2011 12-6:00PM

Enjoy complimentary wine tastings, live music, face painting, arts & crafts, food, candles, hay rides, and more at the annual Yepez Vineyard Grape Stomp Fest! Picnics, lawn chairs and families encouraged. (Don’t forget the insect replellent!) Admission and parking is free.. Leashed pets welcome outdoors… (Pet owners responsible for pet waste)

9th Annual Ziegenbock Music Festival
Sam Houston Race Park
7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West
Houston, Texas 77064
281-807-8700
http://www.shrp.com
October 29, 2011 11:00AM

The 9th Annual ZiegenBock Music Festival returns to Sam Houston Race Park with more music than ever before, offering red dirt country music from 16 bands. Saturday‚s line up will feature: Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band, Jerrod Nieman, Roger Creager, Brantley Gilbert, Wade Bowen, Bob Schneider, Cody Canada & The Departed, Robert Ellis, Cody Johnson, Whiskey Myers, Folk Family Revival, The Zach Edwards Band, Rosehill, Mockingbird Sun, Kristen Kelly, Jeff Boortz Band and Kirby Brown. Singer Song Writer Tent Featuring: Bob Cheevers, Samuel Barker, Todd Cummins, Kirby Brown, Robert Nathan Taylor, Jeff Boortz, Brandon Matthew and Buck Yeager. Advanced Ticket Prices: $16 (additional convenience & service fees apply), Day of Show Ticket Prices: $28 (includes $3 Box Office Fee) with Parking just $5. Gates open at 10:00AM. All tickets are standing room only! Lawn chairs welcome. RAIN OR SHINE.

Houston 175 – Part of Flickerlounge: A Season-Long Cinematic Experience
Presented by Aurora Picture Show at DiverseWorks Artspace
1117 East Freeway
Houston, TX
713-868-2101
http://aurorapictureshow.org/
October 29, 2011

Working with Mayor Annise Parker and her staff, a group of Houston non-profit organizations have come together to celebrate Houston‚s 175th birthday! Flickerlounge will feature short films from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image of historical and home movie footage from Houston and Texas with everything from a zookeeper that rides a zebra, a knife throwing family and informational videos about Houston. This program is co-sponsored by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Admission is free.

The Annual Texas Renaissance Festival
On FM 1774, (between Magnolia and Plantersville)
Plantersville, TX
800-458-3435
http://www.texrenfest.com/
Through November 27, 2011 9:00AM to Dusk

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the Nation‚s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance theme park. Open to the public every Saturday, Sunday, and Thanksgiving Friday, October 8th through November 27th, and to students for School Days. The enchanted 55 acre village comes to life as all of Europe comes to pay homage to the King and Queen with Eight Themed Weekends. Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 daily performances. Magicians, jugglers, minstrels, troubadours and comedians perform on six stages. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting over 340 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts of offering delicious foods and beverages. All ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Revel in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and beauty of this authentically recreated 16th Century British village with lush landscaped grounds and vines. A perfect day ends as behold the burst of Royal Fireworks held above the Festival‚s lake. Ticket prices vary, please visit the website for more information.

Hocus Pocus Pops with Brett Mitchell, conductor
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-363-3300
/www.woodlandscenter.org
October 28, 2011 7:00PM

Bring your family and friends to this “spooktacular” Halloween event. Hocus Pocus Pops is a night of tricks, treats and enchanting music as the Houston Symphony casts a magical spell on The Pavilion. Daddies, mummies and all the little ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. An imaginative blend of chilling music and spirited fun is sure to spook you into the season. Come in a costume for a chance to march in the Goblin Parade. The first 100 children in costume to check in at Hocus Pocus Central in the North Plaza get to march on stage in the Goblin Parade. Pre-concert activities featuring Radio Disney Party Patrol, spooktacular costumed characters, Halloween activities and grab bags, meet H-E-Buddy and pumpkin decorating and more with H-E-B begin at 6PM in the North Plaza. Also, bring any H-E-B receipt from October 2011 and register to win free prizes from H-E-B! Receipts must be brought to Hocus Pocus Central in The Pavilion’s North Plaza prior to the performance (between 6 and 7:15 p.m.) on Oct. 28th. The drawing will take place on the Main Stage before the concert. Prices are $15 Orchestra Seating, FREE Mezzanine & Lawn Seating (Tickets not required for free seating.) Picnic baskets and lawn chairs are welcome but no beverages please. Pre-concert activities in the North Plaza begin and gates open at 7:00PM Preferred parking for this event is available at all Ticketmaster locations for $5 plus service charge. Gates open at 6PM.

Autumn Art Festival
1100 Friendswood Dr/518
Friendswood, TX 77546
281-996-7700
http://www.ffaionline.com/
October 29, 2011 10-6:00PM

Pack up a picnic blanket and get your whole family out of the house and head to the beautiful historic Stevenson Park for The Friendswood Fine Arts’ Autumn Art Festival! The festival will include visual arts and entertainment. The event will showcase artists work from all over the Houston and surrounding areas, as well as food and live entertainment. Admission is free.

Sunday Concert with Ezra Charles
Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510
409-925-1401
http://www.haakwine.com
October 23, 2011 6-8:30PM

This is a rockin‚ piano player with an incredible horn section that will provide us with a Las Vegas style show!! They have a repertoire that is almost all original, a range of musical styles from rockabilly to swing to blues to boogie. 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. Tours end 1 hour prior to concerts and dinners. The event is $5 per person 21 years of age and older, children are welcome and are free to attend.

Halloween with Dracula’s descendants: Houston Romanian Festival
318 Canino Rd.
Houston, TX 77076
832-928-0220
October 29, 2011 2-Midnight

Dress up in your Halloween costume and come out and taste the food, hear the music and live authentic traditions from Dracula’s land at the Houston Romanian Festival. Where you will enjoy an evening of authentic Romanian food and wine, traditional music and dance. Have a blast participating in many contests. Admission is free.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
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 website.

Scream on the Green – October 29, 2011 6-10:00PM
Don’t miss Houston’s fourth annual citywide costume contest and Halloween celebration. It’s a scream! Costumes, prize, music, movies and more! IKEA presents the Halloween movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, (Rated PG; 75 minutes; 1993). Movie at 8 pm. Tim Burton’s extraordinary musical features the Halloween Pumpkin King, who kidnaps Santa so that he can deliver goulish Christmas presents to all the little boys and girls. Prizes will include IKEA gift cards ($250 and up!) for all catagories.

November 02, 2011 Burgers and Blues – Every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00PM
Enjoy Houston’s best in blues music with a free lunchtime concert on the Anheuser-Busch Stage. Entertaining this week is the “Ann Crawfish Brown Band”.

November 04, 2011 7:30PM – KUHF Silent Film Concerts: The Cameraman
Austin’s Bee vs. Moth performs their original score to this 1928 classic Buster Keaton film on the Anheuser-Busch Stage. Here the great stone-face plays a young man who tries to impress a girl by becoming a newsreel cameraman. Of course, nothing goes right. He forgets to load the camera or he does it wrong or he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. In short, everything gets screwed up, and nobody screws everything up more entertainingly than the great Keaton. Brass-laden Bee Vs. Moth’s “multiple-genre, weirdo instrumental‰ is just right for this anarchic laugh riot.

Saturdays & Sundays – 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. Each ride will consist of two laps around Kinder lake to learn about paddling and enjoy all the beautiful fish swimming in the lake.Cost is $5 per person (kayak accomodates 2 people and 1 guide).

Annual Halloween Boo Bash for Kidz
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
281-890-5500
http://www.tradersvillage.com
Admission is always free, and parking is just $3.
October 30, 2011 n 1-4:00PM

Throw on your best Halloween costume and get ready to do the Monster Mash as Traders Village presents the annual Boo Bash, the biggest free spooktacular for kids in Houston. On Sunday afternoon, Traders Village will be loaded with more Halloween entertainment and fun than ever before. Boo Bash 2011 will present continuous live musical entertainment and activities, and monster-sized Trick-or-Treating. Children aged 12 and under can Trick-or-Treat for candy at participating shops throughout the market, while supplies last, with their free Trick-or-Treat bag compliments of Traders Village and Harris County 911. Kids can get free facepainting and ballon animals, get lost in our giant maze, or see a real fire truck up-close. While your here, help settle a gruge match between Traders Village stores, and help them determine who has the best scarecrow. Street Magician Josh Medeski will perform on the Boo Bash Side Stage at 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, and various times throughout the market. Go over to see his amazing tricks, with just inches between you. At 3pm, they are hosting the Cy-Ridge Dazzlers dance team who will be performing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. There will be various giveaways, goodies, and family fun around every corner. Every child attending will receive a Halloween gift and Trick-or-Treat bag while supplies last. Free to the public, parking just $3.

Houston Metropolitan Chamber Art Festival
Bellaire Town Square
7008 South Rice Ave
Houston, TX 77046
713-666-1521
http://www.hmcartfestival.com/
October 29, 2011 9:00AM-5:00PM

Take home one-of-a-kind art sculptures from the HMC Art Fest! The Houston Metropolitan Chamber Art Festival features artists from all over Houston. It is the perfect place to find art, crafts, sculptures, Chili-Salsa-Gumbo Cook Off, food, and fun for the whole family! Vivian‚s Kitchen will be serving a plate full of flavor from Burritos, Tamales, Pitas, Lamb, Chicken and Beef. Admission is free.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
281-373-3386
http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the website for matinee performance shows and schedules.

October 28, 2011 7:30-9:30PM – **Chi of Shaolin: The Tale of the Dragon
Chi of Shaolin: Tale of the Dragon brings incredible talent to the stage to tell a powerful dramatic tale fused with Shaolin warrior skills, unique acrobatic acts and amazing circus talent. Intricate weapons exhibitions and edge-of-your-seat action are enhanced by brilliant backdrops, vibrant costumes and dramatic original music. The special lighting, illusions and choreography create a perfect balance of delight, wonder and excitement that will captivate and dazzle audiences.

October 29, 2011 7:30-9:30PM – Lunada 2011
The Houston Symphony and students from HISD schools perform all-time Latin American favorites for the family.

October 31, 2011 7:30-9:30PM – Halloween Movies at Miller: The Wolfman (1941)
The Lon Chaney Classic – A practical man is attacked by a creature of folklore and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

November 03, 2011 7:30-10:00PM – **The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959, A Collaboration with Blue Note Records
The Miles Davis Experience: 1949 – 1959 tells the story of post-war America, the challenges and optimism, the civil rights struggle, the historical milestones, and the creative cauldron of new music that Miles pioneered and nurtured. The show will be an immersivee experience — more than a concert, less narrow then a scripted play or media presentation. The goal is to leave the audience member with a feeling of what it was like to live in America during this important period.

**These as 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.

The Houston Sound Concert Series
Market Square Park
301 Milam
Houston, TX 77002
713-650-3022 http://www.downtownhouston.org/
October 28, 2011 7:00PM

Heritage Texas Properties presents a neighborhood music series celebrating Houston‚s incredibly diverse music scene supporting the mission of The Houston Sound. “Bonerama”, not your traditional brass band; This New Orleans‚ brass rock funk band will blow your mind. Admission is free. Blankets, lawn chairs, food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com

October 01-31, 2011 – Boo on the Boardwalk
Face your fears in the terrifying Dungeon of Doom Haunted House or for the kids they can enjoy our Little Boo Haunted Fun House. Plus pumpkin decorating, live entertainment and much more throughout the month. Visit the website for details, dates and showtimes and also to register for Captain‚s Costume Party & Murder Mystery Dinner featured on October 28th & 30th. On the 29th, kids dress the best for fun and prizes in the Halloween Costume Contest!

“Boardwalk Live Entertainment” will be featured on the Plaza Stage:
October 28 & 29, 2011 7-11PM – “Boogie Man Band”, Green Onions.
October 30, 2011 5-9PM – “Boogie Man Band”, Halloween Show.
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!

On Galveston Island 
Locations listed below
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
For many more exciting events on Galveston Island, please visit the website.

October 29, 2011 – 28th Annual Greek Festival
The event, held at Greek Orthodox Church, 1824 Ball St, features authentic Greek food, live Greek music, performances by the Greek Dance Troupe, specialty foods, pastries and Greek gift shop. Kids area. Admission is your $4 donation. All event proceeds benefit the Greek Orthodox Church Ike Recovery Fund. Free parking! Call 409-762-3930 or visitwww.assumption.tx.goarch.org for more details.

November 03-06, 2011 – 10th Annual Lone Star Motorcycle Rally
The Historical Strand will be alive with new bands, new events, and Joie de Vivre Mardi-Gras style biker promenade. Voted one of the best events in the nation for motorcycle enthusiasts, this four day event boasts a beautiful venue, great crowds and fun for the entire family. The Lone Star Rally will host the top named motorcycle manufacturers, vendors with unique shopping and non-stop music on two stages. Featured performers include: Fuel, Marshall Tucker, Buckcherry, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds Live! Meet Sons Of Anarchy Stars Ryan Hurst “Opie” & Tommy Flanagan “Chibs” at The Rally. Geico Insurance will give away a Harley-Davidson Fatboy! Admssion is Free. Please visithttp://www.lonestarrally.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/#!/LoneStarRally for more details on this huge event.

Represent Houston: Bands & Bikers for Babies + More

2nd Annual Gulf Coast Waterfowl Festival & Expo
Pasadena Convention Center
7902 Fairmont Pkwy
Pasadena 77507
http://www.gulfcoastwaterfowlfestival.com/
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
Stancil Park
211 Peach St
Cleveland,Tx. 77327
936-499-2632
http://impactcenter.vpweb.com/Bands—Bikers-for-Babies.html
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
713-639-4629
http://www.hmns.org/
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
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
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
1-800-582-4673
http://www.moodygardens.org/
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
409-925-1401
http://www.haakwine.com

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 Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com

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
281-373-3386
http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
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
Sealy Pavilion
24th & Sealy
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
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
800-371-2971
http://www.mosquitofestival.com/
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!!

Houston Festival Update: Extremely Shorts Festival, Czech Heritage Day + More

 

Aurora Picture Show’s annual Extremely Shorts Festival
Molly Gochman’s Studio
2442 Bartlett Street
Houston, TX 77098
713-868-2101
http://aurorapictureshow.org/
June 17-18, 2011 6:30PM

These films under three minutes in length may be short on time, but they are rich in passion and ideas. Come see what their 2011 Juror, Brent Hoff, selected from the amazing submissions of animated, experimental, narrative, and documentary short films. Cast your vote for your favorite film and support the filmmakers of this year’s Extremely Shorts. The awards will be given out at the annual picnic (on the 18th @6:30PM) with a menu from Saint Arnold Brewery, Ruggles Green, Tequila Pasion, Mission Burrito, Whole Foods Market, My Fit Foods, Crave Cupcakes and Natachee’s Supper N Punch followed by the time-honored karaoke tradition. Screening admission: $10 non-members, Aurora Members Free and Picnic admission: $15 members, $10 non-members (separate of screening admission).

Made in American with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra featuring Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-363-3300
/www.woodlandscenter.org June 17, 2011 – 8:00PM

More than 100 gifted musicians from around the world, in conjunction with the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, return to The Pavilion for a summer concert extraordinaire. The festival is an intensive four-week study program at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Under the direction of Mei-Ann Chen, these young artists perform Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3. The finalists and winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition will be announced. Pre-concert activities begin in the Fidelity Investments Plaza at 7PM. This event is FREE and preferred parking is available at all Ticketmaster locations for $5 plus service charge.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com

June 23, 2011 – Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series 6:30-10:15PM
All summer long enjoy a great mix of musical talent on the boardwalk every Thursday evening! June 23rd will feature the band “LC Rocks” with great Austin Texas rock.

Fireworks Fridays is a spectacular fireworks display over Galveston Bay every Friday evening through July 4th. 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 10:00AM daily and admission is always free!

Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow Presents “Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade”
Market Square Park
301 Milam
Houston, TX 77002
713-650-3022
http://marketsquarepark.com/
June 18, 2011 8:00PM

Enjoy free quirky classic movies under the stars! In honor of Father’s Day, join Indy Jones and his feisty father, Dr. Jones Sr. for a movie in the park. Bring your blankets, fedoras and enjoy a night of adventure in historic downtown Houston. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, family and friends and start your weekend off at the Square.

Czech Heritage Day
Historic Downtown District!
809 3rd Street
Rosenberg, TX 77471
832-595-3525
www.rosenbergevents.com
June 18, 2011 10-6:00PM

Celebrate Czech Heritage, venture out for a day of shopping, dining and family fun in Rosenberg’s Historic Downtown District! Enjoy the sounds of Cary Oswald and the Lazy Farmers Band who will take the stage at 3rd Street Park along with local polka dancers. Indulge in a kolache-baking contest and sausage samples from Rosenberg’s own Kovasovic’s Meat Market. Check out the displays of Czechoslovakian goods by the Czech Heritage Society, the talents of Mrs. Turner’s Music School students, artwork displayed by the Art League of Fort Bend, and be sure to stop in and visit the downtown merchants for specials running throughout the day. Admission is free.

“Summer Sounds” Concert Series
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Ste. B200
Katy, TX 77494
281-395-5533
http://www.lacenterra.com/
Thursdays from 6-9:00PM through June. Admssion is free.

The weekly Summer Sounds continue at LaCenterra’s Heritage Square on June 23rd with “Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef”. Hanna’s Reef frontman and founder, Jerry Diaz, is a songwriter and solo performer. The band delivers a Texas-style luau atmosphere with their stage performance. They combine the tropical elements of steel drums and Latin percussion with the driving beat of a rock and roll band. However, they don’t forget their roots. You’ll hear a little bit of Texas music mixed in occasionally, as well as songs with a distinctive Cajun influence. Food and beverages are available. Performances take place weather permitting. Showtimes and performers subject to change.

Bands on the Sand Concert Series
Palm Beach, Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554
1-800-582-4673
http://www.moodygardens.org/
Fridays from 6-10:00PM

Moody Gardens weekly concert series continues on June 17th with the band “The Lineup”. This local favorite heats things up for a fun-filled evening on the sand at Palm Beach, followed by a fantastic fireworks display. Admission is $10. This event will run each week through mid-August.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
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.

June 18, 2011 12-4:00PM – Friends For Life Mobile Adoption Vehicle Event
The Friends For Life Mobile Adoption Vehicle is a 26 state of the art adoption center on wheels that brings the pets to the people in style! The MAV hold 28 animals for adoption and is always a fun way to meet their wonderful animals. They will be featuring both cats and dogs for a meet and greet and have information on fostering, adopting, volunteering and some fun free giveways items for visitors!

June 23, 2011 6:30 – Thursday Concert Series: The Mother Truckers
Rock out at the free, family-friendly concerts showcasing the best music of Texas and the Gulf Coast. The Mother Truckers blend elements of country and blues with loud guitars, big choruses, and powerhouse vocals to bring you flat-out, hi-test rock & roll. Fresh, fun, and full of soul, their special roadhouse blend of Americana puts the giddy-up in your get down. Little Steven approved, endorsed, and loved rock and roll, so come out from the underground garage to the hill!

Stewart Beach Sunday Concerts
Stewart Beach
Broadway at Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
June 19, 2011 1:00-4:00PM

Stewart Beach presents live music every third Sunday through August in their pavillion. Entertaining beach-goers this Sunday will be “The Line Up”. One of Galveston’s premier family beach parks, Stewart Beach sponsors family-oriented events, such as volleyball tournaments and other special events throughout the summer season. The park features umbrella and chair rentals, volleyball courts, an outdoor pavilion with an elevator, snack bar, souvenir shop, restrooms and showers. Admission is $8.00 per car.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
713-533-3276
http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the web-site for matinee performance shows and schedules.

June 17, 2011 8:30PM – *ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights
Beethoven 5 plus Rhapsody in Blue with Michael Francis, conductor and Scott Holshouser, piano performing Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Overture Fantasy; Gershwin:Rhapsody in Blue; Beethoven: Symphony No. 5.

June 18, 2011 8:30PM – *ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights
West Side Story with Marcelo Lehninger, conductor and Chad Hoopes, violin. J. Strauss Jr: Overture to Die Fledermaus; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1; Wagner: Prelude and Isolde’s Love – Death from Tristan and Isolde; Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

June 19, 2011 8:30PM – *Houston’s Juneteenth Celebration
Highlighting this year’s Juneteenth Celebration at Miller are musical performances and from the Glen David Andrews Band and Corey Ledet and his Zyceco Band, both rising stars from New Orleans, Louisiana. Glen David Andrews will bring his lively New Orleans jazz and brass band sound to Miller. Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band will present the rural Creole zydecomusic that is always a hit with Houston audiences. Blues legend Texas Johnny Brown and the Quality Blues Band will provide the soul-searching blues sound to the lineup. During music breaks, the audience will be treated to short readings by young poets who were featured in the Space City Slam: Grand Slam 2011 Houston competition and who will go on to national competition.
Juneteenth (Emancipation Day), with its roots in Galveston, Texas, is a historical observance growing in popularity across the Gulf Coast and the United States. Juneteenth began on June 19, 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger read General Order No. 3 in Galveston, more than two months after the end of the Civil War, proclaiming Slaves are free. Juneteenth spread to Houston, where it has been celebrated annually for nearly 150 years.

*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.

Juneteenth Jubilee Parade & Jubilee Celebration
Wright Cuney Park
41st & Ball
Galveston, TX
409-599-8050
http://www.galveston.com/
June 18, 2011 Noon

Marching bands, drill teams, decorated cars and high kicking performers from Galveston, Houston, Dallas and other areas will excite the crowds along the route. Beautiful horse driven carriages will also be featured. Parade will begin at noon from 25th & Ball, and continue to 41st & Ball (Wright Cuney Park). The picnic will begin at 12:30PM, after the completion of the Juneteenth Parade. Complimentary refreshments will be provided as well as music and activities for the entire family. A special program including the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation will begin at 2:00PM. Both events are free to the public.

Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510
409-925-1401
http://www.haakwine.com

Saturday Concert with Pookie Marceaux – June 18, 2011 7-10:00PM
Enjoy a leisurely Saturday concert at the winery with friends. The featured artist for this event will be “Pookie Marceaux” with his own special blend of Louisiana soul and Texas rhythm n’ blues. Admission is $5.00. (21 and older), Children are welcome and are free.

Sunday Concert Series – June 19, 2011 6-8:30PM
The Sunday concert series celebrates each week and on the 18th will feature “Tony Vega Band” with red hot blues, roots & roll straight out of Texas. Admission is $5.00. (21 and older), Children are welcome and are free.

Bring your own wine glass (if you prefer glass) 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 and fill up fast. 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 as well. (The menu will vary each week.) Pets must be on a leash. No outside food or drink allowed in.

Festival de Mariachi
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
281-890-5500
http://www.tradersvillage.com
June 19, 2011

A great event that provide entertainment for the public with numerous Mariachis from the Houston area. Admission is free and parking is just $3.

Wendy’s Fourth Annual Father’s Day Frosty Weekend
http://www.facebook.com/Frosty
June 18 & 19, 2011

During Father’s Day Weekend, Wendy’s will donate .50 for every Frosty sold to support Wendys Wonderful Kids, which finds permanent adoptive families for foster children as the signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA). Other ways to give: Treat it Forward! This is an online initiative on Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare that gives additional ways to support the cause. Each interaction will result in additional .50 donations. You can go to http://www.facebook.com/Frosty (Treat it Fwd tab) and Tweet using the hash tag #TreatItFwd; or Give a virtual Frosty as a gift or Virtually toast your dad by snapping a photo of you raising your Frosty cup, tagging it with the words Wendy’s Father’s Day Frosty Weekend; or Tell friends about Father’s Day Frosty Weekend through the application. You can also check-in to a Wendy’s during Father’s Day Weekend using Foursquare and a .50 donation will be made.


Weekend Festival Update: Memorial Day Ceremony & More

This weekly listing from MyCityRocks provides a calendar of upcoming festivals and open events happening around Houston over the coming week. Many of these events are free and family-oriented.

Memorial Day Ceremony
Seawolf Park on Pelican Island
Seawolf Park Blvd
Galveston, TX
409-771-2339
http://www.galveston.com/
May 30, 2011, 11-12:00PM

The event will be held at the site of two historic World War II ships the USS Cavalla and USS Stewart in the park’s Memorial Plaza. The Memorial Day Ceremony at Seawolf Park has become a Galveston tradition, where veterans and citizens come together to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States. The ceremony will include: Speakers from various military branches, Tolling of the Bell in remembrance of submarines and crews lost at war,Laying of the Wreath ritual in Galveston Harbor. The hour-long ceremony will begin at 11AM Admission and parking is free. For more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

S.H.A.P.E. Community Center 32nd Annual Pan African Cultural Festival
S.H.A.P.E.’s “Our Park”
3815 Live Oak
Houston, TX 77004
713-521-0641
http://www.shape.org/
May 28, 2011 8:00AM-11:00PM

The Pan Afrikan Cultural Festival begins at 8:00 am with a “Tour De Hood” Bicycle Ride. This family oriented event will feature music, dance, petting zoo, face-painting, food, a film festival, and much more. Live performances and entertainment by Houston’s notable as well as emerging performing artists. Art and craft exhibits, and a variety of informational displays and presentations. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Summer Youth Enrichment program. This event is free and open to the public. Call or visit the web-site for more information.

Memorial Day in the Woodlands (2-day event)
Waterway Square (located South of Woodlands Mall)
Waterway Square Place @ Waterway Ave
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-363-2447
http://www.thewoodlandscvb.com/
May 28-29, 2011 6-9:00PM

Pack a Picnic, load the coolers, bring blankets and chairs to this free Memorial celebration. Two full nights of live music and fireworks at Waterway Square located along The Woodlands Waterway! The entertainment starts Saturday at 6:00PM with “August 83” and at 7:40PM is Alter Ego; On Sunday, 6:00PM is Buck Yeager Band (Country) and 7:40PM will be Breakfast at Tiffany’s (80’s/Variety). For more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

Houston’s 1st Annual South Texas Biker Jam and Expo
Reliant Arena
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
281-585-1700
http://www.sotxbikerjam.com/
May 28-29, 2011

For two days only, motorcycle enthusiasts will find, shop and discover all the latest gear, parts and information relating to the exciting sport of motorcycling. Unlike traditional biker rallies, the South Texas Biker Jam & Expo is bringing this world-class experience to area fans all under one roof. Among the many fun-filled attractions featured at this one-of-a-kind event are live music acts, live auction, Swap Meet Area open during Expo, vintage motorcycle exhibits, custom bike competition, tattoo competition, a leather fashion show, outdoor demo rides and plenty of high-energy shows featuring freestyle stunt riders. Bring the family, because you don’t want to miss this unforgettable event! Free Parking for Motorcycles. Admission is $18.00 per person with children 12 and under free. All military personnel and veterans are half-price. Benefitting Texas Honor Ride (To honor, directly help and improve the quality of life of wounded warriors and their families who are recovering at the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas.) For more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com

May 27-30, 2011 – Memorial Day Weekend Celebration
Memorial Day Weekend dive into summer. Food, fun and live entertainment all weekend long.

June 02, 2011 – Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series 6:30-10:15PM
All summer long enjoy a great mix of musical talent every Thursday evening! June 02nd will feature the band “FAB 5” with British Invasion Rock.

Also experience the fantastic rides, games, shopping, live entertainment along with a variety of well-known restaurants all in a magnificent waterfront atmosphere. Don’t forget to check out the new exhibits such as the Stingray Reef, where you can touch and feed live stingrays! Other exhibits include piranhas, snakes, scorpians, tarantulas, turtles and more. Admission is always free! Call or visit the web-site for more information.

Sunday Concert Series
Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510
409-925-1401
http://www.haakwine.com
Sundays from 6-8:30PM

The Sunday concert series celebrates this week with “Pee Wee Bowen”. 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. Admission is $5.00. (21 and older) 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 free and children are welcome. For more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

Spring Concert Series in Central Park
Market Street (is the area name and is located West of Woodlands Mall)
9595 Six Pine Dr
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-210-3950
http://www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com/
Thursdays from 6:00-8:30PM

The Woodlands presents the return of its popular, month-long spring concert series every Thursday evening through June. The series line-up will include some of the area’s hottest musical talents to perform right in Market Street’s Central Park. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Admission is free. On June 02nd the featured artist is “Joe Carmouche” Classic Rock and Dance hits. For more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
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.

May 28-30, 2011 6-9:00PM – Memorial to Military and Civilian Losses in Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
A memorial to all lives lost in the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is on display May 28, 29, and 30th. The memorial consists of a labeled US and Texas flag for each of the almost 600 Texans killed in both conflicts and prayer flags and photos to denote the many tens of thousands of Afghan and Iraqi civilian losses. Event is sponsored by the Houston chapters of Veterans for Peace and CodePink. Volunteers are needed to plant flags at 9 AM on the 28th and retrieve flags at 7 PM on the 30th.

May 28, 2011, 2011 7:00PM – All You Need Is Love
Houston musicians the Fab 40 channel the Beatles and recreate Abbey Road from start to finish, with a few musical surprises along the way.

June 02, 2011 6:30PM – Thursday Concert Series: Raul Malo and Shannon Whitworth
Rock out at the free, family-friendly concerts showcasing the best music of Texas and the Gulf Coast. With magnetic vocals and scorching guitars, former Mavericks frontman Raul Malo draws on the plaintive sounds of Texas country & soul while calling up the spirit of a sultry Cuban night. With non-stop touring, writing, recording, and crooning, Raul is at the top of his game. Opening act: Shannon Whitworth. ****Recycle your empty Saint Arnold six-pack carriers for double reward points at this concert.

Estrellas del Manana
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
281-890-5500
http://www.tradersvillage.com
May 29, 2011

join them for Estrellas del Manana. 102.9 Estereo Latino will be live and doing giveaways. Also see Estrella del Manana, Margarita Canela, performing live between 1-4p. Boost Mobile will also have premium giveaways and phones on-site to try out for free. There will also be free face painting! Admission and concert is free, parking is just $3. Call or visit the web-site for more information.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
713-533-3276
http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the web-site for matinee performance shows and schedules.

May 26th through 29th, 2011 8:00PM – Dancin’ in the Streets: Motown & More Revue
This electrifying and soulful revue features many of Houston’s most talented vocalists and dancers, accompanied by the 23-piece BACEMENT Orchestra. Dancin’ in the Streets: Motown & More Revue features soul music from its inception in the 1950s to present day. The BACE Company recreates the music of legendary soul music greats as recorded by Motown, STAX, Atlantic, Philadelphia International, Duke and Peacock, and other labels. This is a ticketed event 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.

Weekend Festival Update: The 25th Annual Texas Crawfish & Music Festival + More

The 25th Annual Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
Preservation Park in Historic Old Town Spring
130 Spring School Road
Spring Texas 77373
800-653-8696
http://www.texascrawfishfestival.com/
May 13-15th & 20-22nd, 2011 – Rain or Shine! (*Volunteer opportunities
available)

LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER! (Let the good times roll!)
The 2011 Texas Crawfish & Music Festival features 2 weekends
of live music on three stages as well as the best Cajun
Crawfish in the South. The festival Kicks into gear with
live entertainment on three stages from some of the
top country and Texas country bands, zydeco, indie and rock
acts along with carnival rides, midway games, exhibitions and
interactive educational stations and activities for kids of
all ages. Not to mention the best Southern Louisiana food,
Cajun-style crawfish and the spiciest fixings in the land!
Hours for celebrating will be: 6PM to 12AM every Friday,
12PM to 12AM every Saturday, and 12PM to 6PM every Sunday.
SAVE $MONEY$ PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE! Adults $8.00 Online,
Ages 12 and under are FREE. (Groups of 25 or more – $6.00
online) Ticket is good any ONE day. Save $4.00 off the gate
price and by-pass the ticket lines! Tickets will be available
for $12 at the gate with children ages 12 and under FREE.
(Must be accompanied by an adult.) Active AND inactive
military receive FREE admission with current military I.D.
Parking is $7.00 with part of the proceeds go to the Knights
of Columbus. Call or visit the web-site for more information
and entertainment schedules.

15th Annual Yaga’s Wild Game & BBQ Cook-off
Pier 21
2100 Harborside Dr.
Galveston, TX
409-789-2288
www.yagaschildrensfund.org
May 13-14, 2011 – Volunteer opportunities available!

The 15th Annual Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cook-off benefiting the
Yaga’s Children’s Fund will be held at Pier 21 on Galveston
Island. The competition allows backyard chefs, sportsmen and
women, and outdoor enthusiasts to show off their culinary
skills and enjoy some good old fashioned fun, fellowship and
food. On Saturday, festival-goers of all ages can stroll
through rows of smoking pits competing in five cooking
divisions from 11AM to 6PM First through fifth place
finishes will be awarded in each division along with a trophy
for the team with best showmanship. Cook-off attendees can
eat, relax and enjoy great live music throughout the day.
Saturday’s cook-off is family friendly offering a giant,
free Kids Area featuring moon walks, face painters, pony
rides and a variety of other activities. Admssion is free for
both days. Also featured is a
Yaga’s Wild Game 5K run/walk at 8:30AM on Saturday from 28th
and Seawall to 10th and Seawall and back. The entry fee is
$25 and participants receive an event t-shirt and BBQ dinner
coupon. Information on the run will be posted on the event
website. Call or visit the web-site for more information.

Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow Presents “My big fat Greek wedding”
Market Square Park
301 Milam
Houston, TX 77002
713-650-3022
http://marketsquarepark.com/
May 13, 2011 8:00PM

Enjoy free quirky classic movies under the stars! Bring
your blanket, lawn chair, family and friends and start your
weekend off at the Square. Call or visit the web-site for
more information.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com

May 14th, 2011 – 7th Annual Corvette Show
Brought to you by the San Jacinto Corvette Club, benefiting
Kidz Harbor.
May 19, 2011 – Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series 6:30-10:15PM

All summer long enjoy a great mix of musical talent every
Thursday evening! May 19th will feature the band “The Slags”
with their dance rock.

Also experience the fantastic rides, games, shopping, live
entertainment along with a variety of well-known restaurants
all in a magnificent waterfront atmosphere. Don’t forget to
check out the new exhibits such as the Stingray Reef,
where you can touch and feed live stingrays! Other exhibits
include piranhas, snakes, scorpians, tarantulas, turtles and
more. Admission is always free! Call or visit the web-site
for more information.

Sunday Concert Series
Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510
409-925-1401
http://www.haakwine.com
Sundays from 6-8:30PM

The Sunday concert series kicks off May 15th featuring the band
“Ezra Charles”. 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. Admission is $5.00. 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 many will vary each Sunday.) No outside food or drink
allowed. The event is free and children are welcome. For
more information please call or Visit the Web-site.

2nd Saturday at the Depot
Historic Tomball Depot Plaza
201 South Elm ~ One block south of Main Street
Tomball, TX 77375
281-610-2595
http://www.tomballtx.com/
May 14, 2011 Opens at 6:00PM ~ Movie begins at dark

Bring the whole family, your lawn chairs or blankets and a
picnic dinner. The featured movie of the month will be “Annie”
(1982) starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette
Peters, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Geoffrey Holder, Edward
Herrmann, and Aileen Quinn as Annie. Other highlights
include: Face Painting, Music by Tudy, The Flute Player,
Fun Kid’s Crafts and a special visit from Little Orphan Annie,
Daddy Warbucks & His assistant Miss Grace Farrell.
Concessions will be available. No glass containers. Help
Abandoned Animal Rescue, by bringing your favorite pet food
to donate! In case of rain, event will be held at the Tomball
Community Center 221 Market Street. Please visit the web-site
for more information.

Spring Concert Series in Central Park
Market Street (is the area name and is located West of Woodlands Mall)
9595 Six Pine Dr
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-210-3950
http://www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com/
Thursdays from 6:00-8:30PM

The Woodlands presents the return of its popular, month-long
spring concert series every Thursday evening through June.
The series line-up will include some of the area’s hottest
musical talents to perform right in Market Street’s Central
Park. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Admission is
free. On May 19th the featured artist is “Althea Rene” Soul
and Jazz music. For more information please call or Visit
the Web-site.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
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.

May 13, 2011 8:00PM – KUHF Silent Film Concert Series: Battleship
Potemkin

These silent films have been updated with fresh scores
performed live by Texas best indie classic musicians. Golden
Arm Trio of Austin performs their haunting score to Sergei
Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin. (1925,
75 min. NR) Located at Fondren Performance Space.

May 14, 2011 6:30PM – Blues Brothers presented by IKEA Houston Screen on
the Green

Enjoy a performance by Houston’s own Eugene Moody & Blues Back
Band on the Anheuser-Busch Stage from 6:30-8:00PM, movie
begins at 8:00PM. Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts
together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and
brother Elwood were raised. (1980, 133 min. Please note this
film is Rated R for language). Special guests, the Texas Film
Round-Up will give you free digital copies of your old family
films and videos while you add to Texas film archive.

May 18, 2011 Burgers and Blues – Every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00PM

Enjoy Houston’s best in blues music with a free lunchtime
concert on the Anheuser-Busch Stage. Entertaining this week
is “The Texas Prince of Zydeco”.

May 19, 2011 6:30PM – Thursday Concert Series presented by Capital One
Bank: Carolyn Wonderland and John Egan

Rock out at the free, family-friendly concerts showcasing the
best music of Texas and the Gulf Coast. Guitar goddess and
sultry soul singer Carolyn Wonderland counts Bob Dylan among
her fans for good reason. She has been a Houston favorite
since she was a teen. Bob Dylan is a fan and a friend.
Come see why for yourself. **Recycle your empty Saint Arnold
six-pack carriers for double reward points at this concert.

Houston Peace Festival 2011
1318 W. 26th St
Houston, TX 77008
713-862-6685
http://friendshouston.org/peacefest.html
May 14, 2011 1:00-7:00PM

Bring your peaceful energy to the Houston Peace Festival where
you will enjoy the company of others interested in peace, live
music, dance performances, art, food, and more! Live music
being featured includes Ben & Ciaran (Folk/Punk), Edmund Evans
(Folk/Pop), Zwee (Funk/Jam Band/Soul), Zin (Conscious Rap),
Brandon West and the Black Hats (Funk/Rock/Soul), Young
Mammals (Indie/Rock), and Poopy Lungstuffing (Ukulele). Other
attractions will include: Art Sale by Artists from Winter
Street Studios; Art Cars on display and Featuring: A wide
variety of food and kids activities. (Please, no alcoholic
beverages.) Call or visit the web-site for more information.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
713-533-3276
http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com/
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the web-site for matinee performance shows and schedules.

May 13, 2011 8:00PM – Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys w/Los
Skarnales

Austin-based songwriter Alejandro Escovedo brings his Street
Songs of Love tour to Miller Outdoor Theatre. Before
settling into a solo career in the early 1990s, Escovedo’s
musical journey took him from Texas to California to New York
and back again to Texas. Los Skarnales kicks off the evening.
Always true
to roots music in all forms, Skarnales performs a mixture of
ska, reggae, rockabilly, swing, mambo, cumbia, and danzones,
all with a punk attitude. Never letting down at a live show,
the band has performed extensively throughout the United
States and Mexico. Los Skarnales is on the verge of releasing
its Fourth studio album entitled Dle Shine! which was
recorded in New Orleans.

May 14, 2011 8:00PM – The Grass Roots

From Midnight Confessions to “Temptation Eyes” to “Baby
Hold On”, the band performs their 14 Top 40 hits and more!
In their career, The Grass Roots achieved one platinum album,
two gold albums, one gold single and charted singles a total
of 21 times. Between 1967 and 1972, The Grass Roots set a
record for being on the Billboard charts for 307 straight
weeks. They have sold over twenty million records worldwide.
Houston’s own The Fab 5 kick off the show.

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.

Haute Wheels Houston
Houstons First Food Truck Festival
Houston Community College Southwest Campus
5601 West Loop South Freeway
Houston, TX 77081
713-557-5732
http://hautewheelshouston.com/
May 14-15, 2011 Noon

This is not your typical food truck festival; this event will
offer cutting-edge culinary flavors from chefs who want to
take your palette on a journey you won’t soon forget. Combine
gourmet food with fine wines, ice-cold beer, a Vendor Village
packed with artisans, live music will playing on the main
stage hourly and you will find everything from jewelry to
fabulous food products and everything in between at the Vendor
Village. You can “hit the streets”
with whole family because there will be a special area for
the smallest cuisine enthusiasts with a kid-sized kitchen,
an interactive play area and more. Tickets are available for
$16 for adults, which include $5 worth of drink tickets. Get
truckin’. A limited number of tickets will be sold for the
event. Call or visit the web-site for more information.

Second Saturday Buffalo Bayou Boat Rides!
Sabine Street Promenade
Parking on Memorial Drive @Houston Ave)
Houston, TX 77002
713-752-0314 ext 4
http://www.buffalobayou.org
May 14, 2011 – Sabine 10:00AM-2:00PM (30-minute rides
every half-hour)

These 30-minute boat rides are a great way to spend the
afternoon with your family. Escape from the city and enjoy
the cool breeze as you glide along the bayou’s waters. Look
for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even the occasional
alligator sunning on the bayou’s banks. After your cruise,
enjoy a picnic lunch on the new Sabine Promenade grounds.
No Reservations (21 person capacity per trip). Admission is
$7 Adults, $5 children (ages 4-12), (children under 4 not
permitted). Cash Only. Please note: the last tour departs
at 1:30PM, For more information, please visit the web-site.

14th Annual Gulf Coast GTO Club Car Show
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
281-890-5500
http://www.tradersvillage.com
May 15, 2011

The annual Grazin With The Goats Gulf Coast GTO Club car
show features more than 75 muscle cars on display and
competition.
Cars of all sorts show up at the Marketplace for this event
and the line-up is impressive. Other attractions include:
Open car show to All Makes and Models – from GTOs and
Corvettes, to Malibu’s, Firebirds, and classics from the
1920s. Music provided by “JD the DJ” of Cruisin’ Times
Magazine. Free T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag to first
100 entrants. Judging Starts at 10:00AM and Awards will be
presented at 3:30PM. A percentage of the proceeds go to a
local charity. Admission is free and parking is just $3.
Call or visit the web-site for more information or to register
to participate.