Weekend Festival Update: The 24th Annual Houston Art Car Parade + More

38th Annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival
Pasadena Fairgrounds
7902 Fairmont Pkwy @ Red Bluff Rd
Pasadena TX 77507
May 20-22, 2011

This years festival will be holding a barbecue cook-off,
offer many forms of arts and crafts, live entertainment, a
teen battle of the bands and the world’s largest strawberry
shortcake. Specialty attractions over the three-day event
will include: a Pre-Festival Bike Ride; Helicopter Ride;
Daryl Cleveland- Juggler, IGX Interactive Game Experience,
Mutton Bustin’, Stage Door Inc. & The Backstage Bunch,
Swamp Master Gator Show, Magic by Christopher Lyle, Swifty
Swine Racing Pigs, Whacky Chad, Open Karaoke Texas Star Stage,
Teen Karaoke Contest and a whole lot more. General
Admission $10, Children 6-11 $5,and Children
0-5 Free, Seniors Adults (55+) $5. Tickets are available
online. Call or visit the web-site for more information.

The 24th Annual Houston Art Car Parade
Presented by The Orange Show
Allen Parkway (between Taft and Downtown)
Houston, TX 77002
May 22, 2011 1:00PM – Volunteer opportunities available!

The 24th Annual Art Car Parade with some 250 “motoriffic”
mobile masterpieces best described as folk art on four
wheels. As a free BYOG (bring your own goodies- lawn chairs,
water, treats, no dogs please) event, the Parade has become
a nationwide phenomenon and continues to bring out the
artist in everyone. Expect to see scores of lowriders,
classic cars, costumed rollerskaters, musicians on floats,
art bicyclists, hot-rodders and hard-to-classify rolling
contraptions. Entries come from all over the U.S. and
abroad. The Art Car Parade is a true public art event,
created by the people and for the people. Parade-goers
will find activities aplenty: sand castle creations, arts
and crafts, Art Car painting, food, drinks, and good times.
Admission is free. There is shaded bleacher seating
in Sam Houston Park available for $25 a ticket. Call or
visit the web-site for more information.

The 25th Annual Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
Preservation Park in Historic Old Town Spring
130 Spring School Road
Spring Texas 77373
May 20-22nd, 2011 – Rain or Shine!

LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER! (Let the good times roll!)
The festival Kicks into gear Friday 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.
Adults $8.00 Online,
Ages 12 and under are FREE. (Groups of 25 or more – $6.00
online) Ticket is good any ONE day. By ordering online you will
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.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380

May 20, 2011 8:00PM – Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with Hans Graf, conductor &
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

The Houston Symphony’s comes to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell
Pavilion, featuring the composer’s impressive final concerto.
The piece is rich in expansive melodies, beautiful lyricism
and extraordinary brilliance. Charismatic cellist, Alisa
Weilerstein, brings her passionate interpretation to Dvorak’s
masterpiece. Weilerstein is a veteran on the classical music
scene having performed with the nation’s top orchestras, given
recitals in music capitals throughout the U.S. and Europe, and
regularly appeared at prestigious festivals. She also is a
dedicated chamber musician. Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2
also is part of this classical concert.

May 26, 2011 8:00PM – Let the Good Times Roll, The music of Ray Charles

Michael Krajewski, conductor presents “Let the Good Times Roll”
with special guest, Ellis Hall, as he performs music from the
late, great Ray Charles. A former protege of Charles, Hall
plays tribute to his friend in a concert dedicated to his
music and memory with hits like “I Can’t Stop Loving You”
and “Hit the Road Jack.”

For both performances, Orchestra Seating is $15 with free
mezzanine and general admission lawn Seating. Gates will
open at 7:00PM. Visit the web-site for more information.

Live after 5
Jones Plaza
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002
May 20, 2011 5-10:00PM

The weekly FREE Summer Concert Series presented by Majic 102.1
returns to Jones Plaza on May 20th with a live performance
by “ZAPP!” Call or visit the web-site to register for your
chance to win passes to relax inside the Gexa Energy VIP
Lounge and enjoy complimentary food and beverages while
watching the show and for more information.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565

May 21, 2011 – Bay Day

The Galveston Bay Foundation presents interactive exhibits,
activities and demonstrations to introduce people to the
Galveston Bay system.

May 26, 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 26th will feature the band “Rat Ranch”
Houston’s Favorite Rock & Roll.

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
Sundays from 6-8:30PM

The Sunday concert series celebrates this week with
“The Tony Vega 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. 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
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 26th the featured artist is “The Brew” – Latin
Jazz. For more information please call or Visit
the Web-site.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics
are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase.
No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages.For more
exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please
visit the web-site.

May 21, 2011 6-9:00PM – Art Car Parade Sneak Peek

Celebrate Houston’s Art Car Culture! Get your first look at
the new cars for 2011 and see some old favorites from years
past. Enjoy live music by Sandy Hickey, Texas Johnny Brown
and Trudy Lynn, plus DJ CeePlus Bad Knives along with
illuminated Art Cars and entertainment throughout the park.
See how it all happens! Art Car: The Movie follows a handful
of local artists as
they prepare their entries into the 2010 Art Car Parade
along with an inside look at how the City of Houston and
the Orange Show prepared for the event. See all the behind
of scenes details before the car show. Located throughout
the park.

May 23, 2011 6:00PM – HAA Folklife & Traditional Arts Program with Local
Roots/Global Culture Showcase: Miss Leslie & her Juke Jointers and


Miss Leslie and her Juke-Jointers, this gal delivers
straight-ahead Texas honky tonk in the Houston style,
crafting songs and covering standards that reflect the
heart break and heavy lifting of contemporary life.

May 25, 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 Rue Davis The Man with Many Voices.

May 26, 2011 6:30PM – Thursday Concert Series: Del Castillo and Norma

Rock out at the free, family-friendly concerts showcasing the
best music of Texas and the Gulf Coast. Spanish guitars and
corrido cool, country grit and Austin flair Del Castillo’s
smoldering hybrid of flamenco, rock, Latin, blues, and world
music will enchant you. Warning: spontaneous bursts of
dancing are the norm at their concerts. Come early, because
the last time they played the Green, the hill just got more
crowded as the licks got hotter and the night grew darker.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the web-site for matinee performance shows and schedules.

May 20th & 22nd 2011 8:00PM – Madame Butterfly

Houston Grand Opera presents Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, one
of the artform’s most popular and beloved operas. At her
wedding to Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton (Nathaniel Peake) to
the Geisha Cio-Cio-San (Ana Maria Martinez) promises to be
his for life; just three years later, abandoned and on the
verge of poverty, she and her young son wait with fierce
hope for his return. Based upon the new production originted
by the Tony Award-winning creative team of director Michael
Grandage (Red – Broadway 2010; Hamlet – Broadway 2009) and
designer Christopher Oram, the production draws its
inspiration from traditional Japanese art.

This is 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.

May 21, 2011 8:00PM – Movies at Miller: The Marx Brothers’ A Night at the

The Marx Brothers get mixed up with grand opera in their
first MGM-produced epic and their first without Zeppo. One
of their best films, blessed with a big budget–used to
reach epic anarchic heights. Some scenes were tested on
live audiences before inclusion, including the Groucho/Chico
paper-tearing contract negotiation and the celebrated
stateroom scene, in which the boys are joined in a small
closet by two maids, the ship’s engineer, his assistant,
a manicurist, a young woman, a cleaning lady, and four
food-laden waiters. No tickets needed for this movie,
either in the covered area or on the hill.

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.

Bands & Bombshells Concert
Saengerfest Park
2300 Strand at 23rd
Galveston, TX
May 20, 2011 7-10:30PM

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and pals to celebrate a fine
evening of live music under the stars. Enjoy a free concert
and dancing in Saengerfest Park as they welcome headliners,
the John Evans Band and local favorite, The Brandon McDermott
Band. For more information please call or Visit the