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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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.