Houston Festival Update: Swashbucklers Soiree + More

The 34th Annual Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows
2 Reliant Park
Houston 77054
July 20-24, 2011

A fun filled event that has everything to do with dogs and the people who love them. This dog show will have breed judging and obedience, agility dogs racing over obstacle courses, flyball teams hurdling to beat the clock, and four-footed athletes catching Frisbees and dancing to music. There will also be the Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit and the McScotty Market to buy dog goodies. There will also be practical clinics on dog health, grooming and training and also a Meet the Breed seminar to find the perfect pet for any family. Anyone is welcome to the Dog Shows; and if guests bring their dog, they will have the opportunity to participate in Agility and Rally trials even if they are not registered with the American Kennel Club or the Canine Partners Program. Courses will be set up and trained professionals on-site to help teach the owners and handlers how to properly compete in the Agility and Rally sports. Admission is Adults: $10.00, Children: $1.00 (with adult) and Seniors: $5.00.

Fourth Annual Swashbucklers Soiree
Texas Seaport Museum
2100 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX
July 23, 2011 6-10:00PM

This years pirate bash will include a silent auction, great food, ale for all and entertainment to shiver ye timbers! Doors will open to the public at 6:00 pm and bidding on silent auction items will continue until 8:30 pm. Admission will be $15 each at the door, $12 for GAC members. Pirate attire is encouraged! Drawing for the raffle will take place at 9:00 pm. Galveston Mayor Joe Jaws Jaworski will serve as honorary chair of the event and will do the honor of drawing the winning raffle ticket. The grand prize is a 4-night Caribbean cruise for two adults. A second drawing will be held for an eighteen inch freshwater cultured 10mm black pearl necklace.

Mixers & Elixers 2011
Houston Museum of Natural Science
One Hermann Circle Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Every Friday evening through August 26th, 2011 from 7:00-10:00PM

First the Paleozoic, then the Mesozoic, and now the Mixer-Elixiric. Another era is coming to an end at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Come kick it with the smart crowd and raise a glass in fond farewell to the scintillating summer soiree series, Mixers and Elixirs. Seven great years of witty conversation, fly dance moves, and high intellect mingling The perfect party, where the science club meets the social set, happens every Friday night this summer with “The Octanes” setting the mood for the evening on July 22nd. 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: H-Town StrEATs Globally inspired street food. Cash only; and Melange Creperie Savory and sweet Parisian style crepes. Cash only.

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

July 22-24, 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. Hours are extended this Saturday until 8PM. Cost is $5 per person (kayak accomodates 2 people and 1 guide).

Bands on the Sand Concert Series
Palm Beach, Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554
Fridays from 6-10:00PM

Continuing the summer series on July 22nd, “Vertigo”, whose repertoire focuses on 80’s power rock with a twist of modern and alternative rock and current rock hits delivered with energy and captivating emotion. Don’t forget to stick around at the end for a fantastic fireworks display. Admission is $10. This event will run each week through mid-August.

Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510

July 23, 2011 7-10:00PM – Saturday Concert with Nigel Edison
Enjoy a leisurely Saturday concert at the winery with friends. The featured artist for this event will be “Nigel Edison” who was recently featured on Houstons own “Great Day Houston” show with Debra Duncan. 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 “Level One Band”
The Sunday concert series hosts the “Level One 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

July 26, 2011 7:30PM – Boomin’ by the Bay – Free Christain Concert Series
Join KSBJ and NGEN radio on the boardwalk every Tuesday throughout July for performances by popular Christian bands and artists. Performing July 26th will be “Group 1 Crew with B. Reith”.

July 28, 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 “The Slags”, Dance Rock.

Kid Krazy Mondays Amazing discounts on kids meals, the Boardwalk Beast and All Day Ride Passes. (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!

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.

July 22, 2011 8:00PM – The Gourds & Doyle Bramhall
Austin’s “The Gourds” bring their kaleidoscopic-country sound to Hermann Park as the featured artist. Texas music legend Doyle Bramhall kicks off the evening under the stars.