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

Texas Yacht Show & Wine Fest
585 Bradford St
Kemah, TX 77565
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.