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Red Cat Jazz Festival at Moody Gardens - MOODY GARDENS IS NOT SELLING TICKETS - For more information about the fesitval and to purchase tickets please visit

Galveston, Texas

May 2 - 4, 2014

4th Annual Red Cat Jazz Festival to splash down in Galveston

Galveston Island, TX (April 9, 2014) – The Red Cat Jazz Preservation Society announces the star-studded line-up for the 4th Annual Red Cat Jazz Festival, May 2-4, 2014, at Moody Gardens, Oleander Bowl on Galveston Island, Texas.  For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Grammy Award winners, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum and 2014 Grammy Nominee Boney James, headline an All-Star ensemble of musical guests performing at the 4th Annual Red Cat Jazz Festival.  The line-up also includes; Marion Meadows, Miki Howard, Tom Brown, Mike Phillips, Jazz in Pink featuring Nik West, Karen Briggs & Gail Jhonson; Michael Ward, Joey Sommerville and Bryan Best.  Additional artists may be added to the line-up.  Seating options start at $40 and gates open at noon. For complete schedule and program, go to or click here.

The Red Cat Jazz Festival 2014, hosted by Marion Meadows, celebrates its fourth year as one of the most coveted and highly anticipated music events in the Houston/Galveston area. Attracting both local and out-of-towners to the beautiful Island of Galveston, this world-class line-up will make this year’s festival second to none.  The weekend experience includes a pre-festival poolside reception where guests can mix and mingle with the artists up close and personal, a golf tournament at the Moody Gardens Golf Course, vendor exhibits, a host of culinary offerings and much more.  More information can be found here.  
The festival will also celebrate Houston’s own, Ronnie Laws’ fifty years in music.  The tribute will be a magical musical experience for the fans.

The Red Cat Jazz Preservation Society’s Rising Star Talent Competition will bring promising high school musicians to the stage as part of its mission to educate students about the importance of jazz music in Houston.  This initiative works to promote the dynamic and rich legacy of the city’s musical history.  The Rising Star’s will perform both Saturday and Sunday.  The Rising Star Talent Competition will be hosted by radio personality Dana Jackson.

Sponsors and partners of the 4th Annual Red Cat Jazz Festival on Galveston Island include Red Cat Jazz Café, Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center, Liquid Love Hair Care Products, Alix Investments, Greater Galveston Convention & Visitors Bureau,, Jazz Education, Inc., Change Magazine, Bay Area Turning Point and 1st and Ten Entertainment.

For more information on the 2014 Red Cat Jazz Festival click here.
Red Cat Jazz Preservation Society produces signature events for private, corporate and non-profit organizations, with the goal of promoting and preserving the unique art form of jazz musicians and jazz oriented music.  The goal is attained through affordable concert events and free educational activities for non-profit organizations including music lectures, music programs and student activities.

To purchase festival tickets online or to check out the music lineup, click here.


April 20: Celebrate Easter at The Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

Celebrate Easter with a wonderful weekend and buffet at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. Receive a $50 resort credit on your two night stay when you book by calling 1-888-388-88484. Room rates start at $159+tax per night. All children will receive a complimentary Easter basket at check-in. *Cannot be combined with group rates or other discounts.

Let us do the cooking this Easter and dine at the phenominal Easter buffet held in the Moody Ballroom. On April 20, join Moody Gardens Hotel and partake in the culinary delights of the Easter Sunday Buffet in the wonderful Frances Anne Moody Ballroom. Sit down with family and friends and enjoy Roast Leg of Lamb with Fresh Herbs, baked ham with curry sause and grilled pineapple, chilled Gulf shrimp, chicken cordon bleu, roasted pork loin, pan seared snapper, omelet and waffle station and a dessert table bursting with cakes, cookies, mousse and more. The prices are $42.95 for adults, $32.95 for seniors, $19.95 children ages 4-12, children 3 and under are free. The buffet hours are from 11am-3pm. Guests are asked to call 409-741-8484 to schedule a reservation. Seating is every 30 minutes. To see the Easter buffet menu, click here.

To celebrate Easter, the Moody Gardens Hotel will have a petting zoo, pictures with the Easter bunny and other family friendly activities.


Kids Crew Activities for Easter Weekend at The Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center


Kids Crew for April 18, 2014

3:30pm – 6pm Smore’s (Kids Crew Pad)

Kids Crew for April 19, 2014

8am – 10am Easter Bunny walk thru lobby and restaurant

10:30 – 12pm Face painting and Balloon animals (Outside of Café in the park)

12:30 – 1pm Easter Scavenger Hunt (Start in hotel lobby)

1pm – 3pm Easter Crafts (2nd floor by Elevators)

3:30pm – 6pm Smore’s (Kids Crew Pad)


Kids Crew for April 20,  2014

8am – 10am Easter Bunny walks thru lobby and restaurant.

9am – 3pm Petting zoo and crafts. (Outside the ballroom)

10:30 – 12pm Face painting and balloon animals. (Outside of Café in the Park)

12:30 – 1pm Easter scavenger hunt. (Starts in hotel lobby)

Please make sure you visit Moody Gardens Attractions for the complimentary Easter activities

The annual Easter in the Gardens makes its way back to Moody Gardens on April 20. Kids ages 12 and under are invited to this free event to search for the golden eggs in our famous egg hunts. Click here for information. A variety of activities will be offered for all ages beginning at 11 a.m., such as face painting and games for prizes, as well as a petting zoo.
Easter egg hunts are scheduled throughout the day at these times:

Easter Egg Hunt # 1
11:30 am ages 0-3
12:00 pm ages 4-7
12:30 pm ages 8-12

Easter egg Hunt # 2
2:00 pm ages 0-3
2:30 pm ages 4-7
3:00 pm ages 8-12


Moody Gardens Ropes Course and Zip Line – May 2014

Challenge your agility, balance and strength as you encounter the five-tier Sky Trail® Ropes Course, the tallest Steel Ropes Course on the Gulf Coast! Toddlers and small children can even take on an adventure of a smaller scale on the Sky Tykes™ Ropes Course that is appropriate for those who are 42” and under.Thrill seekers can now take adventure to a whole new level at the Moody Gardens Zip Line. Snap into your harness and step to the edge of the zip line platform and glide over Palm Beach and the Lazy River 50 ft. in the air for a bird’s eye view of the Moody Gardens pyramids and tropical gardens


Ropes Course: $18.00
Zip Line and Ropes Course Combo Ticket: $27.00
Zip Line Roundtrip Zip: $18.00
Kid’s Adventure Course: $5.00 (Chaperone Required)
Day Pass: 25% Discount
Members: 50% Discount
*Event Rental Available


Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah
The touring exhibition, organized by National Geographic and Premier Exhibitions, Inc., brings the classical age of 18th century piracy to life by showcasing over 200 artifacts recovered from the wreck site of the Whydah, the world's first authenticated Pirate Ship that was discovered just off the coast of Cape Cod.

Click here to view this flier.

Journey to the South pacific 3D
Narrated by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, this breathtaking IMAX 3D adventure of hope and celebration will take moviegoers to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where you encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea.

Penguins 3D – Opens March 8
Narrated by David Attenborough, follow a special King Penguin on an epic journey through the most challenging time of his life as he fights to keep his new family alive in the sub-Antartic island of Penguin City.

Rio the 4D Experience – Opens March 8
When the last blue macaws on Earth, Blue and Jewel are captured by a gang of greedy bird smugglers, the unexpected duo must work together to embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this thrilling 4D journey through Rio de Janeiro.

Galapagos 3D – Opens Summer 2014
Meet giant half-ton tortoises and marine iguanas that spit sea-salt. Dance with the topical albatrosses and hunt fishes with the colorful blue-footed boobies. Swim with tiny penguins thousands of miles away from their natural habitats. This is a story of discovery, of survival against the odds, and of nature’s ingenuity, all brought to life in stunning 3D.

Palm Beach – Opens May 10
Start your summer with splash as Moody Gardens’ Palm Beach open for weekends starting May 10. Once the summer vacation season starts, Palm Beach will be open daily. Sink your feet into our soft white sandy beaches or cool off in our 650-foot lazy river with over 60 interactive points to spray your friends as they float along.

Ice Sculptures at Festival of LightsNovember 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015
The coolest new experience on the Gulf Coast will feature 20 large ice sculptures. A skilled team of professional ice carvers will take 6,000 300 lbs. ice blocks and transform them into majestic displays ranging from holiday-themed sculptures to undersea characters from SpongeBob SquarePants. Chilled and held at a temperature of 15 degrees, you can witness these works of art as Galveston makes its holiday transformation into a Winter Wonder Island.

Festival of Lights November 22, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Brighten up the wintery season with Moody Gardens at the 13th annual Festival of Lights opening on Nov. 22nd. Guests will be able to enjoy the largest holiday lightening event on the Gulf Coast every night this year through the entirety of the Festival! Kicking off with Santa parachuting in for this free event, the Festival of Lights packs the night with over 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays, one million lights, live entertainment, Texas-sized Artic Ice Slide and the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink.

2014 Moody Gardens' Attraction and Exhibition Prices

March 1, 2014 Price Changes & New Exhibit Pricing

Value Passes (Includes admission to Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah)

• One Day - $59.95

• Two Day - $79.95

• Group Day - $46.00

• Group Two Day (Same as all attractions) - $54.00

Memberships (Includes admission to Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah)

• Individual - $99.00

• Family (5 people) - $380.00

• Renewal (Individual) - $85.00

• Renewal (Family of 5) - $320.00

Ropes Course & Zip Line (Opens March 29, 2014)

• Ropes Admission - $18.00

• Zip Line - $18.00

• Combo - $27.00

• Kid’s Adventure Course - $5.00 (Chaperone required)

• Membership Discount - 50%

• Day Pass Discount – 25%

Private Groups (50 people maximum)

• Ropes & Zip Line - $1,500.00 (3 Hour rental)

• Kid’s Adventure - $400.00 (2.5 Hours on course)

• Total Course - $1,900.00 (15 Minute setup)

ICE Exhibit (Opens November 15, 2014)

• Adult - $26.95

• Senior - $21.95

• Child - $15.95

Festival of Lights (Opens November 15, 2014)

• Admission - $8.95

• Skate Rental - $7.00

• Attraction Add-on after 4:30 pm - $7.00

Ice Slide

• Single Slide - $7.00

• 10 Slides - $20.00

• One Day Unlimited - $25.00

Ice Rink

• Admission (12 pm – 4 pm) - $7.95

• Skate Rental - $7.00


• Single Ride - $4.00

• Three Rides - $10.00

Group Rates (20 people or more)

Festival of Lights

• Non-peak Dates - $4.95

• Peak Dates - $5.95

Festival of Lights with Buffet

• Non-peak Dates - $25.00

• Peak Dates - $27.00

ICE Exhibit

• Non-peak Dates - $15.95

• Peak Dates - $15.95 (Before 4 pm)

ICE Exhibit with Festival of Lights

• Non-peak Dates - $20.95

• Peak Dates - $20.95 (Before 4 pm)

ICE Exhibit, Festival of Lights and Buffet

• Non-peak Dates - $39.00

• Peak Dates - $39.00 (Before 4 pm)

For more information, visit


Magical Christmas 2 – Home for the Holidays Dinner and Show

Is there no better joy than remembering the wonder and magic of the Christmases of your childhood? Come revive your child's spirit by spending an evening at Moody Gardens as Master Illusionist Curt Miller and his friends return this December in a new production:
"A Magical Christmas 2 – Home for the Holidays Dinner and Show."

Witness people appearing and disappearing right before your eyes. Enjoy many of your favorite Christmas songs performed by amazing singers and musicians. Experience Christmas narratives enhanced with the uniquely spectacular illusions of renowned magician and illusionist, Curt Miller. If you enjoyed the show last year, you will love what Curt has added to this year's production!

Moody Garden's Executive Chef Urs Schmid has created a delectable holiday buffet dinner to enhance the one hour show spectacular. Your ticket to the dinner and show also includes admission to the incredible Moody Gardens Festival of Lights.

There is simply no better way to experience the joy of Christmas this year. Bring the whole family, friends and co-workers and prepare for a terrific evening of holiday song, dance and…Magic. Your inner-child will thank you.

Each ticket includes

  • A Magical Christmas starring Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends
  • Chef Urs's Holiday Buffet Dinner  Click here to view menu
  • Admission to The Moody Gardens Festival of Lights
  • All Taxes and Gratuities
  • Complementary and Convenient Self Parking

Special Discounts for Hotel Stay Packages

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Santa's Workshop - Kid's Crew Activities

An awesome holiday adventure awaits you and your child when participating in Santa’s Workshop. This holiday season, Kids Crew transforms into Santa’s Workshop and provides all Moody Gardens Hotel guests complimentary access to various activities. Santa’s Workshop is a seasonal program (Nov. 16-Jan. 4) designed to excite children with multiple supervised activities such as writing letters to Santa, video games, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, smore’s and much more. Santa’s Workshop is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your children while making memories and having fun. Pick the time that works best for you and join us!

Kid’s Crew Activities start back up with our Festival of Lights season beginning Saturday, November 16 through December 30. 

  • November 16 (Grand Opening!)
  • Friday and Saturday: December 13-14
  • Nightly: December  19 - Dec 30

Kids Crew is complimentary to all hotel guests. Parents must be present throughout the duration of their child’s involvement of the program. Children with special needs are welcome to participate in the Kids Crew program. Let our counselors know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate their needs.


Activities are weather permitting and subject to change.


As one of the largest holiday celebrations in the region, Festival of Lights has become a holiday tradition for families and groups alike. Enjoy more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. You can also skate around on the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink (bring your own skates or rentals available for $6), try out our new Arctic Ice Slide or take pictures with Santa in the Visitor Center.

Group packages available for groups of 20 or more. Contact Erika Edwards at 1-800-582-4673 ext 4362 or Bob Haggard at 1-800-582-4673 ext. 4203 for more information. For corporate groups of 150 or more, please contact Kristy Watt at 1-800-582-4673 ext. 4338.

More information on the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Special Discount for Hotel Stay Packages


Galveston is the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas and this season the island will offer visitors a new experience with its Passport to Holiday Magic – a two-month celebration of more than 1,000 magical holiday events! Galveston's Passport to Holiday Magic program takes place November 16, 2013 through January 4, 2014. This fun passport is a way to track your memorable experiences and have the chance to receive more gifts this holiday season! Remember to complete and submit your passport by January 10, 2014 to be entered in multiple drawings for overnight hotel stays, attraction passes and the grand prize of a Carnival Magic Cruise for 4!


For more details and rules please click here


Sit down with family and friends to a wonderful Christmas Day lunch buffet at The Terrace Restaurant. Dine on fresh fruit with seasonal berries, mixed greens with radicchio, dried cranberries and pecans, carrot salad with pineapple and raisins, red and yellow tomatoes with mozzarella, cold boiled jumbo gulf shrimp, smoked Norwegian salmon, cream of tomato soup, roasted Tom Turkey with giblet gravy, glazed ham, candied sweet potatoes, cornbread dressing and cranberry relish, baked salmon fillet topped with seasoned panko crumbs, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts and an assortment of homemade desserts, pies and pastries and much more.

Reservations for the buffet are required. Moody Gardens Hotel is offer seating times between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The buffet is priced at $42.95 for adults, $32.95 for seniors and $19.95 for children 12 and under. Children under the age of three eat free. Reservations can be made by calling (409) 683-4466.

Click to see the entire Christmas Day Lunch buffet menu.


Bring in the New Year in style at Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks December 31 from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Feast on high-quality foods such as pan seared almond crusted diver scallops with roasted bell pepper pesto, crepe with chicken and mushroom “a la reine” au gratin, sorbet, golden Dover sole with Spanish sofrito, herb crusted jumbo grilled shrimp, creamy polenta, Wagyu Kobe strip steak with morel demi glaze, mashed potatoes with shiitake mushrooms, Colorado double rib lamb chop stuffed with goat cheese and olive butter, fresh vegetables, chocolate flourless cake with pomegranate mousse raspberry-blueberry sauce and fresh berries in a glass.

The price is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. To schedule your reservation, please call (409) 683-4554.

Click to see Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks New Year’s Eve menu.


December 31, 7:30pm - 1:00am

Ring in the New Year in grand style. The New Year’s Eve party will feature non-stop entertainment by the band Commercial Art, an open bar, elaborate food stations, deluxe party favors, a champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight.            

Event tickets are $425 per couple or $225 per single.

Hotel accommodations start at $109+tax/night. For reservations: 1-888-388-8484.