Upcoming 2014 Events!
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 http://www.redcatjazz.com/
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 http://www.redcatjazz.com/jazz-festival/ 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, Galveston.com, 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.
Please note: All reserved seating will have a chair provided. For our guests with lawn seating, there will be chairs available for rent for $5 each night or guests may bring their own.
Friday, May 2, 2014
VIP Poolside All-White Reception
Join us as we kick off the 4th Annual Red Cat Jazz Fest.
7:00PM – 10:00PM
Moody Gardens Hotel Pool
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Oleander Bowl at Moody Gardens
1:00PM – 10:00PM
Gates open at Noon
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Oleander Bowl at Moody Gardens
1:00PM – 10:00PM
Gates open at Noon
May 11: Celebrate Mother's Day at The Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Celebrate and honor all moms 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. *Cannot be combined with group rates or other discounts.
Let us do the cooking for mom and dine at the phenominal Mother's Day buffet held in the Moody Ballroom. On May 11, join Moody Gardens Hotel and partake in the culinary delights of the Mother's Day Buffet in the wonderful Frances Anne Moody Ballroom. Sit down with family and friends and enjoy roast sirloin au jus with horseradish sauce, pan seared striped bass fillet over tomato fennel sauce, chilled Gulf shrimp, white bean and tuna salad, chicken florentine, relish tray with grilled saparagus, penne rigate macaroni and cheese baked with truffle essence, 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 Mother's Day buffet menu, click here.
To celebrate Mother's Day, mothers will receive a complimentary rose at check-in and mother's will receive complimentary access to the buffet. This offer is limited to one mother per room.
The Margarita Returns Home to Galveston for Texas Tequila & Margarita Festival at Moody Gardens June 13-15!
It has been long rumored that the first margarita was made in Galveston at the historic and legendary Balinese Room. The discussion heats up as Texas Tequila & Margarita Festival organizers are preparing for an explosive weekend of tequila tastings, margarita samplings, great food, and music as this “Texas sized” festival rolls in to Galveston June 13-15, 2014. This year’s festival, at Moody Gardens, will feature an epic gathering of the world’s best tequilas alongside some of the region’s best restaurants competing for title of “Best Margarita”. The festival weekend is comprised of four anchor events, “Tequila Herradura Social”, “Tour de Tequila”, “Margarita Grand Tasting”, and a “Little Mexico” inspired outdoor festival.
The Friday night event, “The Social Presented by Tequila Herradura”, brings together industry professionals and weekend festival goers for an evening of sipping on specialty tequila cocktails, a delectable “create your own” taco bar, and live music. Moody Gardens “Bands on Sand” and fireworks over the bay round out the kick-off to the weekend festivities!
Saturday is action packed starting with “Tour de Tequila” in Expo A at the Moody Gardens Convention Center (1pm-4pm). Some of the world’s best tequilas come together to present their various styles of tequila alongside restaurants showing the public the dynamic fusion of pairing food and tequila together. At 3:00pm the doors open in Expo B & C for the “Margarita Grand Tasting”. 40 restaurants, businesses, and individual teams compete for “Best Margarita” in their categories. A preselected judging panel will award “Best Margarita” based on style, taste, and presentation. Cash awards for 1st ($1000), 2nd ($500) and 3rd ($250) place will be presented for Best Restaurant/Bar Margarita and 1st ($1000), 2nd ($500) and 3rd ($250) for Best Individual (Non-Restaurant/Bar) Margarita. A “People’s Choice” award will be given to the restaurant or individual that receives the most votes cast by visitors at the event. During the “People’s Choice”, visitors will be able to vote with their dollar and 100% of the money collected will go directly to Friday Harbour charity.
Don’t let the sun go down without strolling to the Oleander Bowl at Moody Gardens for the Outdoor Festival presented Dos-A-Rita. Intentionally created to feel like a passport to a street fair with a “Little Mexico” flair! This area offers a distinctive shopping experience, fashioned after a traditional Mexican village, a live music stage with the sounds of Latin, Blues, Country, and Rock music. Various flavors of margaritas will be offered, all the fan favorite Mexican foods, alongside traditional festival staples from sausage on a stick to funnel cakes! Gates for the outdoor festival are noon-10pm. Texans love their “Tex-Mex” and this festival delivers with its charity Fajita Cook-Off benefitting Friday Harbour & Galveston County Fair & Rodeo. Teams will compete for best fajitas in both the chicken and beef categories.
Sunday rounds out the weekend and the festival closes with a “South of the Border” brunch at Moody Gardens Hotel. Guest will have the opportunity to sip Michelada’s and Bloody Maria’s while dining on traditional style Mexican foods.
Tickets will be available at www.texasmargaritafestival.com. Friday Harbour and the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo have been selected as the charity partner’s for the event. Friday Harbour’s mission is to provide free temporary housing for cancer patients and their caregivers as they seek cancer treatment at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Texas Children’s Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. By alleviating the strain associated with funding temporary housing, they hope to instead bring light to what is likely the most extraordinary circumstance in the life of the patient, and in the lives of those that love them. Galveston County Fair & Rodeo’s purpose is to serve the youth of Galveston County by promoting youth, education, and agriculture by supporting 4-H and FFA programs. Texas Tequila & Margarita Festival is made possible through the generous support of sponsors; Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center, Dos-A-Rita, Dienst Distributing, Dos Equis, and all of the participating restaurants, vendors, and tequila brands. Volunteer opportunities are available, please visit the event website. Media inquiries and credential request should be directed to Mandy Parker- firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT: Texas Tequila & Margarita Festival
WHEN: June 13- 15, 2014
WHERE: Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, Texas
TICKETS: Ranges $10- $75 Check the website for details and event times
- June 13th- Tequila Herradura Social $10 Friday June 13th
- June 14th -Tour de Tequila & Outdoor Festival Pass- $60, Margarita Grand Tasting & Outdoor Festival Pass- $35
- June 15th- Father’s Day South of the Border Brunch $35 (Reservations available through Moody Gardens)
- Weekend Pass to Friday & Saturday Events- $75
- Purchase tickets- www.texasmargaritafestival.com
Moody Gardens Ropes Course and Zip Line
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 Lights – November 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
• Single Slide - $7.00
• 10 Slides - $20.00
• One Day Unlimited - $25.00
• 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
• 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 Moodygardens.org.
2013 HOLIDAY EVENTS
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
For more information please visit http://moodychristmasshow.com/
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.
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.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
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
PASSPORT TO HOLIDAY MAGIC
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!
CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH BUFET
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.
NEW YEAR'S EVE AT SHEARN'S SEAFOOD AND PRIME STEAKS
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.
MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDENS - New Year's Eve Gala
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.