Moody Gardens Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events Calendar

Take a look at some of our upcoming events or browse our Annual Events below.

May
Sat
25
OPENING: Australia's Great Wild North 3D
MG3D Theater

OPENING: Australia's Great Wild North 3D

When: All Day

Where: MG3D Theater

Huge bushfires ravage the ancient landscape in the dry season and the world’s biggest thunderstorms bring torrential rain and flooding in the wet season. These almost Jurassic conditions have created some of the richest wetlands on Earth.
The coast, rivers and waterholes are haunted by sharks. The plains are guarded by territorial buffalo and venomous snakes, but the apex predator here is a living dinosaur, the salt water crocodile. They have been on the planet in almost identical form for 200 million years – even surviving the extinction of the rest of the dinosaurs.
Australia’s Great Wild North will carry the viewers across the whole Top End of Australia, from the wild Kimberly coast through mysterious and rarely seen Arnhem Land and then deep into the world’s oldest rainforest in Cape York.

 
May
Sat
25
OPENING DAY: Dora Diego Let's Explore Exhibit
Discovery Museum

OPENING DAY: Dora Diego Let's Explore Exhibit

When: 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Where: Discovery Museum

Get ready to explore with Dora and Diego at the Discovery Museum in the new exhibit Dora and  Diego—Let’s Explore! The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, now in their own exhibit for your preschooler to explore as they learn and play along

May
Sat
25
Palm Beach Open Weekends in May

Palm Beach Open Weekends in May

When: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Where:

OPEN:  May 25, 26, 27
OPEN DAILY: June 1 - August 18
OPEN:  August 24, 25, 31, Sept., 1 and 2nd

Grab your sunglasses and sink your toes in the white sand. Galveston’s favorite summer hangout, Palm Beach, is now better than ever. You and your family will love relaxing on the lazy river, our 18-foot tower slides and wave pool.
 

May
Sat
25
OPENING DAY: Dora Diego 4D

OPENING DAY: Dora Diego 4D

When: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Where:

Dora, Diego and Boots need your help to protect the animals of the rainforest from Swiper’s out-of-control Robot Butterfly! ¡Vámonos! The Robot Butterfly is swiping the water and plants that the animals need. Join your adventurous amigos on Nickelodeon’s high-speed, eye-popping chase from the tropical rainforest to the icy Arctic! Let’s catch that Robot Butterfly and protect the rainforest!

May
Mon
27
Military Mondays

Military Mondays

When: 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Where:

Who: Any Active Military Members
What: $30 One-Day Value Pass per person
When: Every Monday
Where: Moody Gardens ticket window

May
Tue
28
Senior Tuesday

Senior Tuesday

When: All Day

Where:

Who: Anyone 65+ years old
What: $30 One-Day Value Pass per person
When: Every Tuesday
Where: Moody Gardens ticket windows

May
Wed
29
Mommy Wednesday

Mommy Wednesday

When: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Where:

Who: Mothers with Toddlers
(Ages 4 & 5 tickets required; Ages 3 and under free)
What: $30 One-Day Value Pass per person
When: Every Wednesday
Where: Moody Gardens ticket windows

Jun
Sat
01
Palm Beach Open Daily
Palm Beach

Palm Beach Open Daily

When: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Where: Palm Beach

OPEN DAILY: June 1 - August 18
OPEN:  August 24, 25, 31, Sept., 1 and 2nd

Grab your sunglasses and sink your toes in the white sand. Galveston’s favorite summer hangout, Palm Beach, is now better than ever. You and your family will love relaxing on the lazy river, our 18-foot tower slides and wave pool.
 

Jun
Mon
03
Military Mondays

Military Mondays

When: 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Where:

Who: Any Active Military Members
What: $30 One-Day Value Pass per person
When: Every Monday
Where: Moody Gardens ticket window

Jun
Tue
04
Senior Tuesday

Senior Tuesday

When: All Day

Where:

Who: Anyone 65+ years old
What: $30 One-Day Value Pass per person
When: Every Tuesday
Where: Moody Gardens ticket windows

Jun
Wed
05
Mommy Wednesday

Mommy Wednesday

When: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Where:

Who: Mothers with Toddlers
(Ages 4 & 5 tickets required; Ages 3 and under free)
What: $30 One-Day Value Pass per person
When: Every Wednesday
Where: Moody Gardens ticket windows

Jun
Mon
10
Military Mondays

Military Mondays

When: 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Where:

Who: Any Active Military Members
What: $30 One-Day Value Pass per person
When: Every Monday
Where: Moody Gardens ticket window

Jun
Tue
11
Senior Tuesday

Senior Tuesday

When: All Day

Where:

Who: Anyone 65+ years old
What: $30 One-Day Value Pass per person
When: Every Tuesday
Where: Moody Gardens ticket windows

Jun
Wed
12
Mommy Wednesday

Mommy Wednesday

When: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Where:

Who: Mothers with Toddlers
(Ages 4 & 5 tickets required; Ages 3 and under free)
What: $30 One-Day Value Pass per person
When: Every Wednesday
Where: Moody Gardens ticket windows

Jun
Mon
17
Military Mondays

Military Mondays

When: 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Where:

Who: Any Active Military Members
What: $30 One-Day Value Pass per person
When: Every Monday
Where: Moody Gardens ticket window

Jun
Tue
18
Senior Tuesday

Senior Tuesday

When: All Day

Where:

Who: Anyone 65+ years old
What: $30 One-Day Value Pass per person
When: Every Tuesday
Where: Moody Gardens ticket windows

Jun
Wed
19
Mommy Wednesday

Mommy Wednesday

When: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Where:

Who: Mothers with Toddlers
(Ages 4 & 5 tickets required; Ages 3 and under free)
What: $30 One-Day Value Pass per person
When: Every Wednesday
Where: Moody Gardens ticket windows

Jun
Mon
24
Military Mondays

Military Mondays

When: 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Where:

Who: Any Active Military Members
What: $30 One-Day Value Pass per person
When: Every Monday
Where: Moody Gardens ticket window

Annual Events

We host a variety of family-friendly events for our guests and community, including many free events, throughout the year. 

Ice land atMoody Gardens

ICE LAND: Pole to Pole

November 17, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Moody Gardens takes the holidays to a whole new level of cool! A skilled team of master ice carvers has charted your course for your journey through the rainforests of the world to see monkeys, beautiful birds, incredible butterflies, colorful orchids and so many wonderful creatures. Your hosts on this journey are the spectacular leaf cutter ants carrying Christmas lights and other decorations to a magical place. A giant ice slide takes you from the tree tops through to the forest floor, ancient ruins and rivers edge to prepare for the most joyous time of the year. Also be sure to check out Shivers Ice Bar! Click here for more details.

Festival of Lights atMoody Gardens

Festival of Lights

November 17, 2018 - January 6, 2019

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 one million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. Click here for more details.

Cirque Joyeux Dinner & Show

December 21 - January 4

Marvel in soaring acrobatics, amazing aerialists and gravy defying feats at the Moody Gardens Hotel. Enjoy a holiday buffet dinner and stroll through the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights.

Tickets are on sale now!
Adults: $59 - $109
Children (3-12): $39 - $109
Infants are free, with exception of specific premium seats

More info at MoodyChristmasShow.com or call (409)683-4186
Click here to book the Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show Couples Package
Click here to book the Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner & Show Family Package

Moody Gardens Education Open House

Educator Open House

Saturday, February 2, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Explore what Moody Gardens and other area attractions have to offer educators and their students. This is a free event for educators and support staff, with proper identification proving they are employed by a school.

Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

March 3, 2019
RSVP between January 16 - February 16

Annually celebrated by thousands, this free event provides food, fun and live entertainment for people with special needs as well as their families during Mardi Gras weekend. The event is staffed by volunteers. Click here for more information.

If you are interested in volunteering or attending, please contact volunteers@moodygardens.com or call 1-800-582-4673.

Moody Gardens Macaws

Valentine's Celebration at Moody Gardens

February 15:  Caribbean Lover Waves
A romantic dinner with your sweetheart at the Garden Restaurant! 
Click here for the menu and reservation details

February 16:  Sea of Love
A romantic dinner under the sea with your Valentine at the Aquarium Pyramid! 
Click here for the menu and reservation details

February 16:  A Love Boat Dinner Cruise 
A memorable dinner cruise aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat!
Click here for the menu and reservation details

Easter at Moody Gardens

Easter in the Gardens

April 21, 2019

Free to the public, the Annual Easter Egg Hunts are scheduled, for children 9 years old and younger are invited to explore the Oleander Bowl in pursuit of eggs and treats. The Easter Bunny stops by for the fun as kids also play a variety of games for prizes and a petting zoo. In addition to all of the fun and excitement outdoors, Easter Buffet feasts will be available at both the Garden Restaurant and the Moody Gardens Hotel on Easter Sunday.

Mother's Day at Moody Gardens

SUNDAY - MAY 12, 2019

This Mother's Day, May 12, treat your mom like the queen she is this year with delectable dining options and spa pampering, all at Moody Gardens!

World Oceans Day

June 8, 2019

Moody Gardens will dive into World Ocean’s Day with a focus on coral reefs and oceans around the world. Guests will explore the support of active research and participate in hands on conservation efforts and the opening of a new 3D film, “Oceans: Our Blue Planet” with an important conservation message. Click here for more details.

Bands on the Sand Fireworks

Bands on the Sand

Closed for 2018 Season - 2019 Dates TBD

Enjoy this summer concert on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 10 p.m. featuring local and regional bands ranging from R&B, rock, country and blues. The cost is $15 for admission and each show concludes with a firework display over Offats Bayou overlooking the Moody Gardens pyramids.

CLICK HERE for more information

Shark at Moody Gardens for Shark U Week

Shark U Week

2019 DATES TBD

Dive into Shark U Week at Moody Gardens! Join us for a plethora of shark themed activities. Guests can witness live feedings, diver presentations at the Caribbean Exhibit, keeper presentations and more in our Aquarium Pyramid.

Art in the Garden

2019 Dates TBD

Registration is REQUIRED - this is for Special Education Classrooms and Groups only. 

Growing Together at Moody Gardens - Pumpkins for Playtime!

2019 Dates TBD

Location: Moody Gardens Visitor's Center
**Upon your arrival, please meet us inside the entrance of the Visitor's Center - We will have staff members and volunteers present to escort you to Check-In!

Moody Gardens has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide an educational program offered to individuals with early onset Alzheimer’s and one family member or caretaker. 

Halloween is right around the corner and what’s a better way to start your Halloween festivities than painting pumpkins? Learn about how we provide our animals with fun and exciting objects that stimulate their minds and give them something to explore in order to enhance their everyday lives. 

After finishing your works of pumpkin art, watch as our biologists place your colorful Halloween pumpkins in our animal enclosures to see how they interact with their new edible decorations! (paint used in this activity is non-toxic and safe for our animals)  

CLICK HERE for more information and future dates.

Galveston Appreciation Day

2019 Date TBD

Galveston residents and workers will be treated to an experience at one of the top tourist destinations on the island when Moody Gardens hosts its annual Galveston Appreciation Day on Oct. 14, 2018. Click here for more details.

Ghostly Gardens

Ghostly Gardens

2019 Dates TBD

It’s a family affair with the annual Ghostly Gardens celebration! Children and their families can participate in free trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, face-painting and other fun activities from 2 pm to 4 pm.

The event will also include a kid’s costume contest for children 12 years old and younger. Prizes will be awarded to the participant with the best costume in each of the different age groups. Families with a member in costume will receive $5 admission to the Rainforest Pyramid, SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, Discovery Museum, MG 3D Theater, 4D Theater and Colonel Paddlewheel per person.

Click here for more info.