Moody Gardens Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events Calendar

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

Jun
Sat
04
Palm Beach Opens (daily)
Palm Beach

Palm Beach Opens (daily)

When: 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Where: Palm Beach

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. Palm Beach is closed for the season. 

Jun
Sat
04
Bands on the Sand
Palm Beach

Bands on the Sand

When: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where: Palm Beach

Fireworks and concert from Gary-Michael Dahl Band. Event located at Palm Beach.

Jun
Fri
10
Bands on the Sand
Palm Beach

Bands on the Sand

When: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where: Palm Beach

 Fireworks and concert from The Mockingbirds. Event located at Palm Beach.

Jun
Sat
11
Bands on the Sand
Palm Beach

Bands on the Sand

When: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where: Palm Beach

 Fireworks and concert from Breakfast at Tiffany's. Event located at Palm Beach.

Jun
Mon
13
Day Camp
Education

Day Camp

When: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Where: Education

Get ready for adventure as we discover the amazing worlds of oceans, rainforests, and much more during our exciting Day Camps! Campers will learn about animals and their habitats through hands on exploration. Each camp includes a variety of activities, including making crafts, conducting experiments, playing games, and participating in guided tours of the Pyramids Day camps are designed for campers ages 5-6 and 7-9.

Jun
Sat
18
Preschool Camp
Education

Preschool Camp

When: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Where: Education

Join us as we learn through story time, make a craft, have a themed snack, and visit one of the Pyramids at Moody Gardens. Preschool camps are designed for campers 3-4 years of age, accompanied by one adult.

Jun
Tue
21
Junior Scientist Camp
Education

Junior Scientist Camp

When: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Where: Education

Join us to find out what skills are needed to be keepers of plants and animals at Moody Gardens during our Jr. Garden Artist and Jr. Keeper Camps. These camps include tours of the Rainforest and Aquarium Pyramids.

Jun
Thu
23
Scientist for a Day Camp
Education

Scientist for a Day Camp

When: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Where: Education

 Learn what it’s like to be a keeper of plants and animals at Moody Gardens during our Garden Artist for a Day and Keeper for a Day Camps. Ages 12-13.

Annual Events

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

Birding Classes

101 Class: Presented by Moody Gardens® and Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council, Birding 101 is a series of free classes designed to educate and excite people about the tremendous variety of bird life routinely seen around Galveston Island. Classes are from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and meet at the Aquarium Pyramid lobby.

  • Spring 2016 Dates: April 9

201 Class: Birding 201 classes will allow participants, led by an instructor, to visit areas on the island and spy some of the tremendous variety of birds here. Classes are held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Participants should meet in the Aquarium Pyramid lobby. The cost for the class is $5, and Moody Gardens® will provide the transportation. Birding 201 classes will be offered the third Saturday of each month. To reserve a spot, please call 409-683-4101 no later than the Wednesday prior to the Saturday class.

  • Spring 2016 Dates: May 21

Educator Open House

2017 Date TBA

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.

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Aquarium Valentine's Dinner

2017 Date TBA

Dive into a romantic underwater dining experience this Valentine's Day Weekend with the Sea of Love Valentine's Dinner..

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Easter in the Gardens

April 16, 2017

Come join us for the annual Easter in the Gardens celebration at Moody Gardens on Easter Sunday. Kids ages 9 and under are invited to this free event to search for the golden eggs in our fun-filled egg hunts. 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.

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Pyramid Kids Camps

Kids can EXPERIENCE LIFE through our Pyramid Kids Camps. Explore and discover the hidden worlds of ocean depths or tropical forests and have fun with arts, crafts and other activities.

View camp dates and themes.

Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

2017 Date TBA

Annually celebrated by thousands, this free event provides food, fun and live entertainment for people with special needs as well as their families. The event is staffed by volunteers.

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Mother's Day Buffet

Mother's Day Buffet

May 8, 2016

Treat mom to a delicious Mother's Day meal at either the Garden Restaurant or the Moody Gardens Hotel Ballroom.

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Bands on the Sand Fireworks

Bands on the Sand

June 4 - August 13, 2016 

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 $12 for admission and each show concludes with a firework display over Offats Bayou overlooking the Moody Gardens pyramids.

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The Curt Miller Magic & Comedy Show

Christmas Dinner and Show, Moody Gardens Hotel

December 16-25, 2016

Enjoy spectacular holiday entertainment live on stage at the Moody Gardens Convention Center. Packages available include a bountiful dinner buffet and performance as well as a ticket to the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights. Hotel packages are also available.

Shark U Week

August 2016

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.

Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival

Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival

Labor Day Weekend

Tap into your inner-craftsmen this Labor Day weekend. Join fellow craft beer lovers for the Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival at Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center. For beer enthusiasts from expert to novice, this foam-filled weekend features over 400 craft beers, hard-to-find specialty brews, Taste it First selections and a range of innovative and educational beer events.

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Adaptive Water Sports Festival

2016 Date TBA

Individuals with special needs are invited to the Adaptive Water Sports Festival with a U.S. Paralympic Experience at Moody Gardens. Working with TurningPoint Gulf Coast, Texas Adaptive Aquatics, Veterans Adventure and other local organizations, this free event allows participants to experience several water sports, including water skiing, sailing and Paralympic kayaking experience, with the assistance of special equipment and instructors.

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Beach, Brews and Bands

Labor Day Weekend 2016

Palm Beach is the place to be for your live entertainment during the annual BrewMaster’s Craft Beer Festival. Get ready to have some fun in the sun as Moody Gardens rolls out a beach blast with live music in the sand followed by a special fireworks show.

Galveston Appreciation Day

2016 Date TBA

Galveston Island residents will have the opportunity to become tourists in their own town when Moody Gardens hosts its annual Galveston Appreciation Day. People who live or work on Galveston Island – as well as their immediate families – will be offered free day-passes to all Moody Gardens attractions during the event, which will be held throughout business hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A Moody Gardens day-pass includes one entrance to the destination’s Aquarium Pyramid, MG 3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. To receive a free day-pass on Galveston Appreciation Day, guests must show proof of Galveston Island residency or employment with a driver’s license or state identification card, utility bill, paycheck stub or work identification badge. Food and drink, gift shop items and other special activities are not included in the free day-pass.

Ghostly Gardens

Ghostly Gardens

2016 Date TBA

Free, 2-4 p.m.

Spooktacular fun will include free trick-or-treating at various locations throughout the complex, Creepy Crafts, face-painting and a costume contest for guests in the Garden Lobby with prizes for the best costume. Families with at a member in a Halloween costume will receive a special discount and pay just $5 per attraction per person to Moody Gardens attractions.

Festival of Lights

2016 Dates TBA

Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for families and groups alike. A mile-long trail with more than one million lights, and a 100 lighted scenes takes you around the Moody Gardens property with spectacular views of the Galveston Bay. Enjoy the area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday buffets, live entertainment and more.

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ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures

2016 Dates TBA

A skilled team of  internationally-acclaimed professional ice carvers from Harbin, China will dive into 900 tons of ice and transform them into majestic marvels featuring a variety of scenes. Chilled and held at a temperature of 9 degrees, you can witness these works of art as Galveston makes its holiday transformation into a Winter Wonder Island.

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