Moody Gardens Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events Calendar

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

Feb
Sat
13
Birding 101
Aquarium Pyramid Lobby

Birding 101

When: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Where: Aquarium Pyramid Lobby

 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.

Feb
Sat
13
Valentine's Sunset Dinner Cruise
Colonel Paddlewheel

Valentine's Sunset Dinner Cruise

When: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Colonel Paddlewheel

 Cruise into the sunset with your loved one aboard Colonel Paddlewheel. Enjoy an evening ride on the water complete with a dinner buffet and a DJ. More details here.

Feb
Sun
14
Aquarium Valentine's Day Dinner
Aquarium Pyramid

Aquarium Valentine's Day Dinner

When: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: Aquarium Pyramid

Treat your loved one to a Valentine's Day dinner they won't forget. Dive into an underwater dining experience at the Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid. More details here.

Feb
Sat
20
Birding 201
Aquarium Pyramid Lobby

Birding 201

When: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Where: Aquarium Pyramid Lobby

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. 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.

Mar
Sat
05
Skeletown Exhibit Opening
Discovery Museum

Skeletown Exhibit Opening

When: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Where: Discovery Museum

Did you know the human skeletal system consists of 206 bones? How do your joints work? What is Osteoporosis? Learn more about the bones that keep us and animals moving through this 6,000 sq. ft. exhibition of exciting and interactive activities. It examines bone biology, human and animal bone specimens, and how bones are a part of cultures all over the world. Both adults and children can learn about the vital role diet and exercise play in keeping our bones healthy. Guests can also explore scientific advances in technology as it relates to this bone health.

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 2015 Dates: February 14, March 14, April 11 and May 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 2015 Dates: February 21, March 21, April 18 and May 16

Educator Open House

2016 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

2016 Date TBA

Dive into a romantic underwater dining experience this Valentine's Day Weekend with the Sea of Love Valentine's Dinner on Feb. 13 and 14.

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Easter in the Gardens

March 27, 2016

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.

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Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

2016 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 10, 2015

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 6 - August 8 

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

The Curt Miller Magic & Comedy Show

July 27 - August 2

Magician & Illusionist Curt Miller blends dazzling magic, music, and great CLEAN comedy in a theatrical show that will leave your whole family amazed, amused, and most of all, Entertained.

The Curt Miller Magic & Comedy Show has dazzled over 50,000 people at Moody Gardens, changing the show each year with new illusions. You'll see people sawed in half and vanished right before your eyes. You might even get chosen to be part of the show! Don't miss your chance to see a Vegas-style magic show right here in Galveston!

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Shark U Week

August 2015

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

September 12, 2015

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 2015

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

October 18, 2015

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

October 25, 2015

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

November 14, 2015 - January 10, 2016

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 with SpongeBob SquarePants

November 14, 2015 - January 10, 2016

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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Moody Gardens Presents: A Magical Christmas Dinner & Show starring Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends

December 17 - 27, 2015

Join us for Curt Miller’s new holiday production featuring magic, music and fun! Witness people appearing and disappearing right before your eyes!Enjoy many of your favorite Christmas songs wonderfully performed by spectacular singers and dancers.

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