Moody Gardens Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events Calendar

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

Dec
Thu
14
Food Drive Thursdays
Festival of Lights

Food Drive Thursdays

When: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Where: Festival of Lights

Your Opportunity to Help Local Food Banks and Receive 2 for 1 Festival of Lights Admission

Date: Each Thursday through January 4, including Thanksgiving Day!
Details: Bring a non-perishable food item and receive a special two-for-one admission discount to the Festival of Lights. All donations will benefit the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.

Dec
Sat
16
Breakfast with Santa
Garden Restaurant

Breakfast with Santa

When: 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Where: Garden Restaurant

Date: December 9 & 16

Time: 8 & 9:30 a.m.

Location: Garden Restaurant

Cost: Adult $25, Child (5-12) $12. To purchase tickets, click here. 

Details: Meet jolly old St. Nick himself and make sure you are on his nice list when you join him and his friends for a breakfast buffet. Feast on favorites including scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast links, home fried potatoes, French toast dusted with powdered sugar, waffles, biscuits with pepper gravy, assorted Danishes, seasonal fresh fruit, coffee and orange juice. Breakfast also includes a souvenir photo with Santa Claus and Moody Gardens’ own Ollie the Otter. Space is limited so reservations should be made early. 

Dec
Sat
16
Breakfast with Santa
Garden Restaurant

Breakfast with Santa

When: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Where: Garden Restaurant

Date: December 9 & 16

Time: 8 & 9:30 a.m.

Location: Garden Restaurant

Cost: Adult $25, Child (5-12) $12. To purchase tickets, click here. 

Details: Meet jolly old St. Nick himself and make sure you are on his nice list when you join him and his friends for a breakfast buffet. Feast on favorites including scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast links, home fried potatoes, French toast dusted with powdered sugar, waffles, biscuits with pepper gravy, assorted Danishes, seasonal fresh fruit, coffee and orange juice. Breakfast also includes a souvenir photo with Santa Claus and Moody Gardens’ own Ollie the Otter. Space is limited so reservations should be made early. 

Dec
Sat
16
3: Polar Penguins Aquarium)
Pyramid Kids Preschool Camps

3: Polar Penguins Aquarium)

When: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: Pyramid Kids Preschool Camps

Come join the fun as we learn about animals and numbers 1 through 9 during our 2017-2018 numerical Preschool Camp Adventures! Camps include games, crafts, presentations or stories, themed snacks, and entry to the corresponding pyramid or attraction.

Perfect for children 2-4 years of age!  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $20 ($17 for members). Cost includes one parent chaperone.

December 16, 2017 — 3: “Polar Penguins” (Aquarium)
You, me, & penguin make THREE! How do penguins survive the cold? Join us to find out.

For additional information or to register, please call 409-683-4325 or e-mail education@moodygardens.org.

Dec
Thu
21
Food Drive Thursdays
Festival of Lights

Food Drive Thursdays

When: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Where: Festival of Lights

Your Opportunity to Help Local Food Banks and Receive 2 for 1 Festival of Lights Admission

Date: Each Thursday through January 4, including Thanksgiving Day!
Details: Bring a non-perishable food item and receive a special two-for-one admission discount to the Festival of Lights. All donations will benefit the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.

Dec
Thu
28
Food Drive Thursdays
Festival of Lights

Food Drive Thursdays

When: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Where: Festival of Lights

Your Opportunity to Help Local Food Banks and Receive 2 for 1 Festival of Lights Admission

Date: Each Thursday through January 4, including Thanksgiving Day!
Details: Bring a non-perishable food item and receive a special two-for-one admission discount to the Festival of Lights. All donations will benefit the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.

Jan
Thu
04
Food Drive Thursdays
Festival of Lights

Food Drive Thursdays

When: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Where: Festival of Lights

Your Opportunity to Help Local Food Banks and Receive 2 for 1 Festival of Lights Admission

Date: Each Thursday through January 4, including Thanksgiving Day!
Details: Bring a non-perishable food item and receive a special two-for-one admission discount to the Festival of Lights. All donations will benefit the Galveston County and Houston Food Banks.

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: Ice Sculptures

November 11, 2017 - January 7, 2018

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 11, 2017 - January 7, 2018

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.

Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival

Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival

November 24-26, 2017

Tap into your inner-craftsmen. 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. Click here for more details.

Moody Gardens Macaws

Valentine's Dinner

2018 Date TBA!

Hearts will flutter, much like our birds, this year as Moody Gardens opens up its Rainforest Pyramid for a wild Valentine’s Dinner celebration.

Moody Gardens Education Open House

Educator Open House

2018 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.

Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

Mardi Gras Ball for Special People: Under the Sea!

2018 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 during Mardi Gras weekend. The event is staffed by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering or attending, please contact volunteers@moodygardens.com or call 1-800-582-4673.

Easter at Moody Gardens

Easter in the Gardens

2018 Date TBA

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 Buffet

Mother's Day Buffet

2018 Date TBA

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

Bands on the Sand Fireworks

Bands on the Sand

2018 CONCERT DATES TBA

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

2018 Dates TBA

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.

Adaptive Watersports Festival

Adaptive Water Sports Festival

2018 Date TBA!

Due to damage from Hurricane Harvey, the Adaptive Water Sports Festival event has been canceled for 2017.

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

Galveston Appreciation Day

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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. 15, 2017. Click here for more details.

Ghostly Gardens

Ghostly Gardens

Sunday, October 29, 2017

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. More info here.