11 Days Until The Opening Of Ice Land and Festival Of Lights!

Moody Gardens is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of Ice Land:Rainforest Holiday and Festival of Lights! Finishing touches are being made to the ice and the lights are in place. On November 11, come out to our grand opening celebration! See jugglers and listen to live choirs sing and perform while waiting for the man of the hour…. Santa!

When Santa arrives, he will flip the switch, illuminating the entire Festival of Lights trail, signaling the official opening of Festival of Lights and Ice Land!

Festival of Lights and Ice Land are open daily, starting November 11-January 7, 2018.

Click here for more details and information.

Fall Has Arrived In The Gardens!

Dear Friends,

You can tell fall has arrived at Moody Gardens. The days are getting shorter, the weather is starting to cool down and we are looking forward to all the activities and events on the horizon. We are preparing for the holiday season starting with the Moody Gardens Spooktacular, Ghostly Gardens on Sunday, October 29th. Soon after, we head into the Thanksgiving activities. Let us do all the cooking and enjoy a day of relaxation and great food at our famous Thanksgiving Day buffet. With even more items on our brand new menu, come see why we offer the best buffet on Galveston Island.

On Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday, join us for the rescheduled BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival. Come and enjoy the craft beers from the Texas region. Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict, we will not have the Home for the Holidays gift show again until 2018. It is starting to look like Christmas here at Moody Gardens also. The Festival of Lights trail is being set, the Ice Land tent is up and the ice carvers are hard at work.

The holiday activities start with Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday, opening November 11, along with the annual Festival of Lights. We are excited for the new Rainforest theme for Ice Land. December 15-25, don’t miss Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show, presented by the Lone Star Circus. The show returns with all new international performers that are sure to delight, inspire and dazzle all ages. Cirque Joyeux Noel is made possible through the support of local hotel and motel tax dollars from the city of Galveston generated to encourage tourism and to further promote arts and entertainment on the island.

Bring out your best black-tie threads and dance the night away at our New Year’s Eve Gala. Held in our convention center, our annual gala is a spectacular night of upscale dining, an open bar, non-stop live music, party favors and a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.

With so much to do at Moody Gardens and Galveston Island, there is no better destination for all of your holiday activities. Santa will also be here, so stop on by and enjoy all of the fun activities.

Best,

Leon Garrison,
General Manager, Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

8th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival Moves To November 24-26

Houston, Texas (September 19, 2017) …The 8th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival moves to November 24-26, after Hurricane Harvey forced a reschedule. Named one of the Top 3 beer events by USA TODAY and revered by beer lovers across the region, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is an immersive multi-day event that lets visitors tap into the world of craft beer on island time. With 400 craft beers, and rare “Taste it First” selections, Seminars and presentation on the Beer University Seminary Stage and more, this 3-day event offers endless opportunities to learn from the best in the craft beer industry and to enjoy some of the great seasonal releases.

Craft breweries continue to open at a brisk pace across Texas, and BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is the perfect place to sip, savor, and explore the real meaning of the craft. Whether you are a craft-loyal drinker looking for inspiration, or just a newbie finding your way, BrewMasters is the ultimate event for experiencing the distinctive world of craft beer. Clifton McDerby, Executive Director of Food & Fine Time Productions, Inc. explained “our vision has always been to make sure that loyalists and newcomers to this event experience the widest selection of craft beers available at any Texas festival, along with brew education and an introduction to new brews coming available for the first time at BrewMasters.” McDerby continued, “this year we are planning pop-up tastings. Guests will be pleasantly surprised by this addition, we feel certain.” But BrewMasters is more than just great tasting craft beer, “it is a place to meet the people who make the craft beer industry a force to be reckoned with,” McDerby added.

The three-day festival is packed with beer, cheer, and plenty of foam-filled events happening each day between Nov. 24-26. Friday night, November 24 kicks off at 7 p.m. with the spirited Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting event featuring a range of tequila-tasting and plenty of salt and nachos for all. Frivolity abounds at the popular BrewMasters Friday Night Pub Crawl at 7:30 p.m. where guests can climb aboard a festive party bus, each of which is hosted by a brew brain tour guide, and tour some of Galveston’s coolest bars.

Saturday, November 25 is all about craft beer, and the innovative breweries who make it happen. As Texas ranks 8th in the amount of craft beer produced each year, visitors won’t want to miss the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour. This tour provides a rare opportunity to meet some of the most successful and emerging breweries in the state. Guests will enjoy featured selections with each brewery offering a “Taste it First” selection in a small group and intimate environment with some of the most passionate and skilled brewers in the industry from 11:30 – 12:45 p.m. On Saturday afternoon, the ultimate BrewHaHa Grand Tasting begins with the chance to sample some of the best beer in the world, over 400 of them to be exact. Don’t miss any of the “Taste it First” selections which offer an exclusive opportunity to sample never-before-seen craft beers. Not a fan of waiting in line? The BrewHaHa VIP Premium Lounge provides early access to the tasting floor plus an exclusive space to get crafty with light bites and premium selections sampling. The VIP Zone opens at 2 p.m. with the Grand Tasting at 3 p.m.

Don’t miss a wide range of experts on the Beer University Stage including the Women in Craft Beer panel where the women of craft beer talk about the growth of women in the industry. Yes, you can “Have your beer and eat it, too.” Enjoy a cooking demonstration showcasing how to cook with beer.

To top off the foam-filled weekend, it’s all beef and no bird. Don’t miss the Brew-B-Que, Sunday November 26 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. featuring smokin’ hot smokehouse specialties from Chef Ara of Harlem Road TX BBQ, live music and, of course, plenty of brews. Enjoy the flavors of Rocky Stubbs from the infamous Stubb’s Barbecue empire, which started in 1968 when C.B. Stubblefield, “Stubb,” opened his first restaurant in Lubbock, Texas. Over the course of his life, Stubb perfected the art of barbecue, including making the sauces, marinades and rubs that today bring legendary Texas flavor to homes everywhere. Stubb was well known for his trademark smile and infamous line… “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m a cook.”

Make it a destination weekend. Set in Galveston’s tropical Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, with special events at various venues around the island, BrewMasters breaks out the barrels and serves up foam-filled perfection all weekend long. Tickets range from $25-$85. For more info on the festivities, visit http://www.brewmastersbeerfest.com/

Sponsored by: Ben E. Keith, Phoenix Beer, Free Beer Friday, Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, Samsung-Sprint, The Art Institute of Houston, Xochitl, 8 th Wonder Brewing, Buffalo Bayou Brewing, Guinness, Karbach Brewing, Revolver Brewing, Stubb’s Barbecue, Palm Bay International, 7 Moons, Notable, Roscato, Santa Rita, Green Mountain Energy, Galveston Island Brewing, Yaga’s Presents, Renewal By Andersen, Infiniti Graphics, Zippy Shell and SpeedPro Imaging The Woodlands.

400 Beer Brands Expected for BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival

Don’t miss the 8th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival. Named Top 3 beer event by USA TODAY and revered by beer lovers across the region, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is an immersive multi-day event over Labor Day weekend that lets visitors tap into the world of craft beer on island time.  Visitors will flock to Galveston Island September 1-3 in the pursuit of hoppiness and a craft beer experience unlike any other. This 3-day event offers endless opportunities to learn from the best in the craft beer industry. Click here to see the complete list!

BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival Labor Day Weekend

8th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival On Tap For Labor Day Weekend

Toast to the end of summer at the 8th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival in sunny Galveston Island, Texas.  Named Top 3 beer event by USA TODAY and revered by beer lovers across the region, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is an immersive multi-day event over Labor Day weekend that lets visitors tap into the world of craft beer on island time.  Visitors will flock to Galveston Island September 1-3 in the pursuit of hoppiness and a craft beer experience unlike any other. With 400 craft beers, and rare “Taste it First” selections, the Free Beer Friday Bad Ass Beard Contest and more, this 3-day event offers endless opportunities to learn from the best in the craft beer industry.

Click here for more information.

Craft breweries continue to open at a brisk pace across Texas, and BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is the perfect place to sip, savor, and explore the real meaning behind the phrase “Drink Local.” Whether you are a craft-loyal drinker looking for inspiration, or just a newbie finding your way, BrewMasters is the ultimate event for experiencing the distinctive world of craft beer. Clifton McDerby, Executive Director of Food & Vine Time Productions, Inc. explained “our vision has always been to make sure that loyalists and newcomers to this event experience the widest selection of craft beers available at any Texas festival, along with brew education and an introduction to new brews coming available for the first time at BrewMasters.”  McDerby continued, “This year we are planning pop-up tastings.  Guests will be pleasantly surprised by this addition, we feel certain.”  But BrewMasters is more than just great tasting craft beer, “it is a place to meet the people who make the craft beer industry a force to be reckoned with,” McDerby added.

Click here for more information.

The three-day festival is packed with beer, cheer, and plenty of foam-filled events happening each day over the Labor Day weekend. Friday night, September 1 kicks off at 7 p.m. with the spirited Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting event featuring a range of high-quality tequila-tasting and plenty of salt and nachos for all.  Frivolity abounds at the popular BrewMasters Friday Night Pub Crawl at 8 p.m. where guests can climb aboard a festive party bus each of which is hosted by a brew brain and tour some of Galveston’s coolest bars.

Click here for more information.

Saturday, September 2 is all about craft beer, and the innovative breweries who make it happen. As Texas ranks 8th in the amount of craft beer produced each year, visitors won’t want to miss the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour. This tour provides a rare opportunity to meet some of the most successful and emerging breweries in the state. Guests will enjoy featured selections with each brewery offering a “Taste it First” selection in a small group and intimate environment with some of the most passionate and skilled brewers in the industry from 11:30 – 12:45 p.m.

Click here for more information.

On Saturday afternoon, the ultimate BrewHaHa Grand Tasting begins with the chance to sample some of the best beer in the world, over 400 of them to be exact. Don’t miss any of the “Taste it First” selections which offer an exclusive opportunity to sample never-before-seen craft beers. Not a fan of waiting in line? The BrewHaHa VIP Premium Lounge provides early access to the tasting floor plus an exclusive space to get crafty with live music, light bites, and premium sampling.  The VIP Zone opens at 2 p.m. with the Grand Tasting at 3 p.m.

Click here for more information.

Don’t miss a wide range of experts on the Beer University Stage including the Women in Craft Beer panel where the women of craft beer talk about the growth of women in the industry.  Yes, you can “Have your beer and eat it, too.”  The Art Institute of Houston will present several cooking demonstrations showcasing how to cook with beer.  And finalists in the infamous Bad Ass Beard Contest, presented by Free Beer Friday, will see if their mustache, goatee, and beard made the final cut.

Click here for more information.

BrewMasters goes out with a bang on Saturday and Sunday night with Beach, Brews, and Bands at Moody Garden’s Palm Beach with a live concert each night at Palm Beach.  To top off the foam-filled weekend, don’t miss the Brew-B-Que, Sunday September 3 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. featuring smokin’ hot smokehouse specialties, live music and, of course, plenty of brews. Meet Rocky Stubbs from the infamous Stubb’s Barbecue empire, which started in 1968 when C.B. Stubblefield, “Stubb,” opened his first restaurant in Lubbock, Texas. Over the course of his life, Stubb perfected the art of barbecue, including making the sauces, marinades and rubs that today bring legendary Texas flavor to homes everywhere.  Stubb was well known for his trademark smile and infamous line… “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m a cook.”

Click here for more information.

Make it a destination weekend.  Set in Galveston’s tropical Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, with special events at various venues around the island, BrewMasters breaks out the barrels and serves up foam-filled perfection all weekend long. Tickets range from $25-$85.  For more info on the festivities, click here.

It’s Time For A Little Magic At Moody Gardens!

The Curt Miller Magic and Comedy Show Live at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, TX!

This summer don’t miss the Curt Miller Magic and Comedy Show live at Moody Gardens! Enjoy magic comedy and “Vegas-Style” grand illusions! Click here for more information.

The Curt Miller Magic & Comedy Show returns to the beautiful Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas for the 9th great year with many new surprises for 2017!

Magician & Illusionist Curt Miller blends dazzling magic, music, dance, 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 85,000 people at Moody Gardens. You’ll see people levitating and disappearing right before your eyes. You might even get chosen to be a part of the show! Don’t miss your chance to see a family-friendly “Vegas-style” magic show right here in Galveston!

A limited number of seats are available, so order your tickets today at www.MagicComedyShow.com (before they disappear)!

Daily, July 1 through 7, 2017
2 Shows per day: 1:00 PM, 7:30 PM
Adults: $23, Kids (3-12): $16
OFFICIAL WEBSITE (Info & Video): http://MagicComedyShow.com
INFO: 832-767-2692
LOCATION: Moody Gardens Hotel, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX 77554

Get Ready To Dance and Sing This Summer!

Get ready for a toe tappin’ good time this summer! Texas Family Musicals will run four different musicals in the Moody Gardens Convention Center. Choose from South Pacific, Moments Remembered, The Night the Music Died or the Roy Orbison Experience.

Click here for more information or call, (855) 667-1221 for more information or email tfamilymusicals@gmail.com

June 9-11
South Pacific

June 14 (2 shows)
Moments Remembered

June 16, 17, 18, 30. July 1, 2
The Night the Music Died

July 6,7,8
Roy Orbison Experience

The Aquarium Pyramid is now Open!

After a $37 million renovation, the Aquarium Pyramid is now open!

Guests will have an awe-inspiring underwater experience that includes a new Humboldt Penguin Habitat, a Mangrove Lagoon touch tank that is home to stingrays and sharks and a multi-level 30,000 gallon Oil Rig Tank. Click here for more information.

Guests will journey to new depths this summer, exploring the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, South Pacific, North Pacific and the Caribbean. Each ocean exhibit highlights different marine sanctuaries and relationship aspects to the seas with conservation messages that underscore the vital importance of the oceans.

Meet the new Humboldt penguins
Moody Gardens is thrilled to introduce these unique warm-climate penguins that hail from Southern Hemisphere waters from the Antarctic Pole to the Equator. This is the second penguin exhibit at Moody Gardens and the Humboldts are right next door to the South Atlantic Penguin Habitat, home to the King, Gentoo, Chinstrap, Rockhopper and Macaroni penguins. As part of the recent renovations, the South Atlantic Penguin Habitat is newly enhanced to better benefit guests and the health and livelihood of the penguins within. Click here for more information.

Gulf of Mexico Rig Exhibit
See the balance of technology and nature through this impressive 30,000 gallon, two-story, 23-foot scale model oil production platform aquarium. These manmade islands provide valuable attachment surfaces for a variety of encrusting organisms to create an entire reef ecosystem found throughout the Gulf of Mexico.  This new exhibit includes diver communication for presentations and interaction, further engaging guests in their underwater experience. Click here for more information.


The Caribbean
Journeys to the Caribbean begin with the new Mangrove Lagoon. Touch Cownose Stingrays and Bonnethead Sharks as they swim lazily around the jungle of stilt roots that most of the region’s fish call home. Naturalists are on hand to help guests learn more about these important ecosystems. A second touch tank features small fish, Sea Stars, Hermit Crabs, Pencil Urchins and other invertebrates allowing guests to cross the water/air border. Click here for more information.

Moody Gardens is highlighting a hidden gem from the Gulf of Mexico. The new Flower Garden Banks Exhibit brings attention to the unique tropical coral reef system found just 115 miles offshore.

With help from the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, guests experience the East Flower Garden Bank, West Flower Garden Bank and Stetson Bank up close and personal. The exhibit includes examples of Brain, Star and Elkhorn coral, to name a few, all of which can be seen on the banks. The Flower Garden Banks reef system is one of the healthiest in the Gulf and Caribbean regions.

Guests are completely immersed in the Caribbean Exhibit with breathtaking views as Sharks, Rays and other tropical fish swim overhead while they walk through the tunnel in this one million-gallon exhibit, giving them the sense of diving in the Caribbean.

New to the exhibit is The Pride, a 19th century rum-runner shipwreck replica, loosely based on the vessel sailed by famed Galveston pirate Jean Lafitte. Divers spent a total of 68.5 hours underwater putting together the ship, which arrived in about 75 individual pieces.

Also new are in-water presentations by Moody Gardens divers. With additions to the exhibit, guests are bound to have questions. Divers are now able to take and answers questions while in the exhibit.

 

North Pacific Gallery
This exhibit focuses on the high-energy coastline to the west. Seals and Sea Lions are featured prominently alongside other kelp forest inhabitants including Leopard Sharks and the long-lived Rockfish. Jewel aquariums highlight the coastal surge zone, ingenious Giant Pacific Octopus and the relatively unknown deep water coral communities that act as nursery habitat for many commercial fisheries. Click here for more information.


And, that’s not all
Don’t miss out on the whimsical and colorful array of soft-bodied predators inside the new Jellyfish Gallery. Lights, sounds and textures further enhance the display of these free swimming coral relatives.

There’s also the South Pacific Biome that showcases the tremendous diversity that is found in the epicenter of the coral reef evolution. Colorful corals, invertebrates, fishes and sharks fill the niche habitats highlighted in the large and small aquarium features.

Guests are able to engage with aquarium staff as they perform essential functions in the working conservation lab. Watch and ask questions as they work in the nursery, perform aquarium water quality tests, necropsies, grow algae as a food source and other functions in their daily lab work.

New exhibits will not only inspire visitor interest and empathy, but also connect visitors to specific ocean habitats, further establishing the Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid as the largest and most diverse aquarium in the southwest.

Click here for more information.