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Brazoria County Crawfish Fest April 15-17


APRIL 15 – 17, 2016

Benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Brazoria County, The Godfrey Educational Foundation, and the Houston Blues Society

MSR Houston

1 Performance Dr.

Angleton, TX 77515

Website: BrazoriaCountyCrawfishFestival.com

Great Crawfish! Great Spice! Great Price! $3.99 lb!

Advance discount tickets and carnival ride passes available now at Eventbrite!

FREE till 3:00 on Friday!

The Brazoria County Crawfish Festival takes the friendly, relaxed fun and community feel of a small town fair and serves it up big! 


  • Crawfish: Red Swamp Crawfish, serving bigger, fatter, juicier bugs from multiple stations at $3.99(lb). They have been providing Texas with hot, fresh, spicy crawfish for over 20 years. With four boiling trailers going they can put out 4,000 lbs of bugs an hour 
  • The Houston Blues Society Stage: *Brad Absher and Swamp Royale * Campfire Soul * Eric Demmer Band * Odell Gray & The House Rules Band * Ted Hawley Band * Little Terry & The Blues Birds * Luther & The Healers * Trudy Lynn with Steve Krase Band * Mighty Orq Band * No Refund Band * Sparky Parker Band * Zach Person Band * Paul Ramirez Band * Sonny Boy Terry Band * Jonn Del Toro Richardson Band * Evelyn Rubio Band * Great Scott and The Almighties * Ally Venable Band * Dave Nevling and The Blues Kats *

  • The Bayou Stage: Genevieve Allen * Keven Anthony * Blaggards * Jason James * Level One Band * Randy Meadows * “Bon Ton” Mickey * Zach Person * Cecil Shaw * Mike Stinson * Van Wilks *The Revi’s * Tres Equis * The Zydeco Dots! And more to come!

  • Carnival: This year will see more, bigger, and better amusement rides and games with rides to thrill the adults and the little ones, too.
  • Food Vendors: There’s more food to enjoy than great crawfish! Every kind of Cajun food from Alligator to Pistolettes to Shrimp Creole; a huge selection of festival food favorites like corn dogs, shaved ice, and funnel cakes; and specialty foods and traditional dishes with a twist such as shark and lobster sliders, and so much more.
  • Specialty Entertainment: Slayer Reptile Ranch * ‘Gator Races * Armadillo Races * Splash Dogs * Crawfish and Funnel Cake Eating Contests
  • Marie Laveau: The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans presented by Creepy Hollow.
  • MSR Houston: The professional, world-class racetrack and home to the festival is launching a major, multi-million dollar expansion to host national and international races and other region-wide concerts and events.
  • Go-Kart Track: MSR has one of the fastest Go-Kart tracks in the country, on one of the longest tracks. Patrons can enjoy real fast track action.
  • Fittipaldi Exotic Driving: World famous racers Fittipaldi are offering two-lap thrill rides in exotic cars throughout the event.
  • Festival Vendors: The festival will feature rows of vendors with the best of arts, crafts, gifts and more from Brazoria County, the Greater Houston-Gulf Coast Area and around the country.
  • Children’s Area: will provide all patrons need to keep their kids busy and having fun during the event.

Paws in the Park scheduled for April 2-3

resize-paws-in-the-parkCity of Pearland Parks & Recreation is gearing up for the  22nd annual  Paws in the Park. We will  kick things off on Saturday  morning with the  H-E-B  Pet & Owner Fun  Run followed  by the national Dock  Diving  competition.

Date:  Saturday and Sunday, April 2 – 3, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. –  4 p.m.
Location: Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway, Pearland, Texas
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE Admission, FREE on-site parking

About the Event:

Come prepared to enjoy this weekend full of activities and entertainment with your furry friend.

H-E-B Pet & Owner Fun Run

Each year this event begins with a Fun Run and this year’s races are 1K, 3K, and 5K. Compete with or without your four-legged friends! We will kick off the event with the HEB Pet & Owner Fun Run on Saturday April 2. Register online beginning Dec. 1st at Active.com. (Note: Clicking button will deliver you to our third-party registration site.) Applications are also available in the Pearland Parks & Recreation Office, located at 4141 Bailey Rd., Pearland, Texas 77584 during normal business hours.


  • Dock Diving
  • US Dog Disk Nationals
  • Demonstrations
  • Pet Contests


A variety of pet related businesses will be present under the Westside Veterinary Hospital exhibitor pavilion. We will also have a variety of food vendors on site selling tasty treats.  Vendor/Sponsor Application


Parking is available throughout the outdoor mall venue. Event parking is free.

Event Information:

For health and safety reasons, pets must remain on harness throughout the event.

For more information, please call 281.412.8907 or email nbowen@pearlandtx.gov.

Discover Space Center Houston’s top five cosmic spring attractions


Meet an astronaut, walk inside a space shuttle and pilot an airplane during Space Center Houston’s Cosmic Spring, presented by the city of Webster, throughout March.

“Visitors will feel like an explorer on the ultimate mission,” said Richard Allen, president and CEO for the nonprofit Space Center Houston. “Plan a full-day adventure and navigate your way through hands-on activities in the new spring exhibit, board the tram tour and walk through the giant Independence Plaza complex.”

There are more than 400 things to see and do, plus special opportunities just for Space Center Houston’s Cosmic Spring. Visitors can enter the one-of-a-kind exhibit, Independence Plaza, dedicated to the historic shuttle era; have fun in an all-new interactive exhibit that explores the exciting modes of transportation; and meet an astronaut as a part of the center’s Cosmic Spring line-up.

Make it your mission to accomplish all top five Cosmic Spring experiences.

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    Photo courtesy of Space Center Houston

    Independence Plaza presented by Boeing: The new exhibit brings the 30-year Space Shuttle Program to life with interactive exhibits and an up-close look at many NASA artifacts – all inside a full shuttle replica mounted on top of the original shuttle carrier aircraft. Stand inside the giant plane, walk inside the shuttle and see astronaut living quarters.

  1. Going Places – the Technology of Transport, presented by the city of Webster now through May 1: Discover the technology that transforms how we live in Space Center Houston’s interactive spring exhibit. The North American premiere, Going Places, designed and produced by Scitech and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, is an interactive science exhibit that explores the technology developed for travel. With hands-on displays, visitors will fly an airplane, ride a hovercraft or race a friend on a recumbent bicycle.
  1. NASA Tram Tour: Go behind-the-scenes to see history in the making at NASA Johnson Space Center. The NASA Tram Tour is expanded for Cosmic Spring and takes visitors to see the state-of-the-art astronaut training facilities; the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, where astronauts train for spacewalks in the zero gravity pool; Historic Mission Control, a national historic landmark where NASA monitored missions to the moon; and Rocket Park, where the enormous Saturn V Rocket is housed.
  1. Meet an Astronaut: See a real space pioneer and hear stories about their space adventures every Friday with extra engagements March 14-18 and March 24.  See astronauts Clay Anderson, Ken Cameron, Leroy Chiao, Mike McCulley, Brain Duffy, Mike Foreman and Mark Polansky. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear what it takes to become an astronaut and hear fascinating stories from brave men who spent time in space.
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    Photo courtesy of Space Center Houston

    “Journey To Space:” Watch a film about the exciting work happening at NASA in the newly updated Space Center Theater. With stunning 4K ultra-high definition, new audio and an all-new giant screen, the film tells the story of historic space explorations and future missions to land astronauts on Mars. Learn about the future spacesuit design, the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS) that will allow astronauts to explore deep space.

To enhance your visit, Space Center Houston has launched a new Astronaut Audio Tour with first-hand stories from space pioneers, beautiful photos and exciting videos that tell the rich history and sparkling future of human space exploration. There’s even a new children’s audio tour featuring a quiz game with colorful illustrations to help youngsters learn about the museum’s out-of-this world collection and interactive activities. Don’t miss the interactive games and the wealth of information that tell the evolution of human space exploration.

Save on admission with a CityPASS and explore Space Center Houston plus four other top attractions. Purchase a CityPASS in-person or online at spacecenter.org/citypass. Space Center Houston has expanded hours of 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on March 12-27. Visitors are encouraged to beat the crowds by arriving early and reserving a free timed ticket for a designated time for the most popular activities: the shuttle Independence and the tram tour.

There are three easy ways to reserve a timed ticket. Prior to a visit, reserve a ticket at spacecenter.org/timed-ticketing. Or upon arriving at the center, go first to the timed-ticket stations at the Membership Desk where a Crew Member can assist in reserving a spot, or use your mobile device at spacecenter.org/nowait to reserve a tour. For tips on planning your trip, go to spacecenter.org/visitor.

Glow-in-the-dark mini golf comes to Pearland

56d35ccb0be43.imageLunar Mini Golf is about to open its newest location in the Pearland Town Center.

“We expect to be open in mid-March,” said Regional Manager Samantha White. “We put together a Facebook page for the Pearland location, and the response has been positively overwhelming!”

Lunar Mini Golf features an indoor putt-putt course, but players compete in the dark. The course, flags and holes are illuminated with coatings that glow in black light, which is the only lighting source in the facility. There is also the Party Zone area for birthday and other parties.

“We are 100% family-friendly,” White said. “We had a family come in to our Grapevine location the other day with a grandma who did not look happy to be there. After she got a hole-in-one, she was the loudest one in the group!”

Everyday prices will be $9.00 per adult player, $8 for players 6 – 12 years old, $6.00 for children 5 and younger and two year-olds will be free with one paid admission. Group discounts for five or more people will be $8 per player. Military and First Responders will receive a $2 discount.

Lunar Mini Golf will also have a party room for birthday parties and other small events. The Birthday Party Package will be $99 for a 90-minute party for up to 12 players. This includes unlimited golf, free use of the Party Zone, one shot at the Prize Hole (the 18th hole) per player and a free glow necklace for each player.

For more information and updates about the Pearland location, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lunargolfpearland/info/?tab=overview. To learn more about Lunar Mini Golf, visit GlowMiniGolf.com.

Meet Astronauts, ride a Hovercraft and board the new exhibit Independence Plaza at Space Center Houston


shutle-interior-Z3C_0467Meet an astronaut, walk inside a space shuttle, ride a hovercraft and watch a film on a new giant theater screen at Space Center Houston’s Cosmic Spring, presented by the city of Webster, during March. Space Center Houston is located at 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058.

Visitors can explore Space Center Houston’s top five Cosmic Spring attractions for the ultimate adventure this spring. Board the tram tour and see history in the making at NASA Johnson Space Center; meet an astronaut; enter the new one-of-a-kind exhibit Independence Plaza, touch interactive displays and discover the historic shuttle era; and have fun in the interactive spring exhibit “Going Places – the Technology of Transport,” sponsored by the city of Webster. The new exhibit explores the exciting modes of transportation with multiple hands-on displays. Watch the film “Journey to Space” in Space Center Theater, which re-opens March 1 with stunning 4K ultra-high definition, new audio and an all-new giant screen. For tips on planning your trip, visit spacecenter.org/visitor.

The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit space museum with an extensive science education program. The cornerstone of its science education mission is Space Center Houston, which USA Today called “The Big Draw” in the greater Houston area with nearly 1 million visitors annually and a $73 million annual economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. The center draws more than 100,000 teachers and students annually from around the world. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.



Migration Celebration announces Featured Speaker


PhotoContestExhibit2This year’s Migration Celebration fundraising dinner features keynote speaker Kelly Drinnen, Education Specialist at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Galveston, Texas. 

Ms. Drinnen’s presentation is titled Cruising Through: Migrations In and Around Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. The coral reefs of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary serve as a focal point for tropical and sub-tropical marine life about 100 miles off the Texas coast. Explore with us the fly-ways and by-ways above and below the waters of this haven in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Migration Celebration Kickoff Dinner will be held at Freeport RiverPlace, located at 500 N Brazosport Blvd, Freeport, TX 77541, on April 8, 2016.  The evening will include our traditional roast pork dinner.  Doors open at 5:30PM.  Tickets are $30.00 each and the proceeds are used to fund the event.  Migration Celebration is a free family festival that allows families to experience the joys of nature  at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.  Migration Celebration photo contest submissions will be on display, and winners will be announced.  For more information and directions to Freeport RiverPlace go to www.migrationcelebration.org. To purchase tickets, please contact us at 844-842-4737 or email  tickets@migrationcelebration.org


The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour Brings Extremely Rare Bomber and Fighter Aircraft for Local Living History Display as Part of 110-city Nationwide Tour

17.24.51FormationRight-1024x812WHAT:  Participating in the Collings Foundation’s WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter, will fly into Ellington Airport in Houston, TX for a visit from March 9 to March 11.

This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only 8 in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the World. The B-25 is best known for being used in the daring Doolittle raid. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out – $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. Discounted rates for school groups. Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. Get some “stick time” in the world’s greatest fighter! P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. B-25 flights are $400 per person. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.

WHERE: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR will be on display at Ellington Airport in Houston located at Landmark Aviation,11811 N. Brantly.

WHEN: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR will arrive at Ellington Field at 2:00 PM on March 9 and will be on display at Ellington Field until the aircraft departs March 11 after 12:00 PM. Hours of ground tours and display are: 2:00 PM through 4:30 PM on Wednesday, March 9; 9:00 AM through 4:30 PM on Thursday, March 10; 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM on Friday, March 11. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.

WHO: The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. The Nationwide WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR is celebrating its 27th year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually. Since its start, tens of millions of people have seen the B-17, B-24 & P-51 display at locations everywhere. The WINGS OF FREEDOM tour is one of the most extraordinary and unique interactive traveling historical displays of its kind.

WHY: The WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR travels the nation as a flying tribute to the flight crews who flew them, the ground crews who maintained them, the workers who built them, the soldiers, sailors and airmen they helped protect; and the citizens and families that share the freedom that they helped preserve. The B-17, B-25 & B-24 were the backbone of the American effort during the war from 1942 to 1945 and were famous for their ability to sustain damage and still accomplish the mission. Despite the risks of anti-aircraft fire, attacking enemy fighters, and the harrowing environment of sub-zero temperatures, many B-17s and B-24s safely brought their crews home. The P-51 Mustang was affectionately known as the bombers “Little Friend” – saving countless crews from attacking axis fighters. After the war, many aircraft were scrapped for their raw aluminum to rebuild a nation in post-war prosperity and therefore very few were spared. The rarity of the B-17, B-25, B-24 & P-51 – and their importance to telling the story of WWII is why the Collings Foundation continues to fly and display the aircraft nationwide. At each location we encourage local veterans and their families to visit and share their experiences and stories with the public. For aviation enthusiasts, the tour provides opportunity for the museum to come to the visitor and not the other way around! Visitors can find out more by visiting our website at www.collingsfoundation.org.

Houston Auto Show returns Jan. 27-31

vcsPRAsset_3025822_60748_75252edb-05b0-4be3-8572-9dcd6145a6a7_0The 2016 Houston Auto Show is Texas’ first opportunity to see the latest and greatest in automotive innovation, January 27 through January 31, 2016 at NRG Center. More than 700 of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles, concept cars and even classics, along with extreme dirt road kings, modified vehicles and ultra-luxuries, will all be on display, covering the entire 700,000 square feet of NRG Center, in a truly Texas-sized event.

The Houston Auto Show, produced by the Houston Automobile Dealers Association and presented by the Houston Chronicle, features 30-plus car makers and offers an opportunity to test drive more than 70 vehicles all in one place. Manufacturer participants include; Acura, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, JEEP, Kia, Land Rover, Lamborghini, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Maserati, Mercedes Benz, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Toyota, Scion, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo.

The newest additions for the 2016 show include a modified Camp Jeep with a dirt track, an interactive social media wall and more aftermarket vendors than ever before. This year’s entrance includes an Extreme Off-Road Parkway, featuring vehicles with specialty adaptations.

“The Houston Auto Show is one of most anticipated vehicle events of the year for people interested in purchasing a new car or just admiring the beauty of the automotive industry,” said Wyatt Wainwright, president of HADA. “It is the only place car buyers can see, touch and drive the widest variety of vehicles without the pressure of buying today.”

Vehicles debuting at the Houston Auto Show that are just barely arriving to dealerships include:

  • 2017 Ford Raptor
  • 2017 Ford Escape
  • 2017 Lexus GSF Sport
  • 2017 Lotus Evora 400
  • 2016 Nissan Sentra
  • 2016 Nissan Altima

Attendees will also get a chance to admire the following brand new vehicles plus more:

  • Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
  • BMW i8
  • Cadillac CT6
  • Fiat Abarth
  • Ford 2017 Super Duty Truck
  • Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
  • Hyundai 2017 Elantra
  • JEEP Renegade
  • Lamborghini LP700 Roadster

The Aftermarket Expo of the Houston Auto Show includes everything from the exotic to the extreme, from ultra-luxury to off-road and everything in between. New to the aftermarket areas this year is Canada’s Campagna Motors, the world leader in three-wheel motorcycles and the creators of the T-Rex. EVS Motors, who cater to the most discriminating auto enthusiasts, will once again display one-of-a-kind dream cars fresh from their Performance Studio. MSR Houston returns with new partner, Fittipaldi Exotic Driving. Sports Car Club of America will display a Formula Mazda racecar and Allout Off-road will present a half million-dollar H1 Hummer on tracks.

For true admirers of automation, the Houston Auto Show will also exhibit more than 75 classic vehicles throughout the lobby of NRG Center and in a specialty section called ‘Seldom Seen Classics.’ This area includes rare finds such as the 1954 Kaiser Darrin, a 1957 Oldsmobile J2 and even a fully restored 1927 Model T “barn find.”

The 2016 Houston Auto Show at the NRG Center is open daily, Wednesday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 31.  Show hours are:

  • Wed. – Fri.: Noon – 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12 and $5 for children 6 to 12 years old when accompanied by an adult. Coupons for $2 off are available online and at participating Houston area new car dealerships. For more information, visit www.houstonautoshow.com.

Winterfest Jan. 30

Date: Saturday, January 30
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Recreation Center and Natatorium, 4141 Bailey Rd.
Admission: $10 Child 3-16 years/$4 Adult 16 years+/ Children 2 and under are free

About The Event:

Come for a fun filled day of playing in the snow, rides, great food and more!
Tickets: Tickets will be on sale at the Recreation Center and Natatorium beginning Dec. 1 through Jan. 29. Bring a canned good, benefiting the Pearland Neighborhood Center, to receive a $2 discount on pre-sale tickets (maximum one discount per ticket). There will not be any discounts the day of the event.


Parking is located at Turner High School and a free shuttle will run to and from the event throughout the day. Event parking is free.


  • Snow tubing hills and snow play areas in the HEB Plus! Winter Zone
  • Live entertainment on the UCHL- Pearland Entertainment Stage
  • Petting zoo and pony rides sponsored by Westside Veterinary hospital
  • Inflatables
  • The Crocodile Encounter
  • Performances by Kid’s Backporch Productions

Food Vendors:

We will have food vendors selling tasty treats and beverages.

Craft and Novelty Vendors:

We will have many vendors on site selling a variety of craft and novelty items.


If you are interested in volunteering for this event, you can contact Pat Wiley at 281.412.8903 or pwiley@pearlandtx.gov.

Event Information:

  • For health and safety reasons, pets are not allowed at this event with the exception of service animals.
  • Smoking and alcohol are prohibited.
  • Register for the Winter Dash – 5k fun run benefitting the Dawson High School Eagle Band and Catalyst Color Guard.

First Aid:

If you need first aid care, you can go to our First Choice Emergency First Aid Tent. We will also have a Pearland EMS patrolling the event to assist with first aid.

Novelty Vendor Application
Food Vendor Application

For more information, please call 281.412.8907 or email nbowen@pearlandtx.gov.

Things to Do This Weekend in Pearland

Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 5.06.30 PMWant to know what’s going on in Pearland this weekend? Check out the Events Calendar at the Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau site!