This Memorial Day, we hope you’ll find time to honor the men and women who have given their lives while serving our country. As with most holidays, Houstonians are great at celebrating and enjoying the day off. As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day is filled with good bar-b-que, finding the nearest body of water and enjoying the sun. In and around Houston, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate. Whether your visiting Houston for a long weekend or enjoying a “staycation”, there’s an event for everyone.
Patriotism in Practice
Stars & Stripes at the Lawn
Memorial City Lawn | Friday, May 25 from 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Join Memorial City in honoring fallen soldiers and their families every Friday, starting May 25. The event will be held on The Lawn, Memorial City’s new green space. The 30-minute ceremony will feature different JROTC color guard and military programs performing patriotic tributes as a solo trumpet musician plays a rotating roster of American classics, including ‘Grand Ole Flag’ and ‘God Bless America’.
Houston National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony
Houston National Cemetery | Monday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m.
Veterans Affairs’ cemeteries across the U.S. will be hosting Memorial Day Ceremonies. The Houston National Cemetery, a VA cemetery, takes part in this nationwide initiative to honor fallen servicemen and women. Typically, an address is given by a native Texan of rank, followed by a parade of colors and the laying of memorial wreaths by representatives of Houston's veteran community. Both the Houston Mounted Police and the Houston Highlander Pipe Band have been in attendance in past years.
Memorial Day Ceremony
The City of Sugar Land | Monday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join the City of Sugar Land as it hosts the 9th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Sugar Land Memorial Park. The event will honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The event will have an official ceremony with tributes from members of the community, patriotic music, free educational and commemorative activities, on-site military exhibits, a flag ceremony and food available for purchase.
Weekend Fun For All
Summer Tribute Concert Series
CityCentre Houston | Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28, times vary depending on the day
CityCentre is ushering summer in with their Summer Tribute Concert Series. The four-day event offers plenty music to kick off, celebrate and send off the holiday celebration. Motown and soul band Soul Infinity will play, along with Beatles tribute band Beetle, Kim Prevost and the Bill Solley Band and 90s tribute band, Commercial Art are included in the weekend lineup. Kids can enjoy the plaza’s green space and adults can grab food or libations from the surrounding bars and restaurants.
George R. Brown Convention Center | Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 29, times vary depending on the day
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Comicpalooza, brings together celebrities from movies, television, comics and literature and pop-culture enthusiasts. The event will host Q&A sessions, roundtable and panel discussions about the latest in pop culture with plenty of topics to choose from. Further, the event includes a live art auction and interactive gaming area, even a Kid’s Zone to foster exciting and creative thinking. For more information on Comicpalooza passes, click here.
Memorial Day Weekend Food Truck Festival
Galleria Area | Saturday, May 26 from noon – 7 p.m.
Can’t decide what to eat this Memorial Day weekend? At the Memorial Day Weekend Food Truck Festival, you don’t have to decide. With everything from tacos, to bar-b-que, chicken and waffles, burgers, desserts and more, the food truck options are endless. Bring your friends or family to taste bites from over 20 food trucks and shop local vendors. There will also be family-friendly entertainment with games and live music.
FUNomenal Family Festival
Discovery Green | Saturday, May 26 from 1 – 5 p.m.
For families visiting Houston or enjoying a Memorial Day staycation, Discovery Green and Academy Sports + Outdoors will be hosting the FUNomenal Family Festival. The festival will have rides, games, activities and more. Head to Discovery Green’s Jones Lawn at 2 p.m. and join the silly performing group Born in a Taxi for a live chess game full a crazy characters and interactive fun. There will also be activities like Nerf® Blasting Zone, face painting, interactive inflatables with street teams from the Houston Texans, Rockets, Dynamo and Astros and more throughout the park.
Sunday Family Fun Zone & Memorial Day Viewing
Museum of Fine Arts Houston | Sunday, May 27 from 1 – 4 p.m. | Monday, May 28 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Spend Sunday afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and enjoy games, story time, mini-gallery tours and more. Art comes alive through entertaining activities and stories orchestrated by museum. The Sunday Family Fun Zone and general admission to the museum is free for kids 12 and under. Further, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienze, all usually closed on Mondays, will be open for Memorial Day for visitors to enjoy the collections.
Dancin’ in the Street…Motown & More
Miller Outdoor Theatre | Sunday, May 27 at 8:15 p.m.
With most offices closed on Monday, there’s no reason to miss Miller Outdoor Theatre’s Dancin’ in the Street…Motown & More show on Sunday night. Nothing gets a crowd moving like soul and Motown classics, so be sure to catch your favorite Houston entertainers paying tribute to this fun and vibrant musical genre. This is a ticketed event for covered seating, but as always, tickets on the hill are free. For more information click here.
Space Center Houston | Monday – Friday at 10:45 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.
For the space enthusiast, enjoy a four to five-hour guided tour of NASA Johnson Space Center. The Level 9 Tour is typically four to five hours and is described as the ultimate NASA experience. Visitors will see the historic Mission Operations Control Room, the current Mission Control and explore Rocket Park. All NASA guides are highly trained and loaded with interesting information throughout the tour. All tickets must be purchased in advance here. Further, Level 9 Tours include a second-day ticket allowing you to return the next day to explore more of Space Center Houston.
Waugh Drive Bridge Near Buffalo Bayou | Anytime
One local curiosity that’s always interesting and fun is the Waugh Drive Bat Colony. This colony of Mexican free-tailed bates lives around the bridge for the entire year and is thought to be the largest colony in Texas. The Waugh Bridge Bat Colony has become such a spectacle that there is a dedicated observation deck for visitors. A small reminder, be courteous of the bats and their home. For more information click here.