Get ready to let the good times roll — for Memorial Day that is — as HGAGE Enterprize presents the Galveston County Zydeco & Crawfish Memorial Day Festival from noon to 10 p.m. Monday at Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, in La Marque.
This inaugural event will be one crawfish and zydeco lovers will not want to miss.
With performances by Keith Frank, Step Rideau, Chris Ardion, The Superior Band and The Zydeco Dots, the event also will include the cool sounds on the “1s and 2s” by DJ Calvin and DJ Ford.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Tickets for ages 6-12 are $5 per child at the gate only and ages 5 and younger will be admitted free.
Attendees are encouraged to take their own chairs — but no pets, coolers or food will be allowed. There will be food and beverage vendors on site. Parking will be free.
If you’re on the mainland and need tickets, call Sylvia Hill, 409-789-2666, or if you’re on the island, call Barbeque Barn & Burger, 409-740-2783. You can also visit www.eventzonline.com for more information.
Crawfish and music
Further north in Galveston County, the second annual Friendswood Crawfish Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at 505 S. Friendswood Drive in Friendswood.
The event, which is sponsored by the Friendswood Lions Club and Justin’s Seafood, will fill the streets of downtown Friendswood with the smell of boiled seafood, live music and the sights of local artisans displaying their wares for purchase.
The family-friendly event will feature the Scott Gertner and Bobby Lyle jazz quartet, The Levelone Band, Ken Mondshine and the Brotherhood, Legacy, Zydeco Dots and Collective Hallucination featuring Ant Boogie.
The festival also will include a crawfish eating contest.
Admission is $10 per person and children ages 10 and younger will be admitted free.
Want to go to Mars?
Space Center Houston will debut its exhibit “Facing Mars” Saturday at 1601 NASA Parkway.
“Facing Mars” is an interactive exhibition that focuses on the challenges of sending humans to Mars. It will allow visitors to become astronauts in training, a planetary geologist or a spacecraft technician, and take them on a voyage of discovery while challenging them to test limits and venture to new frontiers.
Tickets are $22.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors ages 65 and older, and $18.95 for ages 3-11.
Visitors can save $5 by buying tickets in advance online at www.spacecenter.org.
“Facing Mars” runs through Sept. 1.
May the force be with you!
Galveston Ballet presentation
The Galveston Ballet will present “Peter with the Wolf with Carnival of the Animals” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.
Based on Sergei Prokofiev’s much loved Russian folk tale and paired with Camille Saint-Seaens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” the presentation will feature guest dancer Mark McCormack of Montgomery Ballet, who will play the role of the Wolf. Galveston Ballet’s Clarissa Sourada will perform in the lead as Peter.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students and can be bought at The Grand’s box office, or at www.grand.com, or by calling, 409-765-1894.
And don’t forget ...
Also, don’t forget that you still have three chances to enjoy the 19th annual Dancin’ in the Street Motown & More Revue at 8:15 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at Miller Outdoor Theatre at Hermann Park in Houston.
Admission is free.
Visit www.dancininthestreetrevue.com or call 832-299-5271.