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What to Expect at the Pavilion in 2016


When I first moved to The Woodlands, I was more than excited to hear about The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. It was such an insane concept to have one of the world’s best outdoor amphitheaters in my own town, just minutes away. Maybe this is because I am from a small suburb of Chicago, however, I couldn’t wait to see what big names were on the summer schedule! The first concert I saw at the Pavilion was Fall Out Boy for my friends birthday. My friends and I wanted to experience lawn seats – something we have not done11760079_10206069053418701_6728045389722769216_n before in Chicago. To my surprise, it was quite comfortable (even though we forgot a blanket!!) and we had an amazing view. Another plus was that the concession stand was directly behind us with no line! We had such a great night and couldn’t wait to plan the next concert.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is conveniently located right near The Woodlands Mall and Market Street. Below is the current 7EYAGfWqSzGUQrAWluIl51qpssMzHjw6gJPLbvESuokZEs3ec_PLUOuhQskLVZXyGNyM=w3002016 schedule, but be sure to go to for updates because you never know when your favorite band will announce a tour! A really great way to be first to know about show updates is to subscribe The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion email list. Another option is to download the Bandsintown App on your mobile device and it will actually sync with your music library then notify you immediately when your favorite artists will be in town. It’s seriously one of my favorite apps!

2016 Event Schedule

Heart with Joan Jett & the Black Hearts and Cheap Trick
Friday, August 19th, 6:30pm

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
Saturday, August 20th, 7pm

Dierks Bentley with special guests Randy Houser, Cam & Tucker Beathard
Sunday, August 21st, 7pm

Def Leppard with REO Speedwagon and Tesla
Monday, August 22nd, 7pm

Slipknot with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice and Men
Friday, August 26th, 6:30pm

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long
Saturday, August 27th, 8pm

Houston Symphony, Music of Rolling Stones
Friday, September 2nd, 8pm

Fifth Harmony
Monday, September 5th, 7pm

Goo Goo Dolls & Collective Soul with Tribe Society
Thursday, September 8th, 7pm

Brantley Gilbert with special guests Justin Moore & Colt Ford
Friday, September 9th, 7pm

Houston Symphony, Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Thursday, September 15th, 8pm

5 Seconds of Summer
Sunday, September 18th, 7:30pm

Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival feat. Dane Cook, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jeff Ross, Iliza Shlesinger, Tom Segura, Jermaine Fowler, Ali Wong, Bobby Lee & Big Jay Oakerson
Thursday, September 22nd, 6pm

Ray LaMontagne
Friday, September 23rd, 8pm

Alabama Shakes with Corinne Bailey Rey
Saturday, September 24th, 7:30pm

Counting Crows and Rob Thomas
Sunday, September 25th, 6:45pm

Houston Symphony, Hocus Pocus Pops
Friday, October 7th, 7:30pm

Prophets of Rage
Friday, October 8th, 7pm

Luke Bryan
Thursday, October 20th, 7pm

Flight of the Conchords
Tuesday, October 25th, 8pm

21st Annual Children’s Festival
Presented by ExxonMobil
Saturday, November 12th, 10am to 5pm

21st Annual Children’s Festival
Presented by ExxonMobil
Sunday, November 13th, 12pm to 5pm

Holly Jolly Jingle
Thursday, December 1st, 7pm

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Bike The Woodlands Month in May

635962485662739961Untitled-1635971780102028552_small_optimizedOne thing you will notice as a resident of The Woodlands is the trails teaming with runners and walkers and the shoulders of the roads busting with bikers.  With our flat land and The Woodlands commitment to outdoor activities, it is hard to resist the urge.

The Woodlands has made a tradition of recognizing Bike Month in May for the last four years.  This year, the Bike The Woodlands Coalition is working with The Woodlands Township to take the celebration to a whole new level!  The Coalition wants to encourage safe cycling practices and generate a culture of respect and awareness by bicyclists and non-bicyclists alike.  Some of the events planned this month are:

635962476588345936Bike_Rack635963136254388789_crop_635963136312670509635963136356889180_crop_635963136394232695635971779500933884635971779740777965_optimizedBike to Work DayFriday, May 20, 2016 – On Bike to Work Day, T-shirts will be available for pick up at both Whole Foods and Black Walnut Café.

Bike The Woodlands Day celebrationSaturday, May 21, 2016 – For Bike The Woodlands Day, T-shirts will be available for pick up only at Whole Foods.

 Bike Shop Week

635962480459449435BTW_Day_2635963136599858092_crop_635963136655951970635971779415933687_optimized  The Woodlands Cycling Club Rides

TXTRI Tuesday Rides

 Pathway Riders Coffee Meetup

 Bike Maintenance Workshops

Bike-in Movie

635962482052578480Untitled-1635971779463902218_optimized Bike Swap Meet

  Bike Happy Hours


Public Art Ride

Bike The Woodlands Yoga

To keep up with the latest developments on Bike The Woodlands 2016 and for info on all of the amazing activities planned this month, download the Event Guide.  Happy Trails!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Golf Around The Woodlands

Greetings from WRG!

If you are a golfer, or just a fan of the PGA, you are probably aware that the Shell Houston Open (SHO) comes to Houston this week! This is a great way to spend the day as a family enjoying the beautiful weather.

The Shell Houston Open is actually played in Humble, Texas at the Golf Club of Houston. (Side note, the H in Humble is silent. It is pronounced umble).  Many PGA favorites enjoy this annual event.

The schedule of events is as follows: Tuesday, March 29 is the practice day, which is a great day to go, as the golfers are relaxed and typically very open to signing hats, etc.  Play hooky from work and school to attend this day – shhhh, we won’t tell!  Wednesday is the Grand Pro-Am Day and the first round begins on Thursday, March 31st. For complete information, including tickets and parking information, please go to:  I hope you decide to take advantage of such a big athletic event located right here in our back yard.

insperity-invitational-brand-plainCloser to home and scheduled for May 2-8 on The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course, The Woodlands will welcome the Senior PGA tour. The Insperity Invitational presented by United Health Care will boast a field of 81 of the best PGA Tour Champions professionals. Of those, several are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.  The current defending champion is Ian Woosnam.  What an amazing opportunity to see the legends play up close and personal! For more information on this exciting event right here in The Woodlands, please refer to

Maybe you are a golfer yourself or have considered taking up the sport. If so, you are in luck as there are many options around with a wide variety of price ranges for you to consider.  Additionally, our weather lets you enjoy this activity almost year round!

Woodlands-Golf-Arial-560x310_singleImageThe Woodlands Country Club is located at 100 Grand Fairway in Cochran’s Crossing. This private club boasts three courses: The Palmer, The Tournament and the Player Course. There is also a tennis complex, two fitness centers and a beautiful pool area. You can find more information at

There are other courses in the area that have also come under the umbrella of ClubCorp Houston.  These include: Lake Windcrest in Magnolia; Magnolia Creek and South Shore Harbour Courses in League City; The Golf Trails of The Woodlands; and others in the greater Houston area.  A complete listing is available at

Spring_Valley_Golf___Disc_Golf_Course-photoAn option for semi-private golfing is located at Spring Valley Golf and Disc Golf Course, located in Spring off of Gosling Road.  Spring Valley is open to the public and also offers memberships. It is a 9 hole course at an affordable price, so it is a great option for those who do not have a lot of time to play a full round of 18 holes. They are also unique as they offer a 28 hold disk golf course that is renowned as the best is southeast Texas. You can find more information here:

Other nearby golf courses, as included in our online Destination Guide at are listed below.  The destination guide requires you to log in. If you do not remember your log in information, please email or call 281-363-5879.

Hip-TopGolfFinally, I would be remiss if I did not mention Top Golf in this note. Golf skills are not required for you to have fun! There is an extensive food and drink menu and is truly fun for the entire family.  If you have not already, please see our On Location video where your WRG staff takes advantage of the fun at Top Golf: For more information on Top Golf, the website for the Spring location

With the longer days and beautiful weather, I hope this week’s newsletter inspires you to either take up golf or dust off your bag and head out!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Happy April!


Upcoming April Events:

Live at Night Music Series
Now through April 30th
Saturdays from 6-8pm at Waterway Square

NCAA Final Four
April 2nd-4th

9th Annual TWFG Muddy Trails Bash
April 2nd
3-8pm at The Lodge in Rob Fleming Park

The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival
April 2nd
11am-6pm at Town Green Park

Texas Wildlife & Woodland Expo & Spring Fling 2016
April 2nd
10am-4pm at Lone Star College

13th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair
April 6th – 10th

29th Annual Art Car Parade
April 7th – 10th

International Gem & Jewelry Show
April 8th – 10th

Montgomery County Fair & Rodeo 2016
April 8th – 17th

49th Houston International Film Festival
April 8th – 17th

Earth Day GreenUp: Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-off
April 9th
Pre-register at

10th ‘Art in the Park’ at Elizabeth Baldwin Park
April 9th

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Houston Livestock & Rodeo Show





The Houston Rodeo is a big deal around here! People will take off from work and pull their kids out of school for the day to experience this annual event. The first time I went with my family, I was more than a little overwhelmed! I didn’t know what we were walking into but I am so glad we went! I loved seeing the little kids race sheep (mutton races) and I highly recommend the boot shine stand. My cowboy boots never looked so good! Most people buy their tickets for the concert they want to see, but please don’t miss the actual rodeo before the concert. There are still honest to goodness cowboys out there who do the rodeo circuit for a living and the atmosphere is electric. It is a full day but one I know you won’t regret.


2016 Concert headliners include The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Jason Derulo, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Pitbull and many more. Be sure to visit the rodeo website,, to get all of the latest details, maps and daily schedules. Tickets do sell out, so if you don’t get tickets from the rodeo website, make sure you are using a reputable source. Then don your boots, your jeans and your favorite hat and enjoy the rodeo. Yee-haw!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

February is here!

It’s February in The Woodlands and spring is starting to pop up everywhere you look. The Home and Garden Shows in our area start this month and The Woodlands hosts their own event in March.  There are events on gardening and Arts in the Park is back.   Whatever your passion, find a way to get outside and enjoy this month in The Woodlands!!

Arts in the Park with Teen Talent Show
Feb 12th
From 2-6pm  at Rob Fleming Park

30th Annual Texas Home & Garden Show
Feb 12th – 14th
NRG Center, Houston

Stage Right Presents Mel Brooks’ The Producers
Feb 12th – 28th

Gardening 101: How, When & Why to Prune Trees, Shrubs & Perennials
Feb 13th
From 9am-12pm at 8203 Millennium Forest Drive

Live at the Owen Theatre: Murder at the Howard Johnson’s
Through Feb 14

February Residential Design Review Committee & Village Association Elections
Feb 20th
The Woodlands Township Town Hall, 2801 Technology Forest Blvd
from 8am-6pm

Feb 20th
Rob Fleming Aquatic Center from 9am-12pm

Advanced Vegetable Gardening
Feb 27th
From 9am-12pm  at 8203 Millennium Forest Drive

9th Annual Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show
Feb 27th – 28th
Berry Center, Cypress

Upcoming Events:

Live at Night Music Series
March 12th – April 30th
Saturday nights from 6-8pm at Waterway Square

Sleep Under the Stars at Camp Terramont
March 12th
Terramont Park; 8500 Terramont Drive
Registration required through The Woodlands Township

14th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show
March 12th – 13th
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale
March 31st – April 2nd
South County Community Center; 2235 Lake Robbins Drive

9th Annual TWFG Muddy Trails Bash
April 2nd
From 3-8pm at The Lodge in Rob Fleming Park

13th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair
April 6th – 10th

Earth Day GreenUp
April 9th

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Annual Arbor Day Celebration

While most of the country celebrates Arbor day at the end of April, The Woodlands likes to start the green party a little earlier. The Woodlands will host its 40th Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Rob Fleming Park. January is a great time to plant trees and The Woodlands Township has given away over 1 million tree seedlings over the years. This celebration is in keeping with the Master Plan of The Woodlands and the Township has created a fun, family-friendly event to encourage residents to keep the tradition alive.

For more information on this event, please visit http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.go /civicalerts.aspx?AID=1914.

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Halloween Activites

october-month-owlIt is hard to believe that we are already into our last few days of September. The cooler weather makes it a wonderful time to start adventuring out and seeing everything that living in The Woodlands and the surrounding areas have to offer. Although Halloween is a full month away, the festivities begin before you know it. And Halloween isn’t the only thing that draws crowds this time of year! I wanted be sure you were aware of some of the fun events that will be taking place around town during October.

Original Greek Festival
October 3-4

This event in Houston celebrates a long and proud history of the Greek community in the Greater Houston area. Part of the proceeds from the event are used to support various charities. 

Houston Italian Festival
October 8-11 

The Houston Italian Cultural & Community Center sponsors this annual event that features music, games, shopping and most of all, food!

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
October 9-11
Live music, street performers, car show, Kid Zone, fireworks & of course, catfish!
Scarecrow Festival
October 10-11
The Festival boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors (home décor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing, etc.), delicious country-style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community. A special Children’s Activity Corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train and more.
Bayou City Art Festival
October 10-11
A sophisticated outdoor gallery under the iconic Houston skyline, transforming the streets of downtown into artistic avenues bursting with color and culture.
Texas Renaissance Festival
October 11-November 30
One of the biggest & longest-running festivals in the Houston region brings medieval magic to Plantersville, near Magnolia. Come for music, entertainment & lots of fun!

The Wicked Wonderland Family Carnival
October 16

This year the carnival will be in Creekside Village at Rob Fleming Park on Friday, October 16, from 4-8 p.m. Bring the whole family to enjoy all the live performances and a ton of fun activities! This event is appropriate for all ages. Performances, contest participation, trick or treat stations and movie are free. Tickets for sale for games, concessions and night hike. For more information please call: 281-210-3950

The Haunting at Bear Branch
Weekend evenings beginning October 17

Don’t miss this October tradition! The 2015 Haunting at Bear Branch Park will be on October 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, from 8-10 p.m. The theme this year is Neighborhood of Nightmares. A tour guide will lead groups of visitors through a trail made to look like a manor in a neighborhood with a secret. Admission is $8 per person, ticket sales stop at 9:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 9 and older.

Wings Over Houston Airshow
October 17-18

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Breitling Jet Team headline this year’s Commemorative Air Force (CAF) 31st Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow, at Ellington Airport. The Thunderbirds, performing as a team of six F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, return to Houston following their last Wings Over Houston performance in 2010. See these airmen and more at this weekend event.

Galveston ARToberFest
October 17-18
Experience art, food & fun with over 100 artists in various mediums. This is the 18th year for this wonderful event that showcases amazing talent.

Hocus Pocus Pops
October 23
A magical evening is waiting for you at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Hocus Pocus Pops featuring the Houston Symphony beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanie and lawn seating are free courtesy of H-E-B. Tickets are not required for free seating. For a list of complete activities for this amazing evening, sure to delight everyone in the family, please visit:

Annual Texian Market Days
October 24
Light the fire and sound the cannons! The 32nd annual Texian Market Days festival is set at the George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond, Texas. Discover more than 150 years of Texas history with hands-on activities, battle re-enactments, music and entertainment, historic home tours, cowboys, food, artisan vendors and more!

Flea Market @ Town Center Parking Garage
October 24
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed yet, but The Woodlands does not allow yard or garage sales at individual residences. Instead, the Township sponsors a semi-annual event to get everyone in the same place to sell their wares. The event runs from 7-10:30 am.

Kemah Boardwalk Halloween Costume Contest
October 24 & 31
Dress up the kids in their spooky best for a chance at some great prizes. (12 & under) Or if you want to channel your inner “Walking Dead,” join in for the Zombie Night Party on October 24
where you dress up, walk and dance like a zombie! Costume contests, ride discounts and more!

Trick or Treat Trail
October 25
The Trick or Treat Trail is a frighteningly fun time for the whole family. This event features a costume contest for all ages, haunted attractions, appearances by children’s favorite tv and film characters, face painting, bobbing for apples, candy grabs and kid-friendly arts and crafts. Everyone in the family is encouraged to get in the Halloween spirit. The free, family-friendly event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 3-6 p.m. at Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, and along The Woodlands Waterway.

Spooktacular Fundraiser at The Woodlands Children’s Museum
October 31
From 4 to 8 p.m. The Woodlands Children’s Museum hosts delightful… not frightful Halloween funtivities. Participate in pin the nose on the pumpkin, the mummy wrap game, haunted house bean bag toss, ghost bowling and more. Come dressed in costume. Member child $7/nonmember child $9, parents are free. Best for ages 7 and under.

Finally, various pumpkin patches will soon be opening and you can find great lists of the options in the area at: and

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Spectator Sports

nrg-stadiumThis is Texas, and football is a big deal! From little league to the NFL, Houston takes its football seriously. The Houston Texans play at NRG stadium for home games. It’s a quick trip down I45 and around the loop to catch a live game. Check out their web site for more information or tickets:

MinutemaidparkIn addition to the Houston Texans, Houston boasts their MLB team, the Astros. Their home is Minute Maid Park downtown. They’ve had a few good runs, but as of late, have been shut out of the playoffs.  Reaching the 2005 World Series and getting shut out by the White Sox, we’re due for a title soon!

BBVA_Compass_Stadium,_North_FacadeFor the soccer fans, The Dynamos play at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamos have won two titles, 2006 and 2007. Additionally, the Houston Dash, the female equivalent, play in the same location. The games draw enthusiastic fans and are great fun!


109_Houston_Rockets_at_Toyota_CenterFor the basketball fans, the Houston Rockets round out the major sports teams. As the season approaches, you will notice t-shirts emblazoned with “Fear The Beard.” This refers to James Hardin, #13 at the shooting guard position. The Rockets play at the Toyota Center and also boast two titles, 1994 and 1995 with many playoff appearances as well. They face-off against the Dallas Mavericks their first game of the pre-season on October 7th.


1402348338-Sugar_Land_Skeeters_920Houston also offers quite a few minor league and semi-pro sports. The Houston Energy, H-Town Texas Cyclones and Houston Power are all women’s football teams. The Sugar Land Skeeters and The Woodlands Strykers are minor league baseball teams in the area, and the Houston Ducks are a minor league football team. You can take a look at the Sugar Land Skeeters venue in our OnLocation video,


GrbccbldThere are also a number of annual sporting events that may be of interest to you. For the runners, the Houston Marathon is held each January. This event begins at the George R. Brown Convention Center and winds through the streets of Houston. More information can be found at:


urlThe US Men’s Clay Court Tennis Championship has been held in Houston since 2001. It’s the only ATP world event held on clay courts.  You can catch this action in July each year.


B_cLIILUcAAZXuW.0.0Baseball fans will want to put The Houston College Classic on their calendar. This is a college baseball event that is held in February at Minute Maid Park:


nrg-stadium-2-1200xx3760-2115-0-196The Rodeo is something that you will want to put on your list of things to do as well. This event is held during February and March at NRG Stadium. Save this website as it gets closer – This an amazing event that hosts some wonderful concerts, but make sure you go early to see the actual rodeo too! The lineup will be announced and tickets will go on sale in January.


35697Lastly, for the golfers, the Shell Houston Open is held each year in March/April (March 28-April 3, this coming year) at the Golf Club of Houston. It’s the warm up round for the Masters each year as that is held the following week at the famed Augusta National. If spectator golf is your thing, you can also catch the seniors play a major tour stop in The Woodlands – The Insperity Invitational, May 2-8, 2016.


Please let us know how we can be of service to you and your family as you settle in your new home.  Have a great week, and enjoy the fall weather!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor