Southeast Texas: 2011 Memorial Day Weekend Guide to Fun

From train rides to concerts to adventure racing, Memorial Day fun is never far away in southeast Texas.

New to Houston this year is an event motorcycle enthusiasts are sure to enjoy.

1. Houston’s 1st Annual South Texas Biker Jam & Expo

What: Demo Rides, Stunt Riders, Leather Fashion Show, Tattoo Competitions and more

Where: Reliant Arena at 8400 Kirby Dr in Houston, TX

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 28th and 29th. Doors open at 10:00.

Cost: Varies, tickets available on ticketmaster.com. Free to kids 12 and under with paid adult.

For more info, visit: www.reliantpark.com

Looking for a way to celebrate the true spirit of Memorial Day? The Texas State Railroad has a full weekend line-up of enjoyable events in remembrance of those who have served.

2. Texas State Railroad Memorial Day Celebration

What: Train Rides, WWII Battle Re-enactment, 1940s USO Show Dinner & Dance and more

Where: Palestine train depot

When: Friday thru Sunday, May 27th – 29th

Cost: varies, see website for details

For more info, visit: www.texasstaterr.com

Foodies will surely enjoy spicing things up at Fredericksburg annual tasty festival.

3. Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival

What: Food, Shopping, Children’s Area, Washer Pitching and more

Where: Fredericksburg’s Downtown Marktplatz

When: Friday thru Sunday, May 27th – May 29th,

Cost: $6 for adults, $1 for kids 12 and under. Two and three day passes available.

($10 starting Saturday at 7:00 p.m.)

For more info, visit: www.tex-fest.com

The folks over in the Woodlands know that you just can’t beat ‘family-friendly’ and ‘free’ for Memorial Day fun.

4. Memorial Day in the Woodlands

What: Live Music, Fireworks, Balloonists, Face Painting and more

Where: Woodlands’ Waterway Square

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 28th and 29th.

Concerts from 6-9 p.m. each night, and fireworks begin at 8:55 each night

Entertainment line-up: Saturday- August 83 and Alter Ego night. Sunday- Buck Yeager Band and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Cost: Free!

For more info, visit: www.thewoodlands.net

How about some good, ‘dirty’ fun this Memorial Day? Then get signed up for Houston’s ‘The Original Mud Run’ and make the most of May’s long weekend!

What: a 10k race with muddy boot camp style obstacles for adventure racers aged 12 & up

Where: 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway Houston, TX

When: Saturday, May 28th

Cost: $40-$75. Entry fee includes free t-shirt, timing chip and wristband

For more info, visit: www.theoriginalmudrun.com