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Space Center Houston Moon 2 Mars Festival Blasts Off Spring Break

David Cook, Sister Hazel, Rick Springfield, Bidi Bidi Banda Live

HOUSTON, TX (March 10, 2023) – The Moon 2 Mars Festival, presented by Wellby Financial at Space Center Houston, announces the performance lineup and daily schedule of family fun March 11 – 19.  

The 2023 Moon 2 Mars Festival returns for a second year to celebrate NASA’s Artemis program that will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, using innovative technologies to build a permanent presence on the lunar surface.  

The action-packed week features live entertainment, cutting-edge space technology with Lockheed Martin virtual reality experts, meet-and-greet opportunities with astronauts and loads of fun at the THINK Neurology Future Astronaut Training Grounds Kid’s Zone. Guests can also enjoy a fun festival menu of elotes, chopped brisket sandwiches, supernova nachos, signature “moon-garita” and “martian daiquiri” cocktails, and a Moon 2 Mars souvenir cup. The full menu is available Thursday, March 16 through Sunday, March 19. 

Live performances kick-off on Thursday, March 16, with “American Idol” winner David Cook. Alternative rock band Sister Hazel “All For You” takes the stage on Friday, March 17, and Grammy award winner Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” on Saturday, March 18. Austin-based Selena tribute band, Bidi Bidi Banda caps off the weekend on Sunday, March 19.

Festival Schedule 

Saturday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 15  

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Family-friendly activities throughout the day in the expanded Space Center Houston festival grounds 

  • Think Neurology Future Astronaut Training Grounds 
  • Kids DJ 
  • Space maze 
  • Live science shows  
  • Commander Quest appearances 
  • Robotics challenges 
  • Virtual golf in space 
  • Drone zone  
  • Rock wall and lawn games  

Thursday, March 16 

  • 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Family-friendly activities throughout the day in the expanded Space Center Houston festival grounds (above) 
  • 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Space Center Houston Rocket Challenge, presented by Wellby Financial, Clear Creek ISD students compete to build and launch a successful rocket 
  • 3:15 p.m.: Performance by First Division Cavalry Band 
  • 4:30 p.m.: Blue Heron Yacht Club DJ 
  • 5:30 p.m.: Singer-songwriter, American Idol season 7 winner, David Cook  

Friday, March 17 

  • 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Family-friendly activities throughout the day in the expanded Space Center Houston festival grounds (above) 
  • 3 p.m.: Performance by First Division Cavalry Band 
  • 4 p.m.: Blue Heron Yacht Club DJ 
  • 5:30 p.m.: Alternative rock band Sister Hazel (“All for You”) 

Saturday, March 18 

  • 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Family-friendly activities throughout the day in the expanded Space Center Houston festival grounds (above) 
  • 3 p.m.: Performance by First Division Cavalry Band 
  • 4 p.m.: Blue Heron Yacht Club DJ 
  • 5:30 p.m.: Grammy-award winner Rick Springfield (“Jessie’s Girl”)

Sunday, March 19 

  • 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.: Family-friendly activities throughout the day in the expanded Space Center Houston festival grounds (above) 
  • 1 p.m.:  Performance by First Division Cavalry Band 
  • 2 p.m.:  Blue Heron Yacht Club DJ 
  • 3 p.m.: Austin-based Selena tribute band, Bidi Bidi Banda  

Tickets for Moon 2 Mars are on sale now at spacecenter.org, and access to the festival is included in general admission.  

Visit spacecenter.org for more information about festival activities and hours of operation. Join the conversation on social media at @spacecenterhou using #Moon2MarsFestival. 

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About Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston’s shared purpose is to bring people and space closer together. Over 1.1 million visitors and more than 250,000 students and educators visit each year to connect with the significance of space exploration to pursue a path in STEM or follow along as incredible feats of human spaceflight continue to make new discoveries. Space Center Houston is owned by the Manned Space Flight Education 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and generates an annual

$118M economic impact to the Greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Certified Autism Center. Learn more at spacecenter.org. 

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About Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston’s shared purpose is to bring people and space closer together. Over 1.3 million visitors and more than 250,000 students and educators visit each year to connect with the significance of space exploration to pursue a path in STEM or follow along as incredible feats of human spaceflight continue to make new discoveries. Space Center Houston is owned by the Manned Space Flight Education 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and generates an annual $118M economic impact to the Greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Certified Autism Center. Learn more at spacecenter.org.

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