A week of 50th anniverary celebrations is planned for this fall in The Woodlands, Howard Hughes announced May 8. Events slated for mid-October leading up to the official anniversary date of Oct. 19 include a concert by Lyle Lovett as well as a finale with fireworks and a drone show.

The details

The week of The Woodlands’ 50th anniversary will be Oct. 14-19. The free concert Oct. 18 will include area resident and four-time Grammy award winner Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, with singer-songwriter Hayes Carll, a native of The Woodlands, as the opening act, Howard Hughes announced.

The events announced as of May 8 are:
  • Oct. 14: The kickoff includes proclamations from state, regional and local officials as well as the dedication of a time capsule.
  • Oct. 15: The Day of Giving marks the significance of philanthropy in The Woodlands. Volunteer opportunities will be posted at www.thewoodlands.com.
  • Oct. 16: A 1,000-gallon hardwood tree will be dedicated at Northshore Park, and 100-gallon trees will be planted in residential villages.
  • Oct. 17: A new mural will be unveiled along The Woodlands Waterway with the artist selected in collaboration with The Woodlands Arts Council.
  • Oct. 18: A free concert is planned with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, and Hayes Carll as the opening act at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Registration for priority access to tickets is available at www.thewoodlands.com, along with concert details.
  • Oct. 19: A celebration will be held at Northshore Park, the Hughes Landing Band Shell and Town Green Park, culminating with a drone and fireworks show above Lake Woodlands.
What they’re saying

“We are thrilled to be sponsoring this event, alongside the other weeklong festivities focused on key pillars of our development, as envisioned by George Mitchell years ago,” said Jim Carman, president of the Houston Region for Howard Hughes. “We hope that through our sponsorship, we honor all our team members who have worked to create this community, those still working with us today and those who came before. We are grateful for the support of our community’s residents and businesses, and eagerly anticipate the next 50 years ahead. Given that both Lyle Lovett and Hayes Carll have personal connections to The Woodlands, this 50th anniversary concert holds an extra layer of significance.”

“As we mark the 50th anniversary of The Woodlands, we express profound gratitude for the dream and vision of George Mitchell,” said Ann Snyder, chair of the board of directors for The Woodlands Township. “Residents and businesses alike exemplify a spirit of generosity that enriches The Woodlands, fostering opportunities to live, work, learn, pray and play. Here’s to five decades of excellence for one of the most renowned communities in the world.”