Four-Time Grammy Award Winner and Resident of The Woodlands Area, Lyle Lovett, to Headline The Woodlands 50th Anniversary Concert on Friday, Oct 19

By: The Howard Hughes Corporation
| Published 05/13/2024


THE WOODLANDS, TX - (May 8, 2024) – Howard Hughes announces they will host a free concert to celebrate The Woodlands® 50th Anniversary featuring four-time Grammy award winner, country music legend and resident of The Woodlands area, Lyle Lovett, and His Large Band, with singer-songwriter Hayes Carll, a native of The Woodlands, as the opening act. The event will be held on Friday, October 18, 2024, at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The free anniversary concert is one of many events planned for a weeklong celebration, leading up to the 50th anniversary of the award-winning master planned community. Howard Hughes and The Woodlands Township have partnered on the year-long celebration.

Concert Complements a Weeklong Celebration, Hosted by Howard Hughes and The Woodlands Township, Highlighting The Woodlands 50th Anniversary

“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. 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,” said Jim Carman, President, Houston Region for Howard Hughes. “Given that both Lyle Lovett and Hayes Carll have personal connections to The Woodlands, this 50th anniversary concert holds an extra layer of significance.”

The Woodlands 50th Anniversary events planned for the week of October 14-19 will include:

  • Monday, October 14: Kick-off - Community leaders will kick-off the celebratory week with proclamations from state, regional and local officials, as well as a dedication of a time capsule to commemorate the historic milestone.
  • Tuesday, October 15: Day of Giving - Community service and philanthropy are engrained within the fabric of The Woodlands. Volunteer opportunities and ways to give back to the community will be posted on the 50th Anniversary website at early this fall in collaboration with Interfaith of The Woodlands, the first nonprofit organization in the history of our community.
  • Wednesday, October 16: Tree Dedication – Greenspace and environmental stewardship are a critical part of The Woodlands. A beautiful, 1,000-gallon hardwood tree of significance will be dedicated at Northshore Park, along with the planting of a 100-gallon tree in each residential village in partnership with the Village Associations.
  • Thursday, October 17: Mural Unveiling – A new mural along The Woodlands Waterway® will be unveiled, signifying the importance and impact of the arts in our community. A local artist will be selected in collaboration with The Woodlands Art Council.
  • Friday, October 18: 50th Concert Celebration, presented by Howard Hughes - Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will headline this free event, featuring Hayes Carll as the opening act at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, one of the top ranked outdoor amphitheaters in the world. Registration for priority access to tickets is now open at, along with concert details.
  • Saturday, October 19: Grand Public Celebration – October 19 marks the actual 50th anniversary date of The Woodlands. A grand public extravaganza, produced by The Woodlands Township, will be held at Northshore Park, Hughes Landing Band Shell and Town Green Park in The Woodlands. This free, family-friendly event will culminate with an innovative high-tech drone and fireworks show, lighting the sky above Lake Woodlands. The drone show and fireworks are presented by Woodforest National Bank and Waste Connections.

“As we mark the 50th anniversary of The Woodlands, we express profound gratitude for the dream and vision of George Mitchell,” said Dr. Ann Snyder, Chairman 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.”

“We’re honored to be part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of The Woodlands,” members of The Woodlands Township planning committee said. “This is a significant time in the best community in the country, as we celebrate the past and look forward to the future. We’re honored to celebrate these moments with fellow residents.”

The Woodlands 50th Anniversary Committee includes Brad Bailey, Cindy Heiser and Linda Nelson, each a member of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors, in addition to Howard Hughes and The Woodlands Township team members.

Howard Hughes, the developer of The Woodlands, is the founding sponsor of the yearlong celebration, which kicked off last October. The Woodlands Township is a producer sponsor. Other sponsors include legacy sponsor Woodforest National Bank, heritage sponsor Waste Connections Inc., gold sponsors Entergy Texas, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, and silver sponsors SVN/J Beard Real Estate and The John Cooper School. Bronze sponsors include IAS Wealth Management, Lone Star College, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, Market Street, Murphy Private Wealth Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, St. Luke's Health/The Woodlands, The Michael Richmond Family, The Strong Firm, The Woodlands Christian Academy, Winstead PC and Wright Business Technologies, Inc.

For more information about the events October 14-19 and other activities in conjunction with The Woodlands 50th Anniversary - including a commemorative photo book and branded merchandise and items of the month to benefit Interfaith of The Woodlands - please visit For sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim Phillips at

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