June

ANGLETON: June 8-9 Squeezebox Blow- Out The Brazoria County Historical Museum celebrates summer and musical history with this inaugural event. Discover the diversity of the accordion and the various genres it inspired. On Friday, hear Mark Halata and Texavia, a Houston-based Czech polka band with country flair. The celebration will continue on Saturday with accordion-based Zydeco and Conjunto music. Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws will take the stage along with J.R. Gomez and the Conjunto Bandits. Brazoria County Historical Museum, 100 E. Cedar. bchm.org 979-864-1208

ARANSAS PASS: June 30-July 1 Sandollar Summer Market This shopping event brings in vendors from across the state to show the best in clothing, gifts, jewelry, gourmet food, Texas handmade items, gifts for the guys, home and holiday decor, candles, accessories, and more. Aransas Pass Civic Center, 700 W. Wheeler. texasmarketguide.com

BEAUMONT: June 9 Gladys City Games Sports and games of the turn of the 20th century will be featured including stickball, marbles, and horseshoes. Other games and sports include stilts, potato sack races, a three-legged race, stilts, the Game of Graces, jump rope, jacks, hopscotch, and tin can telephone. Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, 5050 Jimmy Simmons Blvd. lamar.edu/spindletop-gladys-city 409-880-1762

BEAUMONT: June 12-Sept. 9 “Experi­menting with Wind” A Summer Science interactive exhibition of wind and power. Texas Energy Museum, 600 Main St. texasenergymuseum.org 409-833-5100

BEAUMONT: June 15, July 11 Bubble Day Children’s hands-on science program. Texas Energy Museum, 600 Main St. texasenergy museum.org 409-833-5100

BEAUMONT: June 16-Sept. 2 “Selections from the Permanent Collection” Recent acquisitions will be highlighted from AMSET’s growing permanent collection. Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main St. amset.org

BROWNSVILLE: June 16 La Lunada Artisan Market Festival An artisan market featuring local vendors along with a movie presentation. Linear Park, 1700 E Sixth St. cob.us/308/parks-recreation 956-542-2064

BROWNSVILLE: June 23 Ridley Rush 1-Mile Walk/Run This family fun run aims to raise awareness for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle. The route takes racers through the beautiful and scenic Gladys Porter Zoo to experience what a baby sea turtle must endure on its rush to the ocean. Registration covers admission to the zoo, a participant bib, a custom finisher meal, and entrance to the YappoPalooza Sea Turtle Fes­tival. All proceeds go to the Kemp’s ridley Bi-National Conservation Program. Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ringgold St. gpz.org

BROWNSVILLE: June 23 Yappo Bands and Brewskis This adult-oriented event fea­tures beer sampling, shrimp plates, a silent auction, and a live music showcase with bands from around the Rio Grande Valley. All pro­ceeds will benefit the conservation of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ringgold St. gpz.org

BROWNSVILLE: June 23 Yappo Kids Fest A family-friendly event that immediately fol­lows the Ridley Rush 1 Mile/Walk Run. This event includes arts and crafts vendors, educa­tional exhibitors, children’s games and activi­ties such as face painting, a rock wall, and more. Meet the Kemp’s Ridley Project ambas­sador, Shelldon. This event is free with the pur­chase of general zoo admission, zoo member­ship, or Ridley Rush participation. Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ringgold St. gpz.org

CLUTE: June 5, 12, 19, 26 Planetarium Show Features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector to produce the night sky as it appears to the naked eye, together with a large variety of high-tech equipment to give a close-up feel for things like comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. brazosportcenter.org 979-265-3376

CORPUS CHRISTI: June 7 Orchid-ology Ongoing orchid monthly class series and infor­mation exchange, for novice to experienced growers, with Orchid Curator Sam Jones, in the Education Station classroom. Monthly topics range from different orchid genera to specific orchid culture techniques. Free for all orchid lovers, with orchids for sale at most meetings. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361-290-7429

EAST BERNARD: June 9 Czech Kolache Klobase Festival Enjoy music, dancing, entertainment, arts and crafts, food, raffles, children’s activities, and plenty of kolaches for sale. Riverside Hall, 14643 Buls Road. kkfest.com 979-335-7907

FREEPORT: June 23 Schuster Home Open House Built by the Schuster family in 1917, the same year the city of Freeport was incorporated, this home was a special place for family gatherings and holidays. The home serves as an example of family life during the founding of Freeport. Schuster Home, 1130 W. Second St. 979-297-0868

FULTON: June 15-16 Texas Game Warden Fishing Tournament Enjoy the ninth annual tournament and music festival. Fulton Navigation Park, 402 N. Fulton Beach Road. texasgamewarden.com 361-815-5752

GALVESTON: June 8 World Oceans Day Festival Hosted by the conservation organi­zation Artist Boat, the event will provide engaging activities for visitors to understand the human connection to the ocean. Stewart Beach, 201 Seawall Blvd. artistboat.org

GALVESTON: June 15-17 Galveston Cajun Festival Food, fun, and live music are in store for the third annual event featuring a crawfish-eating contest and crawfish races. Beach Central, 21st & Seawall Boulevard. galvestoncajunfestival.com

GALVESTON: June 23 Jaston Williams: “I’m Not Lying!” The truth will set you free. On occasion it can also get you locked up. Join Williams as he shares pre-“Tuna” stories where you will meet the Alaskan cowboy who drove a hearse, have dinner served by the most nervous waiter in Texas, and drop in on a Renaissance Fair held at a movie star’s house while dressed in a chicken suit. The title of the show says it all. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

HOUSTON: May 26-Sept. 3 “Big Bugs” This special summer exhibit features several giant animatronic bugs, including ladybugs, dragonflies, tarantulas, and more. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive. houstonzoo.org 713-533-6500

HOUSTON: June 3 The Great Age Move­ment Jazz Luncheon The second annual luncheon will benefit the capital campaign to raise funds to build senior playgrounds and support development of programs in commu­nity green spaces. Four Seasons Hotel Hous­ton, 1300 Lamar St. thegreatage.org

HOUSTON: June 9, 16, 23, 30 Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival This June, expect to be engaged, enraptured, and invigorated when classical music’s rising stars come from around the world to perform major classical works by Bernstein, Brahms, Holst, Shostakovich, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky at the 29th annual event. The one-month interna­tional music residency will feature perfor­mances by gifted student musicians and dis­tinguished conductors and faculty artists in more than 30 performances, including cele­brating the 100th anniversary of the public premiere of “Holst: The Planets, Op. 32.” Uni­versity of Houston Moores Opera House, 120 School of Music Building, off of Cullen Boule­vard, Entrance 16. tmf.uh.edu 713-743-3313

HOUSTON: June 12-24 “Guys and Dolls” Director Nick DeGruccio returns to TUTS with a dynamic and modern reimagining of this beloved classic. Travel back to a time when gangsters and gamblers ruled the underworld of New York City. This classic musical pre­miered on Broadway in 1950, and the following year won five Tony Awards in every category in which it was nominated, including Best Musical. The show has had several Broadway and London revivals, as well as a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Sim­mons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine. The­atre Under the Stars, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St., Suite 200. tuts.com 713-558-2600

HOUSTON: June 21 Zoo After Dark Guests 21 and older can enjoy a night at the Houston Zoo, featuring music, beer and wine, activities, and of course, the animals. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive. houstonzoo.org

HOUSTON: June 23-24 Pollinator Palooza Pollinators help plants complete their life cycle by moving pollen from one plant to another. This is a very important process if you like any of the following things: chocolate, fruits, ice cream, and even tequila. Celebrate these miracle workers at this event—included in zoo admission and free for zoo members—where you can learn about the different types of pollinators and check out pollination sta­tions. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive. houstonzoo.org

LAKE JACKSON: June 1 The Slags in Concert Outdoor concert rain or shine. Bring lawn chair and refreshments. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 SH 332. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-415-2600

LAKE JACKSON: June 2 Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour Visit the historic arche­ological site of Major Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the same hurricane that devas­tated Galveston. Discover the sugar making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s. Abner Jackson Plantation Site, FM 2004 near SH 332. lakejacksonmuseum.org 979-297-1570

LAKE JACKSON: June 8 Movie in the Park: “Despicable Me 3” Sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie with the family on a giant 16-foot screen. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets; movies will be shown rain or shine. Concessions will be available for pur­chase. MacLean Park, 93 Lake Road. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-297-4533

LAKE JACKSON: June 8 The Spinsations in Concert Outdoor concert rain or shine. Bring lawn chair and refreshments. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 SH 332. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-415-2600

LAKE JACKSON: June 15 The Karz in Concert Outdoor concert rain or shine. Bring lawn chair and refreshments. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 SH 332. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-415-2600

LAKE JACKSON: June 16 Bird Banding Volunteers collect baseline data on bird popu­lations at the sanctuary. The banding station is an excellent opportunity to see birds up-close and to learn all the birds of the Brazosport area. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332. gcbo.org 979-480-0999

LAKE JACKSON: June 18 Pool Daze of Fun Outdoor pool games; free admission. Lake Jackson Outdoor Pool, 300 Magnolia. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-297-4533

LAKE JACKSON: June 22 Movie in the Park: “Coco” Sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie with the family on a giant 16-foot screen. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets; movies will be shown rain or shine. Concessions will be available for purchase. MacLean Park, 93 Lake Road. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-297-4533

LAKE JACKSON: June 22 Southern Country Line in Concert Outdoor concert rain or shine. Bring lawn chair and refresh­ments. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 SH 332. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-415-2600

LAKE JACKSON: June 29 The Rockafel­las in Concert Outdoor concert rain or shine. Bring lawn chair and refreshments. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 SH 332. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-415-2600

ORANGE: Through July 14 “The World War I Homefront: Orange Goes Over the Top” New at The W.H. Stark House, this exhibit shares stories of how the Stark family and the people of Orange supported the war effort. Learn about the active role the family took in boosting troop morale, helping the Red Cross, and supplying our troops abroad. The W.H. Stark House, 610 W. Main Ave. starkculturalvenues.org/whstarkhouse 409-883-0871

PEARLAND: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Concerts in the Park Featuring a different genre of music each week, families young and old can enjoy a free concert—this year’s lineup includes the return of some favorites includ­ing Mango Punch, Texas Unlimited Band, Kelly McGuire, and Hamilton Loomis. Food vendors will be on hand selling a delicious variety of foods, while the splash pad and playground will be available for kids. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic bas­kets, and sit back and enjoy an evening of fun and family entertainment. Southdown Park, 2150 Countryplace Pkwy. visitpearland.com 281-997-5970

PEARLAND: June 23 Opry on the Square Event features national, regional, and local acts in a grand ole opry-style format. Attend­ees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, cool­ers, and the refreshments of their choice to enjoy an evening of Western swing, traditional and contemporary country music covers, and originals. Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broad­way St. visitpearland.com

PORT ARTHUR: June 9-10 Garden Festi­val At the 20th annual festival, stroll through gardens of lotus blossoms, towering bamboo, roses, citrus, and koi ponds. Saffron robed monks may guide visitors through the temple and meditation areas. Look for cultural presen­tations, authentic Vietnamese food, and arts and crafts. Lotus, water lily, and bamboo will be for sale. Bring a camera to catch the color­ful blooms. A Vesak Celebration will com­memorate the birthday of Gotama Buddha on Sunday. Buu Mon Buddhist Temple, 2701 Procter St. buumon.org 409-982-9319

PORT ARTHUR: June 16 Crabbing 101 at Sea Rim State Park Learn from the pros at the park, showing off 5 miles of natural beach along the Gulf of Mexico. Visit the marsh side for paddle trails. Sea Rim State Park, 19335 S. Gulfway Drive. tpwd.texas.gov/ state-parks/sea-rim 409-971-2559

PORT LAVACA: June 8-10, 14-17 All-Children’s Theatre Production The 20th annual production is an adaptation by Richard R. George of Roahl Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” All actors are local children and youth ranging in age from ages 5-16. Seating is first come, first serve, however reservations are offered to out-of-town guests by calling ahead. This is a quality production and is performed in a restored 1930s movie theater in downtown Port Lavaca. Port Lavaca Main Street Theatre, 315 E. Main St. plmainstreet.org 361-649-6116

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: June 2 Summer Longest Causeway Run/Walk This annual event is expected to attract thousands of participants wanting to take advantage of the unique opportunity to cross the 2.6-mile causeway on foot. The course starts at Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark and crosses the Queen Isabella Causeway and the Laguna Madre Bay. The race ends at the Port Isabel Cultural & Events Center. 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd. portisabelchamber.com 800-527-6102

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: June 13-16 Great Texas Catamaran 300 (South Padre Island to Galveston) Three hundred miles of extreme sailing at its best. The race is one of the premier long-distance beach cat races in the country. In its 16th year, it is again expected to attract world-class racing teams. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. sopadre.com 800-651-2373

SUGAR LAND: June 1-3 “The Yellow Boat” This story is a glorious affirmation of a child’s life and the strength and courage of all children. This dramatization is based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar’s son, Benjamin, who was born with congenital hemophilia and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS-related complications. A uniquely gifted visual artist, Benjamin’s buoyant imagination transformed his physical and emotional pain into a blaze of colors and shapes in his fanciful drawings and paintings. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Drive. inspirationstage.com 713-302-5329

SUGAR LAND: June 1 Giving Spirits Concert Series Enjoy live music from Night­bird in the Plaza and learn more about local nonprofit Thread Alliance. Nightbird cap­tures the fire, energy, and spirit of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks with their spot-on trib­ute performances. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: June 6 “The Illusionists: Live from Broadway” Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts, and acts of breath­taking wonder, this show has shattered box office records worldwide and thrilled audiences of all ages by showcasing the jaw-dropping tal­ents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: June 9 Movie under the Moon Bring your family, friends and lawn chairs to the Plaza to enjoy a free movie under the moon. This month’s movie is the family favorite and classic, “Little Giants.” Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarland townsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: June 9 Timbiriche in Concert The Mexican pop music group embarks on a U.S. tour. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: June 16 Sugar Land Super­star Round 1 Bring your lawn chair to enjoy Sugar Land’s American Idol-like competi­tion, back for its 13th summer. A highly tal­ented group of singers will perform and five will be selected for the August finale. Plus, enjoy a performance by a previous Superstar contestant. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: June 16 Yanni in Concert The legendary performer and composer cele­brates the 25th Anniversary of “Live at the Acropolis” with a world tour. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: June 17 Slayer in Concert with Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament The American thrash metal band makes its exit with one final world tour. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: June 22-24 “Heathers the Musical: High School Edition” The darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously handsome new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized butt— but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Drive. inspirationstage.com 713-302-5329

SUGAR LAND: June 23 Diana Krall in Concert The Canadian jazz pianist and singer embarks on a world tour. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: June 23 Summer Family “Campout” Enjoy a fun family-friendly event for all ages. Explore NEO’s interactive camp­site with tents, games, s’mores, and a lawn fish­ing tournament. Practice casting a fishing pole while learning about native Texas fish, or learn the right way to wear a life vest while checking out NEO’s kayaks and hybrid paddle boards. Just here for the fun? Play life-size games like 2×4 Jenga, Kerplunk, and Connect 4, or relax on the lawn with a game of checkers while lis­tening to live music. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: June 29 NOLA Nights Let authentic New Orleans music take you on a historical journey through the Crescent City tradition, with live music from The New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarland townsquare.com 281-242-2000

TEXAS CITY: June 9-10 Texas City Kite Festival Fly recreational kites with the family on the beautiful Texas City Levee at this free event. This year, enjoy water attractions as well as more vendors and more covered areas to get out of the sun. Texas City Dike, Skyline Drive and Dike Road. 281-508-6485

TEXAS CITY: June 29-July 8 Texas City-La Marque Jaycees Tackle The 56th annual fishing tournament is filled with fun activities for the whole family. Texas City Dike, 227 Dike Road.

THE WOODLANDS: June 2, 15, 23, 30 Waterway Nights Enjoy live music by local and regional performers in a picturesque set­ting. Waterway Square, 31 Waterway Square Place. 281-210-3800

THE WOODLANDS: June 3 Poison with Cheap Trick in Concert The popular ’80s bands team up for a night that’s sure to be nothin’ but a good time. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. visitthewoodlands.com/event/poison-cheap-trick 281-210-3800

THE WOODLANDS: June 4-10 Wine and Food Week The 15th annual event brings together more than 75 renowned chefs from all over the country to showcase their culinary expertise—partnered with more than 1000 wines—during a week full of sensational events. Various locations. wineandfoodweek.com

THE WOODLANDS: June 9 Styx & Joan Jett and the Black Hearts in Concert with Tesla Two classic rockers combine for a night of hits. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. visitthewoodlands.com/event/styx-joan-jett-black-hearts-tesla 281-210-3800

THE WOODLANDS: June 15 Post Malone in Concert with SOB X RBE The Dallas artist is set to release his new single “Psycho” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) via Republic Records. It’s the next anthem to be unveiled from his forthcoming, second full-length album, “Beerbongs & Bentleys.” The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. visitthewoodlands.com/event/post-malone-sob-x-rbe 281-210-3800

THE WOODLANDS: June 23 Kesha and Macklemore in Concert “The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore” tour follows acclaimed and celebrated eras for both artists. For Kesha, that has included her No. 1 album “Rainbow,” a sold-out headlining tour, and two recent Grammy nominations. For Mackle­more, “Gemini” includes Platinum-certified single “Glorious” with the viral video that has been viewed more than 95 million times. Macklemore also recently wrapped up a com­pletely sold-out U.S. tour. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. visitthewoodlands.com/event/kesha-with-macklemore 281-210-3800

THE WOODLANDS: June 29 Weezer in Concert with the Pixies & The Wombats Though Weezer and the Pixies have shared stages in the past, this marks their first full tour together. The tour comes on the heels of the release of Weezer’s acclaimed 11th studio album, “Pacific Daydream.” The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. 281-210-3800

THE WOODLANDS: June 30 Chicago & REO Speedwagon in Concert Fans will be treated to a night filled with a deep catalog of hits from both bands. In planning a show unlike any other they’ve done before, Chicago will perform their historic album “Chicago II” in its entirety followed by the “world’s longest encore” as the band jokingly refers to it, filled with their greatest hits. REO Speedwagon will electrify audiences with hits and fan-favorites such as “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Take It On the Run,” and more. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. 281-210-3800

VICTORIA: June 2-9 Victoria Bach Festival Enjoy tremendous classical music performances with the 41st annual festival. Various locations. victoriabachfestival.org 361-570-5788

 

July

ARANSAS PASS: June 30-July 1 Sandollar Summer Market This shopping event brings in vendors from across the state to show the best in clothing, gifts, jewelry, gourmet food, Texas handmade, gifts for the guys, home and holiday decor, candles, accessories, and more. Aransas Pass Civic Center, 700 W. Wheeler. texasmarketguide.com

BEAUMONT: June 12-Sept. 9 “Experi­menting with Wind” A Summer Science in­teractive exhibition of wind and power. Texas Energy Museum, 600 Main St. texasenergymuseum.org 409-833-5100

BEAUMONT: July 11 Bubble Day Children’s hands-on science program. Texas Energy Museum, 600 Main St.
texasenergymuseum.org 409-833-5100

BEAUMONT: June 16-Sept. 2 “Selections from the Permanent Collection” Recent acquisitions will be highlighted from AMSET’s growing permanent collection. Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main St. amset.org

BEAUMONT: July 28 National Dance Day The fifth annual celebration of dance includes traditional dance, jazzercise, salsa, belly dance, and more. The event resembles a recital/dance party with performances from a variety of area dance groups and plenty of line dancing for audience participation. Lauren Froderman, winner of Season 7 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” will be making her third appearance. Edison Plaza, 350 Pine St. octx.info

BRAZORIA: July 21 Santa Ana Ball A re-enactment of the Santa Ana Ball held in Brazoria in 1836, the evening includes cos­tumes of the period, dinner and drinks, and dancing. Lloyd Thomas Gymnasium, 205 Ne­vada St. brazoriahf.org

BROWNSVILLE: July 4 Salute to Freedom 4th of July Festival This annual festival of­fers food, games, fireworks, and a special cere­mony for veterans of the Armed Forces. Brownsville Sports Park, 1000 Sports Park Blvd. cob.us/308/parks-recreation 956- 542-2064

BROWNSVILLE: July 7 Keep Brownsville Beautiful Beach Clean Up In an effort to keep the Gulf Coast beaches clean for fu­ture generations, Keep Brownsville Beautiful is a day of action where volunteers clean up Boca Chica Beach, located on the Gulf Coast near the banks of the Rio Grande. Boca Chica Beach, 54298 Boca Chica Blvd. cob.us/308/parks-recreation 956-542-2064

BROWNSVILLE: July 21 La Lunada Arti­san Market Festival An artisan market fea­turing local vendors alongside a movie pre­sentation. Linear Park, 1700 E. Sixth St. cob.us/308/parks-recreation 956-542-2064

CLUTE: July 13-15, 20-22 “The Music Man” When Harold Hill, a traveling con man, arrives in River City, he convinces the locals to start a band by purchasing the uniforms and instruments from him. His intention is to flee as soon as he receives the money. Librarian Marian Paroo suspects Harold is a fraud, but holds her tongue since her moody brother, Winthrop, is excited about the band. As Har­old begins to develop feelings for Marian, he faces a difficult decision about skipping town. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. brazosportcenter.org

CLUTE: July 17 Planetarium Show Features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector to produce the night sky as it appears to the naked eye, together with a large variety of high-tech equipment to give a close-up feel for things like comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. brazosportcenter.org 979-265-3376

CLUTE: July 26-28 Great Texas Mosquito Festival A fun-filled family event featuring booths with a variety of foods, along with arts and crafts and more. The carnival pro­vides three days of fun for children and adults. Live entertainment caps off each eve­ning. Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Drive. mosquitofestival.com 979-265-8392

CORPUS CHRISTI: July 5 Orchid-ology Ongoing orchid monthly class series and infor­mation exchange, for novice to experienced growers, with Orchid Curator Sam Jones, in the Education Station classroom. Monthly topics range from different orchid genera to specific orchid culture techniques. Free for all orchid lovers, with orchids for sale at most meetings. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361-290-7429

CORPUS CHRISTI: July 14 Plumeria Pas­sion Grows Plumeria enthusiasm has spread throughout south Texas; Plumeria Society of South Texas veteran Frank Eicholz tells current and would-be growers secrets of obtaining starts, planting, care, and winter storage, plus a Plumeria garden tour. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org

CORPUS CHRISTI: July 21 Plumeria Sale A fabulous sale of plumeria starts and potted plants from Plumeria Society of South Texas members’ own collections. Entrance to the sale is free, with proceeds benefiting plant care and maintenance of the South Texas Botanical Gardens beautiful Plumeria Garden, with tree­top-level viewing platform. 361-991-4376 Gar­den Senior Center, 5325 Greely. stxbot.org 361-991-4376

FREEPORT: July 4-8 Fishin’ Fiesta Since 1947, fishermen have been drawn to this fishing tournament each year in the hopes of catching the biggest redfish, barracuda, or any other offshore or inshore fish. The 71st annual event is sponsored by the Freeport Lions Club and offers carnival rides, food, live entertain­ment, dances, and arts and crafts. The fishing tournament is one of the largest on the Gulf and includes prizes for both offshore and in­shore categories. Fireworks display on Friday night. Freeport Municipal Park, 421 Brazosport Blvd. fishinfiesta.com 979-233-5137

FREEPORT: July 28 Schuster Home Open House Built by the Schuster family in 1917, the same year the city of Freeport was incorporat­ed, this home was a special place for family gatherings and holidays. The home serves as an example of family life during the founding of Freeport. Schuster Home, 1130 W. Second St. 979-297-0868

GALVESTON: July 7 An Evening with Bill Engvall Born in Galveston in the middle of a hurricane, Engvall has become a national su­perstar, playing solo as well as with his Blue Collar Tour buddies—Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White, and Larry the Cable Guy. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: July 21 “Dixie’s Tupper­ware Party” Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, has packed up her catalogs and left her children in an Alabama trailer park to journey across the country. Join Dixie as she throws a good ol’ fashioned Tupperware party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, free giveaways, audience participa­tion, and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. Adult content. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

HOUSTON: May 26-Sept. 3 “Big Bugs” This special summer exhibit features several giant animatronic bugs, including ladybugs, dragonflies, tarantulas, and more. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive. houstonzoo.org 713-533-6500

HOUSTON: July 8. The 4th Annual George Springer All-Star Bowling Benefit will be at Bowlmor Houston , located at 925 Bunker Hill Rd. Houston, TX 77024. This Bowling Benefit will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by bowling fun with fellow Astros and celebrity lane captains, with an open bar and dinner. All event and auction proceeds will send children and teens in need to both the National Camp SAY program, and George Springer’s MVP Camp SAY day camp in Houston. 7pm- 10pm http://www.say.org/springer2018/ 2124149696

HOUSTON: July 19 Zoo After Dark Guests 21 and older can enjoy a night at the Houston Zoo, featuring music, beer and wine, activities, and of course, the animals. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive. houstonzoo.org

HOUSTON: July 17-22 “Love Never Dies, The Phantom Returns” The greatest love story ever lives on in a new musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber set against the spellbinding backdrop of Coney Island. The year is 1907. It is 10 years after his disap­pearance from the Paris Opera House, and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protege, Christine Daae. The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St. houstonbroadway.com 800-952-6560

LAKE JACKSON: July 4 Cole Degges in Concert Outdoor concert rain or shine. Bring lawn chair and refreshments. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 SH 332. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-415-2600

LAKE JACKSON: July 4 Firecracker 4 Run A four-mile run through the neighborhoods of Lake Jackson along Oyster Creek. It is a USATF-certified course. Dunbar Park, 803 FM 2004. ljfat.com

LAKE JACKSON: July 4 Fireworks Display Fireworks to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Dun­bar Park, 803 FM 2004. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-297-4533

LAKE JACKSON: July 4 Rubber Duck Re­gatta Get out on Oyster Creek for some kayak and canoe fun. Teams will compete to be one of the first 20 boats to retrieve eight different rub­ber ducks that will be corralled along the creek, and bring them back to the starting point in order to win a prize. The total course length will be approximately 1 mile. Teams can consist of up to two people and should bring their own kayaks or canoes, lifejackets, and paddles. Dun­bar Park, 803 FM 2004. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-297-4533

LAKE JACKSON: July 6 Movie in the Park: “Sherlock Gnomes” Outdoor concert rain or shine. Bring lawn chair and refresh­ments. MacLean Park. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-297-4533

LAKE JACKSON: July 7 Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour Visit the historic ar­cheological site of Major Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the same hurricane that devas­tated Galveston. Discover the sugar-making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s. Abner Jackson Plantation Site, FM 2004 near SH 332. lakejacksonmuseum.org 979-297-1570

LAKE JACKSON: July 20 Movie in the Park: “Ferdinand” Event occurs rain or shine. Bring lawn chair and refreshments. MacLean Park, 93 Lake Road. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-297-4533

LAKE JACKSON: July 21 Bird Banding Volunteers collect baseline data on bird popu­lations at the sanctuary. The banding station is an excellent opportunity to see birds up-close and to learn all the birds of the Brazosport area. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332. gcbo.org 979-480-0999

NEDERLAND: July 4 Fourth of July Family events typically include food vendors, entertainment, and fireworks. Doornbos Park, 2301 Avenue H. ci.nederland.tx.us

ORANGE: Through July 14 “The World War I Homefront: Orange Goes Over the Top” New at The W.H. Stark House, this ex­hibit shares stories of how the Stark family and the people of Orange supported the war effort. Learn about the active role the family took in boosting troop morale, helping the Red Cross, and supplying our troops abroad. The W.H. Stark House, 610 W. Main Ave. starkculturalvenues.org/whstarkhouse 409-883-0871

ORANGE: July 4 Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks This event will include live en­tertainment as well as a fireworks show after dark. There will be food and drink vendors on site, as well as new and exciting children’s ac­tivities. Coolers and chairs are welcome. This event is free to the public, and please note, no dogs or pets will be allowed. Dustin Sonnier is the night’s featured headliner. Riverfront Pavil­ion, 601 W. Division St. orangetexas.org

PALACIOS: July 3-4 Palacios Lion’s Club 4th of July Celebration Events include a flag-raising ceremony, a kids Fourth of July parade, a barbecue plate lunch, food and other booths, a carnival, helicopter rides, bingo, a La Salle landing re-enactment featuring the La Petite Belle, and spectacular fireworks. East Bay Park. facebook.com/palacios.lionsclub 361-655-9135

PALACIOS: July 14 Poker in Palacios and Seafood Dinner The Palacios Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual fundraiser, gun raf­fle, and live auction. Palacios Recreation Cen­ter, 2401 Perryman. palacioschamber.com

PALACIOS: June 23-24 Cannonball Run- Youth Sailing The Palacios Yacht Club hosts its annual Cannonball Run Regatta, which is focused on sailors under 20 years old sailing Optimist, Laser, and 420 sailboats. The regat­ta is part of the Texas Sailing Association’s 2018 Youth Circuit. Palacios Yacht Club, 454 B Main St. txsail.org or palaciosyachtclub.org

PEARLAND: July 4 Celebration of Free­dom Celebrate the country’s birthday with a military salute and spectacular fireworks dis­play. Pearland High School Football Stadium, 3775 S. Main. pearlandtx.gov

PORT ARTHUR: July 4 Fourth of July Enjoy family-oriented events in the afternoon. Lamar State College, 1500 Lakeshore Drive. lamarpa.edu

PORT ARTHUR: July 21 Crabbing 101 at Sea Rim State Park Learn from the pros at the park showing off 5 miles of natural beach along the Gulf of Mexico. Visit the marsh side for paddle trails. Sea Rim State Park, 19335 S. Gulfway Drive.
tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sea-rim 409-971-2559

ROCKPORT: July 4 Boat Parade Get in the patriotic mood as you view the patriotic boat pa­rade at noon. Little Bay.
rockport-fulton.org 361-729-6445

ROCKPORT: July 4 Fireworks Best views are from Broadway adjacent to Little Bay. The Wendell Family Fireworks Show is held at dark. Rockport Beach and Little Bay. rockport-fulton.org 361-729-6445

ROCKPORT: July 7-8 Rockport Art Festival Artists from across the nation show their masterpieces in a variety of media and styles at this juried fine-arts event. Rock­port, Navigation District Festival Grounds. rockportartcenter.com 361-729-5519

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: July 4 Fireworks At 9:15 p.m. sharp, a silent barge in the center of the Bay releases its payload into the sum­mer sky. Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Blvd. sopadre.com 800-657-2373

SUGAR LAND: July 3 Dan & Phil: Interac­tive Introverts World Tour Dan and Phil present their new stage show. Two internet dwelling, insecure nerds stand under the spotlight to give the people what they want: an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories, and surprises that make audiences laugh, cry, and cringe, and puts the audience in control unlike anything before. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: July 6 Giving Spirits Con­cert Series Get your hips moving and shak­ing to music from a tribute to Elvis in the plaza and learn more about local nonprofit Nora’s Home—Houston’s Haven for organ failure and transplant patients. Entertainment includes Vince King, a multi-award-winning Elvis tribute artist. With his striking Elvis fea­tures, voice, the famous Elvis moves, manner­isms, charisma, and magical connection with his fans, Vince is one of the few imperson­ators who can perform all eras of Elvis Pres­ley’s amazing history-making career. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: July 7 Red, White, Blues, & Brews featuring Tribute to George Strait Band Enjoy live country music from Tribute to George Strait to round out your 4th of July weekend. Having spent time at the Grand Ole Opry, Derek Spence shared the stage with folks like Shania Twain, Diamond Rio, Kenny Rogers, Trisha Yearwood, and Restless Heart. Not only does he sing George’s tunes, he looks like him too. (Note: This will not include a firework ceremony—only live entertainment.) Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: July 13 Opry on the Square Enjoy Country Now and Then, featuring country favorites that will appeal to all generations of country music fans. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: July 14 Movie under the Moon Bring your family, friends, and lawn chairs to the Plaza to enjoy a free movie under the moon. This month’s movie is “Paddington 2.” Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: July 20 Silvestre Dangond in Concert The Caliente Tour USA 2018 comes to Texas. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: July 21 Sugar Land Super­star Round 2 Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy Sugar Land’s American Idol-like com­petition, sponsored by David Taylor Cadillac. A highly talented group of singers will per­form, and five will be named finalists to com­pete for the title in August. Plus, enjoy per­formances by previous Superstar contestants. The music kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: July 21 Sugarland in Con­cert with Special Guests Frankie Ballard and Lindsay Ell The award-winning country duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush make their highly-anticipated return to the stage with their Still The Same Tour. The pair has numerous Grammy, ACM, and CMA awards, chart-topping hits, and multi-platinum sales. Smart Financial Cen­tre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: July 24 Jeff Beck & Paul Rodgers in Concert with Ann Wilson of Heart The legendary rock musicians will join forces for the Stars Align Tour, their co-headlining summer outing with Ann Wilson of Heart. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: July 28 NOLA Nights Let authentic New Orleans music take you on a historical journey through the Crescent City tradition. The Platinum Players perform a mixture of zydeco, classic rock, R&B, blues, and dance favorites—all with the unmistak­able flavor of their Louisiana roots blended into their irresistible musical gumbo. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281-242-2000

SUGAR LAND: July 28 Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton in Concert The iconic rock artists team up for a summer tour that in­cludes a stop in Sugar Land as part of the Bud Light Concert Series. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

TEXAS CITY: June 29-July 8 Texas City- La Marque Jaycees Tackle The 56th annual fishing tournament is filled with fun activities for the whole family. Texas City Dike, 227 Dike Road.

THE WOODLANDS: July 4 Red, Hot, & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza Celebrate freedom in The Woodlands with great food, live entertainment, children’s ac­tivities, and family fun at multiple locations around The Woodlands. The event culmi­nates with one of the largest fireworks dis­plays in the greater Houston area. Various lo­cations. 281-210-3800

THE WOODLANDS: July 6 Thirty Sec­onds to Mars in Concert with Walk the Moon, K. Flay, and Welshly Arms Thirty Seconds to Mars, comprised of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic, hail from Los Angeles. The band’s eponymous debut album was released in 2002 and remains a cult favorite. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. 281-210-3800

THE WOODLANDS: July 12, 19, 26 Rock the Row Experience The Woodlands’ newest mixed-use development on scenic Lake Woodlands with live music Thursday eve­nings this summer. The event features local and regional bands playing a variety of favor­ites from classic rock and pop to Motown during the summer and fall. Hughes Landing. 281-210-3800

THE WOODLANDS: July 18 Niall Horan in Concert with Maren Morris Horan may be best known for his work with One Direction, but for this solo performance, he’ll be joined by the talented and Texas-born Morris. The Cyn­thia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Rob­bins Drive. 281-210-3800

THE WOODLANDS: July 20 Foreigner in Concert with Whitesnake & Jason Bon­ham’s Led Zeppelin Evening Responsible for some of rock ’n’ roll’s most enduring an­thems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” and the worldwide No. 1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts 40 years into the game. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Rob­bins Drive. 281-210-3800

TOMBALL: July 4 July 4th Celebration & Street Fest Celebrate American indepen­dence at the largest July 4th event in north Harris County. The celebration is a half mile of live music, vendors, food, fireworks, and fun, including a performance from Galveston’s pre­mier party band, the Mambo Jazz Kings. Gates open at 5 p.m. with fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Business Highway 249 at FM 2920 (Main Street). tomballtx.gov 281-351-5484

VICTORIA: July 20-22, 26-28 “Grease” Theatre Victoria presents the stage adapta­tion of the hit musical. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. theatrevictoria.org 361-570-8587

 

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