January

BEAUMONT: Jan. 13 Drillers Reunion: Spindletop’s 117th Anniversary Celebration Celebrate the anniversary of the Lucas Gusher with live re-enactments, blacksmithing and printing demonstrations, crafts, games, music, food, and more. And, of course, an anniversary celebration would not be complete without blowing the gusher. Spindletop Gladys City/Boomtown Museum, 5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd. spindletop.org 409-880-1750

BEAUMONT: Jan. 20-Feb. 3 “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” Don Evans’ comedy explores the clash of values between middle-class and working class African-Americans living in the 1970s. Beaumont Community Players, 4155 Laurel Ave. beaumontcommunityplayers.com 409-833-4664

CORPUS CHRISTI: Jan. 17 Winter Lecture Series: Grow Local South Texas Enjoy lectures every Wednesday covering a variety of unique nature and horticulture topics that define the South Texas Environment. Included in general admission; members free. Check in at Visitors Center. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Jan. 20 Relaxing Herbal Tea Remedies Learn which herbs to plant, and tea recipes for various remedies, with Susan Sparks of Chiron Holistic. Included in general admission; members free. Check in at Visitors Center. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Jan. 24 Winter Lecture Series: Rainwater Harvesting Enjoy lectures every Wednesday covering a variety of unique nature and horticulture topics that define the South Texas Environment. Included in general admission; members free. Check in at Visitors Center. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Jan. 31 Winter Lecture Series: Sensational Succulents Enjoy lectures every Wednesday covering a variety of unique nature and horticulture topics that define the South Texas Environment. Included in general admission; members free. Check in at Visitors Center. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100

FREEPORT: Jan. 15 MLK Day Parade and Celebration A celebration of the holiday honoring the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to perpetuate his memory and the legacy of his achievements for future generations. Parade starts in Downtown Freeport and ends at Freeport Municipal Park. Freeport Municipal Park, 410 N. Brazosport Blvd. mlkcc.org 979-297-2801

GALVESTON: Nov. 11-Jan. 7 Ice Land at Moody Gardens Explore a 28,000-square-foot “ice land” with a new Rainforest Holiday theme for 2017. Professional ice carvers will use 2 million pounds of ice to create an amazing exhibit that includes a Shivers Ice Bar serving cool libations for adults. Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd. moodygardens.org

GALVESTON: Jan. 7 Galveston Symphony Orchestra Dr. Trond Saeverud conducts this “Happy New Year” pops concert. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Jan. 13 The Official Blues Brother Revue Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty return as Jake and Elwood Blues. Backed by a powerhouse band, their performance is packed with classic hits from the Blues Brothers catalog, including “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” and more. An evening of rock, blues, and soul fun. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Jan. 18 “Pete the Cat” When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners—and boy are they square. But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Jan. 20-21 The Oak Ridge Boys in Concert Always entertaining and still going strong, the performers return to The Grand for their annual concerts featuring their unparalleled four-part harmony and string of No. 1 hits from Billboard’s country singles charts. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Jan. 26 German Cornejo’s “Tango Fire” Tango master German Cornejo and his sensuous partner Gisela Galeassi are joined by an outstanding cast including World Tango Champions and dancers from the greatest tango houses in Buenos Aires. Coupled with Cornejo’s sublime choreography and accompanied by unforgettable music and songs of the great tango masters including Piazzolla, Pugliese, and Gardel, this exhilarating show combines the raw, sophisticated, seductive, and sultry sides of tango. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

HOUSTON: Through-Jan. 7 “Storyline: The Contemporary Quilt” The exhibit highlights the spectrum of contemporary quilt-making techniques and traditions. As living artifacts that change over time, historically, quilts have depicted personal histories and fostered community-building throughout many different cultures. Storyline brings together a diverse selection of quilters, including Kathryn Clark, Carolyn Mazloomi, Aaron McIntosh, and Anna Von Mertens, who utilize various techniques, patterns, and materials to document their stories as well as comment on broader cultural narratives. Each artist uses the language of fiber to capture the unique content of his or her work. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. crafthouston.org 713-529-4848

HOUSTON: Dec. 2-Jan. 4 “Wild Abandon” Artists Thomas Irven and Margaret Miller’s exhibit features Irven’s elegant and whimsical turned-wood forms displaying a cunning variety of detail, and Miller’s oil paintings, which investigate a range of emotion expressed through the use of color, tone, light, and brushstroke. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy. archwaygallery.com 713-522-2409

HOUSTON: Jan. 15 MLK Grande Parade Midtown Houston The 24th annual parade is one of the largest single-day multicultural events in the U.S. held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The parade will be held in Houston’s midtown originating on San Jacinto Street at Elgin Street, and will feature more than 300 culturally diverse performance groups from across the nation, including 30 award-winning marching bands. Midtown Houston, 1200 Holman St. mlkgrandeparade.org 713-953-1633

HOUSTON: Jan. 20 Liederabend, The Saengerbund Awards Eight national finalists compete in concert for $7,500 in prize money. Repertoire includes selections from opera, oratorio, German operetta, Lieder, and folk song. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman St. houstonsaengerbund.org 713-375-2729

HOUSTON: Jan. 23 Charles Ives’ America: Hymns, Songs, Sonatas Few composers have drawn as much literal inspiration from their childhood home as the American maverick Charles Ives. In this imaginative project presented by Da Camera, award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk colllaborates with violinist Stefan Jackiw and members of the Houston Chamber Choir to explore Ives’s unparalleled invention. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. dacamera.com 713-524-5050

JONES CREEK: Jan. 6 S.F. Austin Funeral Re-enactment Trace the steps of Stephen F. Austin’s Funeral Procession. Colonel Austin’s “body” will leave the first capital of the Republic in West Columbia by wagon and will go to Gulf Prairie Cemetery in Jones Creek. Singing and burial re-enactment at the gravesite. Gulf Prairie Cemetery, 231 Gulf Prairie Road. 979-248-5961

LA MARQUE: Nov. 10-Jan. 2 Magical Winter Lights The 50-day festival showcases more impressive and creative lantern sets than ever before, this year featuring seven fascinating themed sections including Magical Wonderland, Santa’s Christmas Village, Dinosaur Land, and the festival’s newest section: The Lone Star State—featuring a 36-foot-tall cowboy lantern and a maze leading to eight Texas icons and buildings. There will be nightly acrobatic performances, authentic arts and crafts created by skilled Chinese artisans, amusement rides and games, live entertainment, a holiday market, and an expanded dinosaur exhibit complete with dinosaur rides. Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004. magicalwinterlights.com

LAKE JACKSON: Jan. 6 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 in 1900. 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: Jan. 20 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: Jan. 20 Dee Dee Bridgewater in Concert Few entertainers have ever commanded such depth of artistry in every medium. Fewer still have been rewarded with Broadway’s coveted Tony Award, and three Grammy Awards. The Clarion, 500 College Dr. clarion.brazosport.edu 979-230-3156

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: Jan. 2 “Kinky Boots” With songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous, Tony-winning musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business. With the men’s shoe factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main. lutcher.org 409-886-5535

ORANGE: Jan. 19-20 “Cinderella” Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more—plus some surprising new twists. Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main. lutcher.org 409-886-5535

ORANGE: Jan. 25 “A Night with Janis Joplin” Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and became the queen of rock ’n’ roll almost overnight. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Fueled by such unforgettable songs as: “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Summertime,” this sensational show is a musical journey celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith. Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main. lutcher.org 409-886-5535

PORT ARTHUR: Dec. 26-Jan. 1 Kwanzaa Cultural presentations are typically scheduled around the city, including the Port Arthur Public Library. 4615 Ninth Ave. visitportarthurtx.com 409-985-8838

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Jan. 4-7 Gospel Music Festival The event features numerous gospel groups from around the nation and the area, including Rockport’s Gospel Force. Rockport-Fulton High School, Martha Luigi Auditorium. gospelforce.org/festival.html 361-205-2789

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Jan. 1 Penguin Plunge Includes live music, free sandcastle lessons, and a chainsaw sculpture demo, culminating in a plunge at 2 p.m. Boomerang Billy’s, 2612 Gulf Blvd. sopadre.com 956-761-3000

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Jan. 1 Polar Bear Dip New Year’s Day beach party culminating in a dip at noon. The event will feature live music and a costume contest. Clayton’s Beach Bar & Grill, 6900 Padre Blvd. sopadre.com 956-761-3000

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Jan. 5-7 SPI Market Days Featuring handcrafted jewelry, fashionable clothing, cosmetics and fragrances, rare arts and crafts, gourmet treats, exclusive home decor items, and more. Spend your days shopping for gifts and treasures from all over the world. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. sopadre.com 956-761-3000

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Jan. 13 Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk Don’t miss your chance to cross the historical Queen Isabella Causeway over the beautiful Laguna Madre by participating in this walk and run. Finisher medals given to all participants, plus cash prizes for overall first, second, and third place runners in both female and male divisions, as well as in each age group. SPI Community Center, 4501 Padre Blvd. sopadre.com 956-761-3000

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Jan. 23-27 WOWE (Winter Outdoor and Wildlife Expo) Fun for the whole family at the 23rd annual event. Each day will have special events and programs plus three shows daily on both Friday and Saturday. This year will feature the Jonathan Wood’s Raptor Project, and five full days of guest speakers and exhibits of natural wonders of the Laguna Madre and South Texas. There’s nothing like it in South Texas in the winter. The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, 6801 Padre Blvd. sopadre.com 956-761-3000

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Jan. 26-27 RGV Quilt Guild Expo The Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild presents its 36th annual event, featuring vendors, speakers, demonstrations, door prizes, concessions, quilted items on display, and a quilted fashion show. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. sopadre.com 956-761-3000

SUGAR LAND: Through Jan. 7 Sugar Land Holiday Lights For the fourth year in a row, enjoy views of more than 2.5 million lights, Santa Claus every night, holiday treats and shopping vendors, and more. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 20-Feb. 25 “Block Party, Too!” Get up to your elbows in interlocking bricks and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece, then see how much force it takes to break it down. The interactive play area is designed to inspire the imaginations of all ages. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org 281-313-2277

SURFSIDE BEACH: Jan. 20 Dunes Day Recycle Christmas trees into beneficial sand dunes along the Brazoria County coastline. Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway. brazoriacountyparks.org 979-864-1541

VICTORIA: Jan. 20-21 Victoria Comic Con Victoria’s only comic, gaming, and toy expo. Browse rare items from multiple vendors and dress up as your favorite character for the Cosplay contest. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. victoriacomiccon.org

VICTORIA: Jan. 27 Victoria SymphonyPOPS Series with Lee Greenwood The Victoria Symphony presents the award-winning country musician live in concert. Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 E. Sam Houston Dr. victoriasymphony.com 361-576-4500

 

December

BEAUMONT: Dec. 1 “Polar Express” Movie Night Classic Movie Nights at the historic 1927 Jefferson Theatre are fun for the entire family. Concessions, including beer and wine, are available for sale. Discover Beaumont, 345 Fannin St. discoverbeaumont.com 409-838-3435

BEAUMONT: Dec. 1-2 Main Street Market Presented by Junior League of Beaumont, this three-day, one-stop holiday shopping extravaganza features unique merchandise from more than 100 carefully selected vendors from Texas and across the country. Shop for clothing, gourmet foods, children’s items, jewelry, and more during the market. Listen to live entertainment and expect a visit from someone special. All proceeds support the League’s continual work throughout the community through projects, community assistance funds, and scholarships. Discover Beaumont, 701 Main St. juniorleaguebeaumont.org 409-832-0873

BEAUMONT: Dec. 2-1 “Scrooge” This beloved musical take on Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” features a great musical score by Leslie Bricusse and includes numbers like “Father Christmas,” “Thank You Very Much,” and “December the 25th.” Beaumont Community Players, 4155 Laurel Ave. beaumontcommunityplayers.com 409-833-4664

BEAUMONT: Dec. 3 Symphony of Southeast Texas “Home for the Holidays” Join the Symphony of Southeast Texas to get in the holiday spirit with family and friends. The fifth annual holiday concert will be a joyful celebration featuring popular seasonal songs performed in grand style by the orchestra and community partners. This performance is a family-friendly and heartwarming way to capture the essence of the season featuring familiar holiday tunes and even a sing-along. Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl St. sost.org 409-892-2257

BEAUMONT: Dec. 8 “Elf” Movie Night Classic Movie Nights at the historic 1927 Jefferson Theatre are fun for the entire family. Concessions, including beer and wine, are available for sale. Discover Beaumont, 701 Main St. discoverbeaumont.com 409-838-3435

BEAUMONT: Dec. 9 Christmas in Boomtown Carols, crafts, and fun. This Southeast Texas attraction is combining tradition, local history, and fun to make a unique holiday celebration. The replica gusher blows at noon. Admission is by donation. Spindletop Gladys City/Boomtown Museum, 5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd. spindletop.org 409-880-1750

BEAUMONT: Dec. 15 “Miracle on 34th Street” Movie Night Classic Movie Nights at the historic 1927 Jefferson Theatre are fun for the entire family. Concessions, including beer and wine, are available for sale. Discover Beaumont, 701 Main St. discoverbeaumont.com 409-838-3435

BRIDGE CITY: Dec. 2 Christmas Light Parade The annual parade travels on West Roundbunch Road from the First Baptist Church to Bridge City Elementary School. Parade applications are available online; entry fee is one new unwrapped toy per participant. Toys are donated to the Bridge City/Orangefield Ministerial Alliance for their Christmas Toy giveaway for local needy children. West Roundbunch Road. bridgecitychamber.com 409-735-5671

BROWNSVILLE: December 12/2. Living history Program Experience the sights and sounds of the battle of Palo Alto and the Mexican War come to life. See demonstrations of U.S.-Mexican War era weapons, tactics, and soldier life. Program features live musket and artillery demonstrations. Program is dependent upon weather. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. https://www.nps.gov/paal/index.htm 956-541-2785

CLUTE: Nov. 23-26, Dec. 1-3 “Rumors: A Comedy by Neil Simon” Charley and Myra are celebrating their 10th anniversary and have invited all their good friends. Chris and Ken are the first to arrive, only to find that Myra is missing and Charley has “accidentally” shot himself in the ear. Charley is unconscious and so unable to tell them what really happened. Hoping to avoid a scandal, Ken and Chris go about covering up what they assume to be the truth of the situation.As the rest of the guests arrive, the story of Charley and Myra’s anniversary evening gone awry grows and grows, until all the guests are complicit in a cover-up no one really understands but it makes for a fantastical and hilarious evening with what Neil Simon does best—making the mundane…insane. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. bcfas.org 979-265-7661

CLUTE: Dec. 5, 12 Season of Light 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 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. bcfas.org 979-265-3376

CLUTE: Dec. 7-9 Christmas in the Park Enjoy nightly visits from Santa, performances by local choir and dance groups, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, lighted Christmas displays, a crackling fire to roast marshmallows, and more. Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Dr. ci.clute.tx.us 979-265-2508

FREEPORT: Dec. 7 Holiday on the Brazos See Santa, enjoy holiday refreshments, and more. Downtown Freeport, Park Place. freeport.tx.us 979-233-6061

FULTON: Dec. 13-14 Christmas in Fulton Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, entertainment, Santa, caroling at the pier, and loads of family fun. Fulton Harbor/ Paws and Taws Fulton Convention Center, Fulton Harbor. 361-729-2388

GALVESTON: Nov. 11- Jan. 7 Ice Land at Moody Gardens Explore a 28,000-square-foot “ice land” with a new Rainforest Holiday theme for 2017. Professional ice carvers will use 2 million pounds of ice to create an amazing exhibit that includes a Shivers Ice Bar serving cool libations for adults. Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd. moodygardens.org

GALVESTON: Dec. 1-2 “A Christmas Carol” This timeless tale of hope and redemption has enchanted audiences around the world since Charles Dickens first published it in 1843. Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future come together in a delightful theatrical performance. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Dec. 1-3 Dickens on The Strand With a nod to the ghost of Dickens’ past, Galveston’s world-famous annual holiday street festival returns. Based on 19th-century Victorian London, the event features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items. The Strand Historic District, 2200 Strand. dickensonthestrand.org 409-765-7834

GALVESTON: Dec. 1 Victorian Holiday Homes Tour The island’s East End Historic District will feature a variety of private homes decked out for the holidays and open to the public. East End Historical District. eastendhistoricdistrict.org

GALVESTON: Dec. 3 Galveston Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Trond Saeverud, “Rachmaninov: Third Piano Concerto” includes Copland, Coleridge-Taylor, Bennett, and Rachmaninov. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Dec. 6 “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out. With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, 60-minute action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s award-winning book is the perfect family treat for ages 4 to 104. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Dec. 9-10 Holiday with the Cranes Join the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council for this annual birding event to celebrate the arrival of these large majestic birds. Various locations. galvestonnaturetourism.org

GALVESTON: Dec. 15 The Texas Tenors: “Deep in the Heart of Texas” Fresh from the debut of their PBS special (recorded at The Grand), Texas favorites Marcus Collins, John Hagen, and JC Fisher treat audiences to a unique blend of country, classical, Broadway, and current pop music. With their breathtaking vocals, humor, and a touch of cowboy charm, their concert will put you in the holiday spirit. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Dec. 16 Jerry Jeff Walker in Concert One of the Lone Star State’s most popular musical ambassadors returns to The Grand for his annual holiday season concert. Get set for a memorable evening filled with heart-tugging ballads, spirited melodies, and down-home fun. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Dec. 17 Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K This wacky event will feature thousands of “Santas” running along the Gulf. Event participants receive a Santa long-sleeve shirt, hat, and beard. Downtown Historic Galveston. santahustle.com

GROVES: Dec. 2 Lighted Christmas Parade Downtown Groves, Cleveland Avenue. 409-962-3631

HOUSTON: Sept. 22-Jan. 7 “Storyline: The Contemporary Quilt” The exhibit highlights the spectrum of contemporary quilt-making techniques and traditions. As living artifacts that change over time, quilts have historically depicted personal histories and fostered community-building throughout different cultures. Storyline brings together a diverse selection of quilters, including Kathryn Clark, Carolyn Mazloomi, Aaron McIntosh, and Anna Von Mertens, who use various techniques, patterns, and materials to document their stories as well as comment on broader cultural narratives. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. crafthouston.org 713-529-4848

HOUSTON: Nov. 8-Dec. 24 “A Midnight Clear: A Musical Tale of Christmas” It’s Christmas Eve, 1964, and a snowstorm threatens to cancel a concert hosted by the Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart. But when a mysterious stranger and a stranded motorist arrive at their chapel, the Sisters find that the songs of Christmas have far more power than they had imagined. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy., Suite 101. stagestheatre.com 713-527-0123

HOUSTON: Nov. 29-Dec. 31 “Panto Cinderella” Houston’s original British pantomime offers a madcap storytelling style and breathes new life into the familiar tale of humble Cinderella, her fairy godmother, her charming prince, and her hideous (and hilarious) stepsisters. Come ready to laugh, cheer, and boo along with a crazy cast of fairy tale favorites. Packed with zany characters, audience interaction, and plenty of toe-tapping music, it’s spectacular fun for the whole family. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy., Suite 101. stagestheatre.com 713-527-0123

HOUSTON: Dec. 1 Songs of Freedom Part of Da Camera’s jazz series, this tribute concert features vocalists René Marie, Theo Bleckmann, and Alicia Olatuja, and honors Abbey Lincoln, Joni Mitchell, and Nina Simone. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. dacamera.com 713-524-5050

HOUSTON: Dec. 2-Jan. 4 “Wild Abandon” Artists Thomas Irven and Margaret Miller’s exhibit features Irven’s elegant and whimsical turned-wood forms displaying a cunning variety of detail, and Miller’s oil paintings, which investigate a range of emotion expressed through the use of color, tone, light, and brushstroke. The artists will be available to visit with guests during the opening reception Dec. 2. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy. archwaygallery.com 713-522-2409

HOUSTON: Dec. 2 DesignCraft HTX at Market Square Park AIGA Houston and the Downtown District host this eighth annual outdoor fair, which features the work of local artists, artisans, crafters, and creatives. Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. marketsquarepark.com 713-650-3022

HOUSTON: Dec. 2 Trafigura Run for the House Bring your pup and join resident House Dog, Mogie, for this 10K and 5K run/walk/roll. All proceeds directly benefit Ronald McDonald House Houston, a loving home away from home for families with seriously ill children. Every dollar raised up to $300,000 will be matched by the Trafigura Foundation. Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St. rmhhouston.org/run 713-795-3583

HOUSTON: Dec. 6-24 “Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight” This modern twist on the classic fairy tale is set to a contemporary score featuring the music of Aloe Blacc, Blondie, Bruno Mars, Jessie J, John Legend, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, LMFAO, Pharrell Williams, and Survivor. Audiences can expect many different interactive opportunities from this one-of-a-kind production, including booing the evil villain, cheering for the heroes, and partying to the pop songs everyone knows and loves. Theatre Under the Stars, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St., Suite 200. tuts.com 713-558-2600

HOUSTON: Dec. 9 Heartmade Holiday Market at Main Street Square This urban market features the work of 55 local artists who will sell wares ranging from jewelry and apparel to home goods and art. The holiday event also features a DJ, a children’s imagination station presented by Young Audiences of Houston, food trucks, and Santa. Main Street Square, McKinney and Main streets. downtownhouston.org 713-650-3022

HOUSTON: Dec. 10-11 Toy Fair Toy vendors will feature vintage collectibles and new favorites. Traders Village Houston, 7979 N. Eldridge Road. tradersvillage.com 281-890-5500

HOUSTON: Dec. 12 From Renaissance to Reich: Mahan Esfahani, Harpsichord Da Camera presents Esfahani, who has almost single-handedly reintroduced the harpsichord into the mainstream of concert life. His recital ranges from the English Renaissance to a new version of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase. The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. dacamera.com 713-524-5050

HOUSTON: Dec. 13 “Scrooged” Enjoy a movie under the stars as Alamo Drafthouse and the Downtown District present “Scrooged” (PG-13). Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and grab a spot on the lawn for this classic holiday flick about Frank (Bill Murray), a selfish, cynical TV executive haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. marketsquarepark.com 713-650-3022

HOUSTON: Dec. 28 Beethoven for All Popup Gallery Concert In celebration of the Straus Collection, a cornerstone of the MFAH made up of European masterworks from the 15th to 18th centuries, the Da Camera Young Artists explore the tremendous evolution of European music from the corresponding Baroque and Classical periods in music, including a Beethoven string quartet composed in the last years of the 18th century. Beck Building, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 5601 Main St. dacamera.com 713-524-5050

KINGSVILLE: Dec. 16-17 South Texas Show Series A youth prospect show for livestock projects including cattle, goats, lambs, and hogs. JK Northway Exposition Center, 501 E. Escondido. 361-296-4667

LA MARQUE: Nov. 10-Jan. 2 Magical Winter Lights The 50-day festival will showcase more impressive and creative lantern sets than ever before. There will be seven fascinating themed sections including Magical Wonderland, Santa’s Christmas Village, Dinosaur Land, and the festival’s newest section: The Lone Star State—featuring a 36-foot-tall cowboy lantern and a maze leading to eight Texas icons and buildings. There will be nightly acrobatic performances, authentic arts and crafts created by skilled Chinese artisans, amusement rides and games, live entertainment, a holiday market, and an expanded dinosaur exhibit complete with dinosaur rides. Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004. magicalwinterlights.com

LAKE JACKSON: Dec. 1 Christmas with the Fishes “Sandy Claws” will be diving with the Sea Center Texas fishes to find out their Christmas wishes and to make sure the aquarium gets a good cleaning in preparation for Santa’s Christmas visit. Children can drop off their letters to Santa, and “Sandy Claws” will be sure it gets delivered to the North Pole. Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Dr. tpwd.texas.gov/seacenter 979-292-0100

LAKE JACKSON: Dec. 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: Dec. 3 Holiday Tour of Homes An exclusive tour of a few of the Brazosport area’s finest homes. Each home will be beautifully decorated for the holidays. brazosport.org 979-285-2501

LAKE JACKSON: Dec. 8 Holiday Movie in the Park Sit back, relax, and enjoy some hot chocolate, apple cider, and “The Santa Clause” with the family on a giant 16-foot screen. MacLean Park, 93 Lake Road. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-294-4533

LAKE JACKSON: Dec. 14 Leann Rimes in Concert Rimes has won many awards, including two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music Award. She has placed more than 40 singles on American and international charts since 1996, and has sold more than 37 million records worldwide, with 20.3 million album sales in the U.S. The Clarion, 500 College Dr. clarion.brazosport.edu 979-230-3156

LAKE JACKSON: Dec. 16 Bird Banding Volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station is an excellent place 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: Dec. 5 Lighted Christmas Parade The city’s annual holiday parade. 21st Street and Nederland Avenue. 409-722-0279

ORANGE: Through July 14 “The World War I Homefront: Orange Goes Over the Top” 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 U.S. troops abroad. The W.H. Stark House, 610 W. Main Ave. starkculturalvenues.org/whstarkhouse 409-883-0871

ORANGE: Dec. 16 The Texas Tenors in Concert The number one vocal group in the history of “America’s Got Talent” brings Christmas cheer in a fun-filled show, “Deep in the Heart of Christmas,” guaranteed to fill your heart with the holiday spirit. From “Unchained Melody” to “Holy Night,” The Texas Tenors bring a unique blend of country, classical, and holiday favorites to the Lutcher stage. Bring the whole family to this fun-filled evening featuring breathtaking vocals, humor, and irresistible charm. Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main. lutcher.org 409-886-5535

PORT ARTHUR: Dec. 9 Lighted Cultural Holiday Parade Varied cultures come together to display holiday spirit. Downtown Port Arthur, Procter Street. 409-983-8105

PORT ARTHUR: Dec. 26-Jan. 1 Kwanzaa Cultural presentations are scheduled around the city, including the Port Arthur Public Library. 4615 Ninth Ave. visitportarthurtx.com 409-985-8838

PORT NECHES: Dec. 2 Christmas Parade Downtown Port Neches, Port Neches Park and Eighth Street. 409-722-9154

RICHMOND: Dec. 2 Candlelight Tours Enjoy a festive tour of the 1883 Moore Home and 1850s Long-Smith Cottage decked out for the holidays, and serving cookies and wassail. Hosted by the Fort Bend Museum Docents, the tours benefit the museum. Fort Bend Museum, 500 Houston St. fortbendmuseum.org 281-342-3478

RICHMOND: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 19, 30 Christmas in the Park This year Christmas is coming in all of its historical glory. Explore the customs and decorations of the 1830s through the 1930s with hands-on activities and historic house tours. Included with general admission. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762. georgeranch.org 281-343-0218

RICHMOND: Dec. 9, 16 Campfire Christmas Travel back in time for a fun-filled visit to Christmas Eves past. This popular evening event includes a visit with the 1890s George Ranch cowboys, complete with songs, stories, cider, and cocoa around the campfire. Reservations are required. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762. georgeranch.org 281-343-0218

ROCKPORT: Dec. 2 Tropical Christmas Festival Rockport Downtown and Harbor Area will host this event, with food, vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment, games, and Santa Claus. Evening festivities include an illuminated land parade, lighting of Christmas tree, and fireworks. Navigation District Fairgrounds, 100 Seabreeze Dr. 361-727-2158

ROCKPORT: Dec. 9 Lighted Boat Parade Little Bay hosts a parade of decorated vessels to be judged in several classes, including powerboats and sailboats. Little Bay. 361-463-1193

ROCKPORT: Dec. 16 Christmas in the District Downtown shops celebrate Christmas with Santa, treasure hunts, and lots of specials. Downtown Rockport, Austin Street. 361-729-6445

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Dec. 2-3 Rockport-Fulton Tour of Historic Homes Private homes and historic venues in Fulton and Rockport feature docents decked out in vintage attire as they entertain and educate on these venues and explain the history of the homes. History Center for Aransas County, 801 E. Cedar St. aransashistorycenter.org

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Dec. 10 Holiday Symphony by the Sea The concert benefits the Education Foundation. Rockport Fulton High School, Martha Luigi Auditorium. acedfoundation.org

ROSENBERG: Dec. 1-3 Vintage Market Days SW Houston: “Christmas Memories” Holiday Event An upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, food, seasonal plantings, and a little more. The market is a three-day event held several times a year in various communities. Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 SH 36. vintagemarketdays.com 214-846-6113

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Dec. 1 Holiday Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting Get in the holiday spirit at this free holiday celebration featuring the Christmas tree lighting. Additional activities include festive Christmas concerts, photos with Santa, and a special winter marketplace. Warm up during the celebration with free hot cocoa and gingersnaps. Free Christmas goodies will also be available for children and adults while supplies last. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. sopadre.com 956-761-3000

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Dec. 2 Color Me Rad 5K Run Loosely based on the Hindu Festival of Colors, otherwise known as Holi. The festive colors used are a sign of winter’s end and spring’s new beginnings—or in the case of this race, the color represents the end of traditional runs and the beginning of fun runs. Start out as clean as a newborn babe, and throughout the run, the volunteers will coat you with liquids, powders, and gels of green and red until your face, shirt, and body come out tie-dyed on the other side. Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean painter’s palette until you cross the finish line into a final burst of color. Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Blvd. sopadre.com 956-761-3000

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Dec. 2 Lighted Boat Parade Light up the night during this holiday boat parade from South Padre Island to Port Isabel. Enjoy a cool winter breeze and watch as the bay sparkles with the light of these beautifully decorated boats. 7355 Padre Blvd. sopadre.com 956-761-3000

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Fireworks Watch as the sky lights up and the water sparkles with the reflection of South Padre Island’s New Year’s fireworks celebration. Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Blvd. sopadre.com 956-761-3000

SPRING: Nov. 11-12, 18-19, 24-26, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 Home for the Holidays The 37th annual event kicks off with a tree lighting at dusk. More than 150 local shops and businesses come alive with the spirit of the season. Watch weekend entertainment, meet Santa and other characters, and take a carriage ride through the original home of Spring. Local shops and boutiques offer a variety of unique holiday gift ideas and perfect treasures for everyone on your shopping list. Various locations. oldtownspringshopping.com 281-353-9310

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 24-Jan. 7 Sugar Land Holiday Lights For the fourth year in a row, enjoy views of more than 2.5 million lights, Santa Claus every night, holiday treats and shopping vendors, and more. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 20-Feb. 25 “Block Party, Too!” Get up to your elbows in interlocking bricks and try your hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece, then see how much force it takes to break it down. The interactive play area is designed to inspire the imaginations of all ages. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org 281-313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Dec. 2 Cookies with Santa Get a photo with Santa or enjoy some cookies and milk, but don’t miss Santa’s workshop activities in the classrooms. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org 281-313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Dec. 3 Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith in Concert The Grammy winners co-bill their popular Christmas tour this holiday season, which will be joined for the second consecutive year by Republic recording artist Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” The performance incorporates a full symphony orchestra. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Dec. 7 City of Sugar Land’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony The steps of City Hall will light up with holiday cheer and entertainment at this free event. Activities include holiday crafts, face painting, holiday performances by local artists and choirs, and photos with Santa. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. As the night comes to an end, gather with family and friends around the spectacular 40-foot Christmas tree located in the middle of Town Square plaza to help Santa and Mrs. Claus usher in the holiday season with the annual lighting ceremony. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtx.gov 281-275-2825

SUGAR LAND: Dec. 7 Joe Biden: American Promise Tour The former Vice President will travel the nation for a series of conversations that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. Biden will reveal the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges. He will share how the loss of his son Beau tested his resolve, and how he is finding new purpose in a time of uncertainty. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Dec. 8 Holidays in the Plaza Bring your friends and family to the Plaza for an evening of holiday music. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtx.gov 281-276-6000

SUGAR LAND: Dec. 9 Holiday Dance Showcase Enjoy a holiday dance showcase by local dance companies. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtx.gov 281-276-6000

SUGAR LAND: Dec. 3, 10, 17 Photos with Santa Enjoy a free holiday photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Photos will take place in the lobby of 16190 City Walk. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtx.gov 281-276-6000

SUGAR LAND: Dec. 16 Live Music from RamCorps Enjoy live music from RamCorps, a high-impact visual brass and percussion troupe from the University of Mobile. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtx.gov 281-276-6000

SUGAR LAND: Dec. 28 Moscow Ballet: “The Great Russian Nutcracker” Known for its award-winning dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops, and its Russian focus including life-size Matryoshka dolls. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50-foot-tall Christmas tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Dec. 29 Mannheim Steamroller This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the holiday season music category. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

TEXAS CITY-LA MARQUE: Dec. 10 Celebrate the Season Enjoy holiday decorations, music, and shopping at the Texas City Museum and Davison Home at Heritage Square Park. Texas City Museum, 409 Sixth St. texas-city-tx.org 409-229-1660

TOMBALL: Nov. 17-Dec. 31 The Downtown Holiday Lamp Post Stroll More than 50 ornamental lamp posts covering 12 city blocks will be decked out for the Christmas season at this annual event. These holiday creations are done by downtown merchants, local organizations, and businesses. Stroll the lamp posts, browse the mom-and-pop shops and restaurants, and enjoy the season in Tomball’s historic downtown district. Downtown Tomball. tomballtx.gov 281-351-5484

VICTORIA: Dec. 2 Lighted Christmas Parade Lighted parade through the streets of Historic Downtown Victoria, with an average 120 entries annually. Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St. victoriatx.org 361-485-3200

VICTORIA: Dec. 7-10 “The Nutcracker” Performed since 1984, this Victoria Ballet Theatre production includes more than 150 cast members and is presented in nine shows spanning 4 days. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. victoriaballet.org 361-575-2313

VICTORIA: Dec. 7 Conspirare Christmas Experience the magic of this beloved holiday performance, featuring amazing vocal talents. First United Methodist Church, 407 N. Bridge St. victoriabachfestival.org 361-570-5788

VICTORIA: Dec. 16-17 “Winter Wonderland” Theatre Victoria presents this captivating holiday musical. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. theatrevictoria.org 361-570-8587

WEST COLUMBIA: Dec. 2 Candlelight Christmas Step back in time and tour the plantation house and grounds decorated in the style of an 1800s Texas Christmas. See the feather tree, learn about the toys popular for gift giving during this period, and view the dining room table set for a sumptuous holiday feast. Relax outside and enjoy the beverage of the season—wassail. Nibble on Christmas cookies while listening to a reading of the “Texas Night Before Christmas,” and have your photograph taken with a magnificent Victorian Santa Claus. Varner-Hogg Plantation SHS, 1702 N. 13th. visitvarnerhoggplantation.com 979-345-4656

 

November

ARANSAS PASS: Nov. 11-12 Christmas By The Bay Shop art, gourmet food, clothing, Texas wine, home decor, gifts, and more. Aransas Pass Civic Center, 700 W. Wheeler. texasmarketguide.com 888-225-3427

BEAUMONT: Nov. 14-15 Paw Patrol Live! Hang out with Ryder and the gang as they patrol through Beaumont for the first time. Ford Park Entertainment Complex, 5115 I-10. fordpark.com 409-951-5400

CLEAR LAKE AREA: Nov. 11 Nutcracker Market Find treasures by the sleigh full with clothing, handmade jewelry, home and garden decor, gourmet food, yard art, and more. Nassau Bay Hilton, 3000 NASA Parkway. southernstyleevents.net 281-467-3577

CLUTE: Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 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. bcfas.org 979-265-3376

EDNA: Nov. 9-11 Texana Chili Spill The 17th annual event starts on Thursday with a veterans ceremony, appreciation dinner, and fireworks display. It continues with a cookoff on Friday and Saturday that includes salsa, sausage, margarita, Dutch oven, chili, seafood gumbo, and bean competitions. The activities include a kid’s zone, horseshoe and washer tournament, and vendors. Brackenridge Recreation Complex Main Event Center, 284 Brackenridge Pkwy. texanachilispill.com 361-782-5229

FREEPORT: Nov. 23 Thanksgiving SuperFeast Community fellowship and Thanksgiving meal. Large screen TVs for the football games and activities for the kids. Freeport RiverPlace, 733 Mystery Harbor Lane. freeport.tx.us 979-233-3526

FREEPORT: Nov. 25 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. 979-297-0868

GALVESTON: Nov. 2-5 Lone Star Motorcycle Rally The largest four-day motorcycle rally in the country makes its way to Galveston. More than 500,000 motorcyclists are expected to attend the 16th annual event. Downtown Galveston. lonestarrally.com

GALVESTON: Nov. 11-19 Brushes by the Beach Plein Air Painting Competition and Workshop Open plein air painting event gives attendees seven beautiful days to paint Galveston Island and compete for cash prizes. There will be a workshop with nationally recognized plein air artist Lawrence Rudolech. From beach to bay, historic homes and a working port, Galveston affords artists a myriad of challenging subjects. G. Lee Gallery, 2215 Post Office St. gleegallery.net 409-370-7350

GALVESTON: Nov. 12 An Evening with Sophia Loren Of all the foreign sex symbols to explode on the American screen in the 1950s, Sophia Loren is the most iconic and the most enduring. Rescheduled from the spring, the Oscar-winning actress will captivate with an intimate onstage conversation featuring former “Entertainment Tonight” host Bill Harris, along with film clips, home movies, and a Q&A session with the audience. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Nov. 14 A Very Electric Christmas Presented by Lightwire Theatre, audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship, and hope set to timeless holiday hits by artists including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, and Tchaikovsky. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Nov. 18-19 “Stomp” A unique combination of percussion, movement, and visual comedy—a contemporary form of rhythmic expression. Household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. Experience a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday, and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Nov. 24-25 A Christmas Wonderland One of the most delightfully enchanting Christmas shows ever, featuring glittering costumes, a dazzling cast, and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole. Holiday favorite songs include “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let it Snow,” and more. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Nov. 24 Holiday Lighting Celebration Start of the holidays with the city’s official holiday lighting. Festivities include a special appearance by Santa Claus, live performers by local entertainment including the Galveston Ballet, and the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree on the front lawn. During the event, the hotel collects donations for the Salvation Army of Galveston County. Hotel Galvez & Spa, 2024 Seawall Blvd. hotelgalvez.com 409-765-7721

HOUSTON: Nov. 2 ROCO Connections: “Musical and Literary Ofrenda” River Oaks Chamber Orchestra continues its longstanding collaboration with the Lawndale Art Center, Inprint, Musiqa, and the Houston Hispanic Forum for this performance featuring five new miniature musical remembrances by Houston composer Marcus Maroney. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. rocohouston.org 713-665-2700

HOUSTON: Nov. 2-5. International Quilt Festival Houston Preview Night November 1,
Classes begin October 30. George R. Brown Convention Center. Houston, Texas, USA 10am-7pm Nov 2-4;10am-4pm- Nov 5. http://quilts.com/index.html 713-781-6864

HOUSTON: Nov. 8-Dec. 24 “A Midnight Clear: A Musical Tale of Christmas” It’s Christmas Eve, 1964, and a snowstorm threatens to cancel a concert hosted by the Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart. But when a mysterious stranger and a stranded motorist arrive at their chapel, the Sisters find that the songs of Christmas have far more power than they had imagined. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101. stagestheatre.com 713-527-0123

HOUSTON: Nov. 10-12 Broadway Today The Houston Symphony offers an exciting program of Broadway Today with the vocalist Betsy Wolfe (making her Houston debut before starring as Elsa in Broadway’s “Frozen”). Celebrate the best of the Great White Way with songs from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Once,” “Chicago,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Les Misérables,” and the showstopper “Maybe This Time” from “Cabaret.” Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Nov. 10 Tiempo Libre Da Camera presents three-time Grammy-nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. dacamera.com 713-524-5050

HOUSTON: Nov. 11-12 Native American Powwow The 28th annual event features Native American music, dancing, food, and arts and crafts vendors. Traders Village Houston, 7979 N. Eldridge Road. tradersvillage.com 281-890-5500

HOUSTON: Nov. 11 ROCO in Concert: “Courageous Catalyst” Features the world premiere of “JFK 100,” a commission by Michael Gandolfi celebrating the 100th birthday of JFK and the courage of people who fight for change. The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd. rocohouston.org 713-665-2700

HOUSTON: Nov. 16-19 World Corporate Games Major corporations from around the world will descend upon this city for a weekend of fun competition. Past competitions have included as many as 10,000 participants. Sports include cycling, beach volleyball, dodge ball, dragon boat racing, flag football, and golf, plus a parade around Discovery Green, as well as opening and closing ceremonies downtown. Various locations. wcghouston.com 713-308-5918

HOUSTON: Nov. 17-19 Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody Houston Symphony Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada and world-class pianist Denis Kozhukhin continue their exciting cycle of Rachmaninoff’s works for piano and orchestra with the ever-popular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the Russian master’s Piano Concerto No. 4. The orchestra explores Ives’ quintessentially American music with his Symphony No. 3, “The Camp Meeting.” Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Nov. 18-19 Via Colori Street Painting Festival More than 200 local and international artists will converge on the streets of downtown Houston to create live street paintings during the 12th annual festival. Attendees can enjoy live music performed by local bands and entertainers on three stages, family-friendly activities, and delicious local food and beverages. Hermann Square at City Hall, 900 Smith St. houstonviacolori.com 713-523-3633

HOUSTON: Nov. 19 ROCO Unchambered: “Musical Parfait” Violinist Lorenzo Golofeev performs Maxime Goulet’s “Symphonic Chocolates” and adds “layers” of musicians throughout the evening’s program. Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main St. rocohouston.org 713-665-2700

HOUSTON: Nov. 24-26 A Scheherazade Thanksgiving This Thanksgiving, Houston Symphony Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Rimsky- Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” Inspired by “One Thousand and One Nights,” this sumptuously orchestrated tone poem takes listeners along on the voyages of Sinbad and ends with an electrifying festival at Baghdad. Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes presents his unforgettable interpretation of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Nov. 28 Body by Broadway Sing, squat, and dance along to your favorite Broadway tunes, taught by instructors from Define Mind & Body. The event is hosted by the Houston Downtown Management District and Theatre Under the Stars. Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. marketsquarepark.com 713-650-3022

HOUSTON: Nov. 29-Dec. 31 “Panto Cinderella” Houston’s original British pantomime offers a madcap storytelling style and breathes new life into the familiar tale of humble Cinderella, her fairy godmother, her charming prince, and her hideous (and hilarious) stepsisters. Come ready to laugh, cheer, and boo along with a crazy cast of fairy tale favorites. Packed with zany characters, audience interaction, and plenty of toe-tapping music, it’s spectacular fun for the whole family. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy., Suite 101. stagestheatre.com 713-527-0123

HOUSTON: Nov. 30 ROCO Connections: “Season of Thanks for the Mastersons” River Oaks Chamber Orchestra performs a concert at Rienzi—the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston house museum for European decorative arts—in celebration of the home’s former owners, the Mastersons. Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Dr. rocohouston.org 713-665-2700

KINGSVILLE: Nov. 4-5 South Texas Show Series Youth Prospect Show for livestock projects includes cattle, goats, lambs, and hogs. JK Northway Exposition Center, 501 E. Escondido. 361-296-4667

KINGSVILLE: Nov. 13-14 Big House Burger Bash Starts with a team roping challenge on Friday evening. Saturday’s itinerary features classic team roping, a softball tournament, half marathon, and a concert featuring Siggno, Las Fenix, and more. JK Northway Exposition Center, 501 E. Escondido. mybighouseonline.com 800-333-5032

KINGSVILLE: Nov. 17-18 Ranch Hand Festival The festival kicks off Kingville’s La Posada holiday celebration with cowboy-themed entertainment and activities. The breakfast is Saturday at King Ranch. It is followed by the festival with artists, food and craft vendors. King Ranch and Historic Downtown Kingsville. ranchhandfestival.com 800-333-5032

LAKE JACKSON: Nov. 4 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 Texas 332. lakejacksonmuseum.org 979-297-1570

LAKE JACKSON: Nov. 16-18 Festival of Lights Kick off the holiday season with a carnival Thursday through Sunday; the official tree lighting ceremony on Friday; and games, a parade, snow, ice skating, and more on Saturday. Lake Jackson Civic Center, 333 Texas 332. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-415-2600

LAKE JACKSON: Nov. 18 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 Texas 332. gcbo.org 979-480-0999

ORANGE: Through July 14, 2018 “The World War I Homefront: Orange Goes Over the Top” 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

PALACIOS: Nov. 12 Catholic Daughters of America Turkey Dinner Fundraising dinner. KC Hall, 700 Main St. 361-972-2446

PORT ARTHUR: Nov. 4 Pleasure Island Bridge Half Marathon, 10K, and 2 Miler Choose between a half marathon and 10K, and join hundreds of runners on the bridge to Pleasure Island. The 2 miler is on a flat course. Martin Luther King Bridge. sportssocietyforamericanhealth.org 409-781-2932

ROCKPORT: Nov. 2-4 Rockport Film Festival This event celebrates the best of independent cinema on the Texas Coast. Showcasing shorts, features, documentaries, animations, and student films, the festival is a welcoming three-day event that highlights talent from Texas and beyond. Rockport Center for the Arts, 902 Navigation Circle. rockportartcenter.com 361-729-5519

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Nov. 4-5 Open Water Festival Open water swimming is not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle for those aspiring to challenge their limits. This event offers a variety of distance options, meaning there’s a little something for everyone. A full weekend of activities allows you to enjoy everything that this amazing island has to offer, all while enjoying some of the cleanest water in the country. Compete as an individual or put together a team. South Padre Island, Pier 19, 1 Padre Blvd. openwaterplanet.com 956-767-2373

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Nov. 4-5 Raul Alcala Challenge South Padre Island This cycling event will cross the Queen Isabella Causeway twice on a route that features gorgeous scenery. The ride ends at Schlitterbahn Water Park with live music, food, and drinks. Schlitterbahn Water Park, 33261 State Park Road 100. raulalcala.com 956-761-3024

SPRING: Nov. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 Home for the Holidays Shop local for the holidays and find something special for everyone on your list. The 37th annual event is held every weekend in November and December until Christmas Eve. Find entertainment for the whole family and visit Santa’s House every weekend. Old Town Spring, 403 Main St. oldtownspringshopping.com 281-288-2355

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 24-Jan. 7 Sugar Land Holiday Lights For the fourth year in a row, enjoy views of more than 2.5 million lights, Santa Claus every night, holiday treats, shopping vendors, and more. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 2 Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band in Concert The All Starrs include Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham, and Gregg Bissonette. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 3 PJ Masks Live: Time to Be a Hero Spend time with Owlette, Gekko, and Catboy. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 3 Vino and Vintage Vocals Travel through the decades with live music featuring The Grateful Geezers, a versatile variety band specializing in the best songs from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Vino & Vinyl will be on the plaza with special wine to purchase. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 10 Jingle Tree: Kickoff Coffee and Tree Lighting See the fabulously decorated trees come to life during the lighting ceremony. Stay and enjoy a light brunch and social time in the Jingle Tree display. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281-313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 10 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 Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 10 Trevor Noah Host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedy series “The Daily Show” performs an evening of stand-up comedy and shares tales from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 11 Serious Wheels: Corvette Owners Club of Houston Open Car Show Corvettes on display, plus many other types of vehicles that satisfy the need for speed. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 14 Jingle Tree: Bring on the Bling! Learn how to make the holiday magic happen with holiday decorating tips. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281-313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 16 Jingle Tree: Drink and Be Merry Happy Hour Jingle Tree auction close out and evening social event. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281-313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 26 Photos with Santa Free holiday photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus will take place in the lobby of 16190 City Walk. Since it is the season of giving, bring new and unwrapped toys for the Fort Bend Rainbow Room’s Christmas Project. All donations will go to children and adults referred by caseworkers from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Drop your letter to Santa in his mailbox and get a return letter in the mail for a $5 donation. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

TEXAS CITY: Nov. 4 Touch-A-Truck and Model Train Festival You may have been to another Touch-A-Truck event, but everything is bigger and better in Texas City. Bring the kids to see more than 35 trucks—from monster trucks to dump trucks, cranes to military vehicles, police and fire, and more. Also enjoy face painting, balloon artists, and a giant corn box. 409 Sixth St. facebook.com/touchatrucktc 409-643-5919

TOMBALL: Nov. 17-Dec. 31 The Downtown Holiday Lamp Post Stroll More than 50 ornamental lamp posts covering 12 city blocks will be decked out for the Christmas season at this annual event. These holiday creations are done by downtown merchants, local organizations, and businesses. Stroll the lamp posts, browse the mom-and-pop shops and restaurants, and enjoy the season in Tomball’s historic downtown district. Downtown Tomball. tomballtx.gov 281-351-5484

TOMBALL: Nov. 18 Holiday Parade More than 40,000 people attend each year to see more than 175 floats/entries in the parade. Main Street. tomballchamber.org 281-351-7222

VICTORIA: Oct. 5-Nov. 5 Dia de los Muertos Exhibit Brightly decorated altars by local artists commemorate the dearly departed while highly detailed and sought after retablos are displayed awaiting your highest bid. The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St. navemuseum.com 361-575-8227

VICTORIA: Nov. 1 Victoria Symphony Fall Fundraiser with .38 Special Fall fundraiser featuring rock ‘n’ roll legends .38 Special. Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 E. Sam Houston Dr. victoriasymphony.com 361-576-4500

VICTORIA: Nov. 4 Dia de los Muertos Festival Activities include a March of Remembrance, children’s arts and crafts, face painting, food and beverage vendors, a mercado, and musical performances throughout the day including Ballet Folklorico. The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St. navemuseum.com 361-575-8227

VICTORIA: Nov. 16-19 “The Wedding Singer” Theatre Victoria presents this wildly popular musical based on the hit 1990s film. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. theatrevictoria.org 361-570-8587

VICTORIA: Nov. 18-19 Christmas Faire Shop art, jewelry, gourmet food, clothing, Texas wine, gifts, home decor, crafts, photography, and more. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. texasmarketguide.com 888-225-3427

VICTORIA: Nov. 18 Main Street Market Days Shop downtown from a variety of excellent vendors. 101 N. Main St. victoriamainstreet.com 361-578-0060

WHARTON: Nov. 21 Christmas Parade The official ceremony for the 37th annual lighting of the holiday lights will be at 7 p.m., when a lighted parade will start. Monterey Square, 200 W. Milam. whartontexas.com 979-532-1862

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