May

ALVIN: May 12 Las Vegas Casino Night Step onto a luxurious casino floor and enjoy a night of Vegas-style casino fun with slots, roulette, blackjack and Texas Hold’em. Prizes awarded to the top winners. Knights of Columbus Hall, 129 C.R. 126. alvinlions.org 281/585-3359

BEAUMONT: May 6 St. Michael Mediterranean Festival A 100-year-old tradition serving Greek and Arabic foods à la carte. Take a stroll through the outdoor venue, exploring booth after booth of delicious cuisine. Greek and Arabic dance troops perform throughout the day. St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church, 690 N. 15th St. stmichaelmedfest.com 409/767-2685

BEAUMONT: May 12-13, 19-20, 25-27 “Spamalot” This outrageous musical comedy, lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” tells the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons this show is beloved by audiences everywhere. Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts, 4155 Laurel Ave. beaumontcommunityplayers.com 409/833-4664

BEAUMONT: May 13 Maypole Festival An annual blessing of the crops and celebration of the arts for young and old alike, where visitors can stroll through the Beaumont Botanical Gardens with mystical fairies and shop local art vendors. Bring a picnic or visit Dat Mac Food Truck while you enjoy live entertainment. Children’s activities include carnival games, face painting, and feeding the giant koi in the outdoor fish pond. Beaumont Botanical Gardens, 6088 Babe Zaharias Dr. beaumontbotanicalgardens.org 409/842-3135

CLUTE: May 2, 9, 16, 23 Planetarium Show A 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector produces the night sky as it appears to the naked eye, as well as 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 and Sciences, 400 College Blvd. bcfas.org 979/265-3376

CLUTE: May 6-7 CenterFest More than a hundred artists display and sell works, including furniture, paintings, photos, jewelry, glass and more. Enjoy musical entertainment, a kids’ tent and food. Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd. bcfas.org 979/265-7661

CRYSTAL BEACH: May 12-14 Texas Crab Festival Event features more music, art and crabs than you can shake a claw at. The family entertainment includes great music from a lineup of Gulf Coast favorites, booths featuring fresh local seafood, a crab gumbo cook-off, rides, contests, coastal arts and crafts, and more. Gregory Park, 2292 Texas 87. texascrabfestival.org 281/773-3044

FREEPORT: May 27 Schuster Home Open House Built in 1917, this home serves as an example of family life during the founding of Freeport. 1130 W. Second St. 979/297-0868

GALVESTON: May 6 Artrageous Experience the excitement of watching a team of artists create giant paintings that spring to life at electric speed. Performance delights the senses with the spirit and action of amazing vocals, creative choreography, high-energy live music and unforgettable audience inter-action. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 409/765-1894 or 800/821-1894

GALVESTON: May 6-7, 13-14 Historic Homes Tour The Galveston Historical Foundation opens the doors to Galveston’s architectural history through public tours of privately owned homes. Galveston Historical Foundation, 2228 Broadway St. galvestonhistory.org 409/765-7834

GALVESTON: May 12-13 Yaga’s Wild Game and Barbecue Cook-Off Backyard chefs, sportsmen and women, and outdoor enthusiasts show off their culinary skills. Features a cook-off, live entertainment, a silent auction, the Run Wild 5K and children’s activities. Pier 21. ycfund.org

GALVESTON: May 13 Arlo Guthrie in Concert As a member of American folk music royalty, Guthrie relives classic, inspirational songs and shares timeless anecdotes from a life campaigning for social justice. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 409/765-1894 or 800/821-1894

GALVESTON: May 19-21 Galveston Island Beach Revue This two-day, family-friendly event culminates in the Bathing Beauties Contest, which features vintage swimsuits and parasols in an old-fashioned competition. Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd. beachrevue.com 806/236-0715

HOUSTON: May 11, 13-14 Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” Yefim Bronfman returns to Houston with Bartók’s heart-pounding Piano Concerto No. 2. The program concludes with Tchaikovsky’s final masterpiece, the powerful Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.” Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713/224-7575

HOUSTON: May 16-28 “Fun Home” Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, the musical introduces audiences to Alison at three different ages, as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St. tuts.com 713/558-8887

HOUSTON: May 23 “Climbing Dreams” Follow climber Mike Libecki as he tackles mud and mayhem on the massive Poumaka Tower in French Polynesia, encounters fear and friendship on the Bamiyan slopes of Afghanistan, and dodges polar bears while exploring Greenland’s icy waters. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713/224-7575

KATY: May 5-6 Wild West Brewfest This event includes a launch party Friday and a variety of craft beers on Saturday. Katy Mills Mall. katybrewfest.com 713/502-0328

LAKE JACKSON: May 5, 10, 12 Concert Series Enjoy free concerts outdoors on select evenings during the month. Bring your lawn chairs and refreshments. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 Texas 332. lakejacksontx.gov 979/415-2600

LAKE JACKSON: May 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 Texas 332. gcbo.org 979/480-0999

ORANGE: May 20-21 Shootout on the Sabine Drag boat races featuring more than 50 racers from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Orange Boat Ramp, Simmons Drive. orangetexas.org 409/883-1011

PASADENA: May 19-21 Strawberry Festival Home of the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, the 44th annual event will feature a mud volleyball tournament, a children’s area, a barbecue cook-off, pig races, magic shows, jugglers, a petting zoo, a carnival, beer and wine tastings, 300 vendors and more. Pasadena Fairgrounds, 7902 Fairmont Pkwy. strawberryfest.org 281/991-9500

PORT ARTHUR: May 27-28 S.A.L.T. Water Anglers’ League Fishing Rodeo This is a family fishing event on Pleasure Island. S.A.L.T. Club, 900 T.B. Ellison Pkwy. saltclub.net 409/963-0433

PORT NECHES: May 3-7 RiverFest This family festival on the Neches River includes power boat races, a carnival, boat show, food and entertainment. RiverFront Park, Merriman Street and Grigsby Avenue. pnriverfest.com 409/722-9154

RICHMOND: May 13 A Southern Garden Party Enjoy a delightful spring afternoon, complete with signature cocktails, music, house tours and big floppy hats. Fort Bend Museum, 500 Houston St. fortbendmuseum.org 281/342-6478

RICHMOND: May 13 Mother’s Day at the Park Bring mom to experience special historical Mother’s Day activities from more than 100 years of Texas history. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 F.M. 762. georgeranch.org 281/343-0218

RICHMOND: May 27, 29 Memorial Day Remembrance A special event explores the holiday’s roots as Decoration Day. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 F.M. 762. georgeranch.org 281/343-0218

ROCKPORT: May 6-7 Nautical Flea Market Find nautical treasures including books, nautical art, fishing items and more. Rockport Harbor, 911 Navigation Circle. rockportyachtclub.org 361/729-3115

ROCKPORT: May 19-20 Babes on Bay Fishing Tournament This 18th annual event is the largest one-day women angler fishing tournament in the country. Women from all over Texas and across the country come together for a fun-filled weekend with live bands, vendor booths and educational outreach. Rockport Festivalgrounds. babesonthebay.com

ROCKPORT: May 27-28 Festival of Wine and Food Enjoy a wide variety of wines of the Americas, food demonstrations, and specialty food concessions. Live bands and entertainment make the event lively and fun. Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Circle. texasmaritimemuseum.org 361/729-1271

SEABROOK: May 6-7 Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance Showcase for vintage boats and cars features 60 car and 20 boat judges to evaluate nearly 40 classes for cars and 20 classes for boats. In addition, Keels and Wheels welcomes celebrity and VIP judges to participate in honoring select vehicles and boats. Lakewood Yacht Club, 2425 E. NASA Pkwy. keels-wheels.com 713/588-04130

The weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show takes place each spring at the Lakewood Yacht Club in beautiful Seabrook, TX and attracts more than 15,000 attendees. The car and boat exhibitors come from every part of the United States, contributing to the more than $1.5 million that the Concours has raised to date for local charities.

Sixty car and 20 boat judges evaluate nearly 40 classes for cars and 20 classes for boats. In addition, Keels & Wheels welcomes celebrity and VIP judges to participate in honoring select vehicles and boats. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m.-4:00p.m. http://www.keels-wheels.com/ 7135210105

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: May 6 Run the Jailbreak This is a challenging 5K run over 20-plus sandy, wet, crazy obstacles on the sunny beaches of South Padre Island, followed by a Texas-size beach party at Clayton’s Beach Bar. 6900 Padre Blvd. runthejailbreak.com 800/767-2373

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: May 23-24 “Julie Madly Deeply” This cheeky yet affectionate cabaret starring Sarah-Louise Young explores Dame Julie Andrews’ storied career, blending songs from musicals including “Mary Poppins,” “The Sound of Music” and “My Fair Lady” with humorous anecdotes about her life, from her beginnings as a child star to the recent challenges of losing her famous singing voice. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. elpaseoarts.wordpress.com 956/943-4700

STAFFORD: May 21 “Carmina Burana” For the grand finale of Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra’s 25th anniversary season, the orchestra will be performing Orff’s masterwork. Stafford Centre for the Performing Arts, 10505 Cash Road. fbso.org

SUGAR LAND: Jan. 3-May 8 “Block Party, Too” Due to popular demand, the museum has extended this exhibition through the spring. Children of all ages have found something fun for building and learning. Watch for announcements on the website in February about a big addition. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org 281/313-2277

SUGAR LAND: May 12-Aug. 6 “Sweet: A Tasty Journey: Explore the world of all that’s sweet and learn about candy ingredients from a “farm to fork” perspective at this special exhibition. Get the stories behind the label, go on an educational journey into the candy and chocolate-making process and read the fascinating stories of famous candy makers and chocolatiers. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org 281/313-2277

SUGAR LAND: May 12-14 “The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip” Based on the book by George Saunders, this play is about a girl named Capable who lives in the seaside town of Frip. Gappers are fuzzy orange creatures that wreak havoc on the town by latching onto the goats (whom they love) in the three-family village and jeopardize the community’s goat-milk-based economy. When a change of fate turns and one of these balls of evilness gets on one her goats, Capable sees her neighbors’ true colors. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Dr. inspirationstage.com

SUGAR LAND: May 29 Memorial Day Ceremony The program begins with a patriotic music presentation, when attendees will also have the opportunity to visit on-site exhibits and participate in activity stations. The official ceremony includes tributes from members of the community and words of remembrance from local veterans. Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd. sugarlandtx.gov 281/275-2885

TEXAS CITY: May 6 Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festivities Enjoy a traditional celebration with mariachis, folklórico dancers and other festive activities. Includes parade, ceremony, traditional food and loads of fun. Festivities Rotary Pavilion in Nessler Park, 2010 Fifth Ave. texas-city-tx.org 409/643-5990 or 409/643-5993

TOMBALL: May 6-7 Rails and Tails Mudbug Festival Enjoy tasty crawfish along with music, a competitive boudin ball eating contest and mudbug racing. Historic Downtown Depot, 201 S. Elm St. tomballtx.gov 281/351-5484

TOMBALL: May 13 Vintage Car Festival Enjoy a day for all ages at the fourth annual festival, with remarkable vehicles from the past, entertainment, food, vendor booths, a silent auction and kids’ activities, including a petting zoo. First Presbyterian Church, 30410 Tomball Pkwy. fpctomball.org 281/351-2199 or 979/299-4185

TOMBALL: May 27 The Honky Tonk Chili Challenge Taste samples as champion chili cooks from across Southeast Texas compete in a cook-off. Providing a musical backdrop will be a line-up of old-style honky-tonk performers, including Tony Booth, Liz Talley, Amber Digby and Doug Boggs. Historic Downtown Depot, 201 S. Elm St. tomballtx.gov 281/351-5484

VICTORIA: May 6 Cinco de Mayo Celebration of music, contests and family-oriented traditions, featuring Hispanic foods, crafts and entertainers from the Texas Gulf Coast. Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St. victoriachamber.org 361/573-5227

VICTORIA: May 26-28 Memorial Weekend Bash One of Victoria’s biggest celebrations features live Tejano and country music, a carnival, arts and crafts, food and more. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. salazarpromotions.com 361/237-0351

WHARTON: May 20 Wharton County Freedom Fest This hometown festival offers a barbecue cook-off, farmers market, an open car show, live music, the veteran’s parade and salute, food and craft booths, a street dance, and a crawfish boil. Historic Downtown Wharton, Monterey Square. whartonfreedomfest.org 979/532-1862

April

ALVIN: Apr. 7-8 Music Festival and Barbecue Cook-Off This annual event draws thousands for two days of great music, an IBCA-sanctioned cook-off, kids’ activities, food trucks, dancing and a beer garden. Briscoe Park, 3201 I-35. alvinmusicfestival.com 281/585-3359

ALVIN: Apr. 24 Tour de Braz Bike Ride This ride traverses the beautiful Brazoria County countryside. The event offers routes from 10 to 100 miles in length, and wraps up with a post-ride party. Alvin Community College, 3110 Mustang Road. tourdebraz.org 281/585-3359

ALVIN: Apr. 28-29 Frontier Days This annual event draws hundreds for two days of family fun. Enjoy live entertainment on Friday night, followed by a fun-filled Saturday with food vendors, craft and retail vendors, a car and bike show, a gun slingers shoot-out show, live entertainment and a carnival. National Oak Park, 118 S. Magnolia St. alvinrotary.org 281/585-3359

BEAUMONT: Apr. 1 “Symphonie Fantastique” The orchestra performs what many consider to be one of Rachmaninoff’s greatest compositions—his “Paganini Variations.” This masterwork will be performed by Christopher O’Reilly, piano soloist. The second half of the concert features orchestral masterpiece “Symphonie Fantastique” by Hector Berlioz. Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl St. sost.org 409/330-0643

BEAUMONT: Apr. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 “Steel Magnolias” In a Louisiana beauty salon, the wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to a who’s who of ladies about town. Sharp, funny dialogue and a deeply moving conclusion. Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts, 4155 Laurel Ave. beaumontcommunityplayers.com 409/833-4664

BEAUMONT: Apr. 23 Jeff Dunham Comic and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, along with his cast of hilarious characters, bring their hugely successful “Perfectly Unbalanced” Tour to Beaumont. Ford Park, 5115 I-10. fordpark.com/event/jeff-dunham 409/951-5400

BRAZORIA: Apr. 22-23 Migration Celebration Family event features guided walking tours of the refuge, a butterfly encounter, reptiles, sea creature touch tank, archery, fishing and more. San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, 2547 C.R. 306. migrationcelebration.com 844/842-4737

CLUTE: Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25 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 and Sciences, 400 College Blvd. bcfas.org 979/265-3376

CLUTE: Apr. 21-23, 28-30 “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln” The trouble-filled later years in the life of Abraham Lincoln’s widow are told through a sequence of varied and theatrically brilliant scenes. Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd. bcfas.org 979/265-7661

CLUTE: Apr. 29 Spring Astronomy Day Take a safe look at the sun during daylight hours and gaze at the stars when the sun goes down. Saturn and its amazing rings should put on an impressive show. Free full-dome and live shows inside the Planetarium and interesting science demonstrations are all part of the fun. Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd. bcfas.org 979/265-7661

CORPUS CHRISTI: Apr. 1 Big Bloom Plant Sale and Garden Festival This annual event offers orchids, plumeria, speciality vendors, a butterfly release, ladybug releases, reptile shows, walk-and-talk tours and children’s activities. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361/852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Apr. 8-9 South Texas Botanical Gardens Orchid Show See beautiful blooming specimen plants from Coastal Bend orchid aficionados’ private collections. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361/852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Apr. 15-16 Open Rose Show See American beauties from area gardens as the Corpus Christi Rose Society invites people to show off their roses, featuring varieties that thrive in this region. Ask questions and get growing tips from Rose Society members. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361/852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Apr. 20-23 Birdiest Festival in North America Seminars by regional experts, vendors, on-site demos and an opening reception. While optional separately-priced trips take place around the Texas Coastal Bend, the main excursion potentially views 200 species at multiple sites. Experience Corpus Christi as a nature tourism hot spot and see why this city was named “Birdiest City in America” for 10 consecutive years. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361/852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Apr. 20-May 6 Buc Days Includes PRCA rodeo action, a ranch rodeo, team roping and mutton bustin’ events, plus a barbecue party, carnival, live performances, GospelFest, junior parade and an illuminated night parade. Corpus Christi Bayfront and other locations. bucdays.com

FREEPORT: Apr. 15 Easter Eggstravaganza Children of all ages will have a blast hunting for 20,000 hidden Easter eggs while families enjoy live music, prizes and a very special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Freeport Municipal Park, 421 N. Brazosport Blvd. freeport.tx.us 979/233-6061

FREEPORT: Apr. 22 Schuster Home Open House Built in 1917, this home serves as an example of family life during the founding of Freeport. Schuster Home, 1130 W. Second St. 979/297-0868

GALVESTON: Apr. 1 The Grand Kids Festival Galveston’s premier festival for children and their families includes three blocks of performances and activities such as storytelling and face painting. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800/821-1894 or 409/765-1894

GALVESTON: Apr. 2 Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 This race begins with a 1.2-mile saltwater swim in Offats Bayou followed by a 56-mile bike course along the Gulf Coast and a 13.1-mile run that leads athletes to the finish line at Moody Gardens’ Discovery Pyramid. Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd. ironman.com

GALVESTON: Apr. 6-9 FeatherFest This is one of the largest birding festivals in Texas, and the only one with a dedicated nature-photography component. The event features unique outdoor field trips, workshops and social events for nature enthusiasts of all skill levels. The festival is held during spring migration, the best time to visit world-renowned Galveston area birding hot spots such as Bolivar Flats and High Island. Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway Avenue J. galvestonfeatherfest.com 832/459-5533

GALVESTON: Apr. 8-9 “Greater Tuna” This comedy is about Texas’ third-smallest town, where the Lion’s club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all inhabitants of Tuna—men, women, children and animals. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 409/765-1894 or 800/821-1894

GALVESTON: Apr. 13 “Love That Dog” Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of view, this performance shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper and, of course, a dog. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800/821-8194 or 409/765-1894

GALVESTON: Apr. 17-23 Galveston Food and Wine Festival Features wines from around the world paired with delicious local food, live entertainment and culinary events where attendees can learn first-rate tips from popular chefs and renowned winemakers. Various locations. galvestonfoodandwinefestival.com

GALVESTON: Apr. 23 Galveston Symphony Orchestra: “Voices” Conductor Dr. Trond Saeverud and the orchestra present works by Bach (Suite No. 1 in C Major: Overture); Beethoven (Symphony No. 8, Op. 9); and Schubert (Mass No. 2 in G, D167). The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800/821-8194 or 409/765-1894

GALVESTON: Apr. 29 “The Midtown Men” From the original cast of “Jersey Boys,” Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award–nominee J. Robert Spencer star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the ’60s. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 409/765-1894 or 800/821-1894

HOUSTON: Mar. 31, Apr. 2 Beethoven’s Fidelio—Opera in Concert This politically-charged drama follows the heroic struggles of Leonore, who disguises herself as a man (Fidelio) to rescue her husband Florestan, a political prisoner tormented by the tyrant Pizarro. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713/224-7575

HOUSTON: Apr. 4-16 “Dreamgirls” Tells the story of the Dreams, a female trio, as they make their tumultuous climb to the top of the music charts. Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. tuts.com 713/558-8887

HOUSTON: Apr. 4-16 “Jesus Christ Superstar” Wailing riffs and electric ballads tell the tragic tale of devotion and betrayal, fame and fury. Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. tuts.com 713/558-8887

HOUSTON: Apr. 20, 22-23 The Pines of Rome Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä performs John Corigliano’s The Red Violin Concerto. Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko also leads the orchestra in two technicolor tone poems by Respighi. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713/224-7575

HOUSTON: Apr. 28-30 “Bond and Beyond” Enjoy familiar favorites from one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713/224-7575

HOUSTON: Apr. 29 Dr. Seuss at the Symphony Join the Houston Symphony for a Saturday morning with Sam-I-Am and the spectacular world of Dr. Seuss. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713/224-7575

HUMBLE: Apr. 8 Good Oil Days Festival This annual festival celebrates Humble’s rich oil heritage. Features more than 80 vendors selling their wares, live entertainment on two stages, food, a children’s zone with pony rides, a classic car show and more. Main Street. goodoildays.com 281/446-4140

LA MARQUE: Apr. 21-23 Texas Rockin’ Seafood Festival Food, fun and music come together to celebrate the Texas Gulf’s wealth of fresh seafood. Some of the best Southern Rock tribute acts will provide the soundtrack, including Cowboy (a Kid Rock tribute) and Already Gone (an Eagles tribute). Enjoy a world-class carnival, novelty acts, contests, emerging talent from Gulf Coast schools and craft vendors. Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 F.M. 2004. texasseafoodfestival.com 713/714-1916

LA PORTE: Apr. 22 San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Re-enactment This festival is a full day of entertainment with vendors, food, family activities, cultural exhibitors, games and fun, set amidst living history. It includes music and dancing on three stages featuring country-western bands, flamenco dancers, Native American presentations, square dancers and more. On Saturday, re-enactors re-create the events leading up to Texas winning its independence from Mexico. San Jacinto Monument, 1 Monument Circle. sanjacinto-museum.org 281/479-2421

LAKE JACKSON: Apr. 1 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, F.M. 2004 near Texas 332. lakejacksonmuseum.org 979/297-1570

LAKE JACKSON: Apr. 8 Kids Reel Big Fish Event First-time anglers try their hand at catch-and-release fishing. Pack sunscreen, a hat, a lawn chair and fishing gear, and enjoy a few hours of fun at the marine fish hatchery and visitor education center. Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Dr. tpwd.texas.gov/seacenter 979/292-0100

LAKE JACKSON: Apr. 13 Adult Flashlight Egg Scramble Bring a flashlight and a bag to collect eggs in the dark. More than 10,000 eggs are filled with candy or special prizes. All participants must be over 18 and pre-register at the Lake Jackson Recreation Center. Space is limited. MacLean Park, 93 Lake Road. lakejacksontx.gov 979/297-4533

LAKE JACKSON: Apr. 13 Easter Egg Hunt More than 10,000 candy-filled eggs will be hidden throughout the park. Remember to bring a camera to take photos with the Easter Bunny. MacLean Park, 93 Lake Road. lakejacksontx.gov 979/297-4533

LAKE JACKSON: Apr. 15 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

LAKE JACKSON: Apr. 29 Brazosport Symphony Orchestra Spring Classic The orchestra performs their spring concert, “Rhapsody in Blue with Steve Hunt.” The Clarion, 500 College Dr. clarion.brazosport.edu 979/230-3156

LAKE JACKSON: Apr. 30 Taste of the Town Sample food and drinks from a variety of the Brazosport area’s finest restaurants. Brazos Mall, 100 Texas 332. brazosport.org 979/285-2501

MIDFIELD: Apr. 27 Denim and Diamonds: Beneath the Oaks This fundraising dinner benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Palacios includes a live band, as well as live and silent auctions. Beneath the Oaks, 1796 Texas 71. palacioskids.org 361/972-2642

ORANGE: Apr. 4 “Greater Tuna” The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna—men, women, children and animals. Lutcher Theater, 707 Main St. lutcher.org 409/886-5535

ORANGE: Apr. 8 Art in the Park Head outside to enjoy arts and crafts, live entertainment, and food and drinks. Stark Park, 711 Green Ave. orangetexas.org 409/883-1010

ORANGE: Apr. 10 “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel through a mystical jungle and across a deep river to be presented to the king. Along the way, the two girls encounter a number of mysterious situations that unknowingly test their courage, kindness and strength of spirit. Grades: 2 through 4. Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main St. lutcher.org 409/886-5535

ORANGE: Apr. 15 “Once” This Tony Award–winning musical features an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage. The musical tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main St. lutcher.org 409/886-5535

PALACIOS: Apr. 1 Colorful 5K by the Bay This fun run ends with a splattering of bright colors, which transforms a group of ordinary runners into a moving rainbow. Come wearing white and as you walk, run, dance, skip or leisurely stroll along through this untimed race, you will be showered with color that is completely safe and washes off easily. South Bay. palacioskids.org 361/972-2642

PALACIOS: Apr. 22-23 Palacios Trail Riders Association Trail Ride This annual two-day ride goes from Palacios Precinct 3 to Precinct 4 on the first day, and continues to Carl Park on the second day. Palacios Precinct 3. cityofpalacios.org 361/920-2719

PORT ARANSAS: Mar. 31-Apr. 2 IFA Redfish Tournament Sponsored by the Inshore Fishing Association, this event begins with a captain’s meeting, followed by a full weekend of fishing and kayaking. Port Aransas Marina, 301 J.C. Barr Blvd. redfishtour.com 501/412-7756

PORT ARANSAS: Apr. 21-23 Texas SandFest This three-day sand sculpture competition is one of the largest beach festivals in the state. Master sculptors from around the world create artistic and imaginative sculptures for more than 100,000 attendees. Also includes music, children’s activities, food and craft booths. Mustang Island Beach, between beach markers 9-14. texassandfest.com 361/749-2066

PORT ARTHUR: Apr. 8 Cajun Heritage Fest In the 1700s and 1800s, Louisiana and east-southeast Texas became home to a variety of diverse cultures, who blended their cuisine, music, traditions and superstitions into an eclectic (and somewhat odd) amalgam that came to be known as Cajun. Dance to that foot-tapping music, chow down on the rich, delicious Cajun cuisine (gumbo!) and have some fun. Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center, 1800 Lakeshore Dr. visitportarthurtx.com 409/835-2787

RICHMOND: Apr. 1 “The Composer is Dead” Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra’s childrens’ concert features Nathanial Stookey’s work “The Composer is Dead,” with words by Lemony Snicket. The new classic introduces children to the orchestra through a murder mystery. This event is free and open to the public. George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview Dr. fbso.org

RICHMOND: Apr. 8 Lone Star Stomp Get ready for a groovy 1960s party at the 50th anniversary celebration fundraiser for the museum. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 F.M. 762. fortbendmuseum.org 281/342-1256

RICHMOND: Apr. 8 Runaway Scrape Visit the park for an exciting re-enactment of the Runaway Scrape—the fleeing of the Texians from Santa Anna’s army, which was marching east toward San Jacinto. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 F.M. 762. georgeranch.org 281/343-0218

RICHMOND: Apr. 15 An Old-Fashioned Easter Discover the Easter games and traditions of the 1820s through the 1920s. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 F.M. 762. georgeranch.org 281/343-0218

ROCKPORT: Apr. 8-9 Tour of Homes and Boats Features five or six unique, fashionable homes and one or two boats the public may tour. Various locations. rockporttourofhomes.com 361/729-5519

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Mar. 31-Apr. 2 “Exit the Body” This farce plays out in a small town in New England, where a famous mystery writer rents a vacation house—a house that was to be the rendezvous point for some jewel thieves. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. elpaseoarts.wordpress.com 956/943-4700

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Apr. 11-12 “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Winner of the Tony Award, this witty musical follows an eclectic group of six pubescents (played by adults) as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. elpaseoarts.wordpress.com 956/943-4700

SUGAR LAND: Jan. 3-May 8 “Block Party, Too” Due to popular demand, the museum has extended this exhibition through the spring. Children of all ages have found something fun for building and learning. Watch for announcements on the website in February about a big addition, plus more fun for older kids. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281/313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Mar. 31, Apr. 1-2, Apr. 7-9 “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” This 1979 musical thriller is based on the 1973 play by Christopher Bond. Set in 19th-century England, the musical details the return of barber Sweeney Todd to London after 15 years of exile. In order to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him, he conspires with a local baker who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Dr. inspirationstage.com

SUGAR LAND: Apr. 1 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rock Earth Day Celebration Interactive booths and performances address recycling, waste reduction, clean water, water conservation, tree care, nature appreciation and other topics. This year the entertainment includes Vocal Trash and the popular reptile show Texas Snakes and More. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com

SUGAR LAND: Apr. 6 Bastille in Concert The Grammy-nominated British indie pop band comes to Texas during their Wild, Wild World Tour. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Apr. 7 Steve Martin and Martin Short The longtime comedians combine for a one-night-only show, “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life,” which includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Apr. 8 Eggstravaganza The Easter Bunny welcomes thousands of families to the 33rd annual event, which features Egg Scrambles, carnival games and more fun family activities. Eldridge Park, 2511 Eldridge Road. sugarlandtx.gov/eggstravaganza 281/275-2885

SUGAR LAND: Apr. 21-23 “13” Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents’ divorce, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school. “13” is the only Broadway musical ever with a cast and band entirely made of teenagers. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Dr. inspirationstage.com

SUGAR LAND: Apr. 21 Music in the Plaza Pack up your lawn chairs and head out to the Plaza for a night full of live tunes from Sugar Land Brass Co. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com

SUGAR LAND: Apr. 22 Autism Speaks 8K and 1K Kids’ Fun Run Autism is becoming one of the fastest-growing serious developmental disabilities in the United States, with one in 68 children diagnosed. Autism Speaks is raising awareness while offering a great time during this first annual race. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com

SUGAR LAND: Apr. 28 Music in the Plaza Pack up your lawn chairs and head out to the plaza for a night full of live tunes from local band Easy Street. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com

SUGAR LAND: Apr. 29 Spring Charity Corvette Car Show Enjoy more than 100 Corvettes at the 13th annual event, then vote for the winner of the People’s Choice Award. All proceeds will benefit local charities. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com

TEXAS CITY: Apr. 8-12 Art Festival Celebrate with the artists on opening night of this juried exhibit featuring local artists from across the region. Local student art will also be shown. Exhibit will be open to the public Apr. 9-12. Charles T. Doyle Convention Center, 2010 Fifth Ave. texas-city-tx.org 409/643-5990 or 409/643-5993

TEXAS CITY: Apr. 12 1947 Disater Memorial Service The city annually reflects on the past and honors those lost in the 1947 disaster. Memorial Park, 2900 Texas 197. texas-city-tx.org 409/643-5902 or 409/643-5993

TEXAS CITY: Apr. 13 Art Festival Art Walk on 6th Street Enjoy a self-guided tour of various artwork located throughout Texas City’s historic downtown. Sixth Street. texas-city-tx.org 409/643-5990 or 409/643-5993

TEXAS CITY: Apr. 22 Lone Star Deluxe Car Show See cool cars, great food, live music and more. The Showboat Pavilion, 416 Sixth St. texas-city-tx.org 409/643-5919 or 409/643-5993

VICTORIA: Mar. 10-Apr. 23 Jerra and Buddy Lee Photography Exhibit See the beautiful photography of Jerra and Buddy Lee on display. The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St. navemuseum.com 361/575-8227

VICTORIA: Apr. 1-2 Historic Homes Tour Guided tours of five historic homes, including late Victorian, Queen Anne and craftsman-style bungalows, give a rare opportunity to peek inside some of the most elegant homes in Old Victoria. Various locations. explorevictoriatexas.com 361/573-1878

VICTORIA: April 1-2 Victoria Comic Con This comic, gaming and toy expo features multiple vendors as well as food trucks. Dress up as your favorite character for the cosplay contest. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. victoriacomiccon.org

VICTORIA: Apr. 6-9 Victoria Independent Film Festival Features dramas and animated films of both short and feature length. Film directors, producers and actors join the festival to talk about their work and answer questions. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. vtxiff.com 361/935-8843

VICTORIA: Apr. 8 Scott Taylor Band Crawfish Festival The Scott Taylor Band presents this annual festival of great live music featuring some of the best acts in Texas Country, family fun and, of course, tasty crawfish. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. thescotttaylorband.com

VICTORIA: Apr. 15 Art Car Parade Spectators line downtown streets to view this parade, which showcases more than 50 of Victoria’s most outlandish folk art creations on wheels. Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St. explorevictoriatexas.com 361/572-0016

VICTORIA: Apr. 15 JAM Fest This street festival includes music, fine arts and crafts, car exhibits, a petting zoo, quick-draw artists, food and drinks. Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St. jamfestvictoria.com

VICTORIA: Apr. 22 Tutu and Tiara Tee-Off This annual golf tournament fundraiser benefits the Victoria Ballet Theatre and has competitors don tutus and tiaras. Victoria Country Club, 14 Spring Creek Road. victoriaballet.org 361/575-2313

VICTORIA: Apr. 27-30 “Kitchen Witches” Theatre Victoria presents this comedy of two squabbling TV cooking show hosts whose insults fly further than the food. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. theatrevictoria.org 361/570-8587

VICTORIA: Apr. 27 Downtown Rhythms An evening of food, family and fun at this annual free family concert. Under the leadership of Maestro Darryl One, the symphony will perform selections from pops, jazz and movie favorites. Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St. victoriasymphony.com 361/576-4500

VICTORIA: Apr. 29 Pianist Vadym Kholokenko in Concert Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Dr. victoriasymphony.com 361/576-4500

March

BEAUMONT: Feb. 24-25, Mar. 3-4, 9-11 “Xanadu” Inspiration and love come together in Xanadu, a hilarious, roller-skating musical romp that slyly questions the role of art in pop culture. Based on the 1980 cult classic film, it’s endless high-spirited fun as Kira, a beautiful Greek muse, descends from Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California, to inspire struggling artist Sonny to create the pinnacle of artistic achievement: the Roller Disco. Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts, 4155 Laurel Ave. beaumontcommunityplayers.com 409/833-4664

BEAUMONT: Mar. 4 The Gusher Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Both runners and walkers are welcome at this race, where individual and team options are available. There will be finisher medals, age group awards and tech shirts. Montagne Center at Lamar University, 4400 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. thegushermarathon.com 409/781-2932

BEAUMONT: Mar. 11 “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” This traditional choral concert includes Johann Strauss’s classic waltz “On the Beautiful Blue Danube,” Johannes Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Haydn,” and Robert Schumann’s “Requiem, Opus 148.” Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl St. sost.org 409/330-0643

CLUTE: Mar. 3-5 “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Winner of the Tony Award, this charming and witty musical follows an eclectic group of six pubescents (played by adults) as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the contestants spell their way through a series of words, hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves. At least the losers get a juice box. It’s a riotous ride complete with audience participation. Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd. bcfas.org 979/265-7661

CLUTE: Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 Planetarium Show Featuring a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector, this weekly show produces the night sky as it appears to the naked eye, in addition to using a wide variety of high-tech equipment to offer a close-up feel for things like comets, exploding stars and black holes. Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd. bcfas.org 979/265-3376

CLUTE: Mar. 12 Mammoth Lake Triathlon A 55-acre waterpark offers ample space for this triathlon, which includes sprint and Olympic distances. Mammoth Lake Dive Park, 330 N. Dixie Dr. mammothlaketriathlon.com 832/520-4975

CORPUS CHRISTI: Mar. 25 Blacklock’s Beginning Wildflower ID and Natural History Celebrate spring with this practical, hands-on class and field trip with acclaimed birder/naturalist Gene Blacklock. The course is ideal for beginners and beyond identifying and studying native Texas wildflowers in Coastal Bend hot spots. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361/852-2100

CYPRESS: Mar. 3-4 “Quiltinq: A World of Color” More than 200 quilts and 30 vendors available at this quilt show, including featured artist Paula Barnes. Enjoy door prizes, a quilt drawing, quilt appraisals, a silent auction and more. Richard E. Berry Educational Support Center, 8877 Barker-Cypress Road. whqg.org or berrycenter.net 713/870-1315

FREEPORT: Mar. 18-19 Texas Joy Ride Enjoy a classic car show and rod run. Freeport Municipal Park, 421 N. Brazosport Blvd. 281/444-8680

FREEPORT: Mar. 25 Schuster Home Open House Built in 1917, this home serves as an example of family life during the founding of Freeport. Schuster Home, 1130 W. Second St. 979/297-0868

FULTON: Mar. 2-5 Oysterfest This salute to the oyster industry features food, entertainment, arts and crafts, and a carnival. Fulton Harbor Navigation Park, 402 N. Fulton Beach Road. fultonoysterfest.org 361/463-9955

GALVESTON: Mar. 4 “Barefoot in the Park” This Neil Simon relationship comedy explores the art of marital negotiation, a process experienced by two naive 20-something newlyweds within the first four days of living together in their new, fifth floor walk-up apartment. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 409/765-1894 or 800/821-1894

GALVESTON: Mar. 5 “In The Mood” Enjoy an evening of Big Band sounds and hot boogie woogie in this musical. The performance celebrates the jazzy, brassy, sentimental and patriotic music of the World War II era. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800/821-8194 or 409/765-1894

GALVESTON: Mar. 12 The Rob Landes Trio—Music from the Movies Take a magical, musical journey through the movies. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 409/765-1894 or 800/821-1894

GALVESTON: Mar. 18 “42nd Street” Penned in the midst of the Great Depression, this “all-singing, all-dancing show” resonated with those longing for an age where smiling chorus girls could tap anyone’s troubles away. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 409/765-1894 or 800/821-1894

GALVESTON: Mar. 24 Scrap-Arts-Music Offers a highly physical, wildly theatrical and thoroughly entertaining taste of the musical vanguard. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 409/765-1894 or 800/821-1894

GALVESTON: Mar. 28 “Lights, Camera, Math!” Math, magic, theatre and digital technology collide to create a fun and interactive performance about an aspiring magician who discovers that the secret to creating good illusions requires a solid understanding of the principles of math. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800/821-8194 or 409/765-1894

GALVESTON: Mar. 30 “Alice in Wonderland” Lavishly costumed characters and Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre’s giant body puppets whirl, dance and sing on their journey through Lewis Carroll’s land of fantasy. The heroine learns that it takes self-reliance and quick thinking to tame the comic nonsense of the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat and Wonderland’s other unpredictable residents. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800/821-8194 or 409/765-1894

HOUSTON: Feb. 21-Mar. 5 “An American in Paris” Musical tells the story of an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. tuts.com 713/558-8887

HOUSTON: Mar. 3-5 Eschenbach Conducts BrucknerFormer Houston Symphony Music Director Christoph Eschenbach returns to Houston with his authoritative interpretations of spiritually uplifting works by Anton Bruckner. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713/224-7575

HOUSTON: Mar. 7-31 “In the Eyes of Our Children: Houston, An American City” Photographs and prints created over a period of six years by Houston-area schoolchildren, highlighting Houston’s diversity and energy. Rice Media Center, Rice University, 6100 Main St. pozosartproject.com 713/348-4882

HOUSTON: Mar. 7-26 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Rodeo time has been a tradition in Houston since 1932. The event kicks off with the Rodeo Parade and continues as trail riders arrive and set up camp in Memorial Park. All 20 championship rodeo competitions are concluded with entertainment by music superstars. NRG Park, 1 NRG Park. rodeohouston.com

HOUSTON: Mar. 9, 11-12 Mendelssohn and Petrouchka Houston Symphony program includes Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides” and Stravinsky’s colorful ballet score, “Petrouchka.” Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713/224-7575

HOUSTON: Mar. 16 Ben Folds in Concert This one-night event features a performance of Folds’ acclaimed “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” with the Houston Symphony. With his irreverent wit and professional musicianship, expect Folds to deliver a night of exciting orchestral arrangements of familiar hits, paired with selections from his latest album “So There.” Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713/224-7575

HOUSTON: Mar. 17-19 Pink Martini Returns Join these amazing talents for a musical travelogue, from a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro to a quaint piazza in Naples, Italy. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713/224-7575

HOUSTON: Mar. 24-26 Beethoven 6 and 7 An exploration of nature, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony evokes cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside and a harrowing storm, which resolves in one of music’s most satisfying finales. Beethoven’s lively Seventh Symphony abounds with high spirits that surround a haunting second movement. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713/224-7575

HOUSTON: Mar. 31, Apr. 2 Beethoven’s Fidelio—Opera in Concert This politically-charged drama follows the heroic struggles of Leonore, who disguises herself as a man (Fidelio) to rescue her husband Florestan, a political prisoner tormented by the tyrant Pizarro. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713/224-7575

INGLESIDE: Mar. 24-25 Roundup Days Enjoy a weekend of delicious food, games, a carnival, shopping and the best country and Tejano entertainment, including Curtis Grimes, Roger Creager and Jay Perez. N.O. Simmons Park, 2867 Avenue J. inglesidetxchamber.com 361/776-2906

LAKE JACKSON: Mar. 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, F.M. 2004 near Texas 332. lakejacksonmuseum.org 979/297-1570

LAKE JACKSON: Mar. 4 Brazosport Symphony Orchestra Concert The orchestra performs its Spring Pops concert, “Hollywood Night: Memorable Tunes from the Movies.” The Clarion, 500 College Dr. clarion.brazosport.edu 979/230-3156

LAKE JACKSON: Mar. 25 Doggy Dash 5K The race begins at MacLean Park. Awards given to overall male and female and in many age categories. MacLean Park, 93 Lake Road. ljdoggydash.com 979/285-2340

LAKE JACKSON: Mar. 31 VoicePlay in Concert What began quite literally as a street corner barbershop act has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation. VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, re-creating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. The Clarion, 500 College Dr. clarion.brazosport.edu 979/230-3156

NEDERLAND: Mar. 14-19 Heritage Festival Dutch heritage, the city’s Windmill Museum and Acadian house in Tex Ritter Park form the basis and background for this community event featuring a carnival, costumed characters, music and the famed cuisine walk. Boston Avenue. nederlandhf.org 409/724-2269

ORANGE: Mar. 3 “Barefoot in the Park” Montana Repertory Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary season with the play that put Neil Simon on the map more than 50 years ago. Through comedy, Simon explores love, relationship, marriage, family, the pangs of loss and the joy of reunion. Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main St. lutcher.org 409/886-5535

ORANGE: Mar. 10 The Illusionists—Live from Broadway This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Lutcher Theater, 707 Main St. lutcher.org 409/886-5535

ORANGE: Mar. 16-17 “42nd Street” Based on Bradford Ropes’ novel and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, “42nd Street” tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical “Pretty Lady.” When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main St. lutcher.org 409/886-5535

ORANGE: Mar. 25 Music Fest Featuring four bands throughout the day, with food and drink vendors on site. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy this free day of entertainment. Orange Riverfront Pavilion, 601 W. Division Ave. orangetexas.org

PASADENA: Mar. 11-12 Southern Style Gypsy Market This is an upscale indoor market with funky “junque,” handmade jewelry, art, re-purposed vintage treasures, women’s and children’s clothing, home and garden decor, gourmet food and more. Pasadena Rodeo Grounds, Campbell Hall, 7902 Fairmont Pkwy. southernstylegypsymarket.vpweb.com 281/467-3577

PORT ARANSAS: Mar. 31-Apr. 2 IFA Redfish Tournament Sponsored by the Inshore Fishing Association, this event begins with a captain’s meeting, followed by a full weekend of fishing and kayaking. Port Aransas Marina, 301 J.C. Barr Blvd. redfishtour.com 501/412-7756

RICHMOND: Mar. 3 Museum Lecture Series Author Curt Locklear speaks about his book, “Stories and Songs of the Civil War.” Historic Fort Bend County Courthouse/Second Floor Commissioner’s Courtroom, 401 Jackson St. fortbendmuseum.org 281/342-6478

RICHMOND: Mar. 4 Brazos Cultural Heritage Festival Come discover the history and heritage behind the many different cultures that formed Fort Bend County. Fort Bend Museum’s Decker Park, 500 Preston St. fortbendmuseum.org 281/342-6478

ROCKPORT: Mar. 11 Whooping Crane Strut Includes a two-mile walk, as well as 5K and 10K runs. Tule Hike and Bike Trail. cityofrockport.com 361/727-2158

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Mar. 4-5 M&M Off-Road Spring Break This event supplies an opportunity for vehicle enthusiasts to show off their custom trucks, cars and audio equipment, plus compete against other enthusiasts for awards and cash prizes. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. heatwaveshow.com 512/252-0283

SUGAR LAND: Jan. 3-May 8 “Block Party, Too” Due to popular demand, the museum has extended this exhibition through the spring. Children of all ages have found something fun for building and learning. Watch for announcements on the website in February about a big addition, plus more fun for older kids. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281/313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Mar. 2 The Lumineers in Concert The two-time Grammy-nominated band has embarked on their first North American tour, “Cleopatra World Tour Continues.” They’re joined on stage by Icelandic band Kaleo and opening band Susto. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Mar. 3 “Elvis Lives” Enjoy this multimedia and live musical journey across Elvis’ life. The show features champions and finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, a full, on-stage band, and even an Ann-Margret impersonator joining in on a “Viva Las Vegas” segment. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Mar. 3-5 “Madagascar Jr.” Alex the lion is the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends—Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo—have spent their whole lives in peaceful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and escapes to explore the world. The other three also escape to search for him and find themselves reunited on a ship heading across the Pacific Ocean. Although they have been raised in blissful captivity, they quickly learn first-hand how rough life can be in the wild jungles of Africa. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Dr. inspirationstage.com

SUGAR LAND: Mar. 4 Cultural Kite Festival Enjoy a kite-making workshop, kite-flying lessons, a children’s craft area, chalk art contest and many more fun activities for all ages. Local community groups will entertain the crowd with various cultural performances throughout the event. Characters such as Benjamin Franklin and cirque-style entertainment will amaze the crowd with their unique costumes. Brazos River Park, 18427 Southwest Fwy. sugarlandtx.gov/kitefest 281/275-2885

SUGAR LAND: Mar. 11 “The Illusionists: Live from Broadway” This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Mar. 14 Pi Day 3.14 Feed your brain and your belly and visit the museum for Pi Day on this special date—3.14—during Spring Break. Indulge your inner geek with fun activities for all ages while chowing down on delicious pi(e). Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281/313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Mar. 14 Tony Bennett in Concert The 19-time Grammy Award–winning musician, whose music spans more than six decades, touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. He’s joined in concert with his daughter, jazz singer Antonia Bennett. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Mar. 19 St. Patty’s Day Half Marathon This 13.1 mile loop starts and ends at Sugar Land Town Square. Get into the spirit with an Irish band and a costume contest for “most Irish,” plus bagpipes and drums along the race course. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com

SUGAR LAND: Mar. 23 Beethoven 6 and 7 An exploration of nature, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony evokes cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside and a harrowing storm that resolves in one of music’s most satisfying finales. Beethoven’s lively Seventh Symphony abounds with high spirits that surround a haunting second movement. Sugar Land Baptist Church, 16755 Southwest Fwy. houstonsymphony.org

SUGAR LAND: Mar. 31, Apr. 1-2, Apr. 7-9 “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” This 1979 musical thriller is based on the 1973 play by Christopher Bond. Set in 19th-century England, the musical details the return of barber Sweeney Todd to London after 15 years of exile. In order to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him, he conspires with a local baker who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Dr. inspirationstage.com

SUGAR LAND: Mar. 31 The Avett Brothers in Concert The folk rock band’s new album, “True Sadness,” achieved the group’s highest career debut to date. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net

SURFSIDE BEACH: Mar. 11 St. Patrick’s Day Parade In addition to a lively parade, this annual event offers costume contests, a social, fundraisers and a re-enactment of the Battle of Fort Velasco. Surfside Beach City Hall, 1304 Monument Dr. beachblarney.com 979/864-3414

TEXAS CITY: Mar. 4 Wrestle Fest A one-of-a-kind wrestling event right in the middle of downtown. Come early for food trucks, music and dancing. The Showboat Pavilion, 416 Sixth St. texas-city-tx.org 409/643-5919 or 409/643-5993

TEXAS CITY: Mar. 25 El Cubano Chili Cook-Off Treat your taste buds to some of the best chili anywhere at this popular annual event. El Cubano Cigars, 520 Sixth St. texas-city-tx.org 409/643-5919 or 409/655-5920

TEXAS CITY: Mar. 18 Concert, Movie and Fireworks Enjoy live music, a movie and fireworks in a beautiful setting. Bay Street Park Amphitheater, 800 Bay St. texas-city-tx.org 409/643-5990 or 409/643-5993

VICTORIA: Mar. 2-5 Livestock Show This multi-day annual event features activities such as a barbecue cook-off, a carnival, a karaoke competition, a parade, livestock judging and an auction. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. victorialivestockshow.com

VICTORIA: Mar. 4-5 “Coppelia” Victoria’s Ballet Theatre presents this must-see staging of the 19th-century comic classic. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. victoriaballet.org 361/575-2313

VICTORIA: Mar. 10-Apr. 23 Jerra and Buddy Lee Photography Exhibit See the beautiful photography of Jerra and Buddy Lee on display. The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St. navemuseum.com 361/575-8227

VICTORIA: Mar. 11 Hot Rod Takeover at the Crossroads Browse classic rides and hear live tunes at this inaugural event. Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St. hotrodtakeover.com 512/657-4616

VICTORIA: Mar. 18 Riverside Ride This fully supported bicycle ride consists of four routes, including a challenging 100K through the rolling hills of northwest Victoria County. St. Mary’s Hall, 401 S. Liberty St. riversideride.com

VICTORIA: Mar. 24-26 The Texas Mile Victoria is the new home for the Texas Mile, an internationally acclaimed showcase of automotive power. Entrants push their cars to the limit on a mile-and-a-half straightaway. Victoria Regional Airport, 609 Foster Field Dr. texasmile.net 281/303-1844

VICTORIA: Mar. 25 Polo at McFaddin Annual fundraiser for the Nave Museum and Victoria Regional Museum Association features polo matches, gourmet tailgate tastings, beer and wine, live and silent auctions, and live music. McFaddin Ranch. navemuseum.com 361/575-8227

VICTORIA: Mar. 31-Apr. 1 Quilt Fest There will be various vendors, classes, special exhibits, silent auction, a scrap dive, and of course those fabulous quilts from Victoria and surrounding counties. Holy Family Catholic Church Activity Center, 704 Mallette Dr. quiltguildvictoria.org 361/649-3417

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