November

BEAUMONT: Nov. 16 The Symphony of Southeast Texas: “A Celebration of Mozart, Rossini, and SOST!” Musical spirits come to life with the music of Rossini, Mozart, and Vaughn Williams. Hear how Mozart’s impressions live on in Rossini’s “Barber of Seville Overture,” based on the central character of Figaro from the opera bearing his name. One of Mozart’s final symphonies, No. 39, reveals the example his music had on future generations of composers. Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl St. 409-892-2257; sost.org

BRAZORIA: Nov. 14 Henry Smith Day This day honors Smith at his statue on the grounds of the Brazoria Heritage Foundation. In 1832, Smith took an active part in the Battle of Velasco. In 1833, he was elected Alcalde of the jurisdiction of Brazoria. Historical groups and elementary students come to give talks and play music to honor one of the early citizens of Brazoria. Brazoria Civic Center, 202 W. Smith. 979-824-0455; brazoriahf.org

BROWNSVILLE: Nov. 25-Jan. 1 Holiday Village A collection of 34 life-size cottages provide a glimpse through a window of a holiday scene which may be historic, cultural, or whimsical in nature. Some examples include Santa’s workshop, holiday in space, and the elf scouts’ bunkhouse. It is best viewed at night when each cottage is lit in- side and out. Santa is available to visit with children on weekends until Christmas. Dean Porter Park, 501 E. Ringgold St. 956-592- 2001; holidayvillagebrownsville.com

CLUTE: Oct. 15-Nov. 10 Moments of Light Art Show This art exhibit features different light influences. The center is closed on Mondays. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. 979-265-7661; brazosportcenter.com

CLUTE: Nov. 5, 12, 19, 22, 26 Planetarium Show The 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. 979-265-7661; brazosportcenter.com

CLUTE: Nov. 12-Jan. 3 Art Market This exhibit and sale benefits Habitat for Humanity. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. 979-265-7661; brazosportcenter.com

CLUTE: Nov. 29-Dec. 8 “Christmas Belles” This play is a Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep, and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. 979-265-7661; brazosportcenter.com

CORPUS CHRISTI: Sept. 1-Nov. 30 Parrot Talk Visitor Interaction Botanical Gar- dens visitors meet and interact with sever- al stars of the colorful exotic parrot collection along with animal care specialists and trainers. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100; stxbot.org

CORPUS CHRISTI: Sept. 1-Nov. 25 Tortoise Tales Visitor Interactions Botanical Gardens visitors may interact with and learn about the collection of large and small tortoises with the animal care specialists and trainers. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100; stxbot.org

CORPUS CHRISTI: Nov. 2 Dia de los Muertos Festival This festival is commonly named one of the top Dia de los Muertos celebrations in the country. Thousands at- tend the event each year, and many vendors sell out. Downtown Corpus Christi. 361-887-6834; diadelosmuertoscc.com

EDNA: Nov. 7-9 Texana Chili Spill
 The 19th annual event includes a veteran’s, appreciation dinner, fireworks, and a cookoff that includes salsa, Dutch oven, chili, and bean competitions. Activities include a wine garden, helicopter rides, vendors, and a horseshoe and washer tournament. Brackenridge Main Event Center, 284 Brackenridge Parkway. 361-782-5229; texanachilispill.com

FREEPORT: Nov. 10 Freeport Market Square Local vendors showcase home- made goods and farm fresh items. Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave. 979- 233-0066; facebook.com/cfhmuseum

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

GALVESTON: Oct 31-Nov. 3 Lone Star Motorcycle Rally Experience the largest four-day biker rally in the country. The event features bike shows, live concerts, and celebrity appearances. Downtown Galveston, Strand Street, and Seawall locations. lonestarrally.com

GALVESTON: Nov. 9 “Bandstand” From three-time Tony winner and “Hamilton” choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, this musical follows six soldiers as they return from war and, through the power of music, finally find a place to call home. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894; tickets.thegrand.com

GALVESTON: Nov. 12 “The Velveteen Rabbit” The power of play and childhood fancy, the pure light of unconditional love—these timeless forces illuminate Margery Williams’ tale of friendship and the passing of time. Experience a particular innocence and wisdom that has much to say about the present culture of instant gratification and disposable friends. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894; tickets.thegrand.com

GALVESTON: Nov. 16-17 “Once” Winner of eight Tony’s and a Grammy, “Once” tells the tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894; tickets.thegrand.com

GALVESTON: Nov. 22 Vienna Boys Choir For more than 500 years, the world-famous choir has delighted listeners with Strauss waltzes, classical masterpieces by Mozart and Haydn, and folk songs from around the world. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894; tickets.thegrand.com

GALVESTON: Nov. 30 “Doo-Wop Holiday” Tracing the evolution of doo-wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today, The Doo Wop Project puts a holiday spin on a show featuring Broadway stars to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—some of the greatest music in American history. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894; tickets.thegrand.com

GALVESTON: Nov. 30 ArtWalk at The Grand: A Holiday Arts Market Part of the Galveston Arts Center’s Thanksgiving Weekend ArtWalk, this holiday market features a variety of art mediums and a special appearance by Santa. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894; tickets.thegrand.com

HARLINGEN: Nov. 23 Fall Festival There is live music, food and business vendors, animal exhibits, carnival rides, and a pumpkin patch. Harlingen Field, 1216 Fair Park Blvd. 956-622-5053; visitharlingentexas.com

HOUSTON: Nov. 2 Da Camera Presents Blue Note Records 80th Birthday Celebration Celebrate the legendary jazz re- cord label with performances by three artists: Houston native and pianist James Francies, singer Kandace Springs, and Detroit saxophonist James Carter. Cullen Theatre, Wortham Theatre Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-524-5050; dacamera.com

HOUSTON: Nov. 7 A KRISTmas Gala Mr. and Mrs. Claus will welcome guests to enjoy a photobooth, dancing ornaments, live entertainment and bid on curated live and silent auctions with the program by Emcee CW39’s Sharron Melton. The Carole and Ronald Krist Samaritan Counseling Center invites everyone to get into the holiday spirit and support the Center’s mission by purchasing a sponsorship or tickets to the gala. Hotel ZaZa mdonnelly@samaritanhouston.org 713.907.2883.

HOUSTON: Nov. 9 Da Camera Presents “A Woman’s Life: The Diary of Virginia Woolf” Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano joins Artistic Di- rector Sarah Rothenberg in this musical, literary, and visual exploration of artist- women’s lives. Two exquisite song cycles depict radically different views of a woman’s life, a century apart. Composer Robert Schumann tells the story of “a woman’s life and loves.” The poetic inner world of Woolf, one of the 20th century’s most brilliant writers, comes alive in Dominick Argento’s Pulitzer Prize-winning monodrama. Zilkha Hall, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. 713-524- 5050; dacamera.com

HOUSTON: Nov. 10 International Risotto Festival Enjoy delicious Italian creations from top Houston chefs, wine, music, entertainment, exotic cars, a charity auction, designer showroom tours, and activities for kids. This year’s festival benefits BEAR—BE A Resource for CPS Kids, a non- profit organization that provides hope and help for more than 10,000 abused and neglected children along with the caseworkers who protect them within Harris County. More than 75 of Houston’s finest chefs have competed to help raise more than $750,000 for local charities in the 14 productions of the festival since 2000. Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road. 713-864-2660; risottofestival.com

HOUSTON: Nov. 14-18 Houston Cinema Arts Festival This five-day, multi-venue festival includes a multitude of narrative and documentary films, an interactive video installation gallery, live multimedia performances, panel discussions, Meet the Makers workshops, and free outdoor and student field-trip screenings. In its relatively short history, HCAS has brought no- table guest artists such as Tilda Swinton, Alex Gibney, Guillermo Arriaga, Isabella Rossellini, John Turturro, Shirley MacLaine, Rick Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Fisher Stevens, Robert Redford, Tracy Letts, James Ivory, Julie Taymor, Will Forte, and Thomas Haden Church to the festival. Various locations, 4409 Montrose Blvd. 713-429-0420; cinemahtx.org

HOUSTON: Nov. 25 Houston Concierge Associations 13th Annual Golf Tournament – The Houston Concierge Association’s 13th Annual Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at the Wildcat Golf Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit The HCA Endowment Scholarship Fund for the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Wildcat Golf Club. 713-385-6960, www.houstonconciergeassn.org

LAKE JACKSON: Nov. 2 Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour Visit the historic archeological site of Maj. 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, 1030 FM 2004. 979-297-1570; ljhistory.org

LAKE JACKSON: Nov. 5 The Great Out- doors Symphony Show The Brazosport Symphony Orchestra performs music in- spired by the great outdoors. The Clarion, 500 College Drive. 979-230-3658; brazosport.edu/clarion

LAKE JACKSON: Nov. 16 Bird Banding Watch 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 about all the birds of the Brazosport area. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332. 979-480- 0999; gcbo.org

LAKE JACKSON: Nov. 21-24 Festival of Lights Kickoff the holiday season with snow, a carnival, games, and a parade. Carnival runs Thursday-Sunday. Official tree lighting ceremony is on Friday. Entertainment, games, snow, ice skating, and parade are on Saturday. Lake Jackson Civic Center, 333 SH 332. 979-415-2600; lakejackson-tx.gov

LAMAR: Nov. 2 Lamar Market Days The Lamar Fire department hosts this fundraiser that features a giant garage sale, plant sale, and barbecue plate sale with home desserts. Lamar Fire Dept. 361-205-0070; rockport-fulton.org

QUINTANA: Nov. 2 Pollinator Palooza What are pollinators and why are they so important? Come find out at this free event with craft activities for kids, and live bees and butterflies. Look through the micro- scope, talk with beekeepers, and learn how to plant for pollinators. Quintana Beach County Park, 330 Fifth St. 979-233- 1461; brazoria-county.com/parks

RICHMOND: Nov. 2 Saturday Spotlight: Plein Air Painting En plein air is the act of painting outdoors. Watch local artists find inspiration throughout George Ranch Historical Park. The day ends with a special public reception and showing of the art created at the park on that day. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road. 281-343-0218; georgeranch.org

RICHMOND: Nov. 9 Saturday Spotlight: Veteran’s Day In honor of Veteran’s Day, get a taste of soldier life in multiple eras and learn about the conflicts that helped shape this one Texas family. Admission for veterans and active-duty military personnel and their families is free on this day. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road. 281-343-0218; georgeranch.org

RICHMOND: Nov. 14-17 Buster & Sheryl McLaury Horsemanship and Cow- Working Clinic Learn how to develop a stronger, safer bond with your horse through a deeper understanding of the horse/human relationship, and simple, yet precise exercises. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road. 281-343-0218; georgeranch.org

RICHMOND: Nov. 16 Saturday Spotlight: Candle-Making Make candles to prepare for winter at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm. Walk through this important 19th-century task and learn about this complicated process. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road. 281-343-0218; georgeranch.org

RICHMOND: Nov. 30 Before Thanksgiving was Thanksgiving Historic Lunch Though Thanksgiving as we know it is one of our more modern holidays, its roots lie in the harvest festival traditions of our ancestors. Journey back in time to the beginnings of this important holiday for a special meal at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm, which includes a whole roasted hog. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road. 281-343-0218; georgeranch.org

ROCKPORT: Nov. 2-3 Rockport Film Festival This event celebrates the best of independent cinema on the Texas coast. Show- casing shorts, features, documentaries, animations, and student films, the three-day event highlights talent from Texas and be- yond. Rockport Center for the Arts, Austin Street. 361-729-5519; rockportartcenter.com

ROCKPORT: Nov. 9 Art Center Market Second Saturday Member artists exhibit and sell their unique and one-of-a-kind fine art, photography, jewelry, pottery, wood carving, yard art, fiber art, and more. Live music and food truck on-site. Down- town Rockport, Austin Street. 361-729- 5519; rockportartcenter.com

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Nov. 15-17 Rockport-Fulton Market Days More than 100 vendors and live music add extra fun during the third weekend of the month. The pet-friendly market offers more than a dozen food trucks and food vendors, with seating in the shade. Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 100 Seabreeze. 361-463-0125

ROSENBERG: Nov. 2 Seabourne Nature Fest The eighth annual free festival by the Coastal Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists offers many family-friendly activities. Visitors can see butterflies, alligators, snakes, hawks, and owls, and see beekeepers at work. Kids enjoy a petting zoo, crafts, and face painting. Experts lead nature walks, and there is an edible plant display, prairie walks, hayrides, musical entertainment, food trucks, and native plants and seeds. Seabourne Creek Nature Park, 3831 SH S. 281-663-7033; txmn.org

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Nov. 2 SPI Mariachi Run This 5K/10K run is infused with live mariachi music. Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark & Resort, 100 Padre Blvd. 956-761-3000; sopadre.com

SPRING: Sept. 10-Jan. 11 “Grand Canyon Photographs: Celebrating the Centennial” This timely exhibition commemorates the establishment of Grand Canyon National Park 100 years ago. Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, 6815 Cypresswood Drive. 281-376-6322; pearlmfa.org

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 9 Sugar Land Heritage Hike This historic walking tour takes one back to the time when Sugar Land was a company town, with virtually all enterprises managed by the Imperial Sugar Company or its affiliate, Sugarland Indus- tries. Sugar Land Heritage Museum & Visitor Center, 198 Kempner St., Building B, Second Floor. 281-275-2045; slheritag.org

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 8 Opry on the Square Enjoy “Country Now and Then,” featuring country favorites that appeal to all generations of country music fans. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. 281-276- 6000; sugarlandtownsquare.com

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 11 Sara Bareilles in Concert Bareilles brings her Amidst The Chaos Tour to Texas. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. 281-207-6278; smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Nov. 23 Sleeping Beauty Dreams Contemporary dance meets real- time avatar-mapping projection technology and contemporary music to create a new kind of multidimensional scenic experience. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. 281-207-6278; smartfinancialcentre.net

TOMBALL: Nov. 23 Holiday Parade
The 55th annual parade has more than
175 festive entries with more than 40,000 in attendance. Main Street, FM 2920 from the railroad tracks to Buvinghausen Street. 281-351-7222; tomballchamber.org

VICTORIA: Sept. 26-Nov. 3 Madeline O’Connor Exhibit The exhibit features a well-known and respected local artist whose art is an abstraction from nature. The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St. 361-575-8227; navemuseum.com

VICTORIA: Nov. 7 Victoria Main Street Harvest Dinner Enjoy a delicious dinner under shady oaks. DeLeon Plaza, 101 N. Main St. 361-578-0060; victoriamainstreet.org

VICTORIA: Nov. 14-17 “Over the River and Through the Woods” Theatre Victoria presents this funny and touching comedy by Joe DiPietro. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. 361-570- 8587; theatrevictoria.org

VICTORIA: Nov. 21-Jan. 12 GAGA—The Exquisite Rainbow Corpse Redux Exhibit Members of the Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association blindly select paint swatches and create works based on those selections. The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St. 361-575-8227; navemuseum.com

 

October

ALVIN: Oct. 5 Oktoberfest The 13th annual Alvin Lutheran Church Oktoberfest celebrates German heritage with a delicious meal of smoked pork loin, red cabbage, German potato salad, sauerkraut, smoked sausage, tea, and water. Other foods include hot dogs, sausage on a stick, and many homemade desserts. Live entertainment is provided by Nick and The Groove, and there are live and silent auctions, games, and craft booths. Fifty percent of proceeds go to support local charities. Alvin Lutheran Church Phone: 281-331-5457 Website: alvinlutheran.org

BAYTOWN: Oct. 26 Heritage Scaritage Festival Ring in fall with arts and crafts vendors, delicious festival food, tours of the authentic 1894 one-room school and 1910 farmhouse, living history re-enactments, wool spinning demonstrations, an Indian tipi, fiddle/banjo music, scarecrows, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and games. Republic of Texas Plaza Phone: 281-421-2099 Website: baytownhistory.org

BEAUMONT: Oct. 5 The Symphony of Southeast Texas: “The Piano Man Meets the Rocket Man” Remember when rock was young? The Pops program of the music of Elton John and Billy Joel rekindles those great memories provided by these pop music icons. Hear “Just The Way You Are,” “Piano Man,” “Circle of Life,” and more hits. Julie Rogers Theatre Phone: 409-892-2257 Website: sost.org

BEAUMONT: Oct. 5 Fire Prevention and Family Safety Festival Join Beaumont Fire Rescue and the Fire Museum of Texas as they partner with area businesses for a fun day of presenting safety techniques and behaviors to your family. There are exciting demonstrations, a children’s bounce zone, free lunch and snacks, and an opportunity to learn potentially life-saving techniques for the entire family. Best of all, everything is free. Fire Museum of Texas Phone: 409-880-3927 Website: fmotassn.com

BEAUMONT: Oct. 12 Oktoberfest Celebrate the German folk festival, Oktoberfest, with a live polka performance by The Royal Klobasneks and food available for purchase. Don’t forget about the beer, which is sold at a large beer garden. Roger’s Park Phone: 409-838-3435 Website: discoverbeaumont.com

BEAUMONT: Oct. 12 Dogtoberfest Hosted by Beaumont Main Street, Dogtoberfest is located in “Central Bark,” the green area next to the Julie Rogers Theatre. Enjoy the dog parade, a dog show, and contests throughout the event. Blue Daves Barbecue and Dat Mac provide the food. Sodas and water are available for purchase. Julie Rogers Theatre Phone: 409-838-2202 Website: dogtoberfestbeaumont.com

BEAUMONT: Oct. 19 Pumpkin Walk Use your creativity to decorate or carve a pumpkin and enter it in the contest. The “Best” pumpkin in several categories is selected by ballot and prizes are awarded, so gather your friends and family to come vote on your favorites. This event also includes a “haunted” tour of the 1845 French home with costumed actors portraying departed French family members, a haunted hay ride on the grounds, and a pumpkin craft for the kids (while they last). John Jay French Museum Phone: 409-898-0348 Website: beaumontheritage.org

BEAUMONT: Oct. 24 Haunted Halloween Happy Hour Wander the halls of this historic 1906 Chambers home with a one-of-a-kind look into the past. Guests of all ages enjoy a peek into the lives of departed Chambers family members portrayed by costumed actors. The dearly departed are present for one night only, so make plans to see them during this brief special appearance. Giglio Distributing Co. is showcasing seasonal craft beer, with wine and non-alcoholic beverages also available. Chambers House Museum Phone: 409-832-4010 Website: beaumontheritage.org

BEAUMONT: Oct. 26 Dinosaur Day This educational program features outdoor activities for children to learn about dinosaurs and how fossils are found and studied. Activities include talks by professional “dinosaur hunters,” making huge papier-mâché dinosaurs, searching for real fossils, and hands-on activities. Every visitor can help make and paint huge papier-mâché dinosaurs and excavate their own dinosaur replica from a “fossil-pit.” Children’s take-home activities include making paper rubbings of fossils, creating a stegosaurus hat, casting fossilized shells, and making fossil replicas. Texas Energy Museum Phone: 409-833-5100 Website: texasenergymuseum.org

BRAZORIA: Oct. 15-31 Pumpkin Patch Pumpkins are for sale and decorated for children’s photos. Brazoria Civic Center Phone: 979-824-0455 Website: brazoriahf.org

CLUTE: Sept. 10-Oct. 13 Wild @ Art 2 Show Enjoy an art exhibit featuring wildlife. The center is closed on Mondays. Center for the Arts & Sciences Phone: 979-265-7661 Website: brazosportcenter.com

CLUTE: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 25, 29 Planetarium Show The 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 Phone: 979-265-7661 Website: brazosportcenter.com

CLUTE: Oct. 15-Nov. 10 Moments of Light Art Show This art exhibit features different light influences. The center is closed on Mondays. Center for the Arts & Sciences Phone: 979-265-7661 Website: brazosportcenter.com

CLUTE: Oct. 24 Harvest Fun Fest Celebrate the season with games and costumes. Clute Municipal Park Phone: 979-265-8392 Website: clutetexas.gov

CORPUS CHRISTI: Sept. 1-Nov. 25 Tortoise Tales Visitor Interactions Botanical Gardens visitors may interact with and learn about the collection of large and small tortoises with the animal care specialists and trainers. Photo opportunities are available. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center Phone: 361-852-2100 Website: stxbot.org

CORPUS CHRISTI: Sept. 1-Nov. 30 Parrot Talk Visitor Interaction Botanical Gardens visitors meet and interact with several stars of the most popular, colorful exotic parrot collection with animal care specialists and trainers. Photo opportunities are available. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center Phone: 361-852-2100 Website: stxbot.org

CORPUS CHRISTI: Oct. 11 Moonlight in the Tropics Dusk on the water, the moon rising to a starry sky, the warmth of soft music, palm trees in the breeze, the sounds of Jimmy Buffett in the background, plus drinks and island appetizers transport you to Moonlight in the Tropics. Enjoy a silent auction, pictures with parrots, a superb dinner, and dancing throughout the night. Colorful and tropical casual attire, sandals, or flip-flops are encouraged. This event benefits environmental programming and conservation at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center Phone: 361-852-2100 Website: stxbot.org

CORPUS CHRISTI: Oct. 19 Las Cafeteras in Concert Born and raised east of the Los Angeles River, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern-day stories. Las Cafeteras creates a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone), and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center Phone: 361-825-2787 Website: https://pac.tamucc.edu/events.html

EDNA: Oct. 26 BRC Spooktacular Trail and Carnival The eighth annual event includes a costume contest, pumpkin contest, best campsite/cabin decorating contest, carnival games, hayrides, a craft zone, and a haunted trail. Texana Park and Campground Pavilion Phone: 361-782-5456 Website: brackenridgepark.com

EL CAMPO: Oct. 5 Prairie Days Festival The 11th annual festival is free for all with live music all day. Festivities include craft and food booths and children’s activities. Alamo Park Phone: 979-543-2713 Website: elcampoprairiedays.com

FREEPORT: Oct. 13 Freeport Market Square Local vendors showcase homemade goods and farm fresh items. Freeport Historical Museum Phone: 979-233-0066 Website: facebook.com/cfhmuseum

FREEPORT: Oct. 26 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 Phone: 979-297-0868 Website: facebook.com/brazoshistoricalsociety

GALVESTON: Oct. 5 “Million Dollar Quartet” The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is inspired by the electrifying true story of December 4, 1956, when four young musicians—Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins—gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions ever. The Grand 1894 Opera House Phone: 800-821-1894 Website: thegrand.com

GALVESTON: Oct. 10 “Miss Nelson Has a Field Day”A Serious Fun Children’s Series performance at The Grand, this production is a fun-filled musical adaptation by Dallas Children’s Theatre, based on the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall. The Grand 1894 Opera House Phone: 800-821-1894 Website: thegrand.com

GALVESTON: Oct. 12 “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!” Written by Samuel Gallu, this faithful and often humorous portrayal of President Harry S. Truman’s life and presidency spans his childhood, his “political apprenticeship” as a judge in Jackson County, MO, his years in the U.S. Senate, and his two terms as President. Actor James Whitmore originated the role in 1975. Clifton Truman Daniel took up the mantle in 2017, marking the first time in history a US President would be portrayed onstage by a direct descendant—in this case, his oldest grandson. The Grand 1894 Opera House Phone: 800-821-1894 Website: thegrand.com

GALVESTON: Oct. 13 Galveston Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Trond Saeverud, this concert features Ethel Smyth, Wreckers Overture; Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 2; Evelyn Chen, piano; and Beethoven, Symphony No. 7. The Grand 1894 Opera House Phone: 800-821-1894 Website: thegrand.com

GALVESTON: Oct. 19-20 ArtOberFest This juried fine art festival features various artists, food, and music on Postoffice Street amid Galveston’s Victorian architecture. Postoffice Street Website: artoberfest.com

GALVESTON: Oct. 25 “Jekyll & Hyde”—Silent Film with Rob Landes on the Organ An annual Halloween tradition, Rob Landes reprises his specially created, totally improvised musical score for the showing of the silent film “Jekyll & Hyde.” The Grand 1894 Opera House Phone: 800-821-1894 Website: thegrand.com

GALVESTON: Oct. 25-26 Island Oktoberfest Enjoy a full weekend of food, drinks, live performances, and dancing. Attendees are encouraged to dress in traditional German costumes. First Lutheran Church Website: islandoktoberfest.com

GALVESTON: Oct. 26 Sir James Galway, Flautist—80th Birthday Celebration Tour Globally renowned as a supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and recipient of the Gramophone Lifetime Achievement award in 2014, Sir James Galway is a performer whose appeal transcends all musical boundaries. The Grand 1894 Opera House Phone: 800-821-1894 Website: thegrand.com

GALVESTON: Oct 31-Nov. 3 Lone Star Motorcycle Rally Experience the largest four-day biker rally in the country. The event features bike shows, live concerts, and celebrity appearances. Downtown Galveston Website: lonestarrally.com

GROVES: Oct. 24-27 Pecan Festival This local, small-town festival has food, rides, crafts, a parade, and a pageant. Lions Park Phone: 409-962-3631

HARLINGEN: Oct. 31 Halloween on Jackson Street Enjoy free trick-or-treating in downtown Harlingen. There are food trucks, a haunted house, and a costume parade. Downtown Harlingen Phone: 956-622-5053 Website: visitharlingentexas.com

HOUSTON: March 11-Oct. 1 Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki This work comprises six sculptures that invite park visitors to engage with sound in unusual and playful ways. It was created for the High Museum of Art by Yuri Suzuki—a Japan-born, London-based sound artist, designer and electronic musician. Discovery Green Phone: 713-400-7336 Website: discoverygreen.com

HOUSTON: Oct. 4 Da Camera Presents Jon Scofield Quartet Powerhouse jazz guitarist John Scofield makes his long-awaited first appearance on Da Camera’s stage. Scofield’s stint with Miles Davis from 1982 to 1985 placed him firmly in the forefront of jazz as a player and composer. Since that time, he has prominently led his own groups, recorded over 30 albums as a leader, and collaborated with greats including Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, and Jack DeJohnette. Cullen Theatre, Wortham Theatre Center Phone: 713-524-5050 Website: dacamera.com

HOUSTON: Oct. 4-20 “Salt, Root, and Roe” On the remote coast of Wales, 80-year-old twins Anest and Iola are determined to live out their twilight years on their own terms—even agreeing to face death together. But Anest’s daughter, Menna, returns home to inspire the sisters to face life instead. “Salt, Root, and Roe” is a poetic masterwork about the nature of change, the comfort of home, and the eternal bond of love. Stages Repertory Theatre Phone: 713-527-0123 Website: stagestheatre.com

HOUSTON: Oct. 5-6 Korean Festival The Korean American Society of Houston is proud to present the 11th annual festival. Partnered with dozens of global and local sponsors, the Korean Festival serves over 40,000 visitors and brings a truly exhilarating and spectacular experience to the heart of Houston. You can expect a great weekend of amazing food, interactive games, and special guest performances on the main stage. Discovery Green Phone: 713-400-7336 Website: https://www.visithoustontexas.com/event/korean-festival-houston/61851/

HOUSTON: Oct. 10-12 “Colony” The Aura Contemporary Ensemble and Psophonia Dance Company present “Colony,” the depiction of a bee colony through music and dance. Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston Phone: 713-521-4533 Website: matchouston.org

HOUSTON: Oct. 12-13 Bayou City Art Festival The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA) celebrates 48 years of art for all and giving back to local nonprofits as it spotlights 300 artists representing 19 different disciplines. Houston’s largest art festival transforms the streets of downtown into artistic avenues bursting with colors and culture. As one of the top fine art festivals in the country, the weekend event provides patrons with the opportunity to personally meet artists, view original works, and purchase world-class art, prints, jewelry, and sculptures. There is live music throughout the festival along with entertainment, beverage stations, and food trucks. Downtown Houston Phone: 713-521-0133 Website: artcolonyassociation.org

HOUSTON: Oct. 17 Jerusalem Quartet in Concert In its fifth appearance for Chamber Music Houston, The Jerusalem Quartet brings its warm, full sound and phenomenal interpretations of the classical repertoire. Prepare for the stunning depth of expression in this demanding program which includes Korngold’s hidden gem from the 1930s, with tumbling energy, unbounded lyricism, and seductive Viennese charm. Rice University—Alice Pratt Brown Hall—Stude Concert Hall Phone: 713-348-5400 Website: chambermusichouston.org/concerts/2019-10-17-jerusalem-string-quartet

HOUSTON: Oct. 21 Da Camera Presents Quartetto di Cremona Revel in the musical riches of Italy. Named for the small city that was home to the great stringed instrument makers Amati and Stradivari, Quartetto di Cremona makes its Houston debut. Hear rarely heard gems by Verdi, Puccini, and Respighi, performed by Italy’s leading ensemble on instruments made by Guadagnini, Testore, Torazzi, and Amati. The Menil Collection Phone: 713-524-5050 Website: dacamera.com

HUMBLE: Oct. 21-22 Kingwood Women’s Club Holiday Marketplace Shop for thousands of unique items in jewelry, holiday decor, clothing, and gourmet food from over a 100 dealers. All proceeds benefit community charities. This is a two-day event, with a preview party Monday night featuring a silent auction, raffle, wine and appetizers, and shopping. Tuesday, shop all day and buy raffle tickets for all kinds of goodies. Advance tickets required for preview party. Humble Civic Center Phone: 281-361-4805 Website: kingwoodwomensclub.org

LAKE JACKSON: Oct. 5 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 Phone: 979-297-1570 Website: ljhistory.org

LAKE JACKSON: Oct. 12 Eagles Tribute Show The Brazosport Symphony Orchestra performs Hotel California by the Eagles. The Clarion Phone: 979-230-3658 Website: brazosport.edu/clarion Website: brazosport.edu/business-community/clarion

LAKE JACKSON: Oct. 19 Bird Banding Watch 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 about all the birds of the Brazosport area. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory Phone: 979-480-0999 Website: gcbo.org

LAKE JACKSON: Oct. 26 Pumpkin Patio Party Bring your pumpkin to carve, enjoy hot cider or sweet tea; play fun lawn games. Lake Jackson Historical Museum Phone: 979-297-1570 Website: ljhistory.org

LAKE JACKSON: Oct. 27 Halloween Spooktacular Dress up in a Halloween costume and enjoy crafts, games, and other special programs around the fish-filled, floor-to-ceiling aquariums. Sea Center Texas Phone: 979-292-0100 Website: tpwd.texas.gov/fishing/sea-center-texas

PALACIOS: Oct. 18-19 1940s Tour of the Luther Step back in time to the Luther Hotel during the heyday of WWII. Highlighting both local veterans and celebrities like Shirley Temple, who visited the hotel during the 1940s, live actors reveal the town’s story of the war, life by life, room by room. All profits go to the Luther Renovation Fund to preserve and protect this historic jewel. Luther Hotel Phone: 361-554-3122

PALACIOS: Oct. 26 Pedal Palacios Bike along quiet country roads with water views and multiple ride options. Enjoy a flat and friendly ride. Proceeds benefit Palacios hike and bike trails and tourist information. Fourth Street Rail Car Pavilion Phone: 361-972-2615 Website: pedalpalacios.org

PALACIOS: Oct. 26 Monstrous 5K Run Bash by the Sea Come light the night for a great cause: the Boys and Girls Club of Palacios. Dress up in costumes that glow as you “trunk or treat” around the course. City Park Phone: 361-972-2642 Website: palacioskids.org

PEARLAND: Oct. 31 Trick or Treat Trail The 17th annual event is intended to create a safe and fun Halloween experience for families to grab some tasty treats. Independence Park Website: pearlandparks.com

PORT ARANSAS: Sept. 13-Oct. 26 Beachtoberfest With fewer crowds and the best weather of the year, Port A’s Beachtoberfest is a must for every music, food, and culture lover in Texas. Beachtoberfest features events on seven consecutive weekends. Activities include the Texas Super Chef Throwdown Series, Beach Pumpkin Hustle Fun Run, the Harvest Moon Regatta, Fishing for the Fallen Veterans Benefit Tournament, Port A Jailbreak Obstacle Course Race, Old Town Fest and Surf Fest, and Shoptoberfest. Various locations Phone: 361-749-5919 Website: visitportaransas.com

PORT ARTHUR: Oct. 26-27 Mistletoe Market Get ready for the Christmas shopping season with vendors and events to support United Way of Mid and South Jefferson County. Shop clothing, jewelry, decor, and gifts. Robert A. Bob Bowers Civic Center Phone: 791-729-4040

RICHMOND: Oct. 5 Saturday Spotlight: Fall Roundup Put on your best Stetson for a cattle drive experience. The fall cattle drives of old generally kicked off in early October, so in honor of this tradition, join us as we bring the cattle to “market” at our reproduction rail car. George Ranch Historical Park Phone: 281-343-0218 Website: georgeranch.org

RICHMOND: Oct. 12 Saturday Spotlight: Winter is Coming! Even in Texas’ milder climate, the winter months were a time of change in a historic southeast Texas household. Help change curtains, cover furniture, and prepare lanterns for long winter nights. George Ranch Historical Park Phone: 281-343-0218 Website: georgeranch.org

RICHMOND: Oct. 26 Texian Market Days Festival Discover more than 150 years of Texas history at the 36th annual festival with battle re-enactments, live music, pioneers, cowboys, and historic home tours. George Ranch Historical Park Phone: 281-343-0218 Website: texianmarketdays.com

RICHMOND: Oct. 31 Ghosts and Grub Adults and children 12 and older are invited to a ghostly good time at this after-hours Halloween event. George Ranch Historical Park Phone: 281-343-0218 Website: georgeranch.org

ROCKPORT: Oct. 12 Art Center Market Second Saturday Member artists exhibit and sell their unique and one-of-a-kind fine art, photography, jewelry, pottery, wood carving, yard art, fiber art, and more. Live music and food truck on site. Downtown Rockport Phone: 361-729-5519 Website: rockportartcenter.com

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Oct. 4-5 Rockport-Fulton Shopping Tournament Shop ‘til-you-drop at the seventh annual shopping tournament. Get a team of four players and join the shopping game with prizes, food, and fun. Various locations Phone: 361-729-6445 Website: acedfoundation.org

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Oct. 10-13 Rockport-Fulton Seafair Right on the Aransas Navigation District festival grounds, the 45th annual festival has live big-name and local entertainment, including headliner Tracy Byrd Friday night. Enjoy a gumbo cookoff, hilarious crab races, arts and crafts, a market, food vendors, an outdoor boat and outdoor expo, a car show, and a kayak race. Aransas Navigation Festival Grounds Phone: 361-729-6445 Website: rockportseafair.com

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Oct. 18-20 Rockport-Fulton Market Days More than 100 vendors and live music add extra fun during the third weekend of the month. The pet-friendly market offers more than a dozen food trucks and food vendors, with seating in the shade. Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor Phone: 361-463-0125

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Oct. 3-6 Sand Castle Days More than 30,000 fans watch the sand come alive as sand artists qualify for the World Championship of Sand Sculpting. Clayton’s Beach Bar & Grill Phone: 956-761-3000

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Oct. 11-13 Walk for Women This 16th annual fundraising event helps local women battling breast cancer with financial prosthetic and diagnostic support. South Padre Island Convention Centre Phone: 956-761-3000 Website: sopadre.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Oct. 19-20 SPI Fishing Days An official fishing and boating exposition featuring local boat dealers and gear. South Padre Island Convention Centre Phone: 956-761-3000 Website: sopadre.com

SPRING: Sept. 10-Jan. 11“Grand Canyon Photographs: Celebrating the Centennial” This timely exhibition commemorates the establishment of Grand Canyon National Park 100 years ago. Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts Phone: 281-376-6322 Website: pearlmfa.org

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 5, 19; Oct. 3, 17 Movies on The Lawn Come out to The Lawn at First Colony on the first and third Thursday of each month for Movies on The Lawn. The Lawn at First Colony Phone: 281-265-6123 Website: firstcolonymall.com

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 14; Oct. 12; Nov. 9 Sugar Land Heritage Hike This historic walking tour takes one back to the time when Sugar Land was a company town, with virtually all enterprises managed by the Imperial Sugar Company or its affiliate, Sugarland Industries. Sugar Land Heritage Museum & Visitor Center Phone: 281-275-2045 Website: slheritag.org

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 3 Styx in Concert The multiplatinum rock band makes their Sugar Land debut as part of the Bud Light Concert Series. Rock out to hits like “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” and “Too Much Time on My Hands.”Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land Phone: 281-207-6278 Website: smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 5 Town Square Tribute: ZZ Top Cover ZZ Roxx is a little ol’ band from Houston that pays tribute to the legendary ZZ Top. Sugar Land Town Square Phone: 281-276-6000 Website: sugarlandtownsquare.com

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 9 Greta Van Fleet: March of the Peaceful Army Greta Van Fleet have taken the rock world by storm selling out venues all over the world. Now they bring their high voltage show to Smart Financial Centre. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land Phone: 281-207-6278 Website: smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 10 Gloria Trevi in Concert with Special Guest Karol G Gloria Trevi returns to Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land with Special Guest Karol G for the Diosa De La Noche tour. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land Phone: 281-207-6278 Website: smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: 12 Marco Antonio Solis in Concert Romantic idol, Marco Antonio Solís, one of the most celebrated, legendary, and beloved figures in Latin music due to his authenticity, modesty and his more than four decades of uninterrupted career, returns to the United States with a new chapter in his successful and spectacular tour, Y La Historia Continúa. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land Phone: 281-207-6278 Website: smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 18 Juan Luis Guerra in Concert Three-time Grammy and 21-time Latin Grammy winner Juan Luis Guerra and his band 4.40 return to Sugar Land with his international tour, Literal. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land Phone: 281-207-6278 Website: smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 19 Movie Under the Moon Bring family, friends, and lawn chairs to the Plaza to enjoy a free movie under the moon. This month’s showing is “Hotel Transylvania 3.”Sugar Land Town Square Phone: 281-276-6000 Website: sugarlandtownsquare.com

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 19 Logic in Concert From a rabid underground sensation to his rapid rise at the top of the hip hop world, Logic hits the Smart Financial Centre stage. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land Phone: 281-207-6278 Website: smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 24 “Peppa Pig Live! Peppa’s Adventure” This all-new, action-packed live show features familiar characters as life-size puppets and costume characters. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land Phone: 281-207-6278 Website: smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 26 Banda El Recodo & Mariachi Vargas de Tecatitlánx Banda El Recodo and Mariachi Vargas de Tecatitlán, two of the most legendary bands in the history of Mexican music, which through their incomparable careers have represented Mexico worldwide, will join forces for a historic tour that celebrates their unquestionable cultural legacy. The extensive tour, 200 Años, takes its name from the time that together the two groups have remained relevant, present, and successful. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land Phone: 281-207-6278 Website: smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 27 “We Will Rock You” With the recent Oscar-winning film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the music of Queen is more popular than ever. In 2002, many of those hits were compiled into this rock musical experience, which hits the road once again for a North American tour. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land Phone: 281-207-6278 Website: smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 26 Model Train Festival Enjoy visiting layouts, vendors, and movies in the museum and across the street in the Showboat. Texas City Museum Phone: 409-229-1660 Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/605968066502072/

VICTORIA: Sept. 26-Nov. 3 Madeline O’Connor Exhibit The exhibit of a well-known and respected local artist whose art is an abstraction from nature. The Nave Museum Phone: 361-575-8227 Website: navemuseum.com

VICTORIA: Oct. 4-5 Bootfest Two day free festival with a variety of activities for all ages. Features Texas country music recording artists, western crafts and performers, a free kids’ corral, and food and merchandise vendors. DeLeon Plaza Phone: 361-485-3116 Website: bootfest.org

VICTORIA: Oct. 17 Chad Prather, Star-Spangled Banter Comedy Tour Rising star comedian Chad Prather brings the laughs with a live set. Presented by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Victoria Fine Arts Center Phone: 361-576-4500 Website: victoriasymphony.com

VICTORIA: Oct. 18-20 The Texas Mile Named one of the top speed events in the world, drivers from around the country push the limits of their vehicles on the one-mile track at the Victoria Regional Airport. Victoria Regional Airport Phone: 281-303-1844 Website: texasmile.net

VICTORIA: Oct. 23-24 South Texas Farm and Ranch Show This two day show features over 125 booths of the latest agricultural advancements, technology, and farm and ranch machinery, as well as 30 to 40 speakers addressing current issues in the agricultural industry. Victoria Community Center Phone: 361-575-4581 Website: southtexasfarmandranchshow.com

VICTORIA: Oct. 24 Symphonic Spooktacular Bring the kids for a fun night of music and costumes. Presented by the Victoria Symphony. Victoria Fine Arts Center Phone: 361-576-4500 Website: victoriasymphony.com

VICTORIA: Oct. 25-26 Cemetery Tour An evening tour of historic cemeteries featuring re-enactors in an educational and entertaining setting looking back into Victoria County’s rich history. Evergreen Cemetery Phone: 361-573-1878 Website: victoriapreservation.com

VICTORIA: Oct. 26 “East Meets West” with Changlu Wu Victoria Symphony presents a concert featuring Changlu Wu on the pipa. Victoria Fine Arts Center Phone: 361-576-4500 Website: victoriasymphony.com

WEST COLUMBIA: Oct. 5 Hoggtoberfest Celebrate the season and learn about harvest time on an 1800s plantation. Hayrides, crafts, sugar cane, storytelling, and more. Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site Phone: 979-345-4656 Website: visitvarnerhoggplantation.com

WEST COLUMBIA: Oct. 26 An Eerie Evening at Varner-Hogg Plantation A spooky nighttime stroll through the woods to the plantation’s 1840s era Patton Family Cemetery. Learn about mortality on the plantation during the 1800s and the dangers of the early Texas wilderness. Then, step into the plantation house for a candlelit look at the death of the site’s last owner, Governor James S. Hogg, and the effect it had on his family, as well as his plantation.Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site Phone: 979-245-4656 Website: visitvarnerhoggplantation.com

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