June

ARANSAS PASS: Jun. 9-11 Shrimporee The largest shrimp festival in Texas, now in its 69th year, offers live entertainment and dancing all weekend, as well as culinary events, carnival rides, and a parade. Johnson Community Park, 200 E. Johnson. aransaspass.org 361/758-2750

BEAUMONT: Jun. 3 Spindletop Spin Riders on four routes travel through scenic Southeast Texas and the Big Thicket National Preserve. The Event Centre, 700 Crockett St. spindletopspin.com 409/839-2332

CORPUS CHRISTI: Jun. 3 Advanced Birding Specialties: Dynamics of Migration Fascinating lecture explores timing of migration and range deviations of various bird species, related to climate and other environmental developments, with noted birder, naturalist, educator, and author Gene Blacklock. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361/852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Jun. 24 “Focus” on Nature: Adult Photography Workshop Get the basics of digital nature photography and how to take better pictures from Wildlife in Focus’ Susan Chilcoat, with lecture, coaching, and critique. Learn how to take the “wow” shot to preserve floral beauty and nature for years to come. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361/852-2100

EAST BERNARD: Jun. 10 Czech Kolache Klobase Festival Enjoy music, dancing, entertainment, arts and crafts, food, raffles, children’s activities, and plenty of kolaches for sale. Riverside Hall, 14643 Buls Road. kkfest.com 979/335-7907

FREEPORT: Jun. 24 Schuster Home Open House Built by the Schuster family in 1917, the same year the city of Freeport was incorporated, this home was a special place for family gatherings and holidays. The home serves as an example of family life during the founding of Freeport. Schuster Home, 1130 W. Second St. 979/297-0868

FREEPORT: Jun. 28-Jul. 2 Fishin’ Fiesta Since 1947, fisherman have been drawn to this fishing tournament each year in the hopes of catching the biggest redfish, barracuda, or any other fish. Sponsored by the Freeport Lions Club, the event offers carnival rides, food, live entertainment, dances, and arts and crafts. The fishing tournament is one of the largest on the Gulf and includes prizes for both offshore and inshore categories. Fireworks display on Friday night. Freeport Municipal Park, 421 Brazosport Blvd. fishinfiesta.com 979/233-5137

GALVESTON: Jun. 3 AIA Sandcastle Competition The public is invited to watch more than 60 teams compete for the prestigious Golden Bucket Award. Architects will begin generating ideas, developing designs, and assigning duties months in advance. On the day of the event, the teams stretch along the beachfront, meticulously sculpt their piles of sand, and work nonstop for five hours. Galveston Beach, 1923 Boddeker Road. aiahouston.org

GALVESTON: Jun. 4-19 Juneteenth Celebration Come to where it all began as the island hosts several days of festivities to honor Juneteenth—a holiday that originated in this historic Texas beach town. This year’s activities will include festivals, picnics, African-American heritage exhibits, reenactments, and concerts. The annual reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in front of the official Juneteenth monument will take place June 19 in Galveston to help commemorate June 19, 1865—the date the last slaves were freed in the South. Various locations. galveston.com/africanamericanguidebook

GALVESTON: Jun. 24 “Clear to Partly Crazy” Announcing the premier of Jaston Williams’ one-man show, where he holds forth on subjects all Texans understand: cheerleading, tornadoes, and certifiably insane blood relatives. Travel with him from grandstands to storm cellars to the occasional mental instituition, laughing all the way. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800/821-8194 or 409/765-1894

GALVESTON: Jun. 29 Vince Gill in Concert One of the most popular and most recorded singers of the past quarter-century, superstar Vince Gill has become the measure of excellence in country music. His vocal performances are spellbinding, his songwriting emotionally powerful, and his guitar-playing world-class. The Country Music Hall of Famer will be joined by his top-notch band for this concert appearance. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800/821-8194 or 409/765-1894

HOUSTON: Jun. 2-Jul. 2 “Freaky Friday” A new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Walt Disney films. This hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic follows an overworked mother and teenage daughter on a wild journey after magically swapping bodies. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. alleytheatre.org 713/220-5700

HOUSTON: Jun. 3-4 Free Press Summer Fest Houston’s biggest music festival kicks off its eighth annual event this summer with some of the biggest names in music, including Lorde, Flume, Cage the Elephant, Tove Lo, and Solange. Eleanor Tinsley Park, 18-3600 Allen Pkwy. houstontx.gov 832/394-8805

HOUSTON: Jun. 6-11 “Something Rotten!” Set in 1595, this hilarious smash hit tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. thehobbycenter.org 713/315-2525

HOUSTON: Jun. 7-10 “Once on this Island” The Theatre Under The Stars’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre will present a celebrated tale of love, hope, life, and death. This musical, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” follows the life of Ti Moune as she goes on her quest to prove that love is stronger than death. The show is based on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy. Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. milleroutdoortheatre.com 832/487-7102

HOUSTON: Jun. 8 Jimmy Buffett in Concert It’s that time again to grab your shaker of salt and put those “Fins Up.” Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. woodlandscenter.org 281/363-3300

HOUSTON: Jun. 9-11 “Circus 1903” Two decades ago, Cirque du Soleil created their version of a circus without animals, but now they are back and more beautiful than ever. Along with mesmerizing puppets and special effects to create the animal acts, “Circus 1903” also features amazing, dangerous, and exceptional acts from the four corners of the globe. It all comes together to transport the audience to the golden age of the circus, a truly captivating circus extravaganza that is the perfect night for the entire family. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St., Suite 101. joneshall.org 713/227-3974

HOUSTON: Jun. 10-Jul. 1 Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival This event features performances by classical music’s rising stars, distinguished conductors, and faculty artists from premier facilities around the world. Performances, master classes, and seminars are presented at venues throughout the Houston area. Moores Opera House, University of Houston, 3800 Cullen Blvd. tmf.uh.edu 713/743-3167

HOUSTON: Jun. 11 Metallica in Concert The rockers return to Houston as part of the WorldWired 2017 tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat. This is Metallica’s first North American tour since 2009. NRG Park, 1 NRG Park. nrgpark.com 832/667-1400

HOUSTON: Jun. 17-18 Juneteenth Fest at Emancipation Park Houston’s official celebration is held at Emancipation Park—the site where Juneteenth celebrations began. The holiday marks the anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and more than 150 years since the slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom; the celebration (currently hosted by Friends of Emancipation Park) includes more than 40 years of central Houston Juneteenth parades. Emancipation Park, 3018 Dowling St. juneteenthfest.com 713/284-1911

HOUSTON: Jun. 17 The Suffers with the Houston Symphony Defined as “Gulf Coast Soul,” Houston-born band The Suffers have emerged as one of the hottest musical acts in the country, with a recent appearance on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” Now this homegrown octet is bringing their eclectic spin on blues, soul, country, Caribbean, Cajun, and hip-hop to The Woodlands with conductor Steven Reineke and the Houston Symphony. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. houstonsymphony.org 713/224-7575

HOUSTON: Jun. 17 VegFest Houston Held annually since 2011, features include vegan cuisine, guest speakers, food demos and tastings, a kids’ zone, live music, exhibitor booths, “Vegan 101” panels, yoga and fitness demos, prizes, and more. vegfesthouston.com

HOUSTON: Jun. 18 Chicago and The Doobie Brothers in Concert Celebrating their 50th anniversary after recently being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Chicago joins forces with The Doobie Brothers for a summer tour. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. woodlandscenter.org 281/363-3300

HOUSTON: Jun. 18-25 Pride Houston Festival and Parade More than 300,000 people attend this weeklong celebration each year, making it the second largest parade in Houston and the largest Pride Parade or LGBT gathering in the Southwestern United States. The festival is packed with a wide variety of exhibitors, artists, music of all kinds, performers, stages, and fun. Downtown Houston, 901 Bagby St. pridehouston.org

HOUSTON: Jun. 24-Jul. 30 “Simply Simone” Nina Simone grew from child prodigy to jazz superstar, civil rights activist, and eventually political exile. One of the true divas of the 20th century and a genuine musical powerhouse, she defined a generation and defied classification. “Simply Simone” crosses the genres of gospel, blues, Broadway, and rock ’n’ roll, and features such definitive Simone classics as “The Look of Love” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. ensemblehouston.org 713/520-0055

HOUSTON: Jun. 5-11 Wine and Food Week The region’s largest and most comprehensive wine and food celebration returns with hundreds of wines, culinary delights, and top chefs. Events include education classes, chef demonstrations, cookbook author events, silent auctions, and casual to fine wine-and-dine experiences. The H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street is on Thursday; “Sips, Suds, and Tacos” and the “Taco Takedown” competition are on Friday; and the The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting and Chef Showcase is on Saturday. Tickets required. Various locations. wineandfoodweek.com 713/557-5732

LAKE JACKSON: Jun. 2 Brazos Valley All Stars Concert Outdoor concert rain or shine. Bring lawn chair and refreshments. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 Texas 332. lakejackson-tx.gov 979/415-2600

LAKE JACKSON: Jun. 3 Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour Visit the historic archeological site of Major Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the same hurricane that devastated Galveston in 1900. Discover the sugar-making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s. Abner Jackson Plantation Site, F.M. 2004 near Texas 332. lakejacksonmuseum.org 979/297-1570

LAKE JACKSON: Jun. 9 The Karz Concert Outdoor concert rain or shine. Bring lawn chair and refreshments. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 Texas 332. lakejackson-tx.gov 979/415-2600

LAKE JACKSON: Jun. 16 Satisfaction—Rolling Stones Tribute Concert Outdoor concert rain or shine. Bring lawn chair and refreshments. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 Texas 332. lakejackson-tx.gov 979/415-2600

LAKE JACKSON: Jun. 17 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: Jun. 18 Pool Daze of Fun Enjoy pool games with free admission. Lake Jackson Outdoor Pool, 300 Magnolia. lakejackson-tx.gov 979/297-4533

LAKE JACKSON: Jun. 23 The Spinsations Concert Outdoor concert rain or shine. Bring lawn chair and refreshments. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 Texas 332. lakejackson-tx.gov 979/415-2600

ORANGE: Jun. 14-17 Bassmaster Open The tournaments feature fields of 150-200 pros and the same number of co-anglers trying to amass the heaviest limits of bass. Anglers will compete for a portion of more than $250,000 in cash and prizes, including a boat and motor package. The winning pro gets more than $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a chance to compete in the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing, the Bassmaster Classic. City Boat Ramp, 1000 Simmons Dr. orangetexaschamber.org

ORANGE: Jun. 24 Up Close with Nature Join a come-and-go live animal presentation as Wildlife Curator Robert Morgan features one or more live animals that call Shangri La home. During this exciting and informative drop-by program, you will meet local critters and learn about their adaptations, what they eat, and what might eat them. Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 2111 W. Park Ave. starkculturalvenues.org/shangrilagardens 409/670-9113

PALACIOS: Jun. 23-24 Pirate Festival Enjoy a carnival, gumbo cook-off, fishing tournament, costume contest, children’s games, live music, and more. Commerce at Sixth Street. 713/806-3219

PORT ARANSAS: Jun. 2-3 CCA Take A Kid Fishing Tournament Sponsored by the Coastal Conservation Association, this tournament is for anglers ages 16 and younger. Woody’s Sports Center, 136 W. Cotter Ave. woodys-pa.com 361/749-5252

PORT ARANSAS: Jun. 17 Powderpuff Tournament Tournament is for ladies only. Registration is on Friday. Saturday is fishing day. Woody’s Sports Center, 136 W. Cotter Ave. woodys-pa.com 361/749-5252

PORT ARANSAS: Jun. 30-Jul. 1 Hope Devlin Kid’s Fishing Tournament Tournament for anglers 16 and under. Roberts Point Park, J.C. Barr Blvd. 361/816-5282

PORT ARTHUR: Jun. 19 Juneteenth Activities typically include the Ms. Juneteenth Pageant, the Mr. Juneteenth Extravaganza, family events, and a parade. portarthurjuneteenth.weebly.com 409/332-1709

PORT ARTHUR: Jun. 3-4 Garden Festival Bring a camera for cultural presentations of music and dance. Stroll through gardens of lotus blossoms, roses, towering bamboo, citrus, and koi ponds. Visit temple and meditation areas. Vendors and crafts. Buu Mon Buddhist Temple, 2701 Procter St. buumon.org 409/982-9319 or 409/543-2803

PORT ARTHUR: Jun. 29-Jul. 1 Elite Redfish Border Wars Tour During the second stop of this tour, East Division pro anglers will battle it out for the chance to win and move on to the Championship in 2018. Pleasure Island, 520 Pleasure Pier Blvd. theredfishseries.com 409/985-7822

RICHMOND: Jun. 2-3 Tea Parties at the Historic Moore House Welcome summer with a delightful tea party held at the Fort Bend Museum’s 1883 historic Moore Home. Guests receive lessons in proper tea etiquette, a tour of the historic house, and more while sampling a delicious array of sweets and savories. Fort Bend Museum, 500 Houston St. fortbendmuseum.org 281/342-6478

RICHMOND: Jun. 6-Jul. 8 “Preserving Fort Bend County through the Arts” The summer art exhibit will feature historical themes using various mediums. Fort Bend Museum, 500 Houston St. fortbendmuseum.org 281/342-6478

RICHMOND: Jun. 6-Aug. 26 Hands-On Summer History Tour the George Ranch Historical Park this summer, and enjoy a different hands-on history activity each week. Cost is included with general admission. Activities throughout the summer include 1890s flower pressing, 1930s Longhorn care, 1830s branding, 1860s theater, and more. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 F.M. 762. georgeranch.org 281/343-0218

RICHMOND: Jun. 17 Behind-the-Barrier Blacksmithing Class Up to four participants a session can join a blacksmith behind the barrier for a basic introduction to the art of blacksmithing. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 F.M. 762. georgeranch.org 281/343-0218

RICHMOND: Jun. 17 Father’s Day Frontier Survival Class Dads find their inner pioneer and learn the necessary skills for the Texas prairie and help fire the cannon. The class is limited to 30 participants for each session. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 F.M. 762. georgeranch.org 281/343-0218

RICHMOND: Jun. 17 Juneteenth Celebration On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger declared, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” 152 years later, celebrate this historic event and the enduring African-American contribution to the George family legacy. A special historic meal will also take place. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 F.M. 762. georgeranch.org 281/343-0218

ROCKPORT: Jun. 2-3 LAC Attack “C.P.R.” Kayak Fishing Tournament Leadership Aransas County will be hosting the second annual “catch, photo, and release” fishing tournament. Registration is open to the public. rockport-fulton.org 361/729-6445

ROCKPORT: Jun. 16-17 Texas Game Warden Fishing Tournament The Texas Game Warden Association will host its eighth annual fishing tournament and concert in the park. Enjoy fishing, food, and live entertainment. Fulton Harbor Park. twgajustgofishin.com 361/815-5752

ROCKPORT: Jun. 17-18 TSA Youth Sailing Rockin’ Rockport The Rockport Yacht Club hosts its second annual youth sailing regatta to Rockport, bringing in up to 90 boats and offering sailing sessions for youth and adults. Rockport Yacht Club, 722 Navigation Circle. rockportyachtclub.org 861/729-3115

SAN BENITO: Jun. 17 Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame Induction Awards and Dance Legendary Conjunto musicians are recognized for their contribution to this sound that celebrates Hispanic heritage. A public dance follows the induction ceremony. Knights of Columbus Hall, 826 E. Stenger St. texasconjuntomusic.org 956/245-1666

SUGAR LAND: Jun. 3 Lyrics and Lawn Games The Plaza turns into one big backyard party. Enjoy lawn games setup, beer and wine from Jupiter, and live music from the band Rat Ranch, a local favorite that brings a combination of strong melodic country, pop, rock, and americana with great grooves and a sound that is all-Texas. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281/276-6000

SUGAR LAND: Jun. 9 Opry on the Square Come out and enjoy Country Now and Then, featuring country favorites that will appeal to all generations of country music fans. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281/276-6000

SUGAR LAND: Jun. 16 Dancing under the Stars Break out your dancing shoes for a night of dancing with Fred Astaire Dance Studio instructors. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281/276-6000

SUGAR LAND: Jun. 17 Sugar Land Superstar Round 1 Sugar Land’s American Idol-like competition is back for its 12th summer. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a highly talented group of singers. Five will be named finalists for the August final competition. A previous Superstar contestant kicks off the competition with a performance. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281/276-6000

SUGAR LAND: Jun. 22 John Mellencamp in Concert The singer will be joined by special guest and 13-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris, as well as Carlene Carter and folk-pop sister duo Lily and Madeleine. Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281/207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Jun. 23 NOLA Nights Let authentic New Orleans music take you on a historical journey through the Crescent City tradition with live music from The New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band. Be sure to visit Rouxpour on the plaza—they will be serving small plates and beer. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281/276-6000

TEXAS CITY: Jun. 10 Kite Festival The event features competitions in kite flying, a kiteboarding hydrofoil race, and tanker surfing, plus a homemade kite contest. Vendors will provide a variety of food, drinks, and frozen treats to cool off, and kites for all ages. Inflatables will include a cooling water tunnel for kids to get out of the heat. Texas City Dike, Texas City Dike Road. texascitykitefestival.com 281/508-6485

VICTORIA: Jun. 6-10 Victoria Bach Festival Enjoy orchestral, choral and chamber works performed by soloists, chamber groups and symphony orchestras. Various Venues. victoriabachfestival.org 361/570-5788

July

BAYVIEW: Jul. 15 Mango Fiestaval Celebrate all things mango with a Mango Cultivar Tasting and Flavor Evaluation, culinary presentations, mango workshops, a Mango Mercado, and kids’ activities. Rivers End Nursery & Farm, 27510 Ted Hunt Road. riversendnursery.com 956/233-4792

BRAZORIA: Jul. 15 Santa Ana Ball A reenactment of the Ball originally held in 1832 at Jane Long’s Boarding House to impress the Mexican leadership. Many attendees dress in period costumes and enjoy dinner, silent and live auctions, the Grand March, and dancing. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Brazoria Civic Center Cafeteria, 206 Nevada St. brazoriahf.org 979/236-0241 or 979/345-3335

CLUTE: Jul. 7-9, 14-16 Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. bcfas.org

CLUTE: Jul. 27-29 Great Texas Mosquito Festival The 35th annual event features a carnival, arts and crafts, and a mosquito-calling contest among other competitions. The carnival provides three days of fun for children and adults alike. Live entertainment caps off each evening. Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Drive. mosquitofestival.com 979/265-8392

CORPUS CHRISTI: Jul. 22 Nature CSI Participants, ages eight to 13, investigate “nature crime scenes” with Field Biologist/Youth Education Coordinator Brenda Ermis, learning investigative techniques to explore the science of nature. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361/852-2100

EDNA: Jul. 1 Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Event features an antique tractor show and parade, a kiddie tractor pull, a classic car show, and a fireworks display. Brackenridge Park and Campground, 891 Brackenridge Pkwy. brackenridgepark.com 361/782-5456

FREEPORT: Jun. 28-Jul. 2 Fishin’ Fiesta Since 1947, fishermen have been drawn to this fishing tournament each year in the hopes of catching the biggest redfish, barracuda, or any other offshore or inshore fish. Sponsored by the Freeport Lions Club, the event offers carnival rides, food, live entertainment, dances, and arts and crafts. The fishing tournament is one of the largest on the Gulf and includes prizes for both offshore and inshore categories. Fireworks display on Friday night. Freeport Municipal Park, 421 Brazosport Blvd. fishinfiesta.com 979/233-5137

FREEPORT: Jul. 22 Schuster Home Open House Built by the Schuster family in 1917, the same year the city of Freeport was incorporated, this home was a special place for family gatherings and holidays. The home serves as an example of family life during the founding of Freeport. Schuster Home, 1130 W. Second St. 979/297-0868

FRIENDSWOOD: Jul. 4 July Fourth Celebration The parade will begin on Friendswood and Heritage Drives, and concludes at Stevenson Park. In the park after the parade, there will be rides, games, food, entertainment, and fun for the entire family. The evening event starts at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park featuring live entertainment by “Bee Gee’s Gold.” Fireworks will start at approximately 9:20 p.m. friendswood.com

GALVESTON: Jul. 4 Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Display The annual Independence Day parade features a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles, and performers. After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico. Seawall Boulevard from 59th to 22nd Street. galveston.com/calendarofevents

GALVESTON: Jul. 9 “The Story of Boogie Woogie” “Nobody doesn’t like boogie Woogie!” That’s Ezra Charles’ exclamation as he weaves the history of this bouncing, jiving piano format. Performing many of the most famoust standards of the genre, he performs what was originally called “Texas-Style Piano,” accompanied by his son Jakob on percussion. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800/821-8194 or 409/765-1894

GALVESTON: Jul. 29 A Salute to Roy Rogers Comedy and Western favorites “Riders In The Sky” return to The Grand with a salute to country legend Roy Rogers. Join Ranger Doug, Too Slim, Woody Paul, and Joey the Cowpolka King as they present an evening of toe-tappin’ fun. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800/821-8194 or 409/765-1894

HOUSTON: Jun. 2-Jul. 2 “Freaky Friday” A new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Walt Disney films, this hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic follows an overworked mother and teenage daughter on a wild journey after magically swapping bodies. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. alleytheatre.org 713/220-5700

HOUSTON: Jun. 24-Jul. 30 “Simply Simone” Nina Simone grew from child prodigy to jazz superstar, civil rights activist, and eventually political exile. One of the true divas of the 20th century and a genuine musical powerhouse, she defined a generation and defied classification. “Simply Simone” crosses the genres of gospel, blues, Broadway, and rock ’n’ roll, and features such definitive Simone classics as “The Look of Love” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. ensemblehouston.org 713/520-0055

HOUSTON: Jul. 4 Freedom Over Texas Grab your lawn chairs and blankets for this one-of-a-kind patriotic event that is done with a style that is all Houston. During the festivities, KBR Liberty Park will showcase military artifacts and vehicles, including representation from all five military branches, and have on-site recruiting. Also, patrons can make a donation to Honoring Our Troops and send a care packet overseas. The Bud Light Zone will offer a prime view of the eighth annual Bud Light Texas Volleyball Championship Series Finals. Eleanor Tinsley Park, 18-3600 Allen Pkwy. houstontx.gov 832/394-8805

HOUSTON: Jul. 8 Neil Gaiman For a career and repertoire as varied as Neil Gaiman, it’s best to let the man himself describe what he does: “I make things up and write them down.” One of the most celebrated writers of our time—known for works such as his bestselling contemporary fantasy novel “American Gods,” his bestselling young adult story (and eventual movie) “Coraline,” and his children’s novel “The Graveyard Book”—his works have racked up every major literary award. Gaiman’s appearance will be a can’t-miss performance for any lover of books and stories. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. houstonfirsttheaters.com/wortham-center 832/487-7000

HOUSTON: Jul. 11-16 “Pippin” Theatre Under The Stars will present this circus-inspired production, featuring a troupe of acrobatic performers led by a very charismatic leading player. The performers’ main purpose is to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince who is longing to find adventure and passion in all areas of his life. Book by Roger O. Hirson, and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. tuts.com 713/558-8887

HOUSTON: Jul. 14 Third Eye Blind in Concert The rock band makes its way to Houston with The Silversun Pickups. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. woodlandscenter.org 281/363-3300

HOUSTON: Jul. 19 Lemony Snicket’s “The Composer is Dead” Performed by the Houston Symphony, led by conductor Jason Seber. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. woodlandscenter.org 281/363-3300

HOUSTON: Jul. 19-23 Houston World Series of Dog Shows The 40th annual canine extravaganza features agility and performance events, AKC conformation and breed judging, grooming contests, designer doghouse competition, and McScotty Market with more than 230 vendors and breed specific rescue groups. NRG Center, 8400 Kirby Dr. houstondogshows.com 281/536-0528

HOUSTON: Jul. 28 Nickelback in Concert Nickelback returns to Houston with Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. woodlandscenter.org 281/363-3300

HOUSTON: Jul. 29 REO Speedwagon and Styx in Concert The legendary rock bands will be joined by Don Felder. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. woodlandscenter.org 281/363-3300

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

LAKE JACKSON: Jul. 4 Fireworks Display Enjoy spectacular fireworks to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Dunbar Park, 803 F.M. 2004. lakejackson-tx.gov 979/297-4533

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

LAKE JACKSON: Jul. 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

NEDERLAND: Jul. 4 Fourth of July Celebration Food vendors, a bike and wagon parade, entertainment, and fireworks. Doornbos Park, 2301 Avenue H. ci.nederland.tx.us 409/724-0773

ORANGE: Jul. 4 Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks This event will include live entertainment as well as a fireworks show after dark. There will be food and drink vendors on site, as well as new and exciting children’s activities. Coolers and chairs are welcome. This event is free to the public, and please note, no dogs or pets will be allowed. Riverfront Pavilion, 601 W. Division St. orangetexas.org 409/883-1011

ORANGE: Jul. 29 National Dance Day Recital/dance party type of event features area groups performing and line dances for audience participation. Dance groups include dance schools, theater kids, senior line dancing, belly dancing, and Jazzercise. West Orange-Stark Middle School, 1402 Green Ave. octx.info 409/728-5970

ORANGE: Jul. 29 Up Close with Nature Join a come-and-go live animal presentation as Wildlife Curator Robert Morgan features one or more live animals that call Shangri La home. During this exciting and informative drop-by program, you will meet local critters and learn about their adaptations, what they eat, and what might eat them. Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 2111 W. Park Ave. starkculturalvenues.org/shangrilagardens 409/670-9113

PALACIOS: Jul. 4 July Fourth Celebration Enjoy the kids’ parade, helicopter rides, reenactment of the LaSalle landing, fireworks show, and more. East Bay Park, East Bay Boulevard. e-clubhouse.org/sites/palacios 361/920-2891

PORT ARANSAS: Jun. 30-Jul. 1 Hope Devlin Kid’s Fishing Tournament Tournament for anglers 16 and younger. Roberts Point Park, J.C. Barr Blvd. 361/816-5282

PORT ARANSAS: Jul. 6-9 Deep Sea Roundup Categories at the 82nd annual event include surf, offshore, and fly fishing. Piggy perch contest for the children, fish fry, and more. Roberts Point Park and Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A. deepsearoundup.com 361/749-6339

PORT ARTHUR: Jul. 4 Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration Outdoor games, sack races, music, bike/wagon contest, patriotic parade, and more. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Gates Memorial Library, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, 3137 Stilwell Blvd. lamarpa.edu 409/984-6191

PORT ARTHUR: Jun. 29-Jul. 1 Elite Redfish Border Wars Tour During the second stop of this tour, East Division pro anglers will battle it out for the chance to win and move on to the Championship in 2018. Pleasure Island, 520 Pleasure Pier Blvd. theredfishseries.com 409/985-7822

RICHMOND: Jun. 6-Jul. 8 “Preserving Fort Bend County through the Arts” The summer art exhibit will feature historical themes utilizing various mediums. Fort Bend Museum, 500 Houston St. fortbendmuseum.org 281/342-6478

RICHMOND: Jul. 4 An American Tradition Try a variety of historic games and take a scavenger hunt through time as you pick up clues across the park and discover more about our American holiday. Enjoy a stirring reading of the Declaration of Independence at the 1890s Davis Victorian Mansion, then fill your stomach with an amazing hot dog feast and fourth annual hot dog-eating contest. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 F.M. 762. georgeranch.org 281/343-0218

RICHMOND: Jul. 29 “Murder and Moore” The Fort Bend Museum partners once again with the fabulous actors of Rosenberg’s CAST Theatrical Company for a hilarious night of whodunit at the 1883 John and Lottie Moore home. Fort Bend Museum, 500 Houston St. fortbendmuseum.org 281/342-6478

ROCKPORT: Jul. 1-2 Art Festival Artists from across the nation show their masterpieces in a variety of media and styles at this juried fine-arts event. Rockport Center for the Arts, 902 Navigation Circle. rockportartcenter.com 361/729-5519

ROCKPORT: Jul. 4 July Fourth Activities Get in the spirit of this holiday as you view the patriotic boat parade at noon. Best views are from Broadway adjacent to Little Bay. The Wendell Family Fireworks Show is held at dark. Various locations. rockport-fulton.org

SAN BENITO: Jul. 1 ResacaFest Enjoy family fun on the resaca with live music, arts and crafts booths, and food vendors. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. Heavin Memorial Park, 705 N. Bowie. cityofsanbenito.com 956/361-3804 ext. 301

SUGAR LAND: Jul. 1 Gloria Trevi vs. Alejandra Guzman These two Mexican divas have long been considered rivals. But now, the two are coming together for their first-ever joint U.S. tour. Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281/207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Jul. 1 Red, White, Blues, and Brews Pack up your chairs and head to the Plaza for snacks and brews from Baker Street, and live country music from Tribute to George Strait to kick off your holiday weekend. Note: This will not include a firework ceremony, only live entertainment. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281/276-6000

SUGAR LAND: Jul. 3 Santana in Concert Ten-time Grammy Award, three-time Latin Grammy Award–winning rock icon and Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana and his band will bring The Trans-mogrify Tour to Sugar Land, performing passion-filled songs from their 40-year career, including fan favorites from Woodstock to Supernatural and beyond. Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281/207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Jul. 12 Journey in Concert The rock band will perform their classic hits, including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Faithfully,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways,” and more. Joined by special guest Asia. Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281/207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Jul. 13 Life Science Under the Microscope A hands-on fun day exploring wild life, plant life, and all things that grow. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281/313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Jul. 14 Dancing under the Stars Break out your dancing shoes for a night of dancing with Fred Astaire Dance Studio instructors. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281/276-6000

SUGAR LAND: Jul. 15 Sugar Land Superstar Round 2 Sugar Land’s American Idol-like competition is back for its 12th summer. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a highly talented group of singers; five will be named finalists for the August final competition. Plus, enjoy performances by previous Superstar contestants. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281/276-6000

SUGAR LAND: Jul. 21 NOLA Nights Let authentic New Orleans music take you on a historical journey through the Crescent City tradition with live music from The New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band. Be sure to visit Rouxpour on the plaza—they will be serving small plates and beer. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281/276-6000

SUGAR LAND: Jul. 22 Lyrics and Lawn Games The Plaza turns into one big backyard party. Enjoy lawn games, beer and wine from Jupiter, and live music from the band Rat Ranch, a local favorite that brings a combination of strong melodic country, pop, rock, and Americana with great grooves and a sound that is all-Texas. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281/276-6000

SUGAR LAND: Jul. 26 Idina Menzel in Concert After releasing her fifth solo studio album last fall, this Tony-winning superstar heads out on a 50-plus city global spring and summer tour. Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281/207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Jul. 28 Vino and Vintage Vocals Travel through the decades with live music featuring Nightbird, a band that recaptures the fire, energy, and spirit that Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks bring to the stage with their spot-on tribute performance. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarlandtownsquare.com 281/276-6000

TEXAS CITY: Jun. 30-Jul. 9 Tackle Time Fishing Tournament 55th annual event includes offshore, inshore, and youth divisions. First Lady Pavilion, 600 Dike Road. tclmjaycees.com 409/457-3491

TEXAS CITY: Jul. 4 Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Enjoy an evening full of fun with a live band and spectacular firework show. Bay Street Park, 800 Bay St. facebook.com/cityoftexascity 409/643-5990

TOMBALL: Jul. 4 July Fourth Celebration and Street Festival Enjoy live music, kids’ activities, and more. There will be a special tribute to veterans and a patriot performance, along with fireworks at dusk. Gates open at 5 p.m. Main Street, Business U.S. 249 at F.M. 2920 “Four Corners.” tomballtx.gov 281/351-5484

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