October

ALVIN: Oct. 7 Alvin Lutheran Church Oktoberfest The 12th annual celebration will offer German food and drink, live and silent auctions, craft vendors, entertainment (including a live band in the biergarten), and fun activities for all ages. Alvin Luthern Church, 1800 FM 1462. alvinlutheran.org 281-585-5457

BAYTOWN: Oct. 28 Heritage Scaritage Festival Arts and crafts vendors, food, old-fashioned children’s games, pumpkin decorating, a doll walk, tours of historic buildings, and a Native American teepee. Republic of Texas Plaza Park, 5117 N. Main St. baytownhistory.org 281-421-2099

BEAUMONT: Aug. 17-Oct. 8 Cafe Arts: Mary Pat Nelson Gross This exhibition is part of the museum’s Cafe Arts program, which regularly features artists local to Beaumont and Southeast Texas. Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main St. amset.org 409-832-3432

BEAUMONT: Oct. 7 Gift of Life 5K This annual run is back with great music, an awesome atmosphere, and a mission to save lives in Southeast Texas. This is a family-friendly walk, so bring everybody—children under 6 are free and don’t need to be registered. City of Beaumont Administration Offices, 801 Main St. giftoflifebmt.org 409-833-3663

BEAUMONT: Oct. 13 An Evening Amid the Stars The gourmet four-course dinner and wine paring serves as an annual fundraiser for Girls’ Haven. The elegant evening features live and silent auctions, live music, and the opportunity to contribute to the betterment of many young girls’ lives. MCM Elegante Hotel & Conference Center, 2355 I-10. girlshaveninc.org 409-658-4699

BEAUMONT: Oct. 14 Dogtober Fest Enter your dog in contests throughout the day, including a master/dog look-alike contest, a best-dressed dog contest, a dog parade, adoptable dog style show, and a puppy kissing booth. All dogs must be on a leash and current on vaccinations. Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl St. dogtoberfestbeaumont.com 409-838-2202

BEAUMONT: Oct. 21 Oktoberfest Featuring live polka performances by The Royal Klobasneks, music by Cody Schaeffer and Barelands, a large beer garden, food, and fun for the entire family. Rogers Park, Gladys Avenue and Dowlen Road. discoverbeaumont.com 409-838-3435

BEAUMONT: Oct. 28 Dinosaur Day This educational program teaches children 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 creative hands-on activities. Texas Energy Museum, 600 Main St. texasenergymuseum.org 409-833-5100

BEAUMONT: Oct. 28 Free Family Arts Day: Eat a Bug! A quarterly event where children and their families are tempted to try the creepy, crawly delicacy of fried crickets. Hands-on art activities focus on the many cultures of the region and the main gallery exhibition. Entertainment includes Latin American music and dancing. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main St. amset.org 409-832-3432

CLUTE: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Planetarium Show Features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector to produce the night sky as it appears to the naked eye, together with a large variety of high-tech equipment to give a close-up feel for things like comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. bcfas.org 979-265-3376

CLUTE: Oct. 26 Harvest Fun Fest Enjoy a costume contest, carnival games, food vendors, and more. Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Dr. ci.clute.tx.us 979-265-2508

CORPUS CHRISTI: Oct. 6 Moonlight in the Gardens South Texas Botanical Gardens’ signature fundraiser—with its lunar, interplanetary travel theme—includes valet, appetizers, spirits, steak, sweets, two auctions, pictures with parrots, a wine pull, a patio with live music, and dancing to decades of pop and rock. Solomon P. Ortiz International Center, 402 Harbor Dr. stxbot.org 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Oct. 14 Holiday Floral Designs Seminar In this class, H-E-B Plus floral designers will teach how to create beautiful holiday arrangements to wow guests. Included in general admission; members free. See the Gardens, with this class as a bonus. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361-852-2100

FREEPORT: Oct. 26 Fall Festival Enjoy games, candy, and costume contests. Freeport RiverPlace, 410 N. Brazosport Blvd. freeport.tx.us 979-233-6061

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

GALVESTON: Oct. 3 “Chicken Dance” Every barnyard has its bully. But two of the barnyard’s chickens, Marge and Lola, will not stand idly by. ArtsPower’s musical portrays the colorful story of these two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Oct. 7 Jimmy Webb—The Glen Campbell Years The composer pays tribute to his friend Glen Campbell, sharing highlights of the 100-plus recordings from the Webb/Campbell songbook. Enjoy Jimmy’s moving recollections—complete with photos, video and audio clips, and humorous stories—from the partnership that produced “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and more. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Oct. 8 Galveston Symphony Orchestra Concert Conductor Dr. Trond Saeverud and the Galveston Symphony Orchestra. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Oct. 15 The Beach Boys in Concert Conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. They’ve created a torrent of hit singles and sold tens of millions of albums. But of greater significance, they changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in their debt. Don’t miss an amazing evening of “Good Vibrations.” The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Oct. 21 ARToberFEST An outdoor juried fine art festival featuring more than 125 quality artists and artisans from all over the United States. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Oct. 22 Joshua Bell in Concert With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Bell is one of today’s most-celebrated violinists, having recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards, as well as the Avery Fisher Prize. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Oct. 27 “Nosferatu” Originally released in 1922 as “Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens” (“A Symphony of Horror”), director F. W. Manarau’s eerie adaptation of Stoker’s Dracula is a silent masterpiece that to this day is the most striking and frightening portrayal of the legend. A silent film accompanied by Rob Landes at the organ, “Nosferatu” is the perfect performance to set the mood for Halloween. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Oct. 27-28 Island Oktoberfest This free event celebrates its 36th year with a full weekend of food, drinks, live performances, and special activities. First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie St. islandoktoberfest.com

HOUSTON: Sept. 28, 30; Oct. 1 Russian Masters Representing the great Russian conducting tradition, Vassily Sinaisky makes his Houston Symphony debut with a thrilling, all-Russian program. Two astonishing first symphonies provide a study in contrasts: Shostakovich’s irreverent wit is the perfect foil for Tchaikovsky’s dreamy melodies. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Oct. 1 Village Art Car Show See Houston’s legendary art cars, and meet the artists. Traders Village Houston, 7979 N. Eldridge Road. tradersvillage.com 281-890-5500

HOUSTON: Oct. 6 Robert Glasper Experiment Houston-born, Grammy-nominated artist Robert Glasper returns to the Da Camera stage with his vibrant weave of jazz, funk, soul, rock, hip-hop, blues, disco, electronic, and pop. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. dacamera.com 713-524-5050

HOUSTON: Oct. 6-8 Totally ’80s The Houston Symphony is going all out to highlight the sounds of a decade influenced by soft rock, unforgettable dance beats, and glam metal. Vocalists Nicole Parker and Aaron Finley join guest conductor Stuart Chafetz to perform nostalgic favorites including Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer,” an Elton John medley, and a nod to great ’80s movies such as “E.T.” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Oct. 7 Hook’d: Pirates in Concert Let imagination set sail with a pirate program that includes a medley from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” a selection from “The Flying Dutchman,” and a magical journey with Peter Pan on the “Flight to Neverland” by John Williams. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Oct. 7 VW Car Show More than 80 cars—Beetles, microbuses, and new cars too—are featured in this annual car show. Traders Village Houston, 7979 N. Eldridge Road. tradersvillage.com 281-890-5500

HOUSTON: Oct. 8 ROCO Unchambered: “Nik-NAK” The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra wind trio performs a concert of works by Alyssa Morris, including the world premeire of “Nik-NAK.” Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main St. rocohouston.org 713-665-2700

HOUSTON: Oct. 10-22 “The Secret Garden” Theatre Under The Stars presents this story of great love and great loss, great sadness and great joy. Based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the musical tells the story of Mary Lennox, a young English girl born and raised in the British Raj. She loses both of her parents when she is 10 years old during a cholera outbreak and she is sent off to England to live with an uncle and a cousin whom she’s never met. The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St., Suite 200. tuts.com 713-558-8887

HOUSTON: Oct. 10 Houston VIP Poetry Performance A free poetry performance. Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St. levyparkhouston.org 713-522-7275

HOUSTON: Oct. 10 ROCO Unchambered: “Nik-NAK” The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra wind trio performs a concert of works by Alyssa Morris, including the world premeire of “Nik-NAK.” Cypress Creek FACE, 6823 Cypresswood Dr. rocohouston.org 713-665-2700

HOUSTON: Oct. 11-29 “Balls” Jump on board this roller-coaster ride through 1970s sport, sexism, and historic world events, all celebrated in a carnival-like atmosphere. Created in conjunction with New York’s acclaimed One Year Lease Theater Company, Balls bounces back and forth between the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs (played in Houston’s Astrodome) and the cultural outcomes—past and present—that the event sparked. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy., Suite 101. stagestheatre.com 713-527-0123

HOUSTON: Oct. 17 Quatuor Mosaïques in Concert Da Camera presents this intimate concert featuring world-renowned German string quartet Quatuor Mosaïques performing three genre-defining quartets. The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. dacamera.com 713-524-5050

HOUSTON: Oct. 17 Ocean Soul Photojournalist Brian Skerry celebrates the sea and its creatures in magnificent images collected during more than 10,000 hours underwater spanning 30 years, including a magical but risky experience photographing an enormous right whale. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Oct. 19-22 Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony Praised for his imagination and fresh insights, conductor Matthew Halls returns to Jones Hall with Viennese masterpieces by Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert. Dynamic cellist Johannes Moser brings his virtuoso technique and innate musicality to Haydn’s graceful Cello Concerto No. 1. Completing the concert is Mozart’s final symphonic masterpiece, his dazzling Symphony No. 41, Jupiter. Note: October 19 performance is part of the Sugar Land Series at Sugar Land Baptist Church. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Oct. 21-22 CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow One of the top air shows in the United States, this premier Houston event is dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft along with the thrills of modern aviation. Ellington Airport, 11602 Aerospace Ave. wingsoverhouston.com 713-266-4492

HOUSTON: Oct. 22 Dia de los Muertos Traders Village and Telemundo Houston celebrate the Day of the Dead. Mexican traditions honor the life of a departed family member and loved ones by celebrating on this special day. Traders Village Houston, 7979 N. Eldridge Road. tradersvillage.com 281-890-5500

HOUSTON: Oct. 23-24 “A Stranger I Arrive, A Stranger I Depart” Da Camera presents pianist Sarah Rothenberg performing Schubert’s masterpiece “Winterreise” with baritone Tyler Duncan in conjunction with the Menil Collection’s retrospective of work by Mona Hatoum. The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. dacamera.com 713-524-5050

HOUSTON: Oct. 26, 28-29 Beethoven and ProkofievLudovic Morlot, the Seattle Symphony’s Grammy Award-winning music director, makes his Houston Symphony Classical Series debut with Prokofiev’s epic Symphony No. 5. Musical polymath Jonathan Biss performs Beethoven’s lyrical Piano Concerto No. 4. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Oct. 26 ROCO Connections: “Musical Trick or Treat” Audiences travel in groups to four historic homes to hear a short piece by one musician at each house. The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby St. rocohouston.org 713-665-2700

HOUSTON: Oct. 27 “Psycho”—Film with Live Orchestra There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than to scream along with Janet Leigh in the infamous shower scene of Alfred Hitchcock’s supreme suspense thriller, “Psycho.” Every spine-tingling moment is more vivid with Bernard Herrmann’s bone-chilling, iconic score performed in its entirety by the Houston Symphony. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Oct. 28 Observe the Moon Night The Lunar + Planetary Institute invites the public to Levy Park for International Observe the Moon Night, a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration. Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St. levyparkhouston.org 713-522-7275

HOUSTON: Oct. 29 Halloween Boo Bash Halloween fun for all ages with trick-or-treating, a fun maze, a bird show, and more. Traders Village Houston, 7979 North Eldridge Road. tradersvillage.com 281-890-5500

HOUSTON: Oct. 31 Body by Broadway Sing, squat, and dance along to your favorite Broadway tunes, taught by instructors from Define Mind & Body. The event is hosted by the Houston Downtown Management District and Theatre Under the Stars. Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. marketsquarepark.com 713-650-3022

KATY: Oct. 14-15 Katy Rice Harvest Festival The 37th annual festival will offer two stages of continuous live entertainment, more than 250 craft and food vendor booths, children’s activities, and more. A parade will be held the prior Saturday, October 7. Historic Downtown Katy, 901 Avenue C. riceharvestfestival.org 281-391-5289

KEMAH: Sept. 28-Oct. 1 Galveston Bay Songwriters Festival The inaugural festival features headliners like country star David Lee Murphy (“Dust on the Bottle,” “Loco”) and Americana artist and Texas native Radney Foster (“Nobody Wins,” “Just Call Me Lonesome”) and dozens of free songwriter-in-the-round shows with performances by area artists in Americana, country, roots-rock, and related genres at five venues. Kemah Community Center, 800 Harris Ave. galvestonbaysongwriters.com 512-217-9404

KINGWOOD: Oct. 9-10 Kingwood Women’s Club Holiday Marketplace Enjoy a fun shopping experience featuring all kinds of good gifts. Proceeds to benefit local charities. Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy. kingwoodwomensclub.com

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

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

LAKE JACKSON: Oct. 30 Halloween Spooktacular Dress up in your Halloween costume and enjoy crafts, games, and other special programs. Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Dr. tpwd.texas.gov/seacenter 979-292-0100

LAMAR: Oct. 27-28 Market Days The Lamar Volunteer Fire Department hosts this fundraiser, which features a giant garage sale, plant sale, and barbeque plate sale with homemade desserts. Lamar Fire Station, 302 Bois D’ Arc St. lamarvfd.com 361-729-5003

NEEDVILLE: Oct. 20-21 Harvest Festival Enjoy a barbecue cookoff, live music, lawnmower races, helicopter rides, a children’s zone, talent show, Little Mr. and Miss Contest, Queen Contest, food and craft booths, contests, and other activities. Needville Harvest Park, 3001 Violet St. needvilleharvestfest.org 979-793-4030

ORANGE: Through July 14, 2018 “The World War I Homefront: Orange Goes Over the Top” New at The W.H. Stark House, this exhibit shares stories of how the Stark family and the people of Orange supported the war effort. Learn about the active role the family took in boosting troop morale, helping the Red Cross, and supplying troops abroad. The W.H. Stark House, 610 W. Main Ave. starkculturalvenues.org/whstarkhouse 409-883-0871

PALACIOS: Oct. 21 Harvest Moon Library Fundraiser A fundraiser for the Palacios Library includes a silent and live auction, dinner, and a band. Palacios Recreation Center, 2401 Perryman Ave.

PALACIOS: Oct. 28 Boys & Girls Club Monstrous 5K Run Bash by the Sea This glow-in-the-dark 5K run by the bay raises funds for the Boys and Girls Club. City Park, Commerce and Sixth Street. palacioskids.org 361-972-2642

PALACIOS: Oct. 28 Pedal of Palacios Bike Ride Quiet country roads with water views—a flat and friendly ride. Proceeds benefit Palacios hike and bike trails and tourist information. Fourth Street Pier, South Bay Boulevard. pedalpalacios.org 361-972-2615

PASADENA: Oct. 28 Scarecrow Festival Your one-stop shop for the latest styles in fashion, art, home decor, beauty, gourmet food, and more. Pasadena Rodeo Arena Campbell Hall, 7603 Red Bluff. southernstyleevents.net 281-467-3577

PEARLAND: Oct. 7-8 Art and Crafts on the Pavilion This free two-day event provides visitors with great shopping opportunities, live music, food trucks, and a variety of activities centered on art. Each year the show assembles an extensive collection of area artists who specialize in handcrafted pieces and artwork. Pearland Town Center Event Pavilion, 11200 Broadway St. visitpearland.com 281-997-5970

PORT ARANSAS: Oct. 5-8 Harvest Moon Regatta Sailboat race starts in Galveston on Thursday and ends in Port Aransas. Vessels start arriving in Port Aransas on Friday and Saturday. Awards ceremony is held on Saturday. Municipal Harbor, Robert’s Point Park, 301 J. C. Barr Blvd. harvestmoonregatta.com 281-474-2511

PORT ARTHUR: Oct. 6-8 Mistletoe Market and Cajun Cookoff Three events in one weekend: The Power of the Purse “Ladies Night” on Friday will host appetizers, VIP shopping, and a designer purse auction. The Mistletoe Market will open Saturday to the public—a shopper’s dream from black cats to Santa’s hat. And the Cajun cookoff will feature étouffée, jambalaya, and red bean and rice as local chefs have a true Cajun showdown to satisfy the foodie at heart. Bob Bowers Civic Center, 401 Cultural Center Dr. unitedwaymsjc.org 409-729-4040

PORT ARTHUR: Oct. 7 CavOILcade Parade “We Oil the World” was once the city’s motto. This festival, created in 1953, continues the tradition of honoring the oil industry. A coronation to name a queen is set for the week before, October 14. Procter Street, Downtown Port Arthur. 409-293-7846

PORT ARTHUR: Oct. 14 Live United 5K Fun Run Run includes a 5K chip-timed fun run for the adults and a 1K for kids. Awards by age group, activities for kids, food, and family-friendly fun. Port Neches Park, 601 Avenue A. unitedwaymsjc.org 409-729-4040

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Oct. 6-7 Shopping Tournament Shop ‘til you drop at this sixth annual event. Teams of four players compete in this shopping game with prizes, food, and fun. Various locations. shoprockportfulton.com or acedfoundation.org 361-729-6934

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Oct. 12-15 Seafair Celebrating its 43rd year, the festival starts with a battle of the bands on Thursday in addition to offering a gumbo cookoff; hilarious crab races; arts and crafts, market, and food vendors; an outdoor boat show; and live big-name and local entertainment. Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 101 Seabreeze Dr. rockportseafair.com 361-729-6445

SINTON: Oct. 16-31 Pumpkin Patch A great picture opportunity while buying your special pumpkin. Pumpkin Patch, Sinton Street. 361-229-3416

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Oct. 5-8 Sand Castle Days Five full days of family-friendly fun and art on the beach include master and amateur sand sculpting competitions, live music, and art and food booths. Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill, 6900 Padre Blvd. sandcastledays.com 956-767-2373

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Oct. 21 Monarch Day Celebration As the Monarch butterflies journey to Mexico, learn how to help the species from being endangered. Presentations throughout the day will teach about planting native milkweed plant gardens, take a guided butterfly walk, and enjoy children’s crafts and games. South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, 6801 Padre Blvd. spibirding.com 956-761-6801

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 5 Toddler Music with Sessions Enjoy a free class on the plaza with Sessions Music. Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance, all while developing fundamental skills and connecting with other moms, dads, and families. Recommended for ages newborn to 7 years. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 6 Giving Spirits Concert Series Enjoy live latin/jazz arrangements from Mark Towns Latin Jazz Band, featuring classic compositions by jazz masters to create the band’s spicy-hot sonic excursions. Plus, kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month and learn more about local nonprofits Fort Bend Women’s Center and Asians Against Domestic Abuse. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 7 Diwali Festival Celebrate the Festival of Lights through cultural showcases, inlcuding regional folk and Bollywood dances, food, and activities. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 21 Country at the Ballpark The third annual country concert, put on by 93Q and the Sugar Land Skeeters. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 21 The Jaguar Club of Houston’s Concours D’Elegance Car Show Calling all car enthusiasts: Come see some of the slickest Jaguars on display in the plaza as this event celebrates its 40th year. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 21 Tricks, Treats, and T-Rex Bring the whole family for a spooky good time at the museum. Visit the child-friendly version of the haunted house, play a few outdoor games, or catch a chemistry show. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281-313-2277

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

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 27 Haute Halloween: A Dueling Piano Experience Felix and Fingers dueling pianos will be front and center as they entertain with an interactive, all request, laugh-out-loud show for all ages. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 28 Dusshera Mela Celebrate this annual major Hindu festival with entertainment and activities. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 28 Flying Saucer Beer Feast The sixth annual event will feature more than 50 breweries and 80 craft beers, all carefully selected by Saucer’s resident beer gurus. In addition, very rare and limited-release beers will be tapped one at a time throughout the fest. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 28-29 T3 Haunted House Tour the museum as never before when the temporary exhibit hall is transformed into a haunted house experience. Best for ages 8 years and older. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281-313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Oct. 29 City of Sugar Land’s Halloween Town Festive Halloween characters will roam the square inviting children to participate in several activity stations and attractions provided by local organizations and businesses. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

TEXAS CITY: Sept. 30-Oct. 21 Quilt Show After a short hiatus, the Texas City Museum is bringing back its annual quilt show. Beautiful quilted art by community members will be displayed—attendees can vote for their favorite piece. Texas City Museum, 409 Sixth St. texas-city-tx.org 409-229-1660

TEXAS CITY: Oct. 7 Breast Cancer Awareness Kids and Adult 5K Walk/Run Finish the fight against breast cancer with the fourth annual event, featuring vendors, giveaways, and refreshments. Registration is required. Rotary Pavilion, 2010 Fifth Ave. facebook.com/cityoftexascity 409-643-5984

TEXAS CITY: Oct. 21 Movie at the Dike: Concert, Fireworks, and More Rainbow Park. facebook.com/cityoftexascity 409-643-5919

TOMBALL: Oct. 21 The Freight Train Food Truck Festival A full afternoon of tasty treats from 30 of Houston’s finest rolling kitchens. Spread across two city blocks surrounding the historic downtown railroad depot, the fest offers a wide selection of cuisines, live classic rock from The Grateful Geezers, and southern rock from The Posse. Enjoy a kids zone, vendors, and more. The Historic Downtown Depot, 201 S. Elm. tomballtx.gov 281-351-5484

TOMBALL: Oct. 28 Bluegrass Festival An annual pickin’ and grinnin’ tribute to Americana music at its best. Travers Chandler & Avery County, The Lone Mountain Band, Pine Island Station, and The Border Town Ramblers are scheduled to perform. Bring your instrument and join in the fun at the “Shade Tree Jam” in the courtyard of Granny’s Korner. Enjoy festival foods, vendors, a kids zone, and more. The Historic Downtown Depot, 201 S. Elm. tomballtx.gov 281-351-5484

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

VICTORIA: Oct. 6-7 Bootfest Two-day free festival with a variety of activities for all ages. Features Texas country and Tejano recording artists including Pat Green and Jason Boland, boot-making demonstrations, custom boot vendors, western craftsmen, a kids’ corral, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and a fireworks display, as well as a car, truck, and motorcycle show. Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St. bootfest.org 361-485-3116

VICTORIA: Oct. 19 Symphonic Spooktacular Bring the kids for a fun night of music, costumes, and more. Presented by the Victoria Symphony. Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 E. Sam Houston Dr. victoriasymphony.com 361-576-4500

VICTORIA: Oct. 20 Main Street Market Days Shop from a variety of excellent vendors. Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St. victoriamainstreet.com 361-578-0060

VICTORIA: Oct. 21 “Romantic Masters” Victoria Symphony presents this concert, featuring violinist Alexandra Switala. Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 E. Sam Houston Dr. victoriasymphony.com 361-576-4500

VICTORIA: Oct. 25-26 South Texas Farm and Ranch Show Two-day show features more than 125 booths of the latest agricultural advancements, technology, and farm and ranch machinery as wells as 30 to 40 speakers addressing current issues in the agricultural industry. Produces approximately $10,000 annually for area scholarships. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. southtexasfarmandranchshow.com 361-575-4581

VICTORIA: Oct. 27-28 Cemetery Tour An evening tour of historic cemeteries featuring reenactors in an educational and entertaining setting looking back into Victoria County’s rich history. Evergreen Cemetery, Red River and Vine streets. 361-573-1878

VICTORIA: Oct. 27-29 Haunted Zoo Dare you enter the Zoo this weekend? Come join the Texas Zoo as it holds its annual Halloween event, where the entire facility is turned into a huge walkthrough haunted house. The Texas Zoo, 110 Memorial Dr. texaszoo.org 361-573-7681

VICTORIA: Oct. 27-31 Main Street Riverside Trail of Terror Face this nighttime trek through the woods of Riverside Park, full of costumed creatures ready to give you a scare. Riverside Park, 311 Memorial Dr. victoriamainstreet.com 361-578-0060

WEST COLUMBIA: Oct. 7 Fall Harvest Event 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, 1702 N. 13th. visitvarnerhoggplantation.com 979-345-4656

WEST COLUMBIA: Oct. 28 An Eerie Evening at Varner-Hogg Take a spooky nighttime stroll through the woods to the plantation’s 1840s era Patton Family Cemetery, and 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, 1702 N. 13th. visitvarnerhoggplantation.com 979-345-4656

September

ANGLETON: Sept. 16 Texas Navy Day Celebration Celebrate the Republic of Texas Navy at Surfside. Interact with costumed interpreters and watch period artillery at work. SF Austin – Munson Park, 41885 Texas 288. brazoria-county.com/parks 979-849-5965

BEAUMONT: June 10-Sept. 10 FRESH: Recent Acquisitions Each year, the museum presents an exhibition of works solely from the permanent collection, giving Southeast Texas audiences the opportunity to see the works that are now part of their museum. This exhibition will include recent acquisitions, featuring artists such as Helen Altman, Michael Bise, Linnis Blanton, Lester Davis, and James Drake. Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main St. amset.org 409-832-3432

BEAUMONT: June 10-Sept. 10 Sherry Owens Exhibition Native Texan and Dallas artist Sherry Owens is renowned for her sculpture made of crepe myrtle tree pieces, simultaneously evoking both the natural and other worldly elements of the tree in her sculptures and installations. Owens often states that she is a recycle artist and fills her studio with branches that would otherwise be discarded. Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main St. amset.org 409-832-3432

BEAUMONT: June 13-Sept. 10 Experimenting with Gravity This interactive science exhibit is designed for ages 6 and up. Texas Energy Museum, 600 Main St. texasenergymuseum.org 409-833-5100

BEAUMONT: Aug. 17-Oct. 8 Cafe Arts: Mary Pat Nelson Gross Part of the museum’s Cafe Arts program, which regularly features artists local to Beaumont and Southeast Texas. Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main St. amset.org 409-832-3432

BEAUMONT: Sept. 9 Neches River Rally This canoe and kayak rally takes paddlers on one of the most popular paddling trails in Southeast Texas. The trail features the famous Madonna Tree with a paddle through a cypress-tupelo forest in the Big Thicket National Preserve. bigthicket.org/neches-river-rally 409-790-5499

BEAUMONT: Sept. 9 Spindletop Roller Girls vs. Conroe Cutthroats Ther Beaumont-based Spindletop Roller Girls are the original flat-track women’s roller derby league. Beaumont Civic Center, 701 Main St. spindletoprollergirls.com 409-838-3435

BEAUMONT: Sept. 28 Smokey Robinson in Concert The Grammy winner and living legend performs. Beaumont Civic Center, 701 Main St. beaumontcvb.com 800-745-3000

BRAZORIA: Sept. 16 Shake, Rattle, and Roll The East Texas Quartet entertains with their vocal harmonies, hula hooping skills, and comedy. Brazoria Civic Center, 202 W. Smith. 979-236-0241

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

CORPUS CHRISTI: Through Sept. 30 Wildlife in Focus Photography Exhibition The Center presents an exhibition of 150 large, full-color, award-winning wildlife photographic images from the biennial Wildlife in Focus competition. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org or wildlifeinfocus.org 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Sept. 2-3 Arts Alive Enjoy a weekend full of curated art experiences, from wood block printing with a steam roller, molten aluminum tile pouring, a community mural, family art activities, art vendors, and more. Art Center of Corpus Christi, 100 N. Shoreline. artcentercc.org 361-884-6406

CORPUS CHRISTI: Sept. 2 Kids Discover Reptiles and Amphibians Texas Master Naturalist Chad Huckabee and animal staffer Rich Hafemeister teach kids from ages 3 to 93 about habits and habitats of frogs, toads, iguanas, turtles, tortoises, lizards, snakes, and other creatures—ones you may or may not want to have as pets. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Sept. 9 Intro to Exciting World of Birds Basic introduction designed for beginners with little or no experience in birding, by noted birder, educator, author, and naturalist Gene Blacklock. Study some of the 450-plus known bird species in South Texas. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Sept. 23 Shorebird Identification All levels of birders can study Coastal Bend shorebirds, plovers, sandpipers, phalaropes, life histories, migration timelines, and basic plumage with noted birder, naturalist, author, and educator Gene Blacklock. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361-852-2100

FREEPORT: Sept. 1-2 Summertime Blues Fest and Biker Bash Present Labor Day Pipes and Stripes Cool blues and great food to end a long, hot summer. Motorcycle run, biker games, live music, and vendors. Freeport Municipal Park, 410 N. Brazosport Blvd. 979-482-2036

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

GALVESTON: Sept. 1-3 Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival One of the largest of its kind in Texas, this event will feature more than 400 craft beers, live music, educational seminars, and more. Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd. brewmastersbeerfest.com

GALVESTON: Sept. 3 Galveston Symphony Orchestra Concert Conductor Dr. Trond Saeverud and the Galveston Symphony Orchestra present their fall pops concert. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Sept. 16-17 Ronnie Milsap Farewell Concert With 40 No. 1 hits, six Grammy awards, and a dozen CMAs including Entertainer of the Year and four turns at Male Vocalist of the Year, Milsap has been a consistent chart topper and true icon in the industry, known for his highly entertaining live show. Don’t miss the final opportunity to see this amazing performer. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Sept. 23 Chita and Tune: Two For The Road, Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune Two of Broadway’s legendary performers appear together in a stunning opening night. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Sept. 28 “How I Became A Pirate” Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Sept. 29-30 Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival This festival features some of the best shrimp gumbo on the Gulf Coast. There will be a seafood cookoff, gumbo tasting, parade, and a Strand merchants walkabout. Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand St. galvestonshrimpfestival.com

HOUSTON: July 26-Sept. 3 “Wood Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie” The legendary singer-songwriter transformed folk music into a powerful vehicle for political expression with hits like “This Land is Your Land” and “The Ballad of Tom Joad.” In this thrilling musical, Guthrie’s timeless songs reveal the iconic artist’s bold vision for the America he deeply loved. In conjunction with “Woody Sez,” the theater will host two musical hootenannies following matinee performances of the show. Audiences, musicians, and the public are invited to bring instruments, noisemakers, or just their voices and join the cast for an informal jam session. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy., Suite 101. stagestheatre.com 713-527-0123

HOUSTON: Aug. 1-Sep. 4 Restaurant Weeks For thousands of Houstonians and visitors to the bayou city, Houston Restaurant Weeks provides a monthlong passport to the city’s top restaurants and award-winning chefs. All proceeds raised from area restaurants go directly to the Food Bank. For more than four weeks, diners get to taste prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Various locations. houstonrestaurantweeks.com

HOUSTON: Sept. 1-3 Ella at 100 Kicking off Houston Symphony conductor Steven Reineke’s inaugural season with a program to celebrate one of his all-time favorite artists, Ella Fitzgerald. In honor of her 100th birthday, Steven has lined up three formidable vocal powerhouses. Together, Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and N’Kenge are delivering music that the world has come to cherish, such as “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” and “Summertime.” Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Sept. 1-4 Lone Star Flight Museum Grand Opening To celebrate its grand opening, the Lone Star Flight Museum will conduct a ribbon ceremony on Friday morning. The museum will open to the public on Saturday with special family activities through Monday, including entertainment and food trucks, and free admission for children 11 and under. Lone Star Flight Museum, 11551 Aerospace Ave. lsfm.org

HOUSTON: Sept. 2-3 Rock and Pop Tribute Concert Tribute bands perform the hits of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and other great artists. Traders Village Houston, 7979 North Eldridge Road. tradersvillage.com 281-890-5500

HOUSTON: Sept. 8-9 “Xanadu” Inspiration and love collide in this hilarious, roller-skating musical that slyly questions the role of art in pop culture. Based on the 1980 cult classic film, “Xanadu” overflows with joyous high-spirited fun as Kira, a beautiful Greek muse, descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, to inspire struggling artist Sonny to create the pinnacle of artistic achievement—the Roller Disco. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. stagestheatre.com 713-527-0123

HOUSTON: Sept. 9 Downtown Houston Home and Lifestyle Tour Take a self-guided tour of residences that showcase housing options downtown, as well as the area’s rich urban amenities. Greenlink will provide free transportation between participating downtown destinations including Historic Market Square Park and Allen’s Landing. Various locations. downtownhouston.org 713-650-3022

HOUSTON: Sept. 9 Opening Night with Susan Graham Hailed as “America’s favorite mezzo,” the opera star lends her lustrous voice to opening night of the Houston Symphony’s 2017-18 Season. Featuring arias from Graham’s signature stage roles and favorite showtunes, this delightful program will begin the season with gorgeous melodies and the singer’s infectious joy. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Sept. 10 Shrimp Fest A festival dedicated to all things shrimp, featuring great music and plenty of good eats. Traders Village Houston, 7979 N. Eldridge Road. tradersvillage.com 281-890-5500

HOUSTON: Sept. 14, 16-17 Mahler and Dvořák The Houston Symphony’s Classical Series begins with two visions of “The Heavenly Life.” Imbued with the rhythms of Czech folk music, Dvořák’s Te Deum evokes a rustic spirituality and features an electrifying ending. Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 conjures a world of innocence and wonder, especially in its vocal finale. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Sept. 18 Fiestas Patrias This festival celebrates Mexico’s independence and features great live music. Traders Village Houston, 7979 North Eldridge Road. tradersvillage.com 281-890-5500

HOUSTON: Sept. 19 Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry A celebrated culinary tasting event featuring more than 40 of the region’s top chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists, all united for one cause: making sure all children have the nutritious food they need, every day. Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St. nokidhungry.org/houston 512-551-3470

HOUSTON: Sept. 21 Blanket Bingo Bring your blanket and lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of bingo, music, and great prizes. Admission includes one bingo packet (approximately nine games); proceeds benefit Market Square Park and Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. marketsquarepark.com 713-650-3022

HOUSTON: Sept. 22-24 Andrés Conducts Schumann Andrés Orozco-Estrada leads the orchestra in two Romantic masterpieces by Schumann that frame an exciting world premiere. Jimmy López, the Houston Symphony’s new Peruvian-born, California-based composer-in-residence, unveils his Violin Concerto, a piece he specially composed for violinist Leticia Moreno and the symphony. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Sept. 22 ROCO in Concert: “To the Beat of a Different Drummer” River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s 13 season kicks off with a free performance. The concert features the world premiere of “Five Views,” a percussion concerto by pinoneering computer music composer Paul Lansky. Miller Outdoor Theater, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. rocohouston.org 713-665-2700

HOUSTON: Sept. 23 “From Harlem to Havana,” The Da Camera 2017-18 season opening concert features The Harlem Quartet with Aldo López Gavilán. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. dacamera.com 713-524-5050

HOUSTON: Sept. 23 ROCO in Concert: “To the Beat of a Different Drummer” Features the world premiere of “Five Views,” a percussion concerto by pinoneering computer music composer Paul Lansky. The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd. rocohouston.org 713-665-2700

HOUSTON: Sept. 25 Houston Symphony Presents Garrison Keillor NPR veteran Garrison Keillor returns to Houston for the first time after stepping down from hosting “A Prairie Home Companion” following an incredible 42-season run. With his trademark storytelling and candid, observational comedy, Keillor captivates audiences using his unique blend of humor, charisma, and wisdom for this one-night event. Note: The orchestra will not appear on this program. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Sept. 26 Body by Broadway Sing, squat, and dance along to your favorite Broadway tunes, taught by instructors from Define Mind & Body. The event is hosted by the Houston Downtown Management District and Theatre Under the Stars. Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. marketsquarepark.com 713-650-3022

HOUSTON: Sept. 28, 30; Oct. 1 Russian Masters Representing the great Russian conducting tradition, Vassily Sinaisky makes his Houston Symphony debut with a thrilling, all-Russian program. Two astonishing first symphonies provide a study in contrasts: Shostakovich’s irreverent wit is the perfect foil for Tchaikovsky’s dreamy melodies. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. houstonsymphony.org 713-224-7575

HOUSTON: Sept. 30 MET Season Kickoff Performance METdance, a multifunctional dance organi-zation, kicks off its 2017-18 season with a free performance. Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St. levyparkhouston.org 713-522-7275

JONES CREEK: Sept 9. Jones Creek Volunteer Fire Department BBQ and Auction. Held at Stephen Austin Elementary School Cafeteria, 7351 Stephen F. Austin Rd, Jones Creek, TX 77541. Dine in or take out from 11 am to 3 pm, live auction starts at @ 1 pm. For Questions, contact: Fire Chief Kenny McBride: 979-201-3594,
David Doyle 601-701-3341, Rocky Thomas 979-236-8475.

KEMAH: Sept. 28-Oct. 1 Galveston Bay Songwriters Festival The inaugural festival features headliners like country star David Lee Murphy (“Dust on the Bottle,” “Loco”) and Americana artist and Texas native Radney Foster (“Nobody Wins,” “Just Call Me Lonesome”) and dozens of free songwriter-in-the-round shows with performances by area artists in Americana, country, roots-rock, and related genres at five venues. Kemah Community Center, 800 Harris Ave. galvestonbaysongwriters.com 512-217-9404

KEMAH: Sept. 30 Southern Style Market A one-stop shop for the latest styles in fashion, art, home decor, beauty, gourmet food, and more. Kemah Community Center, 800 Harris Ave. southernstyleevents.net 281-467-3577

KINGSVILLE: Sept. 16-17 South Texas Show Series A prospect show for livestock show projects. Cattle, lambs, goats, and pigs accepted. JK Northway Exposition Center, 501 E. Escondido. 361-296-4667

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

LAKE JACKSON: Sept. 4 Pool Daze of Summer Pool games, free admission. Lake Jackson Outdoor Pool, 300 Magnolia. lakejackson-tx.gov 979-297-4533

LAKE JACKSON: Sept. 6 Game Day at the Museum The museum rotunda is filled with games for all ages to enjoy. Lake Jackson Historical Museum, 249 Circle Way. lakejacksonmuseum.org 979-297-1570

LAKE JACKSON: Sept. 9-10 Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Solve a whodunit while feasting on dinner. Lake Jackson Historical Museum, 249 Circle Way. lakejacksonmuseum.org 979-297-1570

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

LAKE JACKSON: Sept. 16, 23 Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza Watch the thumb-sized hummers dart in and out of nectar-producing flowers like lantana, trumpet-vine, and honeysuckle; or spy them sipping nectar at feeders hanging from tree limbs and building awnings. Also see a bird-bander hold a tiny hummingbird while taking measurements, weighing it and tagging it for future study. Gulf Coast Birding Observatory Campus, 299 Texas 332. gcbo.org 979-480-0999

LAKE JACKSON: Sept. 23 Peace Officers 5K The 5K starts at MacLean Park and winds through Lake Jackson. Awards given to overall male and female and in many age categories. MacLean Park, 93 Lake Road. brazoriacountypoa.com 979-864-2220

LAKE JACKSON: Sept. 23 Science Fest Watch chemical reactions, make crafts, hold reptiles, inspect fossils, and help conduct experiments. Lake Jackson Historical Museum, 249 Circle Way. lakejacksonmuseum.org 979-297-1570

ORANGE: Through July 14, 2018 “The World War I Homefront: Orange Goes Over the Top” New at The W.H. Stark House, this exhibit shares stories of how the Stark family and the people of Orange supported the war effort. Learn about the active role the family took in boosting troop morale, helping the Red Cross, and supplying our troops abroad. The W.H. Stark House, 610 W. Main Ave. starkculturalvenues.org/whstarkhouse 409/883-0871

ORANGE: Through Sept. 9 “Branding the American West: Paintings and Films, 1900-–1950” This exhibition examines 20th-century images of the American West as seen through films of the era and through the eyes of Taos Society of Artists members and California-based artist Maynard Dixon. Stark Museum of Art, 712 Green Ave. starkculturalvenues.org/starkmuseum 409/886-2787

ORANGE: Sept. 15-17 Showdown on the Sabine The Sport Tunnel Boat Races feature 50-60 racers from United States to Canada. Food and drink vendors will be on-site as well as children’s activities. This is a free event for the public. City of Orange Boat Ramp, 1000 Simmons Dr. orangetexas.org 409-883-1011 or 409-883-1010

PALACIOS: Sept. 28 Palacios Community Medical Center Box Supper Fundraiser A box supper is a fundraiser dinner party. Guests will preview an assortment of decorative, unique boxes that contain a ready-to-eat meal for two or more. The contents of the boxes are a surprise. Live auction. Palacios Recreation Center, 2401 Perryman Ave. palacioshospital.net 361-972-2511

PORT ARANSAS: Sept. 16 Conquer the Coast Choose from 10-mile, 25-mile, and 65-mile bike riding events and enjoy the scenery from Corpus Christi along the bay through Port Aransas and back to Corpus. Bayfront Park, 1517 N. Shoreline Blvd. conquerthecoast.org 361-881-1800

PORT ARTHUR: Sept. 9 Mexican Heritage Fiesta Enjoy a parade of costumes showcasing the 31 states of Mexico, folklorico dancers in vibrant costumes, live mariachi and dance bands, the Miss Mexican Heritage pageant, children’s activities including face painting, and food vendors providing an array of authentic Mexican dishes. Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Dr. mexicanheritagefiesta.com 409-673-3817

QUINTANA: Sept. 23 Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up Volunteers gather for a general beach clean-up. Dress for the weather and bring along some water. Supplies provided. Free meal afterward. Quintana Beach County Park, 330 Fifth St. brazoria-county.com/parks 979-864-1541

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Sept. 6-8 Warrior’s Weekend Heroes Cup A fishing tournament for soldiers wounded in the line of duty. rockportfulton.org

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Sept. 14-17 HummerBird Celebration Rockport celebrates the tiny winged ones with a reception, workshops, HummerBird Malls, bus and boat tours, exhibits, banding, and lectures presented by world-renowned experts. 1801 Omohundo St. rockporthummingbird.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Sept. 8-10 Wahoo Classic Fishing from Jim’s Pier, anglers will compete in three categories: Wahoo, Black Fin Tuna, and Dorado/Mahi Mahi. Held during the best fishing weather of the year, the second annual event features $15,000 in cash prizes for the top three competitors. Jim’s Pier, 211 W. Swordfish St. sopadre.com 956-761-5467

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Sept. 22-23 Boat and Kayak Fishing Tournament Valley Haven’s third annual tournament offers $11,000 in cash prizes, customs plaques, a raffle, social events, and more. Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Blvd. valleyhaveninc.org 956-893-0422

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 1 Giving Spirits Concert Series Enjoy live pop variety music from Genre Band, a hot new Houston-born entertainment group that brings together top hits from your favorite classics. Also, learn more about The Alzheimer’s Association. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 7 Sturgill Simpson in Concert The performance will feature material from throughout Simpson’s catalog and is his way of thanking fans—both old and new—for a series of unprecedented years. Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 7 Toddler Music with Sessions Enjoy a free class on the plaza with Sessions Music. Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance, all while developing fundamental skills and connecting with other moms, dads, and families. Recommended for ages newborn to 7 years. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 8 Opry on the Square Enjoy Country Now and Then, featuring country favorites that will appeal to all generations of country music fans. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 9 Frolic at the Park Girls Inc. to put on their annual event. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr. girlsinc-houston.org

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 10 ZZ Top in Concert The legendary rockers will keep on rolling as they bring The Tonnage Tour to Sugar Land, following the release of their new live greatist-hits album last fall. The blues-rock trio set its roots in Houston and are Texans through-and-through. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 12 Bryan Adams in Concert Along with cuts from his new release, the concert will include songs from Adams’ vast collection of hits including “Summer of ‘69,” “Heaven,” and “Everything I Do (I Do It For You).” Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 15 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. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 15 Sammy Hagar & The Circle in Concert Part of the Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land Concert Series. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 16 Children’s Wellness Bash The third annual event, brought to you by the WOW Project, features seven different interactive stations that represent the Seven Dimensions of Wellness, live entertainment, a Sample Market, and more. The Bash will be geared toward children ages 5 and up (and those who are still kids at heart). Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 16 Fossil Wash Day Get down and dirty with the paleontology team and help sift through dirt from a fossil dig in Seymour, Texas. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land 281-313-2277

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 21 Steve Winwood in Concert For more than four decades, Winwood has remained a primary figure in rock ’n’ roll, a respected innovator who has helped to create some of the genre’s most celebrated achievements. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 22 Lyrics and Lawn Games The Plaza turns into one big backyard party. Enjoy lawn games, beer and wine, and live music from Jones the Band, a Dallas-based blues-R&B-rock band that plays both original and variety music. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 23 Skeeters Foundation Kickball Tournament Bring a team to this annual tournament, donate, and help make this the best fundraising year yet. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr. sugarlandskeeters.com

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 27 Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas in Concert The Grammy Award-winning powerhouse and the anthemic rap superstar are ready to rule the world on their co-headlining tour, with special guest Chronixx. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 29 Paramore in Concert with Special Guest Best Coast Rock out with American rock band and listen to new songs off their album “After Laughter.” Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: Sept. 29 Vino and Vintage Vocals Travel through the decades with live music featuring Strange Days Band, the ultimate classic rock experience that takes you through the ’60s and ’70s, drawing from the well of great audience-pleasing hits. Vino & Vinyl will be on the plaza with special wine to purchase. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Dr. sugarland.com

SURFSIDE BEACH: Sept. 23 Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up Volunteers gather for a general beach clean-up. Dress for the weather and bring along some water. Supplies provided. Free meal afterward. Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway. brazoria-county.com/parks 979-864-1541

TEXAS CITY: Sept. 16 Old Smokey Cookoff Sixth Street’s biggest cookoff of the year is back for its fourth annual competition. Help raise money and awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children—entry fee includes No. 18 Old Smokey charcoal grill. 520 Sixth St. texas-city-tx.org 409-549-4815

TEXAS CITY: Sept. 30-Oct. 21 Quilt Show After a short hiatus, the Texas City Museum is bringing back its annual quilt show. Beautiful quilted art by community members will be displayed—attendees can vote for their favorite piece. 409 Sixth St. texas-city-tx.org 409-229-1660

TOMBALL: Sept. 30 Beetles, Brew, and Barbecue Tomball’s version of a Texas-style Oktoberfest with more than 150 classic Volkswagen Beetles, Texas craft brew and breweries, local barbecue, and more. There will be a kids’ zone, vendors, festival foods, and live classic rock from The Allen Oldies Band and Endless Summer. Historic Downtown Depot, 201 S. Elm. tomballtx.gov 281-351-5484

VICTORIA: Sept. 14-17 “Boeing Boeing” Theatre Victoria presents this classic farce. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. theatrevictoria.org 361-570-8587

VICTORIA: Sept. 16 “The Undisputed Masters” Victoria Symphony presents this concert, featuring cellist Christine Lamprea. Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 E. Sam Houston Dr. victoriasymphony.com 361-576-4500

VICTORIA: Sept. 24 Czech Heritage Festival Featuring live polka music, a Tarok tournament, traditional arts and crafts, Czech foods, a homemade beer and wine show, live demonstrations, and exhibits of historical Czech items. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. victoriaczechs.org 361-575-0820

VICTORIA: Sept. 30 Fall for Dance Witness a display of amazing choreography and skill in a repertory of classical and contemporary pieces. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. victoriaballet.org 361-575-2313

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