March

BEAUMONT: Feb. 24-March 10 “The Marvelous Wonderettes” The jukebox musical where a female quartet plays a high school prom, singing songs from the 1950s, and their reunion 10 years later when they sing songs from the 1960s. Featuring songs like
“Mr. Sandman,” “Stupid Cupid,” “It’s My Party,” and “Respect.” Beaumont Community Players, 4155
Laurel Ave. beaumontcommunityplayers.com 409-833-4664

BEAUMONT: March 10 Symphony of Southeast Texas: “Spectrum, the Motown Men” Featuring Cushney Roberts, David Prescott, Pierre Jovan, Daryl Grant singing Motown’s greatest hits, and more. Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl St. sost.org 409-892-2257

BEAUMONT: March 22-April 1 South Texas State Fair Features a carnival and a kids fun zone where young fairgoers can ride camels and horses as well as get up-close and personal with animals at the petting zoo. The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association showcases the country’s top cowboys and cowgirls at the YMBL Championship Rodeo while locals present their masterpieces at the School Art, Quilt, and Photo Show. Ford Park Event Center, 5115 I-10 S. ymbl.org 409-832-9991

BEAUMONT: March 24 Magnolia Brass Band Festival Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets and join the Lamar University Bands for an outdoor afternoon festival commemorating the “March King” John Philip Sousa’s four Beaumont visits in 1906, 1919, 1924, and 1928. This concert will celebrate the music of the Magnolia Band, a local Beaumont band temporarily conducted by Sousa in 1924, and Lamar University’s bands playing music from America’s “Golden Age,” when Beaumont was a booming oil town. Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum, 5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd. lamar.edu/fine-arts-communication/music 409-880-8144

BRAZORIA: March 3 Heritage Day A fun-filled day for families includes a cattle drive parade, food, kid games, dance schools performing in the theater, an antique car show, and a gun show in the gymnasium. Brazoria Civic Center, 202 W. Smith St. brazoriahf.org 979-236-0241

BROWNSVILLE: March 24 Taste of Texas Celebrate Texas History Month at the eighth annual event, which offers a sampling of wine, beer, spirits, and food pairings unique to the Lone Star State. Laureles Ranch House Museum, 1501 E. Seventh St. brownsvillehistory.org 956-548-1313

CLUTE: March 6, 13, 20, 27 Planetarium Show
Features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector to produce the night sky as it appears to the naked eye, together with a variety of high-tech equipment to give a close-up feel for things like comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd.
brazosportcenter.org 979-265-3376

CORPUS CHRISTI: March 3 Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society: American Brass Quintet
The Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society’s 2017-18 Series presents concerts by six chamber ensembles. Wolfe Recital Hall, Del Mar College, Corner of Ayers and Kosar streets. corpuschristichambermusic.org 361-877-8393

CORPUS CHRISTI: March 17 Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden Learn necessary components of a butterfly garden from “Butterfly Lady” Brenda Dziedzic, author of “Learn about Butterflies in the Garden.” Want monarchs, giant swallowtails, or cloudless sulphurs in your landscape? Choose butterflies you want and learn the right plants to draw them to your yard. Class included in general admission; free for members. Check in at Visitors Center. South Texas
Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St.
stxbot.org 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: March 24 Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society: Tesla Quartet The Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society’s 2017-18 Series presents concerts by six chamber ensembles. Wolfe Recital Hall,
Del Mar College, Corner of Ayers and Kosar Streets. corpuschristichambermusic.org 361-877-8393

CORPUS CHRISTI: March 24-25 South Botanical Gardens Orchid & Rose Show See beautiful specimen plants from both Coastal Bend’s orchid aficionados’ private orchid collections, along with spectacular blooms from top local rose gardeners—the same weekend in one exhibition. Anyone may exhibit plants. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center,
8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: March 30-31 Exciting World of Hawks & Their Identification Learn about one of the most fascinating American raptors with expert birder, naturalist, and author/educator Gene Blacklock, along with his “common birds of prey” lecture. Class is Friday evening with a field trip on Saturday morning at Hazel Bazemore Park, location of the annual Hawk Watch. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center,
8545 S. Staples St. stxbot.org 361-852-2100

FREEPORT: March 16-18 Texas Joy Ride This is the 29th annual car show and rod run. Freeport Municipal Park, 421 N. Brazosport Blvd. 281-444-8680

FREEPORT: March 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

FRIENDSWOOD: March 3 Texas Music Festival Enjoy an afternoon of the many music styles of the Lone Star State celebrating Texas Independence Day. Scheduled to perform at the third annual event are headliner Roger Creager, Zane Williams, Bri Bagwell, Two Tons of Steel, and Saints Eleven. FM 518 and
FM 2351. fdfa.org

FULTON: March 1-4 Fulton Oysterfest This annual salute to the oyster industry will offer plenty of food, entertainment, arts, crafts, and a carnival. Fulton Navigation Park, 402 N. Fulton Beach Road. fultonoysterfest.org 361-463-9955

GALVESTON: March 2 Jerry Jeff Walker in Concert One of the Lone Star State’s most popular musical ambassadors returns to The Grand for a memorable evening, filled with heart-tugging ballads, spirited melodies, and down-home fun. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or
409-765-1894

GALVESTON: March 3 Julian Bliss Septet—A Tribute to Benny Goodman One of the world’s finest clarinetists, excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, and tireless musical explorer. This concert celebrates not only the virtuoso pioneer of American swing music but also captures the vibrant joy of a simple, unadorned melody played with feeling and conviction. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or
409-765-1894

GALVESTON: March 8 “Nugget and Fang” ArtsPower’s colorful new musical tells the story of Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark, who get along swimmingly—until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There, Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks. To regain Nugget’s trust, Fang takes desperate and hilarious measures. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: March 10 “On Golden Pond” Both lighthearted and deeply moving, playwright Ernest Thompson’s American theatrical masterpiece is the story of a curmudgeonly father and husband who must confront his strained relationship with his adult daughter and his own not-so-gentle march into old age. Presented by Montana Repertory Theatre. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: March 10-11 Corvette Chevy Expo Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the all-Chevrolet event features world-class show cars indoors and also an outdoor Show ’N Shine. Find major national vendors, cars for sale, a craft show, a miniature wheels show, a food court, and on Sunday, Swimsuit USA International holds a swimsuit contest. The event is full of awards and is open to all Chevy models. Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd. corvettechevyexpo.com 386-775-2512

GALVESTON: March 10 Ocean Star Family Days On the second Saturday of each month, the Ocean Star celebrates Family Day. Each month focuses on a different theme that relates to the offshore oil and gas industry. Information is presented at a student’s level using activities and experiments. Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum, 20th Street and Harborside Drive. oceanstaroec.com 409-766-7827

GALVESTON: March 11 Galveston Symphony Orchestra Trond Saeverud conducts Weber’s “Oberon” Overture; Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto, with Sam Huss on trumpet; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 67. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: March 18 The Rob Landes Trio: The Fabulous ’50s The 1950s marked the beginning of the age of rock ’n’ roll—from Elvis to Little Richard to Chuck Berry. At the same time, the 1950s was the era of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, and Roger Williams. From “Sha Boom” to “Chances Are,” The Rob Landes Trio charms audiences with the memorable music of the fabulous ’50s. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: March 24 Cirque Eloize—Saloon
The Wild West comes alive in this intoxicating mix of theatre, music, and acrobatics. Imagine a saloon complete with piano player and a bar filled with gold diggers, rail workers, chorus girls, and cowboys. Add some comedy, dance, music, and whiskey, and you get a fun-filled spectacle with a breathtaking finale. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: March 24 Ocean Discovery Day
Visitors enjoy hands-on activities; explore coral reefs, salt marshes, offshore oil platforms and marine science careers; discover Fort Crockett history; learn how to rescue dolphins; visit with sea turtles; and find out what NOAA is and does in the Gulf of Mexico during this free event. NOAA Galveston Lab, 4700 Avenue U. flowergarden.noaa.gov 409-356-0382

GALVESTON: March 27 “Click, Clack, Moo—Cows That Type” When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a “tech-free zone.” He confiscates her laptop and puts it in the cold barn along with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets. “No way,” replies Farmer Brown. “No blankets!” So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets: no milk, no eggs. Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously “mooooo-ving” musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894

HOUSTON: Feb. 20-March 4 “Memphis” From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony Award-winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, “Memphis” is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Theatre Under the Stars, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. tuts.com 713-558-2600

HOUSTON: March 2 Da Camera Presents: Garrick Ohlsson Celebrated pianist Garrick Ohlsson plays four of Beethoven’s most beloved masterpieces, bringing to life the passionate and dramatic spirit of these revolutionary works. Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St. dacamera.com 713-524-5050

HOUSTON: March 4-April 5 International Watermedia Exhibition The 41st annual exhibition will highlight the artistic excellence of its global participants in a gallery exhibit held in Houston’s popular Museum District. Selected entries will receive maximum exposure at this juried, monthlong exhibit and have an opportunity to win more than $7,000 in prizes. This year Iain Stewart is the honorary juror and instructor. Watercolor Art Society—Houston, 1601 W. Alabama St.
watercolorhouston.org 713-942-9966

HOUSTON: March 9. French Cultures Festival Kick-Off Concert. The festival aims at celebrating French language through cultural and educational events. At Discovery Green located at 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010 from 6 to 10 p.m. It is free, open to the public and family-friendly. In addition to the live music performances, concert attendees will have the opportunity to taste an exclusive selection of gourmet dishes from France and francophone countries.

HOUSTON: March 9-11 “Riverdance”
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in this 20th anniversary world tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music, and song. The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St. houston.broadway.com 800-952-6560

HOUSTON: March 13-25 “Bright Star” From Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell comes this five-time Tony-nominated, new Broadway musical. Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and powerfully moving performances. Theatre Under the Stars, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. tuts.com 713-558-2600

HOUSTON: March 22. The 9th Annual Keels & Wheels Uncorked event is Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Bentley Showroom of Post Oak Motor Cars. An elegant evening of fine wines and exceptional food presented by some of Landry’s Inc. finest restaurants. The “Uncorked” event will also feature luxury items and experiences in the form of a live and silent auction. Proceeds from the event and both auctions benefit the Boys & Girls Harbor. https://www.keels-wheels.com 7135210105

HOUSTON: March 23-25 Bayou City Art Festival As the nation’s premier outdoor fine art event, the three-day festival will provide guests with the opportunity to personally meet artists, view original works, and purchase world class art. The festival will benefit local nonprofit partners and feature music, local food vendors and food trucks, live music performances, and entertainment. Memorial Park, 7575 South Picnic Lane. artcolonyassociation.org 713-521-0133

HOUSTON: March 24 Da Camera Presents: Mingus Big Band The 14-piece Mingus Big Band celebrates the music of legendary composer/bassist Charles Mingus. Pianist and Houston native Helen Sung joins the band for this Houston performance.
Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston, 4300 University Drive. dacamera.com 713-524-5050

HOUSTON: Through May 13 “Light Charmer: Neon and Plasma in Action” A group show featuring artists who create a spectacle of light, color, and movement through neon and plasma sculpture and performance. Viewers will be enchanted by the variety of glowing artworks on display. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. crafthouston.org/exhibition/light-charmer 713-529-4848

KEMAH: March 10. Cops n Crawfish. Crawfish plate – $12; BBQ – $5; Hot Dog – $1; Bake Sale and Silent Auction.  Kemah Citizens Police Academy Alumni Assoc. sponsors this event to benefit the Kemah Police Dept. 11:00 am to 2:00 pm  281-724-0842

KINGSVILLE: March 23 Meet the Blues Bring your friends and family to get a glimpse of the Blue Angels and their staff before the Wings over South Texas Air Show. The public will be able to get photographs, autographs, and listen to some great music at this event. Admission and parking are free. J.K. Northway Exposition Center, 501 E. Escondido Road. kingsvilletexas.com 800-333-5032

KINGSVILLE: March 24-25 Wings over South Texas Naval Air Station Kingsville will host the Navy’s Blue Angels and other demonstrations of aerial skill. Admission is free. Naval Air Station Kingsville, 3731 Fitch St. wingsoversouthtexas.com 800-333-5032

LA MARQUE: March 24. Big Crawfish Bash. We are a 501 c3 non profit that broke a Guinness World Record for the most crawfish served in 8 hours! Texas,not Louisiana! We also donated over
124,000 dollars to veterans, special olympics and local are education foundations! 11:00 www.bigasscrawfishbash.com 7133023417

LA PORTE: March 3 Main Street Trade Days Held the first Saturday of the month downtown, this market showcases the best of area antiques, collectibles, re-purposed items, and artisan vendors. Enjoy the many eclectic shops and eateries along Main Street as you search for treasures. Historic Downtown La Porte, 200 W. Main St. visitlaportetx.com 281-470-7275

LA PORTE: March 17 Airing of the Quilts This year, the event will feature multiple quilts on display throughout the downtown area, plus blanket bingo and a square exchange. Five Points Plaza, 100 S. Broadway. visitlaportetx.com 281-470-7275

LAKE JACKSON: May 1 Turtle Island Quartet
Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet aesthetic with contemporary American musical styles, and by devising a performance practice that honors both, the state of the art has inevitably been redefined. The Clarion, 500 College Drive. brazosport.edu/clarion 979-230-3156

LAKE JACKSON: March 3 Doggy Dash 5K The seventh annual 5K starts at MacLean Park. Awards given to overall male and female and in many age categories. MacLean Park, 93 Lake Road. ljdoggydash.com
979-285-2340

LAKE JACKSON: May 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, FM 2004 near SH 332. lakejacksonmuseum.org 979-297-1570

LAKE JACKSON: March 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 Brazos-port area. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332. gcbo.org 979-480-0999

NEDERLAND: March 13-18 Nederland Heritage Festival During spring break, the city celebrates its Dutch heritage. The Windmill Museum and Acadian House at Tex Ritter Park form the background for a carnival, music, and the famed Cuisine Walk. Boston Avenue. nederlandhf.org 409-724-2269

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

PORT ARTHUR: March 17 Crabbing 101 at Sea Rim State Park Learn from the pros at the park showing off 5 miles of natural beach along the Gulf of Mexico. Visit the marsh side for paddle trails. Sea Rim State Park, 19335 S. Gulfway Drive. tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sea-rim 409-971-2559

ROCKPORT: March 10 Whooping Crane Strut
The 30th annual event features a two-mile walk and a 5K and 10K run. The walk will remain on the beach while the 5K and 10K will continue to Austin Street and Water Street. Rockport Beach, 100 Seabreeze Drive. 361-727-2158

SPRING: March 24-25 SpringFest What began as a Texas wine and art show has evolved to so much more. This year’s event will be adding a new twist with a home and garden show—visit the demonstration area for DIY project inspiration. Walk the shop-lined streets of Old Town Spring as you taste craft beers and wines from coast to coast, eat delicious foods, shop the local craft vendors and town shops, and see a demonstration or crafting class while listening to great music. Preservation Park, 130 Spring School Road. oldtownspring.com 281-353-9310

SUGAR LAND: March 3 Cultural Kite Festival
Beautiful kites, windy weather, and vibrant people attend the city’s annual event. There is plenty for the family to enjoy, including a kite-making workshop, kite-flying lessons, a children’s craft area, a chalk art contest, and many more fun activities for all ages. Local community groups will entertain the crowd with various cultural performances throughout the event. Brazos River Park, 18427 Southwest Freeway. sugarlandtx.gov 281-275-2825

SUGAR LAND: March 3 Patti LaBelle in Concert with Kem and Special Guest Chrisette Michele Join the legendary singer for an evening of soul. With multiple Grammys including a Hall of Fame honor, an Emmy Award, American Music Award, and many others, LaBelle continues to be a powerhouse in the music industry. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: March 21 Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo in Concert The four-time Grammy winners will share their collection of hits in a stripped down, acoustic version—a setting that will allow fans to experience the true power of the music while hearing the stories behind the songs. Since 1979, Benatar and Giraldo have created some of rock’s most memorable hits: “Love is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” and “We Belong.” Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: March 22 Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Puppy Dog Pals, Doc McStuffins, and more. Kids of all ages and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games, and join the biggest dance party around. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SUGAR LAND: March 24 Eggstravaganza
The Easter Bunny welcomes thousands of families to this annual event filled with egg scrambles, carnival games, and more. Eldridge Park, 2511 Eldridge Road.
sugarlandtx.gov 281-275-2825

SUGAR LAND: March 31 Chicago in Concert
The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band is hailed as one of the most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock ’n’ roll era. Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd.
smartfinancialcentre.net 281-207-6278

SURFSIDE BEACH: March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
Parade One of the longest-lasting traditions held at Surfside Beach, this annual event includes a parade where part of the route goes down the beach, and plenty of free beads and candy thrown from the floats. In addition to the parade, there are costume contests, a social, fundraisers, and a re-enactment of the Battle of Fort Velasco. Surfside Beach City Hall, 1304 Monument Drive. beachblarney.com 979-864-3414

THE WOODLANDS: March 3 The Woodlands Marathon A Boston qualifier, this race is the second fastest course in Texas on average and one of the top 25th fastest courses in the country. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive. thewoodlandsmarathon.com

THE WOODLANDS: March 3 Waterway Nights Enjoy live music by local and regional performers weekly in the spring and summer. Waterway Square, 31 Waterway Square Place. thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 281-210-3800

THE WOODLANDS: March 4, 11, 18, 25 Concert in the Park Enjoy a free evening of music in one of The Woodlands’ premiere parks. Blankets, lawn chairs, coolers, and pets are permitted. On March 25, join the seventh annual sand castle building contest. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.
thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 281-210-3800

THE WOODLANDS: March 10 Arts in the Park Bring lawn chairs and coolers and enjoy an afternoon of music. This free event features local vendors selling original artwork, fun activities featuring a kid zone, live performances, and concessions. Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive. thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/artsinthepark 281-210-3800

VICTORIA: Feb. 26-March 5 Victoria Livestock Show Multi-day annual event that features fun activities such as a barbecue cookoff, carnival, karaoke competition, parade, livestock judging and auction, and much more. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. victorialivestockshow.com

VICTORIA: March 2-3 Victoria Quilt Show: Stars Across Texas The Quilt Guild of Greater Victoria presents its annual spring quilt show, where more than 100 quilts will be on display. Other activities at the event include vendors, a silent auction, scrap dive, guild store, demonstrations, and tea room lunches. A quilt appraiser will be on site during the show. Holy Family Catholic Church Activity Center, 704 Mallette Drive. quiltguildvictoria.org 361-676-2293

VICTORIA: March 3-4 “Ballet on Fire” Victoria Ballet Theatre presents this exciting performance. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. victoriaballet.org 361-575-2313

VICTORIA: March 17 Riverside Ride A fully supported bicycle ride consisting of four routes, including a challenging 100K through the rolling hills of northwest Victoria County. First United Methodist Church,
407 N. Bridge St. 361-550-4323

VICTORIA: March 23-25 The Texas Mile Drivers compete against themselves as they see how fast their cars, trucks, and motorcycles will go in 1 mile—with no speed limit. Victoria Regional Airport, 609 Foster Field Drive. texasmile.net 281-303-1844

VICTORIA: March 24 Victoria Symphony Master Series Concert features cellist Christine Lamprea. Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 E. Sam Houston Drive. victoriasymphony.com 361-576-4500

WEST COLUMBIA: March 24 Governor Hogg’s Birthday Celebration Spend the afternoon celebrating the 167th birthday of the state’s first native-born governor, James S. Hogg, with cake and punch on the plantation breezeway, and historic toys and games on the lawn. Meet Gov. Hogg and his family on a stroll through the governor’s last home, and learn about his contributions to Texas history and the site. Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, 1702 N. 13th. visitvarnerhoggplantation.com 979-345-4656

WEST COLUMBIA: March 24 Varner-Hogg Plantation 60th Anniversary Celebration Spend the evening remembering the site’s grand opening in 1958 with refreshments and dancing to the music of the 1950s. The plantation house will be open for visitors to stroll through, and docents will be available throughout the home to answer questions. Dress in 1950s attire is encouraged, but not required. Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, 1702 N. 13th. visitvarnerhoggplantation.com 979-345-4656

February

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

BEAUMONT: Feb. 10 Symphony of Southeast Texas “The Elegance of Elgar” The performance features guest pianist Tomoko Kanamaru. Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl St. sost.org/ 409-892-2257

BEAUMONT: Feb. 13 Taste of the Triangle Foodie heaven: country, soul, Thai, Italian, Cajun, and Creole are just a few of the food types that make Southeast Texas a true melting pot of flavors. For just $25, you’ll get to sample this smorgasbord when Sabine Area Restaurant Association serves up the best bites during this annual event. Beaumont Civic Center, 701 Main St. facebook.com/tasteofthetriangle 800-782-3081

BEAUMONT: Feb. 24-March 10 “The Marvelous Wonderettes” The jukebox musical where a female quartet plays a high school prom, singing songs from the 1950s, and their reunion 10 years later when they sing songs from the 1960s. Featuring songs like “Mr. Sandman,” “Stupid Cupid,” “It’s My Party,” and “Respect.” Beaumont Community Players, 4155 Laurel Ave. beaumontcommunityplayers.com 409-833-4664

CLUTE: Feb. 2-4, 9-11 “Cabaret” With the emcee’s songs as wry commentary, “Cabaret” explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. bcfas.org 979-265-7661

CLUTE: Feb. 14, 21 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: Feb. 3 Chicken Coops for Backyard Egg Production Learn the “egg-cellence” of cooking fresh eggs every day, local regulations, resources, techniques, and not-so-normal chicken coop construction to make poultry feel at home in your backyard. Included in general admission; members free. Check in at Visitors Center. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Feb. 3 Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society: Jeremy Denk and Stefan Jackiw The Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society’s 2017-18 Series presents concerts by six chamber ensembles. Wolfe Recital Hall, Del Mar College, Corner of Ayers and Kosar streets. corpuschristichambermusic.org 361-877-8393

CORPUS CHRISTI: Feb. 7 Winter Lecture Series: Wildflower Legends and Lore Enjoy lectures every Wednesday covering a variety of unique nature and horticulture topics that define the South Texas environment. Included in general admission; members free. Check in at Visitors Center. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Feb. 13, 15-16 Birds of South Texas, Natural History and Identification Studying waterfowl, shorebirds, and finches (identification, basic plumage) with noted birder, naturalist, and author Gene Blacklock. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Feb. 14 Winter Lecture Series: What Type of Rose Do I Need? Enjoy lectures every Wednesday covering a variety of unique nature and horticulture topics that define the South Texas environment. Included in general admission; members free. Check in at Visitors Center. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Feb. 17 Ensuring Spring Vegetable Garden Success Nueces Master Gardener Deb Holliday gives great gardening guidelines for planning, preparing, and planting a super spring garden including advantages of both seeds and transplants. Discover what, when, where, and how to plant, with demonstrations of proven planting techniques, and a variety of charts and instruction sheets available. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Feb. 21 Winter Lecture Series: Raptor Rehab at Texas Sea Life Center Enjoy lectures every Wednesday covering a variety of unique nature and horticulture topics that define the South Texas environment. Included in general admission; members free. Check in at Visitors Center. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Feb. 24 Introduction to the World of Birds, Identification, and More Basic introduction designed for beginning birders with little or no experience in birding. Study some of the more than 450 known bird species in South Texas with noted birder, educator, author, and naturalist Gene Blacklock. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100

CORPUS CHRISTI: Feb. 28 Winter Lecture Series: Worm Composting Enjoy lectures every Wednesday covering a variety of unique nature and horticulture topics that define the South Texas environment. Included in general admission; members free. Check in at Visitors Center. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100

GALVESTON: Feb. 2-13 MardiGras Galveston The third largest Mardi Gras in the country features parades, concerts, masked balls, balcony parties, and more. Various locations. mardigrasgalveston.com

GALVESTON: Feb. 8 “Henry and Mudge” Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry, who can’t find a playmate in his new neighborhood. Luckily, he’s got Mudge, a great big 182-pound canine buddy with whom he can share all kinds of adventures. A musical adaptation based on the best-selling series of books by Cynthia Rylant. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Feb. 11 Galveston Symphony Orchestra: “The Tempest” A special Valentine’s concert, conducted by Trond Saeverud. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Feb. 17 Parsons Dance Innovative, exuberant, and gifted, this company’s bold, joyous, and athletic movement has elevated them to the top of the world’s leading modern dance companies. Stunning works like the iconic “Caught” exemplify this company’s innovation and huge audience appeal. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

GALVESTON: Feb. 24 Yamato: The Drummers of Japan Two-thousand years of Samurai, Shinto meditation, and sake surge through the muscles and motion of this energetic troupe of young drummers. Yamato combines great originality and innovation with the sheer joy of making music. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. thegrand.com 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

HOUSTON: Feb. 2 Charles Lloyd and the Marvels NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd returns to Da Camera’s jazz series with a unique formation of the Marvels featuring bassist Reuben Rogers and Houston native drummer Eric Harland with two great guitarists, Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. dacamera.com 713-524-5050

HOUSTON: Feb. 17 Sérgio and Odair Assad and Avi Avitar Da Camera brings Israeli superstar mandolin player Avi Avital and celebrated Brazilian-born guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad to Houston for an international program ranging from Bach to Brazilian choro music. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. dacamera.com 713-524-5050

HOUSTON: Feb. 20-March 4 “Memphis” From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony Award-winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, “Memphis” is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Theatre Under the Stars, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. tuts.com 713-558-2600

HOUSTON: Feb. 27-March 18 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo From its humble beginnings in 1932 as a cattle showcase, the rodeo has evolved into a 20-day bonanza filled with the usual rodeo offerings like bull riding and steer roping, but with the addition of amusement park rides, deep-fried treats, and big-name headliners—this year, two-time Grammy winner Garth Brooks performs on opening night. The event ropes in big-city folks with a spirited parade through downtown on Feb. 24. NRG Stadium, 3 NRG Pkwy. rodeohouston.com

LAKE JACKSON: Feb. 2 The Summit: Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6 Experience the creativity, excitement, and renowned performances that only two phenomenal groups can bring to one stage, in-the-moment. The Clarion, 500 College Dr. clarion.brazosport.edu 979-230-3156

LAKE JACKSON: Feb. 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. 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: Feb. 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 SH 332. gcbo.org 979-480-0999

LAMAR: Feb. 10-11 LaMardi Gras This festival features food, entertainment, a parade, and more on Lamar Peninsula, benefiting the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department. lamarvfd.com

ORANGE: Feb. 9 “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” The uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of successions by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiance (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Of course, it will be all worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance—and be done in time for tea. When the Tony Awards were handed out in June of 2014, the stylishly comic musical took home four trophies, including the biggest: Best Musical. Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 W. Main. lutcher.org 409-886-5535

PORT ARANSAS: Feb. 22-25 Whooping Crane Festival This annual festival celebrates the migration of the endangered whooping cranes. There are birding bus and boat tours, renowned speakers, exhibits, demonstrations, nature related booths, and more. Contact the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce for more information. Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A. whoopingcranefestival.org 361-749-5919

PORT ARTHUR: Feb. 8-11 Mardi Gras Southeast Texas Four days of traditional Mardi Gras fun, parades, concerts, food vendors, arts and crafts, and much more at this family-friendly event. Downtown Port Arthur, 500 Procter St. mardigrasportarthur.com 409-721-8717

ROCKPORT: Feb. 3-4 Clay Expo Enjoy a gallery art walk, solo exhibits, pottery demos, and an opening reception. Rockport Center for the Arts, Navigation Circle. 361-729-5519

ROCKPORT: Feb. 16-18 911 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit and First Responders Weekend This President’s Holiday Weekend, men, women, and children of all ages are invited to visit the Festival Grounds site near Rockport Harbor. On behalf of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, this outdoor exhibit will provide an educational experience with a mobile 53-foot tractor trailer exhibit. There will be ceremonies and events each evening. Saturday of that weekend will feature all first responders. Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 101 Seabreeze Dr. rockport-fulton.org 361-729-6445

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Feb. 2-3 Bountiful Bowl World-class potters from around the world display their works for sale to the public. The event benefits the Council on Aging. Rockport-Fulton High School Commons. 361-729-5352

ROSENBERG: Feb. 16-18 The Houston Glass Show and Sale and The Best Little Antique Show in Texas Annual show featuring dealers from across the nation selling glassware from 1880-1980—Depression Era glass, pattern glass, brilliant-cut glass, art glass, carnival glass, and mid-century modern glass. Two buildings filled with top-quality merchandise. Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 SH 36. maxmillerantiques.com 713-410-4780

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Feb. 1-3 SPI Kitefest On Thursday, enjoy indoor kite performances at the South Padre Island Convention Center. Then enjoy two full days of kite-flying at the flats. South Padre Island Convention Centre North Flats, 7355 Padre Blvd. spikitefest.com 956-761-1248

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Feb. 10 SPICE Chili Cookoff Last year’s chili cookoff featured 15 teams, more than 30 chili entries, and attracted more than 600 attendees. Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Blvd. sopadre.com 956-761-3000

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Feb. 23-25 SPI Market Days Featuring handcrafted jewelry, fashionable clothing, cosmetics and fragrances, rare arts and crafts, gourmet treats, exclusive home decor items, and more. Spend your days shopping for gifts and treasures from all over the world. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. sopade.com 956-761-3000

SUGAR LAND: Feb. 14 Valentine’s Dinner and Lecture The evening includes a three-course meal with wine pairings and an opportunity to spend a romantic evening among the exhibits. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org 281-313-2277

SPRING: Feb. 10 PuppyUp Spring A 2-mile walk to promote awareness of canine cancer and fundraiser for cancer research to benefit both pets and people. Help honor 2018 canine and human cancer heroes and memorialize those whose lives have been touched by cancer. Visit with sponsors and vendors and watch “pawsome” live demonstrations. There will be tons of raffle items and a silent auction not to be missed. The event will be emceed by Lisa Hernandez from Channel 11 KHOU News. Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Dr. puppyupwalk.org/spring 281-636-1436

STAFFORD: Feb. 17 Greater Houston Train Show This annual event attracts rail fans from across Texas and Louisiana. The show features 20,000 square feet of operating layouts, instructive classes, model and photo contests, train videos, and vendors from across the Southwest. Stafford Center, 10505 Cash Road. sanjacmodeltrains.org 713-899-5127

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

SUGAR LAND: Feb. 3 Ancient Encounters: Egypt Introduce your family to world cultures through hands-on activities specially devised for children. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. hmns.org 281-313-2277

SURFSIDE BEACH: Feb. 24 Surfside Marathon The only marathon and half-marathon in the U.S. run entirely on a beach starts as the sun rises over the water and follows the public beach to San Luis pass, then returns. The entire course is on the firm, smooth sand that is great for running. Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Hwy. surfsidemarathon.com 409-539-5150

VICTORIA: Feb. 10 Hot Rod Riot Come see cool rides at this huge rally at one of Texas’ oldest dance halls. Live music, great food, and more. Schroeder Hall, 12516 FM 622. stp-victoria.com 361-570-7637

VICTORIA: Feb. 24 Victoria Symphony Master Series—American Folk Masters The American Folk Masters concert pays tribute to Black History month. Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 E. Sam Houston Dr. victoriasymphony.com 361-576-4500

VICTORIA: Feb. 26-March 5 Victoria Livestock Show Multi-day annual event that features fun activities such as a barbecue cookoff, carnival, karaoke competition, parade, livestock judging and auction, and much more. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. victorialivestockshow.com

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